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Fishing report: Puget Sound crabbing reopens and razor clam dig begins Saturday

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Oct. 12, 2012 at 10:14 am |
October 12, 2012 10:14 am

It should be a good weekend. Anglers are hoping the rain will bring salmon into local rivers, the first razor clam dig opens today and crabbing opens in many areas of Puget Sound, just not in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma).

Rivers

Chehalis: The salmon fishing has been decent at the Montesano bridge and upstream from there. People are catching a mix of chinook and coho. Anglers are reportedly using spinners.

Cowlitz: The salmon fishing has been slow in the last week, while some steelhead are being caught at Blue Creek.

Nisqually: Corkies and yarn in green are producing a few solitary coho and there are reports of a few chum also being caught.

Lakes

Offut: The trout fishing has been good, with worms and marshmallows working best for still fisherman, or slowly trolling Kastmasters and Needlefish. The perch fishing has been good, while the bass fishing has slowed some.

Potholes: The perch fishing is the best it has been in a number of years. Look for them in in water 16 feet deep and deeper in the Lind Coulee and near Goose Island. Smallmouth bass fishing is good on the face of O’Sullivan Dam and the Crab Creek area is producing some largemouth bass. Walleye action is fair.

Rufus Woods: Most triploid rainbow trout are hitting jigs rather than any trolled gear. The key is finding the fish and putting the jig right in front of their mouths. They are used to being fed, not chasing food.

Saltwater

Beaches: The first razor clam dig opens today. The dig will be today (low tide is at 5:41 p.m.) and Sunday (6:26) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Monday (7:11) at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; and Tuesday (7:57), Wednesday (8:44) and Thursday (9:34) at Twin Harbors.

Crabbing: Recreational crabbing reopens at 8 this morning in marine areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 12 (Hood Canal) and 13 (South Puget Sound). Crabbing will be allowed seven days a week through Dec. 31.

South Sound: The action has slowed down this week, based on state creel reports. The good news is there are plenty of coho being caught off Sekiu and some of those fish should be headed this way. Around Harstine and Squaxin islands, people are catching Silvers and chum are starting to come in pretty good.

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