Razor clam digs at three ocean beaches OK'd for next weekend

Fishing: State books digs Thursday, Friday, Saturday noon or later

January 15, 2011 

Clam diggers can get out their shovels and tubes, the next dig will begin Thursday. Marine toxin tests have shown clams are safe to eat, allowing digging to begin after noon Thursday through Jan. 22 at Twin Harbors and Long Beach. Kalaloch also will be open Friday and Jan. 22.

Digging at all three beaches will be restricted to the hours between noon and midnight.

Two other beaches – Copalis and Mocrocks – will be closed this month, but are tentatively scheduled to open in February.

LAKES

Offut: The pressure picked up late in the week and folks have been catching some rainbow trout. Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort said bank anglers have been floating a piece of worm with Power Bait about 2-3 feet off the bottom.

Sammamish: It might be a drive for South Sound residents, but this lake is consistently producing trout and some smallmouth bass.

Spanaway: Weather has kept most folks off the water, but those who are trying it are catching trout, said Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse. Rainbow trout are hitting on the south end on Power Bait fished off the bottom on a short leader. Brown trout are hitting brown Woolly Buggers and worms if you can find them.

RIVERS

Carbon River: The river, from the mouth to state Route 162 bridge, will close Sunday.

Cowlitz: The late-run fish are slowly returning, so fishing should remain steady, even in high water, said Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service. He recommends fishing around Blue Creek for some good hatchery fish. Free-drift from boats or fish jigs around the boat launch at Blue Creek if you are fishing from the bank.

Green: The lower river, from the First Avenue South bridge in Seattle upstream to the South 277th Street bridge in Auburn, will close Sunday. The stretch from the 277th bridge upstream to the Tacoma Headworks Dam will close Feb. 1.

Lewis: Anglers willing to give it a try should hit the North Fork, according to online reports. It’s producing a few fish, while the East Fork is blown out.

Olympic Coast: The Sol Duc is in the best shape and has been the most consistent for steelhead, said Bob Kratzer of Anglers Guide Service. The Calawah and Bogachiel have been good as well. He recommends side-drifting with eggs or prawns.

Puyallup: Fishing has been slow.

Yakima: Fly anglers will want to try the Farmlands and lower canyon stretches, said a report from Red’s Fly Shop. Warmer temperatures should stop ice from flowing downriver.

White River: The river, from the mouth to R Street bridge in Auburn, will close Sunday.

Wynoochee: The river and nearby Satsop have been producing catches of hatchery and wild fish, Stephens said. There’s always the possibility to hook a fish well over 20 pounds in either of these two streams. Watch the weather and hit these two on the drop and you should do well. Not a bunch of bank access, but if you’re willing to do some exploring you can find a enough water to catch a couple fish.

SALT WATER

Fly fishing: The sea-run cutthroat trout action has been pretty good in the last few days, said Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co. Try the North Bay area for trout and south of Narrows Park for resident silvers.

North Sound: There are some encouraging reports, including anglers catching blackmouth off Hat Island, Manchester and Jefferson Head. Marine Area 9, the Admiralty Inlet area, reopens for salmon fishing on Sunday.

South Sound: No one has been out fishing, according to staffers at Zittel’s Marina. Creel samples of anglers at Narrows Marina last week showed no one was catching anything.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 Jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure

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