Rather than holding public meetings, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is taking public comments on the upcoming razor clam season. The state wants your thoughts on digging days, catch limits and other management options.
Suggestions for the 2010-11 season, tentatively set to begin in early October, can be sent by e-mail to email@example.com or by mail to: Razor Clams, 48 Devonshire Road, Montesano, WA 98563.
Comments regarding initial digging opportunities must be received by Friday, although WDFW will consider other suggestions throughout the season. Information about current razor clam stocks, marine toxins and digging options is available online at http://bit.ly/aoIfnQ
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Buoy 10: During the first full week of September, private and charter boat anglers averaged a coho kept per every nine rods at the ports of Chinook and Ilwaco, according to a state report.
Cowlitz: Boat anglers on the lower river are catching some fall chinook. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 236 fall chinook adults, 17 jacks, 176 summer-run steelhead, 132 spring chinook adults, eight jacks, 27 mini-jacks, 13 coho salmon, one jack, one sockeye salmon and nine sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
Lewis: Bank anglers near the salmon hatchery are catching some coho and steelhead.
Nisqually: The lower river is still fishing fairly well. Corkies and yarn in shades of red are working well. Above the railroad trestle, the fish are dark.
Puyallup: Fishing has been good for chinook and coho early in the morning the last few days, said Randy Anderson at Sportco. There should be another push of fish with the next rain, he said. Corkies and yarn in rocket red or orange has been effective.
Skokomish: The chinook fishing remains very good, but it’s also a zoo, said Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports. Black and purple corkies and yarn and eggs are producing.
Yakima: Nymphing with smaller patterns such as the Lightning Bug and Red Copper John has been effective, said a report from The Evening Hatch. Late in the day, dry flies such as CFO and Chernobyl patterns are very effective.
South Sound: The fishing has been fair. Try the mouth of the Nisqually, Lyle and Johnson points, Devil’s Head and the fish trap. Some folks are catching limits, and others are coming home empty-handed. It’s a matter of putting in your time and being there at the right time, said Mike Zittel at Zittel’s Marina. A few silvers are being caught. Crabbing is very good.
Tacoma: The fishing in the area remains slow, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Trolling has been the best method. Anglers are catching a mix of blackmouth and coho. The best spots have been the clay banks up to the slag pile on the outgoing tide, and the Gig Harbor side at high water.
Harts: Fishing for catfish has been good, as has been the action for panfish, said Carol Parsons at Harts Lake Resort. Most people are using worms. The trout fishing has been slow.
Spencer: The trout fishing is very good here and at other Mason County lakes like Isabel, Harvey said. Try trolling with Wedding Rings with nightcrawlers or fishing Power Bait off the bottom.
Tanwax: Lots of bass and perch are being caught, including a 61/2-pound largemouth, said Dave Potter at Rainbow RV Resort. Try a watermelon-colored plastic worm for bass and nightcrawlers for panfish. Troll slow with a Wedding Ring and a worm for trout.
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