Plan on digging clams this weekend on coast

Fishing report: Anglers are catching steelhead on upper Columbia, Cowlitz

December 1, 2010 

Razor clam diggers can hit the beaches at Twin Harbors again starting Friday. Four other beaches open to diggers Saturday, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced.

Twin Harbors will be open Saturday through Monday, and Copalis, Kalaloch, Long Beach and Mocrocks will be open Saturday and Sunday. Digging is permitted only after noon.

All diggers 15 and older must have a license to harvest razor clams. Licenses are available online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov or from various vendors around the state. Visit wdfw.wa.gov for a list of vendors.

The WDFW has tentatively scheduled another dig for Dec. 31-Jan. 2.

RIVERS

Columbia: The WDFW reports that boat anglers are catching coho and steelhead around the trout hatchery, and bank anglers are catching coho near the salmon hatchery. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 1,857 coho adults and 171 winter-run steelhead. Sturgeon fishing has been slow.

Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service says jig-and-bobber fishing for steelhead on the upper Columbia is good.

Cowlitz: The fishing is still good, according to the staff at Fish Country Inc. in Ethel. The winter-run steelhead are coming in, and most of the best catches are happening in the Blue Creek area.

Boaters are pulling divers with eggs or coon-striped shrimp. Bank anglers are using jigs, bobbers and an occasional sand shrimp tail.

Kalama: Bank anglers are catching steelhead and releasing dark coho, according to a WDFW report.

Wayne Orzel of Pritchard’s Western Angler reports that conditions are perfect for pulling plugs, and traffic is light. “It’s worth a try,” Orzel said.

Lewis: The WDFW reports that anglers are catching winter-run steelhead, but most are dark and anglers are releasing them.

LAKES

Alder: Recent reports posted at Washingtonlakes.com indicate that the action is slow.

Eastern Washington: Jones says the “bankers bike for lake trout in the trench on Lake Chelan is stabilizing into our winter pattern.” Trolling for cutthroat is also hot at Omak Lake, Jones said.

Mayfield: For those using Power Eggs and worms from the bank and wedding rings from boats, this lake is still yielding trout.

Puyallup: The action is slow, according to reports at Washingtonlakes.com.

Riffe: Action has been slow. Fish Country Inc. reports some customers have tried bass fishing here but have not reported back.

Swofford: Action is very slow here, and few anglers are even trying.

SALTWATER

Tacoma: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports that fishing is a little slow because of the weather. A flasher and hoochie have worked recently for those trolling deep near the Clay Banks.

South Sound: There’s not much to report, but figure on needing a warm jacket.

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