Go to beach this weekend, dig clams

Fishing report: Dig razor clams at four beaches until Tuesday

March 19, 2011 

A four-day razor-clam dig begins today on four beaches. Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks open for digging at noon. The rest of the dig will take place on morning tides.

Kalaloch has been closed for the rest of the season.

Here is the schedule of low tides and which beaches are open:

Today: 7:04 p.m. (-0.1 feet); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks.

Sunday: 7:36 a.m. (-0.5 feet); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks.

Monday: 8:23 a.m. (-0.9 feet); Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Tuesday: 9:12 a.m. (-1.0 feet); Long Beach, Twin Harbors

RIVERS

Columbia: Through Sunday, there had been 21,101 angler trips counted with 818 adult spring chinook kept and 204 released. That means, according to the state report, an estimated 9 percent of the 7,750 upriver catch guideline has been taken. River conditions are not ideal.

Cowlitz: Anglers are catching steelhead on plugs, shrimp or side-drifting, said Charlie Johnston of Sound Sport Fishing. The water level and clarity are making the action a little more difficult.

Kalama: The river has been turbid, said a state report, and few anglers have been giving it a try.

Olympic Coast: The rivers are dropping into shape for the weekend, said Curt Reed at Waters West. That means the steelhead action in the Quillayute system and the Hoh should pick up again.

Wynoochee: “Too thick to drink, too thin to plow,” is how Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sport Center described this and other rivers in the area.

LAKES

Chelan: Anglers are finding lake trout in deep water above the Yacht Club, in Manson Bay and on the Bar, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service.

Cady: The lake is producing some nice trout, some topping 20 inches, for fly anglers. One angler on Washingtonlakes.com said he had luck fishing with a blood worm pattern.

Offut: The fishing has been good for rainbow and cutthroat trout. Try using green Power Eggs, fished off the bottom on a fairly short leader. Casting out as far as you can seems to increase your chances of success, one angler reported online.

SALT WATER

Fly-fishing: Resident coho should be hitting baitfish patterns now, said a staffer at Gig Harbor Fly Shop. Try at Narrows Park at a tidal change. Purdy is another good spot.

Hood Canal: The upper portion is best. People are landing blackmouth on flashers and hoochies or Coho Killers. The lower part is brown from the Skokomish River.

South Sound: There are no reports of success because very few people have been going out, said a staffer at Zittel’s Marina.

Tacoma: Salmon fishing remains very slow, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Few people have been heading out late in the week. Most fish being caught are hitting herring, jigs or trolled plugs.

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

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