Trout Fishing Strong in Lake Washington & Lake Sammamish
The wacky weather has moved on for the moment, and plenty of fish still are lurking in local waters. A good winter option is the cutthroat trout fishery in Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish.
“Both lakes right now are offering some of the best trout fishing,” said Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. “Lake Sammamish is putting out better numbers of fish 11 to 17 inches, and Lake Washington better-sized fish in the 3- to 5-pound range.”
Troll a Luhr Jensen Needlefish or Canadian Wonder-type spoons in Size 2 or 3. Pop gear trailed by a Wedding Ring with a piece of worm or small Rapala-like plugs laced with scent will do the job. A good depth to set your gear is 40 to 60 feet.
In Lake Washington, the best spots are along the I-90 and Evergreen floating bridges or the south side of Mercer Island and the eastern shoreline north of Bellevue to Kirkland. At Lake Sammamish, troll near the boat launch on the south side near the park and work the eastern shoreline.
The hot winter hatchery chinook action in the San Juan Islands last month has cooled, but no doubt it remains the top choice.
“The winter blackmouth fishery remains good, and we went eight for 11 (Tuesday) at the two different spots in the islands,” said Derek Floyd, owner of Anglers Choice Charters in Anacortes. “It’s not crazy, off-the-charts hot like it was three weeks ago. The fish now are more spread out.”
Try Eagle Bluff, Salmon Bank, Rosario Strait, Thatcher Pass, Sucia Island, Point Thompson off the north side of Orcas Island, Spring Pass, Sinclair Inlet, Obstruction Pass, Parker Reef, Lopez Pass and Waldron Island.
Another marine salmon fishery coming soon is northern Puget Sound (Marine Catch Area 9), which reopens Jan. 16.
The recent coastal razor clam digs ended Wednesday, but more are coming in what has been a stellar winter season, albeit during breaks in the stormy weather.
Since the season began Oct. 7, diggers averaged 13.6 clams at Long Beach, 13.4 at Twin Harbors, 9.8 at Copalis and 13.2 at Mocrocks.