OUTDOORS: Many options for outdoor sports, even in wet weather

Stay warm and Eating well on leftovers may be the more attractive option given the forecast of three potential atmospheric rivers sweeping the Pacific Northwest through Sunday.

Friday appears to be the bright spot of a meteorologically dark time of year. It’s traditionally the stormiest week of the year.

There are options outside, even in wet weather.

“Lake Leland is always an option. There are a lot of trout in the lake, but the fish are now in inactive winter mode since the water in the lake is now 40 degrees or less, ”said Ward Norden of Quilcene.

“The fish are in winter mode, so trolling is not very efficient. Bait fishing is the name of the game and the bait has to be put in front of their nose for the fish to decide what to do.

Norden said the Power Bait floating a few inches above the bottom is the most tested way to fish during the colder months, but there are other options.

“Something that also works well is a worm floated just above the bottom by a small, colorful Corky Steelhead float attached in front of the hook with a toothpick,” Norden said.

“Anglers don’t get a lot of bites this time of year, but when you get one it’s a good bite,” he said. “Lake Leland has a nice fishing pier and plenty of beaches in the park, but if you prefer a single scull, consider double anchoring to prevent the boat from moving the bait.”

Beach steelhead

Norden said the winter hatchery rainbow trout beach casting is in its early stages along Jefferson County’s Whidbey Island and Point Wilson points at Fort Worden State Park. and at Fort Flagler’s Marrowstone Point.

“The methods of catching rainbow trout off the beach are well known using a Spin-N-Glow Rainbow Trout Lure in front of a garish red plastic squid, but there is also another one. an option that we don’t often talk about, ”Norden said.

“Many years ago a commercial fisherman friend told me he could catch all the rainbow trout he wanted in the ocean if he dragged a bright red 1½-inch spoon around. the surface. This is pretty much the same method as the method I use in the spring to catch trout in Lake Leland with a much smaller red spoon.

Norden said this method is called flatlining.

“Steelhead migrates in shallow water, so if you feel like getting out of the boat, drag a bright red spoon or flame spoon into the shallow water, within 20 feet, along the beach on the south side. -est of Marrowstone Point might be a good plan. A ¼ ounce or ⅜ ounce Wonderlure-style spoon would be about fine.

As for river fishing for steelies? The coastal rainbow trout season will be discussed at a virtual town hall on Monday at 5 p.m. Details are available at wdfw.wa.gov/coastal-steelhead.

Hand Crab Fishing at Night

Pack powerful flashlights and don water-resistant clothing to go on a crab hunt.

“There are some of the best negative tides of winter happening the week after Thanksgiving for hardy souls with powerful flashlights,” Norden said. “The 10 day forecast calls for rain and wind, so what else is new for the last week of November. Wear a sweater and your Helly. [rain gear]. ”

Razor digs ahead

The first knife digs in December have been approved.

Wednesday, 4:09 p.m .: +0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis.

December 2, 4:58 p.m .: -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.

Dec 3, 5:45 p.m .: -1.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis.

December 4, 6:32 p.m .: -1.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.

December 5, 7:20 p.m .: -2.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis.

December 6, 8:09 p.m .: -1.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.

December 7, 8:59 p.m .: -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis.

December 8, Wednesday, 9:51 p.m.: -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.

December 9, Thursday, 10:45 p.m.: +0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis.


Sports reporter Michael Carman can be reached at 360-406-0674 or mcarman @ peninsuladailynews.com.

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