Grab your crab pots and fish guts – there are only four days left to go crabbing in Puget Sound.
The recreational winter crabbing season ends at sunset on Sunday and crabbers will have until Feb. 1 to report their winter catch.
All Puget Sound marine areas will be closed to crabbing until summer. Every crabber must file a report to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife even if they didn’t catch anything. Failure to file a report will result in a $10 fine when purchasing a 2011 crab endorsement.
Clam dig: The WDFW has approved a two-day razor clam dig on five coastal beaches starting at noon Friday. Four beaches – Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch – will be open from noon to midnight on Friday and Saturday. The beach at Twin Harbors will be open for three days, Friday through Sunday. The WDFW expects a large turnout. New Year’s Eve digs have attracted more than 22,000 diggers in the past.
Tacoma: Salmon fishing in the area has been slow and the area will be closed throughout January. Squid fishing from area docks has been best at night, according to the staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina.
Belfair State Park: A sport clam dig will reopen Saturday at the park. Surveys at the park indicate the clam population will support a year-round fishery. The recreational oyster season remains open all year in the designated portion of the park.
North Sound: Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood says, “It’s been pretty bleak” around Camano Island and Whidbey Island. But when weather is conducive to fishing, the action has been good on the south end of the San Juan Islands.
Bogachiel: Reports from the Bogachiel have been more promising than other rivers on the Olympic Coast.
Columbia: The WDFW has decided to allow barbed hooks for recreational fishing until further notice from the mouth of the river to McNary Dam. The implementation of barbless hooks will be delayed to avoid confusion for anglers because of differences in the Oregon fishing rules in the same area. On the upper river, jig and bobber fishing has worked well for catching steelhead.
Cowlitz: There have been silvers biting at times near the barrier dam.
Puyallup: Action is slow, but some anglers are landing chum.
Sol Duc: One of the best bets for scoring fish right now.
American: The action has been slow on the lake, with very few anglers trying their luck.
Chelan: Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service suggests trolling deep water for lake trout. Try using spoons in glow and UV patterns near the yacht club.
Mayfield: The staff at Fish Country reports that there are some trout to catch here, but you are going to have to put in some work to get them.
Riffe: Not much pressure on this lake, according to Fish Country. Most anglers are favoring Mayfield Lake.
Rufus Woods: “Try casting Worden’s black or green roostertails,” Jones said.
Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of Spanaway Park Boat House says some anglers are catching limits of browns and rainbows from boats. “Fly fishing is getting them,” he said. The south end of the lake is good. Go deep with Power Bait on the far side of the island to land triploids.
Washington: Not a bad place to try for cutthroat and trout.
Craig Hill: 253-597-8497 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure