A four-day razor-clam dig begins today on four beaches. Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks open for digging at noon. The rest of the dig will take place on morning tides.
Anglers have been kept home by windy conditions on Puget Sound, high rivers and cold lake water temperatures. While there is more rain in the forecast, warmer daytime highs should cause the action in lakes to pick up.
Recreational anglers fishing along the coast can expect lower catch quotas for chinook salmon this year even though the total number of fish expected to return is higher.
This might prove to be a tough week if you're hoping to catch fish.
Fishing around the area has been slowed by the poor weather. The best reports are coming from the steelhead rivers on the Olympic Coast. On other rivers, the action has been off and on at best. Local lakes are providing some action, for those folks willing to risk the elements.
If March proves to be anything like February, the lower Columbia River will be a good place to fish this month.
Here is a look at some other fisheries of interest to South Sound residents.
A preliminary review of the 2011 salmon forecasts calls for strong pink salmon runs to the Green and Puyallup rivers, while chinook returns in the deep South Sound should be good.
The return of warmer weather, although it's supposed to be accompanied by rain, should get more folks on the water. Winds this week made the South Sound pretty unfishable. Steelhead anglers should consider the Olympic Peninsula rivers or the improving Cowlitz River.
Rob Schmidt of Sequim won the $10,000 first prize at last weekend's Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby with an 18.90-pound salmon. Overall, there were 248 fish checked in during the three-day event that ended Monday.