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A feast for anglers on holiday weekend


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There are plenty of post-Thanksgiving options from trout in lakes to razor clams on the coast, and even a last chance for salmon in northern Puget Sound.

“The weekend after Thanksgiving is always a popular one (for razor clams),” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

The upcoming digs are Saturday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Sunday to Tuesday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Wednesday at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; and Dec. 5-7 at Twin Harbors. Digging is open from noon to midnight each day.

Additional digs are planned Dec. 14 and Dec. 29-31 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Dec. 15-16 at Long Beach, Twin Harbor and Mocrocks; Dec. 17-18 at Twin Harbors.

Those looking to catch trout should head to southwest Washington, where state Fish and Wildlife planted six lakes with thousands of rainbows this week.

Spencer Lake in Mason County was planted with 2,000 trout, and Leland Lake in Jefferson County received 975.

Lakes opening Friday that were planted include 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; Rowland Lake in Klickitat County; Leland Lake in Jefferson County; and Spencer Lake in Mason County.

In the Puget Sound region, 25 lakes were planted last month with about 60,000 trout. For details, go to http:/1.usa.gov/1gusSdq

Northern Puget Sound has been good for winter hatchery Chinook, and is open through Saturday only, then reopens Jan. 16. Places worth a try are Possession Bar, Double Bluff off Whidbey Island, Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend and Point No Point. The San Juan Islands reopen for salmon fishing beginning Sunday.

Fishing Report
Location Comment
Marine areasFair to good for smelt at the Cornet Bay Pier on North Whidbey Island and the Oak Harbor Marina. Fair for Chinook off Camano Head, Elger Bay, Saratoga Pass, Jefferson Head, Allen Bank off the south side of Blake Island, and Southworth. Fair for chum at Hoodsport in Hood Canal, Kennedy Creek in Totten Inlet, McLane Creek estuary and Perry Creek in Eld Inlet, but slow at Chico Creek estuary in Dyes Inlet. Fair for squid off Edmonds, Des Moines and Seattle waterfront piers. Slow for chinook off Point Defiance Park in Tacoma and the Narrows area. Spotty for steelhead off the beaches on the west side of Whidbey Island at Bush and Lagoon points.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars
Statewide riversMore steelhead showed up in the Lower Skykomish, Reiter Ponds in the Upper Skykomish, Chehalis, Satsop and Wynoochee. Improving on the northern coast for steelhead in the Lower Calawah, Bogachiel, Quinault, Quillayute, Salmon and Queets. Fair in the Cowlitz for coho near the salmon hatchery. Bank anglers were catching coho jacks and some steelhead, though most fish in the Kalama were released. North Fork Lewis boat anglers averaged almost one coho or Chinook per rod. Some hatchery winter run steelhead were sampled last week, as well as a few coho and late fall Chinook in the Washougal. Fair to good for coho in the Klickitat. Fair to good for Chinook, chum or coho in the Humptulips and Clearwater.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars
West side lakesCarlisle Lake near Onalaska was planted with 54 rainbows averaging 5 pounds, and 30 trout averaging 10 pounds on Nov. 20. Blackman’s and Goodwin lakes in Snohomish County are fair to good for trout. Fair for cutthroat in Lake Washington and Sammamish. Fair to good for perch in Lake Washington off the docks at Mount Baker, Leschi, Kenmore, Madison Park, Renton and Seward Park.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars

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



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