Harts: The action has been slow overall, except for the crappie fishing. Try using a crappie jig tipped with white Power Bait fished in water 25-30 feet deep and about 30 feet from shore.
Kitsap: The fishing has not been great, but there are reports of some trout topping 2.5 pounds being caught. Power Bait fished off the bottom near underwater structure has been working.
Spencer: This lake and others such as Lost and Island have been producing fair but consistent catches of rainbow trout. Try slowly trolling black or olive green woolly buggers and Carey Specials in the deeper water.
Columbia: Boat anglers are catching a few sturgeon in the Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools. Anglers also are catching some steelhead in the John Day Pool.
Cowlitz: While there was no report on angling success, last week Tacoma Power recovered 52 coho adults, 19 jacks and four winter run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
Lewis: The steelhead fishing has been slow on the East Fork.
Snoqualmie: An occasional steelhead is being hooked.
Tilton: During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 22 coho adults, 12 jacks and three winter-run steelhead adults into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.
Wynoochee: The river and others in area are blown out following rain over the holiday weekend.
Yakima: Fish the slower holes in the morning where it is deep enough that you cannot see the bottom. Look for the trout to move to shallow shelves as the day and water warms up. Pat’s stoneflies, brassies and WD-40s have been effective.
Clams: The state announced Tuesday the next razor clam dig will open Thursday and run through Jan. 27 at Long Beach. Copalis will be open only Friday. Low tide times will be: 4:49 p.m. Thursday, 5:35 p.m. Friday, 6:16 p.m. Saturday; 6:54 p.m. Sunday, 7:31 p.m. Monday, 8:05 p.m. Jan. 26 and 8:39 p.m. Jan. 27. Digging is best one to two hours before low tide. Domoic acid levels remain too high to open Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.
North Sound: Some chinook salmon are being caught, but not very many. On Saturday, for example, 38 anglers were checked at the Everett public boat ramp and they brought in just three blackmouth. While the numbers aren’t large, the best catch rate has been in the Port Angeles-Sekiu area. On Friday, 17 anglers were checked, and they brought in 12 chinook.
South Sound: Salmon fishing south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge remains very slow. A handful of chinook and coho were caught over the weekend, based on state creel checks. Fox Island remains the most mentioned place for hooking fish. Try trolling your gear about 10 feet off the bottom in water 120-150 feet deep. Squid jigging has been very slow.
Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, northwestfishingreports.com, Harts Lake Resort & Deli, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center.
Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640