Shellfish: An eight-day clam dig starts Friday on the Washington Coast.
“This might be the best low tide series we’ll have the entire season,” WDFW coastal shellfish manager Dan Ayres said in a statement. “Digging conditions and strong clam numbers combine to suggest diggers should do very well, weather depending.”
The dig is set for Friday-Nov. 8 at Twin Harbors, Friday-Monday at Mocrocks, Saturday at Copalis and Saturday-Tuesday at Long Beach.
The best digging tends to be an hour or two before low tide, Ayres said. Low tide during the digs range from 5:52 p.m. Friday to 10:19 p.m. on Nov. 8. Digging is not allowed before noon.
South Sound: The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports fishing in the area has been slow with not many anglers heading out.
Columbia: Anglers are still catching chinook and walleye below Bonneville Dam. Bank anglers are catching chinook at The Dalles Pool and boat anglers are getting coho at the Bonneville Pool. The Dalles Pool is also producing sturgeon and bass.
Cowlitz River: Fall chinook, coho, steelhead and sea-run cutthroats are biting. According to the WDFW most of the chinook were dark and released. More coho jacks than adults were caught. Nearly 1,000 hatchery sea-run cutthroats had returned to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery through Oct. 23.
Green: There are coho here to be had, but anglers are finding the catching a bit difficult, according to washingtonlakes.com.
Kalama: Mostly coho are being caught here, but the first winter-run steelhead are returning to the Kalama Falls Hatchery, according to a WDFW report.
Klickitat: Bank anglers are catching chinook on the lower river. WDFW reports show that 132 anglers kept 31 salmon and released seven.
Lewis River: Chinook are biting for the boat anglers, while bank anglers are landing chinook and coho.
Nisqually: The action remains slow overall, although some anglers are reporting catching a few small chum salmon.
Skokomish: Salmon season has been extended from Friday until Dec. 15 thanks to good runs of returning fish, the WDFW announced earlier this month. The extension applies to the section between the mouth and the U.S. Highway 101 bridge.
American: Recent reports indicate kokanee and perch fishing have been good.
Clear: Kokanee fishing is slow, according to washingtonlakes.com.
Summit: Kokanee fishing was good over the weekend, according to a report posted at washingtonlakes.com
Elk: The modern-firearm general elk hunting season opens Saturday in Western Washington, and the WDFW predicts a second consecutive strong season.
WDFW game manager Dave Ware said in a statement “last year’s elk harvest was the best since at least 1997.
“Our elk harvest has consistently been between roughly 7,000 and 8,800 animals,” he said, “but last year Washington hunters took 9,162 elk, both bulls and cows. It was definitely our best season since at least 1997, when we moved to our current and more reliable method for determining harvest numbers.”firstname.lastname@example.org @AdventureGuys