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Rivers anglers might want to wait another day or two before heading out, but there are good reports from the Olympic Coast and North Sound waters. Lake anglers have a number of good options right now.
There are some good options for anglers who want to get out, but it doesn't look like the rivers are among them. Just as the stream-flow charts were reaching normal levels, they all started rising again Friday. Spencer Lake in Mason County has been good for trout, and the Purdy Spit has been producing sea-run cutthroat trout and resident coho.
River anglers are having a tough time finding a place to fish because of either high water or closures caused by poor runs. People on the Cowlitz River are catching some steelhead, but elsewhere, it's wait and see.
Clam diggers can get out their shovels and tubes, the next dig will begin Thursday. Marine toxin tests have shown clams are safe to eat, allowing digging to begin after noon Thursday through Jan. 22 at Twin Harbors and Long Beach. Kalaloch also will be open Friday and Jan. 22.
There are some positive reports out there. Consider a combo trip; fly-fishing for trout on Lone Lake and then hitting the Westside beaches for steelhead. There are finally some good reports from the Wynoochee as well.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife on Friday announced dates for two more razor-clam digs, one later this month and one in February. The digs will take place if marine toxin tests show clams are safe to eat.
If you enjoy opening the New Year digging for razor clams, then head to the coast today to try your luck at one of five beaches.
Grab your crab pots and fish guts – there are only four days left to go crabbing in Puget Sound.
Razor clam diggers can hit the beaches at Twin Harbors again starting Friday. Four other beaches open to diggers Saturday, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced.
The river fishing was showing positive signs in some places, such as the Humptulips, Cowlitz and Green, but action will be slowed by the current high water levels.