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Marine Areas 1 - 4 Open For Retention Of Wild Coho

posted by Mike on 09/02/2015

Anglers can keep hatchery and wild coho
in ocean marine areas

 

 

OLYMPIA - Anglers will be allowed to retain both wild and hatchery coho beginning Friday, Sept. 4, in all four ocean marine areas.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) previously limited anglers fishing in marine areas 1-4 to hatchery coho - marked with a missing adipose fin - to meet conservation goals for wild coho while extending fishing through the entire salmon season, said Doug Milward, ocean salmon manager for the department.

However, with a month remaining in the fishery, only 43 percent of the coho quota has been reached for the coast.

"With so much of the coho catch quota remaining this late in the season, we can allow anglers to keep both hatchery and wild coho without exceeding our conservation objectives for wild salmon," Milward said.

Through Aug. 30, anglers have caught 64,576 coho of the 150,800 coho quota for the coast.

Ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to continue through Sept. 30 in all four marine areas.

Anglers have a two-salmon daily catch limit in all four marine areas off the Washington coast. Up to two chinook may be retained in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) and Marine Area 2 (Westport); anglers fishing off La Push (Marine Area 3) and west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line off Neah Bay (Marine Area 4) can keep one chinook as well as two additional pink salmon as part of their daily catch limit.

For additional details on fishing regulations, check the fishing regulations pamphlet at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

Fishery managers will continue to monitor the ocean salmon fishery throughout the season, and announce any other changes on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/

Many Rivers Re Opened From Drought Closures & Restrictions

posted by Mike on 09/02/2015

WDFW eases restrictions, closures
on some rivers affected by drought

 

 

OLYMPIA - State fishery managers are easing drought-related fishing restrictions and closures on more than a dozen rivers where conditions have improved.

The changes are effective immediately.

To protect fish, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) previously closed or restricted fishing on more than 60 rivers and streams due to drought-induced low river flows and warm water temperatures.

Conditions in some rivers have returned to normal for this time of year thanks to recent rains and cooler weather, said Ron Warren, WDFW salmon policy lead.

"We're seeing lower water temperatures and river flows typical for late summer in several rivers around the state," Warren said. "If those conditions continue, we'll likely ease restrictions in other rivers in the coming days and weeks."

Any future changes will be posted on WDFW's drought webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/drought/ . The webpage also contains information on fishing closures or "hoot owl" restrictions - which limit the hours that a river is open to fishing - that remain in place on more than 40 rivers and streams across Washington.

Fishing is open, or no longer restricted to specified hours, on the rivers listed by region below.

Region 3 - South Central Washington

Hoot owl restrictions lifted on:

  • Naches River from Tieton River to Bumping River/Little Naches River
  • Rattlesnake Creek
  • Yakima River from I-82 at Union Gap to South Cle Elum Bridge

Region 4 - North Puget Sound

Reopening to fishing:

  • Lower Nooksack River from Slater Road to Deming
  • Lower Skykomish River
  • Stillaguamish River from Marine Drive upstream to the North and South forks

Region 5 - Southwest Washington

Hoot-owl restrictions lifted on:

  • East Fork Lewis River from Lewisville Park upstream
  • Washougal River from Mt. Norway Bridge upstream

Reopening to fishing:

  • East Fork Lewis River from Lewisville Park downstream
  • Washougal River from Mt. Norway Bridge downstream

Region 6 - Olympic Peninsula and South Sound

Hoot owl restrictions lifted on:

  • Nisqually River

Reopening to fishing:

  • Quilcene River
  • Upper Quilleyute River
  • Lower Dickey River
  • Lower Sol Duc River
  • Lower Calawah River
  • Lower Bogachiel River
  • Lower Clearwater River
  • Salmon River

More details on the actions taken today can be found on WDFW's webpage at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/index.jsp

The department also has rescinded a moratorium on sturgeon fishing in the Columbia Basin.

In addition, WDFW is easing restrictions on the rivers listed above for suction dredging for gold and mechanical removal of aquatic plants.

 

Tulalip Bubble Fishery Re-Opens For Chinook

posted by Mike on 09/02/2015

Tulalip Bubble fishery re-opens for chinook

 

Action: Re-open chinook retention in the Tulalip Bubble fishery.

Effective Date: 12:01 a.m. Sept. 4, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: Chinook.

Location: Waters west of Tulalip Bay and within 2,000 feet of shore from the pilings at Old Bower's Resort, to a fishing boundary marker approximately 1.4 miles northwest of Hermosa Point.

Reason for action: Chinook brood stock collection efforts at the Tulalip and Wallace River Hatchery has improved with the recent rains.

Other information: Tulalip Bubble fishery has a daily salmon limit is 2 salmon plus 2 additional pink salmon and the 2 pole endorsement is valid. Tulalip Bubble is open Friday, Sept. 4 through noon Monday, Sept. 7 and Saturdays and Sundays only starting Sept. 12 through Sept. 27. Other waters in Marine Area 8-2 remain unaffected by this rule change.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop (360) 902-2808, Jenni Whitney (425) 775-1311

Lake Chelan Fishing Report For 8/28/2015 From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

posted by Mike on 08/28/2015

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 8/28/15

    Our summer pattern of trolling for Lake Trout on Chelan early in the morning on the Bar with a sprinkling of big fish continues hot even as we approach Labor Day.   Also, hot is trolling the face of Manson Bay later in the mornings.  The good news as I write this is cooler damper weather has entered the area and swept most of the smoke out of the Chelan Valley, at least for the moment.   

 

    On the Bar, look for depths from 118 to 150 feet deep.  That lower hump is still covered with fish during the first hour of light.  Later in the morning it is best to troll in Manson Bay at depths of 110 feet near Wapato Point and up to 270 feet deep in the center of the bay.  As always, fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed from 1.1 to 1.4 mph.  Jeff’s drift rig in green has worked quite well.  Similar in profile, the Needlefish squid rig by Silver Horde / Goldstar has also worked.  Bait these rigs with a chunk of Northern Pikeminnow.  Scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice. 

 

    I am going to continue to dispense with our normal format to update you on the fire fighting and recovery efforts here in the Valley.  Near the end of last weekend the new Type I incident team steered the First Creek Fire up Slide Ridge and kept it up there as it burned it’s way past the Narrows.  That greatly reduced the likelihood of burning embers making it across Lake Chelan to Manson.  The Chelan Complex Fire was kept up on the ridge as it worked it’s way past Manson to the North.  With that accomplished, it looks like Manson is pretty safe from direct fire danger. 

 

    Up until the afternoon of the 27th, the big story had become the loss of business in the Valley primarily due to smoke.  It had been rated unhealthy to hazardous most days.  With shifting winds and changing weather that is changing.  All of us in the hospitality and recreation business are hoping the smoke will continue to dissipate and allow visitors to return without risking their respiratory systems… 

 

    We still had a few hardy customers that wanted to fish and the fish have really been cooperating.  See the attached pictures!  Thank you for your kind words of concern and support!

 

Pictured:  8/25/15 - Andrew and Drew (12) Hennen of Newberg, OR with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.

 

Also Pictured: 8/27/15 - Chance Rudiger (7) of Woodinville, Wa with her 15# 14oz Bar Mack.

 

Finally Pictured:  The Belarde's and Rudiger's with their mornings catch

 

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Two Chinook Limit In Marine Area 1, Ilwaco Beginning Saturday August 29th

posted by Mike on 08/28/2015

Anglers allowed two chinook salmon
off Ilwaco beginning Saturday

 

 

OLYMPIA - Starting Saturday, Aug. 29, anglers fishing ocean waters off Ilwaco can keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their two salmon daily limit.

With that change, anglers will be allowed to keep two chinook per day off Ilwaco (Marine Area 1) and Westport (Marine Area 2). Anglers fishing off La Push (Marine Area 3) and west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line off Neah Bay (Marine Area 4) can keep one chinook per day as part of the two salmon limit as well as two additional pink salmon.

Doug Milward, ocean salmon manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the department previously limited anglers off Ilwaco to one chinook per day to ensure that the fishery would remain open for the entire season.

"We have enough chinook remaining under the guideline to allow anglers two chinook per day off Ilwaco without much risk of having to close early," Milward said.

Through Aug. 23, anglers fishing in Marine Area 1 had caught 45 percent (7,118 fish) of the 15,750 chinook guideline for the area.

Ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to continue through Sept. 30 in all four marine areas.

Fishery managers will continue to monitor the ocean salmon fishery throughout the season, and announce any other changes on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/

Additional information on the ocean fishery, including minimum size limits and area catch guidelines, is available in WDFW's Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet, available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

 

Friday August 28th Last Day For Buoy 10 Chinook Fishery

posted by Mike on 08/28/2015

Buoy 10 chinook fishery to close
Friday after record catch rates

 

 

OLYMPIA - Anglers fishing in the Buoy 10 area near the mouth of the Columbia River will be required to release any chinook salmon they catch after Friday, Aug. 28.

Following a week of record catch rates and angler turnout, state fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today agreed to close the popular fishery several days earlier than anticipated.

Even so, the total catch over four weeks of fishing is expected to reach or exceed 35,000 chinook in the 16-mile stretch of the lower Columbia River.

"This year's Buoy 10 chinook fishery got off to a fast start and just kept picking up speed," said Guy Norman, regional director for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). "We had hoped to keep the chinook fishery open through Labor Day, but the mounting catch reached the harvest guideline sooner than expected."

The harvest guideline limits impacts on wild fish protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.

However, anglers can still catch and retain hatchery coho and summer steelhead in the Buoy 10 waters, which extend upriver to the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line. Both species are marked as hatchery fish by a clipped adipose fin.

All three species - including chinook salmon - are also still available for harvest upriver from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line to Warrior Rock and beyond, Norman said.

"This fall season will continue to provide good fishing for chinook in the Columbia River upstream to the Hanford Reach," he said. "If the Buoy 10 fishery is any indication, it should be a great year for salmon fishing."

Lake Chelan Report From August 21st, 2015 From Anton Jones Of Darrel & Dad's Family Guide Service

posted by Mike on 08/21/2015

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 8/21/15

    Our mid-summer pattern of trolling for Lake Trout on Chelan early in the morning on the Bar with a sprinkling of big fish continues hot.   Also continuing hot is trolling the face of Manson Bay in the evenings for numbers of Lake Chelan Lakers. 

 

    The big news of course is the group of wildfires that are burning in our area.   

 

    On the Bar, look for depths from 118 to 150 feet deep.  That lower hump is covered with fish during the first hour of light.  Evenings are best in Manson Bay in depths of 110 feet near Wapato Point and up to 270 feet deep in the center of the bay.  As always, fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed from 1.1 to 1.4 mph.  Jeff’s drift rig in green has worked quite well.  Similar in profile, the Needlefish squid rig by Silver Horde / Goldstar has also worked.  Bait these rigs with a chunk of Northern Pikeminnow. 

 

    I am going to dispense with our normal format since the big news has been the devastation created by the fires in our area.  The first thing that I want to say is a heartfelt THANK YOU from the Darrell & Dad’s family to all the people that have fished with us during August. 

 

    In spite of the increasing smoke in the valley from Wolverine fire at the beginning of the month through the Chelan Complex Fire disaster last Friday, they kept coming and fishing with us.  Like loads of people in the Chelan Valley, we are dependent on summer business to keep us afloat during the remainder of the year.  Again, thank you. 

 

    Last Friday morning at about 5AM while I was waiting for customers and discussing which way the lightning was going with Jay Witherbee of KOZI the Butte, First Creek and Emerson Acres took direct lightning strikes that immediately ignited fires.  Jeff & I waited out the lightning at the dock with our customers and fished the morning with them.  That evening as the wind came up and shifted repeatedly the First Creek and the Butte fires ran wild.  The Butte fire made a run at Chelan.  Jeff stayed with his house getting bombed by retardant from a DC-10 at the critical moment to save his house and neighborhood. 

 

    Sandy and I watched horrified in the dark as houses uplake from Watson’s burned to the ground.  We lost all power, cell phone reception and then the local radio station was knocked off the air.  With no info available, and smoke around we prepped to evacuate and got our RV generator in operation to keep our freezers running. 

 

    By Sunday morning the PUD had power restored, Frontier had our internet connection up and AT&T restored cell phone coverage.  The weekend trips had to be cancelled, but uniformly after that the customers came and fished.  Some mornings were more smoky than others. 

 

    If you have respiratory problems wear a mask that is rated to filter smoke.  They are available here in Manson at the Red Apple Market and at a variety of other locations throughout the valley. 

 

    The most devastating blow came later in the week as three firefighters were killed by the fire in the Methow Valley near Twisp.  We are humbled by their sacrifice and pray for comfort to the friends and family. 

 

    Along with all the merchants in the Chelan Valley we are hopeful that the worst is behind us and we will proceed in a manner to try to normalize business.  We have received many calls, texts, emails and Facebook messages filled with prayers, well wishes and other forms of empathy. 

 

Thank you all!

 

Pictured:  8/15/15 - Jeff's picture of the retardant drop on his neighborhood that saved the day!

 

Also Pictured:  8/18/15 - Neighbor, Carl Davis with his grandson and Mr. Lesmeister with an epic morning catch of Mackinaw from Lake Chelan.

 

Finally Pictured:  8/18/15 - Deva Hartl of Auburn with a 15lb 11oz morning Mack. 

 

 

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Snohomish River Opens For Pinks/Coho From Hwy 9 to Confluence Sunday 16th August

posted by Mike on 08/15/2015

The Snohomish will open tomorrow above the Hwy 9 bridge to the confluence for Pink and Coho salmon. Remember that Chinook and Chum are off limits and closed for retention. The limit is four salmon of which only three can be Coho. Though we are still early in the season, there are good numbers of pinks in the river at the present time. The lower section of the Snohomish (below Hwy 9) produced at least some fair pink salmon fishing this week for a few of our customers. Not red hot by any means but at least they did catch some fish. We did speak to one of our customers that explored the upper section of the Snohomish this week and did see fair numbers of pinks in the river. The river is very low and running clear, though the rain yesterday and today may put in a little color and bring the river up a bit as well as cool the temperature down - perhaps putting the fish on a bite.

 

Though the regulations say the lower Skykomish River (below Lewis St. Bridge) opens tomorrow for salmon fishing it is in fact not open as it was closed to all fishing until further noticeby emergency regulations.

 

We have lots of river pink salmon gear in stock and will be more than happey to help you out in rigging up.

 

 

Hoot Owl Restrictions For Peshastin Creek & Tributaries

posted by Mike on 08/15/2015

Drought conditions prompt "hoot-owl" fishing restrictions on Peshastin Creek and tributaries

 

Action: Peshastin Creek and all tributaries are closed to fishing from 2:00 p.m. to midnight.

Effective date: Immediately until further notice.

Species affected: All species

Location: Peshastin Creek, a tributary of the Wenatchee River (Chelan Co.), and all tributaries of Peshastin Creek.

Reason for action: Low water flows and higher than normal water temperatures this summer are creating poor conditions for fish stocks. There areas are closed to fishing from 2:00 p.m. to midnight until water conditions improve.

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

Yakima Basin Stream Fishing Closed Or Restricted

posted by Mike on 08/15/2015

Select Yakima Basin tributaries to close to fishing for game fish due to drought

 

Actions: Partially or completely close current seasons for game fish in select areas to reduce drought-related injury and/or mortality.

Effective date: Immediately until further notice

Species affected: All game fish (trout, whitefish, etc.)

Locations for new restrictions or closures:

1) Yakima River from I-82 Bridge at Union Gap to the South Cle Elum Bridge: Closed 2 p.m. until midnight

2) Swauk Creek and all tributaries downstream of Williams Creek: Closed 2 p.m. until midnight

3) Williams Creek and all tributaries: Closed

4) Swauk Creek and all tributaries upstream of Williams Creek: Closed

5) American River: Closed

Previously announced restrictions and closures remain in effect on the following Yakima Basin tributaries:

1) Ahtanum Creek, including North and Middle Forks: Closed

2) Naches River from Tieton River to Bumping River/Little Naches River: Closed 2 p.m. until midnight

3) Rattlesnake Creek: Closed 2 p.m. until midnight

4) Little Naches River: Closed

5) Teanaway River, including West, Middle and North Forks: Closed

Reason for action: Afternoon water temperatures in Yakima Basin rivers and creeks are approaching the upper limit for survival of trout and salmon. Most of the above waters do not benefit from cold water releases from the Bureau of Reclamation storage reservoirs. These select waters receive significant summer fishing effort that will subject hooked fish to handling stress, injury or death directly related to elevated water temperature combined with record low instream flow conditions.

Hoot Owl Restrictions For Mill Creek (Walla Walla County)

posted by Mike on 08/15/2015

 

 

 

Drought conditions prompt "hoot-owl" fishing restrictions on Mill Creek (Walla Walla County)

 

Action: Mill Creek is closed to fishing from 2:00 p.m. to midnight.

Effective date: Immediately until further notice.

Species affected: All species

Location: Mill Creek (Walla Walla County) from Bennington Dam to State Line

Reason for action: Low water flows and higher than normal water temperatures this summer are creating poor conditions for fish stocks. Mill Creek is closed to fishing from 2:00 p.m. to midnight until water conditions improve.

Information contacts: Chris Donley Regional Fish Program Manager (509) 892- 1001 ext. 307.

Tags: Mill Creek

Hoot Owl Restrictions For Nisqually

posted by Mike on 08/15/2015

Drought conditions prompt "hoot-owl" fishing restrictions on Nisqually River

 

Action: Nisqually River closed daily to fishing from 2 p.m. to one hour before official sunrise on days it is open for recreational fishing.

Effective date: Aug. 20, 2015 one hour before official sunrise until further notice

Location: The Nisqually River (Thurston County) from mouth to the military tank crossing bridge (located one mile upstream of mouth of Muck Creek).

Species affected: All species.

Reason for action: Unusually high water temperatures could result in higher than anticipated mortality of caught and released salmon.

Other Information: Anglers are reminded that the Nisqually River is closed for tribal fishing are Aug. 17-19, 24-26, and 31, Sept. 1, 2, 8-10, 14-16, 21-23, 28, and 29.

Information Contact: Larry Phillips (District Fish Biologist) 360-902-2721 or James Losee (Area Fish Biologist) 360-902-2741.

Lake Wenatchee Sockeye Fishery To Close After Sunday August 16th

posted by Mike on 08/15/2015

August 12, 2015

 

 

Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery to close

 

 

Action: Lake Wenatchee closes for sockeye salmon fishing.

Effective date/time: Aug. 16, 2015, one hour after official sunset.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Location: Lake Wenatchee (Chelan Co.)

Reason for action: Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed spring chinook destined for the spawning grounds in the tributaries of the upper Wenatchee River are seeking refuge in the colder waters of Lake Wenatchee. While sufficient numbers of harvestable sockeye remain in the lake, the number of endangered spring chinook currently being incidentally caught and released is nearing the ESA take limit specific to the Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery.

Information contact: Travis Maitland, (509) 665-3337, (Wenatchee District Office) (509) 662-0452, Jeff Korth (509) 754-4624.

Marine Area 2 Westport Opens For Two Chinook Limit - Neah Bay Reopens For Chinook August 14th & 15th For One Fish Limit

posted by Mike on 08/13/2015

Anglers allowed 2 chinook off Westport;
Neah Bay re-opens for chinook Aug. 14-15

 

 

OLYMPIA - Anglers will be allowed to retain two chinook salmon daily beginning Saturday, Aug. 15, in ocean waters off Westport (Marine Area 2), state fishery managers announced today.

In addition, anglers can keep one chinook per day while fishing off Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) for two days, Aug. 14 and 15.

Anglers off Westport were previously limited to one chinook as part of a two-salmon daily limit to ensure that the fishery would remain open for the entire season, said Doug Milward, ocean salmon manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

"We're keeping a close eye on the catch rate and are in a good position to allow anglers two chinook per day without exceeding the harvest guideline for Westport," Milward said.

Through Aug. 9, anglers fishing out of Westport had caught 13,515 chinook of the 29,295 harvest guideline.

Meanwhile, WDFW is allowing anglers to keep chinook for two days off Neah Bay, which was closed to chinook retention earlier this month when anglers came close to meeting the harvest guideline for the area.

"Anglers caught fewer chinook than we expected in the last few days Neah Bay was open," Milward said. "We have a sufficient number of chinook remaining under the guideline to re-open for two days."

Anglers fishing in Marine Area 4 currently have a daily limit of two salmon, plus two additional pink salmon, but must release wild coho, chinook and chum. Anglers can retain one chinook as part of the daily limit Aug. 14 and 15.

Beginning Aug. 16, the regulations revert back to those prior to the two-day chinook opening in Neah Bay.

Those anglers fishing east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line in Marine Area 4 may not keep chinook. This section of Marine Area 4 will remain closed to chinook retention Aug. 14 and 15.

The changes announced today do not affect ocean salmon fisheries off Ilwaco (Marine Area 1) and La Push (Marine Area 3). In both areas, anglers can keep one chinook as part of the daily limit of two salmon. Anglers fishing in Marine Area 3 can also retain an additional two pink salmon.

More information on the ocean fishery, including catch guidelines and size limits, can be found in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

 

Grand Slam Bucktails Are Here!

posted by Mike on 08/11/2015

If you are are needing some Grand Slam Bucktails we are happy to inform you that we have them back in stock. After being absent from the market they are once again avaliable. We have good stock at the present with more on the way. You can stop by and pick them up or give us a call and we can ship them out.

 

This is what we have on hand at present:

3 in Blue Mini Grand Slam Bucktail

3 in Green Mini Grand Slam Bucktail

3 in White Mini Grand Slam Bucktail

3 in Black Mini Grand Slam Bucktail

3 in Pink Mini Grand Slam Bucktail ( Created For Pink Salmon)

 

4 in  Blue Candlefish Grand Slam Bucktail

4 in Green Candlefish Grand Slam Bucktail

4 in White Candlefish Grand Slam Bucktail

4 in Black Candlefish Grand Slam Bucktail

 

4in Blue Herring Grand Slam Bucktail

4in Green Herring Grand Slam Bucktail

4in White Herring Grand Slam Bucktail

4in Black Herring Grand Slam Bucktail

 

6in Blue Magnum Grand Slam Bucktail

6in Green Magnum Grand Slam Bucktail

6in White Magnum Grand Slam Bucktail

6in Black Magnum Grand Slam Bucktail

 

We have all of the above Grand Slam Bucktails in stock at the present time.

 

 

Beach Fishing For Pink Salmon

posted by Mike on 08/08/2015

We have been getting great reports of pink salmon being landed off many of Puget Sounds beaches this past couple of weeks and the fishing should stay good for quite a period of time.

 

Without a doubt some of the best beach fishing for pinks has been the western beaches of Whidbey Island. There are many spots that produce good caches for the shore bound angler. Some of the best beaches on the Island are Bush Point, South Whidbey State Park,  Lagoon Point, Fort Casey, Ebey Landing, West Beach (Decption Pass State Park), Deception Pass, Ala Spit, Mutiny Bay, Maxwelton and at Possession Point Bait Co.. These are some of the best know spots to intercept salmon on their way back to their natal streams. Some of these beaches have very good public access and others have just minimal access. Those beaches that houses on them are more than likely off limits as the tidelands are privately owned. Make sure that you can fish a beach before doing such as you do not want to have any conflict with a land owner. We have had lots of conflict in the past and fishermen do not need to loose any more access than they have already. If you live on the Kitsap Penninsula you can fish off the beach at Point No Point or give Salsbury Point a try. For you mainlanders you can try Kayak Point County Park, Mukilteo Beach Park, Picnic Point, Medowdale Park, Edmonds Pier, Akli Point, Dash Point or Browns Point. These are by no means all of the access points that one may find some decent beach salmon fishing but will give you a start.

 

We will have decent saltwater pink salmon fishing though about the middle of September though the next there weeks or so will be the peak. We will also be changeing to a silver fishery by the last week of August and they will run through mid October.

 

The most common beach fishing lures for beach fishing pinks are Rotators and Buzz Bombs generally in a 2 or 2 1/2 size and in pink colors. Some anglers will incorporate a small pink squid over their hook for additional inticement.

If you are needing any additional information just stop by and we will be glad to help you out. We have a great selection of pink gear on hand and will be happy to show you how to rig it

 

 

Grand Slam Bucktails Are Back

posted by Mike on 08/07/2015

If you are wanting to get in on the first shipment of Grand Slam Bucktails stop by or call and let us know what you would like. We should get our first shipment this next week. We have a fair number coming and should be able to take care of your needs as long as it isn't too outlandish!

Portion Of Marine Area 9 Closes For Salmon Fishing

posted by Mike on 08/06/2015

A portion of Marine Area 9 closes to salmon fishing

 

Action: Fishing for salmon is closed south and west of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point to the Hood Canal Bridge within Marine Catch Area 9, except angling for salmon from shore is allowed from the Hood Canal Bridge to the northern boundary of Salsbury Point Park.

Effective Date: Aug. 6 through Aug. 15, 2015.

Species affected: Coho and pink salmon.

Location: Waters south and west of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point to the Hood Canal Bridge in Marine Catch Area 9.

Reason for action: Closing salmon fishing in this area is necessary to protect mid-Hood Canal chinook per state-tribal management plans agreed to during the North of Falcon pre-season process.

Other information: Shore angling for salmon is allowed from the Hood Canal Bridge to the northern boundary of Salsbury Point Park with the following regulations: Daily limit is 2 salmon plus 2 additional pink salmon. Release chinook and chum. Anglers should consult the Fishing in Washington, Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations (see Marine Area 9 map, "Hood Canal Closure and Fishery" specified in footnote number 6).

Information contact: Laurie Peterson (360) 902-2790 or Ryan Lothrop (360) 902-2808

Expanded Crab Closures On Washington Coast

posted by Mike on 08/05/2015

Marine toxins prompt expansion
of crab-fishing closure on coast

 

 

OLYMPIA - State shellfish managers today doubled the area of Washington's coast closed to crab fishing after finding elevated levels of marine toxins in crab tested north to the Queets River.

Effective immediately, recreational and commercial crab fishing is prohibited in 45 miles of coastal waters from Point Chehalis to the Queets River, expanding on a closure in effect since early June that extends 45 miles south to the Columbia River.

Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the area now closed to crab fishing includes more than half the state's 157-mile-long coast.

Bays and estuaries affected by the closure include crabbing areas inside the Columbia River, Willapa Bay, and Grays Harbor.

"Ongoing testing shows that crab in these waters have domoic acid levels that exceed health-safety standards," Ayres said. "We've been closely watching toxin levels in crab since closing beaches to razor-clam digging in May."

Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities, Ayres said. Cooking or freezing does not destroy domoic acid in shellfish.

Although the algae blooms that produce the toxin appear to have waned, the toxin can persist in razor clams for months, Ayres said.

"Razor clams are a major food source for crab, so that's likely why we're seeing this lingering effect in the food chain," he said.

Under WDFW's latest action, all commercial crab gear must be removed from waters stretching from Point Chehalis to the Queets River by Aug. 10 at 12:01 a.m.

"This closure likely marks the end of this year's coastal commercial crab fishery, which was already set close in September," Ayres said.

More information about domoic acid can be found on WDFW's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/domoic_acid.html.

 

Quillayute River System Tributaries To Close

posted by Mike on 08/04/2015

Quillayute River system tributaries to close

 

Action: Closes the Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Calawah, and Dickey rivers and all their tributaries, and upper 475 yards of the Quillayute River to all fishing.

Effective date: Aug. 1, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: All species.

Location: The Dickey River, Sol Duc River, Calawah River, Bogachiel River and all tributaries. The Quillayute River from the confluence of the Sol Duc and Bogachiel Rivers downstream 475 yards to fluorescent orange paint on rocks.

Reason for action: Low water and higher than normal water temperatures are causing a delay in migration and increased stress on wild salmon returning to the Quillayute system, making them more vulnerable to fishing pressure. This is likely to remain a problem until stream flows increase. The Quileute Tribe has also closed its fishery for two weeks, and will re-assess the situation at that time. These closures are needed to protect wild chinook and coho salmon.

Information contact: Mike Gross, District 16 Fish Biologist, (360) 249-1210 or David Low, Fish Biologist (360) 249-4628 ext. 1216

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