The first razor clam dig of the fall starts at noon Thursday at Twin Harbors Beach and will expand to other beaches later in the week.
The Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife approved digs on five beaches earlier this week after toxin tests confirmed that the clams are safe to eat.
Afternoon clamming will be allowed Oct. 7-10 at Twin Harbors and Oct. 8-9 at Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalalock and Long Beach.
All diggers 15 and older must have a fishing license ranging from a three-day razor clam license to annual combination license.
For more details, check wdfw.wa.gov.
Tacoma: Blackmouth and coho are biting, according to staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina.
South Sound: The action has been slow.
North Sound: Shawn Davidson of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood says saltwater fishing in this area “is a joke.” “Guys are out there dancing around on the water for no apparent reason,” Davidson said.
Cowlitz: Marshall and Tracey Borsom of Fish Country Inc. in Ethel say the river “is still hopping.” There are lots of fish throughout the system, with bright coho to be had up to Barrier Dam. Bank anglers are using small gobs of eggs, and some are adding sand shrimp. Some are using Blue Fox spinners and other lures. “The river is definitely the place to be right now,” according to an e-mail from Fish Country. “Since they are dumping lots of salmon upriver – you might try fishing in Morton or Packwood.”
Snohomish: Action has not been great, but some anglers have reported catching multiple fish.
Skagit: It’s slow, but “mid-Skagit guys fishing with bait are doing OK,” Davidson said.
Columbia: Fishing has been good on the Upper Columbia.
Methow: Fishing is hot here, according to Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service.
Mayfield: This is a good place to go to land trout, according to Fish Country Inc. in Ethel. Boat anglers are using wedding rings.
Riffe: The action is starting to slow here, according to Fish Country Inc.
Chelan: Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service recommends using Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow between 8 a.m. and noon. Purple Glow Flatfish are also working.
Offut: This is a good place to go to try for trout, perch and bass. Try worms, Power Bait or crappie jigs.
Craig Hill: 253-597-8497 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure