Here are highlights from the fishing report that will appear in Saturday’s Sports section:
This weekend’s success – and safety – will largely be predicated by the weather. Rivers were rapidly rising Friday, so if the rain continues it could make water conditions unfishable. The strong winds in the forecast will make fishing Puget Sound difficult and could make for dangerous conditions for the weekend razor clam dig. Wave heights off Cape Elizabeth were at 17 feet Friday morning. State officials warn digs to be extra cautious when waves there top 11 feet.
WEATHER UPDATE 11:40 A.M.
The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory until noon Saturday for the North and Central Coasts. Sustained winds will be between 25-35mph, gusting to 50 mph. Waves in the surf zone were expected to be 25-29 feet and very powerful.
Potholes: The ice is melting all over the area. Bank fishing with Power Bait,
Pautske’s Eggs or night crawlers with marshmellows are the main baits. Good spots are Medicare Beach and behind the MarDon Resort office, or Canal, Heart and Corral lakes.
St. Clair: The lake has been fishing well for rainbow trout. People have been hooking trout in the 13- to 16-inch range.
Washington: The south end of the lake and off the south end of Mercer Island has been producing decent catches of cutthroat trout, some weighing up to 5 pounds. Most of the fish are measuring 14-19 inches long. Most people are fishing orange or yellow label herring about 25-35 feet deep.
Cowlitz: The fishing remains slow. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered just 10 winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. The river level was raised Wednesday by about 2,000 cfs.
Skookumchuck: There are reports of people starting to catch some steelhead, but just a fish here and there. People are usin corkies with eggs or jigs.
Yakima: The trout fishing has been fair in recent days. The fish seem to be moving from slow water in the channel and moving closer to the banks looking for skwala stonefly nymphs. Trailing a zebra midge will also result in some hook ups.
Beaches: A razor clam dig will take place today and Sunday at Twin Harbors and Long Beach. No digging is allowed before noon. The evening low tides times are: today, 5:12 p.m., +0.3 feet; and Sunday, 5:47 p.m., +0.1 feet. The best digging occurs one to two hours prior to low tide.
Hood Canal: There were 22 fish checked in during the Billy Nik Derby a week ago. The winning fish was a 12-pound, 15-ounce blackmouth caught by Matt Dornan.
South Sound: The fishing off Tacoma is still very slow, but there are some reports of people catching blackmouth off Three Tree Point on tidal changes. Trolling with spoons seems more effective right now. The searun cutthroat trout fishing has been fair to good, but the cutthroat must be released.