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ONE MORE DAY OF SHRIMPING FOR HOOD CANAL ON JULY 19TH

posted by Mike on 06/23/2017

Hood Canal to reopen for one more day of shrimp fishing

Action: Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen for one more day in Hood Canal (Marine Area 12).

Effective date: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Species affected: All shrimp species, including spot shrimp.

Location: Hood Canal (Marine Area 12).

Reason for action: Sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains for one more day of fishing. 

Other information: The daily limit is 80 shrimp in Hood Canal.

Contact: Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241, or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311, ext. 112.

NEAH BAY (MARINE AREA 4) OPENS SATURDAY, JUNE 24TH

posted by Mike on 06/23/2017

I spoke with a couple of the commercial trollers that I know working out of Neah Bay to try and get an idea of what one might expect on the opener. Both of the guys I spoke with said that the fishing overall since their opener had been a little on the spotty side with it taking 4 - 5 days of fishing to get their weekly trip limit of 60 king salmon. Wouldn't say that was good fishing by commercial standards by any means. Most of the fish they have been landing have been in the low to mid teens with an occasional king in the 20's and once in a great while a 30.

 

The greatest number of fish have been coming out of the 60 fathom water (360) feet and for the most part right on the deck. Though one said he got into a really good mid water bite on Wednesday and Thursday but still on the 60 line.

 

The Prairie Area has been the most productive area they have found. I was not able to get ahold of some of the smaller boats that generally fish the beach areas so I have no idea if there are good numbers of fish on the popular shoreline areas.

 

I will post some additional information once it comes in over the weekend.

Tags: Neah Bay

ICICLE RIVER OPENS FOR CHINOOK, SATURDAY JUNE 24TH

posted by Mike on 06/23/2017

Icicle River will open late for spring chinook fishing

Action: Open the Icicle River to salmon fishing.

Effective dates: June 24 through July 31, 2017.

Species affected: Hatchery spring chinook salmon.

Effective Locations: Icicle River (Chelan County).

  1. From the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth of the river to 500 feet downstream from the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.
  2. From the shoreline markers where Cyo Road intersects the Icicle River at the Sleeping Lady Resort to the Icicle Peshastin Irrigation Footbridge (approximately 750 feet upstream from the Snow Lakes trailhead parking area).

Daily limit: Two hatchery chinook (adult or jack), minimum size 12 inches. (Anglers are reminded that they may retain only one daily limit of salmon regardless of the number of waters they fish in.)

General Rules:

  • Retention of hatchery spring chinook is mandatory. Hatchery spring chinook are identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar in its location.

     

  • Spring chinook with an intact adipose fin must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.

     

  • Night closure is in effect.

     

  • No gear restrictions, except that the two-pole endorsement does not apply to this fishery.

     

  • Release all spring chinook with one or more round 1/4 inch diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin.

     

  • Motorized vessels are not allowed on the Icicle River (Chelan County ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat restrictions).

     

Reason for action: Due to a low estimated run escapement, the river remained closed to spring chinook fishing to ensure meeting broodstock needs at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. Broodstock collection goals have now been met, so a sport fishery can be opened for the remaining hatchery spring chinook salmon. An estimated 300 spring chinook, mostly 3-year-old jacks, are available for harvest.

Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337, Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624 x 224.

SALMON FISHERIES OPEN JUNE 24TH IN MARINE AREAS 1,3 &4

posted by Mike on 06/22/2017

Recreational salmon fishery opens June 24 in the ocean

OLYMPIA – Sport anglers will have the opportunity to reel in salmon off the Washington coast starting Saturday, June 24.

That's when marine areas 1 (Ilwaco), 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) open daily for salmon fishing. Marine Area 2 (Westport) will open a week later on July 1.

Fish managers expect slightly higher numbers of chinook and coho salmon will make their way through the ocean this year as compared to 2016, said Wendy Beeghley, an ocean salmon manager with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Due to the improved forecasts, the recreational chinook catch quota this year is 45,000, up from 35,000 in 2016.This year's coho quota of 42,000 fish is an increase of 23,100 coho from 2016, when anglers were allowed to keep coho only in Marine Area 1. Coho retention is allowed in all four marine areas this summer.

Anglers fishing in marine areas 1 and 2 will have a daily limit of two salmon, only one of which can be a chinook. In areas 3 and 4, anglers will have a two-salmon daily limit. In all areas, anglers must release wild coho.

All four marine areas are scheduled to close to salmon fishing at the end of the day Sept. 4 but could close earlier if the quota is met.

Throughout the summer, anglers can check WDFW's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/ocean/ for updates.

More information about the fisheries can be found in the 2017-18 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, available at license vendors and sporting goods stores and online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01914/2017-18_marine.pdf

SKAGIT RIVER SOCKEYE FISHERY

posted by Mike on 06/22/2017

The lower Skagit sockeye fishery started out slowly with just a fish here and there being caught. We have seen a steady improvement in the number of fish caught every day. We are still a ways out before we will be in the peak of the season. July should see the best fishing until the closure on July 15th.

 

Remember that we have closures on June 29th and 30th, then again on July 6th, 7th and 11th for tribal fisheries.

 

For those of you that fish Baker Lake and have been wondering what is going on, here's a little information. Baker Lake is scheduled to open July 8th. As of yesterday there were 53 fish trapped so far at the Baker River fish trap and 10 have been trucked to Baker Lake. If you fish the lake you want to watch the number they have trucked to the lake as an indicator of when you should go. Generally, I would have to say at least 1,000 should be in the lake before you should have a reasonable chance of catching some - but larger numbers are much better.

 

 

COLUMBIA RIVER SHAD FISHING BELOW BONNEVILLE DAM

posted by Mike on 06/22/2017

If you are looking for something to do this weekeend you might entertain a trip below Bonneville Dam for a little shad fishing. The reports have been nothing shortof fantastic this season. We had one of our customers down on Tuesday and he quit when had over 50 at noon. He said he could have continued to fish and would have gone over the 100 mark. He figured that was enough for his crabbing this season. This is just one of many reports that were the same by a good number of customers.

 

Tuesday saw 497,738 shad through Bonneville and yesterday 246,596. Both numbers are extremely high. We should see good shad fishing at least until the end of the month.

 

We still have a few shad darts on hand, though the color selection is getting a little on the lean side.

 

Stop by if you have any questions.


 

WDFW AMMENDS SKAGIT RIVER CLOSURE DATES FOR LOWER SKAGIT SOCKEYE FISHERY

posted by Mike on 06/21/2017

WDFW amends fishing closure dates on the Skagit River

Action: Amends June closure dates on the Skagit River to June 29, 30. July closure dates currently remain scheduled for July 6, 7, and 11.

Effective dates: June 20 through July 15, 2017.

Species affected: All species.

Location: SKAGIT RIVER (Skagit County) from Hwy. 536 at Mt. Vernon (Memorial Hwy. Bridge) to the mouth of Gilligan Creek.

Reasons for action: The sockeye fishery, along with other fisheries on the Skagit River, are scheduled to close on these days in order to avoid gear conflicts with tribal fisheries scheduled for those dates.

Other information: Salmon daily limit: 3 sockeye only. Night closure is in effect. Bait may be used. The season may close earlier if the guideline is attained.

Closure dates may change as catches and river conditions change. For updates, anglers should check the emergency rule webpage at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

The sockeye fishery at Baker Lake will open on July 8 with a 4-fish daily limit. Please refer to the Baker sockeye webpage located at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/sockeye/baker_river.html for further information on seasons, fishing rule updates and fish counts.

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

EDMONDS FISHING PIER KING FISHING

posted by Mike on 06/20/2017

Thus far this season the king salmon fishing off the Edmonds fishing pier has seen some fairly good results. Last season saw the pier closed to fishing for most of the summer season as it was undergoing reconstruction. The prior couple of seasons saw only fair king fishing at best. Hopefully, this season will show some good results for pier anglers. We are still quite some time away before the peak of the run comes into this area of Puget sound. We usually reach the peak of the migration in the first week in August.

 

The pier fishery is a bonus to the shore based salmon angler as it is open year around. It also allows one to keep either wild or hatchery king salmon. The minimum size is still 22" and you are allowed just a single king salmon.

 

The most popular method is to cast lead minnows in the 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 ounce range and work them back to the pier. Some of the favorites are Point Wilson Darts in both the candlefish and herring models, Gibbs Minnows, Crippled Herring, Mega Baits and Pucci Minnows. Colors are varied but whites, pearl, pearl green, green glows and black back silver or pearl bodies are some of the most favored.

 

We have been seeing some nice fish landed over the past three weeks by some of our regular pier fishermen. Fish have been landed from just legal into the upper teens.

 

If you have any interest in the pier fishing feel free to stop by and we can give you a run down on the tackle, how to rig it as well as the technique.

INTERESTING READ ON THE STATE OF OUR HALIBUT FISHERIES

posted by Mike on 06/17/2017

OUTDOORS: Fresh off no coho in 2016, Sekiu/Clallam Bay hit hard by spotty halibut schedule
•    MICHAEL CARMAN
•    Thu Jun 15th, 2017 5:47pm
•    Sports

 

 


ON THE HEELS of a nonexistent coho summer in 2016, the sporadic schedule of this year’s halibut season continues to keep cash registers closed, moorage space unused and hotel and restaurant dining rooms empty, exacting an economic and psychological toll on business owners in Sekiu and Clallam Bay.
Last year’s coho closure due to predicted low returns was understandable — for a little while. Then the chromers started to show and shine in the late summer and fall sun on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. But nobody could keep them — except for those fishing across the border in Canada.
And anglers like to keep what they catch. It’s why you don’t see many folks fishing Lake Crescent with its catch-and-release policy.
With inconvenient scheduling and a will-they-or-won’t-they mentality with regard to halibut quota totals making it tougher than ever to attract anglers, operators like Brandon Mason, owner of Mason’s Olson Resort in Sekiu (360-963-2311) are once again negatively impacted.
“It’s hurt. Anybody that has come out has seen it first hand,” Mason said of the halibut season’s effect on his business. People call asking if there’s room to moor their boats or get a two or three day in advance of an opener and I tell them the truth: it’s empty out there [at his docks]. They can come anytime now.
“It’s completely devastated the small community of Sekiu and Clallam Bay. I’ve gotten phone calls from Fish and Wildlife employees that have been out here and they’ve said, ‘We are sorry for what we’ve done. We’ve made a mess of it this year.’ I appreciate it but those aren’t the folks that make the decisions.”
Mason said the owners of Sekiu’s other fishing resorts: Van Riper’s and Curleys, also have seen a drastic reduction in customers and share his concerns about scheduling, communication and a perceived lack of transparency and accountability with the state’s halibut managers.
Lack of communication
He’s also upset that Saturday’s additional halibut fishery, open to coastal and Puget Sound marine areas, wasn’t discussed beforehand with sportfish advisors (Mason represents Marine Area 5), charter operators, resort owners and tackle shop proprietors.
“We were never asked [about how to handle remaining quota poundage],” Mason said. “Usually there’s a conference call and we all come to agreement or at least are able to voice an opinion.”
“Fish and Wildlife employees have told me Puget Sound should have gotten another day, and they could have stacked them back-to-back for a Friday/Saturday opener or a Saturday/Sunday.”
Mason believes that Marine Area 2 (Westport) exceeded its halibut quota earlier this month. But anglers will be able to fish for halibut again on Saturday out of that port.
“The North Coast has never gone after anybody else’s fish and for the state to back that, it’s another black eye,” Mason said. “Looking at the numbers, there would be enough for another two days in areas 5-10 if the depth restriction was moved to 20 fathoms and three more days fishing at Neah Bay.”
In an email to stakeholders Thursday afternoon, Fish and Wildlife’s Michele Culver disputed the claim that Westport was over quota and that any fish were swapped between marine areas.
“I want to make it clear that we have not transferred any quota away from the North Coast or Puget Sound and have not changed the allocations for those areas,” she wrote.
Puget Sound halibut anglers have gone over quota numbers in recent seasons according to the state. But that’s hardly the anglers’ fault. If a season is kept open, fishermen will fish.
Mason points to politics being the invisible hand pulling the puppet strings.
“The only reason I can think of is heavy favoritism to Westport,” Mason said.
“Phil Anderson, the retired director [of Fish and Wildlife from 2009-2015] owns a charter boat based out of Westport. Other retired Fish and Wildlife employees have charters down there. It’s beyond frustrating and the public needs to know.”
Anderson, who lives in Westport and also serves as vice chair of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, states in his personal bio that he “once again operates a charter business [the Monte Carlo] on a part-time basis.”
To serve on the council Anderson does have to file an annual statement of financial interest and pledge to refrain from voting on certain PFMC matters that may potentially conflict with official council duties and his private financial interests or obligations.
I’m not accusing him of any impropriety, but it’s certainly a cozy relationship.
“What’s most frustrating is to do this when they already have so much more salmon opportunity down in Ilwaco and Westport,” Mason said. “It’s just not right.”
Why no calls were made
Culver addressed why the state elected to make the opening decision without stakeholder input.
“WDFW is committed to reaching out and discussing proposals with our stakeholders before making decisions, particularly if we are proposing to close an area because of quota-attainment, or to shift quota away from an area that they could otherwise use,” she wrote.
“In this case, given the extensive public process we had in developing the 2017 halibut fishery, we believed that this decision was consistent with what we had talked about and did not expect that it would catch people off-guard.”
She also addressed a hesitancy to open halibut fishing on the North Coast and Puget Sound for a 10th day, despite fish potentially remaining in the quota.
“As part of the halibut in season management process, WDFW confers with the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (and ODFW if the decision affects the Columbia River area),” she wrote.
“As part of the decision-making process to open the fishery on the 17th, IPHC conveyed their discomfort with opening the fishery for another day regardless of the amount of quota that may be available after the 17th because the North Coast and Puget Sound have demonstrated that the amount of harvest that could occur in those areas is higher than whatever may be left.
“In other words, WDFW would not have been able to offer a 10th day of halibut fishing in the North Coast or Puget Sound even if there was very little halibut taken on this next opener.
“Therefore, consistent with the statewide season approach described above, WDFW determined that it would be in the best interest of Washington recreational fisheries to utilize all of the remaining halibut quota and decided to include Marine Areas 1 and 2 in this final opener.
“We understand that some of you are upset by this decision and have conveyed to us that you would rather have had a portion of the recreational halibut quota left un-harvested than provide Marine Area 2 with another opener and, on that point, I think we just need to agree to disagree.”
Better dialogue
At this point, Mason said he’d just like a return phone call and a chance to improve communication between sport interests and the state.
“We need, as a sport-fishing industry, we need way more communication with the state,” he said. “We need to have more options and it feels like we need the state to work for us and not against us. I do get that feeling [of cooperation] during salmon season, I feel like we work well during that season. We have regular phone conversations on a weekly basis, but it’s almost like a secret society on this halibut stuff.”
He has two requests of anglers: send in comments to fish managers like Ron Warren (ron.warren@dfw.wa.gov), Michele Culver (michele.culver@dfw.wa.gov), Heather Reed (heather.reed@dfw.wa.gov) and director Jim Unsworth (director@dfw.wa.gov) and “support all the little communities, not just Sekiu.”
There are options for doing that.
Crabbing opens today in Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line) and Sekiu.
Salmon fishing will open off La Push and Neah Bay June 24, and anglers also have the tantalizing prospects of fishing for halibut, king, coho, lingcod and rockfish in Canadian waters (if properly licensed). All are short jaunts from Sekiu.

 

LOWER COLUMBIA RIVER STURGEON FISHERY CLOSES

posted by Mike on 06/15/2017

Sturgeon fishing closes in lower Columbia,
opens June 23 for one day in Bonneville Pool

OLYMPIA – The retention fishery for white sturgeon in the Columbia River estuary closed today at 2 p.m., but anglers will get an additional day to catch and keep sturgeon upriver Friday, June 23 in the Bonneville Pool.

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon approved both actions after comparing catch-to-date to the harvest guidelines for sturgeon fisheries in both areas.

As of today, the cumulative catch by anglers fishing from the Wauna power lines downstream to the mouth of the Columbia is expected to reach – or slightly exceed – the 3,000-fish harvest guideline for the lower river.

As a result, both states agreed to cancel a final day of fishing in previously scheduled Saturday, June 17, said Ron Roler, a fishery manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

"The combined catch in the lower river rose somewhat more quickly than expected," Roler said. "We knew this would be a popular fishery, and that's definitely turned out to be the case."

The fishery, open three days a week since June 5, marked the first time in three years that anglers have been allowed to catch and keep white sturgeon below Bonneville Dam. Closed in 2014 to allow stocks to rebuild, the fishery opened on a limited basis this year based on indications that the area's sturgeon population has grown each year since then.

The lower Columbia River remains open to catch-and-release fishing.

Meanwhile, fishery managers agreed to open the Bonneville Pool on Friday, June 23 for one more day of summer retention fishing. The catch assessment shows that 144 sturgeon are still available for harvest under that area's 325-fish harvest guideline.

Anglers are limited to one sturgeon per day, measuring 38 to 54 inches from their snout to the tip of their tail.

HOOD CANAL CHINOOK LIMIT OF FOUR SOUTH OF AYOCK ROCK

posted by Mike on 06/14/2017

Daily limit of 4 chinook starting July 1 south of Ayock in Marine Area 12

Action: Anglers can keep 4 chinook daily south of Ayock Point in Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) beginning July 1.

Effective Date: July 1 through Sept. 30, 2017.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: South of Ayock Point within Marine Area 12.

Reason for action: State and tribal fishery managers agreed to a four-chinook limit for this area during the annual season-setting process this spring. This corrects the limit listed in the 2017/18 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Other information: Daily limit of 4 salmon, with a chinook minimum size limit of 20 inches. Release chum and wild chinook. Anglers may fish with two poles with a Two-Pole Endorsement. All waters within channels created by exposed tidelands are closed to salmon fishing at the Skokomish River mouth.

Other rules for waters south of Ayock Point remain unchanged, including Hoodsport Hatchery Zone. Check the sport fishing rules page for details on other fisheries: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

Information contact: Mark Baltzell, (360) 902-2807, or Mark Downen, (360) 202-7005.

 

ANOTHER DAY OF HALIBUT FISHING ON JUNE 17TH

posted by Mike on 06/13/2017

June 13, 2017

Recreational halibut fishing to open June 17 in the ocean and most of Puget Sound

Action: Open all depth recreational halibut fishing in Marine Areas 1 (Columbia River), Marine Area 2 (Westport), Marine Area 3 (La Push), Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) and Puget Sound (Marine Areas 5-10) on Saturday, June 17.

Effective date: Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location:  Marine Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Reason for action:  Given the amount of halibut quota remaining and the lower than expected fishing effort in recent weeks, sufficient quota remains to open another day in the all-depth fishery in all coastal and Puget Sound marine areas on Saturday, June 17.  Fishery managers expect the full Washington recreational all-depth halibut quota to be taken after Saturday, June 17, and the fishery will be closed for the remainder of the season.

The Marine Area 1 nearshore area will remain open seven days per week until further notice. 

These rules conform to action taken by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). 

Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 902-2487.

LAKE CHELAN REPORT FROM 6/12/2017 FROM ANTON JONES

posted by Mike on 06/12/2017

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 6/12/17
   What’s hot is fishing for Kokanee fishing in the lower basin.  Additionally, Roses Lake is blistering hot for Bluegill and Sunfish.  What is just beginning to heat up is the Bar on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw.  
 
   We are continuing to have great success fishing for Chelan’s Kokanee.  Fishing 60 feet deep in the lower basin with Mack’s Lure wedding rings and mini squid rigs baited with corn scented with Pro Cure’s Bloody Tuna have gotten these delicious Landlocked Sockeye to bite.  Pautzke’s Fire Corn has also been productive when baiting these rigs.  
 
   Roses Lake has been smoking hot for a variety of panfish including Bluegill, Redear Sunfish and Pumpkinseeds by slip bobbering a worm.  The big Channel Cat is an odd bonus.  Try a chunk of one of the smaller bluegill as bait for these bonus fish!  
 
   On Lake Chelan for Mackinaw, the “Bar” is heating up.  June is normally the time where the Bar will kick out some nice double digit fish.  Worden Lures T4 flatfish in GPLF has proven to be the go to lure for enticing those big fish.  However, Jeff’s Drift Rigs has been our most consistent bite producer when baited with with some Northern Pikeminnow doused in Pautzke’s Krill Juice.  
 
   Your fishing tip of the week is to remember to check your gear periodically when trolling.  Towing around lures that are fouled up with weeds and sticks is a waste of that valuable angling time.  
 
   The kid’s tip of the week is to get them ready for life by allowing them to struggle some.  After telling a kid how to play a big fish, sometimes you have let them lose a few before they connect the directions with their actions.   While we always want to see our grandkids and kids succeed, bumps in the road make us pay attention more and improve our technique to better prepare for what comes later in life.   And that is not just about fishing.  
 
   Your safety tip of the week is to strap on our patience, helpfulness and friendliness as we welcome the crowds of visitors to our beautiful valley!  
 
   We have had a number of customers fishing with Jeff Witkowski the past couple of week and everyone has been very pleased with the quality of the fishing and the trip itself.
 
 

NEW FISHING REGULATIONS HAVE ARRIVED - STOP BY FOR A COPY

posted by Mike on 06/12/2017

Stop by and pick up a copy of the "New" 2017/2018 Fishing regulations. There are lots of changes for this season. I have just glanced through them and have been overwhelmed by the chages I have seen! Make sure to read the regulations before you venture forth.

NEW 2017/2018 FISHING REGULATIONS ARE NOW ONLINE

posted by Mike on 06/11/2017

We have finally seen that WDFW has made available the "New" 2017/2018 Fishing Regulations on line. We should be seeing the printed copies at the various license outlets shortly. When we receive them I will post it here on our website.

 

Lots of changes for this season. Make sure you read throughly. Don't assume things are as they have been in the past.

 

Many of the talked about proposed seasons on the salmon scene did not make it to the table and other things that we thought would not occur did, so read well. I will post some updates once I have had time to read through things.

SKAGIT RIVER TO OPEN FOR SOCKEYE FISHING SUNDAY, JUNE 11TH

posted by Mike on 06/08/2017

Here's the run down on the Skagit River sockeye fishery that will open this Sunday, June 11th. The river is high and into the willows, which are the same conditions we had on the first year of this fishery when it also was the most productive. We have lots of sockeye plunking gear in stock and will be happy to give you the run down on how and where to go. We should also have fresh sand shrimp for the weekend.

 

Skagit River Sockeye Regulations:

Action: Open a section of the Skagit River to fishing for sockeye salmon.

Effective dates: June 11 through July 15, 2017.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon.

Location: SKAGIT RIVER (Skagit County) from Hwy. 536 at Mt. Vernon (Memorial Hwy. Bridge) to the mouth of Gilligan Creek.

Daily limit: 3 sockeye salmon only.

Reasons for action: This action will implement the 2017/18 salmon rules recently adopted during North of Falcon regulation process. These dates are not listed in the current (2016/2017) fishing rules pamphlet.

Other information: Night closure is in effect. The season may close earlier if the guideline is attained.

The sockeye fishery, along with other fisheries on the Skagit River, are tentatively scheduled to close June 28, 29, July 6, 7, and 11 to avoid gear conflicts with tribal fisheries scheduled those dates. Those dates may change as catches and river conditions change. For updates, anglers should check the emergency rule webpage at https: //fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

The sockeye fishery at Baker Lake will open on July 8 with a 4-fish daily limit. Please refer to the Baker sockeye webpage located at http: //wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/sockeye/baker_river.html for further information on seasons, fishing rule updates and fish counts.

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

LAKE STEVENS KOKANEE FISHING IS JUST AVERAGE OVERALL

posted by Mike on 06/08/2017

Most of our die hard Lake Stevens kokanee fishisherman have had a hard time consistantly doing well this season. Overall, most have been talking about how inconsistant the lake has been this season. There has been a day here or there when they will limit out, but generally they have been working hard for just a few fish. Most have decided that there just isn't the population of fish in the lake that we have been use to. They have not been seeing good numbers of fish on their sounders anywhere in the lake. Everyone has their own idea as to what the problem is. Perhaps the fry where planted in the lake during a time when there was no food for the little ones and they starved out, which is a very common problem with kokanee. Another thought is that the alum treatment over the past few years has taken its toll. Perhaps it combination of factors! The only thing we do know is that the fishing is not up to our normal standards.

 

Perhaps this is the year for you to branch out and start fishing some of the other kokanee waters that we have locally. We have been seeing some nice fish coming from Samish as well as Cavanaugh. Perhaps a road trip to Lake Chelan is in the cards. They have been doing extremely well on this east side lake.

FREE FISHING WEEKEND - SATURDAY, JUNE 10TH & SUNDAY, JUNE 11TH

posted by Mike on 06/08/2017

This weekend is Washington's "FREE FISHING WEEKEND", allowing folks the only opporotunity to fish without a license legally. This a great day to take folks fishing and introduce them to the sport without their having to incur the purchase of a license. You still have to conform to the regulations, they do not change!

 

Take advantage of the situation and enjoy the weekend!

 

 

ADDITIONAL DAY OF SHRIMPING FOR HOOD CANAL - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14TH

posted by Mike on 06/08/2017

Hood Canal to reopen for one more day of shrimp fishing

Action: Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen for one more day in Hood Canal (Marine Area 12).

Effective date: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Species affected: All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location: Hood Canal (Marine Area 12).

Reason for action: Sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains for one more day of fishing.

Other information: The daily limit is 80 shrimp in Hood Canal.

Contact: Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241, or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311, ext. 112.

ADDITIONAL HALIBUT FISHING JUNE 1OTH

posted by Mike on 06/06/2017

Recreational halibut fishing to open June 10
in Neah Bay, La Push and Puget Sound

Action:  Open recreational halibut fishing Saturday, June 10, in Marine Areas 3 (La Push), 4 (Neah Bay), and 5-10 (Puget Sound).

Open halibut retention with bottomfish on board in the nearshore area in Marine Area 1 seven days per week effective Thursday, June 8, until further notice.

Effective date: Open recreational halibut in Marine Areas 3 through 10 effective Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Open the nearshore area in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) for halibut retention seven days per week in effective Thursday, June 8, 2017. 

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location:  Marine Areas 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Reason for action:  Sufficient quota remains to open another fishing day in the north coast (Marine Areas 3 and 4) and Puget Sound (Marine Areas 5-10) on Saturday, June 10. Catch data will be evaluated following the opening on June 10 to determine if enough quota remains for additional fishing days in the north coast and Puget Sound.  If sufficient quota remains the next potential fishing day would be Saturday, June 17. 

There is sufficient remaining quota to allow halibut retention in the nearshore area of Marine Area 1 seven days per week. 

These rules conform to action taken by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). 

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