The next razor clam dig opens Friday at all four beach areas that will be open this season. The only area that will not be open is Kalaloch.
The best digging is one-to-two hours before low tide. Each digger can keep 15 clams and must keep the first 15 they dig. Each person’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
Here are the beaches that will be open and the low tide times: Friday, 6:56 p.m., 0 feet – Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Saturday, 7:36 p.m., minus-0.4 feet – Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Sunday, 8:17 p.m., minus-0.7 feet – Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Monday, 9:48 p.m., minus-0.8 feet – Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Tuesday, 10:40 p.m., minus-0.4 feet – Twin Harbors.
Carbon: Although the river is high, anglers are finding some bright pink salmon holding in the slow water close to the bank.
Columbia: Fishery managers in Washington and Oregon have agreed to cancel the white sturgeon fishery scheduled to open Oct. 19 from the Wauna power lines upriver to Bonneville Dam. The decision was made because catch data showed anglers caught 1,942 legal-size sturgeon, about 96 percent of the annual harvest guideline for that area, during the early season that ended in mid-June.
Nisqually: Before the rain came, anglers were catching a few more salmon than early last week. It has been a mix of chinook, coho and pinks. The river flow, measured at McKenna, was 4,150 cubic feet per second, when the long-term median is 598 cfs.
Puyallup: The river is not fishable. Flows were 13,000 cfs Tuesday morning at the Puyallup gauge. The median for the day is 1,540 cfs.
Yakima: Dry-fly action has slowed a bit, in part because of leaves falling into the river. There are plenty of crane flies and October caddis on the water. The action has been best in the late morning to early afternoon and again just before dark. The big fish are holding in the drop-offs.
Chelan: People are catching lake trout on the edges of the bar, running hoochies or Ace Hi Flies within 5 feet of the bottom in water 210-260 feet deep. The best trolling speed was 1.2 mph.
Harts: Crappie and catfish action has been good to very good. Anglers are catching some rather large channel catfish, including one topping 14 pounds. Most people are using chicken livers or night crawlers.
Munn: Some rainbow trout are being caught, along with plenty of panfish and rock bass.
Nunnally: Trout action has been good to very good. The larger trout seem to be holding deep still, in water 15-20 feet deep. Leeches or Woolly Buggers in shades of green are good patterns.
Offut: Those few anglers who have ventured out have caught a good number of rainbow trout. People are using worms scented with shrimp or garlic oil.
North Sound: While not red-hot, people are catching some coho and an occasional chinook. Fishing has been better in the waters from Everett to Edmonds, where people are averaging about one coho per person.
Sekiu: Coho fishing has been good to excellent, even with the bad weather. Anglers have been averaging more than one coho per person, according to state creel checks.
South Sound: The action has been slow, mainly because so few people were on the water in the last few days. Creel checkers at Tacoma boat ramps last weekend contacted just 31 anglers, who had caught five coho. It’s the same story in the Olympia area.Contributors: Point Defiance Boathouse, The Evening Hatch, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Don Wells at Harts Lake, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, U.S. Geological Survey, washingtonflyfishing.com, gamefishin.com, washingtonlakes.com, Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service. firstname.lastname@example.org