Fishing Report for Feb. 26

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comFebruary 26, 2014 

SALT WATER

Razor clams: A six-day dig starts Wednesday on the Washington coast, and officials say the clams have fattened up for the occasion.

“With all the plankton in the water, the clams seem to be fattening up earlier than usual,” said Dan Ayers, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s shellfish manager. “Those clams will make for some tasty meals.”

Beaches opening for digging include Twin Harbors on Wednesday-Monday, Long Beach and Mocrocks on Thursday-Sunday and Copalis on Saturday.

All digs are scheduled on the evening tide and no digging is allowed before noon. Evening low tides are 4:15 Wednesday, 5:04 Thursday, 5:49 Friday, 6:32 Saturday, 7:13 Sunday and 7:53 Monday.

Licensed diggers can take up to 15 clams per day. Each digger must keep the first 15 clams they dig and keep their take in a separate bucket.

South Sound: Fishing has been inconsistent but some anglers are catching blackmouth, according to the staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Try fishing Quartermaster Harbor on the incoming tide, and in front of the slag pile on the outgoing tide. Most are trolling with a flasher and spoon at depths of 110-160 feet.

North Sound: Blackmouth fishing has been fair in the marine areas that are open, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. Smelt dipping has been nonexistent.

Salmon meeting: A public meeting previewing this year’s salmon returns and potential fishing seasons for this year is scheduled for 9 a.m. March 3 in room 172 of Olympia’s Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE. The final adoption of 2014 salmon fisheries is scheduled for April 10 at a meeting in Vancouver, Wash.

LAKES

American: Anglers are doing well catching fish in front of Bill’s Boathouse, according to a report posted on washingtonlakes.com.

Olympic Peninsula: This is the place to be to land a steelhead this weekend. Chamberlain says rivers have been solid and could pick up as weather conditions improve. Those who row well might find success on the Sol Duc River. But the Hoh, Queets, Satsop and Wynoochee could also be good. “But you won’t be alone,” Chamberlain said.

Sammamish: Anglers are landing cutthroat trout.

Washington: Several reports of anglers landing trout.

Eastern Washington: Organizers have moved the Tagged Trout Derby on Burke and Quincy Lakes to March 8 because of ice, reports fishingmagician.com. The fourth annual derby, with $2,000 in prize money, was originally scheduled for Saturday.

Saturday is opening day for many of the Eastern Washington seep lakes.

RIVERS

Fly-fishing film: The Fly Fishing Film Tour stops in Gig Harbor on Wednesday at the Galaxy Theater, 4649 Point Fosdick Drive NW. The event is sponsored by the Gig Harbor Fly Shop and proceeds benefit the Native Fish Society. Tickets are $12 at the fly shop and $15 at the event. The movie begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit thef3t.com or call 253-851-3474.

Cowlitz: Anglers are catching fish, according to washingtonlakes.com. When it comes to smelt dipping, “they aren’t getting enough to make a meal,” Chamberlain said.

Skookumchuck: Reports posted at gamefishin.com are mixed with some catching fish and other saying the action is slow.

Yakima: Anglers are expecting fly-fishing action to keep improving over the next month.

craig.hill@thenewstribune.com

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