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Fishing report: Clam dig this weekend, better salmon fishing

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Oct. 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
October 26, 2012 12:23 pm

Here are some highlights from the fishing report that will appear in Saturday’s Sports section.

Saltwater

Beaches: The next razor-clam dig of the season gets under way at four ocean beaches today. Twin Harbors beach will open for digging after noon Saturday-Tuesday. The other beaches – Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks – are open for digging today and Sunday. The low tide times are: today, 5:57 p.m., +0.2 feet; Sunday, 6:36 p.m., -0.1 feet; Monday, 7:12 p.m., -0.3 feet; and Tuesday, 7:46 p.m., -0.4 feet.

Hoodsport: The chum are coming back in better numbers. Try an anchoive under a bobber or green corky and yarn.

South Sound: The salmon fishing has shown some signs of improvement, with people catching blackmouth. Some of the fish are weighing over 14 pounds. Try trolling flashers and hoochies. Chum salmon are being caught south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Crab fishing in Marine Area 13 has been pretty good since the season reopened.

Lakes

Offut: People are catching plenty of rainbow trout, most measuring 12-18 inches long. They are fishing worms and Power Bait off the bottom.

Spanaway: Fly fishermen are having success because the trout are at the surface most of the day. Chironomid patterns are working well. The brown trout are moving toward the creek at the north end. Rainbow trout are hitting dough baits on the bottom or a trolled Wedding Ring tipped with a worm.

Rivers

Carbon: Anglers are reporting catching some coho. Many of the fish are on the small side, weighing 2-3 pounds. Anglers are having the most success casting spinners.

Humptulips: People are catching a mix of chinook, coho and chum, but most chinook. Drifting eggs seems to be the best method right now.

Methow: People are having some success for steelhead. Try swinging medium-size flies on an intermediate sink line or skating flies on a floating line with river flows this low.

Skokomish: There are a multitude of reports indicating tribal nets have been in the river. For sports anglers, the fishing has been off and on. A few coho are being caught, and more chum are starting to come in.

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