Razor Clams: A six-day razor clam dig begins Thursday on the Washington coast.
Diggers are limited to the first 15 clams they collect per day. Digging is permitted only after noon, and low tide is in the evening. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends bringing a lantern because it’s better for spotting clams than the more focused beam of a flashlight.
Twin Harbors is open Thursday-Tuesday, Long Beach is Friday-Sunday, Mocrocks is Friday-Monday, and Copalis clamming is Friday and Saturday.
Low tide times: Thursday, 6:16 p.m., minus-0.2 feet; Friday, 6:57 p.m., minus-0.6; Saturday, 7:38 p.m., minus-0.7; Sunday, 8:16 p.m., minus-0.7; Monday, 8:55 p.m., minus-0.4; and Tuesday, 9:34 p.m., minus-0.1.
Digs are also tentatively scheduled for Nov. 1-8 and Nov. 15-20.
South Sound: The staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports that some anglers are catching coho but that not many anglers are heading out on the water. Puget Sound is open for crabbing south of the Narrows Bridges.
North Sound: Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood says the action “is not red-hot, but there are still coho being caught. You’re either on them or you aren’t.” Some anglers are still catching limits.
Carbon: Keith Semprimoznik of Big J’s Outdoor Store in Orting says that if you put in your time, you might come away with a fish — but the action is slow.
Green: Fishing has been excellent, according to multiple reports posted on washington lakes.com
Puyallup: Fishing is slow, Semprimoznik said.
Steelhead: Fishing for hatchery steelhead opens today on the upper Columbia, Wenatchee, Icicle, Methow and Okanogan rivers, the WDFW announced recently.
Approximately 14,000 adult steelhead are expected to return to the upper Columbia this year, said WDFW regional fish manager Jeff Korth. Wild steelhead are expected to make up a higher portion of the run than last year, Korth said, so fishing will be more tightly regulated.
“Careful management is required to protect naturally spawning steelhead listed under the federal Endangered Species Act,” Korth said in a prepared statement. “While these fisheries traditionally remain open through the winter, we may have to close fishing early due to the higher number of encounters with wild steelhead expected this year.”
Fishing regulations are posted at wdfw.wa.gov.
Skagit: Fishing has been good, Chamberlain said.
Snohomish: “It’s been as consistently good here as I’ve seen in all my years,” Chamberlain said. Anglers are finding success catching coho using a variety of techniques between the Wallace River and the tidewaters. “The fish are as aggressive as I’ve seen in years,” Chamberlain said.
American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says there are rainbow trout to be caught but that not many anglers are trying right now. “There is not much going on, but the weather is beautiful,” he said.
Spanaway: Frances Farinas Ragel of the Spanaway Park Boathouse says anglers are catching rainbows and some brown trout using worms and marshmallows. She recommends using a 4-foot leader at the south end of the lake.
Washington: Perch fishing is traditionally good in October and November, but Chamberlain says the action hasn’t picked up yet and that there is little pressure.
Chelan: Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service says “What’s hot is trolling the upper end of the trench for lake trout. Fishing the lower basin of Lake Chelan over the next few weeks for planter rainbows will be a nice way to keep kids entertained.”firstname.lastname@example.org @AdventureGuys