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NEW COLOR IN PRO TROLL LIGHTED FLASHERS

posted by Mike on 01/18/2019

Here's the newest addition color wise to the Pro Troll Lighted line of flashers that have been extemely popular here in the Northwest this past season. We have a limited number coming in next Monday and will more coming in the next couple of weeks. This flasher has everything you could want in a flasher - UV - Glow - Flash - E Chip - Blinking Light

 

Stop by and take a look. You won't be disappointed!

 

 

MARINE AREA 10 (SEATTLE/BREMERTON) TO CLOSE FOR SALMON FISHING

posted by Mike on 01/18/2019

Looks as if our Winter blackmouth fishing is following our summer king salmon fishery. We have seen some good fishing this winter season, and with it lots of participation. Despite WDFW lowering the limit to just a single blackmouth and many days of bad weather, we will reach our impact numbers by Saturday, 19th January and the season is over! We will have to switch over to Marine Area  8-1, 8-2, 9, 11, 12 or 13 to be able to continue our fishing. Area 6 will open Februay 1st and Area 5 will open February 16th. If you want to fish you'll just have to switch areas.

 

If we want to have longer seasons, we need to curtail the impacts we have on the smaller sublegal fish. Please go to larger lures and baits to cut down on the number of smaller fish that you are catching and releasing.

 

Salmon fishing to close in Marine Area 10

Action: Closes angling for salmon.

Effective date: January 20 through March 31, 2019. 

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 10.

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates and fishery projections indicate the total encounters guideline is expected to be reached by the end of the day Saturday, Jan. 19. This closure is necessary to avoid exceeding the allowable limit of total encounters including both retained and released fish. The fishery is being closed to control impacts on stocks of concern and ensure compliance with conservation objectives.

Additional information: Salmon fishing remains open at year-round piers as listed in the 2018-2019 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Information contact: David Stormer, Puget Sound Recreational Salmon Manager, (360) 902-0058.

WDFW CLOSES KALALOCH BEACH TO RAZOR CLAM DIGGING JAN. 19TH - 21ST

posted by Mike on 01/16/2019

WDFW closes Kalaloch beach for razor clamming Jan. 19-21;
Digs proceed at Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis

OLYMPIA – Due to the federal shutdown, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has rescinded three razor clam digs at Kalaloch beach that were set to occur Jan. 19-21.

"We are closing Kalaloch beach to razor clam digging in response to a request by Olympic National Park," said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. "Olympic National Park staff are not available to help ensure a safe and orderly opening in the area," he added. WDFW and the Park will consider alternate days to make up for this loss of harvest opportunity following the current federal shutdown.

Digs at three other beaches, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis, will proceed as planned, said Ayres. State shellfish managers with WDFW approved those digs on evening low tides last week after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.

The following beaches, dates, and evening low tides remain open to razor clamming:

  • Jan. 17, Thursday; 3:39 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 18, Friday; 4:30 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 19, Saturday; 5:18 p.m.; -1.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 20, Sunday; 6:05 p.m.; -1.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Jan. 21, Monday; 6:51 p.m.; -1.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers hit the beach about an hour or two before low tide for the best results.

"Diggers should always keep an eye on the surf and come prepared with good lighting devices for the digs that occur after dark," Ayres said.

Ayres said the department has also tentatively scheduled a dig in early February, pending the results of another round of marine toxin tests. If those tests are favorable, that dig will run Feb. 1-3.

More information on planned digs can be found on WDFW's razor clam webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2018-19 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.

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.

 

FISH LAKE ICE FISHING

posted by Mike on 01/16/2019

The ice fishing at Fish Lake has been good recently with many anglers having little trouble catching their limit of 25 perch. Most anglers are concentrating on the perch, though the trout fishing has been fairly good also. We have been hearing that the ice has been around 4 inches thick, which is just OK. I would personally like to see a little more.

 

The standard offering has been smaller #2 Swedish Pimple jigs, generally tipped with a perch eye, magots or a small piece of worm. Marmouska ice jigs have alos been quite popular. Ted's has a fairly good selection of ice gear at the present time.

WINTER LAKE STEVENS KOKANEE

posted by Mike on 01/16/2019

With the great weather we have been having there have been a few guys getting on the water at Lake Stevens in the hope of finding a few kokanne. Though the fishing has not been red hot by any means the few that have gone out have at least found a few 10 - 12 inch cooperative fish. The couple of guys that I spoke with had 5 or 6 for a few hours fishing in the morning.

 

The fish they caought we in the 30 - 35 foot depth range and seems to be spread out with no concentration. Overall, I would have to say for the dead of Winter at Lake Stevens that the fishing wan't too bad. At least it's better to be out on the water on a nice day than setting at home watching the TV.

13th ANNUAL EVERETT BLACKMOUTH DERBY MARCH 16TH & 17TH 2019

posted by Mike on 01/15/2019

We have tickets for the upcoming 13th Annual Everett Blackmouth Derby that will take place March 16th & 17th, 2019. There are just 125 tickets! Tickets are $100.00 per boat with up to four anglers. For more information go to their website.

 

www.everettblackmouthderby.com

 

$3,000.00 1st Place

$1,500.00 2nd Place

$500.00    3rd Place

$250.00     4th Place

Many Merchandise Prizes

 

 

SKYKOMISH & WALLACE REOPEN FOR FISHING

posted by Mike on 01/14/2019

Skykomish and Wallace rivers reopen to fishing

Action:  Reopens the Skykomish and Wallace rivers to fishing as described in the 2018-2019 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

The Wallace River will also be open from 200 feet downstream to 200 feet upstream of the salmon hatchery water intake with the following rules through Feb. 15:

Gamefish open: Dolly varden/bull trout; min. size 20 inches, may be retained as part of trout daily limit. Other trout; min. size 8 inches except cutthroat trout and wild rainbow trout min. size 14 inches. Trout daily limit: 2. Other gamefish; statewide min. size/daily limit. Fishing from a floating device prohibited.

Effective date:  Immediately through Feb. 15, 2019.

Species affected:  All species.

Location:  

  • Skykomish River, from the mouth to the forks
  • Wallace River, from the mouth to 200 feet above the hatchery water intake. 

Reason for action:  The Wallace River and Reiter Ponds hatcheries have now collected enough early winter steelhead broodstock to meet egg take goals. The early winter steelhead release goals are 140,000 smolt from Reiter Ponds and 27,600 smolt from the Wallace Hatchery. 

Additional information: Wallace River Hatchery grounds are closed dusk through 7 a.m. daily.

Information contact: Jennifer Whitney, District 13 fish biologist, (425) 775-1311 (ext. 107).

BLACKMOUTH FISHING MARINE AREAS 9 & 10

posted by Mike on 01/14/2019

Marine Areas 9 & 10 continue to put out some fairly good blackmouth fishing since the January 1st opener. The most productive area has been the eastern side of the Kitsap Peninsula taking in the Jefferson Head, Kingston, Pilot Point, Point No Point and around the corner into Skunk Bay. There is quite a mixture in the size of the fish, from sub legals to fish in the mid teens. For those being selective, fish in the 6 -7 pound range are fairly common. For those that are in the right place and right time, fish into the mid teens have been caught.

 

Weather has been one factor that determines whether you will get out on the water or not. We have seen from one extreme to the other so far this season. Yesterday, was one outstanding Winter day to say the least. With the good weather there was a good number of boats that took advantage of the flat calm conditions. In the Kingston area alone there were perhaps around 70 boats on the water in the morning.

 

As far as techniques go, I would have to say that the vast majority of anglers are downrigger trolling with flasher / squid or flasher / spoon combinations. Though you will find this technique will account for a larger percentage of shakers, especially if use smaller offerings. Not to say that you will not get larger fish on these smaller lures, but you must remember that our season is determined by the impacts that occur while fishing, and not the fish you punch on your card. By going to larger lures you will decrease the number of smaller fish that you hook and hopefully allow us to have a full season instead of being cut short. Try fishing larger spoons and plugs to cut down on the impacts.

 

The guys that have been mooching this winter have been finding good results and have been quite pleased with their results. Some of my customers that are die hard moochers have been getting fish into the low to mid teens quite consistantly. Once again try fishing a larger bait, such as a green label sized bait to cut down on the sub legal catches.

 

This season we have seen quite a resurgance in jigging here in Puget Sound. Earlier this winter season we saw jigging had become one of the most consistant ways of fishing blackmouth in the Point Defiance area of south sound. This technique has followed north and we have seen a good number of folks buying jigs this winter. Point Wilson Darts or Dugeness Stingers have been the lures of choice.

RAZOR CLAM DIG APPROVED FOR JAN 17TH - 21ST

posted by Mike on 01/12/2019

WDFW approves 5-day razor clam dig starting Jan. 17

OLYMPIA – The next round of evening razor clam digs will run Jan. 17-21 at various ocean beaches, including the first opening of the season at Kalaloch.

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

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

  • Jan. 17, Thursday; 3:39 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 18, Friday; 4:30 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 19, Saturday; 5:18 p.m.; -1.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
  • Jan. 20, Sunday; 6:05 p.m.; -1.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Kalaloch
  • Jan. 21, Monday; 6:51 p.m.; -1.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers hit the beach about an hour or two before low tide for the best results.

"Diggers should always keep an eye on the surf and come prepared with good lighting devices for the digs that occur after dark," Ayres said.

Ayres said the department has also tentatively scheduled a dig in early February, pending the results of another round of marine toxin tests. If those tests are favorable, that dig will run Feb. 1-3.

More information on planned digs can be found on WDFW's razor clam webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2018-19 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.

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.

 

STURGEON FISHING CLOSING ON DALLES POOL

posted by Mike on 01/05/2019

The Dalles Pool closes early for sturgeon retention fishing

OLYMPIA – Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon announced today that The Dalles Pool on the Columbia River will close to sturgeon-retention fishing in at the end of day Sunday, Jan. 6.

The announcement came just four days after the fishery opened Jan. 1, prompted by much higher catches than anticipated in the first three days of fishing.

Bill Tweit, a special assistant at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said an immediate closure was necessary to prevent the harvest from exceeding the quota of 135 white sturgeon in those waters.

"The catch mounted much faster than expected," Tweit said. "The water temperature was higher than usual, but we don't know for certain what caused the bite to come on so strong."

The Dalles Pool, which stretches from The Dalles Dam upriver to John Day Dam, will remain open to catch-and-release fishing.

Bonneville Pool and John Day Pool, two other areas of the Columbia River that also opened for white sturgeon fishing Jan. 1, will remain open to retention fishing until further notice.

In the Bonneville Pool, anglers may retain white sturgeon measuring 38-54 inches (fork length) between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam under a catch guideline of 325 fish.

In the John Day Pool, anglers may retain white sturgeon measuring 43-54 inches (fork length) between John Day Dam and McNary Dam until the catch reaches the 105-fish guideline.

The daily limit in those areas is one white sturgeon per day, with an annual limit of two legal-size fish.

NORTH FORK OF STILLAGUMISH CLOSING TO FISHING

posted by Mike on 01/05/2019

North Fork Stillaguamish River to close to fishing

Action:  Closes the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River to fishing.

Effective date:  Jan. 7, 2019 through Feb.15, 2019.

Species affected:  All species.

Location:  North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, from the mouth upstream to the Swede Heaven Bridge (includes the Fortson Hole area).

Reason for action:  The Whitehorse Hatchery does not have enough early winter steelhead broodstock on hand to meet egg take goals.  The goal is 130,000 smolt and the hatchery currently has 72,400 eggs on hand.

Additional information: Fishing will reopen when egg take goals have been met. 

Information contact: Jennifer Whitney, District 13 fish biologist, (425) 775-1311 (ext. 107).

 

PORTIONS OF SKYKOMISH & WALLACE RIVERS CLOSING TO FISHING

posted by Mike on 01/05/2019

Portions of Skykomish and Wallace rivers to close to fishing

Action:  Closes the Skykomish and Wallace rivers to fishing.

Effective date:  Jan. 7, 2019 through Feb. 15, 2019.

Species affected:  All species.

Location:  

  • Skykomish River, from the mouth to the forks
  • Wallace River, from the mouth to 200 feet above the hatchery water intake. 

Reason for action:  The Wallace River and Reiter Ponds hatcheries currently have less than half of the early winter steelhead broodstock on hand needed to meet egg take goals. The early winter steelhead goals are 140,000 smolt from Reiter Ponds and 27,600 smolt from the Wallace Hatchery. 

Additional information: Fishing will reopen when egg take goals have been met.  The Snoqualmie, Snohomish rivers and tributaries remain open as described in the fishing rules pamphlet. 

Information contact: Jennifer Whitney, District 13 fish biologist, (425) 775-1311 (ext. 107).

 

TURN IN THOSE WINTER CRAB CATCH RECORD CARD

posted by Mike on 01/03/2019

The Winter Crabbing Season is over, it's time to send in those catch record cards or report them online to WDFW. You have until the end of the month to do such. The online address is (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov) or can be sent snail mail to:

 

WDFW Fish

CRC Office

600 Capitol Way N.

Olympia WA 98501-1091

 

Make sure to  send them in to avoid the $10.00 imposed penalty for not sending them in when you purchase your licences this next season.

OLYMPIC PENINSULA SALMON DERBY - TICKETS

posted by Mike on 01/03/2019

The tickets for the Plympic Peninsula Salmon Derby were dropped off this morning. Tickets are $40.00 per person, and everyone in the boat must have one. 

 

If you need any information you can stop by and we can give you a brochure or you can go on line and see them at www.GardinerSalmonDerby.org .

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!

posted by Mike on 12/31/2018

We wish all of you a Happy New Year! We hope that you find a few more days in 2019 to spend time on the water with your family and friends.

Have a very good New Year!

MARINE AREAS 7,9 & 10 OPEN FOR SALMON FISHING JANUARY 1ST

posted by Mike on 12/27/2018

Finally, we have a number of areas opening for Winter blackmouth this next Tuesday, January 1st, 2019. Marine Areas 7(San Juan Islands), Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) and Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) will open Tuesday, January 1st, 2019. These areas were delayed this season due to large impacts on sub legal fish when these areas opened earlier. By delaying the opener it is hoped that a lager number of fish will have grown to legal size, lessing the impacts on smaller (sub-legal) fish which have caused WDFW to close areas earlier when impact numbers are reached.

Make sure to read your WDFW regulations for the areas you intend to fish as every area is slightly diferent. Please take note that WDFW has changed the Area 10 limit to just a single fish. 

Hopefully, we should see some fairly good sized fish in marine Area 9 & 10 as we have seen some good sized fish landed off the Edmonds Pier this Fall / Winter season. There have been a number of fish landed in the 7 -14 pound range in the past month. This has been the best Fall / Winter season we have seen off the pier, with many of the regulars landing legal fish on a consistant basis. 

If you want to curtail the number of sub - legal fish you encounter consider fishing larger offerings. Going to plugs in the 4 - 5 inch range, such as Silver Hordes or Tomics, will help cut down on the smaller fish. Fishing larger soons in the 4 - 5 inch range will also accomplish curtailing the impacts on smaller fish. Yes, you may not catch as many fish, but the average will be considerably larger. If we lessen the impacts, then we will see a longer season, and just might see a full season, giving us more time on the water.

 

Good Luck To All Of You!

RAZOR CLAM DIGS APPROVED JANUARY 2ND - 6TH, 2019

posted by Mike on 12/27/2018

OLYMPIA – The next round of evening razor clam digs will run Jan. 2-6 at Twin Harbors, along with openings at other beaches for the last three days.

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

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

  • Jan. 2, Wednesday; 4:22 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 3, Thursday; 5:06 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 4, Friday; 5:46 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 5, Saturday; 6:23 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Jan. 6, Sunday; 6:59 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers hit the beach about an hour or two before low tide for the best results.

"Diggers should come prepared with good lighting devices and always keep an eye on the surf, particularly at this time of year when the best low tides come after dark," Ayres said.

Ayres said the department has also tentatively scheduled a second dig in January, pending the results of another round of marine toxin tests. If those tests are favorable, that dig will run Jan. 17-21, and will include the first dig of the season at Kalaloch.

More information on planned digs can be found on WDFW's razor clam webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2018-19 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.

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.

 

OLYMPIC PENINSULA SALMON DERBY - MARCH 8 - 9 - 10, 2019

posted by Mike on 12/27/2018

It's time to be thinking of participating in the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Deby! It will take palce on March 8th, 9th & 10th this next year. This is the most popular of the Winter Blackmouth Derbies, often called the Iron Man Derby due to the conditions which are endured during the event. There are some "Great" money prizes, with $10,000.00 for 1st prize, $2,00.00 for 2nd and $1,000.00 for 3rd. The are "Mystery Fish" as well as lots of merchandise prizes.

 

You can take a look at the derby website at www.GardinerSalmonDerby.org.

 

Tickets are $40.00 per person, which we will have shortly.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU

posted by Mike on 12/24/2018

We wish everyone a "Merry Christmas", enjoy your time with your families and friends. We wish you more time on the water this next season.

Happy Holidays!

LIMIT TO CHANGE TO ONE SALMON IN MARINE AREA 10 ON JAN 1ST OPENER

posted by Mike on 12/22/2018

Daily limit of one salmon when season opens in Marine Area 10

Action: The daily limit of salmon is one.

Effective date: Jan. 1 through March 31, 2019.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton).

Reason for action: Based on abundance estimates, there is not sufficient salmon available to maintain a fishery though the planned season. A daily limit of one salmon will increase the likelihood that the winter fishery will remain open for the entire winter season. 

Additional information: Chinook minimum size is 22 inches. Release all wild Chinook salmon.

For specific regulations, anglers should consult the 2018-19 Washington Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Anglers can check WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html for the latest information on marine areas that are managed to a quota or guideline.

Information contact: David Stormer, Puget Sound recreational salmon fishery manager, (360) 902-0058 or Mark Baltzell, Puget Sound salmon manager, (360) 902-2807.

 

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