Plants of 15- to 16-inch trout boost anglers’ lake prospects.

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Moving into a new month there are still plenty of options to go fishing whether it’s for trout, Dungeness crab, squid or salmon.

Many are gearing up for the hatchery chinook fishery in the San Juan Islands that opened Thursday, and two large derbies in the days ahead should give anglers a better grasp on where the hot sports are located in the island chain.

“The big highlight is the San Juan Islands, and everyone is pretty enthused since they were seeing some fairly decent fishing when it closed at the end of October,” said Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood.

The Northwest Salmon Derby Series is hosting the Friday Harbor Salmon Classic from Thursday through Saturday, and the Resurrection Salmon in Anacortes on Saturday and Sunday. Details:

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Elsewhere, northern Puget Sound is closed for salmon and will reopen Jan. 16. The east side of Whidbey Island remains fair for hatchery chinook off Columbia Beach, Camano Head, Hat Island, Sandy Point and Elger Bay.

The Tengu Blackmouth Derby was held on Sunday in Elliott Bay, and produced one fish for 24 members. The derby is held every Sunday at 6 a.m. through Dec. 18. Details: 206-324-7600. Better options outside the bay are Allen Bank off Blake Island, Allen Bank, Jefferson Head, Kingston, Point Monroe, West Point south of Shilshole Bay and Rich Passage.

Chum fishing remains decent at places like the Hoodsport Hatchery in Hood Canal, Kennedy Creek in Totten Inlet, Chico Creek in Dyes Inlet and Perry Creek in Eld Inlet, where 24 shore anglers Sunday caught 20 chum.

Squid jigging is still good off Elliott Bay piers, Edmonds Pier, A-Dock at the Shilshole Bay Marina, Des Moines, Les Davis, Point Defiance Park, Redondo and Dash Point.

State Fish and Wildlife recently planted trout in many statewide lakes to boost winter fishing.

In Pierce County, American was planted with 1,998; Bradley, 30; and Tanwax, 975. In Clark County, Battle Ground, 2,000; and Klineline Pond, 2,000. In Thurston County, Black, 1,998; Long, 975; and Offutt, 950.

In Lewis County, Fort Borst, 1,990; and Lewis County Park Pond, 1,990. In Kitsap County, Kitsap, 150. In Cowlitz County, Kress, 2,000. In Jefferson County, Leland, 200.

In Skagit County, Campbell, 2,565. In Kittitas County, Mattoon, 115. In Okanogan County, Patterson, 2,000. In Chelan, Roses, 18,248. In Klickitat County, Rowland, 1,933. In Mason County, Spencer, 275. In Grays Harbor County, Sylvia, 300.

The trout planted average 15-16 inches and weigh up to 3 pounds. For details, go to

Fishing Report
Location  Comment
Marine areas The Dungeness crab fishery remains very good in northern Puget Sound around both sides of Whidbey Island. Other good crab options are Strait of Juan de Fuca, San Juan Island and Hood Canal. If marine-toxin levels remain below the action level, razor clam digging could occur Dec. 10-18 and Dec. 26-31 at Long Beach; Dec. 12-18 and Dec. 29-31 at Twin Harbors; and Dec. 10-11 and Dec. 30-31 at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks. The first round of tests should come to light on Thursday, and a second sample will be dug sometime next week, with final approval to follow. Details:
Biting: YesRating: ★★  
Statewide rivers A few early winter hatchery steelhead were caught on the Upper Skykomish at Reiter Ponds and the Wallace. An illegal release of thousands of hatchery steelhead smolt two years ago in Snoqualmie should produce a few fish soon at Tokul Creek, Big Eddy, Cable Hole and mouth of the Tolt. Skagit has been fairly decent for large, late-arriving coho. Slow to fair for coho, steelhead and cutthroat in Cowlitz. A few steelhead caught in Kalama. Slow to fair on Humptulips, Satsop and Chehalis for hatchery chinook and coho. Fair for early winter steelhead in Bogachiel and Calawah, and lots of coho in Sol Duc, although condition of fish is marginal.
Biting: YesRating: ★★  
Statewide lakes Good for cutthroat trout in Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, with some pushing 16 to 20 inches. Good for crappie in the south end of Lake Union. Slow to fair for perch in Lake Washington. Good for trout at Goodwin. Decent for trout and kokanee in Roosevelt. Fair to good for walleye, bass and perch in Potholes Reservoir.
Biting: YesRating: ★★