Fishing Report

San Juan Islands and eastern Strait a good spot for salmon

Seattle Times staff reporter

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

On top of the list: 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.

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.