Anglers will hit Beaver Lake Thursday in search of 2,500 freshly-planted trout

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The list of fall trout fishing options continues to grow along with other activities like razor clam digging, setting crab pots, and pursuing salmon or steelhead.

Don’t expect any solitude on Beaver Lake near Issaquah, where a good turnout of anglers will be standing along the banks at sunrise on Thursday trying their luck at catching 2,500 planted rainbow trout averaging 2 pounds.

The daily limit at Beaver is five trout, and only two can be longer than 15 inches. Internal-combustion boat engines are prohibited on this year-round lake.

The next round of coastal razor clam digs are set for Oct. 28 through Nov. 1 at Twin Harbors only, and final approval will be announced Friday.

“We decided to add a few extra days to this upcoming dig at Twin Harbors,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “Unfortunately we cannot open Long Beach this time around. Marine toxin levels had increased above the action level, and we need at least two clean results before we can think about opening a beach.”

Testing is done for domoic acid – a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae – that can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities.

“Digging on the season opener last Friday and Saturday was a bust due to the stormy weather with the surf at one point rising to 26 feet,” Ayres said. “By Sunday, coast-wide (Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks) we had a thousand people out and they averaged 11 clams per person (the first 15 dug is a daily limit).”

Twin Harbors was the only beach open on Monday with an estimated thousand diggers hitting the beach, and then dipped Tuesday to around 700, but it was limits across the board.

“People at Twin Harbors were happy with the size of clams, and as predicted there are a lot of clams and very good digging,” Ayres said.

More digging will occur Nov. 12-19 at Twin Harbors, and Nov. 17-19 at Copalis and Mocrocks. For more information, go to http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.

The Dungeness crab fishery is open daily through Dec. 31 in many areas of Puget Sound, and early indications have shown good catches.

This includes Neah Bay east of the Tatoosh-Bonilla line to Port Angeles in the Strait of Juan de Fuca; Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay; Ports Susan and Gardner; and northern and central Puget Sound. Catches are still being evaluated for south-central and southern Puget Sound, and the possibility of opening each will be decided at a later date.

Trout plants

Pierce County: Bradley, 1,000 on Sept. 26; Harts, 425 on Oct. 14; and Tanwax, 350 on Oct. 12.

Thurston: Black was planted with 1,007 trout on Oct. 17; Longs Pond (open for youth ages 14-under), 204 on Oct. 17; and Munn, 275 on Oct. 11.

Chelan: Dry, 982 on Oct. 5-6; and Wapato, 250 on Oct. 12.

Mason: Isabella, 1,100 on Oct. 3; Island, 1,800 on Oct. 4; Lots, 1,800 on Oct. 4; Nahwatzel, 3,000 on Sept. 30 and Oct. 3; and Spencer, 2,680 on Oct. 5.

Jefferson: Gibbs, 350 on Oct. 6; Leland, 2,000 on Oct. 3; and Teal, 150 on Oct. 6.

Kitsap: Island, 900 on Oct. 5; and Kitsap, 4,760 on Oct. 3.

Fishing Report
Location Comment
Marine areas Inner Grays Harbor is slow to fair for coho and hatchery kings. Fair for hatchery coho in southern Puget Sound west of a line from the southernmost point of Devil’s Head (at south end of Key Peninsula) to the eastern boundary of Tolmie State Park. Slow to fair for coho in north end of Hood Canal. Slow to fair for chinook in San Juan Islands. Squid jigging is fair to good at Edmonds Pier, A-Dock at the Shilshole Bay Marina, Des Moines Pier and Les Davis Pier, but slowed along the Seattle waterfront from Seattle Aquarium to Pier 86 due to all the muddy run-off at Duwamish mouth.
Biting: MaybeRating: ★★  
Statewide rivers Fair for chinook and coho, and a few steelhead on Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam. Fair to good for chinook and coho in Bonneville Pool of Columbia off the mouths of Klickitat and Drano Lake. Fair for steelhead in Columbia between McNary and Walla Walla River. Fair for mostly coho and some chinook in North Fork Lewis. Drano Lake is fair for chinook, coho and steelhead. Klickitat is muddy and high. Slow in Lower Yakima for chinook due to wind and rain. Chinook and coho are viable option in Cowlitz near salmon hatchery, and for steelhead near the trout hatchery. Cowlitz below Toutle is very turbid. Look for fresh coho once the water levels drop in Snohomish, Skykomish and Wallace, which are open through Oct. 31; and Skagit and Cascade open through Nov. 30. Slow to fair for coho, and marginal fishing conditions on Green. Skykomish at Reiter Ponds is open for steelhead. Fair for chinook in Humptulips.
Biting: YesRating: ★★  
Statewide lakes Jameson Lake in Douglas County is a fairly good bet for trout; it’s open through Oct. 31. The coho run is just about over in Lake Washington north of the 520 Bridge, but good for cutthroat trout and perch. Fair to good for trout at Goodwin in Snohomish County. Fair to good for trout and kokanee in Roosevelt. Lake Sammamish is open for trout and all other game fish. Good for walleye, bass and perch in Potholes Reservoir.
Biting: YesRating: ★★