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Originally published Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 8:02 PM

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Wet weather has swamped most fishing opportunities

Wet weather has drowned out most opportunities but lake trout fishing and razor clam digging off the coast are still options. Six southwest Washington lakes will open Friday, and each have received a plant of 2,000 rainbow trout averaging 1¼ pounds.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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The stormy, wet weather has drowned out just about every fishing opportunity, although lake trout fishing and razor clam digging off the coast will remain options.

Six southwest Washington lakes will open Friday, and each have received a plant of 2,000 rainbow trout averaging 1 ¼ pounds.

The lakes opening Friday are Battleground Lake and Klineline Pond in Clark County, Kress Lake in Cowlitz County, Fort Borst Park Pond and South Lewis County Park Pond in Lewis County and Rowland Lake in Klickitat County.

Anglers can also try Beaver Lake near Issaquah, which was planted earlier this month with 2,000 rainbow averaging 2 to 3 pounds. There is good shore access in the adjacent park and by small boats (no gas motors). Daily limit is five fish, and only two may be more than 15 inches.

The next round of coastal razor clam digs will begin Monday in what has been an excellent season.

"Given the stormy weather conditions (last week), those who stuck it out on the beaches got their (15-clam daily) limits on the two beaches I was at," said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

Digging is open Monday to Wednesday at Twin Harbors; Nov. 29 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrock. Digging is allowed after noon each day.

Low tides: Monday, minus-0.1 feet at 5:16 p.m.; Tuesday, -0.3 at 5:32 p.m.; Wednesday, -0.4 at 6:27 p.m.; Nov. 29, -0.4 at 7:01 p.m.; Nov. 30, -0.3 at 7:35 p.m.; Dec. 1, -0.1 at 8:10 p.m.

Other tentative digs are Dec. 11-13 and Dec. 28 at Twin Harbors; Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 30-31 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Dec. 16 at Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Dec. 29 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks

Clam populations are healthy, and more digs could take place after the New Year and into spring.

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or myuasa@seattletimes.com

Fishing report
Location Comment
Statewide rivers The deluge washed away any hopes of wetting a line, most rivers becoming unfishable or near flood stage. Before the wet weather, Reiter Ponds on the Skykomish was giving up a few steelhead and the Cascade, Skykomish and Skagit had a few coho. Fishing was fair for coho in Bogachiel, Clearwater and Hoh, and for chum, coho and kings in Humptulips. Slow to fair for coho and chinook in the Cowlitz. Fair for chinook in Lewis North Fork, and a few winter steelhead in Lewis mainstem.
Biting: Maybe

Rating: 1 stars

Marine areas Between storms, it is decent for hatchery chinook at Possession Bar and Jefferson Head, but spotty in Saratoga Pass and the east side of Whidbey Island. The Tengu Derby in Elliott Bay on Sunday lured 28 anglers with no luck. The season leader is Justin Wong of Seattle with a 9-pound, 12-ounce hatchery chinook. The derby meets at daybreak to 11 a.m. every Sunday through Dec. 30 at Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle. Cost is $15. Details: 206-324-7600. The salmon fishery is open along the southeast side of Whidbey Island (Catch Areas 8-1 and 8-2), Puget Sound (9, 10, 11 and 13) and Hood Canal (12). Port Angeles and the San Juan Islands reopen Dec. 1. Chum fishing is fading at Hoodsport in Hood Canal, Kennedy Creek estuary in Totten Inlet, Johns Creek estuary in Oakland Bay, Chico Creek near Bremerton and North Bay near Allyn. Very good squid jigging at night off Edmonds Pier and Pier 86 on the Seattle waterfront. Good crabbing in open areas of Puget Sound and Hood Canal, but closed in central and south-central Puget Sound.
Biting: Yes/no

Rating: 2 stars

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