Fishing Report for Jan. 4

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comJanuary 4, 2014 

SALT WATER

South Sound: Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) is closed to salmon fishing other than local docks, according to the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina report. Marine Area 13 (South of the Narrows Bridges) is open to salmon fishing. The boathouse staff recommends trying places such as Green and Gibson points.

North Sound: The waters around the San Juan Islands continue to offer some of the best blackmouth fishing in Puget Sound. Anglers have been catching their limits in recent weeks. Blackmouth fishing has also been pretty good in Marine areas 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay) and 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner).

Clams: An eight-day razor clam dig on the coast finishes this weekend.

Twin Harbors is open for digging today and Sunday. Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis are open this afternoon.

Diggers are limited to the first 15 razor clams they find and must have the appropriate permits. Digging isn’t permitted before noon, and individuals must keep their clams in separate containers.

The evening low tides are 8:45 today and 9:31 Sunday.

Additional digs are tentatively scheduled for Jan. 15-18, Jan. 28-Feb. 2 and Feb. 26-28.

For more information visit wdfw.wa.gov.

Crabs: Puget Sound closed to crabbing on Wednesday. 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 or not they made a catch.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: Some anglers are catching fish when they put in the time, but the action is mostly slow.

Green: Closed to salmon fishing on Wednesday, but anglers can still try for trout and other game fish. Action seems slow, but one angler reported a catch at Metzler Park on gamefishin.com.

Nisqually: Slow, but anglers have been catching chum salmon.

Olympic Peninsula: Still a slower than normal year on these rivers.

Skykomish: Steelhead fishing isn’t extraordinary anywhere, according to numerous reports, but the Reiter Pond area of the Skykomish might be the best option. At least one guide reported productive trips at steelheaduniversity.com.

Snoqualmie: No more salmon fishing as of Wednesday, but anglers can still go for trout and other game fish.

LAKES

American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says not many anglers are on the lake, but a family recently dropped by and caught four fish using PowerBait.

Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House says anglers are putting in their time on the dock and along the bank, but the action seems slow.

Offut: The action is still quite slow.

Sammamish: Anglers are doing well landing cutthroat.

Washington: Another good option for landing cutthroat. Some are catching fish as long as 19 inches.

Eastern Washington: Yellow perch are biting for ice fishermen on Fish Lake, Moses Lake and Lind Coulee. Anglers are also landing walleye on Moses Lake and Lind Coulee. Bass fishing on the Potholes Reservoir will be featured on “One More Cast with Shaw Grigsby” this morning at 10:30 on the Sportsman Channel.

craig.hill@thenewstribune.com @AdventureGuys

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