Fishing

Can you dig 'em? Razor clam season opens on coast this weekend

The next razor clam dig begins Friday and runs through April 1.

Diggers, however, should note these key points:

 • Not every beach will be open each day of this dig.

 • The dig opens on evening tides then switches to morning tides on Monday. Digging will be allowed afternoons the first three days, then switch to morning hours.

 • Current fishing licenses will be good through March 31, so a 2010 license will be needed for digging on April 1.

Here are the days, tides and beach openings:

Friday: 4:29 p.m., +0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Kalaloch.

Saturday: 5:19 p.m., –0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch.

Sunday: 6:04 p.m., 0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks.

Monday: 6:35 a.m., –0.1 feet, Long Beach and Twin Harbors only.

Tuesday: 7:22 a.m., –0.7 feet, Long Beach and Twin Harbors only.

March 31: 8:07 a.m., –1.0 feet, Long Beach and Twin Harbors only.

April 1: 8:52 a.m., –1.0 feet, Long Beach and Twin Harbors only.

Rivers

Columbia: There were more anglers on the river below Bonneville Dam, and they caught more fish. Last week the state sampled 2,909 boat anglers who had caught 315 adult chinook and 10 steelhead.

Word of a good run is bringing more people to the river. At this time last year, more than 1,400 boats and nearly 500 bank anglers were counted by the state. Sturgeon fishing has been slow, but anglers are catching some legal size fish in the Dalles Pool.

Cowlitz: The fishing keeps improving. There have been several reports of nice springers being caught all the way up to barrier dam, said Marshall Borsom at Fish Country.

He said they get reports of anywhere from six to 12 fish caught per day at the dam. A big gob of eggs is working well for most bank anglers. The boaters are running divers with bait or side drifting eggs. Steelhead fishing seems to be slowing a touch, but anglers are still picking up quite a few from Blue Creek down to Toledo.

Kalama: Anglers are catching some late B-run steelhead in decent numbers, said Wayne Orzel at Pritchard’s Western Angler. There was a report of a 17-pound spring chinook caught last week. Try using jigs in oranges or purples, spinners, or eggs.

Lewis: The effort has been very light and state observers saw no one catch any steelhead.

Wind: Boaters should note the Bonneville Pool level is very low, making it difficult to launch boats. It’s expected to remain this low at least through April 3, said a state report.

Lakes

American: The fishing has been fair to good thanks to the release of rainbow trout at Bill’s Boathouse. Anglers are having luck with worms fished about 10 feet down.

Chelan: The fishing has been OK trolling for lake trout, but it has been work getting them to bite. The most effective lure has been the Worden Lures U20 luminous chartreuse flatfish on the downriggers, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service.

Mayfield: The lake remains pretty slow for now.

Riffe: The fishing remains good. Most people going to the dam side off U.S. 12 are dropping a nightcrawler and cocktail shrimp under a bobber, Borsom said.

Roses: If you’re headed to the Chelan area, head to this lake outside Manson. Boat anglers have been having some of the best surface trolling for rainbow trout, Jones said. Try a trolled or cast 1/8-ounce Roostertail or Wedding Ring baited with orange Pautzke’s Fire Corn.

Washington: The cutthroat trout fishing has been fair to good. Try trolling along the floating bridge. The smallmouth bass fishing has been slow.

Saltwater

Tacoma: Just a few fish are being brought in, but the action has been slow, said Scott Knox at Point Defiance Boathouse. There were 44 anglers checked at Point Defiance on Sunday, and only one chinook was recorded. Try trolling off the slag pile and in Quartermaster Harbor.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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