Fishing Report for Dec. 28

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comDecember 28, 2013 

SALT WATER

South Sound: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports most who try are catching fish. Try trolling near bottom with a flasher and spoon, hoochie or herring.

North Sound: Fish are biting south of the Clinton ferry terminal, but anglers are having the best luck trolling the waters around the San Juan Islands.

Razor clams: Ringing in the New Year while digging clams on the Washington coast is a tradition for some Northwest families.

“Fortunately, the tides allowed us to keep that tradition alive this year,” said Dan Ayres, shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The first dig of 2014 starts Sunday afternoon and continues through Jan. 5 at four beaches.

Twin Harbors will be open for the entire eight-day dig. Long Beach and Mocrocks will be open Sunday-Jan. 4. Copalis is open Sunday-Tuesday and Jan. 4.

Diggers are limited to the first 15 razor clams they find and must have the appropriate permits. They are not permitted to dig before noon and each individual must keep his or her clams in separate containers.

The evening low tides are 4:05 p.m. Sunday, 4:55 Monday, 5:42 Tuesday, 6:29 Wednesday, 7:15 Thursday, 8 p.m. Jan. 3, 8:45 Jan. 4 and 9:31 Jan. 5.

For more information, visit wdfw.wa.gov.

Crabbing: The winter crabbing season closes on Puget Sound at 5 p.m. Tuesday. All sport crabbers licensed for the season must file their catch report cards with the WDFW by Feb. 1 regardless of whether they made a catch.

“By submitting their catch data, crabbers play an important role in managing the Puget Sound crab fishery,” Rich Childers of the WDFW Childers said in a prepared statement. “We need to hear from everyone who was issued a winter catch card — including from those who didn’t keep any crab.”

LAKES

American: Not many anglers trying lately, but a report posted Thursday on washingtonlakes.com indicates the rainbows and cutthroats were biting.

Spanaway: Earlier this week, Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boathouse reported that anglers are doing well using marshmallows and worms from the dock and bank. Anglers are catching trout as large as 2 pounds.

Sammamish: Cutthroat are being caught.

Stevens: Some anglers are having luck landing kokanee.

Washington: Reports indicate cutthroat success continues to be solid.

Eastern Washington: Trout fishing has been hot on Lake Chelan with anglers catching lake trout trolling about 5 feet off the bottom and rainbows biting for those fishing off the dock. Roses Lake is not ready for ice fishing. The ice is thin and unsafe.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: Anglers are reporting very few bites.

Green: There are some reports of steelhead being caught.

Lewis: You’ll have to be patient if you want to land a steelhead.

Nisqually: According to reports posted at gamefishin.com, nibbles are few and far between, but anglers are catching an occasional chum.

Olympic Peninsula: Fishing has been slower than normal on the Bogachiel and other rivers.

Puyallup: The fishing is slow, according to washingtonlakes.com.

Snoqualmie: The fishing has been best near Fall City, but recent reports indicate it’s slowing here, too.

craig.hill@thenewstribune.com @AdventureGuys

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