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posted by Mike on 03/24/2017

Chehalis River will not open for spring chinook fishing

Action: The Chehalis River will remain closed to salmon fishing and will not open to fishing for spring chinook on April 16 as scheduled in the 2016-17 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Effective dates:  April 16 through June 30, 2017.

Location: Chehalis River, from the mouth (Hwy 101 Bridge) to the Hwy 6 Bridge in the town of Adna (Grays Harbor/Thurston/Lewis counties).

Reason for action: The forecast for spring chinook returning to the Chehalis River basin is less than the number of fish needed to meet conservation objectives (spawning escapement goal).  

Other Information: Steelhead and other gamefish fisheries will remain as described in the 2016-17 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Information Contact:  Mike Scharpf, Region 6, (360) 249-1205


posted by Mike on 03/24/2017

Marine Area 7 salmon season reopening March 25

Action: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will reopen to salmon fishing March 25. The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in Marine Area 7 will be one chinook, with an overall two-salmon daily limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released. 

Effective Date: March 25, 2017, through April 30, 2017.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location:  Marine Area 7 within Puget Sound.

Reason for action: Test fishery data collected during March indicates there are fewer juvenile (sublegal-size) chinook salmon present in Marine Area 7 waters than in recent months. Sufficient capacity exists to re-open the fishery within the guideline of 10,248 "chinook encounters" – including both retained and released fish – agreed to by the tribal co-managers before this year's fishery began. Temporarily closing the fishery in mid-February allowed the state time to determine a reopening date that would give anglers opportunity later into the spring. 

Other information:  WDFW will continue to monitor the fishery and will consult with the advisors as more information becomes available. The most recent preliminary estimates can be found at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html. Check the sport fishing rules page for details: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808.


posted by Mike on 03/20/2017

Everett Blackmouth Derby Leaderboard

Derby Statistics

Statistics as of: Mar 20, 8:36 am (Refreshes every 10 minutes)
Total Number of Adult Participants: 353
Total Number of Youth Participants: 0
Total Number of Teams: 0
Total Number of Fish Caught: 52
Total Combined Weight of Fish Caught: 362 lbs
Average Weight of Fish Caught: 6.97 lbs

Adult Leaders

Rank Best Weight Time Participant
1) 12.66 lbs 3/18 19:52 JOSH HUPP - WA (#1135)
2) 11.76 lbs 3/18 20:17 ERIC NELSON - MILL CREEK, WA (#1479)
3) 11.22 lbs 3/18 20:12 JEFF AUDET - WA (#1103)
4) 10.77 lbs 3/18 19:52 SCOTT SLAUGHTER - CAMANO ISLAND, WA (#1142)
5) 10.76 lbs 3/18 19:34 SCOTT HILLIS - LAKE STEVENS, WA (#1314)
6) 9.99 lbs 3/18 19:43 ANDY PRASKEY - LAKE STEVENS, WA (#1316)
7) 9.27 lbs 3/18 19:44 TINA TAYLOR - LAKE STEVENS, WA (#1358)
8) 9.10 lbs 3/18 19:42 SPENCER WORLEY - CAMANO ISLAND, WA (#1012)
9) 8.88 lbs 3/18 19:49 MARCUS WHALEN - MARYSVILLE, WA (#1109)
10) 8.59 lbs 3/18 19:43 SPENCER HAUG - MARYSVILLE, WA (#1322)




posted by Mike on 03/16/2017

Sturgeon retention by sport fishery to close in Bonneville, The Dalles pools

Action: Closes retention of sturgeon in Bonneville and The Dalles pools.

Effective date: March 25, 2017, until further notice.

Species affected: White sturgeon.

Locations: The Columbia River and tributaries from Bonneville Dam upstream to John Day Dam.

Reason for action: The harvest guidelines for both pools are expected to be reached by the effective date of this rule.

Other information: Catch-and-release fishing remains open in both the Bonneville and The Dalles pools.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.


posted by Mike on 03/16/2017

Here's a run down on the Kid's Fishing Events locally for 2017.

April 7,8 & 9 2017

10am - 4pm


Kids Trout Pond

at Evergreen Fair Grounds, Monroe


April12th, 2017

6pm - 8pm


Silver Hall

Thorton A. Sullivan Park

at Silver Lake, Everett

Everett Parks Registration

425-257-8300 ext.2


May 6th, 2017

8am 3pm

Ages 5 -12 years old


at Jennings Park, Marysville

Food Donations Accepted For Local Food Bank

Marysville Parks & Recreation


May 13th, 2017

7:30am -3:00pm

Ages 4 -14 years old


Thorton A Sullivan Park

at Silver Lake, Everett

Everett Parks & Recreation

425-257-8300 ext. 2


May 20th, 2017

8:00am - 2pm

Ages 5-14 year old


"Dedication In Memory Of Jim Brauch"

Twin Lakes County Park

(North Gissberg Park)

Smokey Point, Arlington


Make sure to mark these events down.




posted by Mike on 03/16/2017

WDFW adds Twin Harbors to dig list;
cancels razor clam openings at Kalaloch

OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have added Twin Harbors beach to the next tentatively scheduled razor clam opening, beginning March 24, and canceled four days of digging at Kalaloch beach due to a low abundance of clams.

Final approval of scheduled openings will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will announce early next week whether the March 24 dig can proceed, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.

Toxin levels at Twin Harbors had spiked in December and early-January, which meant the beach was closed to razor clam digging, Ayres said. However, toxin levels have declined over the past two months and consistently are meeting public health standards.

"If this next round of testing at Twin Harbors comes back good, we'll announce tentative dates through April at the beach," Ayres said.

The proposed razor clam digs, along with evening low tides and beaches, are listed below:

  • March 24, Friday, 5:01 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
  • March 25, Saturday, 5:44 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Copalis, Twin Harbors
  • March 26, Sunday, 6:24 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
  • March 27, Monday, 7:04 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors

Although WDFW is adding days at Twin Harbors, the department is canceling the remaining four day of digging this season at Kalaloch beach. A recent population survey at the beach indicated far fewer clams than pre-season estimates, Ayres said.

"We're a little mystified about what has happened at Kalaloch over the last few months," Ayres said. "We need to close the beach to digging this spring to protect the small population there."

WDFW will continue to monitor the razor clam population at Kalaloch, as well as at other ocean beaches. 

Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

Tentative razor clam digs in March and April:

  • March 30, Thursday, 8:58 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Mocrocks
  • March 31, Friday, 9:47 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis
  • April 1, Saturday, 10:40 a.m., -0.5 feet; Mocrocks
  • April 2, Sunday, 11:39 a.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis
  • April 13, Thursday, 8:43 a.m.; 0.0 feet; Copalis
  • April 14, Friday, 9:18 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Mocrocks
  • April 15, Saturday, 9:55 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Copalis
  • April 16, Sunday, 10:36 a.m.; 0.5 feet; Mocrocks
  • April 27, Thursday, 7:55 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Mocrocks
  • April 28, Friday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.8 feet; Copalis
  • April 29, Saturday; 9:32 a.m.; -1.7 feet; Mocrocks
  • April 30, Sunday, 10:24 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Copalis



posted by Mike on 03/13/2017

Federal council adopts alternatives for ocean salmon fisheries

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Salmon managers have developed options for ocean salmon fisheries that reflect concerns over poor projected returns of coho salmon this year.

Three alternatives for ocean salmon fisheries were approved Monday for public review by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), which establishes fishing seasons in ocean waters three to 200 miles off the Pacific coast. A public hearing on the three alternatives for ocean salmon fisheries is scheduled for March 27 in Westport.

Salmon managers developed options designed to protect the low number of wild coho expected to return to some Washington rivers this year while still providing some fishing opportunities, said Kyle Adicks, salmon fisheries policy lead for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

"With these options in hand, we'll work with anglers to establish fisheries for 2017 that meet our conservation objectives for wild salmon," Adicks said. "We've got a lot of work ahead, but we anticipate ocean salmon quotas similar to, or perhaps slightly better than, last year's."

The ocean abundance of Columbia River coho is forecast to be about 386,000 fish, which is similar to last year's forecast. Only 223,000 coho actually returned last year to the Columbia River, where some coho stocks are listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. 

About 250,000 hatchery chinook are expected to return this year to the lower Columbia River – nearly 124,000 more fish than actually returned last year. Those salmon, known as "tules," are the backbone of the recreational ocean chinook fishery.

Unfavorable environmental conditions, such as warm ocean water or flooding in rivers, have reduced the number of salmon returning to Washington's waters, Adicks said.

The recreational fishing alternatives include the following quotas for fisheries off the Washington coast:

  • Alternative 1 – 54,500 chinook and 58,800 coho. This option includes early season fisheries, from June 17-30, in Marine Areas 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 (Westport) for hatchery chinook. This option also allows coho retention in all four marine areas during the traditional summery fishery.
  • Alternative 2 – 45,000 chinook and 50,400 coho. This option does not include early season fisheries but provides chinook and hatchery coho fisheries in all four marine areas that begin June 24.
  • Alternative 3 – 40,000 chinook and 18,900 coho. Chinook fisheries would begin in early July in all four marine areas. Coho retention would be allowed only in Marine Area 1.

The third alternative most closely resembles ocean fisheries last summer, when anglers were allowed to retain coho only in Marine Area 1 near the mouth of the Columbia River. Last year, the PFMC adopted recreational ocean fishing quotas of 35,000 chinook and 18,900 coho salmon.

For more details about the options, visit PFMC's webpage at http://www.pcouncil.org/2017/03/46838/draft2017-sal-mgmt-alts-public-review/

Chinook and coho quotas approved by the PFMC will be part of a comprehensive 2017 salmon fishing package, which includes marine and freshwater fisheries throughout Puget Sound, the Columbia River and Washington's coastal areas. State and tribal co-managers are currently developing those fisheries.

State and tribal co-managers will complete the final 2017 salmon fisheries package in conjunction with the PFMC process during its April meeting in Sacramento, Calif. 

Meanwhile, several public meetings are scheduled in March and April to discuss regional fisheries issues. The public can comment on the proposed ocean alternatives as well as on other proposed salmon fisheries through WDFW's North of Falcon webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/. A schedule of public meetings, as well as salmon run-size forecasts and more information about the salmon-season setting process can also be found on the webpage.


posted by Mike on 03/09/2017

Here's a little run down on the seep lakes that opened up March 1st. Some are free of ice some are not. Here's what I found out from Mr. Chad Jackson from WDFW in Euphrata yesterday.


Lenice Lake is 100% free of ice and has been fishing well. Some of our customers that fished here have been saying fishing has been good with many catching 20+ fish in a day with most in the 14 - 18 inch range with an odd fish pushing the 20 inch mark.


Nunnally Lake just became free of ice a day or two ago.


Upper Caliche Lake is about 60% free of ice and fishable.


Martha Lake is still only 50% free of ice and fishable.


Burke Lake is still iced over.


Quincy Lake is still mostly iced over, however, there are a few small open water spots near the west boat launch and north central shorelines for anglers who want to hike in.


Dusty and Quincy (walk in lakes) are still frozen over.


The west access road into Quincy Lakes are is still closed. Most of the snow has melted off, but the road is still wet and soft. WDFW wants the road to dry out some more so they can grade and make some minor repairs to the road before opening it up to public access. Look for this road to remain closed for at least one more week.


Lake Lenore is still mostly iced over.


With the warmer weather we are to start seeing I am sure that most everything should be free of ice in a relitively short time.


Hope that this is of some help to all of you planning a trip over the hill for a little trout fishing.


Our thanks to Chad for taking his time to fill us in on things.


posted by Mike on 03/04/2017

WDFW approves razor clam dig beginning March 7

OLYMPIA – Twin Harbors beach will be open March 7 for a week of razor clam digging, during which Copalis and Mocrocks beaches will each be open for two of those days.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on three ocean beaches after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

Twin Harbors is among the beaches open for this dig although it wasn't previously on the schedule, said Dan Ayres, WDFW's coastal shellfish manager. The department also added extra days for digging at Twin Harbors.

"Toxin levels at Twin Harbors are consistently meeting state public health standards, allowing us to add the beach to this dig," Ayres said. "We'll likely announce additional tentative dates for Twin Harbors in the near future."

Unfortunately, Ayres noted, toxin levels increased again at Long Beach, which will remain closed for this dig.

Kalaloch beach also will be closed during this dig. The department was unable to collect enough clams for a toxin sample and has canceled the dig at Kalaloch. WDFW plans to conduct an abundance survey at the next opportunity to determine whether there are sufficient clams at Kalaloch to proceed with digs tentatively scheduled later this month and in April, Ayres said.

"We're not sure what's happening with clams at Kalaloch," Ayres said. "There were plenty of clams on the beach when we surveyed before the season began. However, we've seen a decline in clam numbers since then."

The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides:

  • March 7, Tuesday, 2:33 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Twin Harbors
  • March 8, Wednesday, 3:35 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
  • March 9, Thursday, 4:28 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
  • March 10, Friday, 5:13 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Copalis, Twin Harbors
  • March 11, Saturday, 5:54 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
  • March 12, Sunday, 7:31 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis, Twin Harbors
  • March 13, Monday, 8:06 p.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors

State shellfish managers recommend that diggers hit the beach an hour or two before low tide. Digging is not allowed on any beach before noon.

Razor clam diggers should be aware that Mocrocks and Copalis won't be open on the same days, Ayres said. Shellfish managers have been alternating open dates between the two beaches to maximize the number of days available this season.

WDFW has added new maps of Mocrocks and Copalis to help diggers distinguish between the two beaches. Those maps can be found on WDFW's razor clam webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html. Copalis beach includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas while Mocrocks includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

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posted by Mike on 03/01/2017

Projections indicate state salmon fisheries
will again be tempered by low coho runs

OLYMPIA – Returns of hatchery chinook and coho salmon to Washington's rivers and ocean waters are expected to vary this year, but low returns of wild salmon projected to several rivers will again make setting fisheries a challenge. 

That was the prediction of fishery managers at a public meeting today, when forecasts for chinook, coho, sockeye, chum and pink salmon were released. The forecasts were developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty tribes.

The forecast meeting in Olympia marks the starting point for developing 2017 salmon-fishing seasons in Puget Sound, the Columbia River and Washington coastal areas. Fishery managers have scheduled a series of public meetings through early April before they plan to finalize seasons later that month.

Unfavorable environmental conditions, such as warm ocean water or flooding in rivers, have reduced the number of salmon returning to Washington's waters, especially when compared to some of the more abundant returns of recent years, said Kyle Adicks, salmon fisheries policy lead for WDFW.

"Some salmon runs are expected to return in higher numbers over last year, when we forecast historic low numbers for several stocks," Adicks said. "But, for the most part, forecasts are at about average or lower than average, which means we will once again need to limit fisheries in some areas to protect weak returns of wild fish."

Coho returns to several Puget Sound-area rivers, such as the Skagit and Stillaguamish, are projected to be extremely low, which will limit opportunities for salmon fishing overall. The total forecast of 559,000 Puget Sound coho is down about 6 percent from the 10-year average, although it represents an increase from last year's forecast. 

Similarly, some chinook fisheries in Puget Sound will be limited this year due to low returns of wild chinook to rivers, such as the Stillaguamish, Nooksack and Dungeness. The forecast for wild chinook is down 10 percent from last year while the forecast for Puget Sound hatchery chinook is 166,000 fish, up 27 percent from the 2016 forecast.

Farther south, about 386,000 Columbia River coho are projected to return this year, which is similar to last year's forecast. Only 223,000 coho actually returned last year to the Columbia River, where some coho stocks are listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. 

About 582,600 fall chinook salmon are expected to return to the Columbia River, which is similar to last year's actual return. While that's significantly lower than the record 1.3 million fish that returned in 2015, this year's forecast is considered a fairly good run of fall chinook, Adicks said.

Roughly 260,000 "upriver brights" are headed for areas of the Columbia River above Bonneville Dam. The forecast for these fall chinook is the lowest since 2009.

About 250,000 hatchery chinook are expected to return this year to the lower Columbia River – nearly 124,000 more fish than actually returned last year. Those salmon, known as "tules," are the backbone of the recreational ocean chinook fishery. For the most part, tules are doing well considering recent unfavorable ocean conditions, Adicks said. 

Meanwhile, this year's run of pink salmon, which mostly return to Washington's waters only in odd-numbered years, is expected to be about 80 percent lower than the 10-year average. About 1.15 million pink salmon are forecast to return to Puget Sound this year.

On a more positive note, roughly 47,000 sockeye are expected to return to the Baker River, a tributary of the Skagit River, making sockeye fisheries in Baker Lake and the Skagit River a possibility, Adicks said.

"This is going to be another challenging year for setting salmon fishing seasons," Adicks said. "We'll rely heavily on input from the public to set priorities for fisheries."

Adicks encourages anglers, commercial fishers and others interested in Washington state salmon fisheries to attend one of nearly 20 public meetings scheduled on setting salmon seasons. 

A meeting schedule, salmon forecasts, and information about the salmon season-setting process are available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/. An online commenting tool will be available on the website later this week.

State, tribal and federal fishery managers will meet March 8-13 in Vancouver, Wash., with the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) to develop options for this year's commercial and recreational ocean chinook and coho salmon fisheries. The PFMC establishes fishing seasons in ocean waters three to 200 miles off the Pacific coast.

Additional public meetings have been scheduled into April to discuss regional fishery issues. Input from these regional discussions will be considered as the season-setting process moves into the "North of Falcon" and PFMC meetings, which will determine the final 2017 salmon seasons.

The PFMC is expected to adopt final ocean fishing seasons and harvest levels at its April 7-11 meeting in Sacramento, Calif. The 2017 salmon fisheries package for Washington's inside waters is expected to be completed by the state and tribal co-managers during the PFMC's April meeting.


posted by Mike on 02/28/2017

Ted's Sports Center will have a good supply of Beckman's nets very shortly. Perhaps by the middle to end of this next week. In the Beckman lineup we will carry the Chinook, Astoria, Klamath and Shasta series of nets. We will have many of them in both  knotted and knotless bag configurations as well as 4 and 6 foot handles. If you have been happy with Beckman nets in the past you will even like them more as there have been a number of improvements that have just made them that much better.

Stop by and take a look at the new Beckmans lineup.


Backman Fishing Nets

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posted by Mike on 02/28/2017


Hey Mike,

Here are the results of the derby.
1st Blake Wickstrom 12.5 lbs $2375
2nd Darrel Clark 8.1 lbs 
3rd Don Balakin 7.7lbs
4th Cory Myron 7 lbs 
16 fish
95 people entered


posted by Mike on 02/28/2017


    What’s heating up is trolling the edges of Lake Chelan for Kokanee.  Also continuing hot is trolling the trench on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw.  Finally, fishing through the ice on Roses Lake is hot for rainbow trout. 


    On Chelan, we have located schools of kokanee around the edges of the lower half of the lake.  They are varying in size from 9 to 14 inches.  They are absolute acrobats on light gear and their delicate flesh has unparalleled eating quality.  Work the edges of Lake Chelan from the surface to 200 feet.  Look at your sonar and troll a Mack’s Lures Double D dodger trailed by one of Mack’s Lures orange or pink Mini Cha Cha Squidders baited with some Pautzke’s Fire Corn or shoepeg corn scented with Pro Cure’s Bloody Tuna just above the fish.  Speeds of 1 to 1.5 mph will work best.  Look around on the same contour once you find them. 


    Lake Trout continue to bite trolled presentations in the trench.  This bite, that has been red hot since September has finally dropped back to a more normal 2 fish per hour.  I would expect big fish to show up around Colyar’s ledge now, if our previous year’s experience are any help. Jeff’s Drifts baited with pikeminnow, were the best lure to solidly hook those light biting trench fish.


    Roses Lake is producing rainbow trout through the ice.  Fish with a slip sinker rig and Pautzke’s Firebait in Rainbow. 


    Your fishing tip of the week is to make small subtle shifts to stay on those kokanee.  They are roaming a bit for their food.  I’ve found that sliding along the same depth contour that I originally found them at is better than slipping into deeper or shallower water.  Also, using some of that new Mack’s tape to change things up can reignite a slowing bite. 


    The kid’s tip of the week is a combination of two oldies but goodies from repertoire of managing primary grade school age kids.  Kids from 5 or 6 to 8 or 9 will use misbehavior to get attention illegitimately.  It is hard-wired into them.  Step one is to ignore the behavior for a short bit then catch them doing something on task and praise that behavior.  Step two is to use distraction to get them off the misbehavior.  Step three is to then redirect them back on task.  Unless the misbehavior is dangerous, responding to it reinforces it, even if the response is negative.   


The safety tip of the week is to inspect your lifejackets for rips, tears and other winter wear.  Can’t wait for our first burst of nice weather!








posted by Mike on 02/28/2017

With the increasing interest in kokanee fishing over the past ten years, there has also been great interest in the various derbies. The Lake Stevens Kokanne Derby will take place on Saturday, May 20th this year. So mark your calendar for this event. This has been the longest running kokanne derby in the state and one with the greatest participation. I will fill you in with more information a little later when things come together.


posted by Mike on 02/27/2017

We'll just have to wait and see if there will be an additional day of smelt dipping allowed on the Cowlitz considering that there was no impact upon the population as virtually no smelt were caught. I hope that at least the WDFW actually does some test fishing prior to the opening as not to waste folks time and effort to go down for nothing. I am sure there are more than just a few ticked off fishermen.


posted by Mike on 02/22/2017

One-day smelt fishery set to open on Cowlitz River

VANCOUVER, Wash. – State fishery managers approved a limited sport fishery for smelt on the Cowlitz River for Saturday, Feb. 25.

Under this year's rules, a portion of the Cowlitz River will be open to recreational dip netting along the shore from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. for one day only.

The area open to sport dipping stretches from the Highway 432 Bridge upstream to the Al Helenberg Memorial Boat Ramp, located approximately 1,300 feet upstream from the Highway 411/A Street Bridge in Castle Rock.

Each dip-netter may retain 10 pounds of smelt per day, with no more than one day's limit in possession. Ten pounds is about a quarter of a five-gallon bucket. No fishing license is required to dip for smelt in Washington state.

This marks the fourth year that the state has allowed smelt fishing since 2010, when the species – also known as eulachon – was listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) along the Pacific Coast.

NOAA Fisheries, which oversees ESA-listed stocks, supports limited fisheries that contribute to research, said Cindy Le Fleur, regional fish program manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

"We're expecting a modest return of about 3 million pounds of smelt to the Columbia River this year," Le Fleur said. "That compares to an estimated 16.6 million pounds in 2014, when the run reached its recent peak."

The sport fishery was also limited to one day in 2016, when the run was estimated at 5.1 million pounds. Le Fleur said these fisheries have a limited impact on the overall smelt return, while providing biological data on the species' abundance.


posted by Mike on 02/21/2017

Once again the Everett Blackmouth Derby is right around the corner. The derby will take place in Marine Area 8-1, 8-2 & 9. Tickets run $100.00 / boat with up to four pre-registered anglers. Cash prizes are based upon the number of tickets sold, however it always meets its requirements, so in fact the prizes are as follows.


1st Place $3,000.00

2nd Place $1,500.00

3rd Place    $500.00

4th Place    $250.00


There will be many additional merchandise prizes.


If you have any additional questions, you can go to the derby website www.everettblackmouthderby.com or call Woody Woods at (425) 501-4024.


posted by Mike on 02/21/2017

March 1st is just aroung the corner, with many anglers awaiting the March 1st opener of a good number of seep lakes in the Columbia Basin. However, this year the opener will be delayed for you bank and boat anglers due to the lakes being iced over and with the weather conditions we have been seeing it just might be awhile before they are free of ice. Now if the ice conditions stay safe there might be a chance of a little ice fishing. Make sure you play it safe as rotton ice is not to be taken lightly. All it takes is a little warmer weather and suddenly ice that was good is no longer such.


Anyway, here's a little run down on what you might expect from a few of the Basin March 1st opening lakes. Chad Jackson from WDFW in Euphrata was kind enough to give me a run down on what he expects to see this season.


Martha should see limits or near limits for anglers of 11 -13 inch yearlings with a few carryovers.


Upper Caliche shoud also see limits or near limits for anglers or 11 -13 inch yearlings with a few carryovers.


Quincy is looking better than last year and should have a very good carryover rate of larger fish.


Burke will be a wild card as yellow perch were planted illegally sometime after the 2012 rehabilitation and are now competing directly with the trout. Last season did not see outstanding fishing.


Lenice and Nunnally should produce well as always with fish averaging in the 14 -16inch range with some larger. These quality lakes usually have high catch rates with 12 - 25 fish being caught and released per angler not out of the question.


Lenore should once again see good fishing as there has been the past couple of seasons on Lahonton Cutthroat. Some anglers are catching and releasing as many as 15 per day last year.


This is a little run down on things and I will keep you posted as the season progresses.




posted by Mike on 02/20/2017

If you have been getting a little cabin fever recently you might want to put a trip to Coronet Bay together for a little smelt jigging. We have finally been getting some reports of fairly good fishing.

This season has been extremely slow for the most part at both Coronet Bay as well as Oak Harbor. With very poor reports most folks just gave up the idea that smelting was just not going to happen this season. However, we have had a couple of folks in today that were up there over the weekend that managed to get some fair numbers of smelt.

This is a great family activity that requires a minimum of gear and provides an outstanding winter outing. Not only is it a great way to spend some time in the ourdoors but eating the results of your efforts is a reward in itsself. Our silver smelt are on of my favorite fish to eat here in the Northwest.

Ted's has all the gear you need for this outing. Feel free to stop by if you have any questions on this fishery, we'll be glad to help you out.


posted by Mike on 02/20/2017

The 2017 Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby that took place this past Friday, Saturday & Sunday had a total of 763 participants. There were a total of 208 fish entered with a total combined weight of 1,664 pounds with an average weight of 8 pounds. Not a bad average!


Here's a little run down of the top 5 places:

Tony Beam 15.25 pounds

Ben Power 15.10 pounds

Derek Madison 14.85 pounds

Mike Halburg 14.40 pounds

Jurgen Lightle 13.70 pounds


Overall, a very successful derby! Hope that everyone enjoyed their time on the water.

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