The fishing seems to be picking up on a number of rivers, as long as they stay in shape. Steelhead are being caught in good numbers on the Olympic Coast, the Skykomish and Cowlitz, and a few are being caught in the Puyallup.
Beaches: The five ocean beaches are open for a razor clam dig today and Sunday, while Twin Harbors also will be open Monday. No digging will be allowed before noon. The low tide times are:
Today, 5:29 p.m., -1.2 feet; Sunday, 6:14 p.m., -1.3 feet; and Monday, 6:56 p.m., -1.2 feet.
North Sound: Jigging for squid has been fair to good. Good spots to try are the Elliott Bay Pier in Seattle and the Edmonds Pier.
Tacoma: Salmon fishing remains very slow, in large part because so few people have been going out, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Try fishing off the clay banks to the boathouse, in water 100-150 feet deep. Tachell said stay within 10 feet of the bottom with flashers and hoochies, spoons or herring.
Cowlitz: Steelhead fishing has been picking up at Blue Creek for later winter-run fish. Some coho are being caught at the barrier dam.
Green: Fishing has been mixed, said Todd Rock at Auburn Sports and Marina. Anglers that are having the most luck are those drifting bait or jigs and bobbers.
Minter: The number of chums is down but still enough to keep most anglers happy. The issue is many of the fish are dark. Try dark-colored corkies and yarn.
Nisqually: A few chum are being caught, but they are mostly dark. Try corkies and yarn in green, chartreuse or pink.
North Sound: Several rivers are open for steelhead fishing, including the Skagit, Snohomish, Skykomish and Snoqualmie. The Reiter Ponds and the Skykomish have been producing consistent catches. Fishing for hatchery fish really picks up around mid-December, said Bob Leland, the state’s steelhead program manager.
Olympic Coast: Jim Kerr of Rain Coast Guides reports seeing lots of hatchery steelhead in the Hoh, Queets, Bogachiel and Sol Duc. While smaller than the typical spring native steelhead, there have been plenty that top the 10-pound mark, he said,
Puyallup: Anglers are catching a few chum and steelhead. Scented corkies and yarn seem to be the best setup, but anglers are doing best moving from spot to spot if they are not hooking or seeing fish. River flows are coming down since peaking on Wednesday, possibly bringing in some fresh fish.
Satsop: Anglers are catching some late-run coho salmon, as well as in the Chehalis, and a number of “nickel bright” fish have been landed.
Yakima: As long as the temperatures stay above freezing, trout fishing has been fair to good. Try using nymphs, such as WD-40s, red Brassies and chartreuse Copper Johns, in sizes 16 and 18, paired with stonefly nymphs in size 8, said a staffer at Red’s Fly Shop. He also said the bite has been very light, so anglers have to be ready for a quick hook set.
American: Anglers online are reporting success fishing for yellow perch in water about 65 feet deep. They are using worms to start and then using perch meat and guts.
Potholes: If you need to soothe your nerves after the Apple Cup, consider the dock at MarDon Resort. Mike Meseberg reports anglers are catching some nice walleyes right in front of the resort.
Washington: Anglers who want to catch some perch should try fishing near the deep ledges, said fish biologist Danny Garrett. He recommended using night crawlers to begin with. Many anglers will switch to perch meat after they catch a few fish. He said perch are generally caught within a couple feet of the bottom.
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