South Sound: It might be tough to catch fish right now, but catching a cold just got easier. The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina will be the site of this morning’s annual Polar Bear Plunge. The kids plunge is at 11:30 a.m. and the adults jump in the cold water at noon. The event is free.
Fishing in the area is closed starting today, but the waters south of the Narrows Bridge remain open.
North Sound: Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood says the best place to fish continues to be the San Juan Islands. Anglers are regularly catching their limit of blackmouth. Blackmouth fishing also is pretty good in Marine Areas 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay) and 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner), Chamberlain said.
Clams: The last razor clam dig of 2013 is carrying over into the new year on four coastal beaches.
Twin Harbors is open for digging today through Sunday. Long Beach and Mocrocks will be open through Saturday. Copalis is open Saturday.
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 their clams in separate containers.
The evening low tides are at 4:05 Sunday, 4:55 Monday, 5:42 Tuesday, 6:29 Wednesday, 7:15 Thursday, 8 Jan. 3, 8:45 Jan. 4 and 9:31 Jan. 5.
For more information, go to wdfw.wa.gov.
Crabs: Crabbing in Puget Sound is closed starting today. All sport crabbers licensed for the season must file their catch report cards with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife by Feb. 1 regardless of whether they made a catch.
Squid: Squid fishermen are having some luck in the Tacoma area and are catching even bigger ones in Seattle. However, the action seems to slow the farther north you go. “If you really put in some work, you’ll catch enough for a good batch of hors d’oeuvres,” Chamberlain said.
Green: The river remains open to fishing for trout and other game fish but is closed for salmon starting today.
Nisqually: Not much action here, according to the most recent report posted at gamefishin.com.
Puyallup: The Puyallup River is closed to fishing starting today.
Skykomish: Perhaps your best bet for steelhead fishing right now, with anglers landing about 20 steelhead in the Reiter Pond area Christmas, Chamberlain said. “But it’s no ball of fire.”
Snoqualmie: The river remains open to fishing for trout and other game fish but is closed to salmon starting today.
American: The trout reportedly are biting, even if not many anglers are heading out.
Offut: Most recent reports indicate the fish still aren’t interested in biting.
Sammamish: Trout fishing has been good here, with anglers landing cutthroat.
Washington: The cutthroat fishing hasn’t been quite as good as it has been on Lake Sammamish, but anglers are doing well landing fish as long as 19 inches.
Eastern Washington: Fish Lake near Lake Wenatchee is frozen and rewarding ice fishermen with yellow perch and trout. Yellow perch and some rainbows and walleye are biting on Moses Lake. And Lind Coulee is providing excellent walleye and perch fishing. There also have been reports of good trout fishing at the southern end of Lake Roosevelt.Craig Hill: 253-597-8497 firstname.lastname@example.org @AdventureGuys