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Fishing report: Razor clam dig OK’d, decent salmon fishing

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Nov. 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
November 9, 2012 1:16 pm

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

Lakes

American: The lake is producing some large rainbow trout. The morning bite has been the most productive. Anglers are floating yellow dough bait 3-4 feet off the bottom.

Potholes: Anglers are catching limits of yellow perch from the Medicare Beach area. They are fishing from a boat in water 20-40 feet deep. Bass fishing has been good in Crab Creek in the afternoon The walleye fishing is slow, but should pick up as temperatures drop.

Washington: Schools of yellow perch can been found in water 60-65 feet deep. They are feeding on sticklebacks, a small bait fish named. Try using half of a night crawler to get your first perch. The fillet that fish and cut into small strips. Use a marker buoy to mark where the school of fish is holding.

Rivers

Green: Chum salmon are hitting jigs, just not in great numbers. People also are catching trout. The best action seems to be from Metzler Park to Flaming Geyser State Park.

Humptulips: The river is producing a mix of chinook, coho and chum. When the water is high, fish higher on the river with a K15 Kwikfish with a chartreuse or cerise tail. Once the water drops and clears, then switch to eggs under a bobber.

Methow: The steelhead fishing has been good in recent days. Fly anglers are catching fish with dark-colored streamers or egg patterns in pink or red.

Olympic Coast: The chinook are moving into the various system. Try fishing eggs under a bobber.

Saltwater

Beaches: Digging for razor clams will be allowed on four ocean beaches at various times next week, starting Tuesday. Here are the openings at the times for low tide: Tuesday, 5:54 p.m., -1.6 feet, Twin Harbor; Wednesday, 6:41 p.m., -1.9 feet, Twin Harbors; Thursday, 7:29 p.m., -1.9 feet, Long Beach and Twin Harbors; Friday, 8:18 p.m., -1.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; and Nov. 17, 9:09 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

South Sound: Fishing for blackmouth is fair to good with a average reported by state checkers of about a fish per boat. Use small spoons such as the Coho Killer or the 3-inch Kingfisher spoons, fishing them off the bottom. Squid fishing on local piers has been very good.

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