Fishing Report for Nov. 30

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comNovember 30, 2013 

SALT WATER

Razor clams: This afternoon marks the start of an eight-day razor clam dig with the lowest tides so far this season.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says diggers should be able to reach their 15-clam limit. Diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig, and all diggers 15 and older must have permits.

The digs are Saturday at Copalis, Saturday-Dec. 7 at Twin Harbors, Saturday-Wednesday at Long Beach and Saturday-Tuesday at Mocrocks.

Low tides are at 4:28 Saturday, 5:13 p.m. Sunday, 5:59 p.m. Monday, 6:44 p.m. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8:17 p.m. Thursday, 9:05 p.m. Friday and 9:56 p.m. on Dec. 7.

South Sound: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports that fishing in the area is fair. Blackmouth are biting for those trolling between the slag pile and the clay banks using a flasher and either spoon, hoochie or herring. Squidding success on the area docks will require patience.

North Sound: Saturday is the last day for salmon fishing in Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) this year. But anglers are still catching fish in marine areas 8.1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay) and 8.2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner). Squidding has been best on the Seattle and Edmonds waterfronts.

LAKES

American: Recently stocked, this lake has fish to catch for those willing to troll the lake in chilly weather.

Carlisle: This small lake near Onalaska was recently stocked with trout.

Goodwin (Stanwood): A good option if you want to head north for rainbow trout.

Potholes: MarDon Resort reports perch are being caught in front of Potholes State Park. Meanwhile boat and bank anglers are catching trout and perch from the Medicare Beach area. Crab Creek walleye fishing is still slow.

Spencer (Mason County): The WDFW stocked several Western Washington lakes as part of its effort to promote fishing on Black Friday, the popular day-after-Thanksgiving shopping day. Spencer was recently stocked with 2,000 fish. Other lakes infused with new fish include Leland Lake in Jefferson County; Fort Borst Park and South Lewis County Park ponds in Lewis County, Kress Lake in Cowlitz County; Kineline Pong and Battleground Lake in Clark County; and Rowland Lake in Klickitat County.

Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House said Tuesday that those using marshmallows and worms off the dock are doing well. Fly-fishermen are catching pan-size perch and browns are biting on the east side of the lake for boat anglers.

Sammamish: Reports indicated trout fishing continues to be good.

Swift (Skamania County): Today is the last day of fishing on the reservoir, and the daily limit is 10 trout. All salmon larger than 15 inches must be released.

Washington: Anglers are catching trout as large as 15 inches here.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: The best fishing has been near the hatcheries.

Kalama: Anglers are catching coho jacks and steelhead but putting most of them back.

Klickitat: Anglers are catching coho on the lower river. The river upstream from Fisher Hill Bridge closes Sunday for trout, steelhead and salmon fishing. The downstream portion remains open through January. The whitefish season begins Sunday.

Lewis: Boat anglers are fairing best on the river’s north fork.

Mill Creek: Starting Sunday morning anglers can catch hatchery steelhead on this

Cowlitz River tributary between the mouth and the salmon hatchery road crossing.

Puyallup: Recent reports indicate fishing is still a bit slow.

Quillayute: A popular choice for steelhead fishing this weekend, according to Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood.

Skykomish: Winter steelhead fishing is starting to pick up here and is only expected to improve through January.

Snohomish: Anglers are having some success landing steelhead.

Toutle: Today is the last day to fish for hatchery steelhead upstream from the Road 4100 Bridge. Fishing between the 4700 and 4100 bridges will remain open but check wdfw.wa.gov for current gear rules.

craig.hill@thenewstribune.com @adventureguys

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