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Date 03-Feb-17
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Conditions : Olympic Penisula: Razor clams: State shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled two razor clam openings this month on various beaches. WDFW will announce whether each dig can proceed about a week before the opening.

Salmon: Marine areas 6 (eastern strait), 12 (Hood Canal) and 13 (south Sound) remain open for salmon fishing in February. Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) re-opened Feb. 1 to fishing for blackmouth salmon.

Later in the month, anglers will also have a chance to hook a blackmouth salmon in Marine Area 5 (Sekiu), where salmon fishing opens Feb. 16. The daily catch limit in all open marine areas is two fish.

Anglers can check creel reports for information on catch and effort in Puget Sound. Recreational fishery samplers with WDFW collect the information each week at fishing access sites throughout the Sound.

The re-opening of Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) to salmon fishing has been delayed until further notice. Anglers should check the emergency fishing rules website for details.

Steelhead: The run of hatchery steelhead is winding down in the northern rivers, but anglers can find hatchery steelhead to the south in the Skookumchuck, Satsop, Wynoochee and mainstem Chehalis rivers, where late-run hatchery steelhead are still showing up.

Squid: Winter is prime time to jig for squid in Puget Sound. Good spots include the Des Moines pier, Edmonds pier, Point Defiance and Les Davis piers in Tacoma, and the Illahee State Park, Waterman and Indianola piers in Kitsap County

Trout: Another option is to head to a local lake and hook some trout. Best bets include American Lake in Pierce County; Saint Clair and Black lakes in Thurston County; Leland Lake in Jefferson County; Kitsap Lake in Kitsap County; and Spencer Lake in Mason County.

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