Anglers aren’t necessarily flocking to Western Washington lakes even though the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife tocked them with more than 340,000 catchable trout over the past two months.
Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood says the anglers he sees fishing these lakes tend to be those with schedules flexible enough to get out during the limited periods of daylight. “But there are opportunities,” he said.
Fort Borst Park Pond: Stocked this week by the WDFW.
South Lewis Park Pond: The WDFW stocked this pond this week.
Southwest Washington: Kress Lake in Cowlitz County, Rowland Lake in Klickitat County and Battle Ground Lake and Klineline Pond in Clark County opened Friday with freshly planted fish.
Chelan: The Barrens and the Trench are still producing good fishing for trollers, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service. Rainbow trout are also biting for bank anglers.
Roses: Recently stocked with rainbows, the fish are biting here.
Offut: Power Bait and worms are doing the trick for anglers hoping to limit, said Becky Pogue of Offut Lake Resort.
South Sound: The staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports squid fishing is excellent. Otherwise, fishing in the area is quite slow due to windy conditions. There are fish to catch but scoring one will likely require patience plus a flasher and spoon or hoochie.
The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina will host a squid fishing clinic Dec. 6. The 4-6 p.m. clinic run by Gene Anderson will go over the basics of gear and catching and cooking squid. The clinic is $10.
North Sound: Squid fishing continues to be good in this area.
Razor clams: State shellfish managers have approved a seven-day razor clam dig starting Dec. 3, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday. Digs were also proposed through February. The Dec. 3-9 dig was approved after marine toxin tests showed clams were safe to eat.
Digging will not be allowed before noon and diggers must keep the first 15 clams they collect. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
“Crowds of diggers have been on the light side, but the clams continue to grow and are getting fatter,” WDFW shellfish manager Dan Ayres said in a statement. “If you’re willing to brave the elements, it’s a great opportunity to get some clams.”
Digs will be at Long Beach and Twin Harbors Dec. 3-9, Mocrocks Dec. 5-7 and Copalis on Dec. 6.
Future digs are proposed for Dec. 31-Jan. 7, Jan. 17-24, Jan. 30-Feb. 6 and Feb. 15-22. For more information visit wdfw.wa.gov.
Puyallup: High and dirty like most of the lakes in the region.
Green: Not in good shape for fishing thanks to recent rain, said Todd Rock of Auburn Sports and Marine.
Cowlitz: One of the few rivers that might be fishable this weekend, Rock said. Coho fishing has been good in recent weeks.
Skookumchuck: Might be worth fishing near Bloody Run Creek, Rock said. The forecast of cold, dry weather should improve river fishing conditions around the South Sound.
Columbia: The upper river is producing steelhead.
Olympic Peninsula: Winter-run steelhead action has been slower than normal this fall.