An extreme low tide between Thursday and Monday should expose a lot of Puget Sound and Hood Canal beaches for clams, oysters and the fabled geoduck.

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As we roll into a new month there are many choices on the outdoors scene from shellfish gathering to pursuing salmon, spot shrimp, halibut, trout and lingcod.

An extreme low tide between Thursday and Monday should expose a lot of Puget Sound and Hood Canal beaches for clams, oysters and the fabled geoduck.

“Clam populations are good and we’ve got longer seasons overall on most of our beaches,” said Alex Bradbury, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Brinnon. “We’ve added 17 months on 13 different beaches than we had last year for clams. And for oysters we’ve added seven months on 10 beaches.”

Good shellfish beaches include Dosewallips State Park, Fort Flagler, Potlatch State Park, Duckabush and South Indian Island County Park. Note: All Whatcom County beaches, including Birch Bay State Park are closed due to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning.

Bradbury points out that the colder spring weather has delayed oysters to mature, and that is good because they’re spawning later and right now they’re still “fat and flavorful.”

“That is not backed up by science, but just my impression, and I just had some (oysters) for lunch,” Bradbury said.

All eastern mainland beaches from Everett south into southern Puget Sound are also closed for shellfish due to unsafe pollution levels.

Before heading to a beach, call the marine biotoxin hotline at 800-562-5632 or visit the website at Also check the state fisheries hotline at 866-880-5431 and Web site at State Fish and Wildlife offers a good interactive shellfish map at

Come celebrate the mysterious and deep-dwelling geoduck clam at the Allyn Geoduck Festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday at Allyn in Case Inlet. Activities include a chain saw geoduck carving, geoduck derby, oyster shucking contest, and food and beverage.

Low tides: Thursday, minus-2.2 feet at 11:47 a.m.; Friday, -2.4 at 12:26 p.m.; Saturday, -2.4 at 1:07 p.m.; Sunday, -2.0 at 1:51 p.m.; and Monday, -1.3 at 2:36 p.m.

Parts of the Skykomish, Skagit and Cascade rivers opened Wednesday for hatchery chinook fishing.

“It was pretty darn good, and I know that some had two to six (steelhead or chinook) per boat,” said Bryan Nelson at Three Rivers Marine and Tackle in Woodinville. “It sounds like there was a lot fish around, and guys were fishing from Monroe up to Sultan.”

Brett Barkdull, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist said there are definitely some fish around and they’ve got over 100 chinook at the hatchery on the Cascade River at Marblemount.

“The water conditions are OK at the moment, but it can change from day to day,” Barkdull said. “We’ve got tons of snow on the hillsides that has to eventually come off. All it has to do is get warm or have a heavy rainfall with warmer temperatures, and then watch out.”

Barkdull said last year’s opener wasn’t super hot in the beginning, and it seems to have been that way the past few years.

“This year might be no different (than last year), and the fish haven’t been very cooperative and running straight to the hatchery,” Barkdull said.

The hatchery chinook fishery opened Wednesday in south central Puget Sound, and fishing was just OK around the Tacoma area off the Clay Banks and Point Dalco.

“We’ve got a good amount of people out fishing, but I would call it slow to fair and the tides were kind of lousy in the morning,” said Art Tatchell, manager of the Point Defiance Park Boathouse in Tacoma. “It was a mixture of wild and hatchery keeper fish, and the biggest we’ve seen weighed 15 pounds.”

Southern Puget Sound south of the Narrows Bridge is also open for hatchery chinook. Central Puget Sound north of a line from Point Monroe to Meadow Point opens to salmon catch and release on Wednesday.

The Tulalip Bay terminal salmon fishery opens this Friday until noon Monday, and open June 11. It is closed June 12, and then open June 13-Sept. 5 from Fridays to noon Mondays each week.

The Edmonds Pier is open year-round for salmon, and on Monday two large chinook were hooked and then unbuttoned before anglers could land them.

While the majority of Puget Sound is now closed for spot shrimp those looking for a last chance can try Hood Canal on June 8 and fish from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or;

Fishing report
Location Comment
Marine halibut and lingcod “It was pretty good at Sekiu, and I saw 59 halibut for 44 boats,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife sampler in the Strait. “Whenever you’ve got more fish than boats it is always a good check.”

The North Coast halibut fishery off Neah Bay and La Push is open Thursday and Saturday. Excellent at Westport for lingcod and black rockfish. Fair for lingcod on south side of Whidbey Island; the Elliott Bay, Shilshole and Edmonds marina jetties; south side of Hat Island; south of Alki Point near the green buoys; and Point Evans.

Biting: Yes

Rating: 3 stars

Statewide trout Fairly good for kokanee at Stevens, American, Cavanaugh, Samish and Whatcom lakes. Fair to good for trout at Sawyer, Meridian, Pattison, Green Pine, Cottage, Langlois, Deer, Angle, Desire, Goodwin, Roesiger, Heart, McMurray, and Bosworth. East of the Cascades, try for trout at Grimes, Roosevelt, Conconully, Williams, Jameson, Warden and Fishtrap. Lake Chelan is good for kokanee and lake trout.
Biting: Yes

Rating: 4 stars

Statewide rivers Good in the Cowlitz for spring chinook and steelhead. Fair in the Kalama and Lewis for steelhead (closed for spring chinook). In the Wind River the coffer dam area is probably best for spring chinook though some fish were being caught throughout the system. Fair for spring chinook in Drano Lake (closed every Wednesday). Fair for spring chinook and steelhead in the Klickitat River.

Slow to fair for spring chinook and steelhead in Lower Columbia. Slow to fair in the Columbia estuary for sturgeon. Shad counts are lagging in the Lower Columbia. Good for walleye and bass in The Dalles Pool. The Icicle River is fair for spring chinook. Many rivers open this Saturday for fishing, and check the regulation pamphlet for specifics.

Biting: Yes

Rating: 3 stars