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Wind and rain could wash out fishing opportunities

Some options available for anglers despite the foul weather


Seattle Times staff reporter

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After weeks of fairly good fishing weather, it looks like the coming days will be a washout with rain and wind.

For those who can’t wait out the weather, and feel the need to explore, there are a few options.

In southwest Washington, state Fish and Wildlife planted some lakes and ponds with rainbow trout last month to boost prospects.

Fort Borst Lake in Centralia was planted with 437 trout averaging 1.4 pounds; South Lewis County Park Pond in Toledo got 483 averaging 1.4 pounds; Lake Sacajawea in Longview got 1,381 catchable-sized trout; and Battle Ground Lake received 41 trout averaging 5 pounds and 35 weighing about 10 pounds apiece.

Other southwest choices for trout are Lacamas near Camas, 4,648; Icehouse Lake near Bridge of the Gods, 1,000; Little Ash Lake near Stevenson, 1,000; Maryhill Pond, 500; and Silver Lake near Castle Rock, 4,000.

Closer to the Puget Sound area, Flowing Lake near Snohomish recently was planted with 5,024 trout and American in Pierce County with 2,547. Other worthy lakes are Green Lake in North Seattle and Silver Lake in South Everett.

Lake Sammamish remains decent for cutthroat trout, and fair in Lake Washington off the I-90 bridge and south end of Mercer Island.

East of the Cascades, ice fishing is fair at Moses Lake and Fish Lake near Wenatchee for mostly perch along with a few walleye and trout. With the warming trend be sure to check ice safety conditions before heading out. Lind Coulee was fair to good for perch and walleye. Lake Roosevelt is good for trout.

Fishing Report
Location Comment
Marine areasThe San Juan Islands, eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca and central Puget Sound regions were producing fairly good catches of hatchery chinook. In central Puget Sound, try Kingston, Edmonds oil dock-Richmond Beach area, Shilshole Bay, Jefferson Head, Allen Bank off Blake Island, Manchester and Southworth. Very slow for hatchery chinook off Camano Head, Hat Island, Elger Bay and Columbia Beach. South-central Sound and Hood Canal reopen for salmon Feb. 1, and North Sound reopens Jan. 16. Spotty for squid at Edmonds, Des Moines, Seacrest and downtown Seattle waterfront piers.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars
Statewide riversLow and clear waters have made the winter steelhead season a struggle, but more rain in the coming days will be the telltale sign if more fish will arrive. Just a few fish have been tallied in the Skykomish (at the Reiter Ponds area), Snoqualmie, Lower Hoh, Bogachiel and Calawah. Until hatchery steelhead spawning goals are achieved, the Cascade River and North Fork Stillaguamish River are closed until Jan. 31. The closures also cover the Whitehorse Hatchery intake and Fortson Hole area. The Nooksack River and its forks also will be closed Thursday through Jan. 31. In the southwest region, steelhead fishing is slow in the Cowlitz, Wynoochee, Satsop and Washougal. Sturgeon fishing is slow to fair in the Bonneville Pool of the Columbia, but winds have made it tough on getting out on the water of late. Tokul Creek from the Hatchery Road Bridge up to the posted cable boundary marker below the hatchery intake is open through Feb. 15 for hatchery steelhead fishing, but closed daily from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Biting: YesRating: 2 stars
Shellfish gatheringThe next coastal razor clam digs are Jan. 17-18 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; and Jan. 15-16 at Twin Harbors. Final approval will be announced Monday. Digging is open from noon to midnight each day. More digs also are planned later this month and in February. The Point Whitney Lagoon near Brinnon in Hood Canal is on through March 15 for clam harvesting. Belfair State Park in Mason County on Hood Canal is open through Aug. 31 for clams and year-round for oysters. The clam and oyster season at Fort Flagler State Park in Jefferson County near Port Townsend is open through April 15, and May 15 through Dec. 31. Many other Hood Canal beaches currently are open for either oysters or clams. Check the state Fish and Wildlife website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/ for specific open beaches, or call the shellfish hotline at 866-880-5431.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars

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



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