Trout, razor clams, salmon, perch and Dungeness crabs are just some of the decent options for anglers heading into the final days of the year.
The San Juan Islands, the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca and the central Puget Sound regions are producing fair-to-good catches of hatchery chinook.
“Limits are pretty much the rule in the San Juan Islands with lots of fish in the 7- to 8-pound range, and some up into the mid-teens,” said Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood.
In the eastern Strait, the hatchery chinook (averaging 8 to 12 pounds) action is about as good as it gets for the winter time at Winter Hole, an underwater ledge just west of Port Angeles Harbor.
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A check from the Ediz Hook boat launch in Port Angeles on Sunday showed 12 boats with 23 anglers caught 21 hatchery chinook.
In central Puget Sound, try Kingston, the Edmonds oil dock-Richmond Beach area, Shilshole Bay, Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island, Jefferson Head, Allen Bank off Blake Island, Manchester and Southworth.
Dungeness crab fishing is going out with a bang in open areas of Puget Sound, and the winter season wraps up after Tuesday.
The coastal razor-clam digs have been excellent, and digging is open this Sunday to Tuesday at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis; Jan. 1-3 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; Jan. 4 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis; and Jan. 5 at Twin Harbors. Digging is open from noon to midnight each day.
More digs are also planned Jan. 17-18, Jan. 30-31, Feb. 2 and Feb. 27-28 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; Feb. 1 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis; Jan. 29 at Twin Harbors and Long Beach; and Jan. 15-16, Jan. 28 and Feb. 26 at Twin Harbors.
In southwest Washington, Fort Borst Park Pond in Centralia got a plant of 1,500 trout averaging 1.5 pounds on Dec. 15; Silver Lake near Castle Rock got 4,000 catchable-sized trout on Dec. 22; Kress Lake near Kalama got 2,000 catchable-sized trout on Dec. 14; Horseshoe Lake in Woodland got 2,400 catchable-sized and 42 five-pound trout on Dec. 21; and Klineline Pond got 2,000 catchable-sized and 148 five-pound trout on Dec. 18.
|Marine areas||The Tengu Blackmouth Derby anglers in Elliott Bay on Sunday had 22 anglers, and Gary Wong caught a 6-pound, 14-ounce hatchery chinook. The final day of the derby is Sunday at daybreak at the Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle (details: 206-324-7600). Slow to fair for smelt jigging: Cornet Bay Pier on North Whidbey Island and the Oak Harbor Marina. Very slow for hatchery chinook: off Camano Head, Hat Island, Elger Bay, Columbia Beach and the Bait Box hole on the east side of Whidbey Island. Slow for hatchery chinook: Tacoma area (south central Sound closes after Tuesday for salmon). Fair to good for squid: off Edmonds, Des Moines, and Seattle waterfront piers. Fair for hatchery chinook: Hood Canal, mainly out of Pleasant Harbor near Oak Head, Misery Point and Hazel Point. Northern Puget Sound reopens for salmon Jan. 16.|
|Statewide rivers||Slow to fair for hatchery steelhead: Lower Skykomish, Reiter Ponds in the Upper Skykomish, Snoqualmie, Cascade, Fortson Hole on Stillaguamish North Fork and Nooksack (On the northern coastal it is fair in Bogachiel and Lower Hoh, but spotty in the Calawah, Quinault, Salmon and Queets). Fair to good for coho: Chehalis and Satsop. Boat anglers were catching some steelhead on the Cowlitz and Washougal. North Fork Lewis boaters were still catching some fall chinook.|
|West side lakes||Cutthroat trout is good in Lake Sammamish (14 to 19 inches) and fair in Lake Washington (up to 6 pounds). Fair for trout: Spencer in Mason County; Lone on Whidbey Island; Leland in Jefferson County; Green in North Seattle; Rowland near Lyle; and Goodwin lakes in Snohomish County. Ice fishing: good at Moses Lake for mostly perch, and some walleye and trout. Lake Roosevelt is fair to good for trout.|