Fishing

Fishing Report for May 12: Razor clam dig decision expected Wednesday

Decision on next razor clam dig expected Wednesday.

Salmon fishing has been good near Fox Island.

Rainbow trout fishing still good in South Sound lakes.

SALT WATER

RAZOR CLAMS: The status of the next razor clam dig should be known Wednesday, according to a statement released recently by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The agency is collecting water samples to test marine toxin levels.

The next clam dig is scheduled for Friday-Sunday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Last week, the department canceled three days of a four-day dig because domoic acid levels were too high. They also recommended clams harvested the first day of the dig should be thrown away.

In Oregon, health officials closed razor clam digging and mussel gathering Friday.

Domoic acid, produced by marine algae, can be harmful and sometimes fatal to humans. On three occasions, outbreaks of domoic acid have canceled part or all of the clam season, most recently in 2005, according to the department.

A decision on the proposed May 22-24 dig will be made later.

“We recognize that the uncertainty surrounding the next opening casts a lot of people’s plans into disarray,” shellfish manager Dan Ayres said in a statement. “We also know, however, that public safety has to be our first priority.”

SOUTH SOUND: Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff reported fishing has been decent near Fox Island, particularly near Point Gibson. Flasher and spoon will give you a good chance to catch fish.

LA PUSH: Open for recreational salmon fishing Friday and Saturday.

NEAH BAY: Open for recreational salmon fishing Friday and Saturday. Check wdfw.wa.gov for closures in Marine Area 4.

WESTPORT: The Westport Charterboat Association’s most recent reports said most are landing halibut but rough water has hampered lingcod fishing.

RIVERS

COWLITZ: Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 265 winter-run steelhead, 4,101 spring chinook, 599 jacks, 21 summer steelhead and two cutthroat trout, according to the agency’s website.

YAKIMA: Fly fishermen were doing well at last report, catching trout along the banks.

LAKES

OFFUT: Anglers are doing well landing trout. Flies, spinners, nightcrawlers and dough bait have been doing the trick.

PATTISON: Anglers are catching fish rainbow trout.

RIFFE: A recent report on washingtonlakes.com indicated fishing is still good.

SCANEWA: Last week, Tacoma Power employees released 43 steelhead adults, 3,606 spring chinook, 523 jacks and 43 winter-run steelhead into the lake above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

SILVER (Pierce): Rainbow trout fishing is good, according to a report recently posted at washingtonlakes.com.

TANWAX: The biggest catch was 14.1 ounces in Saturday morning’s kids fishing tournament, according to Rainbow Resort. Worms and Power Bait are proving to be the best options for catching fish.

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