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posted by Mike on 05/22/2019

The Tulalip Bubble will open for salmon fishing this Friday, 24th of May. As always, it will be open Friday thru Monday at noon. It is a 2 Chinook limit with a 22in minimum size restriction and they can be wild or hatchery fish. If you purchase the two rod endorsement you can fish a addtional rod. This is one of the few saltwater areas that one may do such.

I am sure you will npt be the only one out there this being a holiday weekend and the only saltwater salmon game in town locally.

The past few years this fishery has produced quite well. These Chinook are earlier retuning Springers and are more than willing to bite.

Good luck this weekend!


posted by Mike on 05/22/2019



If you have a youngster that you would like to introduce to steelheading then this is the event for you. The Snohomish Sportsman Club & Sky River Anglers have put together an event that is just for the youngsters (14 and under) to introduce them into steelheading. Taking place at Reiter Ponds on Saturday June 1st from 5am till 12pm.

Make sure that they have a license and steelhead punchcard, these are FREE for anyone 14 and younger. They can be procured at any license dealer.

Rods, reels and tackle will be provided, though if they have a special steelhead rod have them bring it along.

A section of Reiter Pond Hatchery section will be closed during this event to allow these youngsters the greatest chance of hooking and hopefully landing their first steelhead.

You must sign up for this event. Call Matt Kennedy @ (206) 876-0224 to register or for additional information.


posted by Mike on 05/21/2019

Heart Lake to close for kids’ fishing event

Action: Closes Heart Lake to fishing by the public.

Effective dates: 12:01 a.m. May 29 until 12:01 a.m. June 2, 2019 entire lake closed to public fishing.

However, the lake is open for anglers 14 years and younger participating in the kids’ fishing event June 1 from 7 a.m. through noon. Juvenile anglers may continue to fish the remainder of the day following the kids fishing event.

Species affected:  All gamefish.

Location: Heart Lake, located within the city limits of Anacortes in Skagit County

Reasons for action: This rule change is necessary to ensure a successful kids’ fishing event. The fish will be planted in the lake two days prior to the event to better acclimate them. On the day of the event only children 14 years of age or less will be allowed to fish in the lake.

Additional Information: The Kids Fishing event is sponsored by the City of Anacortes Parks and Recreation, and the Fidalgo-San Juan Chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers, and has been held for the past 20 years. The event offers children, who would otherwise not get the chance, an opportunity to participate and learn about fishing. For information on how you can participate, contact Nicole Johnston, city of Anacortes Parks and Recreation at (360) 293-1918.

Information Contact: Brett Barkdull, 360-466-4345, ext. 270 or barkdbcb@dfw.wa.gov


posted by Mike on 05/20/2019

Sport halibut season dates added for 2019

Action: In addition to dates already announced, recreational halibut fishing will be open Thursday, June 6 in Marine Area 2. Recreational halibut fishing will be allowed on six additional fishing days in Marine Areas 5 through 10, those dates are; Thursday, May 30; Saturday June 1; Thursday, June 13; Saturday, June 15; Thursday, June 27; and, Saturday, June 29.

Effective date: Immediately

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Area 2 and Marine Areas 5 through 10

Reason for action: The 2019 sport halibut quota approved by the International Pacific Halibut Commission in January 2019 is approximately 25 percent higher than 2018. The higher quota, combined with lower catch in Marine Areas 5-10 during the early season, allows for more sport halibut fishing days than were anticipated when the season dates were set last fall. To maximize sport fishing opportunity in this area, six additional fishing days will be added following the Thursday, Saturday season structure proposed by stakeholders.

In addition, another fishing day on Thursday, June 6, will be opened for recreational halibut fishing in Marine Area 2.

The all depth recreational halibut fishery in Marine Area 1 will continue on May 24 and 26. The nearshore area will remain open Mondays through Wednesdays until further notice. No changes are proposed to the recreational season dates in Marine Areas 3 and 4 at this time.

The sport halibut fishery is managed to a federal quota. WDFW will continue to track catch as the season progresses and make adjustments as needed to provide opportunity while keeping catch within the quota.

Additional information: 2019 sport halibut season dates:

Marine Area 1: All-depth: Open Thursday, May 2; Sunday, May 5; Thursday, May 9; Sunday, May 12; Friday, May 24; Sunday, May 26.

Nearshore: Open Monday's through Wednesday beginning May 6.

It is permissible to retain lingcod when halibut is on board north of the Washington-Oregon border on days open to the recreational halibut season.

Marine Area 2: Open Thursday, May 2; Sunday, May 5; Thursday, May 9; Sunday, May 12; Friday, May 24; and Thursday, June 6.

Marine Areas 3 and 4: Open Thursday, May 2; Saturday, May 4; Thursday, May 9; Saturday, May 11; Saturday, May 18; Friday, May 24; Sunday, May 26; Thursday, June 6; Saturday, June 8; Thursday, June 20; Saturday, June 22

Puget Sound (MA 5-10): Open Thursday, May 2; Saturday, May 4; Thursday, May 9; Saturday, May 11; Saturday, May 18; Friday, May 24; Sunday, May 26; Thursday, May 30; Saturday, June 1; Thursday, June 6; Saturday, June 8; Thursday, June 13; Saturday, June 15; Thursday, June 20; Saturday, June 22; Thursday, June 27; and, Saturday, June 29

Marine Area 5: It is permissible for halibut anglers to retain lingcod and Pacific cod caught while fishing for halibut in waters deeper than 120 feet on days that halibut fishing is open and when the lingcod season is open.

It is not lawful to retain lingcod or Pacific cod seaward of 120 feet on halibut days in MA 6-10.

Marine Areas 11-13 are closed

Marine Areas 1-10: Daily bag limit of 1 halibut per angler, with no minimum size limit. Annual limit of 4. All catch must be recorded on WDFW catch record card. Possession limits remain the same.


posted by Mike on 05/20/2019





























































Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby Leaderboard

Derby Statistics

Statistics as of: May 20, 11:37 am
Total Number of Adult Participants: 125
Total Number of Fish Caught: 86
Total Combined Weight of Fish Caught: 59 lbs
Average Weight of Fish Caught: 0.69 lbs

Adult Complete Results

Rank Best Weight Time Participant
1) 0.85 lbs 5/18 11:10 STEVEN MASSINGALE - GRANITE FALLS (#1002)
2) 0.84 lbs 5/18 12:01 DAVID NGUYEN - SNOHOMISH, WA (#1181)
3) 0.84 lbs 5/18 12:03 GARY WELBORN - ARLINGTON, WA (#1255)
4) 0.83 lbs 5/18 10:23 BRAD KNOWLES - WA (#1128)
5) 0.83 lbs 5/18 13:48 JOSH HUDGINS - BOTHELL, WA (#1068)
6) 0.83 lbs 5/18 14:02 JOHN LYNCH - ARLINGTON (#1014)
7) 0.81 lbs 5/18 13:40 CHANCE SMITH - LAKE STEVENS (#1006)
8) 0.81 lbs 5/18 13:47 STEVEN MILLER - GOLD BAR, WA (#1326)
9) 0.80 lbs 5/18 11:11 JOSH MASSINGALE - STANWOOD, WA (#1254)
10) 0.80 lbs 5/18 12:01 MERWYN BANKS - SEATTLE, WA (#1325)
11) 0.80 lbs 5/18 12:36 LARRY BROWN - LAKE STEVENS (#1027)
12) 0.79 lbs 5/18 13:48 JASON HUDGINS - EVERETT, WA (#1067)
13) 0.78 lbs 5/18 13:31 JOE QUIOCHO - TACOMA, WA (#1176)
14) 0.78 lbs 5/18 13:48 ZAC SHIMKO - EDMONDS, WA (#1070)
15) 0.77 lbs 5/18 12:20 BLAKE SAVINSKI - WA (#1060)
16) 0.77 lbs 5/18 12:36 JASON GRAY - LAKE STEVENS (#1028)
17) 0.76 lbs 5/18 13:17 GAGE BATES - LYNDEN, WA (#1043)
18) 0.75 lbs 5/18 11:00 MIKE CHRISTIANSON - MARYSVILLE, WA (#1180)
19) 0.75 lbs 5/18 11:49 RYAN HANSEN - EVERETT, WA (#1251)
20) 0.75 lbs 5/18 12:01 JOHN CHALLENOR - BRIER, WA (#1178)
21) 0.75 lbs 5/18 13:17 TRAVIS GIEBEL - ARLINGTON, WA (#1045)
22) 0.75 lbs 5/18 13:47 JEFF HARTSHORN - EVERETT, WA (#1034)
23) 0.74 lbs 5/18 13:38 JOE QUINTANA - LAKEWOOD, WA (#1364)
24) 0.73 lbs 5/18 11:32 MIKE BREDSTRAND - EVERETT, WA (#1042)
25) 0.73 lbs 5/18 11:32 JERRY BREDSTRAND - LAKE STEVENS, WA (#1041)
26) 0.73 lbs 5/18 12:20 BRAD SAVINSKI - WA (#1061)
27) 0.73 lbs 5/18 12:29 JASON VANCE - LAKE STEVENS (#1004)
28) 0.73 lbs 5/18 13:40 TRISTAN KING - SNOHOMISH (#1007)
29) 0.73 lbs 5/18 13:56 SHANE HUDGINS - WOODINVILLE, WA (#1069)
30) 0.73 lbs 5/18 14:01 ANDREA SMITH - STANWOOD, WA (#1257)
31) 0.72 lbs 5/18 10:15 ADAM DAVIS - WA (#1407)
32) 0.72 lbs 5/18 11:49 JEFF DRALE - EVERETT, WA (#1258)
33) 0.71 lbs 5/18 10:15 CAMERON COWARD - SNOHOMISH, WA (#1330)
34) 0.71 lbs 5/18 10:23 JESSE LEHNER - MARYSVILLE, WA (#1259)
35) 0.71 lbs 5/18 10:25 BRONSON ROWE - LAKE STEVENS, WA (#1084)
36) 0.71 lbs 5/18 13:56 COLIN BOOMARS - MONROE, WA (#1021)
37) 0.70 lbs 5/18 12:15 JEFF NEATHERLIN - SNOHOMISH, WA (#1055)
38) 0.70 lbs 5/18 12:16 ETHAN HUDGINS - EVERETT, WA (#1066)
39) 0.69 lbs 5/18 10:32 TERRY FRENCH - LAKE STEVENS, WA (#1050)
40) 0.69 lbs 5/18 13:16 BRENTEN FOX - LYNDEN, WA (#1044)
41) 0.69 lbs 5/18 13:47 CHRIS SOREN - LAKE STEVENS, WA (#1327)
42) 0.68 lbs 5/18 11:00 WADE ANDERSON - EVERETT, WA (#1179)
43) 0.68 lbs 5/18 11:27 COREY MASSINGALE - WA (#1039)
44) 0.68 lbs 5/18 13:29 RANDY BERGQUIST - SNOHOMISH, WA (#1052)
45) 0.68 lbs 5/18 13:30 ROBERT MULREADY - SNOHOMISH, WA (#1051)
46) 0.68 lbs 5/18 13:39 ELVIN HORTON - LAKEWOOD, WA (#1037)
47) 0.68 lbs 5/18 13:39 LEROY BELL - LAKEWOOD, WA (#1038)
48) 0.68 lbs 5/18 13:46 SCOTT KELLEY - MARYSVILLE, WA (#1048)
49) 0.67 lbs 5/18 10:40 JOHN HOLLERMAN - KIRKLAND, WA (#1024)
50) 0.67 lbs 5/18 13:57 BLAKE OSWALD - MONROE, WA (#1022)
51) 0.66 lbs 5/18 11:41 GEORGE HALL - WA (#1076)
52) 0.66 lbs 5/18 11:48 DAVE BROUSSARD - MARYSVILLE, WA (#1252)
53) 0.66 lbs 5/18 12:16 JACOB ALBERTSON - KENMORE, WA (#1071)
54) 0.66 lbs 5/18 13:16 MIKE KEEZER - ARLINGTON, WA (#1046)
55) 0.66 lbs 5/18 13:38 BILL ZIMMERMAN - GRAHAM, WA (#1365)
56) 0.66 lbs 5/18 13:47 JAMES PULLEN - EVERETT, WA (#1328)
57) 0.65 lbs 5/18 10:25 JIM ROWE - LAKE STEVENS, WA (#1083)
58) 0.65 lbs 5/18 10:40 TIM DEWIT - LAKE STEVENS (#1023)
59) 0.65 lbs 5/18 11:10 NOAH EDWARDS - EVERETT, WA (#1360)
60) 0.65 lbs 5/18 11:27 RON KILDALL - MARYSVILLE, WA (#1053)
61) 0.65 lbs 5/18 11:48 HERB TERRY - LAKE STEVENS (#1030)
62) 0.65 lbs 5/18 13:38 BOB MCDONALD - GRAHAM, WA (#1366)
63) 0.65 lbs 5/18 13:47 NEIKA KELLEY - MARYSVILLE, WA (#1049)
64) 0.65 lbs 5/18 13:57 JASON SHANTZ - WA (#1406)
65) 0.65 lbs 5/18 13:57 TURAK NEWMAN - BOTHELL, WA (#1356)
66) 0.64 lbs 5/18 13:39 VERN KOHOUT - LAKEWOOD, WA (#1054)
67) 0.63 lbs 5/18 10:59 PAUL COZINE - LAKE STEVENS (#1032)
68) 0.63 lbs 5/18 12:46 ANDREW KUBERKA - SNOHOMISH (#1018)
69) 0.63 lbs 5/18 12:53 ALEX CASPARIUS - LAKE STEVENS, WA (#1081)
70) 0.63 lbs 5/18 13:46 ROYCE CONNELLY - EDMONDS, WA (#1065)
71) 0.62 lbs 5/18 12:54 CORY COOPER - LAKE STEVENS, WA (#1080)
72) 0.61 lbs 5/18 12:50 AUSTIN HOESLEY - SEATTLE, WA (#1020)
73) 0.61 lbs 5/18 12:56 JOSH HOINES - CAMANO ISLAND, WA (#1329)
74) 0.60 lbs 5/18 10:14 JAKE MOORE - WA (#1408)
75) 0.60 lbs 5/18 10:15 NICK RUSSEL - WA (#1409)
76) 0.60 lbs 5/18 11:29 CLINT BRYSON - WA (#1040)
77) 0.59 lbs 5/18 13:40 VALERIE SMITH - LAKE STEVENS, WA (#1058)
78) 0.59 lbs 5/18 14:01 ALEX HANTEL - STANWOOD, WA (#1256)
79) 0.58 lbs 5/18 10:33 CHRIS LIAN - WA (#1062)
80) 0.58 lbs 5/18 10:59 NITA NOLAND - LAKE STEVENS (#1033)
81) 0.58 lbs 5/18 11:03 ERNIE SOLARES JR - KENMORE, WA (#1078)
82) 0.58 lbs 5/18 11:48 SHAWN TERRY - LAKE STEVENS (#1031)
83) 0.58 lbs 5/18 13:46 ANDREW SMITH - LAKE STEVENS, WA (#1057)
84) 0.55 lbs 5/18 11:41 ROB DUNHAM - WA (#1077)
85) 0.47 lbs 5/18 11:11 RYAN LAUGHNON - WA (#1008)
86) 0.46 lbs 5/18 13:57 EARL LAPOLE - EVERETT, WA (#1361)


posted by Mike on 05/20/2019

Wind River and Drano Lake to close for salmon and steelhead fishing

Action:  Closes salmon and steelhead angling in the Wind River and Drano Lake.

Effective date:  Monday, May 20, 2019 until further notice.

Species affected:  Salmon and steelhead.


  • Wind River: from the mouth to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery.  The mouth of the Wind River is defined by the buoy line markers south of the Highway 14 bridge.
  • Drano Lake: In the waters downstream of markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery and upstream of the Highway 14 bridge.

Reason for action:  Returns of upriver spring chinook to several hatchery facilities in the Columbia and Snake River basins are currently projected to fall below levels needed to meet broodstock collection goals.  These facilities have utilized spring chinook stocks collected at Little White Salmon and Carson National Fish Hatcheries for brood when shortfalls occur.  Closing the Wind River and Drano Lake fisheries will provide additional fish for these hatchery facilities and help ensure future hatchery returns and fishing opportunities.

Additional information:  WDFW will continue to monitor the spring chinook return with co-managers and National Fish Hatchery staff to determine if further fishery modification is needed.  All other permanent rules remain in effect; please refer to the Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for additional information.

Information contact: Matt Gardner, District Fish Biologist, 360-906-6746


posted by Mike on 05/15/2019

OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have approved a "bonus" razor clam dig on ocean beaches for three days, May 18-20.

State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on morning low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon.

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

  • May 18, Saturday, 6:58 a.m.; -1.4 feet; Mocrocks
  • May 19, Sunday, 7:41 a.m.; -1.6 feet; Mocrocks
  • May 20, Monday, 8:23 a.m.; -1.6 feet; Mocrocks

"We are happy to announce that healthy clam populations on Mocrocks beach support another dig," said Ayres.

The southern border of Mocrocks Beach is the Copalis River and the northern border of Mocrocks is the southern end of Quinault Indian Reservation, just south of the Moclips River. Mocrocks includes the following popular areas: Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips Beach.

Copalis Beach, just south of Mocrocks, will not be open.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2019-20 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach; 2018-19 licenses are no longer valid for this dig. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license (starting at $9.70) 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.

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.


posted by Mike on 05/15/2019

The kokanee fishing on Lake Stevens has been outstanding this season, which should bide well for those participating in the 10th Annual Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby taking place this Saturday, 18th May. Tickets are $25.00 for adults and free to those 14 and under. The weather looks good for Saturday, with a little clouds and the possibility of a little rain, with a  high around 70 degrees.


So, how could you not go fishing in this derby! Lots of "Great" money prizes for those placing well, as lots of merchandise prizes to hand out. Don't forget the kids as they have their own money prizes as well as a tackle grab bag for everyone of them.


Tickets can be purchasedat the following locations:

Ted's Sports Center

Greg's Custom Rods

John's Sporting Goods

Triangle Bait & Tackle

3 Rivers Marine

Holiday Sports


Once again a big "Thanks" to everyone that has been so kind to help put on this Derby.



posted by Mike on 05/15/2019

Hatchery steelhead retention to open in the Green (Duwamish) River

Action: Allows retention of hatchery steelhead in the Green River when it opens for steelhead fishing Saturday, May 25.

Effective date:  Saturday before Memorial Day until further notice.

Species affected:  Hatchery steelhead.

Location:  Green (Duwamish) River (King County) from an east-west line extending through the southernmost tip of Harbor Island to the Tacoma Municipal Watershed Boundary Marker (1 mile downstream of Tacoma Headworks Dam).

Sections of the Green River listed as closed to fishing for all species in the 2018-19 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet will remain closed to all fishing.

Reason for action: The Green River was scheduled to be open for catch-and-release steelhead fishing when the steelhead fishery opens May 25. Pre-season forecasts indicate harvestable numbers of hatchery steelhead are available.    

Additional information:  Anglers are allowed to retain up to 2 hatchery steelhead daily per statewide gamefish rules. Steelhead minimum length is 20 inches.

Information contact: Aaron Bosworth, Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311, ext. (102).


posted by Mike on 05/14/2019

Ted's has Berkley "Power Eggs" on special this month for $3.19 / Jar. We have them both in the regular and the garlic scented versions. This would be a great time to stock up on these great trout baits for the season. Ted's has them in all the colors.




posted by Mike on 05/13/2019

The Everett Steelhead / Salmon Club will be holding their last Kid's Fishing Event of the year on Saturday, May 18th. This will be held at Twin Lakes (North Pond) in Marysville. The event will take place from 8:00am - 2:00pm. This is a great introduction to fishing for the youngsters.


This will be a great outing for the kids!


posted by Mike on 05/11/2019

Though the Edmond's Pier salmon fishing generally does't reach full stride until sometime in July, at least there is a chance of hooking one from now on. I heard of at least a couple being landed this past week. The largest being around 9 pounds.


Most of the regulars are still fishing a variety of lead minnows in the 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 ounce range. Some of the most popular recently have been the 2 ounce Pucci Minnow in Blue Glow and the Luhr Jensen Crippled Herring in the Glow Green 188 color.


posted by Mike on 05/11/2019

Last Tuesday was the first day that shad started to show at Bonneville. Just a single fish went thru on Tuesday, 8 on Wednesday, 114 on Thursday and 223 on Friday, 10th May. The numbers will only increase over the next couple of weeks to generally fishable numbers by Memorial day weekend. Just a couple of weeks away. The peak of the run will usually occur about the 10th of June thru the 25th of June, with fishing usually going to the 4th of July.


At the present time we have good numbers of Shad Darts in quite an array of colors. It's best to get them early in the season while we have a good selection as we cannot restock quickly once we are out. In fact we order our lures in the Fall each year in order to have them by shad season.


If you haven't fished shad, it's something that you should put on your things to do list. It's a great fishery with lots of action when the shad are in.


Stop by and we'll be glad to fill you in on the techniques of shad fishing.


posted by Mike on 05/11/2019

Fishing to close Monday on the Chehalis River and some tributaries

Action:  Closes fishing on the Chehalis River and some tributaries beginning May 13.

Effective date:  May 13, 2019 through June 30, 2019.

Species affected:  All species.

Location:  Chehalis River, South Fork Chehalis River, North Fork Newaukum River, South Fork Newaukum River and Skookumchuck River.

Reason for action:  Low predicted spring Chinook returns make them more vulnerable to fishing pressure.  Spring Chinook stage in the Chehalis River, South Fork Chehalis River, North and South forks of the Newaukum Rivers and the Skookumchuck River.  Any incidental encounters of spring Chinook during game fishing could subject this fish to stress, injury, or death, which during a year of low predicted returns could harm future runs.

Additional information:  WDFW previously closed the Chehalis to fishing for spring chinook: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=2304.

The Chehalis River was scheduled to open for fishing for gamefish on May 25 but will remain closed to all fishing through June 30.

For more information regarding fishing regulations and opportunities please visit our website at https://wdfw.wa.gov or download our free Fish Washington mobile application from your app store.

Information contact: Chad Herring, Willapa Bay/Grays Harbor Fishery Policy Lead Region 6, (360) 249-4628, ext 299.


posted by Mike on 05/09/2019

Columbia River spring fishery season to reopen above Bonneville Dam

Action: Reopens spring fishery on the mainstem Columbia River above Bonneville Dam.

Effective date: Saturday, May 11 through Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Species affected: Spring chinook, steelhead.

Reason for action: Reopens the 2019 spring salmon season in the Columbia River consistent with the Joint State Action of May 8, 2019. Catch balance remains available to provide additional fishing opportunity.

Location: Tower Island power lines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to the Oregon-Washington border plus the Oregon and Washington banks between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines (except for those waters closed under permanent regulations).

Additional information: Daily limit is 6 adipose-fin-clipped salmonids, including no more than 2 adults, of which no more than 1 may be an adult chinook. Release all wild chinook and wild steelhead. Minimum salmon size is 12 inches. Barbless hooks are required and anglers must have a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement.

Information contact: Region 5: 360-696-6211, Region 3: 509-575-2474.


posted by Mike on 05/09/2019

The Everett Steelhead Salmon Club of Everett will host their annual Kid's Fishing Event at Thorton H. Sulivan Park at Silver Lake this Saturday, May 11th. Great way to introduce kids to fishing. Just give Everett Parks Registration a call at (425) 257-8300 ext 2 to get them signed up.

Kid's Fishing Event

Silver Lake

May 11th

7:30am - 1:30pm

Thorton H. Sulivan Park

Everett, WA

Everett Parks Registration

(425) 257-8300



posted by Mike on 05/07/2019

Snake River spring chinook fishery to open two days per week

Action: Spring chinook salmon fishery opens two days per week (Saturday and Sunday) beginning May 11, 2019 in sections of the Snake River. 

Effective date:  May 11, 2019 until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon.

A)  Below Little Goose Dam:  The Snake River from Texas Rapids boat launch (south side of the river upstream of the mouth of Tucannon River) to the fishing restriction boundary below Little Goose Dam.  This zone includes the rock and concrete area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility (includes the walkway area locally known as “the Wall” in front of the juvenile collection facility);

B) Clarkston: The Snake River from the downstream edge of the large power lines crossing the Snake River (just upstream from West Evans Road on the south shore) upstream about 3.5 miles to the Washington state line (from the east levee of the Greenbelt boat launch in Clarkston northwest across the Snake River to the Washington/Idaho boundary waters marker on the Whitman County shore).

Reason for action:  The 2019 Columbia River forecasted return of upriver spring chinook salmon is sufficiently abundant enough to allow for harvest opportunity on the Snake River based on Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission Policy C-3620. 

Additional information: 

Salmon: Daily limit 4, of which up to 1 may be an adult; min. size 12 inches. Only hatchery chinook, as evidenced by a clipped adipose fin with a healed scar, may be retained. Release all other salmon. The Snake River opens for steelhead fishing on May 25. Anglers may not continue to fish for salmon or steelhead once the adult salmon daily limit has been retained. Any chinook over 24 inches is considered an adult. Night closure is in effect.

On days and in areas open for salmon, barbless hooks are required for all species.

When open for retention, anglers cannot remove any salmon or steelhead from the water unless it is retained as part of the daily bag limit.

WDFW will monitor this fishery and the returns of spring chinook throughout the season and may close the fishery at any time due to harvest levels, impacts fish listed under the Endangered Species Act, in-season run adjustments, or a combination of these things. Please continue to check emergency rules if you are planning to fish for spring chinook in the Snake River.

Anglers are reminded to refer to the 2018/2019 Fishing in Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other regulations, including safety closures, closed waters, etc. Through June 30, anglers are required under state law to obtain a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement to fish for salmon or steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries.

Information contact: Jeremy Trump, District 3 Fish Biologist, (509) 382-1005.


posted by Mike on 05/07/2019

Sections of the Stillaguamish River, tributaries to remain closed to fishing for trout and gamefish

Action:  Several sections of the Stillaguamish River and its tributaries will not open to fishing for trout and other gamefish on May 25 (as scheduled in the pamphlet) to protect returning wild chinook salmon. 

Effective date: May 25 through Sept. 15, 2019.

Species affected: Trout and other gamefish.

Locations:  The following sections of the Stillaguamish River and its tributaries will remain closed from May 25-Sept. 15, 2019 to fishing for trout and other gamefish. WDFW plans to re-open these sections beginning Sept. 16, under permanent regulations.

  • Boulder River (Snohomish County), from mouth to Boulder Falls: closed to fishing.
  • Canyon Creek (Snohomish County), from mouth to forks: closed to fishing.
  • Pilchuck Creek (Skagit/Snohomish counties), from the mouth to the Highway 9 bridge: closed to fishing. 
  • Squire Creek (Snohomish County): closed to fishing.
  • Stillaguamish River (Snohomish County), from Marine Drive to forks: closed to fishing.
  • Stillaguamish River, North Fork (Snohomish County), from mouth to North Fork Falls (approximately 1 mile above Cascade Creek): closed to fishing.
  • Stillaguamish River, South Fork (Snohomish County), from the mouth to 400 feet below the Granite Falls Fishway outlet: closed to fishing.

The following sections of the Stillaguamish River and Pilchuck Creek (a tributary of the Stillaguamish River) will open/remain open as described in the sportfishing rules pamphlet.

  • Pilchuck Creek (Skagit/Snohomish counties), from the Highway 9 Bridge to Pilchuck Falls will open the Saturday before Memorial Day as described in permanent regulations, with selective gear rules and a 14 inch minimum size for cutthroat and wild rainbow trout. 
  • Stillaguamish River, South Fork from the Mountain Loop Hwy Bridge upstream: trout and other gamefish will open the Saturday before Memorial Day as described in the permanent regulations.
  • Stillaguamish River, mainstem and all sloughs downstream of Marine Drive (south of Stanwood): Open year-round to fishing for trout and gamefish under permanent regulations as described in the sportfishing rules pamphlet.

Reason for action: Restrictions on gamefish seasons are made to minimize impacts on listed Stillaguamish chinook that are forecast to have fewer than 400 wild fish returning this year to spawn. 

Additional information: These changes were agreed to during the North of Falcon process.


posted by Mike on 05/06/2019

The Skykomish River to open May 25 to fishing for hatchery chinook salmon

Action:  The Skykomish River will open to fishing for hatchery chinook salmon on May 25 (the Saturday before Memorial Day) to coincide with the gamefish season. 

Effective dates:  May 25 through July 31, 2019.

Species affected:  Hatchery chinook salmon.

Location:  Skykomish River, mouth to the mouth of the Wallace River; salmon, open the Saturday before Memorial Day through July 31.

Rules:  Minimum size 12”, daily limit 4 hatchery chinook only 2 of which may be adults. 

Reason for action: Coordinate the seasons between gamefish and chinook. 

Additional information: This fishery was agreed to during from the North of Falcon salmon-season setting process. Gamefish rules are as described in the pamphlet and are already covered under permanent rules.

Information contact: Region 4 Mill Creek Office, (425) 775-1311.


posted by Mike on 05/04/2019

Don't forget the Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby is just a couple weeks away, taking place on Saturday, May 18th. The fishing has been quite good recently with lots of limits being landed. The fish have been just a tad smaller this season, but the numbers of fish has been outstanding.


Tickets are just $25.00 for adults and kids 14 and under are free! You can pick up your tickets at the following locations:

Greg's Custom Rods

John's Sporting Goods

Ted's Sports Center

Triangle Bait & Tackle

3 Rivers Marine

Holiday Sports

Prizes Are As Follows


1st Place - $1,000.00 - Sponsored by Dick Nite, Gregs Custom Rods

2nd Place - $500.00 - Sponsored by Ted's Sports Center

3rd Place - $250.00 - Sponsored by John's Sporting Goods

4th Place - $100.00 - Sponsored by Trianle Bait & Tackle

Biggest Boat Limit - Up To 10 Fish Per Boat

1st Place $500.00 Gift Card - Three Rivers Marine & Tackle


Kids Derby Prizes

Sponsored By Greg's Custom Rods

1st Place - $100.00

2nd Place - $75.00

3rd Place - $50.00

First Place Must Be A Kokanee, Second & Third Place Can Be Any Species Of Fish Caught In Lake Stevens On The Day Of The Derby


A Big Thanks To All Our Sponsors

Cascade Marine - Poulsen Tackle - TICA - KUFA - St Croix - Gibbs-Delta - Scotty - Gamakatsu - Mack's Lures - Pautzkes - Brad's - Eagle Claw - Seaguar - Cannon - Pro Cure - Atlas Mikes - Silver Horde - Pure Fishing - Hawken Fishing - Snotown Espresso  Yakima Bait -Elgin Fishing



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