Fishing

Razor clam dig underway at Twin Harbors; Mocrocks, Copalis opening soon

The South Puget Sound area fishing report for March 7.
The South Puget Sound area fishing report for March 7. Staff file, 2016

SALT WATER

Clams: Twin Harbors opened for razor clam digging Tuesday. The dig there is scheduled to last through Monday. Mocrocks will be open Thursday and Saturday. Copalis will be open Friday and Sunday. Kalaloch and Long Beach will not open. Low tides will be 3:35 p.m. Wednesday (0.1 feet); 4:28 p.m. Thursday (-0.1); 5:13 p.m. Friday (-0.3); 5:54 p.m. March 11 (-0.3); and 7:31 p.m. March 12 (-0.1).

Penrose Point State Park is open for clam digging through April 30.

The Long Beach Razor Clam Festival officials announced last week that the event will be April 29-30 regardless of whether the state allows digging. The state has closed peninsula beaches for digging because of unsafe marine toxin levels.

South Sound: State creel reports showed that, over the weekend, 14 anglers leaving Point Defiance caught one chinook and one steelhead. The only angler surveyed at Narrows Marina failed to catch a fish. The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff said action has picked up a bit in front of the marina between the slag pile and clay banks. They recommended fishing with a flasher and spoon or artificial squid at 130-150 feet. Sunday, five anglers leaving Harstine Island caught four chinook.

North Sound: State creel reports showed solid action in Cornet Bay. Six anglers caught three chinook and three coho Saturday. Anglers are having luck off Possession Bar.

LAKES

American: “Only the ducks are going out,” David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse said.

Bradley: Worm and bobber can be a good option for catching trout.

Drano: Will open March 16 for hatchery chinook and steelhead fishing. The action is expected to be slow at first.

Munn: Anglers are catching rainbow trout.

Scanewa: Three winter-run steelhead adults were released by Tacoma Power last week.

Tanwax: Rainbow Resort staff members said action has been slow thanks to the weather. Rainbows aren’t biting as much, but boat anglers are doing better than others.

RIVERS

Bogachiel: The state interviewed 29 anglers last week who caught and released seven wild and one hatchery steelhead.

Calawah: Seven anglers combined to catch and release nine wild steelhead last week.

Cispus: Last week, Tacoma Power released two winter-run steelhead near Yellow Jacket Creek.

Columbia: Sturgeon fishing seems to be best in The Dalles Pool. Anglers are catching walleye in The Dalles and John Day pools.

Cowlitz: According to last week’s state surveys, 96 bank anglers kept three steelhead and 94 boat anglers kept 10 steelhead. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 22 winter-run steelhead adults at the salmon hatchery separator.

Kalama: Anglers are having some luck. Last week, 94 bank anglers caught 12 steelhead (releasing six) while 42 boat anglers caught 15 steelhead (releasing 11).

Lewis: Action has been slow on the East Fork.

Hoh: Last week, 43 anglers caught and released nine wild steelhead, according to state reports.

Sol Duc: Twelve bank anglers and 30 boat anglers last week caught and released 30 wild steelhead.

Tilton: Last week, Tacoma Power released six winter-run steelhead adults at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.

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