If you want to stay indoors, the Seattle Boat Show runs from Thursday through Saturday at the CenturyLink Field Event Center.

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The agenda of places to go range from outdoor to indoor activities in the days ahead.

On top of the list: good salmon fishing in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, more possible razor clam digs on coastal beaches and indoors at the Seattle Boat Show.

The next round of coastal razor clam digs have been approved to begin Tuesday on Copalis and Mocrocks beaches, and also includes Twin Harbors Beach, which had been closed since Nov. 27 due to high levels of marine toxins.

“We got good marine toxin numbers for all three beaches including Twin Harbors, which is great news,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

During the most recent digs, more than 11,000 diggers turned out last Friday through Tuesday at Copalis and Mocrocks beaches in search of razor clams, and found very good success under ideal weather conditions.

Next digging dates during evening low tides are Feb. 7-9 at Copalis and Mocrocks; Feb. 10-12 at Mocrocks only; and Feb. 7-12 at Twin Harbors only. Other future dates are Feb. 24-26 at Copalis and Mocrocks.

When the weather cooperates, diggers have ranged anywhere from 10.5 to 12.3 clams per digger (the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit) at Copalis and Mocrocks.

Ayres noted there has been some confusion on whether a beach is open or closed. The clear indicator are signs posted at every beach approach, and a big red sign means it is closed.

The best bet for winter hatchery chinook fishing is the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, where a check this past Sunday at the Ediz Hook boat launch in Port Angeles showed 25 boats with 40 anglers taking home 44 chinook. The area is expected to remain open daily through April 15. Look for good action off Winter Hole, Ediz Hook, the humps (a series of underwater troughs in the eastern Strait) and Freshwater Bay.

The San Juan Islands are another consistent producer of winter chinook on the north side of Orcas Island off Point Thompson, Parker Reef, McArthur Bank, Sucia Island, Thatcher Pass, Obstruction Pass and President Channel.

State fisheries is also keeping a close watch on many winter chinook grounds that have catch guidelines, and seasons could close sooner than expected if fishing is good.

That was the case when central Puget Sound came to a close on Jan. 23, more than a month sooner than expected. Two other areas — the San Juan Islands and east side of Whidbey Island — are now being closely watched as each have reached or is over 65 percent of its allowable guideline.

The San Juan Islands are open daily through April 30 with a one hatchery chinook daily limit, and 65 percent of the guideline has been achieved.

The east side of Whidbey Island is open daily through April 30 with a one hatchery chinook daily limit, and it sits at 64 percent of the catch guideline.

Northern Puget Sound is currently closed and scheduled to reopen sometime in late February or early March. It was originally scheduled to reopen Jan. 16.

There’s still time to check out the Seattle Boat Show from Thursday through Saturday at the CenturyLink Field Event Center and South Lake Union in downtown Seattle. There are plenty of seminars to provide anglers precious information on where and how to catch fish or gather shellfish. Details: seattleboatshow.com

Fishing Report
Location  Comment
Marine areas Central Puget Sound piers and the Edmonds Pier are open year-round for salmon. Hatchery chinook fishing in south-central Puget Sound is open daily through April 30; Hood Canal is open daily through April 30; and southern Puget Sound is open daily through June 30. Squid jigging is slowing down off Elliott Bay piers, and Edmonds, Des Moines, Les Davis, Redondo and Dash Point piers.
Biting: YesRating: ★★  
Statewide rivers A check Jan. 27-29 of 54 anglers on Bogachiel with two kept and 17 released; seven on Calawah with two kept and one released; and 60 on Sol Duc with 37 released. Other options are Queets, Quinault, Satsop, Humptulips and Salmon. Spotty with just a few steelhead released on Lewis East Fork, Kalama and Coweeman. In Puget Sound region, Reiter Ponds on Upper Skykomish and Wallace River are open for hatchery steelhead through Feb. 15. Rocky Ford Creek offers good trout fly-fishing.
Biting: YesRating: ★★  
Statewide lakes In Cowlitz County, Horseshoe had 18 adult steelhead planted on Jan. 25; and Kress had 2,000 trout planted on Jan. 25, and 35 adult steelhead on Jan. 23. In Klickitat County, Rowland was planted with 112 trout on Jan. 24; and Spearfish received 28 trout on Jan. 24. In Skamania County, Tunnel received 50 trout on Jan. 24. Other good trout holes are Battle Ground and Klineline in Clark County, and Silver in Cowlitz County. Goodwin in Snohomish County is worth a try for planted trout. Good for cutthroat trout in Lake Washington. Ice fishing is decent at Sidley northeast of Oroville; Fish near Leavenworth; Bonaparte near Tonasket; Patterson near Winthrop; and Roses near Lake Chelan. Very good for large-sized kokanee in Lake Roosevelt. Fair to good for lake trout and kokanee in Lake Chelan.
Biting: YesRating: ★★