The second razor clam dig of the season started Friday afternoon and will continue at Twin Harbors through Monday.
Additionally Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch and Long Beach opened for digging Friday and will be open through today.
Low tides are at 7:26 tonight, 7:11 p.m. Sunday and 7:55 p.m. Monday. No digging is allowed before noon.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the digs after performing marine toxin tests on the beaches.
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All diggers 15 or older must have a license ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combined fishing permit. All are available at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and various vendors.
Expect delays through Hoquiam because of work on the Simpson Avenue Bridge.
Olympic National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin recommends safety precautions tonight at Kalaloch.
“Kalaloch is considerably more remote than the other clamming beaches, and visitors should be prepared for primitive conditions,” Gustin said in a statement released by the WDFW. “With no streetlights or lighted buildings in the area, flashlights or lanterns are a necessity.”
Tacoma: The staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina says the action is slow with some blackmouth and chum salmon being caught. They suggest trolling with herring or anchovies near Gig Harbor.
South Sound: Rick Conrads of Zittel’s Johnson Point Marina says the action continues to be slow. “It was great in August and September, but it has taken a dive,” he said. Conrads said chum and coho are being caught, but the anglers are few. “Crabbing is the mainstay,” Conrads said.
Hood Canal: The Hoodsport hatchery is a good place to fish. Anglers are having the best luck with chartreuse green lures.
Puyallup: Keith Semprimoznik of Big J’s Outdoor Store says the river is still not in good shape.
Columbia: Head to the Bonneville Pool if you want to try for coho or sturgeon. Salmon fishing is slow in the lower river. The upper river is yielding steelhead for those using baited jigs.
Cowlitz: Still one of your best bets. Try for coho by using eggs with sand shrimp, corkie and yarn or jig and bobber near barrier dam
Green: The fishing has been slow of late, but if you go use corkies and yarn.
Humptulips: A good place to try for coho, chinook or catch-and-release chum.
Tilton: Tacoma Power released 579 coho adults, 42 jacks, six fall chinook adults, and three cutthroat trout in the river last week.
Kalama: Wayne Orzel of Pritchard’s Western Angler says the river is in great shape and “perfectly boatable.” Visibility is 31/2 feet and conditions are ideal for spin fishing, he said. Orzel recommends a drift boat for fly fishing.
American: Anglers here are catching kokanee. Washingtonlakes.com recommends using green dodger with hoochie at 35-40 feet depth.
Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of Spanaway Park Boat House says the lake was planted with triploids recently and anglers are landing up to 2-pounders. Use worms and marshmallows to catch browns and rainbows. Use a boat as dock fishing has been slow, Herlitzka said.
Mayfield: The rainbow trout are biting near the hatchery. Try red or orange Power Eggs with a worm.
Riffe: Some anglers are still reporting catches from the fishing bridge.
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