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Lake Chelan Report From Anton Jones For 3/9/15

posted by Mike on 03/10/2015

AKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 3/9/15

    Lake Chelan continues to be hot, trolling for Mackinaw in the Barrens and Kokanee on Colyar Ledge.  Roses Lake is still producing relatively easy limits of planter rainbows for shore and boat anglers. 

 

    Trolling for suspended Kokanee continues terrific.  Pull Mack’s Lure’s Mini Cha Cha Squidders in Orange on a short leader behind their Double D Dodgers in 00 to 0000 sizes.  Bait the Mini Cha Cha’s with Pautzke’s Fire Corn in natural or yellow.  We have caught these landlocked sockeye anywhere from 45 to 200 feet deep. 

 

    Laker fishing has been terrific in the Trench.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to .9 mph.  Silver Horde 3.5” Needlefish Squid rigs in glow colors fronted with a Mack’s Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has been our best pattern. 

 

    Rainbow trout are being caught on Roses Lake from the shore.  Catch them from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig.  You can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger.  Bait those mini cha cha’s with a piece of worm or a small nugget of Pautzke’s Fire Bait. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to remember the key component of your presentation.  On Lake Chelan it is vibration for lakers and visual for Kokanee.  There are other aspects to every presentation, but in almost every fishery, there is one key component to the presentation.  On the Columbia in winter for Steelhead it is visual.  On the Columbia in the summer for Salmon, it is vibration (although scent is a pretty close second).  Focus on that and you will be on your way into the 10% of the fishermen that catch 90% of the fish. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to use the time that fishing provides to shape competency’s.  You’ve got to love farm kids that know how to do useful stuff by the time they are teenagers.  They can drive, handle stock, manage the irrigation of a field and fix a lot of things around the ranch or home.  In fishing, using that quiet time to teach them a knot or the tricks in managing the motor trim or throttle, discussing how the clouds help you predict the weather are a few of the things that can be more easily accomplished during a fishing trip. 

 

    The safety tip of the week is to watch for black ice on our sloping docks early in the morning.  I’ve encountered it when my phone told me the air temp in Manson was 41.

 

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Eastside Steelheading

posted by Mike on 03/08/2015

If you are looking to do a little steelheading and don't want to make the drive to the coastal streams or put up will the masses on the Cowlitz you might just look east. We have been getting some good reports out of the Wenatchee, Icicle and Methow from a number of our customers that have been heading over that way. The waters are low and clear so refined techniques are required. Try fishing floats and small jigs, beads or a combination of jigs with a trailing bead. With the water temp. increasing with the warmer days don't forget to throw in a spoon or two for something else to toss.

 

If you would like to fish with a good guide in this area for steelhead try Brad Wagner of Bobber Down Guide Service at (509) 670-3095. He does a fantastic job!

Bill Hayes Hot Plugs Derby Results From Yesterday, Saturday March 7th

posted by Mike on 03/08/2015

Here are the results for the Hot Plug's Derby.
 
 
1st Place   Terry Pitt of Sedro Woolley          15.12 lbs     $2350      Northend of Camano Island on a spoon
 
2nd Place  Ron Lampers of Whidbey Island   12.05 lbs       $940       Whidbey Island side somewhere on bait.
 
3rd Place   Glenn Helton of Sedro Woolley     10.05 lbs       $705      Greenbanks on a squid
 
4th Place   Jack McKeehan of Arlington         9.14lbs        $470        Racetrack on a spoon
 
 
 
We had 94 entries and 13 fish weighed in. It was probably the best weather the Hot Plug's Derby has seen in a very long time. Flat as glass and nice and sunny. Doubled the fish of last year too. There was people fishing from the Langley all the way up to the north end of Camano. My boat even put two fish in the boat. 9 and a 6 lb right off Pebble beach, just couldn't be a better day to be fishing.
 
Ed Keller 
 
P.S. Just a heads up. Stanwood Eagles Derby April 18-19. I will get you a flyer out

Washington State 2015 Salmon Runs

posted by Mike on 03/02/2015

 

Strong runs of Columbia River chinook,
Puget Sound pink and coho salmon projected

 

OLYMPIA – Fishing prospects look promising for chinook in Washington’s ocean waters and the Columbia River, as well as for coho and pink salmon in areas of Puget Sound, according to state fisheries managers.

The forecasts – developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty Indian tribes – for chinook, coho, sockeye, chum and pink salmon were released at a public meeting in Olympia today.

The forecasts mark the starting point for developing the 2015 salmon fishing seasons. The public is encouraged to participate throughout the process by attending various meetings and by using a new online commenting tool, said Ron Warren, fisheries policy lead for WDFW.

The commenting tool, a meeting schedule, salmon forecasts and information about the salmon season-setting process are available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/.

Over the next several weeks, state and tribal co-managers will develop seasons that focus fishing opportunities on abundant hatchery and wild salmon populations, Warren said.

“Ensuring we meet our conservation objectives for depressed wild salmon stocks is the first step in establishing these fisheries,” Warren said. “That is always a challenge, but several of this year’s forecasts suggest we can provide some potentially great fisheries while meeting these goals.” 

As in past years, salmon-fishing prospects in 2015 vary by area:

  • Columbia River: About 900,000 fall chinook are expected to return to the Columbia River in 2015. That would be the third largest run on record since 1938, said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for WDFW.

    Roughly 70 percent of the chinook anticipated this year – or about 626,000 salmon – is expected to be “upriver brights” headed for areas above Bonneville Dam.
     
    The ocean abundance of Columbia River coho this year is expected to be nearly 777,000 fish, down from 964,000 in 2014.
  • Washington’s ocean waters: About 255,000 hatchery chinook are expected to return this year to the lower Columbia River. Those salmon, which are known as “tules,” are the backbone of the recreational ocean chinook fishery.
     
    The forecast for returning coho also is strong though down somewhat from last year, said Doug Milward, ocean salmon fishery manager for WDFW.
     
    “Coho numbers are down about 20 percent from 2014, but the forecast for lower river chinook is up slightly from last year,” Milward said. “Overall, anglers can look forward to more great fishing opportunities in the ocean this summer.”
  • Puget Sound:  Another solid run of coho is expected to return to Puget Sound’s rivers this year. More than 891,000 coho, up 20,000 from last year, are forecast to return to Puget Sound.
     
    Central and south Sound are anticipated to be bright spots for coho, said Ryan Lothrop, Puget Sound recreational fishery manager for WDFW.
     
    The forecast for summer/fall chinook is down somewhat from last year with about 208,000 chinook returning, Lothrop said. Hatchery chinook make up the bulk of returning fish.
     
    More than 6.5 million pink salmon are expected to return to the Sound this year, which is comparable to the number that returned in 2013. Most pink salmon return to Washington’s waters only in odd-numbered years.
     
    “A large return of pink salmon provides another reason for anglers to get out on the water and, perhaps, bring someone new to the sport along with them,” Lothrop said.
     
    Meanwhile, the forecast of 165,000 sockeye still falls short of the 350,000 minimum needed to consider a recreational sockeye fishery for Lake Washington. Fishery managers, however, will consider sockeye fisheries in Baker Lake and the Skagit River, Lothrop said.

State, tribal and federal fishery managers will meet March 7-12 in Vancouver, Wash., with the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) to develop options for this year's commercial and recreational ocean chinook and coho salmon fisheries. The PFMC establishes fishing seasons in ocean waters three to 200 miles off the Pacific coast.

Additional public meetings have been scheduled through March to discuss regional fishery issues. Input from these regional discussions will be considered as the season-setting process moves into the "North of Falcon" and PFMC meetings, which will determine the final 2015 salmon seasons.

The PFMC is expected to adopt final ocean fishing seasons and harvest levels at its April 11-16 meeting in Rohnert Park, Calif. The 2015 salmon fisheries package for Washington's inside waters will be completed by the state and tribal co-managers during the PFMC's April meeting.

 

Razor Clam Openings For March

posted by Mike on 03/01/2015

WDFW approves razor clam dig starting March 2

OLYMPIA - Clam diggers can return to two coastal beaches Monday (March 2) through Thursday (March 5) to dig razor clams during a month packed with potential digging opportunities.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig at Long Beach and Twin Harbors after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

As in previous openings, the dig is scheduled on evening tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.

Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

The four-day dig is scheduled for the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • March 2, Monday, 4:49 p.m.; 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 3, Tuesday, 5:26 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 4, Wednesday, 5:59 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 5, Thursday; 6:30 p.m.; 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

WDFW shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled a nine-day dig beginning March 16. Low tides will switch to morning from evening tides midway through the proposed dig on the following dates, beaches and tides:

  • March 16, Monday, 4:15 p.m.; 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 17, Tuesday, 5:08 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 18, Wednesday, 5:57 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 19, Thursday, 6:42 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 20, Friday, 7:26 p.m.; -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

Seasonal switch to morning tides

  • March 21, Saturday, 7:55 a.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • March 22, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • March 23, Monday, 9:31 a.m.; -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 24, Tuesday, 10:21 a.m.; -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 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.

 


Mag Lip 3.0 Have Arrived

posted by Mike on 02/27/2015

We have a fair supply of Yakima Bait 3.0 Mag Lips that just arrived form Yakima Bait. We did not receive all of the colors with this shipment but we have 39  colors at present. These have been one of the most talked about plugs this season for steelhead as well as salmon. Though quite new they have proven to be a good fish catcher.

 

Stop by and take a look. We have already been bought out of some colors by a few of the customers that just happened to be here when they came in.

 

Halibut Season Run Down For 2015

posted by Mike on 02/25/2015

marine halibut fishing season dates come to light

Ross Metcalf stretches his arms to show the length of a 192-pound halibut caught at the eastern end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Sunday. It's likely to be the biggest of its kind caught this season. Click photo to enlarge. (Courtesy Jeff Thomas and Ross Metcalf)

Ross Metcalf stretches his arms to show the length of a 192-pound halibut caught at the eastern end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca in 2014. It’s likely to be the biggest of its kind caught this season. (Courtesy Jeff Thomas and Ross Metcalf)

The Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca halibut season recommendations were sent to the National Marine Fisheries Service to receive final approval, and the outlook in spring and early summer should be good.

“We did reach agreement on fishing dates, and we’re 99.9 percent sure they’ll agree on the recommendations,” said Michelle Culver, the state Fish and Wildlife regional director in Montesano.

The proposed halibut season in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca near Port Angeles, San Juan Islands, and northern and central Puget Sound (Marine Catch Areas 6 to 10) will be open May 8-9, May 15-16, May 21-24 and May 28-30. Fishing was also open 10 days last season.

The western Strait of Juan de Fuca off Sekiu will be open for halibut fishing on May 15-16, May 21-24 and May 29-30.

“This is actually the first time (the western Strait) is opening a week earlier than last year,” said Culver, although the length of days on the water is exactly the same as in 2014.

Hood Canal, and south-central and southern Puget Sound (Areas 11, 12 and 13) will be closed to protect poor rockfish populations.

State Fish and Wildlife will send out an official news release about the Puget Sound and Strait halibut seasons sometime in March.

The coastal halibut seasons came to light early last week, and are pretty much mirror what anglers saw in 2014.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission adopted a quota of 970,000 pounds — up slightly from 960,000 last year — for commercial, sport and tribal fisheries, also known as Area 2A, which covers Washington, Oregon and California.

Sport anglers in Washington will get a share of 214,110 pounds, which is the same as last year.

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The northern coastal season off Neah Bay and La Push will be open May 14, 16, 21 and 23 with a quota of 108,030 pounds, which is the same as last year. Catches will then be assessed to see if additional openings are possible. Last year, the northern coastal quota was taken in the brief four days of fishing.

Westport, on the south-central coast, opens May 3 with fishing allowed Sundays and Tuesdays only. Fishing will close once the catch quota of 42,739 pounds is achieved. Last year, Westport had five days of fishing, and averaged five to six days in previous years.

Ilwaco opens May 1 with fishing allowed each week from Thursdays to Sundays, and will close once the catch quota of 10,254 pounds is achieved, which is down slightly from 11,895 pounds last year.

“Halibut fishing was very successful at Neah Bay and La Push, the season went particularly fast at Westport,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife coastal biologist.

Not only was fishing good, but the average size was large with fish from Westport, La Push and Neah Bay averaging 19 to 20 pounds, and a little higher in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound. The Ilwaco area fish weight started off at less than 15 pounds, but eventually increased as the season progressed.

The limit in all marine areas will be one halibut daily with no minimum size limit.

Initially the International Pacific Halibut Commission at their meeting last month had recommended a reduced quota of 750,000 pounds.

“We (state, tribal and sport constituents) all pulled together, and were able to demonstrate how committed we are to stay within our allowed catch quotas,” Culver said.

“We demonstrated responsible conservation and management (a strong monitoring system and port sampling) of halibut, and the impact a reduced catch would have on the local communities,” Culver said. “We’ve also been able to reduce our by-catch particularly in the commercial trawl fishery.”

18.95 Pound Blackmouth Takes Olympic Peninsula 1st Place

posted by Mike on 02/23/2015

Here's a run down on the top ten places in the Olympic Peninsula Derby which took place last weekend. There were 292 Blackmouth turned in over 6 pounds. In fact there were 97 fish that were ten pounds or better. Quite a good showing to say the least. Congratulations to all those that took prizes home!



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Time Tkt# Wgt * ** Angler From Date ***
1 11:15 0025 18.95 6s Jerry Thomas Mt. Vernon Sun  
2 9:09 0874 16.60 6g Julia Hunter Neah Bay Sat  
3 8:30 1091 16.25 6s Ron Lampers Snohomish Sun  
4 9:25 0032 15.85 6s Dave Christopher Sequim Fri  
5 14:46 0046 15.05 6s Carl Adams Sequim Fri  
6 9:24 0143 15.00 6g Joe Elias Jr Diamond Point Sat  
7 8:23 0433 14.50 6g John Jackson Friday Harbor Fri  
8 12:54 1102 14.20 9t Bob Edwards Marysville Fri  
9 10:30 0548 14.05 6s Michael McLean Tacoma Sat  
10 10:40 0004 13.95 6g Tony Rogers Sequim Fri  
 

First Day Results From Olympic Peninsula Derby

posted by Mike on 02/20/2015

Great Friday fishing

We had a fabulous first day of fishing, with 123 fish on the ladder. Last year, the first day had only 68 fish, so you can see how we’re doing. The top three fish are now:

  • 15.85, Dave Christopher, Sequim
  • 15.05, Carl Adams, Sequim
  • 14.50, John Jackson, Friday Harbor

Steelhead Fishing Expands On Wenatchee River

posted by Mike on 02/20/2015

Steelhead fishing expands on Wenatchee River, closes March 1 on section of the Methow River

 

Actions:

Open an additional section of the Wenatchee River above Leavenworth on Feb. 21, 2015 to fishing for hatchery steelhead.

Close a section of the Methow River in Winthrop on March 1, 2015 to fishing for steelhead.

Species affected: Steelhead

Fishing area locations and effective dates:

Areas that will open to fishing for steelhead one hour before sunrise on Feb. 21, 2015 until further notice include:

Wenatchee River: From the Icicle River Road Bridge to 400 feet below Tumwater Dam.

Reason for changes: Recent analysis of ongoing steelhead fisheries in the upper Columbia River shows that opening the new fishery in the upper basin will not exceed impact limits on natural-origin steelhead established by NOAA-Fisheries under section 10 of the federal Endangered Species Act. Expanding the fishery on the Wenatchee River will increase fishing opportunities for hatchery steelhead, reduce the proportion of hatchery fish on the spawning grounds, and further reduce competition between natural origin and hatchery juvenile production.

Areas that will close to fishing for steelhead one hour after sunset on March 1, 2015 (Sunday) until further notice include:

Methow River: From the upstream boundary of Heckendorn Park (across from East 20 Pizza) to the Highway 20 Bridge in Winthrop, WA.

Reason for changes: Closed area will be utilized by Winthrop National Fish Hatchery personnel to capture natural origin steelhead broodstock to meet hatchery production and genetic management goals.

Ongoing regulations:

Areas that will continue to be open for steelhead angling until further notice include:

Mainstem Columbia River: From Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam.

Wenatchee River: From the mouth to the Icicle Road Bridge, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

Entiat River: From the mouth to approximately 1/2 mile upstream to a point perpendicular with the intersection of the Entiat River Road and Hedding Street.

Methow River: From the mouth to the upstream boundary of Heckendorn Park in Winthrop and from Highway 20 bridge in Winthrop to the confluence of the Chewuch River. Fishing from a floating device is prohibited from the second powerline crossing (1 mile upstream from the mouth) to the first Hwy 153 Bridge (4 miles upstream from the mouth).

Similkameen River: From the mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam.

Okanogan River: From the mouth to the Highway 97 Bridge in Oroville.

Areas of the Okanogan River that will close to steelhead angling one hour after sunset Feb. 28, 2015 include:

Okanogan River: From the first power line crossing downstream of the Hwy 155 Bridge in Omak (Coulee Dam Credit Union Building) to the mouth of Omak Creek.

Okanogan River: From the Tonasket Bridge (4th street) downstream to the Tonasket Lagoons Park boat launch.

General rules for all locations open to steelhead fishing:

Mandatory retention of hatchery steelhead, identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin.

Daily limit two (2) adipose fin clipped hatchery steelhead.

Selective gear rules and night closure are in effect for all steelhead fishery areas, except the use of bait is allowed on the mainstem Columbia River.

Adipose present steelhead must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.

Release all steelhead with a floy (anchor) tag attached and/or one or more round 1/4 inch in diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin.

Motorized vessels are not allowed on the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers (Chelan County ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat restrictions).

Other information:

 

Anglers should be aware that fishing rules are subject to change and that rivers can close at any time due to impacts on natural origin steelhead. Adhering to the mandatory retention of adipose clipped steelhead is vital in allowing the fishery to continue and to provide the maximum benefit to natural origin fish.

All anglers must possess a valid fishing license and a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement to participate in these fisheries. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River Basin.

Information contacts: Travis Maitland, Wenatchee District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337; Ryan Fortier, Methow-Okanogan District 6 Fish Biologist, (509) 997-0316; Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624.

29th Annual Bill Hayes Hot Plug's Blackmouth Derby, March 7th, 2015

posted by Mike on 02/18/2015

Stop on by and sign up for the 29th Annual Bill Hayes Hot Plug's Blackmouth Derby to be held on March 7th, 2015. This is a popular local derby that takes place in Marine Area 8-1 & 8-2 and ran out of the Stanwood Eagles. Derby tickets are $50.00 per person. Prizes are a percentage of the entry fees.

!st Place is 50%

2nd Place is 20%

3rd Place is 15%

4th Place is 10%

$100.00 Cash prize will be drawn for two ticket holders, fish or no fish.

 

Stop on by to sign up or for additional rules.

Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby - Last Call For Tickets

posted by Mike on 02/18/2015

Don't forget to pick up your tickets for the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby. We will have them today and part of tomorrow before they are picked up. The weather looks good and the fishing has been quite good in areas 5 and 6. Get out there and go fishing!

Chelan Fishing Report for 2/17/2105 From Anton Jones of Darrelll & Dad's Family Guide Service

posted by Mike on 02/18/2015

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 2/17/15

    And the beat goes on…  Lake Chelan continued hot, trolling for Mackinaw in the Barrens, Kokanee on Colyar Ledge and dock fishing for Rainbows in Mill Bay. 

Trolling for suspended Kokanee continues terrific.  Pull Mack’s Lure’s Mini Cha Cha Squidders in Orange on a short leader behind their Double D Dodgers in 00 to 0000 sizes.  Bait the Mini Cha Cha’s with Pautzke’s Fire Corn in natural or yellow.  We have caught these landlocked sockeye anywhere from 45 to 200 feet deep. 

Laker fishing has been terrific in the Trench.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to .9 mph.  Silver Horde 3.5” Needlefish Squid rigs in glow colors fronted with a Mack’s Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has been our best pattern.

Rainbow trout are still being caught on Lake Chelan and Roses Lake from the shore.  Catch them from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig.  On Chelan, you can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger.  Bait those mini cha cha’s with a piece of worm or a small nugget of Pautzke’s Fire Bait. 

Remember that unclipped Cutthroat Trout must be immediately released, unharmed.  The further uplake you go, the more likely you are to get a Cutthroat to bite. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to keep track of small details when fishing kokanee.  The most important of these is depth.  You see the fish on your sonar at 115’.  How do you know your gear is there?  If you don’t have your downrigger ball showing on the screen it might be a challenge to know.  Sometimes the balls being in the sonar cone can be too much and obliterate fish signals.  So you adjust your transducer to eliminate the downrigger balls you better “zero” your downriggers.  Maybe touch the balls on the bottom at a known similar depth and change your counter to match your depth.  Then you only have “Kentucky Windage” to adjust for as you increase depth or speed…  To be precise can be difficult. 

The kid’s tip of the week is to use the open discussion time that fishing affords to help them explore their problem solving skills.  Doing it with open ended questions also develops critical thinking skills.  These are both things that modern life rarely affords us the time to develop appropriately.  For example asking the 8 year old how we should steer around that log up ahead.  Then asking follow ups like,” What do we do if the wind changes, or what about that outside fishing line?” “ Would it catch the log doing that? “ The simplest of life’s situations can be very teachable moments. 

The safety tip of the week is to remember to unplug those electric downriggers before working on the cable.  The cable moving unexpectedly while your hands are on it can be a very unwelcome surprise.

Pictured:  2/7/15 - Mark Wendt of Tukwila and Wayne Kangas of Edmonds with their days catch of Mackinaw from the trench.

Also Pictured:  2/12/15 - Stan Johnson and John Strand of Chelan with their Lake Chelan Kokanee that was oh so "Special"...

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Marine Area 7 (San Juans) To Close - February 15th Last Day

posted by Mike on 02/12/2015

Salmon season closes in Marine Area 7

 

 

Action: Closes fishing for salmon in Area 7.

Effective Date: Feb. 16 through April 30, 2015.

Species affected: All salmon.

Location: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands).

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that encounters with hatchery and wild chinook have exceeded the preseason expectations which were set to ensure compliance with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans. The fishery is being closed to control impacts on stocks of concern.

Other information: Anglers should consult the Fishing in Washington, Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet for other specific regulations.

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

 

This closure happened just the way we thought it would play out! I am sure we will be paying for the additional fishing time in area 7 at the North of Falcon process coming up. Perhaps it time for a little reform on the derbies with the impact they have on resource. No matter what is done not everyone will be happy with the outcome.

More Clams! 15th February Through 22nd February

posted by Mike on 02/11/2015

WDFW OKs razor clam dig starting Feb.15,
lists proposed digs through March

OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers can count on an eight-day opener beginning Feb. 15 and start planning trips to Washington’s beaches in March, state shellfish managers said today.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the upcoming dig, which runs Feb. 15-22, after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide. No digging is allowed at any beach before noon.

“We’re expecting a good turnout this upcoming Presidents’ Day weekend,” Ayres said. “Tides will be early enough the first few days that diggers can enjoy some daylight on the beach.”

Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

  • Feb. 15, Sunday, 3:47 p.m.; 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 16, Monday, 4:37 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 17, Tuesday, 5:24 p.m.; -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 18, Wednesday, 6:08 p.m.; -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 19, Thursday, 6:51 p.m.; -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 20, Friday, 7:33 p.m.; -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 21, Saturday, 8:16 p.m.; -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Feb. 22, Sunday, 9:00 p.m.; 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Shellfish managers also announced a new schedule of proposed digs through March, which includes an opening tentatively set for March 2.

“We’re announcing these dates so people can make plans for digging in March,” Ayres said. “The proposed digs include an opening for the Ocean Shores razor clam festival.”

Below is the list of proposed razor clam digs, along with low tides and beaches:

  • March 2, Monday, 4:46 p.m.; 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 3, Tuesday, 5:26 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 4, Wednesday, 5:59 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 5, Thursday; 6:30 p.m., 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 16, Monday, 4:15 p.m.; 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 17, Tuesday, 5:08 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 18, Wednesday, 5:57 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 19, Thursday; 6:42 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 20, Friday, 7:26 p.m.; -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

Seasonal switch to morning tides

  • March 21, Saturday, 7:55 a.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Copalis, Mocrocks
  • March 22, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Copalis, Mocrocks
  • March 23, Monday, 9:31 a.m.; -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 24, Tuesday, 10:21 a.m.; -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 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.

WDFW has razor clam recipes as well as advice on digging and cleaning clams on its webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.


9th Annual Everett Blackmouth Derby - Saturday March 14th, 2015

posted by Mike on 02/04/2015

Tickets are now on sale for the 9th Annual Everett Backmouth Derby. There are only 100 tickets sold for this derby so don't hesitate to get signed up!

Here's a run down on the prizes:

1st Place $3,000.00

2nd Place $ 1,500.00

3rd Place $500.00

Mystery Fish $300.00

 

Tickets are for sale at the following locations:

Ted's Sports Center

John's sporting Goods

Everett Bayside Marine

Greg's Custom Rods

Ed's Surplus

Three Rivers Marine

Performance Marine

Harbor Marine

For all the derby information go to www.everettblackmouthderby.com

Lake Chelan Fishing Report From Anton Jones For 2/3/2015

posted by Mike on 02/04/2015

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 2/3/15

Lake Chelan continues to be hot, trolling for Mackinaw in the Barrens, Kokanee on Colyar Ledge and Rainbow in Mill Bay.  Roses Lake’s thin ice cover has been melting off and bank anglers are catching fish. 

 It is amazing how consistent this fishery has been for us.  Trolling for suspended Kokanee is terrific.  Pull Mack’s Lure’s Mini Cha Cha Squidders in Orange on a short leader behind their Double D Dodgers in 00 to 0000 sizes.  Bait the Mini Cha Cha’s with Pautzke’s Fire Corn in natural or yellow.  We have caught these silver bullets anywhere from 45 to 200 feet deep. 

Laker fishing has been terrific in the Barrens and the Trench.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to 1.3 mph.  Silver Horde 3.5” Needlefish Squid rigs in glow colors fronted with a Mack’s Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has been our best pattern. 

Rainbow trout are still being caught on Lake Chelan and Roses Lake from the shore.  Catch them from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig.  On Chelan, you can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger.  Bait those mini cha cha’s with a piece of worm or a small nugget of Pautzke’s Fire Bait.  Remember that unclipped Cutthroat Trout must be immediately released, unharmed. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to remember to take it slow and easy when fighting Kokanee.  It is easy to overpower when reeling.  That is how you lose fish.  When they are thrashing, stop reeling and enjoy the tug.  Pulling hard against them will pull the hooks.  In general, if you are getting 2 of 3 or 3 of 4 you are doing fine.  If you are catching under 50% work on your technique. 

The kid’s tip of the week is to get them on the rod when a fish jumps on.  They will learn a lot from losing fish.  We call it “a self-correcting program”. 

The safety tip of the week is to stay off that thin ice on the far side of Roses from the boat launch.  It is dangerous! 

 

  

 

 

New! P Line Pro-Steel Spoons

posted by Mike on 01/31/2015

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Ted's has the new P Line Pro-Steel Spoons in stock. They are avaiable in 3 different sizes (1/4, 2/5 and 2/3 ounce) to match the conditions you are fishing and ten different colors. They come rigged with a single siwash hook and an optional treble as well as a ball bearing swivel with an interlocking snap. Here's the run down of the colors!

 

Gold

Silver

50/50 Gold/Silver

50/50 Copper/Gold

50/50 Copper/Silver

Silver/Blue

Silver/Green

Gold/Flame

Gold/Crimson Red

 

The finishes on these spoons are very nice and very reasonably priced at $4.99ea. I am sure these will become quite popular with Northwest steelhead and salmon fishermen.

Columbia River Spring Chinook Season Set

posted by Mike on 01/30/2015

 

 

 

2015 Columbia River spring chinook sport fishery season set

 

Action: Sets fishing regulations for spring chinook on the mainstem Columbia River

Species affected: Spring chinook, steelhead and shad.

Effective date: March 1 - April 10, 2015 except closed March 24, 31 and April 7

Area: The mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Restrictions: Closed to fishing for salmonids and shad from boats between Beacon Rock and Bonneville Dam. The Beacon Rock boundary is defined as a line projected from the deadline marker on the Oregon bank (approximately four miles downstream from Bonneville Dam Powerhouse 1) through the western tip of Pierce Island to a deadline marker on the Washington bank at Beacon Rock.

Daily bag limit: Daily salmonid limit is 6 fish (hatchery chinook or hatchery steelhead), of which no more than 2 may be adults, and no more than 1 may be an adult chinook. Release all wild chinook and wild steelhead. Salmon minimum size: 12 inches.

Effective date: March 1-May 15, 2015

The Columbia River will be open for retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad only during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped spring chinook.

Effective date: March 16 - May 6, 2015

Area: Tower Island power lines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to Oregon/Washington border plus the Oregon and Washington banks between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines.

Daily bag limit: Daily salmonid limit 6 fish (hatchery chinook or hatchery steelhead), of which no more than 2 can be adults, and no more than 1 may be an adult chinook. Release all wild chinook and wild steelhead. Salmon minimum size: 12 inches.

Effective date: March 1 - June 15, 2015: On days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is open to retention of chinook, the salmonid daily bag limit in Deep River will be the same as mainstem Columbia River bag limits. On days when the mainstem Columbia River fishery is closed to chinook retention, the permanent salmonid bag limit regulations for Deep River apply.

Reason for action: Harvestable numbers of salmon are available based on the forecasts and associated management agreements.

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

Columbia River Smelt Season Set for February 7 & 14th

posted by Mike on 01/29/2015

2015 recreational smelt season set in the Cowlitz River

Action: Opens smelt fishing in the Cowlitz River.

Species affected: Eulachon smelt.

Effective dates: Open Saturday Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 14 (2 days).

Open hours: 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (noon) (6-hour periods).

Location: Cowlitz River (bank only).

Daily Limit: 10-pound daily limit. Possession limit is equal to one daily limit.

Gear: Dip net.

Reason for action: The regulations are consistent with a reduced Level One fishery as described in the "Washington and Oregon Eulachon Management Plan" for the Columbia River. Returns of eulachon to the Columbia River have improved since 2010, with a large return expected in 2015. The minimal fishing season adopted is designed to be consistent with recovery of eulachon smelt. The fishery serves as an important test fishery to monitor run strength and timing and to collect biological data.

Information contact: Region 5 Office (360) 696-6211

 

Ted's hopes to have smelt nets in stock by the end of next week. Give us a call and we'll tell you if they have made it here. (425) 743-9505

Columbia River Expects Another Strong Spring Chinook Run for 2015

posted by Mike on 01/29/2015

Columbia River fishing rules anticipate
another strong return of spring chinook

 

 

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Anticipating another strong return of spring chinook salmon, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today set the initial 2015 fishing season to run through April 10 on the lower Columbia River.

Under guidelines approved for this year's season, anglers fishing below Bonneville Dam will be allowed to catch an estimated 11,500 spring chinook before an updated run forecast is available in early May.

Another 1,200 adult upriver chinook are reserved for anglers fishing upriver from Bonneville Dam to the Washington/Oregon state line, 17 miles above McNary Dam. Additional fish have also been reserved for the Snake River sport fishery.

Those catch guidelines are based on a projected run of 312,600 adult spring chinook to the Columbia River, just shy of last year's banner return, said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

"The stage is set for another great fishery this year," Roler said. "Not only is the run forecast well above average, but water conditions also appear to be favorable for the upcoming season."

From March 1 through April 10, anglers fishing downriver from Bonneville Dam may retain one marked, hatchery-reared adult spring chinook as part of their daily catch limit. The sport fishery will close in that area on three Tuesdays - March 24, March 31, and April 7 - to accommodate potential commercial fisheries.

Spring chinook fishing is currently open on a daily basis from Buoy 10 near the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to the Interstate 5 Bridge.

Under the new rules, the fishery for boat and bank anglers will expand upriver to Beacon Rock on March 1, with bank fishing also allowed from Beacon Rock upriver to the fishing boundary just below Bonneville Dam.

Upstream of Bonneville Dam, the fishery will be open to boat and bank anglers on a daily basis from March 16 through May 6 between the Tower Island powerlines (six miles below The Dalles Dam) and the Washington/Oregon state line. Bank anglers can also fish from Bonneville Dam upriver to the Tower Island powerlines during that time.

Anglers fishing upstream of Bonneville Dam will also be limited to one marked, hatchery-reared adult spring chinook per day from March 16 through May 6. The fishing area above Bonneville Dam extends upriver to the Washington/Oregon state line.

Barbless hooks are required in both areas, and anglers must release any salmon or steelhead not visibly marked as a hatchery fish by a clipped adipose fin.

Roler noted that this year's projected run includes 232,500 upriver spring chinook salmon bound for rivers and streams above Bonneville Dam - well above the 10-year average of 178,000 upriver fish.

Similar to past years, Washington and Oregon will manage the fishery with a 30 percent buffer on the upriver chinook forecast until more is known about the actual magnitude of the return and an in-season run update is available, he said.

"We'll continue to take a conservative approach in managing the fishery," Roler said. "If the fish return at or above expectations, we will look toward providing additional days of fishing on the river later in the spring."

In addition to setting fishing seasons for spring chinook salmon, representatives for Washington and Oregon also approved fishing rules for this year's eulachon smelt fishery. Regulations for both fisheries will be posted on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/rulechanges/ by January 29.

 

Anacortes Salmon Derby Cancelled

posted by Mike on 01/29/2015

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Anacortes Salmon Derby Cancelled

WDFW issues in-season emergency management action

 

ANACORTES, WA (January 27, 2015) – Tickets, which were to go on sale on February 1st for the 9th Annual Anacortes Salmon Derby have been consigned to the trash heap as Derby organizers received the official Department announcement of a severe curtailment of opportunity in Marine Area 7.

The Anacortes Salmon Derby was not the only casualty, as several derbies were affected as well - the Roche Harbor Derby was nearly canceled - the month-long Frank Wilson Memorial Derby (Friday Harbor, WA) which was - and the shrinking of fishing boundaries for the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby (Gardiner, WA).  “Going forward, the prospects of abbreviated, uncertain seasons, could negatively affect the long-term viability of the Anacortes Salmon Derby” said Jay Field, Derby Board Chairman. He added, “The Board of Directors have decided to take the hatchet to the derby this year.  An uncertain season, now and in the future, just might have struck a death knell for this classic event.”

Anacortes Derby Sec’y/Treasurer Mark Schinman remarked “If this action would have taken place a few weeks from now, our organization would have taken a huge financial hit.  As it stands, we will lose a little money, but at least we will not have to suffer the administrative nightmare of issuing 1,000 ticket refunds.” He went on to say “It’s a real shame. The local economy loses a rare economic opportunity, as well as deserving students who could have benefited from another round of scholarships and grants.”

It appears that recreational anglers were a victim of their own success by meeting pre-season quotas modeled around encounters with wild and Endangered Species Act listed stocks.  As the result of sampling data collected by a WDFW winter test fishery (hook and line), creel counts, trip reports, and aerial surveys, it was determined that an emergency, in-season closure was required in order to comply with the Puget Sound ESA Salmon Recovery Plan.

Rob Endsley, long time Anacortes Derby supporter and ESPN Radio co-host said “ It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but until all stakeholders can agree to manage the winter Blackmouth fishery in a more holistic manner – viewing the fish in Puget Sound and Northern Inland waters as a roving biomass - it is likely we’ll see emergency closures again unless we can manage quotas as an aggregate, across adjacent marine areas.”

Hosted by volunteer members of the Fidalgo-San Juan Islands Chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers, this event raised needed funds for scholarships that benefit students pursuing careers in fishery management and related science.  Nearly $260,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded to date.  Sadly, there’ll be no scholarships awarded in 2015.

Closures For Marine Area 7 - San Juan Islands

posted by Mike on 01/27/2015

After all of the turmoil concering the Area 7 closures the past couple of days the WDFW has come out with the following restrictions. It appears that the Roche Harbor and Anacortes Derbies have dodged a bullet and will be happening! Don't know how they came to the following restrictions, but it is better than the complete closures that were going down yesterday. It will be interesting to hear how the WDFW pulled this one off.

Salmon season closes in Marine Area 7

Action: Closes fishing for salmon in Area 7 except open for fishing on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Effective Date: Jan. 29 through 11:59 p.m. April 30, 2015.

Species affected: All salmon.

Location: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands).

Reason for action: Catch rates have continued to be higher than expected. The fishery is being closed on Mondays through Thursdays to control impacts on stocks of concern.

Other information: Fishery will begin its closure on Mondays through Thursdays, starting January 29. Anglers should consult the Fishing in Washington, Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet for other specific regulations. The daily limit for salmon is one, however anglers must release wild chinook.

 

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

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Razor Clam Dig January 30 - February 6th

posted by Mike on 01/27/2015

Razor clam dig approved Jan. 30 through Feb. 6

 

Action: Opens Razor clam season

Effective date: 12:01 p.m. Jan. 30 through 11:59 p.m. Feb. 6, 2015.

Digging is only allowed from: 12:01 p.m. through 11:59 p.m. each day.

Species affected: Razor clams

The specific low tides for this opener:

Jan. 30, Friday; 3: 43 p.m., 0.5 feet Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Jan. 31, Saturday; 4: 32 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis

Feb. 1, Sunday; 5: 15 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Feb. 2, Monday; 5: 53 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Feb. 3, Tuesday; 6: 27 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Feb. 4, Wednesday; 6: 59 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Feb. 5, Thursday; 7: 30 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Feb. 6, Friday; 8: 00 p.m., 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Location:

Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.

Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River,and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.

Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from Cape Shoalwater to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.

Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Reason for action: Harvestable numbers of razor clams are available.

Information contact: Dan Ayres (360) 249-4628, Region 6 Montesano

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Crab Catch Record Cards Due January 31st

posted by Mike on 01/26/2015

Just another reminder to all of you out there to send in your Winter Crab Catch Record Cards before January 31st. Remember if you don't you will be assessed a $10.00 Crab Administrative Free on your 2015 license for not doing such.

Public Meeting On Baker Lake Sockeye, Saturday January 31st 10:00AM

posted by Mike on 01/26/2015

If you have any interest in the Baker Lake Sockeye fishery this is a meeting that you might want to attend. Not only will WDFW give a good presentation on the hatchery operation of this fishery but also give a run down on proposals for this upcoming season to take to the North of Falcon season setting process coming up in March.

 

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will host a public meeting Jan. 31 in Mill Creek to discuss prospects for a Baker Lake sockeye salmon fishery.

The public meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. at WDFW's Mill Creek office, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd.

Fishery managers will briefly summarize the 2014 Baker Lake sockeye fishery and give a presentation on hatchery operations. They also will share draft management proposals derived from ideas the public provided during a meeting last November, said Ron Warren, policy lead for WDFW's fish program.

"We received some good ideas from the public for a potential Baker Lake fishery," Warren said. "We're refining those ideas in preparation for the salmon season setting process, which starts in March, and want the public’s input on what we’ve developed so far."

State, tribal and federal fishery managers plan the Northwest's recreational and commercial salmon fisheries each year during a series of meetings in March and April. The process, which includes input from representatives of the recreational and commercial fishing industries, is known as the North of Falcon process.

Prior to Jan. 31, WDFW will post draft meeting materials online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/sockeye/baker_river.html. The public is encouraged to provide comments at the meeting. Additional information about Baker Lake sockeye is available on the webpage. 

The Baker Lake sockeye fishery first opened in 2010 after a juvenile-collection facility was installed at upper Baker Dam and a hatchery was opened at the lake. In 2014, 13,788 sockeye were trapped below the lower Baker Dam and 6,819 fish were transported to the lake. The remaining sockeye were used for spawning.

Lake Chelan Report For 1/20/15 From Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

posted by Mike on 01/20/2015

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 1/20/15

 Lake Chelan is hot, trolling for Mackinaw in the Barrens, Kokanee on Colyar Ledge and Rainbow in Mill Bay.  Trolling for suspended Kokanee is terrific.  Pull Mack’s Lure’s Mini Cha Cha Squidders in Orange on a short leader behind their Double D Dodgers in 00 to 0000 sizes.  Bait the Mini Cha Cha’s with Pautzke’s Fire Corn in natural or yellow.  We have caught these incredibly delicious fish anywhere from 45 to 200 feet deep. 

Laker fishing has been terrific in the Barrens and the Trench.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to 1.3 mph.  Silver Horde 3.5” Needlefish Squid rigs in glow colors fronted with a Mack’s Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has been our best pattern. 

Rainbow trout are still being caught on Lake Chelan from the shore and trolling.  Catch them from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig.  You can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger.  Bait those mini cha cha’s with a piece of worm or a small nugget of Pautzke’s Fire Bait. 

Remember that unclipped Cutthroat Trout must be immediately released, unharmed. 

Pautzke’s Fire Bait will also work well from the shore on Roses Lake for planter sized Rainbow Trout until the freeze up is complete. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to be very active when trolling for Lakers and Kokanee on Chelan.  With the Lakers you must be constantly working to keep your gear tight to the bottom.  If you drag you will either snag or foul your terminal gear up with bottom debris.  For every 10 feet you are off the bottom you cut your bite rate in half.  You have to keep moving your gear for Kokanee right above their heads.  They are anywhere from 45 feet to over 200.  Keep your head in the game! 

The kid’s tip of the week is to teach negotiation as a strategy to avoid worse behaviors.  A lot of the time you can avoid pouting, tantrums and “shutting down” by using your adult brain and negotiating a solution.  It not only avoids the whole disciplinary cycle, but also models an alternative strategy.  To excess, it can “create a monster”, but all in all, modeling negotiations to get what you want gives kids another more acceptable tool in their people skills tool box. 

The safety tip of the week is to watch the dock on Chelan before the sun hits them.  Falling down is only funny on TV. 

Pictured:  1/13/15 - Pepe' of Blueberry Hills and Gilbert of El Porton in East Wenatchee with their days catch of Kokanee.  One of the Kokanee got a bit close to the lens.

DARRELL & DAD’S FAMILY GUIDE SERVICE

509-687-0709

www.darrellanddads.com

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Buy A Raffle Ticket To Win A Complete Willie Drift Boat Package

posted by Mike on 01/19/2015

 

Here's a great opportunity not only to help out our PNW fisheries but you will also get a chance to win a complete 17 x 54 Willie Drift Boat Package.

 

Package Includes:

17 x 54 Willie Drift Boat (with blue diamond plate sides)

R & D Baker Trailer

Haxtons Boat Cover

Anchor & Release

Oars & Oarlocks

2 Tempress Seats

 

Raffle Tickets run $5.00 ea.

 

Drawing will be held on Saturday, April 4th at the Kliever Memorial Armory at 7:00 PM following the 23rd Annual Spring Fishing Classic. If you want to participate in the derby tickets can be purchased online at www.nsiafishing.org.  You do not need to be present to win on the Driftboat Raffle.

 

Proceeds benefit Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association which does a terrific amount of work to improve the fishing opportunites benefiting sporstsmen here in the PNW.

 

Stop by Ted's Sports Center and purcase your chance to win this beautiful boat.

 

 

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Rugged Justice, Animal Planets New Show Featuring WDFW Officers Starting January 18th 8:00PM

posted by Mike on 01/17/2015

WDFW police featured on Animal Planet's 'Rugged Justice'

 

 

Animal Planet's new documentary series 'Rugged Justice' follows Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) police as they patrol mountains, coasts and city streets, protecting natural resources and serving the people of Washington.

The six-episode series premieres Sunday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet.

"Our participation in the series provides an opportunity for WDFW's Law Enforcement Program to promote the department and the dedicated professionals that carry out our mission of protecting our natural resources and the public we serve," said WDFW deputy chief Mike Hobbs. "Policing the outdoors presents unique challenges, and this show helps to inform the public about our critical role in preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems in Washington."

WDFW officers enforce all state laws, including those related to fishing and hunting, licensing and protecting natural habitat. Officers also provide first response to incidents involving potentially dangerous wildlife, including bear and cougar, and other public safety issues.

"'Rugged Justice' provides a window into the vital, varied and sometimes harrowing work of officers as they protect nature and people in Washington," said Steve Crown, WDFW enforcement chief.

The WDFW enforcement program has 144 officers deployed statewide.

Officers appearing in 'Rugged Justice' were not paid by the show's producers or Animal Planet for their participation.

For broadcast schedules, interested viewers should visit http://www.animalplanet.com/schedule/.

 

Marine Area 9 Opens For Salmon Fishing January 16, 2015

posted by Mike on 01/15/2015

Most area blackmouth fishermen have been awaiting the reopening of Marine Area 9 and the popular Possession Bar, Point No Point and Mid Channel Bank. This area holds some of the most productive blackmouth fishing in all of Puget Sound. Though opening tomorrow it looks as if we have some weather coming in for the next few days which will keep all but the most determined fishermen on the beach. Those that do manage to make it out will undoubtedly get beat up!

 

This area should see some fair fishing as the November fishery yeilded not only some good fishing but also yeilded some very niced sized fish. In November we saw a good number of fish from ten pounds into the middle teens. There is no reason that we shound not see the same sized fish in this opener.

 

Remember, its a two fish limit, on Chinook its a 22 inch minimum size restriction and marked hatchery fish only on other species there is no size restriction and can be wild or hatchery. The only other species you should incounter should be coho only and they should be 12 -15 inch in size.

 

Good luck out there!

Eight More Days Of Razor Clams

posted by Mike on 01/13/2015

Eight days of razor clam digging begin Jan. 17

OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have given the OK for a second razor clam dig this month, this one scheduled from Jan. 17 through Jan. 24 on evening tides at various ocean beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the eight-day dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

Low afternoon tides the first few days will allow diggers to hit the beaches in daylight, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. The best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide. No digging is allowed at any beach before noon.

Ayres noted the dig includes the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Jan. 19, providing an excellent opportunity to sneak away to the coast for a long weekend of clamming.

Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

Digging has been approved on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • Jan. 17, Saturday; 4:15 p.m., 0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis
  • Jan. 18, Sunday; 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 19, Monday; 5:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 20, Tuesday; 6:30 p.m., -1.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 21, Wednesday; 7:13 p.m., -1.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 22, Thursday; 7:56 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 23, Friday; 8:40 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 24, Saturday; 9:25 p.m., 0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

Tentative upcoming digs:

Below is the tentative schedule of proposed razor clam digs, along with evening low tides and beaches and if marine toxin tests are favorable:

  • Jan. 30, Friday; 3:43 p.m., 0.5 feet Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 31, Saturday; 4:32 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis
  • Feb. 1, Sunday; 5:15 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 2, Monday; 5:53 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 3, Tuesday; 6:27 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 4, Wednesday; 6:59 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 5, Thursday; 7:30 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 6, Friday; 8:00 p.m., 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 15, Sunday; 3:47 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 16, Monday; 4:37 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 17, Tuesday; 5:24 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 18, Wednesday; 6:08 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 19, Thursday; 6:51 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 20, Friday; 7:33 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 21, Saturday; 8:16 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis
  • Feb. 22, Sunday; 9:00 p.m., 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 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.

WDFW has razor clam recipes as well as advice on digging and cleaning clams on its webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.


Lake Chelan Fishing Report From Anton Jones For 1/13/2015

posted by Mike on 01/13/2015

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 1/13/15

    

    What’s hot is trolling for suspended Kokanee on Lake Chelan.  Also hot is winter fishing for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan.  Rainbow Trout on Lake Chelan is also very productive.  Roses Lake is a bit over half covered with skim ice. 

 

    Trolling for suspended Kokanee has gotten more and more productive as January has worn on.  Pull Mack’s Lure’s Mini Cha Cha Squidders in Orange on a short leader behind their Double D Dodgers in 00 to 0000 sizes.  Bait the Mini Cha Cha’s with Pautzke’s Fire Corn in natural or yellow.  We have caught these incredibly delicious fish anywhere from 45 to 200 feet deep. 

 

    You can still catch numbers of Lakers from 180 to 245 feet deep in the Barrens and the Trench.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to 1.3 mph.  Silver Horde 3.5” Needlefish Squid rigs in glow colors fronted with a Mack’s Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has been our best pattern. 

 

    Rainbow trout are still being caught on Lake Chelan from the shore and trolling.  Catch them from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig.  You can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger.  Bait those mini cha cha’s with a piece of worm or a small nugget of Pautzke’s Fire Bait.  Remember that unclipped Cutthroat Trout must be immediately released, unharmed. 

 

    Pautzke’s Fire Bait will also work well from the shore on Roses Lake for planter sized Rainbow Trout until the freeze up is complete. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to be very patient fighting those deeply suspended Kokanee.  They fight very well on light gear.  There is a temptation to horse them in because they won’t break your line.  The problem is, they will fight hard enough to tear the hooks free.  When you feel them pulling and head shaking ease off and enjoy the tug.  When they tire, reel ‘em in. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to be the grown up out there.  Raising a kid is an endurance contest, not a sprint.  You must pick and choose your battles.  If you are going to “take on” a correction think ahead to determine if you have the time, space and resources to follow through if you run into resistance.  Nothing worse than starting to correct that small child’s behavior then giving in in the face of a tantrum. 

 

    The safety tip of the week is to watch those shady spots early in the day for black ice when you are driving to the boat launch.  It is that time of the year. 

 

    Don’t forget that our Winter Special runs through February 15th.  This is a great time to cure cabin fever with a fishing trip to beautiful Lake Chelan.

 

Pictured:  1/12/15 Roger Sorenson and Pepe' Hernandez of Blueberry Hills in Manson with their limits of Lake Chelan Kokanee.

 

Also Pictured:  1/1/15 - The Salas clan of San Diego, CA with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.

 

Finally Pictured:  1/12/15 - The fillets off of one of our incredible Kokanee!

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Marine Area 7 Limit Change To 1 Salmon January 12

posted by Mike on 01/09/2015

Salmon daily limit reduced in Marine Area 7

 

 

Action: Reduces daily limit to 1 salmon in Area 7.

Effective Date: 12:01 a.m. Jan. 12 through 11:59 p.m. April 30, 2015.

Species affected: All salmon.

Location: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands).

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that encounters with hatchery and wild chinook are projected to exceed the preseason expectations which were set to ensure compliance with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans. The fishery is being modified to control impacts on stocks of concern.

Other information: Reduces daily limit to one salmon in Area 7. Anglers must release wild chinook. Bellingham Bay and Samish Bay will remain closed during April. Anglers should consult the Fishing in Washington, Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations.

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

Skykomish River - Reiter Ponds 1/8/2015

posted by Mike on 01/08/2015

The Skykomish has dropped down into fishable shape in the Reiter Ponds section of the river and was fishing well today. John went up a little latter in the day and managed to land a couple of fish. In talking with some of the other guys he figures there was about 25 -30 steelhead landed ther today. Fishing should be good tomorrow and it looks like we have some rain coming in over the weekend which should keep the river at good height for those able just to fish the weekend.

Fresh Sand Shrimp - Wednesday 7th, January

posted by Mike on 01/07/2015

We have a fresh batch of sand shrimp! Just ideal for the dropping water. We should see some good steelhead fishing over the next few days.

Tags: Sand Shrimp

Lake Washington - Lake Sammamish Cutthroat

posted by Mike on 01/07/2015

If you are looking for something (fishing wise) to do locally you might just want to give Lake Wasington or Lake Sammamish a try for cutthroat. We have been seeing some nice fish coming from both of these wasters the past few weeks. The fish they have been pulling from Lake Washington have been considerably larger than those from Sammamish with fish to 5 or 6 pounds not being out of the question. Most, however are in the 11 - 20 inch range with generally at least one fish 2 - 3 pounds or larger being landed by knowledgable anglers. Most are fishing the area off the southern end of Mercer Island. The Lake Washington fishery generally gets better this next month when the cutthroat start to mass prior to their run up the Cedar River to spawn.

 

The Lake Sammamish fishery has been putting out good numbers of fish, with five fish limits common for anglers having an idea of what is going on. These fish have been in the 11 - 14 inch range, with some up to 17. The action on Sammamish is hotter than Wahington though the fish are smaller than those being caught on the big lake.

 

Anglers have been trolling for the most part with most fishing #2 or #3 Luhr Jensen Neddlefish spoons. Though there are lots of other lures as well as techniques that will also catch fish. Both fishing off downrigger or lead core line have been productive with the upper 20 feet of the water being the zone that most anglers are finding the most productive.

 

Both of these fisheries shoud continue into March, providing some good angling over the winter.

New Dick Nite Dodger Finishes

posted by Mike on 01/02/2015

There are three new fish catching finishes to the Dick Nite line of dodgers for the 2015 season. All three should be extremely popular with the kokanee crowd. The new additions are all in a chrome finish with a Ultra Violet Moon Jelly oval mylar insert on the blade. Mr Figgens call these his "Hypnosis UV" sereies. The three models are the following:

 

Hypnosis UV

Pink Hypnosis UV

Flame Hypnosis UV

 

Stop by and take a look at the "New" additions to the Dick Nite line of dodgers. They will be sure fish catching finishes.

Get Those Winter Crab Catch Records Returned To WDFW

posted by Mike on 01/02/2015

Puget Sound sport crabbing to close Dec. 31;
winter catch reports due by Feb. 1

 

 

OLYMPIA - Puget Sound marine areas currently open for recreational winter crabbing will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, after which all sport crabbers licensed to fish for crab in the Sound will have through Feb. 1 to report their winter catch.

State fishing rules require that all sport crabbers with winter catch record cards submit catch reports for the winter season to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) by Feb. 1 - even if they did not catch any crab. With the end of the winter crab season on Dec. 31, all Puget Sound marine areas will be closed to recreational crabbing until summer 2015.

Sport crabbers should be aware that if they fail to submit a winter catch report, they will receive a $10 fine when they purchase their 2015 crab endorsement, said Rich Childers, WDFW shellfish policy lead.

"By submitting their catch data, crabbers play an important role in managing the Puget Sound crab fishery," Childers said. "We need to hear from everyone who was issued a winter catch card - including from those who didn't catch any crab."

To submit catch reports, crabbers may send their catch record card to WDFW by mail or file their report on a special webpage on the department's licensing website. The mailing address is WDFW CRC Unit, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

The online reporting system will be available Jan. 1-Feb. 1 at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wdfw/puget_sound_crab_catch.html.

 

Don't forget to return those catch records to WDFW by the end of the month as not to get a Crab Administrative Fee assessed to next years fishing lisence when you go to renew. Don't give the state any more money than what you have too! You have better things you could do with it!

 

Happy New Year

posted by Mike on 12/31/2014

All of the crew here at Ted's sports Center wish everyone a very Happy New Year. We will be taking the day off tomorrow to rest and relax and possibly do a little fishing.

 

Have a good one!

Mike - John - Ryan - Larry - Josh

Razor Clam Digging Resumes December 31st On Washington Coastal Beaches

posted by Mike on 12/31/2014

Razor clam dig starts Dec. 31 on ocean beaches

 

 

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers can ring in the New Year by filling their buckets with razor clams during an eight-day opener beginning Dec. 31.

State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

“Digging razor clams over the New Year’s holiday is a true Northwest tradition,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. 

The best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide, said Ayres, noting that digging is not allowed at any beach before noon.

“With afternoon low tides in their favor, diggers can hit the beach in the daylight and still have plenty of time to clean and cook their clams for a New Year’s meal,” he said.
Upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • Dec. 31, Wednesday; 3:05 p.m., 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Jan. 1, Thursday; 4:01 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Jan. 2, Friday; 4:49 p.m., -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Jan. 3, Saturday; 5:32 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Jan. 4, Sunday; 6:12 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 5, Monday; 6:48 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 6, Tuesday; 7:23 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 7, Wednesday; 7:57 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Under state law, diggers 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.

“Of course weather always plays a factor, but in recent weeks many diggers have harvested their limits and picked up good-sized clams of 4 to 5 inches,” Ayres said.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 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.

Looking ahead, WDFW will announce the final word on a dig tentatively scheduled to begin Jan. 17 after marine toxin tests have been completed. Below is the proposed razor clam dig, along with evening low tides and beaches:

  • Jan. 17, Saturday; 4:15 p.m., 0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Jan. 18, Sunday; 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 19, Monday; 5:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 20, Tuesday; 6:30 p.m., -1.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 21, Wednesday; 7:13 p.m., -1.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 22, Thursday; 7:56 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 23, Friday; 8:40 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 24, Saturday; 9:25 p.m., 0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis

WDFW has razor clam recipes as well as advice on digging and cleaning clams on its webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.

Tags: Razor Clams

Whatcom Creek Reopens For Fishing - January 1st, 2015

posted by Mike on 12/31/2014

 

 

 

Whatcom Creek reopens to fishing

 

Action: Opens Whatcom Creek.

Effective dates: Jan. 1, 2015.

Species affected: All species of fish.

Location: Whatcom Creek, from the mouth to Woburn Street Bridge.

Reasons for action: The Kendall Creek and Whatcom Creek facilities have met broodstock needs from returning hatchery winter steelhead to meet basin production goals.

 

Other information: Please see the Sport fishing Rules 2014/2015 pamphlet edition, FISHING IN WASHINGTON, for a complete listing of fishing seasons and regulations.

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

Nooksack Reopens To Fishing - January 1st, 2015

posted by Mike on 12/31/2014

 

 

 

The Nooksack River reopens to fishing

 

 

Action: Reopen the Nooksack River to fishing for all game fish.

Effective dates: Jan. 1, 2015

Species affected: All gamefish.

Locations:

The Nooksack River from mouth to the confluence of the North and South Forks.

The South Fork Nooksack from mouth to Skookum Creek.

The Middle Fork Nooksack from mouth to city of Bellingham diversion dam.

The North Fork from mouth to Nooksack Falls.

Reasons for action: The Kendall Creek and Whatcom Creek facilities have met broodstock needs from returning hatchery winter steelhead to meet basin production goals.

Other information: Please see the Sport fishing Rules 2014/2015 pamphlet edition, FISHING IN WASHINGTON, for a complete listing of fishing seasons and regulations.

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

Lake Chelan Report From 12/29/2014

posted by Mike on 12/29/2014

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 12/29/14

    Winter fishing for Mackinaw continues to be hot on Lake Chelan during the Christmas holiday period.  Also continuing hot is bank fishing and trolling for planter Rainbow Trout on Lake Chelan.  Heating up is winter Kokanee fishing around Colyar Ledge. 

 

    We troll for these Lakers from 180 to 245 feet deep in the Barrens and the Trench.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to 1.3 mph.  Glow in the dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure continue to be the go to attractor here on Lake Chelan.  Put those in front of a 4 inch needlefish squid rig by Silver Horde, bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish.  Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons have also been productive.  These fish are completely jammed full of Mysis shrimp.  This in turn makes the meat especially delectable. 

 

    Rainbow trout on Lake Chelan can be caught by a variety of methods.  Catch them from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig.  You can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger.  Bait those mini cha cha’s with a piece of worm or a small nugget of Pautzke’s Fire Bait.  Pautzke’s Fire Bait will also work well from the shore on Roses Lake for planter sized Rainbow Trout.  WDFW planted approximately 16,000 fish that were 2.4 fish to the pound.  Those are about 9” fish.  Roses should soon be freezing over with this latest cold snap. 

 

    Trolling for Kokanee in the mid-depths has worked pretty good.  Your basic rig is a Mack’s Lure’s Double D Dodger in 00 to 0000 sizes with a short leader to a Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidder.  Sizing up the hooks to #4 or even #2 might improve your fish retention percentage.  Bait the hooks with Pautzke’s Fire Corn to complete your ensemble.  Spot mid depth arches on your sonar.  We have found them from 50 feet deep to 175 feet deep.  Then troll just above them at about 1.1 mph. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to use de icer to keep your gear functioning during these cold snaps.  Having reels lock up and downriggers stick are among the many “joys” of the season when a cold snap hits.  Sometimes a touch of oil on the rod eyes will help you out to. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to dress them in layers and have warm liquids to fight off the winter chill.  Plan on shorter trips so the little ones will want to go fishing again. 

 

    The safety tip of the week is to leave your lower unit in the water a minute or two before starting the engine.  It will let any ice layer that has formed around the impeller to melt.  That way you won’t shred your impeller and have to pay for repairs.

 

Pictured:  12/24/14 - Yarisbel Espinoza (9) of Manson with the first limit of Kokanee this winter.  She fished Grandfather Pepe' Hernandez.

 

Also Pictured:  12/28/14 - Wayne Kettler of Arlington, WA with Doug Mitchell of Granite Falls, WA with their batch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.

 

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!  Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year! 

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Skip Morris Fly Fishing Seminar To Benefit Teal Lake

posted by Mike on 12/26/2014

 

Fly Fishing Seminar to Benefit Teal Lake

Internationally renowned Washington fly fisher and fly tier, Skip Morris will present a one-day fly fishing seminar to benefit the management of Teal Lake located in Port Ludlow, WA. Hosted by the Port Ludlow Fly Fishers club, Skip describe proven techniques for fly fishing lakes gained through years of hands-on experience.  The seminar will be held from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Bay Club, located at 120 Spinnaker Place, Port Ludlow.  The price for the seminar is $30 a person ($15 for ages 17 and under) in advance or $35 a person ($20 for ages 17 and under) at the door.  Price includes lunch.

Skip Morris, a name fly fishers know well, has published 17 books on fly fishing and fly tying over the past 25 years (including Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple, Western River Hatches, Trout Flies for Rivers, and Morris & Chan on Fly Fishing Trout Lakes).  He also has to his credit over 200 magazine articles on these topics.  He is the host on six instructional videos and was also among the regular hosts of the "Fly-Fish Television Magazine" show, which was broadcast throughout the US and overseas.  Skip’s audiences, in the US, Canada, and overseas, have found his seminars to be entertaining and informative.  Recently he and Lefty Kreh were co-headliners at the Great Waters shows in Chicago and Minneapolis.

Skip and his wife, Carol, who provides much of the photography and all the illustrations in Skip’s works, live on Washington’s lush Olympic Peninsula with its myriad opportunities for both fresh and saltwater fly fishing.     

The seminar will have three PowerPoint presentations and a fly tying demonstration designed to enhance your success in fishing lakes such as the many found here on the North Olympic Peninsula. 

The morning sessions will cover

Fishing the Surface of a Trout Lake.  Trout lakes represent a whole world of fly fishing that many anglers are missing. This PowerPoint presentation takes you through the techniques, tackle, and flies that catch trout that are feeding in the top layer of a lake. Here you will learn about lake entomology, the intricacies of chasing and catching path-rising trout, when to expect surface feeding on chironomids, and a great deal more...with innovative ideas and images that entertain.

Fishing the Depths of a Trout Lake.  As in streams, trout in lakes do most of their feeding well down. This PowerPoint presentation explores fishing with sinking lines and with floating lines using weighted flies on very long leaders. In this show you will learn how to determine if trout in a lake are feeding deep, what they are feeding on, and how to turn this knowledge into good fishing. Of course, depth is relative—in the case of lake trout, it ranges from only a half dozen feet down to thirty.

Following a lunch served at the venue the afternoon sessions will cover

Fly Fishing for Bass & Panfish.  This entertaining, instructional PowerPoint presentation, on fly fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and panfish, will show you how to catch these much misunderstood but highly worthy fishes. Skip has twice taken this show to the deep South—the best bass water in the world— as a request to show the local boys what they are missing and how to take advantage of what they have. Interest in fly fishing for bass and panfish is clearly growing; accordingly, so is curiosity about this marvelous still-under-appreciated sport.

Tying Flies for Trout Lakes.  Skip will explain how tie and when to fish the flies he uses most often in both Olympic Peninsula and Western Washington trout lakes.  As he ties, Skip will impart techniques that will enable you to tie better flies. Skip's written hundreds of magazine articles and 11 tying books--fly tiers, don't miss this!

The Port Ludlow Fly Fishers (PLFF) club was founded in 1994 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in the State of Washington. The club is dedicated to art of fly fishing and conservation.  With an original grant awarded by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) and the support of local merchants, the club developed and constructed Teal Lake Park, a 16-acre fly fishing lake for the public, including access for the physically disadvantaged.   With the help of local fly fishing clubs and other individuals, the club continues management and maintenance of Teal Lake Park.   The club has regular field days to maintain the park, and both the club and WDFW make annual trout plants to make the lake a premier destination for local and visiting anglers.

All proceeds from the seminar will go to the PLFF Teal Lake fund for its continued management and maintenance.   You are encouraged to register early to guarantee your space for this informative and entertaining seminar.  Please make checks payable to PLFF Teal Lake Fund and mail them to PLFF, 81 Puget Loop, Port Ludlow, WA 98365.  For more information, please contact Bill Master at (360) 437-7976.

Merry Christmas from the Ted's Crew

posted by Mike on 12/24/2014

Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday to all of you from the Ted's Crew. We hope that you have a wonderful time with your family and friends over the Holiday.

Skykomish River

posted by Mike on 12/24/2014

Thought the Skykomish came up quite a bit with the rain yesterday and last night, it should be turning out some good fishing this afternoon and it should be prime tomorrow for those of you that can get out.

 

So far the river has been putting out far more fish this season than last. I would say that the Reiter Pond section of the river has been putting out around 25 plus or minus a day for the past 2 1/2 weeks. Hopefully this fishing should hold up for at least a while longer.

 

We do have a fresh shipment of sand shrimp today for those venturing out tomorrow or Friday.

Skykomish Steelhead Reports

posted by Mike on 12/19/2014

This week has shown consistant fishing in the Reiter Pond, Proctor Creek and Cable Hole section of the Skykomish. All this week we have had customers coming into the shop that have caught limits of sttelhead from this section of the river. In fact we had one of the guys that had 8 fish on this morning in order to land his two. He also mentioned that he saw a number of fish landed by other anglers. All in all this year has been far better on the Skykomish than last. Hopefully it will last into the first part of next year.

 

Though they are talking about a lot of rain in the next couple of days we will just have to wait and see if the river will stay in shape or not. We'll just have to take our chances.

 

We have been hearing of some fair fishing in the section between High Bridge and Sultan for those anglers that have been floating that streach of river. They are getting at least a fish or two for their efforts.

Squid - Edmonds

posted by Mike on 12/15/2014

If you are wanting to go squid fishing I would have to say the time is ripe. The past few nights off the Edmonds pier has been off the hook! We have had countless numbers of folks in the past few days that have been ranting and raving about how good the fishing has been while restocking their selection of jigs. To say the least the word has gotton out as to how good the fishing has been and with it there has literally been a waiting line for some of the prime locations. Not only have the numbers of squid caught has been good but also the size.

 

We have a very good selection of squid jigs on hand as well as a fair selection of components for constructing your own work of art.

 

Stop by and well be glad to fill you in on the squid fishing techniques as well as how to clean them.

Reiter Ponds - Skykomish River

posted by Mike on 12/13/2014

We have seen some fairly good steelhead numbers coming out of the Reiter pond section of the Skykomish River since Thursday. We have had a number of customers in yesterday and today that have had limits out of the Reiter Pond / Proctor Creek section of the River. Some of the boaters have also found some fish in the middle and lower sections of the river as there seems to be a fair number of fish that are moving up the river at the present time. Those fishing in these sections of the river are catching transitional fish that are making their way up to the hatchery complexs at Reiter or the Wallace. In these sections of the river they move through with no hesitation and move to the hatchery areas as quickley as they can.

 

So far this season we are seeing better numbers of hatchery winter stellhead than we saw this past season. Hopefully, we will see this comtinue for some time.

Whidbey Island Steelhead

posted by Mike on 12/13/2014

If you are wanting to do a little saltwater steeheading, I would have to say that the time is right for you to get out and partake of this unique fishery. We have been getting wind of some fish being caught off the western beaches of the island this past week. In fact one of our customers managed to land three in two trips this week. This season has been far more productive this year than last.

 

Of the western beaches Bush Point, Lagoon Point and Fort Casey tend to be the most popular spots for steelhead fishing though many others do produce fish. Make sure that you fish the public portions of Bush and Lagoon Point as most of the beaches are privately owned, or gain permission from the landowners.

 

Stop by if you have any questions on this fishery as it is unique in the type of gear that is used and the fishing is tide related. We'll be glad to help you out!

Cascade River Steelheading

posted by Mike on 12/13/2014

The Cascade River has been turning out some winter run steelhead. We had one of our customers who fished it yesterday managed to land three during the time he was there. He mentioned that there were 5 or 6 other anglers fishing the same time he was there and saw 3 or 4 additional fish landed by those fishermen. I would say that was not a bad average by any means.

 

Don't forget that the limit increases to 3 hatchery steelhead on the 16th of December as they will not be taking any brood stock at the Cascade Hatchery facility this season.

Whatcom Creek Closed To All Fishing Effective Dec. 16th

posted by Mike on 12/12/2014

Closure of Whatcom Creek to fishing

 

 

Action: Closes Whatcom Creek.

Effective dates: Dec. 16, 2014 until further notice.

Species affected: All species of fish.

Location: Whatcom Creek, from the mouth to Woburn Street Bridge

Reasons for action: The Kendall Creek Hatchery and Whatcom Creek Hatchery programs in recent years have had difficulty securing sufficient eggs from returning hatchery winter steelhead to meet basin production goals. Closure of the fishery is needed to collect sufficient fish to meet egg take needs.

Other information: When the combined broodstock needs of Kendall Creek Hatchery, and Whatcom Creek Hatchery are met, the fishery will be reopened and revert to seasons as listed in the Sport fishing Rules 2014/2015 pamphlet edition, FISHING IN WASHINGTON

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

Nooksack River Closing To All Fishing Effective December16th

posted by Mike on 12/12/2014

Closure of Nooksack River to fishing

 

Action: Close all of the Nooksack River and forks to fishing.

Effective dates: Dec. 16, 2014 until further notice.

Species affected: All species.

Locations:

The Nooksack River from mouth to the confluence of the North and South Forks.

The South Fork Nooksack from mouth to Skookum Creek.

The Middle Fork Nooksack from mouth to city of Bellingham diversion dam.

The North Fork from mouth to Nooksack Falls.

Reasons for action: The Kendall Creek Hatchery and Whatcom Creek Hatchery programs in recent years have had difficulty securing sufficient eggs from returning hatchery winter steelhead to meet basin production goals. Closure of the fishery is needed to collect sufficient fish to meet egg take needs.

Other information: When the combined broodstock needs of Kendall Creek Hatchery, and Whatcom Creek Hatchery are met, the fishery will be reopened and revert to seasons as listed in the Sport fishing Rules 2014/2015 pamphlet edition, FISHING IN WASHINGTON

Information Contact: Brett Barkdull, 360-466-4345 ext. 270

Razor Clam Dig Approved For December 19th - December 23rd

posted by Mike on 12/12/2014

Razor clam dig approved Dec. 19 through Dec. 23

 

Action: Opens Razor clam season

Digging is only allowed from: 12:01 p.m. through 11:59 p.m. each day.

Species affected: Razor clams

The specific low tides for this opener:

Dec. 19, Friday; 4: 41 p.m., 0.0.feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 20, Saturday, 5: 23 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis

Dec. 21, Sunday, 6: 06 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 22, Monday, 6: 48 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Dec. 23, Tuesday, 7: 31 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Location:

Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.

Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River,and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.

Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from Cape Shoalwater to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.

Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Reason for action: Harvestable numbers of razor clams are available.

Information contact: Dan Ayres (360) 249-4628, Region 6 Montesano

Tags: Razor Clams

Reiter Ponds, December11th

posted by Mike on 12/11/2014

The water at Reiter Ponds was extemely high and off colored but for those who took a chance and fished there today many were rewarded with steelhead. We have had a couple of customers in this afternoon that managed to catch limits from the high water at the ponds. They fished right at their feet at the mouth of the creek and managed to tempt their fish into taking their offerings. Both of the customers mentioned that they saw a number of other fish caught while they were there.

 

With better weather and dropping water in the next few days we will more than likely see some good fishing in the next few days.

Cascade River Steelhead Limit Increses To Three As Of December 16th, 2014

posted by Mike on 12/11/2014

December 10, 2014

 

 

Hatchery steelhead limit increase on the Cascade River

 

Action: Increase hatchery steelhead daily limit to three fish on part of the Cascade River.

Effective dates: Dec 16, 2014 through Feb 15, 2015.

Species affected: Hatchery steelhead

Location: The Cascade River from the Rockport-Cascade Road downstream to the mouth.

Reasons for action: The Marblemount Hatchery will not be taking broodstock in the 2014-15 season, therefore all hatchery steelhead returning are harvestable. Increasing the steelhead daily limit in the Cascade River will provide additional angling opportunity.

Other information: All other rules remain in effect. Please see rules as listed in the 2014-15 sport fishing pamphlet.

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

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Tokul Creek to Open December 13th, 2014

posted by Mike on 12/11/2014

December 10, 2014

 

 

Tokul Creek to open early for hatchery steelhead and other gamefish

 

Action: Open Tokul Creek for trout and other gamefish.

Effective date: 7:00 a.m, Dec. 13, 2014 through 5:00 p.m. Feb. 15, 2015.

Species affected: Trout, hatchery steelhead and other game fish.

Location: Tokul Creek from the Fish Hatchery Road Bridge upstream to the posted cable boundary marker below the hatchery intake.

Reasons for action: This section of Tokul Creek is closed in the permanent regulations until Jan.15 to allow for winter steelhead broodstock collection at the Tokul Creek Hatchery. The Tokul Creek Hatchery facility has met their egg take goals for winter steelhead allowing for expanded fishing opportunity in Tokul Creek.

Other information: Tokul Creek remains open from the mouth to the downstream edge of the Fish Hatchery Road bridge as listed in the fishing rules pamphlet. Tokul Creek is closed to fishing daily from 5:00 PM to 7:00 AM. Anti-snagging rules are in effect. All sections of Tokul Creek will close Feb. 16, 2015 to protect wild steelhead.

Information Contact: Jennifer Whitney, District 13 fish biologist, 425-775-1311 ext. 107, whitnjlw@dfw.wa.gov.

 

Even though this is combat fishing at its finest, it should yeild some good fishing with the high water conditions we are having bringing in some fresh fish.

Squid Fishing, December 10th

posted by Mike on 12/10/2014

Squidding this season has been far more productive than this past year. We have been getting good reports from many of our customers fishing the docks from Edmonds south to Tacoma. Squidding is like just about every other fishing in that it is not always productive and you certainly must pay your dues for those nights that are very productive.

 

As a general rule fish the last couple of hours of the incoming tide through the high slack no mater when it occurs after dark. That could be just after dusk till just before dawn. Make sure to consult your tide table.

 

Ted's has a good supply of squid jigs as well as the longer softer action rods that most of the die hard squiders tend to prefer. Stop by and we'll be glad to help you set up and give you a run dow on this popular winter sport.

Saltwater Steelheading, Whidbey Island

posted by Mike on 12/10/2014

Today was the first day we have seen steelhead taken off the western side of Whidbey island this winter season. One of our regular island steelheaders stopped by this afternoon with a couple of hatchery steelhead taken off the beach. Both were typical winter hatchery steelhead one 5 pounds and the other seven, very typical fish.

 

With the rivers blown out of shape for the next few days you might give the beaches a try as it will be a few days before they drop into shape after the rain we have had the past few days.

 

The typical "Bush Point Special" is what you want to be tossing. You can stop by the shop and we'll be glad to show you how to rig up as well as when and where to go. We have some of the "Specials" rigged up or we have everything to put them together yourself.

 

Some of the most popular spots to intercept these saltwater steelhead is Bush Point, Lagood Point and Fort Casey. Though these are the most popular spots there are many other beaches that could and do produce fish.

 

 

Fenwick Eagle GT Travel Rods

posted by Mike on 12/10/2014

Fenwick has introduced three travel rods to add to it's line up of Eagle spinning rods. These are a nice addition to an anglers rod selection when a smaller package would be the proper choice for travel, backpacking or to throw behind or under the seat just in case you find a moment to fish. Here's the line up of these rods.

 

6 1/2 foot, 3 Piece, Lite, Mod Fast Action, 1/16 - 3/8 lure weight, 2 - 8lb line rating, 6 guides + tip and comes with a very nice case. This would be ideal for general trout fishing. Priced at $69.95

 

7 foot, 4 Piece, Med Light Fast Action, 1/8 - 5/8 lure weight, 4 -10lb line rating, 7 guides + tip top and comes with a very nice case. This would be ideal for larger trout, bass, walleye etc. Priced at $79.95

 

8 1/2 foot, 4 Piece, Mod Medium Action, 3/8 - 3/4 lure weight, 8 -20lb line rating, 7 guides + tip top and comes with a very nice case. This would be ideal for steelhead, salmon and smaller saltwater species. Priced at $89.95

 

These rods are very well wrapped and finished and vary reasonably priced. Stop by and take a look.

Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby - February 20, 21 & 22

posted by Mike on 12/06/2014

This year the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby will take place on February 20, 21 and 22nd. Which "IS NOT" President's Day weekend, which it has been traditionally held.

Prizes are as follows:

 

!st Place - $10,000.00

2nd Place - $2,000.00

3rd Place - $1,000.00

4 ea $500.00 Mystery Fish Prizes

Many other "Great" merchadise & service prizes.

 

Stop by and pick up your tickets and rules for the upcoming derby here at Ted's!

 

Skykomish Steelhead

posted by Mike on 12/05/2014

Having the day off John went up to the Reiter Pond section of the Skykomish today to see what was going on. During the time he was there he saw around 20 steelhead hooked. He said it was nice to see that much action as overall we have not been hearing much of anything coming out of the local rivers. Usually, we see some fair numbers of steelhead being caught by Thanksgiving every year. Perhaps the fish are just a tad bit laet this season. We have been wondering if the fishing was goining to follow last years dismal season. I suppose we will just have to wait and see what the season brings. At least at present there are a few fish in the system.

Squid Fishing

posted by Mike on 12/04/2014

Overall, we have seen a relatively good squid season here in the Puget Sound region. We have had good reports coming in from the Edmonds pier as well as the Seattle waterfront. Productivity does vary from night to night as well as certain periods of the tide. Generally speaking it is best on the later portion of the incoming flood tide through the high slack. Try and pick tides that do not have an extreme change as they are not as productive as there is just too much water movment. Tides that are earlier in the evening are generally prefered by the public and are more crowded. Tides that are early in the morning (1:00 - 3:00 am) will find very few folks fishing and you will have no problem finding a spot.

 

Squidding should be good through mid January when they begin their spawning activities which when finished the squid dies.

 

Ted's has lots of squid jigs on hand for those that want to give this winter activity a try.
 

Razor Clam Digs For Washington Coast & Proposed Digs For This Next Year

posted by Mike on 12/04/2014

WDFW approves razor clam dig starting Dec. 3,
tentatively schedules digs through February

OLYMPIA - Razor clam diggers can count on a week-long opening beginning Dec. 3 and start planning trips to Washington's beaches in early 2015, after state shellfish managers today announced a schedule of proposed digs through February.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the seven-day dig, which runs Dec. 3-9, after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide. No digging is allowed at any beach before noon.

"Crowds of diggers have been on the light side, but the clams continue to grow and are getting fatter," Ayres said. "If you're willing to brave the elements, it's a great opportunity to get some clams."

Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

Digging days and evening tides during the upcoming opening are:

  • Dec. 3, Wednesday; 4:14 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 4, Thursday; 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 5, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 6, Saturday; 6:26 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Dec. 7, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 8, Monday; 7:44 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 9, Tuesday; 8:21 pm, -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

WDFW has proposed another dig in mid-December, if upcoming marine toxin tests are favorable. That dig is tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • Dec. 19, Friday; 4:41 p.m., 0.0.feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 20, Saturday, 5:23 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Dec. 21, Sunday, 6:06 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 22, Monday, 6:48 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 23, Tuesday, 7:31 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Shellfish managers also announced a new schedule of proposed digs for early 2015, which extends an opening tentatively set for Dec. 3. The schedule announced today proposes six more days of digging during the first week in January and three more multi-day digs through February.

"We're announcing these dates now so people can start making plans for the New Year," Ayres said. "We've had a terrific season so far, and expect plenty of great digging in the months ahead."

Below is the tentative schedule of proposed razor clam digs, along with evening low tides and beaches and if marine toxin tests are favorable:

  • Dec. 31, 2014, Wednesday, 3:05 p.m., 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Jan. 1, 2015, Thursday; 4:01 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis
  • Jan. 2, Friday; 4:49 p.m., -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis
  • Jan. 3, Saturday; 5:32 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis
  • Jan. 4, Sunday; 6:12 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 5, Monday; 6:48 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 6, Tuesday; 7:23 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 7, Wednesday; 7:57 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 17, Saturday; 4:15 p.m., 0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis
  • Jan. 18, Sunday; 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 19, Monday; 5:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 20, Tuesday; 6:30 p.m., -1.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 21, Wednesday; 7:13 p.m., -1.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 22, Thursday; 7:56 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 23, Friday; 8:40 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 24, Saturday; 9:25 p.m., 0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis
  • Jan. 30, Friday; 3:43 p.m., 0.5 feet Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 31, Saturday; 4:32 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis
  • Feb. 1, Sunday; 5:15 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 2, Monday; 5:53 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 3, Tuesday; 6:27 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 4, Wednesday; 6:59 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 5, Thursday; 7:30 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 6, Friday; 8:00 p.m., 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 15, Sunday; 3:47 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 16, Monday; 4:37 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 17, Tuesday; 5:24 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 18, Wednesday; 6:08 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 19, Thursday; 6:51 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 20, Friday; 7:33 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 21, Saturday; 8:16 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis
  • Feb. 22, Sunday; 9:00 p.m., 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 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.

WDFW has razor clam recipes as well as advice on digging and cleaning clams on its webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.


Chelan Fishing Report From Lake Chelan Area For 12/2/2014

posted by Mike on 12/02/2014

AKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 12/2/14

    Winter fishing for Mackinaw continues to be hot on Lake Chelan during the Thanksgiving holiday.  Also continuing hot is bank fishing and trolling for planter Rainbow Trout on Lake Chelan.  Roses Lake continues to provide hot action for planter sized rainbows for open water anglers. 

 

    Our fall pattern has continued into the early winter.  We troll for these mostly eating sized Lakers from 220 to 245 feet deep.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to 1.3 mph.  Glow in the dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure continue to be the go to attractor here on Lake Chelan.  Put those in front of a 4 inch needlefish squid rig by Silver Horde, bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish.  These fish are completely jammed full of Mysis shrimp.  This in turn makes the meat especially delectable.  While we find those mysids in our Lakers all year, this late fall / early winter time really concentrates that feed in the lower basin to fatten up our fish. 

 

    Rainbow trout on Lake Chelan can be caught by a variety of methods.  Catch them from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig.  You can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger.  Bait those mini cha cha’s with a piece of worm or a small nugget of Pautzke’s Fire Bait. 

 

    Pautzke’s Fire Bait will also work well from the shore on Roses Lake for planter sized Rainbow Trout.  WDFW planted approximately 16,000 fish that were 2.4 fish to the pound.  Those are about 9” fish.  Roses still hasn’t frozen over and shore anglers are limiting in less than an hour. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to keep thinking to improve either your location or presentation to eliminate unproductive stuff to become part of the 10% of anglers that catch 90% of the fish.  What part of the presentation is most important?  That is an interesting question.  When you can answer that with some degree of confidence, it will allow you to develop presentations or locations that are favored by your intended prey.  On Chelan, we think the Mysis Shrimp connection takes the fish to the bottom.  Since there is little light there and Mackinaw are a cruising fish with a prominent lateral line, we think vibration is the most important part of the presentation.  Columbia Steelhead are looking for the break or seam in the current and are very visually oriented.  Getting the right color presentation into a seam is critical there.  Think! 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to remember that inactivity is leading to a national obesity epidemic.  Further, the most common correlation between active and inactive kids is the activity level of the parental figure in their home.  You’ve got to get them out and interact with them.  Getting them out with their friends in the outdoors and being actively involved is important.  Besides it is a great way for you to get rid of a few of those Turkey pounds…  Check out the picture of 13 year old Cody Dobbins of  Kennewick with his North Shore Bighorn.  He should be hooked for life. 

 

    The safety tip of the week is to check your gear for launching and retrieving boats on snowy / ice ramps as well as being prepared for breakdowns  in bad winter weather.  Chains for your tow vehicle as well as a shovel and sand could be very useful.  Enjoy the early winter in our beautiful valley.

 

11-26-14 - Darryn Wiersma of Marysville with his mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.

 

11-27-14 - Cody Dobbins (13) of Kennewick with his North Shore Bighorn

 

11-28-14 - Tabatha, Jess and Stephen (14th birthday!) of Hoquiam with Stephen's fish for the morning

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Lake Chelan Area Fishing Report From Anton Jones For 11/21/2014

posted by Mike on 11/21/2014

  We have made it through our first big cold snap of the winter and now we are getting our first significant snow fall, but our early winter pattern of trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan continues hot.  Also continuing hot is bank fishing and trolling for planter Rainbow Trout on Lake Chelan.  The occasional holdover triploid rainbow is a bonus.  Roses Lake has received it’s winter rainbow trout plant and is providing hot action for planter sized rainbows.  The Upper Columbia River has been providing fair action for steelhead and other fish in the early fall. 

 

    We troll for these mostly eating sized Lakers from 220 to 245 feet deep.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to 1.3 mph.  Glow in the dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure continue to be the go to attractor here on Lake Chelan.  Put those in front of a 4 inch needlefish squid rig by Silver Horde, bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish.  These fish are completely jammed full of Mysis shrimp.  This in turn makes the meat especially delectable.  While we find those mysids in our Lakers all year, this late fall / early winter time really concentrates that feed in the lower basin to fatten up our fish. 

 

    Rainbow trout on Lake Chelan can be caught by a variety of methods.  Catch them from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig.  You can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger.  Bait those mini cha cha’s with a piece of worm or a small nugget of Pautzke’s Fire Bait. 

 

    Pautzke’s Fire Bait will also work well from the shore on Roses Lake for planter sized Rainbow Trout.  WDFW planted approximately 16,000 fish that were 2.4 fish to the pound.  Those are about 9” fish.  So far, Roses hasn’t frozen over and shore anglers are limiting in less than an hour. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to take a page out of the tournament anglers strategy book and prepare plans A, B, C and maybe even D to make efficient use of your precious “on the water” time.  This could mean rigging trolling gear and lining up lures so that if plan A’s presentation you can work through your progressions without having to search and then tie knots with chilly fingers.  If you are going to switch from still fishing to casting, have those rigs prepared and ready to put into action.  This requires thinking ahead and preparing at home.  Keeping your presentation in a prime location in an attractive way will make you more successful.  It’s only logical. 

 

    I will dispense with normal format for my first post Veteran’s Day Report to share my thoughts and feelings before moving on in future reports.  I believe the best thing that we can do to honor our war dead is live well and joyously.  However, I think it is occasionally necessary to reflect and appreciate their sacrifices.  My friend, Terry Gilden was killed in the Beirut Embassy bombing of 1983 by Hezbollah militants.  The mission there was to bring the bloody civil war in Lebanon to an end.  In 1993, my friend, Randy Shugart was killed by militants of a Somalian warlord.  The mission there was to clear the way for food supplies to reach hundreds of thousands of starving civilians in rural Somalia.  While critical thinking is necessary and skepticism can be useful, make no mistake.  Flawed as we might be, we are the good guys because men like my friends answer the call and do their best to implement our national will.  George Orwell said it best:  “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”  Just reflect for a moment about the lifestyle we enjoy and give thanks for these men.

 

Pictured:  11/12/14 - Tasula and Len Berggren of Coquitlam, BC with their mornings catch of Lakers

 

Also Pictured:  11/15/14 - Repeat customer Dean Williams, Casey McAfee, Parker Williams and Miles Kendrick of Monroe, WA with their mornings catch of Lakers

 

Finally Pictured:  11/15/14 our very own Jeff Witkowski with a nice holdover rainbow caught in Mill Bay on Lake Chelan.

 

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Herring In Stock

posted by Mike on 11/12/2014

If you are looking for herring for this winters blackmouth fishery or to store some for next year then this might be the time to stock up. For the first time this year we have a good selection of sizes in stock. We have Red, Green, Blue and Purple in stock at the present. The supply that we have is limited and we hope that we will be able to get more before the guys quit fishing for the winter. The fall bait is some of the best of the season as it has had time to cure and toughen up before it was processed.

 

If you need bait give us a call and we'll be glad to tell you what we have on hand.

Razor Clam Digging on Washington Coast

posted by Mike on 11/05/2014

Eight days of razor clam digging begin Nov. 4

 

 

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers can return to coastal beaches starting Tuesday, Nov. 4, to dig razor clams during the first of two planned openings in November.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the latest round of evening digs after marine toxin test results showed the clams are safe to eat. Digging is not allowed on any beach before noon.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide.

“With daylight saving time ending Sunday, diggers will have even less daylight to dig by and should bring lanterns or headlamps,” Ayres said. 
Digging days and evening low tides during the upcoming opening are:

  • Nov. 4, Tuesday; 4:26 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 5, Wednesday; 5:14 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 6, Thursday; 5:59 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 7, Friday; 6:42 p.m., -1.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 8, Saturday; 7:24 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Nov. 9, Sunday; 8:05 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 10, Monday; 8:47 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 11, Tuesday; 9:31 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 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. A WDFW video, which demonstrates how to teach your kids to harvest razor clams, is available at http://youtu.be/gl9p_PparVk.

Ayres suggested that diggers also should check the forecast before heading out to the beaches.

“Clamming has been good when the weather hasn’t chased diggers away,” he said.

WDFW also has proposed another dig in November, tentatively set to begin Nov. 20 if marine toxin tests are favorable. That dig is tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • Nov. 20, Thursday; 5:06 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 21, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 22, Saturday; 6:24 p.m., -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Nov. 23, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 24, Monday; 7:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 25, Tuesday; 8:32 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 26, Wednesday; 9:19 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Comprehensive information about razor clams – from updates on tentative digs to how-to advice on digging and cooking – is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.

Tags: Razor Clams

Lake Chelan Report For 11/4/2014 From Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

posted by Mike on 11/04/2014

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 11/4/14

    Just keeping on week after week of being hot is our late fall pattern of trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan.  Also continuing hot is bank fishing and trolling for planter Rainbow Trout on Lake Chelan.  The occasional holdover triploid rainbow is a bonus.  Keep your eyes open for the upcoming fall planting of rainbow trout into Roses Lake for some “small water” action. 

 

    We troll for lakers from 165 to 245 feet deep.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to 1.3 mph.  Glow in the dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure continue to be the go to attractor here on Lake Chelan.  Put those in front of a 4 inch needlefish squid rig by Silver Horde, bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish. 

 

    Rainbow trout on Lake Chelan can be caught by a variety of methods.  Catch them from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig.  You can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger.  Bait those mini cha cha’s with a piece of worm or a small nugget of Pautzke’s Fire Bait. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to dress in layers and protect yourself from getting wet to make yourself a better angler.  If you have cold hands or toes you tend to “hunker down” and let the important details slip.  Details like retying a frayed leader.  Not re-baiting is another cold finger tendency.  When you let the cold get to you, you are slower to respond to a bite.  Wear enough layers to protect your head, your toes and especially your fingers.  I carry a number of pairs of gloves for the day so when one pair gets wet I dry my hands and put a dry pair on.  It really improves your attitude too.  

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to get them out to see nature during the upcoming Holiday breaks.  Bald eagles are hunting coots, deer are coming into the rut and other raptors are more visibly and actively hunting quail with the leaves dropping. 

 

    Your safety tip of the week is to get ready for winter boating.  Having chains for your tow vehicle, sand or cat litter for traction as well as a shovel are all prudent precautions.  A pair of water proof coveralls can increase your comfort when it is time to put on chains.

 

Pictured:  10/29/14 - Geoff Corso of Tacoma (special thanks as many time repeat customer) with his mornings catch of Mackinaw.

 

Also Pictured:  11/3/14 -  The Hurst gang out of Selah / Yakima (again special thanks to a many time repeat customer) with their catch of Lake Chelan Lakers.

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Trout Plants in the past 30 Days

posted by Mike on 10/28/2014

• AMERICAN LK (PIER)
  Oct 16, 2014 Rainbow 1,650 1 LAKEWOOD HATCHERY  
• ANGLE LK (KING)
  Oct 14, 2014 Rainbow 16,000 2.2 PUYALLUP HATCHERY  
  Oct 14, 2014 Rainbow 2,700 1.8 MESEBERG HATCHERY  
• BITTER LK (KING)
  Oct 22, 2014 Rainbow 3,000 2.5 TOKUL CR HATCHERY  
  Oct 13, 2014 Rainbow 1,712 2.1 MESEBERG HATCHERY  
• BLUE LK (COLU)
  Oct 10, 2014 Rainbow 2,000 2.8 LYONS FERRY HATCHERY  
• BRADLEY LK (PIER)
  Oct 21, 2014 Rainbow 200 1 LAKEWOOD HATCHERY  
  Oct 15, 2014 Rainbow 110 1.8 PUYALLUP HATCHERY  
• CHOPAKA LK (OKAN)
  Oct 09, 2014 Rainbow 500 2.49 CHELAN PUD HATCHERY  
• CRANBERRY LK (ISLA)
  Oct 21, 2014 Rainbow 4,250 2 WHITEHORSE POND  
  Oct 20, 2014 Rainbow 3,220 2 WHITEHORSE POND  
  Oct 13, 2014 Rainbow 6,531 2.1 WHITEHORSE POND  
• DEEP LK (KING)
  Oct 17, 2014 Rainbow 2,080 2.15 EELLS SPRINGS  
  Oct 16, 2014 Rainbow 2,420 2.15 EELLS SPRINGS  
  Oct 14, 2014 Rainbow 2,160 1.8 MESEBERG HATCHERY  
• FIVEMILE LK (KING)
  Oct 17, 2014 Rainbow 4,000 2.15 EELLS SPRINGS  
  Oct 13, 2014 Rainbow 1,281 2.1 MESEBERG HATCHERY  
• GIBBS LK (JEFF)
  Oct 09, 2014 Rainbow 350 0.75 EELLS SPRINGS  
• GISSBURG PD NORTH (SNOH)
  Oct 22, 2014 Rainbow 1,250 2.5 TOKUL CR HATCHERY  
• GISSBURG PD SOUTH (SNOH)
  Oct 22, 2014 Rainbow 1,250 2.5 TOKUL CR HATCHERY  
• GRAYS HRBR KIDS EVNT (GRAY)
  Oct 04, 2014 Rainbow 100 1 LK ABERDEEN HATCHERY  
• GREEN LK (KING)
  Oct 20, 2014 Rainbow 15,000 2.2 PUYALLUP HATCHERY  
  Oct 15, 2014 Rainbow 4,336 2 MESEBERG HATCHERY  
  Oct 14, 2014 Rainbow 2,430 1.8 MESEBERG HATCHERY  
  Oct 13, 2014 Rainbow 14,000 2.2 PUYALLUP HATCHERY  
• HOLM LK (KING)
  Oct 17, 2014 Rainbow 1,700 2.12 EELLS SPRINGS  
• ISLAND LK (MASO)
  Oct 02, 2014 Rainbow 2,100 0.78 EELLS SPRINGS  
• KAPOWSIN CR 10.0600
  Oct 21, 2014 Rainbow 625 1 LAKEWOOD HATCHERY  
• KITSAP LK (KITS)
  Oct 06, 2014 Rainbow 4,760 1.3 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL Average 3/4 lbs. each.
• LANGLOIS LK (KING)
  Oct 15, 2014 Rainbow 5,200 2.5 TOKUL CR HATCHERY  
• LELAND LK (JEFF)
  Oct 02, 2014 Rainbow 2,000 0.87 EELLS SPRINGS  
• LK CHELAN (47)
  Oct 10, 2014 Rainbow 6,362 2.49 CHELAN PUD HATCHERY  
• LK CHELAN (CHEL)
  Oct 09, 2014 Rainbow 3,835 2.49 CHELAN PUD HATCHERY  
• LK CHELAN @ D MORSE PRK
  Oct 09, 2014 Rainbow 3,797 2.49 CHELAN PUD HATCHERY  
• LK CHELAN @ FIRST CR
  Oct 09, 2014 Rainbow 3,872 2.49 CHELAN PUD HATCHERY  
• LK FAZON (WHAT)
  Oct 21, 2014 Rainbow 2,400 2 WHITEHORSE POND  
• LK FENWICK (KING)
  Oct 14, 2014 Rainbow 2,200 2.15 EELLS SPRINGS  
• LK ST CLAIR (THUR)
  Oct 20, 2014 Rainbow 10,000 2.1 EELLS SPRINGS  
  Oct 16, 2014 Rainbow 1,440 2.15 EELLS SPRINGS  
  Oct 13, 2014 Rainbow 8,560 2.23 EELLS SPRINGS  
• LOST LK (MASO)
  Oct 01, 2014 Rainbow 2,400 0.87 EELLS SPRINGS  
• MUNN LK (THUR)
  Oct 06, 2014 Rainbow 210 0.26 LAKEWOOD HATCHERY  
• NAHWATZEL LK (MASO)
  Oct 01, 2014 Rainbow 2,400 0.87 EELLS SPRINGS  
• PEARRYGIN LK (OKAN)
  Sep 29, 2014 Rainbow 100 1 WELLS HATCHERY  
• RATTLESNAKE LK (KING)
  Oct 15, 2014 Rainbow 6,000 2.5 TOKUL CR HATCHERY  
  Oct 13, 2014 Rainbow 4,070 2.1 MESEBERG HATCHERY  
• ROCK LK (WHIT)
  Oct 07, 2014 Rainbow 29,507 3 LYONS FERRY HATCHERY  
• SHADOW LK (KING)
  Oct 22, 2014 Rainbow 6,000 2.25 EELLS SPRINGS  
  Oct 14, 2014 Rainbow 1,980 1.8 MESEBERG HATCHERY  
• SPENCER LK (MASO)
  Oct 03, 2014 Rainbow 4,400 0.78 EELLS SPRINGS  
• SPRING LK (COLU)
  Oct 10, 2014 Rainbow 2,122 2.8 LYONS FERRY HATCHERY  
• TEAL LK (JEFF)
  Oct 15, 2014 Rainbow 150 0.75 EELLS SPRINGS  
• TYE LK (SNOH)
  Oct 13, 2014 Rainbow 6,000 2.5 TOKUL CR HATCHERY  
• WALKER LK (KING)
  Oct 21, 2014 Rainbow 2,000 2.26 EELLS SPRINGS  

Additional Trout Fishing Opportunities This Fall

posted by Mike on 10/28/2014

Additional WDFW trout releases to focus on
lakes in seven western Washington counties

 

 

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is stocking 47 western Washington lakes with 340,000 catchable-size trout this fall.

This is nearly four times more fish than were released last fall in western Washington.  

WDFW is currently stocking lakes in Grays Harbor, Island, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, and Whatcom Counties.

Those lakes, which are scheduled to be stocked between Oct. 12-19, include:

  • Grays Harbor County: Vance Creek ponds 1 and 2;
  • Island County: Cranberry Lake;
  • King County: Angle, Bitter, Deep, Rattlesnake, Shadow, Green, Langlois, Walker, Holm, Fish, Fivemile and Fenwick lakes;
  • Pierce County: Harts, Kapowsin, Bonney and Bradley lakes;
  • Snohomish County: Tye Lake and Gissburg Pond North and South;
  • Thurston County: Long’s Pond, Offutt, Black, St. Clair, Lawrence, Long and Ohop Lakes; and
  • Whatcom County: Fazon Lake.

Other waters that were recently stocked include Island, Lost, Nahwatzel, and Spencer lakes in Mason County; Kitsap Lake in Kitsap County; Rattlesnake Lake in King County; Cascade Lake in San Juan County; and Gibbs, Leland and Teal lakes in Jefferson County.

Additional stocking efforts will focus on different lakes and counties in western Washington and will continue through October and November.

Bonus bag limits will also be allowed on some lakes, doubling angler’s catch limits from five to 10 trout.

A list of lakes to be stocked, those offering the bonus bag limit, and the department's recently updated stocking plan is available for viewing at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/fall-into-fishing/.  

Chris Donley, inland fish program manager, said he expects angling to be great throughout the fall and winter months at all of these lakes. “Most of the trout are 11 to 13 inches long, with a few larger ones in the mix,” he said.

The fall fish plants are in response to anglers’ requests to increase fall and winter trout fishing opportunities in western Washington, said Donley. That effort also includes stocking lakes in southwest Washington for the Nov. 28 Black Friday opener, which offers anglers the opportunity to skip the shopping malls, get outside and enjoy fishing on the day after Thanksgiving.

For those fishing closer to the Puget Sound area, there are thousands of trout available in lakes that can be pursued throughout fall and winter, said Donley. “We encourage anglers young and old, inexperienced or well-seasoned, to get out and take advantage of these great fisheries,” he added.

For up-to-date stocking information this fall, anglers should follow the department on Twitter or Facebook, accessible from http://wdfw.wa.gov, or see the department's weekly catchable trout stocking report at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/

Anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2015, to participate in these events.

Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license vendors across the state. For details on license vendor locations, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/.

Resurrection Derby December 5th & 6th 2014, Friday Harbor

posted by Mike on 10/28/2014

For those who have been thinking about the upcoming 2014 Resurrection Derby which will be held on December 5th & 6th this year at Friday Harbor. The entry fee is $400.00 per boat and will be limited to just 100 boats. You and fish a miximum of 4 licensed anglers per boat. For tickets you can go to the derbies website www.ResurrectionDerby.com and purchase them online or download an entry form and send in a check. You can find all the derbies information on their website. Don't wait too long as 100 entries go quickly!

 

Prizes are as follows:

 

!st Place $10,000.00

2nd Place $2,500.00

3rd Place  $1,500.00

 

Proceeds from this derby go to salmon enhancment, so you can have fun and in turn do something positive for the sport!

Steelhead & River Fishing Workshop - Saturday November 8th

posted by Mike on 10/27/2014

Mark your calendar to attend the Everett Salmon & Steelhead Club's annual Steelhead & River Fishing workshop. It will be held at Floral Hall at Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd in Everett. It will be held from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.  It will be covering the following aspects of river fishing:

 

How-to tips for river fishing

Methods and techniques

Ideas for selecting fishing gear

Hook Tying

Rigging and casting

Best waters for fishing

Valuable for beginning and experienced fishers

 

For more information call

Everett Parks & Recreation at (425) 257-8300 ext.2

 

Best of all! It's FREE!

Baker Lake Sockeye Meeting Saturday November 1st, 10:00AM

posted by Mike on 10/23/2014

 
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If you have an intrest in the Baker Lake Sockeye fishery and its management you might just want to set in on this meeting. In last seasons fishery there was a unfortunate disparty in the catch equaity between the tribes and sportsment, with th tribal catch being between 12 and 13 thousand and the sport fihery harvesting only 3 - 4 thousand.

 

WDFW hosts meeting to discuss
Baker Lake sockeye salmon fishery

 

 

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will host a public meeting Nov. 1 in Mill Creek to discuss last summer's Baker Lake sockeye salmon fishery.

The public meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. at WDFW's Mill Creek office, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd.

At the meeting, fishery managers will review how the sockeye fishery was developed and managed, and discuss this year's state and tribal harvest numbers. The public also will have the opportunity to provide input.

The Baker Lake sockeye fishery first opened in 2010 after a juvenile-collection facility was installed at upper Baker Dam and a hatchery was opened at the lake. This year, 13,788 sockeye were trapped below the lower Baker Dam and 6,819 fish were transported to the lake. The remaining sockeye were used for spawning.

"While we met our conservation goals for Baker Lake this year, we know many recreational anglers expected more fish in the lake," said Ron Warren, policy lead for WDFW's fish program. "We're asking the public for constructive ideas that we can evaluate and develop before the salmon season setting process starts in March."

State, tribal and federal fishery managers plan the Northwest's recreational and commercial salmon fisheries each year during a series of meetings beginning in March. The process, which includes input from representatives of the recreational and commercial fishing industries, is known as the North of Falcon process.

WDFW has more information about Baker Lake sockeye on its website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/sockeye/baker_river.html.

Lake Chelan Report for October 14, 2014

posted by Mike on 10/14/2014

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 10/14/14

    What continues hot is trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan.    Heating up is fishing Mill Bay and other near shore areas for rainbow trout and big Northern Pikeminnow. 

 

    We are looking for lakers from 165 to 205 feet deep early in the mornings.  Later in the day, trolling tight to the bottom in depths of 210 to 250 feet works best.  Counter to conventional thought the later morning / mid-day bite has been the strongest.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around 1.2 mph.  Glow in the dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure continue to be the go to attractor here on Lake Chelan.  Put those in front of a 3 to 4 inch squid rig, bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish. This pattern has held strong for more than a month. 

 

    Those Rainbow trout are averaging a chunky 15 inches.  They can be caught from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig.  Use the trout entrails on the same slip sinker rigs to catch Pikeminnow up to 4 pounds. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to build in time at the end of the trip to re-organize for the next trip.  I think that we all scatter stuff around as we switch rigs, change baits or change rod & reel combos.  You compound your beginning of trip frustrations if you start the next trip with everything in disarray.  Take the time when you are putting the boat to bed to throw away the garbage and put your rigs back in their place and re-rig your rod & reels with your #1 set up.  Getting that old bait taken care of is a big deal to prevent it from becoming a science project and requiring you to call a decontamination team prior to taking the boat out again.  It will help make you a better angler.  I know you are tired at the end of a long day on the water… 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to remember they are all different.  I have grandkids that I have to put on the sergeant persona to get their attention.  There are others that would be crushed by that approach.  Sometimes to get the content of the message heard, I avoid direct eye contact and almost whisper the correction in their ear.  The idea is to be effective.  Being a good actor can help.  

 

    The safety tip of the week is to get that spare set of clothes ready to go with you now that the weather is cooling.  Getting wet in cold weather can be miserable and lead to hypothermia.

 

Pictured:  10-6-14 -  Sara and Gabe Nesbitt of Moses Lake with their catch of the morning.

 

Also Pictured:  10-7-14 - Jeff's catch of Pikeminnow after playing water taxi.

 

Finally Pictured:  10-11-14 - The old man himself with a Kinnakeet pond caught Sheepshead...  Hi from Avon, NC. 

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Upper Columbia and Selected Tributaries Open For Steelhead

posted by Mike on 10/11/2014

Upper Columbia River and selected tributaries to open for hatchery steelhead fishing

 

Action: Allow retention of hatchery steelhead.

Species affected: Hatchery steelhead

General Rules:

1) Mandatory retention of hatchery steelhead, identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin.

2) Daily limit two (2) hatchery steelhead.

3) Selective gear rules and night closure are in effect for all steelhead fishery areas, except the use of bait is allowed on mainstem Columbia River.

4) Adipose present steelhead must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.

5) Release all steelhead with a floy (anchor) tag attached and/or one or more round 1/4 inch in diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin.

6) Motorized vessels are not allowed on the Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers (Chelan Co ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat restrictions)

Effective dates and locations:

1) The mainstem Columbia River from Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam; October 8, 2014 until further notice.

2) The Wenatchee River from the mouth to the Wenatchee River at the Icicle Road Bridge, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam; October 8, 2014 until further notice.

3) The Entiat River from the mouth to approximately 1/2 mile upstream to a point perpendicular with the intersection of the Entiat River Road and Hedding Street; October 8, 2014 until further notice.

4) The Methow River from the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop; October 8, 2014 until further notice. Fishing from a floating device is prohibited from the second powerline crossing (1 mile upstream from the mouth) to the first Hwy 153 Bridge (4 miles upstream from the mouth).

5) The Okanogan River from the mouth to the Highway 97 Bridge in Oroville; October 8, 2014 until further notice.

6) The Similkameen River, from its mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam; November 1, 2014 until further notice.

Reason for action: Hatchery-origin steelhead in excess of desired escapement are forecast to return to the upper Columbia River. The fishery will reduce the number of excess hatchery-origin steelhead and consequently increase the proportion of natural-origin steelhead on the spawning grounds. Higher proportions of naturally produced spawners are expected to improve genetic integrity and stock recruitment of upper Columbia River steelhead through perpetuation of steelhead stocks with the greatest natural-origin lineage.

Other information:

Anglers should be aware that fishing rules are subject to change and that rivers can close at any time due to impacts on natural origin steelhead. Adhering to the mandatory retention of adipose clipped steelhead is vital in allowing the fishery to continue and to provide the maximum benefit to natural origin fish.

All anglers must possess a valid fishing license and a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement to participate in these fisheries. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River Basin.

Information contacts: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337; Ryan Fortier, District 6 Fish Biologist, (509) 997-0316; Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624.

Squiding - Yes It Has Started

posted by Mike on 10/11/2014

Squiding has been off to an early start this season here in Puget Sound. We have been going though good numbers of squid jigs over the past month. We have been seeing very consistant fishing for some time at the normal locations with Edmonds, A Dock at Shilshole, Seattle Waterfront, Seacrest Pier and Des Moines on this side of the Sound with Bremerton, Illahee and Brownsville all turning out squid on the Kitsap side. As in any fishery there is no knowing what night is going to be the best and turn out good numbers. Some nights there can be good fishing only to be disrupted when seals come in to forage on the bounty.  Most of the squid that we have been seeing are the mid range size in the 5 to 6 inch range.

 

So if you are wanting to do something in the evenings you might want to give a few hours of squiding a try off one of the local piers. The season is just getting started and will generally run through mid January when the squid go into the spawn. When finished spawning they die, this years spawn provides next years fishing as they only live about a year in their life cycle.

 

Ted's has a great selection of squid jigs as well as lots of product on hand if you want to build some of your own.

Additional Trout Fishing Opportunities This Fall

posted by Mike on 10/11/2014

ON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


 

October 10, 2014
Contact: Chris Donley, 509-892-1001, ext. 307

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WDFW to release torrent of trout;
nearly four times more fish stocked this fall

 

 

OLYMPIA - With some 340,000 trout scheduled for stocking in western Washington lakes, area anglers should have an excellent chance at phenomenal fishing this fall and through the holiday season.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will stock 47 western Washington lakes with catchable-size trout. That includes 19 lakes where the catch limit will be increased to 10 trout beginning Oct. 18.

"Our fish stocking plans entail releasing nearly four times more fish than were released last fall in western Washington," said Chris Donley, WDFW's inland fish program manager. "Fishing at dozens of lakes throughout the region should be great over the next few months."

Lakes stocked as of Oct. 1 include Island, Lost, Nahwatzel, and Spencer Lake in Mason County, Kitsap Lake in Kitsap County, Rattlesnake Lake in King County, and Gibbs, Leland and Teal Lakes in Jefferson County. Additional stocking efforts will focus on different regions and counties in western Washington and will continue through October and November.

A list of lakes to be stocked, those lakes offering the bonus bag limit, and the department's recently updated stocking plan is available for viewing at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/fall-into-fishing/.

WDFW has a higher number of fish to stock into lakes this fall because of a legal settlement last spring that prevented releasing early winter hatchery steelhead into most Puget Sound rivers in 2014.

More than 300,000 of those steelhead, an ocean going form of rainbow trout, will instead be released into western Washington lakes in the coming weeks.

"We realized these fish presented a unique opportunity for Washington's anglers," said Donley. The department held the steelhead over the summer and reared them to "catchable trout size" to be released into lakes in the Puget Sound area for harvest this fall.

Donley said he expects angling to be great throughout the fall and winter months at all of these lakes. "Most of the trout are 11 to 13 inches long, with a few larger ones in the mix," he said.

The fall fish plants are in response to anglers' requests to increase fall and winter trout fishing opportunities in western Washington, said Donley. That effort also includes stocking lakes in southwest Washington for the Nov. 28 Black Friday opener, which offers anglers the opportunity to skip the shopping malls, get outside, and enjoy fishing on the day after Thanksgiving.

For those fishing closer to the Puget Sound area, thousands of trout are available in lakes that can be pursued throughout fall and winter, said Donley. "We encourage anglers young and old, inexperienced or well-seasoned, to get out and take advantage of these great fisheries," he added.

For up-to-date stocking information this fall, anglers should follow the department on Twitter or Facebook, accessible from http://wdfw.wa.gov, or see the department's weekly catchable trout stocking report at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/.

Anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2015, to participate in these events.

Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license vendors across the state. For details on license vendor locations, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/.

 

Puget Sound Crabbing Re-Opens In Many Puget Sound Areas

posted by Mike on 10/04/2014

With the re-opening of many of our Puget Sound Marine Areas to crabbing as of October 1st we have had good reports coming out of many areas. Marine Area 8-1 has seen many limits of very niced sized crab coming from the NW area of Camano Island. Make sure that you read your regulations well as to know which areas are open and which are closed. We have already seen a good deal of confusion from customers concerning this matter. Read the regulations for yourself, do not take it from a buddy that an area is open!

 

Most areas of Puget Sound reopen
Oct. 1 for late-season crab fishing

 

 

OLYMPIA - Most marine areas of Puget Sound will reopen for recreational crab fishing Oct. 1, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

The openings were approved by fishery managers after summer catch assessments by WDFW indicated more crab are available for harvest, said Rich Childers, shellfish manager for the department.

Waters reopening to sport crabbing Oct. 1 at 8 a.m. include marine areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 12 (Hood Canal), and 13 (South Puget Sound).

In each area, crabbing will be allowed seven days a week through Dec. 31.

Sport crabbing will not reopen at this time in marine areas 10 (Seattle/Bremerton Area) and 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island).

The daily catch limit in Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches. In addition, fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across. Additional information is available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/.

All Dungeness crab caught in the late-season fishery must be recorded on winter catch cards, which are valid through Dec. 31. Winter cards – free to those with crab endorsements – are available at license vendors across the state.

First Razor Clam Dig Of The Season OK'd

posted by Mike on 10/04/2014

October 02, 2014
Contact: Dan Ayres, (360) 249-4628

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WDFW approves razor clam digs starting Tuesday

 

 

OLYMPIA – The first razor clam dig of the season will get under way Oct. 7 at Twin Harbors and Long Beach, with additional opportunities the following weekend at two other beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests on all four beaches confirmed the clams are safe to eat.

Digging days and evening low tides for beaches scheduled to open are:

  • Oct. 7, 2014, Tuesday; 6:26 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 8, 2014, Wednesday; 7:13 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 9, 2014, Thursday; 7:58 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 10, 2014, Friday; 8:43 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 11, 2014, Saturday; 9:28 pm, -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Oct. 12, 2014, Sunday; 10:15 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers arrive at the beach an hour or two before low tide for best results. However, digging is not allowed on any beach before noon.

“Low tides will occur fairly late in the day, so diggers should be prepared to dig in the dark,” Ayres said.

Ayres noted that WDFW has tentatively scheduled another set of digs beginning Oct. 22, pending the results of future toxin tests. The department also has released a list of prospective digs through Dec. 31. That list is available on WDFW’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.

Anyone interested in taking up razor clam digging can get some tips from WDFW’s Great Getaways webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/vacation/coast_razor_clamming.html

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 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/.

Under state law, diggers 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. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person's daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card.

 

Ted's has all of your clam digging needs for this season. Stop by and we'll be glad to help you.

Whidbey Coho

posted by Mike on 09/26/2014

The salmon fishing off the western beaches of Whidbey Island has still been good with good numbers of coho being landed every day. Though the fishing hasn't been as good as last years banner season, the fishing has at least been consistant. Anglers are throwing Rotators of Buzz Bombs in a variety of colors with most anglers favoring chartreuse tones. Many are also adding small micro or mini squid patterns over their hook in a variety of colors for a tad bit more of enhancement.

 

We had a couple of the regulars that were at Bush Point this morning and managed to catch three in a short time and were here at the shop just after we opened to restock their tackle selection. They said that they also saw a good number of fish landed by the anglers around them with many catching their limits and leaving quite early.

 

This fishery should be good for at least the next couple of weeks then slow down toward the end of October, though there will bean occasional coho caught into December.

Lake Chelan Report 9/25/2014 From Anton Jones

posted by Mike on 09/25/2014

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 9/25/14

    What’s hot is trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan.  We look for fish from 130 to 185 feet deep early in the mornings.  Later in the day, trolling tight to the bottom in depths of 185 to 245 feet is the ticket.   

 

    As always, fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around 1.2 mph.  Glow in the dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure are the go to attractor here on Lake Chelan.  Put those in front of a 3 to 4 inch squid rig, bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish.  Worden Lures Flatfish in U20 and T4 are very effective in the LUCH and GPLF color patterns.  Also effective is Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to use a pair of ball bearing swivels when tying up your squid rig leaders.  Line twist is one of the primary enemies of anglers that ply the ultra-deep fishery of Lake Chelan.   

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to remember the Boy Scouts simple teaching technique of “tell, show and do” to help kids learn the skill sets necessary to become accomplished anglers.  Usually, all kids need to do to get over squeamishness is to get familiar with it.  Handling fish is one of those skills.  Tell them about what the fish feels like.  Let them know what can and can’t hurt them.  Then show them you handling the fish.  Then encourage them to handle the fish.  A recipe for success!  

 

    The safety tip of the week is to make sure you have a ditch bag with the gear necessary to survive a sinking.  Flotation and a signaling device at a minimum are necessary.  If you are headed uplake have a bag with minimal overnight gear in the event of a breakdown.  It is remote up there…   Be safe!

 

9/18/14 - Taylor Wilson, Elie Aboulafia and Audrey Aboulafia of Seattle with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.  They are accomplished anglers, having fished with us a number of times!

 

9/19/14 - Caroline and Craig O'Brine of Yakima with their catch of the day!

 

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Tentative Razor Clam Seasons Through December 31st

posted by Mike on 09/25/2014

WDFW tentatively schedules razor clam digs through Dec. 31

 

 

September 24, 2014

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OLYMPIA – The first razor clam dig of the season is tentatively scheduled next month with additional digs planned through New Year’s Eve.

In announcing the initial digging schedule, state fishery managers emphasized that final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on results of marine toxin tests that show the clams are safe to eat.

“We’re announcing this proposed schedule to give people time to makes plans,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “However, none of the digs are confirmed until we announce the results of the toxin tests.”

During the first set of digs, scheduled Oct. 7 through Oct. 12, both Twin Harbors and Long Beach will be open all six days, with additional harvest opportunities at Mocrocks and Copalis. Through the end of the year, WDFW has tentatively scheduled a total of 41 days of razor clam digs.

Beach surveys indicate an average razor clam population at Copalis this year while Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks show excellent numbers of clams, Ayres said.

“Overall, there are a lot of clams out there and we expect this to be another great season,” he said.

Under state law, diggers 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. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person's daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card.

Razor clam diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on state beaches. Fishing licenses of various kinds are available on the department's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state. A new WDFW video, which demonstrates how to teach your kids to harvest razor clams, is available at http://youtu.be/gl9p_PparVk.

WDFW recently sought public comments on the upcoming razor clam season.  Ayres said he appreciates that so many people sent in comments.

“We have done our best to incorporate as many of those suggestions as possible in the months ahead,” Ayres said.

Below is the schedule of proposed razor clam digs, along with evening low tides and beaches:

  • Oct. 7, 2014, Tuesday; 6:26 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 8, 2014, Wednesday; 7:13 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 9, 2014, Thursday; 7:58 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 10, 2014, Friday; 8:43 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 11, 2014, Saturday; 9:28 pm, -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Oct. 12, 2014, Sunday; 10:15 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 22, 2014, Wednesday; 6:31 p.m., 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 23, 2014, Thursday; 7:07 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 24, 2014, Friday; 7:44 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 25, 2014, Saturday; 8:22 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Oct. 26, 2014, Sunday; 9:03 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 27, 2014, Monday; 9:47 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 28, 2014, Tuesday; 10:36 p.m., -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 4, 2014, Tuesday; 4:26 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 5, 2014, Wednesday; 5:14 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 6, 2014, Thursday; 5:59 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 7, 2014, Friday; 6:42 p.m., -1.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 8, 2014, Saturday; 7:24 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Nov. 9, 2014, Sunday; 8:05 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 10, 2014, Monday; 8:47 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 11, 2014, Tuesday; 9:31 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 20, 2014, Thursday; 5:06 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 21, 2014, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 22, 2014, Saturday; 6:24 p.m., -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Nov. 23, 2014, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 24, 2014, Monday; 7:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 25, 2014, Tuesday; 8:32 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 26, 2014, Wednesday; 9:19 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 3, 2014, Wednesday; 4:14 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 4, 2014, Thursday; 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 5, 2014, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 6, 2014, Saturday; 6:26 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Dec. 7, 2014, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 8, 2014, Monday; 7:44 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 9, 2014, Tuesday; 8:21 pm, -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 19, 2014, Friday; 4:41 p.m., 0.0.feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 20, 2014, Saturday, 5:23 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Dec. 21, 2014, Sunday, 6:06 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 22, 2014, Monday, 6:48 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 23, 2014, Tuesday, 7:31 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 31, 2014, Wednesday, 3:05 p.m., 0.6 feet,  Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis

 

For more information on razor clam digging, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.

2014 Everett Coho Derby Results

posted by Mike on 09/22/2014

Here's the run down on the Everett Coho Derby's results from this past weekend. Congratulations to all of you that placed in the derby and a big "Thanks" to everyone that made the derby a success!
 
21st Annual Coho Derby Leaderboard
Starts: Sept 20, 2014 10:00AM
Ends: Sept 21, 2014 2:00PM

Derby Statistics
Statistics as of: Sep 22, 8:12 am (Refreshes every minute)
Total Number of Adult Participants: 1,939
Total Number of Youth Participants: 252
Total Number of Fish Caught: 928
Total Combined Weight of Fish Caught: 5,677 lbs
Average Weight of Fish Caught: 6.12 lbs

Adult Leaders
Rank Weight Time Participant
1) 11.96 lbs 9/21 11:15 GARY HAMLIN - MARYSVILLE, WA (#2192)
2) 11.82 lbs 9/21 12:45 MATTHEW THOURA - SNOHOMISH, WA (#3993)
3) 11.63 lbs 9/20 15:14 LILLIE LUDWIG - SNOHOMISH, WA (#4069)
4) 11.10 lbs 9/21 10:37 RUSTY BREEDLOVE - MUKILTEO, WA (#2293)
5) 10.48 lbs 9/21 12:19 NEVIN BOOTH - POULSBO, WA (#2205)
6) 10.44 lbs 9/21 10:44 DAVID RAU - GRANITE FALLS, WA (#3501)
7) 10.32 lbs 9/21 10:32 CHARLES PETERSON - LYNNWOOD, WA (#3786)
8) 10.29 lbs 9/21 12:00 GARY BUZZARD - MARYSVILLE, WA (#2544)
9) 10.26 lbs 9/21 10:26 BILLLY WALLACE - LAKE STEVENS, WA (#3334)
10) 10.18 lbs 9/21 12:36 RICKE LANKFORD - GRANITE FALLS, WA (#2134)

Youth Leaders
Rank Weight Time Participant
1) 8.97 lbs 9/21 15:33 SAMANTHA BRATTON - EVERETT, WA (#5011)
2) 8.81 lbs 9/20 11:58 RENNA SKINNER - RENTON, WA (#5071)
3) 8.34 lbs 9/21 15:34 NOAH BRATTON - EVERETT, WA (#5012)
4) 8.26 lbs 9/20 15:07 TRUSS ABEMROTH - EDMONDS, WA (#5272)
5) 8.08 lbs 9/20 15:52 MALLORY WARNOCK - FERNDALE, WA (#5301)
6) 8.04 lbs 9/20 15:42 DANTE HENTON - BELLEVUE, WA (#5282)
7) 7.86 lbs 9/20 13:25 MADELYN MANG - MARYSVILLE, WA (#5221)
8) 7.77 lbs 9/20 15:59 GARY DEERKOP - GRANITE FALLS, WA (#5016)
9) 7.60 lbs 9/20 13:29 FINNEGAN THOMA - SNOHOMISH, WA (#5306)
10) 7.51 lbs 9/20 10:00 TREY OBRIEN - MARYSVILLE, WA (#5096)

Dick Nite Leader
Rank Weight Time Participant
1) 7.49 lbs 9/21 11:25 BRAD FAILING - BOTHELL, WA (#3965)

Silver Horde Leader
Rank Weight Time Participant
1) 11.96 lbs 9/21 11:15 GARY HAMLIN - MARYSVILLE, WA (#2192)

Team Leaders
Rank Best Combined Weight Team
1) 31.26 lbs BOATS AND HOS (#2)
2) 24.57 lbs WE LOVE YOGA PANTS (#6)
3) 24.25 lbs GO HAWKS (#3)
4) 23.76 lbs SALMON ASSASSIN (#5)
5) 17.54 lbs TEAM PIZZA (#9)
6) 15.64 lbs TEAM OFF THE GRID (#4)
7) 14.83 lbs TEAM MOSKOWITZ (#7)
8) 14.43 lbs TEAM CUT PLUG (#1)

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Good Luck To Everyone Fishing The Everett Coho Derby

posted by Mike on 09/19/2014

With the good weather predicted this weekend and a good number of Coho in the local marine areas should be the makings of a good derby this weekend! We wish everyone in the derby "Good Luck"! When we get the results we will post them on the site.

Lake Chelan Report for 9/15/2014

posted by Mike on 09/16/2014

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 9/15/14

     What’s hot is trolling the face of the State Park Bay in the morning for pre-spawn lakers. 

The face of Manson Bay continues to provide ample action in the evenings.  The fringes of the Bar and the tip of Wapato Pt. have also been productive at times. 

 

    Mature Lakers are beginning to stack into the State Park Bay for their fall spawning ritual.  We look for fish from 130 to 185 feet deep.  Until they turn their activities to spawning, they are really putting on the feed bag.  Likewise, fishing evenings along Manson Bay catches those feeder Mackinaw chowing down on scads of Mysis Shrimp.  They will almost all have very bright red flesh and provide succulent fare on the grill.  Jeff has done really well pounding the fringes of the Bar early and then fading into the Barrens to get his fish.  We have also found those piles of fish located off the tip of Wapato Point to be susceptible to a well presented squid rig. 

 

    As always, fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around 1.2 mph.  Glow in the dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure are the go to attractor here on Lake Chelan.  Put those in front of a 3 to 4 inch squid rig, bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to use a couple of beads between the Mack’s Lure Smile Blade and the squid rig.  This allows the blade to turn freely to do it’s job as an attractor.  Remember that Lake trout in this ultra deep fishery find our lures by vibration using their lateral line.  The Smile Blade’s enticing action can bring them in from far away if it can turn freely.  

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to use purposefully ignoring some things to extinguish the behavior.  It is a judgment call.  Obviously if safety is at issue you have to intervene.  However, I have seen a lot of children, particular pre-school thru primary grades that are attention starved.  They will try anything to get attention.  Even negative attention reinforces this behavior.  If the behavior is not reinforced, it will extinguish.  Sometimes it increases in frequency and duration before it ceases, but ignoring does work if you have the persistence for it.    

 

    The safety tip of the week is to make sure your navigation lights are in order before needing them.  These shorter days put us out there in fading light.  Be safe!

Pictured:  8/31/14  -  Spencer, Chris (18) & Andrew (13) Braden of Fife, WA with their mornings catch of Lakers

 

Also Pictured:  9/13/14  -  Ken, Lily and Dylan (5) Neault of Renton, WA with their evenings catch of Mackinaw.

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Edmonds Coho Derby - Saturday September 6th

posted by Mike on 09/05/2014

We still have have Edmond's Coho Derby tickets on hand for tomorrows event. Tickets are $30.00 per person and everyone on board must have one. There have been lots of Coho in the area this week and when coupled with outstanding weather that we are going to see should make for some outstanding derby conditions.

 

 

Crab Catch Records Due By September 30th

posted by Mike on 09/03/2014

It's time to send in your summer crab catch record cards to the WDFW in Olympia. You have until September 30th to submit the card either by mail to Olympia or via the internet.

 

For those of you that forget you'll pay a $10.00 administrative fee next year when you go to renew your license.

Crabbing In Most Of Puget Sound To Close At Sunset September 1st.

posted by Mike on 08/28/2014

OLYMPIA - Most areas of Puget Sound will close to recreational crab fishing at sunset on Labor Day (Sept. 1), with summer catch reports due by midnight Oct. 1.

The only two areas of the Sound that will remain open to crab fishing after Labor Day are marine areas 7-North and 7-South near the San Juan Islands. Sport fishers who crab in those two areas after Sept. 1 must record their catch on winter catch record cards.

All sport fishers licensed to fish for Dungeness crab anywhere in Puget Sound have through Oct. 1 to submit summer catch reports to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

"Catch reports play a major role in determining how much crab is still available for harvest during the winter season," said Rich Childers, WDFW's shellfish policy lead. "It's important that we receive reports from everyone licensed to fish for crab in Puget Sound - whether or not they caught crab this year."

Childers said WDFW will announce winter crab seasons for Puget Sound in early October, after completing its assessment of the summer fishery.

Crabbers can submit catch record cards to WDFW by mail at CRC Unit, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091. They can also report their catch online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wdfw/puget_sound_crab_catch.html from Sept. 2 through Oct. 1.

Crabbers who fail to file their catch reports on time will face a $10 fine when they purchase a 2015 Puget Sound crab endorsement.

Sport crabbers who fish for Dungeness crab in any area of Puget Sound after Sept. 1 must record their harvest on winter catch record cards, Childers said. Winter cards, which are free to those with crab endorsements, are available at sporting goods stores and other license vendors across the state.

For more information about recreational crabbing in Puget Sound, see WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/

 

Edmonds Coho Bite

posted by Mike on 08/28/2014

The Coho have made a good showing off the Edmonds area the past few days and there was a good bite there this morning. We had a couple of our customers give us a call early this morning to tell us that they had caught their limits of Coho and had seen other boats also catching fish. For those of you that are looking to do a little silver fishing this weekend it looks as if things are in your favor.

 

As this is the start of our ocean silver run and should only get better this next month. Hopefully, we can only hope that this seasons silver fishing is as good as the past two.

Chelan Reports August 26th, 2014

posted by Mike on 08/26/2014

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 8/26/14
 

    What’s hot is the emerging morning pattern of fishing the Bar at first light for an hour, move to the tip of Wapato Pt. for an hour or two then transition to the face of Manson Bay as the morning ripens. 

 

    We have moved to fishing baited squid rigs almost exclusively.  The front of those squid rigs are a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade, usually in glow.  Then we invert a small Action Disk by wigglefin.com.  A couple of beads act as a bearing to allow the blade and disk to rotate without twisting the line.  Then glow squids from 2.5 to 3.5 inches are used.  We put a Worden Lures corky behind that then tie a tandem Matuo 2/0 sickle hooks about 2” apart to complete the ensemble.  We bait the front hook with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice mixed with petroleum jelly as a cover scent. 

 

    With it still being pretty dark for our 5:30 AM morning starts, the Bar has been good to great for the first hour of light.  Depths in the 120’s to 140’s work best.  Then moving to the tip of Wapato Pt. seems to produce pretty well from about 6:30 to 8AM.  This is all in the 120’s.  Then sliding over into Manson Bay works until 9 or 10 AM.  Depths vary all the way from 130 to 270 there.  With these squid rigs your target speed should be 1.3 mph.  As always the key is maintaining proximity to the bottom. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to use Sam’s Pro Release by Silver Horde for your downrigger release.  This very simple “set tension” release is simple to use and will help eliminate time wasting false releases.  

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to give them air time when they are interrupting groups of adults.  A quick “wait your turn” reprimand is in order, but you must come back to them rather quickly so they can say their piece.  It is important in the long, sometimes painful process of civilizing small children.  

 

    The safety tip of the week is to remember to keep safe distances when traveling with another boat.  I’ve watched a number of boats running parallel courses at the same speed this summer.  I cringe to think what would have happened if someone made a quick sweve because of a bee or because a log was in front.  Give yourself time to react if something unexpected happens!  Enjoy the last of summer as Labor Day approaches…

 

Pictured:  8/25/14:  The Youngberg clan from Anacortes with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.

 

Also Pictured:  8/21/14:  Brian Riseland with son Evan (13) and Steve Schwartz with son Zach (6) from Woodinville with their mornings catch of Lakers.

 

 
 

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Whidbey Island Coho

posted by Mike on 08/23/2014

While we are still a while from seeing the peak of the Coho season at least we are seeing better numbers of fish being landed from Whidbey beaches over the past week. At the present time the better numbers of Coho are still in the western Straits with good numbers of fish being landed at Sekiu. In talking with a number of freinds at Port Angeles and Sequim over the past number of days they are not seeing any great numbers of fish yet! There are a few fish to be caught, but not in good numbers by any means. I would have to say by next weekend we should see the first real push of good numbers of silvers and with that better fishing.

 

The western beaches of Whidbey have all been turning out at least a few fish this past week and if you have a hankering to do some beach fishing you at least have a reasonable chance of catching one at any of the popular ones on the western portion of the island. The most popular are Bush Point, Lagoon Point and Fort Casey though there a a great number of other places to fish with a little looking on your part.

 

The most popular beach lures tend to be Rotators in chartreuse, pink, pearl or chrome colors with various mylar stickers as well as Buzz Bombs in the 2 1/2 or 3L sizes in a variety of finishes. One thing that many angles do to enhance their lures is to add a small 1 1/2 or 2 inch hoochie over their hook. Yamashita (Gold Star) offers a great variety of colors of these smaller hoochies that lend themselves to this lure enhancement. Olympic tackle also builds some small flies that also makes a geat addition to you Rotator or Buzz Bomb.

 

Float fishing with a small herring under a float with a 1/2 to 1 ounce lead drifted with the tide also is a great way to target these coho.

 

Stop by if you have any interest in this popular fishery and we'll be happy to help you out in not only showing you how to rig up but also when and where to go.

 

Here's a photo from Eric this week with a smaller beach caught Coho from the Island. This is one of a number that he has recently landed.

Elgin Fishing - God's Tooth Spoons

posted by Mike on 08/18/2014

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Elgin Fishing has recently introduced a series of spoons designed for our Northwest trout and salmon fisheries. These new spoons are sold under the name of "God's Tooth" and come in 12 fish catching colors. These spoons are unique in that you can rig them with the hook at either end of the spoon to get the action you desire. For faster or quicker action fish the hook at the broad end and for a slower action attach it to the narrow end. These lures are rigged with a "Gamakatsu' siwash hook and have outstanding high quality finishes. they are reasonably priced at $3.69 ea.

 

Stop by and take a look!

Coho Hitting The Beaches

posted by Mike on 08/18/2014

This past weekend was the first we have heard of good numbers of silvers being caught off the beaches of Whidbey Island. This should be just the start of things and should only get better as the season goes on. The fishing should be at it's prime this next month. Though the most popular spots tend to be Bush Point, Lagoon Point and Fort Carey there are many other spots on the Island that also produce well. With a little searching you can find some productive spots where you can fish with less competition.

 

There are a number of productive lures to fish, however the most popular lure is a Rotator. The most popular finish is Chartreuse with various colored mylar stickers but hot pink, white and chrome finishes are also popular. Buzz Bombs are also a widely used lure; Krocodile spoons, Kastmasters and herrring fished under a float are also popular choices.

 

Stop by and ask any of the Ted's crew and they will be happy to help you out as to how to rig up as well as places to go.

 

 

Coho Starting To Show

posted by Mike on 08/18/2014

Coho are starting to show in increasing numbers in the catches in the Straits as well as the inside waters of Marine Area 9 & 10. Though it is not exactly hot by any means at least we are starting to see at least a fair number of fish being caught. We should just continue to see better fishing over the next few weeks and through the month of September.

 

Ted's has lots of coho tackle in stock and will be more than happy to give you a hand on rigging things up.

 

Lake Chelan Fishing Report from 8/17/14

posted by Mike on 08/18/2014

   LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 8/17/14

 

    What’s hot is trolling the fringes of the Bar for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan early in the morning.  Later in the morning, fishing the Barrens has been productive.  Trolling the face of Manson Bay in the afternoon has also worked. 

 

    During the first two and last two hours of light trolling the area from 135 to 155 feet deep around the Bar has gotten the biggest fish to bite.  Later in the morning, move downlake into the indeterminate flat (aka:  The Barrens).  Late in the afternoon and into the evening, work the face of Manson Bay in depths of 165 to 255 feet deep to find biters.  On the Bar, Worden Lures U20 and T4 flatfish in purple glow have produced most of our big fish, fished off the outrigger rods.  Silver Horde’s Needlefish hootchies in glow green rigged with a Mack’s Lures glow Smile Blade and baited with a strip of Northern Pikeminnow have produced numbers of fish off the downrigger rods.  Fishing the ledges at the upper end of the trench and the face of Manson Bay entails some rapid depth changes so the outrigger rods become more difficult to manage.  We are catching our fish in those locations with those needlefish and Mack’s Lures cha cha Squidders.  We put a Mack’s Lure big glow Smile Blade in front and smear everything with Pautzke’s Krill juice as a cover scent.  This pattern has been softening as the summer ripens so we are hunting and pecking for fish more. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to look for subtle shifts in location to get the bite back on.  Rather than make a big move when you come up blank on a known trolling pattern, troll parallel to your previous path on one side or the other.  Then shift to the other side on a parallel track if that doesn’t work.  It is part of the art of trolling.  

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to remember those little bodies have less of a fluid buffer than adults.  That means more frequent drinking is in order to prevent all the issues that come with dehydration.  The volume of fluids can be much less, but the frequency of intake has to be greater during this hot Chelan summer weather.  We do not want fussy, headachy and nauseous kids. 

 

    The safety tip of the week is to keep a very sharp look out for floating debris.  The torrential rains during this reporting period added some new “boat busters” out there.  Now that we are into August, the wood is more waterlogged and set very low in the water.  Look for little disturbances in the wave pattern to save you from big repairs. 

 

Pictured:  8/15/14:  Igor, Slavin, Rustam (7), and Nazar (5) Mimalo of Seattle with their fish.  Coats in August...  Crazy weather. 

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Chelan Fishing Report From Anton Jones 8/11/14

posted by Mike on 08/12/2014

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 8/11/14

    What’s hot is trolling for Mackinaw along the face of Manson Bay on Lake Chelan in the evening.  Also hot is the morning bite for Lake Trout on the “Bar” on Lake Chelan. 

 

    Pounding piles of fish in Manson Bay with Silver Horde’s Needlefish Squid rigs fronted with a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has produced great numbers of fish in the evening.  Worden Lures Flatfish in either T4 or U20 have also picked up their fair share of fish. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to remember swivels and simplicity to ease the frustration of fishing the deep water of Lake Chelan.  Yes, dodgers and flashers will work on Lake Chelan.  They also will create some of the most incredible tangles that you have ever seen.  A Mack’s Lure Smile Blade in front of your presentation will displace water and attract fish, but will not plane you into your other lines nearly as often.  Ditto with round downrigger balls.  Using ball bearing swivels will prevent line twist.  We use 2 in our squid rigs.  Tangles and extreme line twist are “devourers” of your valuable fishing time. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to use distraction with those primary grade age boys to get them off of annoying repetition or other off track behaviors.  On the boat, my standard distraction is “look at the deer over there!”  Resets the computer and off we go… 

 

    Your safety tip of the week is to put an adult in charge of keeping all the kids clear when you are backing a boat up.  This applies at the ramp and at home in the driveway.  You are too busy watching your mirrors to keep track of the little ones.  If there are no other adults handy put the kids in a spot in front and keep them there.  Better safe than sorry.

 

Pictured:  8/5/14 - Matt and Larry Koehler with Matt's 12 and 8 year old.  They are from Sultan, WA.

 

Also Pictured:  8/5/14 - The 12 year old with his 19 pound Laker

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Marine Area 10 To Close For Chinook - Last Day Thursday, August 7th

posted by Mike on 08/06/2014

We will reach our impacts on Chinook in Marine Area 10 tomorrow at midnight August 7th and the area will close for the retention of Chinook. With the poor Chinook fishing that we have had since it opened we have taken a lot longer to reach our impact numbers this season. I would have bet money that we would have only had a week to ten days of fishing before the season closed. Marine Area 9 looks as if we may make it through August 15 (published closing date) with the way the numbers are playing out.

 

For those of you that want to fish Chinook in Area10 tomorrow (the last day) you might give the Richmond Beach Oil Docks down to Boeing Creek a try as we had very good reports coming from that area this morning. We had a number of folks in this AM that had their limits in that area and all said that they was good numbers of fish being landed by other boats around them.

 

Don't get too upset with the Chinook closures as we are starting to see the first of our ocean Coho showing in the local catches and it sould ramp up over the next few weeks. The number of Coho being caught at Seiku are steadily increasing which means they are on their way.

 

Here's the offical notice from WDFW!

 

Chinook harvest closes in Marine Area 10

 

 

Action: Closes harvest of hatchery chinook in Area 10, except at Sinclair Inlet and year-round fishing piers.

Effective Date: 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, through 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton), except Sinclair Inlet, Elliott Bay Fishing Pier at Terminal 86, Seacrest Pier, Waterman Pier, Bremerton Boardwalk, and Illahee State Park Pier.

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that landed catch of chinook will meet the preseason expectations. The chinook fishery is closed to control impacts on stocks of concern and ensure compliance with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans.

Other information: Daily limit remains at 2 salmon. Release chinook and chum. Shilshole Bay remains closed. Elliott Bay remains closed, except for the specified Elliott Bay Fishery. Anglers should consult the Fishing in Washington, Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations for Sinclair Inlet, Elliott Bay Fishery, and year-round fishing piers.

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

 

 

 

Lamiglas Redline Salmon & Steelhead Rods

posted by Mike on 08/06/2014

Redline

Redline HS

In creating these rods, we were dead set on doing what has never been done before. These are not “new” rods with different cosmetics. These are handmade using a completely new production technique and graphite interlace system that simply hasn’t been technically possible until now. The mandrels used to build the blanks were custom made. Several different types of graphite materials and resins were combined to perfect the desired actions. We’ve incorporated composite graphite handles for extreme durability and longevity. The blanks are a beautiful glossy black finish that resists bait stains and cleans up easy. While they’re versatile to cover several different techniques, they’re dialed to perfection for the specific types we’ve identified below. They may be newly available, but we’ve been testing them (aka fishing our butts off) for many months. With help from our pro staff, we’ve worked the Redline HS rods over and brought countless fish to the net. They’ve passed every test we’ve conducted. At Lamiglas, we always fish with confidence. The Redline HS rods raise our confidence to a whole new level.

 

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Casting Length Pieces Lure Weight Line Weight Handle Action Power Type MSRP  
HS710MHC 7’10″ 1 1 – 5 10 – 25  1 Mod/Fast  Med/Heavy  Hover Salmon $240
 
HS94MC 9’4″ 2 1/4 – 5/8 8 – 12  1 Fast  Med  Drift $240
 
HS94MHC 9’4″ 2 3/8 – 3/4 10 – 20  1 Fast  Med/Heavy  Drift/Troll $240
 
HS94HC 9’4″ 2 1/2 – 1 3/4 12 – 30  1 Mod/Fast  Heavy  Float/Troll $240
 
HS106HC 10’6″ 2 1 – 6 12 – 30  1 Mod/Fast  Heavy  Troll $240
 
Spinning Length Pieces Lure Weight Line Weight Handle Action Power Type MSRP  
HS94MS 9’4″ 2 1/4 – 5/8 8 – 12 2 Fast  Medium  Drift/Float $240
 
HS94MHS 9’4″ 2 3/8 – 3/4 10 – 20 2 Fast  Med/Heavy  Drift/Float $240
 
HS94HS 9’4″ 2 1/2 – 1 3/4 12 – 30 2 Mod/Fast  Heavy  Drift/Float $240
 
HS98MLS 9’8″ 2 1/4 – 1/2 6 – 12 2 Mod/Fast  Med/Light  Drift/Float $240
 
HS911MS 9’11″ 2 1/4 – 1/2 8 – 12  2 Mod/Fast  Medium  Float $240
 

 

Ted's hasthese rods for sale at $179.99 ea. Come in and take a look at these new additions to the Lamiglas line of salmon and steelhead rods.

Columbia River Report - August 4th

posted by Mike on 08/04/2014

Though it will be a couple of weeks before we are into the peak of the Buoy 10 Chinook fishing the catches that we have been seeing have in fact been quite good. Talking with Matt Chandler of Get Hooked NW Guide Service this afternoon he said he had 9 take downs this morning and ended up with three Chinook and a steelhead for his clients. He said that Saturday and Sunday both resulted in limits for his customers. He said that the Washington side of the Columbia has been more productive since the opener. Herring fished behind an in-line flasher such as a Fish Flash, Agitator or Short School Bus with leads of 12 - 16 ounces on a dropper has been the ticket. If you have any questions on setting up your outfit just stop by and the Ted's crew will be happy to fill you in.

 

Fishing is really just getting started at the present time and will only get better in the up coming weeks.

 

Matt still has a few oenings for this season give him a call at (206) 877-3027 and he'll work hard to show you a good time on the river.

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Edmonds Coho Derby - Saturday September 6th

posted by Mike on 08/04/2014

The popular Edmond's Salmon Derby will take place on Saturday, September 6th. This is one of the most popular salmon derbies in the area and takes place during one of the most productive periods of the silver salmon season. Tickets once again are just $30.00 per person. Every person in the boat must have a ticket. Fishing is allowed in the open areas of Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 10. Fishing starts at dawn and fish must be weighed in by 2:00 p.m. at either Bayside Marine in Everett or at the Port of Edmonds. Top prize for the largest Coho is $5,000.00 and there is a multitude of other cash and merchandise prizes.

 

Ted's has lots of tickets for sale - stop by and get yours soon!

Buoy 10 Report - August 1st

posted by Mike on 08/01/2014

The fishing at Buoy 10 today was quite good. I spoke with Matt Candler of Get Hooked NW Guide Service this afternoon and he said that the fishing wan't red hot by any means but wan't bad either. He had a mixture of upriver brights and tule kings(which were released) to 28 pounds. He said that he saw good numbers of fish being caught around him throughout the day. Considering that this is just the start of the fishery and the peak of it is still a few weeks off I would have to say we are in for some outstanding fishing this season.

 

If you are looking for a trip at Buoy 10 Matt still has a few openings for this season. Give him a call at (206) 877-3027 to see what days are open.

Yellow Perch Fishing at Kenmore's Log Boom Park

posted by Mike on 07/31/2014

The perch fishing off Kenmore's Log Boom Park has been quite good recently. If you are looking for something to do with the kids and end up with some good eating fillets for a fish fry then this just might be for you. This fishery is a very simple one requireing just  an average trout outfit with a couple of slip bobbers, bobber stops, slip sinkers, swivels, a few #6 or 8 worm hooks and some worms. You might have to adjust the depth of your bait a few times to figure out at what depth the fish are at but it shouldn't take too long to figue that out. If there are other anglers there before you that are doing well you can ask them or just take a look at the distance they have their bobber stops set to get into the zone a little quicker. Besides the perch one can also expect to see other species being landed such as crappie, bluegill, bass as well as an occasional trout.

 

If you have any questions on setting up your gear just stop by and we'll be happy to show you how to set up your gear.

King Fishing Improves Slightly In Marine Area 9 & 10

posted by Mike on 07/31/2014

This past week has seen an improvement in the Chinook fishing here in Marine Areas 9 & 10. Today we had some very good reports coming from a couple of areas. The Pilot Point area south of Point No Point had a very good bite on this morning's tide as did the Craven Rock area on the east side of Marrowstone Island. These were the areas which turned out the best reports while other popular areas provided just scratch fishing at best.

 

If you are wanting  a chance at local kings this season it would be best to get out there fairly quick as we are coming upon the peak of the Chinook migration in our areas and as we are under a catch guideline the fishery could be closed once the numbers are reached.

Point No Point Chinook Bite Today 28th July

posted by Mike on 07/28/2014

We had a very good report coming from Point No Point today on kings. One of our customers said that he say perhaps 25 - 30 kings caught on the outgoing tide this morning. Most of the fish he saw landed were in the 10 - 13 pound bracket with a few into the mid teens thrown in for good measure. He mentioned out of the 6 that was landed on his boat that 5 of the 6 were in fact hatchery fish. Pehaps the fishing is going to turn around from the slow start. As of this past Friday we had only reached a little over a third of our quota in Marine Area 9 and less than 20 percent in area 10. With the low catch rates that means we will get some additional time to fish. Slow fishing equates to a a longer season while good fishing equates to a short season. Sort of a duoble edge sword!

 

If you have not fished Point No Point I will have to tell you that it is a mooching show. If you are a troller please do not try and troll through the moochers! It will only cause problems. If you do want to troll then it would be best for you to fish west of the point off of Norwegian Point and down into Skunk Bay, as these areas are also good on the outgoing tide. Once the tide turns and starts to flood then it is best for a troller to move south of Point No Point and fish the Pilot Point down to Kingston drag. Generally, the moochers will call it quits at Point No Point once the tide flattens out on the bottom of the ebb. A few will fish just south of the point on the flats on the first part of the flood tide.

Marine Area 9 & 10 Reports

posted by Mike on 07/22/2014

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Here's Ted's own Ryan Christensen with a nice hatchery king a little over 20 pounds that he caught off Satchet Head yesterday AM. He also released a nice native fish slightly larger that morning.

 

Overall the reports that we have been getting out of Marine Areas 9 & 10 since the opener on the 16th have been just fair at best! I wish that I could say that the fishing has been hot, but it has been far from that. We have had a lot of our regular good fishermen that have struggled to find fish on a consistant basis. There have been a few of the guys that have been finding fish, but they have been quite lucky.

 

If there has been one area that has been a little more productive than others it has been the Point No Point down to Jefferson Head section of water off the eastern side of the Kitsap Penn.. Though even that area has been spotty.

 

 

 

Lake Chelan Area Report From Anton Jones - Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service July 20th 2014

posted by Mike on 07/21/2014

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 7/20/14

    What’s hot is trolling the tip of Wapato Point on Lake Chelan in the mid-morning for Mackinaw.  Also hot is the evening bite for Lake Trout along Manson Bay.  Finally, hot, is the early morning bite on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw either on the “Bar” on or up at Colyar Ledge on Lake Chelan. 

 

    Pounding piles of fish in Manson Bay with Silver Horde’s Needlefish Squid rigs fronted with a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has produced great numbers of fish in the evenings. The “Bar” and Colyar Ledge are hot early in the morning.  Worden Lures T4 flatfish in GPLF has proven to be the “go to” lure for enticing those big fish.  However, again, Silver Horde’s Needlefish squid rigged with a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade has been our most consistent bite producer. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is a reminder to keep in mind the most important detail when fishing Lake Chelan for Mackinaw.  That is proximity to the bottom.  We try to fish 3 to 5 feet off the bottom all the time.  Dragging will foul things up.  For every ten feet you come off the bottom, you cut your bite rate in half. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to really stay focused on sun and hot weather safety with the little kids.  Keep plenty of fluids available to keep them hydrated and sunscreen applied.  There is nothing funny about sun stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration. 

 

    Your safety tip of the week is to really keep your head on a swivel during our busiest time of the year on Lake Chelan.  Avoiding collisions is everyone’s responsibility.

 

Pictured:  7-19-14 Robert Colwell of Issaquah and Steve Clark of Chelan with their catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw including a 12.3 pound "Bar" fish.

 

Also Pictured:  Lyndon Stout and Julia Leizuira with Eve Leizuira (12); Jessica Stout (9) and Emily "big fish" Stout (8) with their morning catch of Lake Chelan Lakers.  Emily got a 16.2# and an 11.8# Mack!

 

Finally Pictured:  Eight year old Emily with her 16.2# fish!

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Road Closures May Block Access To Lake Wenatchee Due To Fires

posted by Mike on 07/17/2014

 
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Road closures may block access to
Lake Wenatchee sockeye opener

 

 

OLYMPIA - Anglers are advised that all roads are currently closed to Lake Wenatchee, where a popular sockeye salmon fishery is set to open Saturday (July 19).

With several wildfires burning in the area, state officials have closed U.S. Highway 2 east of Stevens Pass as well as Old State Route 209 ("Chumstick Road") between Leavenworth and the lake.

Washington State Parks has also closed entry to Lake Wenatchee State Park, the site of the primary boat launch on the lake.

"The sockeye fishery will open as scheduled, but anglers may have to wait for a few days to get to it," said Jeff Korth, regional fish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. "We strongly advise they check reports on fire and road conditions before they head out."

Sources of that information include:

Information on the upcoming sockeye fishery is available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

 

Lake Wenatchee Sockeye Fishery Opens Saturday July 19th

posted by Mike on 07/17/2014

July 16, 2014

 

 

Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery opens

 

Action: Lake Wenatchee opens for sockeye salmon fishing.

Effective date: July 19, 2014 (one hour before official sunrise).

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Daily limit: The daily limit per angler is 6 sockeye, 12 inches in length or greater.

Location: Lake Wenatchee (Chelan Co.)

Reason for action: Based on current sockeye passage at both Tumwater Dam and mainstem Columbia River Dams, at least 65,000 total sockeye are projected to be destined for Lake Wenatchee. This provides an estimated 42,000 sockeye to be available for harvest above the natural spawning escapement goal of 23,000 fish.

Other information: Selective gear rules (up to three single barbless hooks per line, no bait or scent allowed, knotless nets required) in effect. Anglers may fish with 2 poles so long as they possess a valid two-pole endorsement. A night closure will be in effect. Legal angling hours are one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Bull trout, steelhead, and chinook salmon must be released unharmed without removing the fish from the water.

NOTE: The Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery may be closed on short notice depending on participation and catch rates. Anglers are advised to check the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or WDFW's website daily https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/rules_all_freshwater.j

Anglers are required to possess a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement as part of their valid fishing license. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the Columbia River fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River basin.

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

Baker Lake Sockeye Continue To Come In

posted by Mike on 07/17/2014

The Baker Lake Sockeye fishery has been disapointing lately as the run has not returned in the numbers that were predicted. As of July 15th 7,093 sockeye have been trapped in the Baker River and  3,016 have been trucked to the Baker Lake. Though the numbers in the lake are low there is at least a chance to catch a fish or two if you work hard. We had a few of our customers up there this past weekend and they managed to boat 8 in three days of fishing. Not great fishing by any means but considering the number of fish that had been trucked to the lake at that time I would have to say that they did quite well.

 

July 15 showed the greatest number of fish captured in the trap. Hopefully, the run is just late and the numbers will increase greatly. Perhaps its wishful thinking on my part. Time will tell.

2nd Annual Puget Sound Speed - Crabbing Derby, Saturaday July 19th

posted by Mike on 07/14/2014

The Puget Sound Speed Crabbing Derby is a benefit function to aid the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. You can sign up for "Free" at their web site WWW.SPEEDCRABBING.COM.  There are a "Great" number of prizes that have been donated to this benefit. If you are going to go out crabbing this next Saturday why not sign up as it costs you nothing and helps out a great cause.

Ballard Locks Sockeye

posted by Mike on 07/12/2014

You might want to take the kids down to the Ballard Locks this weekend to observe the returning Lake Washington Sockeye. Though the numbers returning are well below record numbers this year, with just 24,174 counted as of the 10th, there should be good enough numbers to observe in windows of the fish ladder as well as see some making their way up the ladder. Pack a picnic lunch, grab some fish n chips or a burger to go in Ballard and eat it on the Locks ajoining grounds. It's also fun to watch the various pleasure and commercial boats coming and going through the locks. Perhaps you will see a harbour seal or sea lion taking advantage of the Sockeye below the locks.

Baker Lake Sockeye Numbers Increase Slightly

posted by Mike on 07/12/2014

The numbers of Sockeye returing to the Baker River have been well below expectations. As of July 10th, 2,736 sockeye have been trapped at the Baker River and 486 transported to Baker Lake. Though the lake opened for Sockeye on the 10th with only 486 fish in the lake one should not have expectations of great fishing at the present time. Hopefully, the numbers of returning fish will increase greatly in the next few weeks and and produce a fishery that folks were expecting. Personnally, I have my doubts that things will radically change. I hope that I am wrong!

 

If you are wanting a Sockeye fix, I would take the road trip over the mountains and fish the Columbia. As you have seen in my posts the number of Sockeye returning to the Columbia has been far greater than anyones expectations and the fish continue to pour in in good numbers.

 

If you are in need of Sockeye tackle Ted's has lots of it in stock.  From dodgers, to mirco and mini hoochies, hooks and leaders, spin n glos and coon stripe shrimp. We have it all and are happy to show you how to rig it up.

Salmon Limits Increased In Columbia Above Preist Rapids Dam

posted by Mike on 07/12/2014

Salmon daily limits increased for mainstem Columbia River above Priest Rapids Dam

 

Action: Anglers will be able to retain eight salmon and up to six adult sockeye salmon in the mainstem Columbia River above Priest Rapids Dam.

Effective dates and locations:

Mainstem Columbia River

(1) From Priest Rapids Dam to Wanapum Dam, July 11 - Aug 31, 2014.

(2) From Wanapum Dam to Wells Dam, July 11 - Oct 15, 2014.

(3) From Wells Dam to Hwy 173 Bridge in Brewster, July 16 - Aug 31, 2014.

(4) From Hwy 173 Bridge in Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam, July 11 - Oct 15, 2014.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Reason for action: Sockeye salmon returns above Priest Rapids Dam are predicted to be far in excess of needs for wild fish escapement to the spawning grounds. The population is not listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Other rules: Minimum size 12 inches. Daily limit eight salmon, up to two may be adult hatchery chinook and up to six may be sockeye. Release coho and wild adult chinook. Release all sockeye with colored anchor (floy) tag attached.

Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, Wenatchee, (509) 665-3337, Ryan Fortier, District 6 Fish Biologist, Twisp (509) 997-0316, Jeff Korth, Region Two Fish Program Manager, Ephrata, (509) 754-4624 ext. 224.

Other information: All anglers must possess a valid fishing license and a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement to participate in this fishery. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River Basin.

Columbia River below Bonneville Dam Reopens for Summer Chinnok Fishing

posted by Mike on 07/11/2014

Columbia River below Bonneville Dam summer chinook fishing reopens

 

Action: Re-opens for adult chinook retention in the Columbia River.

Effective date: July 11 through July 31, 2014.

Species affected: Adult hatchery chinook.

Area: Mainstem Columbia River from The Astoria Megler Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Daily bag limit: Minimum size is 12 inches. Daily salmonid limit is 6 fish. Up to 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or 1 of each. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook and sockeye.

Reason for action: Harvestable numbers of hatchery chinook and sockeye remain available based on the in-season forecast update, associated management agreements, and harvest estimates to date.

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

Baker Lake Sockeye Fishery

posted by Mike on 07/09/2014

Though Baker Lake technically opens tomorrow for Sockeye the numbers that are actually in the Lake are quite dismal. In fact, the number that they have in the Baker River trap is dismal. I suppose that we will just have to wait and see if the fish arrive in the near future. As of 7/7 there have been just 335 transported to the lake and 1,757 counted at the trap.

 

Right now if you are thinking sockeye a trip to Eastern Washington and the Columbia River would be in line for more productivity. The number over Bonneville Dam is in fact over 100,000 more than they predicted (425,000) and they are still going over strong. To see another 100,000 or 150,000 or more would not be unreasonable!

 

So if you are wanting sockeye it would be best to take a road trip!

Columbia River Sockeye Numbers Soar

posted by Mike on 07/05/2014

The outlook is for a very good sockeye fishery for the Columbia River.  With 423,718 sockeye going over Bonneville Dam as of yesterday we should greatly exceed the 425,000 preseason estimate. The 4th of July is generally considered the peak of the run and we could easily see another 150,000 to 200,000 before the run is over. With the 425,000 preseason estimate we should see some very good fishing opprotunities and with the additional number still to come should make a good fishery even better. We have already been hearing of good catches of sockeye below a number of the up river dams.

 

We have a good supply of sockeye gear on hand and will be more than happy to help you out on our various sockeye fisheries here in the state.

Have A Great Fourth of July

posted by Mike on 07/03/2014

All of us here at Teds hope that you have a Great Fourth with your family and friends. If you do manage to go fishing over this three day weekend we hope that it is productive.

Columbia River Chinook, Sockeye and Sturgeon Fishing Opportunities

posted by Mike on 07/03/2014

Fishing seasons extended for chinook,
sockeye, sturgeon on Columbia River

 

 

OLYMPIA - Starting July 3, anglers will get four extra days to fish for summer chinook salmon and the rest of July to fish for sockeye salmon on Columbia River below Bonneville Dam.

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon agreed to extend seasons for both salmon fisheries during a joint meeting Tuesday, when they also added four days of sturgeon fishing this month in the 46-mile reservoir behind Bonneville Dam.

In all three cases, fishing seasons were extended to allow anglers to catch fish available for harvest under joint catch guidelines, said Ron Roler, Columbia River Policy Coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

He noted that catch guidelines for sockeye salmon reflect an updated forecast of 425,000 fish, up from 347,100 previously anticipated. This year's summer chinook forecast remains at 67,500 fish.

"Salmon are returning at or above projections, which gives us room to reopen those fisheries," Roler said. "We also have 468 white sturgeon in the Bonneville Pool still available for harvest."

Fisheries for both summer chinook and sockeye salmon closed July 1, as previously scheduled, but will open July 3 under the following rules:

  • Summer chinook: Open July 3-6 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline. Anglers can keep up to two adult hatchery chinook (with clipped adipose fins) as part of the two-fish daily limit for adult salmonids.
  • Sockeye salmon: Open July 3-31 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline. Anglers can keep up to two sockeye (adipose fin clipped or not) as part of their two-fish daily limit for adult salmonids.
  • Sturgeon: The retention fishery for white sturgeon in the Bonneville Pool will be open July 11-12 and July 18-19. Anglers fishing the Bonneville Pool those days will have a daily limit of one white sturgeon with a fork length of 38 to 54 inches.

Fishing for sturgeon prohibited through July 31 from The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles to a line from the upstream dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore.

For more information about the salmon and sturgeon fisheries, check the fishing rule changes at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

Crab Season Opening Thursday July 3rd

posted by Mike on 07/01/2014

The long awaited Puget Sound crab season will open this Thursday July 3rd.  It will be open 5 days a week, Thursdays through Mondays (Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays) through Monday September 1st. Remember it's 5 Dungeness, Male only, 6 1/4" (measured inside the points) and hard shelled per lisence per day. Make sure that you promptly enter the data on your catch record card before you put your gear back in the water.

 

Make sure to check the WDFW Crab regulations for seasonal differences in the regulations in some of the area (such as the San Juan areas).

 

Ted's has everything for your crabbing needs. We have a large selection of crab pots, crab rings and castable traps. We have leaded line in both 1/4 and 5/16 inch sizes and can cut you any lenght you need. We have prebuilt crab lines and can custom build lines to your specifications, Lots of bouys in stock, bait bags, bait jars, bait boxes and bait containers in stock. Just about anything you might need!

Green Herring

posted by Mike on 07/01/2014

If you have been looking for some Vac-Packed Puget Sound Green Herring we just received a few cases just a little while ago. With the lack of this size so far this season I'am not expecting it to last very long. Grab it now while we have some!

Columbia River Shad - Numbers Rebound

posted by Mike on 06/19/2014

Shad numbers dwindled from June 13th through June 17th where just a mere 37 - 65 thousand went through Bonneville a day during this time frame. This decline occured with the extreme minus tides that occured at the end of last week, over the weekend and the first of this week. Now that the tides have weaked the shad numbers have increase with 123,633 counted through Bonneville yesterday. To date we have had over 2 million through the dam.

 

Fishing has still been good for those going down and should continue with fishable numbers until around the 4th of July.

 

Though we have been cleaned of many of our shad darts we still have a good supply of some colors on hand.

New Strike Indicator for Fly Fishing

posted by Mike on 06/19/2014

Ted's has the "New" Air - Lock Strike Indicators in stock.  These are a very inovative indicator that can be very easily attached or adjusted on your leader. We have them in 3/4 and 1 inch diameter models and in four colors in orange, pink, yellow and white. Stop by and take a look!

 

Priced at $2.99eaimage

Skagit River Sockeye - Reports - Wednesday June 18th

posted by Mike on 06/18/2014

We have had better reports coming from the Skagit river the past few days with fish becoming more numerous the past few days. This popular fishery was very slow over this past weekend with only a few fish being caught. In speaking with Mike Morgan who is Ted's bait supplier (and lives very close to the river) has seen and heard of better fishing from the regular fishermen. With the tides becoming softer as the week goes on the numbers of fish entering the river should just continue to increase.

 

We have lots of fresh sandshrimp, wing bobbers and lots of leads on hand for those wanting to fish. If you are not familiar with this fishery, stop by and we'll be glad to show you how to rig for these tasty sockeye.

Curado 201HG

posted by Mike on 06/17/2014

After a little wait we have finally received the "New" Shimano 201HG bait casting reels. A good number of our customers have been waiting for the left handed version of this reel. Stop by and take a look!

 

Skagit Sockeye Fishery - Reports

posted by Mike on 06/16/2014

Overall, the reports that we received from the Skagit this past weekend were not exactly fantastic. Though we did hear of a few fish being caught, they were in fact few and far between. We should see some better results as the season progresses and the extreme tides subside. We are at the very begining of the fish runs and generally fish do not enter into the river on extreme tides. The most extreme tide of the summer season occured on Saturday with a minus 3.3.

 

We should see better fishing toward the middle of this week and through the weekend.

 

Ted's has lots of Sockeye gear on hand, with lots of Spin N Glo's, pyramid and claw sinkers as well a live sand shrimp.

Lake Chelan Fishing Report for 6/16/2014 from Anton Jones

posted by Mike on 06/16/2014

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 6/16/14

    What’s hot is Omak Lake for Lahontan Cutthroat.  Also hot is the evening bite for Lake Trout along Manson Bay.  What’s perking along is fishing the “Bar” on Lake Chelan in the mornings for Lake Trout.  Also, providing some action is Kokanee fishing in the lower basin of Lake Chelan. 

 

    Pounding piles of fish in Manson Bay with Silver Horde’s Needlefish Squid rigs fronted with a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has produced great numbers of fish in the evenings. The “Bar” is continuing to heat up.  Worden Lures T4 flatfish in GPLF has proven to be the “go to” lure for enticing those big fish.  However, again, Silver Horde’s Needlefish squid rigged with a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade has been our most consistent bite producer.    

 

    We have finally had some success with Chelan’s Kokanee.  Fishing a variety of depths in the lower basin with Mack’s Lure wedding rings and mini squid rigs baited with Pautzke’s Fire Corn have gotten these delicious Landlocked Sockeye to bite.  The bigger 15 inch and larger Kokanee have come in depths over 100 feet. 

 

    Omak Lake is producing tremendous numbers of Lahontan Cutts using Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in the glow green color.  While some fish are 12 to 14 inches, every trip produces many quality fish.   

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to stay focused and active when fishing for Lake Chelan Kokanee this time of the year.  Those fish are at different levels.  Having your gear being run 5 or 10 feet too high or too low can make all the difference.  Try to keep your gear running 3 to 5 feet above the fish.  Our last kokanee trip produced fish from 27 to 138 feet deep.  It was a lot of work generating the strikes. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is a something from my father who passed away in 2001.  No matter what your view on a discussion topic, play the devils’ advocate with those teenagers when they advocate a point of view.  It develops critical thinking skills if done with an underlying gentleness and humor.  This last Father’s Day reminded me of many a fishing trip with my Dad where we discussed politics, religion and other sensitive topics.  He never put me down, but he did show me the flaws in my rationale and to understand there is always more than one side to an issue. 

 

    Your safety tip of the week is to refocus on the floating debris as the lake fills that last foot or two.   

 

6/14/14 - Part of the Larry Craig party from Kirkland with one of their 61 Lahontan Cutts that caught and released in their days fishing.

 

6/14/14 - Dan and Natalia Frumin of Bellevue with son Alex (3) with their evenings catch of Lakers.  Sons Ben (5) and Mateo (7mo) were taking a nap at picture time.

 

6/15/14 - Chandler Moy (14) and Jeffrey Ding (14) of Mukilteo and Seattle with their mornings mixed bag catch of Kokanee, rainbow, laker and pikeminnow. Christine Ta took them out with us.

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Last Weekend For Ling Cod In Puget Sound & Straits

posted by Mike on 06/13/2014

This will be the last weekend for you to go out and chase ling cod in Puget Sound and the Straits. If you have any desire to have one last meal of ling cod or to put a couple of fillets into the freezer then this is your last chance. Remeber they need to be in the slot limit of 26 - 36 inches.  Tides are not exactly in your favor as we the lowest tide of the year a -3.3 at 12.25 PM. Your best bet would be to fish from dawn till around 8:00AM before the tides begins to ebb hard or to wait until around 7:00 PM and fish till dark when the tides are flowing the least.

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Large Trout Stocked for Father's Day Weekend - June 14 & 15

posted by Mike on 06/10/2014

Bigger trout await anglers
for Father's Day weekend

 

 

OLYMPIA - Fish hatchery crews will be stocking 10,000 one-and-a half pound triploid rainbow trout in 20 lakes just before Father's Day weekend, June 14-15.

"This is the third straight year we've stocked triploid trout before Father's Day," said Chris Donley, inland fish program manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). "A fishing license is a great Father's Day gift and catching these big fish will make for some wonderful memories."

"Young people and fishing go together," adds Donley. "Whether or not you can take your father, and whether or not you have a kid of your own, this Father's Day weekend is a terrific time to catch a memory - and a huge trout."

Fishing licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license dealers across the state. For details on license vendor locations, visit WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/.

All of the lakes that will be stocked with 15 to 17 inch triploids before Father's Day have good shore and boat access. More details on fishing locations are available at the Fish Washington website: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/.

The lakes by region and county, and the number of triploids that will be stocked, are as follows:

North Puget Sound Region:

  • King County: Green Lake, 1,500
  • Snohomish County: Blackmans Lake, 250; Gissburg Ponds (aka Twin Lakes), 250
  • Skagit County: Campbell Lake, 250
  • Whatcom County: Padden Lake, 250

Coastal/Olympic Peninsula Region:

  • Grays Harbor County: Vance Creek (Elma) Pond #2, 100
  • Jefferson County: Sandy Shore Lake, 150
  • Mason County: Mason Lake, 500
  • Pierce County: American Lake, 1,500
  • Thurston County: Clear Lake, 250; Hicks Lake, 250

Southwest Region:

  • Clark County: Horseshoe Lake, 250

Southcentral Region:

  • Kittitas County: Cooper Lake, 250
  • Yakima County: Clear Lake, 500

Northcentral Region:

  • Grant County: Park Lake, 400
  • Okanogan County: Alta Lake, 350; Conconully Reservoir, 750

Eastern Region:

  • Spokane County: West Medical Lake, 1,250; Williams Lake, 400
  • Pend Oreille County: Diamond Lake, 600

Hundreds of other Washington lakes have been stocked with millions of trout over the past year. Fish stocking details, by county and lake, are available in the annual stocking plan on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/statewide/.

 

Skagit River Sockeye Fishery - June 14th through June 29th

posted by Mike on 06/10/2014

A portion of the lower Skagit will open for sockeye this Saturday, 14th June through Sunday, June 29th. Fishing will be open from Hwy 536 at Mount Vernon (Memorial Hwy Bridge) upstream to the mouth of Gilligan Creek. There will be a two sockeye limit with a 12 inch minimum size limit.  A freshwater license and a salmon punch card will be required.

 

This fishery has been awaited with great anticipation since the last one two years ago (2012). This is just the second year of this fishery and once again will be a very popular one, as in the last fishery anglers found the fishery to be fantastic with around 4,000 +- landed during a very short season. When the productivity of this fishery got out it has very hard to find a place on the bank to fish.

 

These are good sized sockeye with fish averaging 6 - 8 pounds with a number pushing 10. The eating qualities of these fish are unserpassed by any sockeye as these are just out of the saltwater on the tide from Skagit Bay and into the cold glacier feed waters of the Skagit. These are without a doubt the finest sockeye we have in the the state both in size and quality.

 

 

Shad Numbers Increasing at Bonneville

posted by Mike on 06/09/2014

The shad numbers have being increasing by leaps and bounds over the past few days.  Friday had 118,132, Saturday 121,348 and Sunday a wopping 169,741 over Bonneville Dam. With numbers like that you should see some very fine fishing. The folks that have been going down have found some good fishing this past week. The water has been a liitle high and with it increased flows making fishing a little more difficult. The next couple of weeks should see the peak of the shad migration and with it the best fishing of the season.

 

We still have a good number of shad darts and Dick Nite spoons on hand.

Chelan Report From Anton Jones - Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service 6/8/14

posted by Mike on 06/09/2014

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 6/8/14

    What’s heating up is fishing the “Bar” in the mornings for Lake Trout.  Also, finally heating up is Kokanee fishing in the lower basin.  Additionally, Omak Lake is blistering hot for Lahontan Cutthroat. 

 

    While Colyar ledge continues to provide good action in the mornings 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, Silver Horde’s Needlefish squid rigged with a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade has been our most consistent bite producer.  Pounding piles of fish in Manson Bay is a great way to while away the evenings and catch a bunch of 1.5 to 3 pound Lakers. 

 

    We have finally had some success with Chelan’s Kokanee.  Fishing 60 feet deep in the lower basin with Mack’s Lure wedding rings and mini squid rigs baited with Pautzke’s Fire Corn have gotten these delicious Landlocked Sockeye to bite. 

 

    Omak Lake is producing 10 fish an hour using Kingfisher Lite spoons in glow green color.  While some fish are 12 to 14 inches, every trip produces a bragging size cut.   

 

    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!  

 

Pictured:  5/24/14 - The Jackson Clan of Sumner, Issaquah and various other Western Washington locations with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.

 

Also Pictured:  5/28/14 - The old man with a 12# Laker.  Photo courtesy of grandson Jesse Ryan who reeled in a double while I got to play with this fish!

 

Finally Pictured:  6/6/14 -  Darrell & Dad's CFO, Sandra Jones of Manson with a nice 3 pound Omak Lake Lahontan Cutt

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Lots To Do On This Free Fishing Weekend

posted by Mike on 06/06/2014

Not only is this the "Free Fsihing Weekend" but the weather here in the area is going to be fantastic. There are a great number of fisheries that are going well at the present. Here's just a few that may be of interest.

 

Great shad fishing below Bonneville Dam! The counts have been in the 75,000 to 90,000+ for the past week going through the dam. Fishermen are catching as many as 50 per person.

 

Last day of Halibut fishing is Saturday in Puget Sound and the Straits. Fishing has been good!  Weather and the tides are very cooperative making the fishing conditions pleasing to all.

 

Kokanee fishing has been good at Lake Stevens with lots of fish in the 13 - 16 inch range. From the folks that did well this week the 30 -35 foot range was most productive.

 

Ling Cod fishing here in Puget Sound and the Straits continues through the 15th of June. Though fishing has been a little tougher this season anglers willing to work at it are still getting fish in the legal slot limit of 26 -36 inches. Making for some great fish and chips.

 

Skykomish River steelhead and Chinook has been going on since last Sunday, with the steelhead fishing fantastic on Sunday and tapering off this week. There are still good numbers of steelhead in the system and many anglers are still doing well, though working a little harder at it. Chinook fishing has been extremely hit and miss at the present and should pick up in the next few weeks.

 

Trout fishing in the local lakes has still been quite good. The pressure has slowed since opening day over a month ago, but we are still getting great reports from many anglers hitting the local lakes. For a great place to take the kids for some shoreline bank fishing and a good picinic later give Padden Lake in Bellingham a try. Great place for a family outing and lots for everyone to do there.

 

Salmon fishing in Marine area 11 has been good since it opened last Sunday. Fishing has been fairly good with a few nice kings and blackmouth boated.

 

If you have just a little time to spare, you might want to give the Edmonds Pier a try for an odd salmon. We have seen  a number of nice Chinook caught off the pier the past few weeks with the largest being 22 pounds.

 

Theres are just a few of the things that you just might give a try over the weekend. There is losts more to do. Just stop by and we'll be glad to fill you in on things.

 

Have a "Great" weekend!

Wenatchee River Opens For Chinook - First Time In Almost 20 Years

posted by Mike on 06/05/2014

 

Wenatchee River spring chinook fishery
to open for first time in nearly 20 years

 

 

OLYMPIA – Starting Friday (June 6), the Wenatchee River will open to fishing for spring chinook salmon for the first time in nearly two decades.

With almost 10,000 hatchery chinook expected to return to the river this year, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced openings on two sections of the river:

  • From the Washington State Parks foot bridge at Confluence Park (just upstream from the confluence with the Columbia River) to 400 feet below Dryden Dam.
  • From the confluence with Peshastin Creek to the downstream side of the confluence with the Icicle River and from that point to a marker on the opposite shore.

The fishery will be open seven days a week in both areas until further notice.

Anglers will have a daily limit of two hatchery spring chinook measuring at least 12 inches long and marked with a clipped adipose fin. Under statewide regulations, anglers may retain only one daily limit of salmon, regardless of how many waters they fish.

All wild chinook must immediately be released back into the water unharmed.

Jeff Korth, regional WDFW fishery manager, said this year’s fishery was made possible under a new permit issued by NOAA-Fisheries that allows the department to conduct mark-selective fisheries to reduce the number of hatchery fish on the spawning grounds.

“We are pleased that we’re able to provide this fishery, which will reduce excess hatchery fish while increasing fishing opportunities in the area,” Korth said. “We’ve done this successfully in other watersheds and now we’re bringing it to the Wenatchee River.”

Korth noted that WDFW will closely monitor the fishery and enforce fishing rules to ensure protection of wild chinook, bull trout and any steelhead that may be incidentally caught and released.

In addition to the mark-selective rules in effect for the fishery, anglers are required to:

  • Retain any legal hatchery spring chinook they catch until they reach their daily limit, then stop fishing for spring chinook.
  • Release any spring chinook with one or more round holes punched in the tail fin. These fish are vital to ongoing studies in the upper Wenatchee River Basin.
  • Observe selective gear rules in effect on the Wenatchee River wherever chinook seasons are open. No gear restrictions are in effect on the Icicle River, and anglers may use bait on both rivers.
  • Heed the prohibition of internal combustion motorized vessels and observe night closures on the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers.

To participate in this fishery, anglers must possess a valid 2014-15 fishing license and a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River spring chinook fisheries.

Because the fishery is open until further notice, anglers should check WDFW’s Fishing Rule Change website (wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations) before heading out.

 

June 7th - Last Day of Halibut Season for 2014 in Puget Sound and Straits

posted by Mike on 06/05/2014

Saturday, June 7th will be the last opprutunity for you to fish Halibut here in Puget Sound and the Straits for the 2014 season. Overall, it has been a fairly good season with the greatest number of anglers boating fish. The tides this Saturday are mild and the weather looks good, lending for good fishing conditions. So if you are looking to put a Halibut in your boat this season this will be your last chance.

 

Ted's still has a very good selection of halibut tackle on hand as well as lots of herring and octopus on hand.

Skykomish River Steelhead & Salmon

posted by Mike on 06/04/2014

The past few days has seen the fishing on the Skykomish slowing down after the fantastic opener. Fishermen are still doing quite good on the river for steelhead as well as a few chinook thrown in for anglers fishing below the Walace River. The best area for steelhead has still been the Reiter Pond section of the river down to the Cable Hole. Those that are tuned into the steelhead game are still getting their fish, though they are having to put in a little additional effort to do such. As far as the Chinook goes I still think we are a few weeks off from the peak. We did have one of our customers that managed to put three salmon into his boat on Tuesday but only managed a single steelhead today.

 

With the quality of the fishing we have seen so far this season I am sure we will continue to see a better than average steelhead season on the Skykomish this summer season.

Cascade River Report, June 2014

posted by Mike on 06/03/2014

The Cascade River in Skagit County is usually a go to river for Chinook on opening day (June 1st). This year it was for the most part a bust! Other than single small Chinook and a handfull of nice Dolly Varden it just didn't happen.  Perhaps the fish will show up a little later.

 

This is an extremely popular and usually productive stream, why it did not produce well ones guess is as good as anothers. It is perplexing as there are good numbers of chinook already in the Cascade hatchery.

Free Fishing Weekend - June 7th & 8th, 2014

posted by Mike on 06/03/2014

Anglers can fish for free June 7-8

 

 

OLYMPIA - Each year, thousands of Washingtonians go fishing - legally - without a license. How? By taking advantage of 'Free Fishing Weekend,' scheduled for June 7-8.

During those two days, no license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington state. Also, no vehicle access pass or Discover Pass will be required during Free Fishing Weekend to park at any of the nearly 700 water-access sites maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Anglers will not need a Two Pole Endorsement to fish with two poles on selected waters where two pole fishing is permitted. Anglers will also not need a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement, otherwise required to fish for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries.

"Free Fishing Weekend is a great time to try fishing in Washington, whether you are new to the sport, have not taken up a rod and reel in years, or want to introduce a friend or young family member to the sport," said Chris Donley, WDFW inland fish program manager.

Anglers have been catching daily limits of trout at lakes for the past month, and many rivers will open to trout fishing June 7 throughout the state. Other options available on Free Fishing Weekend include:

  • Hatchery chinook salmon in Washington's ocean waters.
  • Lingcod on the coast and Puget Sound.
  • Bass, crappie, perch and other warmwater fish biting in lakes throughout eastern Washington.
  • Shad on the Columbia River.
  • Spring chinook salmon on the Columbia River.
  • Hatchery steelhead on the mainstem Columbia River and on rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.

WDFW has been working to expand Internet-based resources to suit anglers of all skill levels, said Donley, who encourages anglers to check the "Fish Washington" feature at the department's homepage wdfw.wa.gov for details on fishing opportunities. The map-based webpage includes fishing information by county, lake and fish species throughout the state.

And, for those who prefer the show-and-tell approach, Donley recommends the department's YouTube page http://www.youtube.com/thewdfw, with "how to" fishing videos designed to introduce techniques for both new and seasoned anglers.

While no licenses are required on Free Fishing Weekend, other rules such as size limits, bag limits and closures will still be in effect. Anglers will also be required to complete a catch record card for any salmon or steelhead they catch.

Catch record cards and 2014/2015 sportfishing rules pamphlets are available free at hundreds of sporting goods stores and other license dealers throughout the state. See http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/ on the WDFW website to locate a license dealer.

The sportfishing rules pamphlet also is available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Columbia River Shad 2014

posted by Mike on 06/02/2014

The past few days have seen an increase in the number of shad over Bonneville with 75,911 on Friday, 99,981 on Saturday and 83,856 on Sunday. With such an increase it means that it's time to make a road trip down to Columbia for some fishing. This fishery has become extremely popular over the past few years and the number of people fishing has turned it into one of the largest combat fisheries around. However, even with the number of people it is a fantastic fishery and everyone, for the most part seems to take the carnival in stride. Yes, you will get tangled with some of the other anglers but don't let it get you down, just do your best to get along and help out where you can and everyone will get along just fine.

 

This fishery is just getting into stride with the peak of the season being from the 10th - 20th of June.  After the 20th the fishing usually starts to go down hill with good fishing still to be had through the 4th of July.

 

Ted's has pleanty of gear in stock for this fishery with lots of shad darts and Dick Nite spoons on hand. Stop by and we'll be glad to help you out.

Skykomish River Steelhead Report

posted by Mike on 06/01/2014

As is normaly the rule on the opening of Skykomish River the Reiter Ponds section of the Skykomish was packed with angler hoping to catch the first of the summer run steelead. The fishing was extremely good this morning with countless numbers of steelhead being caught. Ryan Cristensen from the shop was up this AM with his Dad with both of them catching their limit in very short order. Ryan's Dad managed to land two on his first two casts and Ryan had his shortly thereafter. All their fish came on RVRFSHR spoons in silver and 50/50 finishes. The river was running about 8 feet with 3 feet or so of visability. The river was droping slightly during the morning.

 

Hopefully this is the start of a good summerrun season.

 

We have not heard anything as to how the guys fishing Chinook below the mouth of the Wallace faired so far this morning but as of this past Thursday there were about 30 Chinnok already at the Wallace Hatchery. To have that sort of number so early in the season might aslo be a good indicator as to what the Chinook season will bring.

 

We'll post more as we get more reports in over the next few days.

Tulalip Bubble Fishery Opens

posted by Mike on 05/30/2014

Today marks the start of the Tulalip Bubble fishery in Marine Area 8-2. If you are wanting to do a little saltwater salmon fishing this is the only game in town at the present time until the San Juans open on July 1st or the July 16th opener in Marine Area;s 9 and 10. This is a small terminal area fishery off the mouth of Tulalip Bay and is open only part of the week on Friday's through Monday's at noon. Make sure to read your regulations as to the areas boundries and the few days of exception to the normal days that it is open for fishing. In this area you are allowed 2 salmon per day and both can be Chinook (22 inch minimum) and can be either wild or hatchery fish. Another unique thing in this area is that you are able to fish two rods (if you have a two rod endorsement) which allows one to present a couple of differen offerings and fish different depths.

 

This fishery is mot know to be highly productive with a good day yeilding a fish for every ten boats or so, but it is the only game in town!

Icicle River Opens For Chinook

posted by Mike on 05/24/2014

Salmon fishing opens on the Icicle River

 

The Icicle River opened for Chinook yesterday. The reports that we have received so far indicate that there are a fair number of fish already in the system and that fishing has been OK. One of the local guides, Mr. Brad Wagner managed to boat 4 for his clients yesterday. The river is a tad high with about three feet of clarity. This is a very popular fishery with bank access at a minimum and boats launching in the very wee hours of the morning to aquire a good position in the prime holes. Though crowded the fishing can be good and the setting is spectacular. Look forward to perhaps a Chinook opening on the  Wenatchee River later this season.

 

Actions: Open salmon fishing on the Icicle River (Chelan Co.).

Daily limit: Daily limit two adipose fin clipped spring chinook (adult or jack), minimum size 12 inches.

Species affected: Hatchery adipose fin clipped spring chinook salmon.

Location: Icicle River, from the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

Effective dates: May 23, 2014 through July 31, 2014.

Reason for action: In-season run analysis has predicted that about 6,000 salmon are currently enroute to the Icicle River. Although upper Columbia River spring chinook have been listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the salmon returning to the Icicle River are a non-endemic stock returning to Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, and are not listed under the ESA. About 1,600 salmon are needed to meet hatchery broodstock requirements. The 2014 return ensures that the hatchery will meet its escapement needs; the remaining fish will be available for harvest.

Other Information: Night closure will be in effect. No gear restrictions are in effect. The regulation allowing 2-pole angling on the Columbia River DOES NOT APPLY to the Icicle River. Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license as well as a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement (CRSSE). Revenue from the CRSSE supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River basin.

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

Puget Sound Crab Seasons Set

posted by Mike on 05/23/2014

State shellfish managers set
Puget Sound crab seasons

 

 

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today announced summer crab-fishing seasons for Puget Sound, starting June 1 with an early opening in Marine Area 13 south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Most other areas of the Sound will open for recreational crab fishing July 1, although two areas around the San Juan Islands open later in summer to protect molting crab.

Seasons for the upcoming fishery are posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/.

Rich Childers, shellfish policy lead for WDFW, said recent test fisheries indicate that Dungeness crab remain abundant throughout Puget Sound.

“We continue to see healthy numbers of crab throughout the Sound,” Childers said. “With such strong numbers, crabbing should be good from opening day all the way through the end of the summer season.”

Childers said this year’s June 1 starting date for the crab fishery in Marine Area 13 will give crabbers an extra month to catch their quota in those waters.

“Sport crabbers in that area have fallen short of reaching their catch quota in recent years, so we can afford to give them more time to fish during the upcoming season,” Childers said.

Tests conducted in recent years have shown that crab in southern Puget Sound are in hard-shell condition by June 1, allowing for an earlier starting date for the season in that area, Childers said.

The daily limit for crab fishers throughout Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches. Fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across.

This year’s summer crab season will be open on the following schedule:

  • Marine areas 4 (Neah Bay east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 8-1 (Deception Pass to East Point), 8-2 (East Point to Possession Point), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 10 (Seattle/Bremerton), 11 (Tacoma/Vashon) and 12 (Hood Canal) – Opens July 3 through Sept. 1. Crabbing is allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Marine Area 7 South (San Juan Islands/Bellingham) – Opens July 17 through Sept. 29. Crabbing is allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Marine Area 7 North (Gulf of Georgia) – Opens Aug. 15 through Sept. 29. Crabbing is allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Marine Area 13 (south Puget Sound) – Opens June 1 through Sept. 1. Crabbing is allowed seven days per week.    

Crab fishers not may set or pull shellfish gear from a vessel from one hour after official sunset to one hour before official sunrise. All shellfish gear must be removed from the water on closed days.

Childers reminds Puget Sound crabbers that they are required to record their harvest of Dungeness crab on their catch record cards immediately after retaining crab.
Separate catch record cards are issued for the summer and winter seasons.

“Having crab in your possession that are not properly recorded on a catch card is a violation and could result in a fine,” he said.

Catch record cards are not required to fish for Dungeness crab in the Columbia River or on the Washington coast (marine areas 1-4).

Additional information on the Puget Sound crab fishery is available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/.

Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby Results

posted by Mike on 05/19/2014

The Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby once again was a great success with 235 adults and 50 kids participating this year. The weather was outstanding with no rain though it was predicted. Conditions were very good though the fishing overall was a little on the tough side for many. This year the fishing has been far more tempermental than in past years.  Such is fishing!

 

Here's the results:

 

1st Place - $1,000.00  Sponsored by Dick Nite Spoons - Dan Koester - 1.49 pounds

2nd Place - $500.00 Sponsered by Ted's Sports Center - Dakota Kernaghan - 1.29 pounds

3rd Place - $250.00 Sponsered by John's Sporting Goods - Ben Rosenbach - 1.21 pounds

4th Place - $100.00 Sponsered by Triangle Beverage & Bait - Brad Savinski - 1.21 pounds

Biggest Ten Fsih Limit - $500.00 Gift Card - Sponsered by Three Rivers Marine & Tackle - Dakota Kernaghan - 10.15 pounds

2nd Ten Fish Limit - $250.00 - Sponsered by McDaniel's Do It Center - Sam Ingram - 9.45 pounds

Biggest Trout - $500.00 - Sponsered by Trout Lodge - Chris Dietz - .91 pounds

Biggest Fish Gamfishing Member -  $100.00 - Sponsered by Game Fishin - Tony Rezanow - 1.15 pounds

1st Place Kids Derby - $100.00 - Sponsered by Greg's Custom Rods - Jacob Neatherlin - 1.31 pounds

2nd Place Kids Derby - $75.00 - Sponsered by Greg's Custom Rods - Paxton Knasiak - 1.27 pounds

3rd Place Kids Derby - $50.00 - Sponsered by Greg's Custom Rods - Aubrey Lynch - 1.14 pounds

Gran Prize Raffle - Cannon Electric Downrigger - Sponsered by Cannon - Dick Bender

 

Thanks to all of you that participated, hope that you had a "Great" time.  A big "Thanks" to everyone that helped put this derby together, without all of you this could not of occured.

 

Lake Chelan Report from Anton Jones - Darrell & Dad;s Family Guide Service 5/18/2014

posted by Mike on 05/19/2014

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 5/18/14

    What just “keeps on keeping on” is trolling in the early morning above the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw.  Rainbow trout fishing from the shoreline on Lake Chelan is still going strong. 

 

    On Chelan, fish Colyar Ledge above the Yacht Club for quality Lakers along the 290 foot bench or shallow between 175 and 195 feet deep.  Troll at speeds of 1 to 1.3 mph as close to the bottom as you can without snagging.  Silver Horde’s Needlefish Squiddy’s rigged with a Mack’s Lures smile blade in Glow and baited with a triangle of Northern Pikeminnow has been the “go to” presentation.  Worden Lures T4 Flatfish in GPLF on the outrigger rods has produced some bigger fish. 

 

    Fishing from the bank and docks on Lake Chelan with slip sinker rigs is still smoking hot right now.  Fish Pautzke’s Fire Bait in American Wildfire on a 30” leader to get these mostly 14 to 16 inch fish. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is keep your rod angle and your fish reeling moderate for best success.  A too high rod angle gives the fish leverage to tear the hooks out.  A low rod angle doesn’t allow your rod to bugger the head shakes and twists of the fish.  Too slow a retrieve gives the fish too much time to shake off.  Too fast a retrieve allows the fish leverage to tear off the hooks. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to get them ready for Lake Chelan’s late spring / early summer shore bonanza.  Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pikeminnow are all available in the next month from docks and other public access points on Lake Chelan.  This can provide some fast action for kids with a short attention span.   

 

    Your safety tip of the week is to really focus on the loads and loads of floating woody debris on Lake Chelan.  With the avalanche load and the normal load coming, this will be a banner year for prop repair people  Slow down!  

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By:  Anton Jones

 

 

Pictured:  5/13/14  Jerry and Cheri Wilkins of Lacey, WA with their "uplake trip" catch of the day!  They got a pile of Lakers a handful of rainbow trout and one of Lake Chelan's elusive Landlocked Chinook.

 

Also Pictured:  5/17/14 - John McKinnon of Kennewick with his wife Teresa, son Nathan and inlaws, Dick & Nancy Krause of Burbank, WA and their mornings catch Lake Chelan Mackinaw.

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Additional Day Of Shrimping For Marine Area 8-1 & 8-2 On Wednesday May 21st

posted by Mike on 05/15/2014

 

 

 

Recreational spot shrimp fishing reopening in Marine Areas 8.1 and 8.2

 

 

Action: Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen for one day (Wednesday, May 21) in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2.

Effective date: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

Species affected: All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location: Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2.

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

Other information: The Hood Canal and Discovery Bay Shrimp Districts will be open on May 21 as well.

Contact: Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241.

Special Deal! - 1/4. 1/8 & 1/16 oz Jig Heads with Gamakatsu Heavy Wire Hooks

posted by Mike on 05/15/2014

Ted's has a special deal on 1/4, 1/8 & 1/16 oz Jig Heads with heavy wire Gamakasu hooks. These jigs are a round head without a collar, ideal to tie your steelhead jigs on.  Ready to paint or powdercoat in your favorite colors.

 

$22.99 / 50  (That's .45 cents ea.)

 

$39.99 / 100  (That's .40 cents ea.)

 

The least expensive way to ship them is USPS Priority Flat Rate $5.80 for a small box anywhere in the United States.  We can get a bunch of jigs into a small box.

 

Give us a call at (425) 743-9505 to place your order.  Supplies are limited so don't wait too long.

Lake Steven's Kokanee Derby This Saturday, May 17th

posted by Mike on 05/14/2014

Don't forget to pick up your derby tickets for the Lake Steven's Kokanee Derby that will take place this Saturday, May 17th. Tickets for those over 14 years of age are $20.00 and those 14 and under are free. 

The fishing has picked up over the past couple of weeks with a fair number of anglers now limiting on these tasy little salmon. The fishing has been a little on the spoty side with one day the regulars doing well and the next not doing much. Fish overall have been a little smaller than in past years with most of the fish being caught in the 11 -13 inch range. In the past week a few larger 14 1/2 - 15 inch fish being landed.

If you find you are not doing well change out your gear to some different offerings.

Good luck to all of you participating in the Derby this Saturday.

Additional Month Of Spring Chinook On The Columbia River

posted by Mike on 05/14/2014

Anglers get another month to catch
spring chinook on the lower Columbia

 

 

OLYMPIA - Starting Thursday, May 15, anglers will have another full month to catch hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon and steelhead on the lower Columbia River under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

Under that agreement, anglers can catch and keep one marked, hatchery chinook salmon daily through June 15 as part of their catch limit from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Bonneville Dam.

In all, they may retain up to two adult salmon or steelhead - or one of each - but no more than one adult chinook salmon per day. Anglers must release all sockeye salmon and any wild salmon or wild steelhead, which can be identified by an intact adipose fin.

According to an updated run projection, 224,000 upriver spring chinook will return to the Columbia River this year, said Ron Roler, a fishery manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The pre-season projection anticipated a return of 227,000 upriver fish.

The new projection reflects greater confidence in the run since last week, when fishery managers projected a minimum return of 185,000 upriver fish this year, Roler said.

"We've taken a conservative approach to the season so far, but the count of spring chinook past Bonneville Dam indicates our pre-season projection was on target," he said. "Under this extension, anglers should be able to keep fishing in the lower river right up to the start of the summer chinook season June 16."

Anglers fishing the Columbia River below the dam caught 10,084 upriver spring chinook through May 10, when the previous two-day extension ended. The extension through mid-June is projected to boost the annual catch in those waters by 3,864, Roler said.

For more information about the fishing extension approved today, see the Fishing Rule Notice on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Long Awaited Simon's Kokanee Dodgers Are On The Way

posted by Mike on 05/08/2014

The Simon Kokanee Dodgers are on the way and should arrive in the next few days. Dave has 12 colors of this long awaited addition to his tackle line of Areo Jigs, Floats and Simon Spoons. In the past few years a number of Kokanee fishermen have been taking Daves Simon Spoons and rerigging them as Kokanee Dodgers. Stop by and take a look, I think you will be impressed.

Two More Days of Columbia River Spring Chinook Fishing - Friday 9th and Sunday 10th May

posted by Mike on 05/08/2014

Anglers will get 2 more days to catch
spring chinook on the lower Columbia

 

 

OLYMPIA – The sportfishing season for spring chinook salmon on the lower Columbia River will reopen for two days this week under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

Under that agreement, anglers can catch and keep one marked, hatchery chinook salmon Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, as part of their daily catch limit from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Rooster Rock.

Bank anglers, but not boat anglers, can also fish farther upriver to the deadline below Bonneville Dam.

The adult catch limit also includes up to two marked adult steelhead or a combination of one steelhead and one marked chinook.  Only hatchery fish marked with a clipped adipose fin may be retained.

Ron Roler, a fishery manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said representatives of the two states will meet again early next week to determine whether to allow any additional days of fishing.

That decision will be based on periodic updates of the number of spring chinook crossing Bonneville Dam, he said

“We’re taking this a couple of days at a time,” Roler said. “We want to give anglers as many days on the water as we can without exceeding the catch guidelines.”

The two-day opening approved for the lower Columbia River does not affect the chinook season in waters stretching 159 miles upriver from Bonneville Dam, currently open through Friday, May 9. By then, catch levels established under the current minimum run update are expected to exceed the guideline for that area by about 180 fish, Roler said.

However, all catch projections remain below wild chinook conservation limits established under the federal Endangered Species Act, he said. 

“We weren’t going to close that fishery early over 180 fish based on a preliminary minimum run update, but this was not the time to extend it, either,” Roler said. “Catch guidelines change along with the latest run forecast, and we expect to have another run-size update next week."

WOW! More Razor Clam Digs Tentatively Scheduled May 13 Through June 1

posted by Mike on 05/08/2014

Razor clam digs set to start May 13
tentative dates listed through June 1

 

 

OLYMPIA - Clam diggers hoping for a few late-season razor clam digs on Washington beaches will have plenty of options to consider.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today approved eight days of digging, beginning May 13. WDFW gave the OK for the series of digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon.

The agency also announced a list of proposed digs, which would run May 27 through June 1. Final approval of these digs will depend on marine toxin tests that will be conducted closer to the start date, said Dan Ayres, WDFW shellfish manager. The agency will announce final approval based on the results of the tests.

Ayres noted that the next series of digs includes dates at Copalis and Mocrocks beaches, which are co-managed with the Quinault Indian Nation (QIN).

WDFW was able to add days at Copalis because the QIN provided clams from their share to the state share, said Phil Anderson, WDFW director.

"This is a perfect example of how WDFW and QIN work together to co-manage this resource," Anderson said. "We appreciate QIN's willingness to share a portion of their harvest quota with us thereby contributing to the success of these final digs and providing an economic boost to businesses in the area."

The upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • May 13, Tuesday, 6:21 a.m., -0.6 feet, Twin Harbors
  • May 14, Wednesday, 7:02 a.m., -1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • May 15, Thursday, 7:44 a.m., -1.5 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • May 16, Friday, 8:27 a.m., -1.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis
  • May 17, Saturday, 9:12 a.m., -1.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • May 18, Sunday, 9:59 a.m., -1.5 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • May 19, Monday, 10:50 a.m., -1.1 feet, Twin Harbors
  • May 20, Tuesday, 11:44 a.m., -0.6 feet, Twin Harbors

Digs that have been proposed but not yet approved are tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • May 27, Tuesday, 6:24 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • May 28, Wednesday, 7:06 a.m., -1.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • May 29, Thursday, 7:45 a.m., -1.4 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • May 30, Friday, 8:23 a.m., -1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • May 31, Saturday, 9:00 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • June 1, Sunday, 9:37 a.m., -0.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks

Under state law, diggers 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. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person's daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card.

Clam diggers and other beachgoers should avoid disturbing western snowy plovers, said Brock Hoenes, WDFW wildlife biologist. The small white birds, which nest on the state's coastal beaches from April through August, are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as threatened and by the state as endangered.

Hoenes also asks that diggers avoid signed upland beach areas at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, which are closed to protect nesting western snowy plovers. At Long Beach, the closed area is located north of Oysterville Road from the state park boundary north to Leadbetter Point. At Twin Harbors, the closed area is located just south of Cranberry Beach Road and continues south for approximately 1.5 miles.

Razor clam diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on state beaches. Fishing licenses of various kinds are available on the department's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

For updates on upcoming digs, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html

Additional Razor Digs Planned For April & May

posted by Mike on 04/23/2014

WDFW plans additional razor clam digs in April and May

 

 

OLYMPIA - Washington's remarkable razor clam season continues as state shellfish managers plan to add digs in late-April and early May.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced a tentative schedule of new digs in light of updated harvest estimates that show a sufficient number of clams to support the additional openings.

"This has been a great year for razor clams," said Dan Ayres, WDFW shellfish manager. "Clams this year have been bigger than average and abundant enough to add another series of digs."

Final approval on upcoming digs will be announced after marine-toxin test results confirm the clams are safe to eat.

"Digging at Mocrocks has been fabulous lately," Ayres said, noting that the upcoming series of digs includes three dates at that beach.

The upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • Apr. 27, Sunday, 5:53 a.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • Apr. 28, Monday, 6:39 a.m., -0.8 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • Apr. 29, Tuesday, 7:22 a.m., -1.1 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • Apr. 30, Wednesday, 8:03 a.m., -1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • May 01, Thursday, 8:43 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • May 02, Friday, 9:23 a.m., -0.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • May 03, Saturday, 10:04 a.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • May 04, Sunday, 10:47 a.m., 0.1 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

WDFW shellfish managers will analyze harvest data after this series of digs is completed. If enough clams remain for more digs, the best tides are around the weekend of May 17, Ayres said.

Under state law, diggers 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. Razor clam diggers are reminded that they may not harvest any part of another person's daily limit, except for those who possess designated harvester cards.

Diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on state beaches. Fishing licenses of various kinds are available on the department's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

For updates on upcoming digs, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/

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Lake Chelan Fishing Report for April 21, 2014 - Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

posted by Mike on 04/21/2014

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 4/21/14

    What is continuing hot is trolling in the early morning above the Yacht Club and along the face of Manson Bay on Lake Chelan for nice numbers of Lakers.  Spring plants of rainbows have gone in at both Lake Chelan and Roses Lake making for some nice fishing. 

 

    On Chelan, fish Colyar Ledge above the Yacht Club from the 230 foot contour out to 310 foot contour for best success early in the morning.  Also trolling the face of Manson Bay in depths of 180 to 265 feet has worked.  In both locations fish speeds of 1 to 1.3 mph as close to the bottom as you can.  Silver Horde’s Needlefish Squiddy’s rigged with a Mack’s Lures smile blade in Glow and baited with a triangle of Northern Pikeminnow has been the “go to” presentation. 

 

    Fishing from the bank and docks on Lake Chelan and Roses Lake with slip sinker rigs should be very good for at least a few weeks.  Fish Pautzke’s Fire Bait in American Wildfire on a 30” leader to get these mostly 11 to 14 inch fish. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to keep good presentations in front of those Kokanee.  The Kokanee bite has been spotty.  If you find a school that you get bit in, you really need to turn quickly and go right back through there with your entire spread at the depth you got bit at.  These “bites” may last only a few minutes or 20 minutes at the most.  If you miss that opportunity, you too can be one those people that fish all day for one little Kokanee. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to get them out of doors to observe all the natural acts that are happening all around us.  The Osprey hunting fish for their young at Roses Lake, The Lesser Scaup’s swimming underwater to scavenge fish carcasses at Mill Bay and the Mallard drakes competing for breeding rights.  Those Scaup’s swimming underwater in a crystal clear lake is cooler than anything you could see on Discovery Channel. 

 

    Your safety tip of the week is to check you fire extinguishers to make sure they are in the green.  Then pray that you will never need them.  

 

Pictured:  4/13/14 - "Monk" of Vancouver, WA with a 16# 9oz Mackinaw.  His buddies and he were taking a break from dam work.

    

 

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Puget Sound Rockfish / Present & Future

posted by Mike on 04/21/2014

Dan Tonnes will be presenting a program on Puget Sound Rockfish/Present & Future this Thursday April 24 at the Sno/King CCA meeting.  The meeting is held at the Sammamish Valley Grange Hall, 14654 148th Ave NE, Woodinville at 7:30 pm.  This will be an interesting program that will cover the present status on our Puget Sound rockfish populations as well as what the future might bring.

 

For additional information contact Rick Lindquist 206-465-6905.

New Shimano Curados Have Arrived

posted by Josh on 04/19/2014

Features
  • Super Free Spool
  • Escape Hatch
  • Super Stopper
  • Cross Carbon Drag
  • Offset Handle Design
  • Power AL
  • Center Clutch Design
  • 5 - S-A-RB Ball Bearings
  • X-Ship
  • SVS Infinity
  • S3D
  • Gear Ratios - 6.3:1 - 5.5:1 - 7.2:1
X-Ship
X-Ship provides improved gear durability. By supporting the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, the pinion gear maintains precise alignment with the drive gear. This means the gears will stay in the same position under the heaviest loads. The added benefit is that riction between the spool shaft and gear is eliminated, enhancing the casting performance with lighter lures, and allowing for longer casts.
 
SVS Infinity
Shimano’s newest innovation in brake system technology, SVS Infinity provides easy-to-manage, consistent spool control and brake force on the new Curado I series baitcasting reels. With brake weights that use ‘inner friction’ against the raceway during the cast, SVS Infinity controls spool speed especially when using lighter lures, plus the external adjustment knob provides for quick, precise adjustments for either the conditions or when you switch baits. Combined with X-Ship Technology, anglers will experience precision cast control.
 
Shimano Stable Spool Design (S3D)

Shimano’s S3D technology leads to significantly reduced spool vibration. By designing a balanced and uniform thin wall aluminum constructed spool, S3D creates an incredibly smooth feeling when casting and retrieving lures.

 

Stop by and take a look at the "New" Curado's, better yet take one out and cast it. I think you will be very happy with this reel not only with its preformance but also it's looks.  Prices at a reasonable $179.95.

 

We have the right handed versions of this reel in stock at the present time and will have the left handed versions sometime this next month.

Lake Steven's Kokanee Fishing

posted by Mike on 04/19/2014

We are starting to receive some better Kokanee reports coming out of Lake Stevens this past week. I would not say that the fishing is red hot by any means but has improved. John of Rotten Chum Guide Service was out the first part of the week and managed to catch 7 one morning as well as a rainbow and a cutthroat. Most of the regulars that we have spoken with this week managed to score just a fish or two for their efforts. Generally, it has always been the last week of April or the first week in May before we have seen real consistant fishing on the lake. 

 

We are still quite a ways off for the Annual Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby so the fishing should be at its best by the time of the Derby. Don't forget to stop by and pick up your Derby tickets. Mark your calender, Saturday May 17th.

One More Day Of Columbia River Spring Chinook Fishing - Saturday April 19th

posted by Mike on 04/17/2014

 

One more day to get a spring Chinook on Saturday, April 19

 

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Recreational spring Chinook fishermen will get one more day of fishing on the mainstem Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam under rules adopted today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

 

Chinook salmon retention will open for one day only on Saturday, April 19 under the season approved during a joint hearing of the Oregon and Washington departments of fish and wildlife. The lower Columbia will re-open to boat and bank fishing from the river mouth upstream to Rooster Rock, plus bank angling only from Rooster Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline. The upstream boat angling boundary was moved downstream to Rooster Rock to help ensure catch remains within the management guideline.

 

This is the second time this year fishery managers have extended the Chinook salmon retention season below Bonneville Dam. Today’s decision was based on catch data that indicated additional spring Chinook remain available for harvest under catch guidelines set earlier in the year. The first extension included an additional six days of retention beyond the original closure date of April 8.

 

“We expect that as we are nearing the peak of the run, and with improved catch rates there will be a lot of anglers on the water for this one-day extension,” said John North, manager of ODFW’s Columbia River Program.

 

The daily bag limit remains at two adult fin-clipped salmon or steelhead, of which only one may be a Chinook.

 

Above Bonneville, the Chinook season remains open through May 9 or until the harvest guideline of 1,354 spring Chinook is achieved.

 

For more information visit ODFW’s website at www.dfw.state.or.us.

 

Stanwood Eagles 27th Annual Blackmouth Fishing Derby Results

posted by Mike on 04/16/2014

Stanwood Eagles 27th Annual Blackmouth Fishing Derby Results

 

What a great turnout we had this year, we broke the 100 marker this year with 103 fishermen!  There was 27 fish turned in, ranging from 3 pounds up to 20 pounds!  Couldn’t have asked for better weather for everyone; great weekend to be out on the water. 

 

First Place – $2,317.50 (45%)             Bill Doane       20.13 pounds   Caught @ Greenbanks

Second Place - $1,030. 00 (20%)        Bill Hayes        16.07 pounds   Caught @ Onamac

Third Place - $772.50 (15%)               Jason Jensen    15.14 pounds   Caught @ Onamac

Fourth Place - $515.00 (10%)             Glen Helton     14.13 pounds   Caught @ Onamac

Fifth Place - $257.50 (5%)                   Chick Crane     13.12 pounds   Caught @ Camano head

 

Thank you for all of your support in our small town local derby that just keeps on growing!  We couldn’t do it without the support of our great sponsors and businesses that donated prizes; hung fliers and passed the word along about the derby.  

Please post and share these results on your websites and bulletin boards.  If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call or email me anytime.

 

Thanks,
 

 

Ed Keller

 

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5th Annual Lake Steven's Kokanee Derby - Saturday May 17, 2014

posted by Mike on 04/14/2014

The 5th Annual Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby will take place on Saturday May 17th this year.  Tickets will be $20.00 ea for those 15 and older and those 14 or younger will once again be "FREE".

 

Tickets are avaiable at the following locations.

Greg's Custom Rods

Joh's Sporting Goods

Ted's Sports Center

Triangle Bait & Tackle

3 Rivers Marine

McDaniel's Do It Center

 

Here's a run down on the prizes:

 

For Biggest Kokanne:

1st Place - $1,000.00 Sponsered by Dick Nite Spoons

2nd Place - $500.00 Sponsered by Ted's sports Center

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

4th Place - $100.00 Sponsered by Triangle Bait & Tackle

Biggest Kokanne caught by a Gamefishin.com member - $100.00

 

For Biggest Trout - $500.00 Sponsered by Trout Lodge

 

For Biggest Kokanee Limit (up to 10 Kokanee)

1st Place - $500.00 gift card - Sponsered by 3 Rivers Marine & Tackle

2nd Place - $250.00 Sponsered by McDaniels Do It Center

 

Kids Derby Prizes - Sponsered by Greg's Custom Rods

1st Place - $100.00

2nd Place - $75.00

3rd Place - $50.00

1st Place must be a Kokanee, 2nd and 3rd Place an be any species of fish caught in Lake Stevens the day of the Derby.

 

 

New Fetha Styx Kokanee Rod

posted by Mike on 04/14/2014

If you are looking for a reel quality Kokanee rod then you might want to take a look at the new 7 1/2 foot Fetha Styx rod that was specifically designed for this use.  This is an outstanding rod that is built on a one piece composite blank with triggered reelseat, tubular graphite rear handle with 9 guides and a tip top to take the riggors of downrigger fishing.  This is a real quality rod that I am sure you will be pleased with.  Though not an inexpensive rod at $149.99 to is near the top of the price range.

 

Stop by and take a look and give it a wiggle and shake!

Lake Chelan Fishing Report for April 13th, 2014 - From Anton Jones, Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

posted by Mike on 04/14/2014

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 4/13/14

    What’s hot is trolling in the early morning above the Yacht Club and along the face of Manson Bay on Lake Chelan for nice numbers of Lakers.  What’s new is jigging Manson Bay. 

 

    On Chelan, fish Colyar Ledge above the Yacht Club from the 230 foot contour out to 310 foot contour for best success early in the morning.  Also trolling the face of Manson Bay in depths of 180 to 265 feet has worked.  In both locations fish speeds of 1 to 1.3 mph as close to the bottom as you can.  Silver Horde’s Needlefish Squiddy’s rigged with a Mack’s Lures smile blade in Glow and baited with a triangle of Northern Pikeminnow has been the “go to” presentation. 

 

    Jig with twin tail 3” plastic bodies in white or glow.  Identifying piles of fish and staying on top of them is the key to success.  Using your GPS in conjunction with marker buoys will help you stay on the fish. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to understand how your sonar works and what it’s limitations are.  At great depths (over 200 feet) even the newer 3D sonars have difficulty interpreting a three dimensional world onto a two dimensional screen.  I troll locations on Chelan that sometimes have a twenty foot depth difference from the right to the left side of the boat.  The depthfinder gives you one depth…  Well, that is probably closer to accurate for the side of the boat the transducer is mounted on than the other side.  Believe what you can touch.  This is pretty much a non-issue on stable or gently sloping bottoms, but, when you’re dealing with complex, rapidly changing bottoms, it can be mind boggling. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to be straight forward and factual when answering questions about the blood and guts part of fish biology and the process of turning live fish into food.  When confronted with kids that have little experience with cleaning fish or other ways of turning living animals into people food, I usually keep a pretty low key approach to describing the organs and skeletal structure of the fish not responding to the ooey / gooey squeamish remarks while emphasizing the respect due the person that provides food for their family.  It is an uphill battle considering the unrealistic portrayal of the process that most kids see on TV and in the movies, but I think it is worth the effort.   

 

    Your safety tip of the week is to check that boat plug for wear and fit.  Everyone has either done or known someone that has had the disaster or near disaster from forgetting to put the plug back in.  We actually had a leak last year from a worn boat plug that would have eventually fallen out to create the disaster if we hadn’t discovered the cause of the leak and replaced the plug.

DARRELL & DAD’S FAMILY GUIDE SERVICE

 
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Razor Clam Dig - April 14 through April20th

posted by Mike on 04/11/2014

 
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Weeklong razor clam dig
starts Monday, April 14

 

 

OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers today approved a series of morning razor-clam digs starting Monday, April 14, at Twin Harbors and expanding to include three other ocean beaches over the next week.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed at any beach after noon.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, reminds diggers that anyone age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on state beaches. Fishing licenses of various kinds are available on the department’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

“It’s always a good idea to have a current license in hand before you reach the beach,” Ayres said. “Otherwise, you may find yourself waiting in line to buy one at low tide.”

The upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • April 14, Monday, 6:46 a.m.; +0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
  • April 15, Tuesday, 7:24 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 16, Wednesday, 8:03 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 17, Thursday, 8:43 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 18, Friday, 9:26 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • April 19, Saturday, 10:14 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • April 20, Sunday, 11:06 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks

Under state law, diggers 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.

Ayres noted that the weekend digs will coincide with two beachside events. The second annual Long Beach Razor Clam Festival is scheduled April 19-20, (see http://longbeachrazorclamfestival.com/) and Washington Coast Cleanup Day is set for April 19 (see http://www.coastsavers.org/).

Once the next series of digs is over, state shellfish managers will analyze harvest data and propose additional digging dates in the weeks ahead, Ayres said.

“This year’s season is nearing the end, but we’re not there yet,” he said. “We hope to offer more digging days into May.”

2014 Salmon Seasons for Coast, Straits of Juan De Fuca & Puget Sound

posted by Mike on 04/10/2014

Washington's salmon fisheries set for 2014

 

 

VANCOUVER - State and tribal co-managers yesterday agreed on a package of salmon fisheries that meets conservation goals for wild salmon populations and provides fishing opportunities on healthy stocks.

Washington's 2014 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty tribal co-managers, were finalized yesterday during the Pacific Fishery Management Council's (PFMC) meeting in Vancouver. The regulations cover salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, Washington's ocean and coastal areas and the Columbia River.

WDFW fishery managers worked closely with tribal managers to develop salmon seasons and catch quotas that meet conservation goals for wild salmon, said Phil Anderson, WDFW director. Many members of the public also provided valuable input.

"This year's process had a number of difficult challenges in designing salmon fisheries," he said. "We were able to overcome those challenges through a commitment by all those involved to recover and protect wild salmon stocks while providing meaningful fishing opportunities in Washington's waters."

While conservative management plans for salmon assist in aiding salmon recovery, good habitat is the backbone of strong, sustainable fisheries, said Lorraine Loomis, Swinomish Tribe fisheries manager.

"Right now we are losing salmon habitat faster than we can restore it," she said. "Fortunately, decent returns of hatchery salmon mean that both tribal and non-tribal fishermen will be on the water this year."

As in past years, recreational salmon fisheries will vary by area:

Puget Sound: Anglers will have an opportunity to take advantage of a strong return of coho and Skagit River sockeye salmon but will see adjustments to wild chinook fisheries.

The forecast for sockeye returning to Baker Lake is strong enough this year to allow for both a lake fishery, open July through September, and a fishery on the Skagit River, which will be open June 14 through June 29.

A portion of the estimated 23 million sockeye returning to Canada's Fraser River will make their way to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the waters around the San Juan Islands. Anglers fishing for sockeye in Marine Areas 5-7 will be allowed to keep two sockeye in addition to daily catch limits for other salmon during July and August.

In fall and winter, several Puget Sound marine areas will be converted to mark-selective fisheries to help protect wild chinook returning to Lake Washington and other watersheds. In the following areas, anglers will only be allowed to keep hatchery fish:

  • Marine Area 11 (Tacoma/Vashon Island) will become a mark-selective fishery October through December. Anglers in Marine Area 5 (Sekiu) must release wild chinook and wild coho during the month of October and must release wild chinook from Feb. 16 through April 10.
  • Marine Area 7 (the San Juan Islands) will convert to a mark-selective fishery for the month of October and the South Sound (Marine Area 13) will be restricted to hatchery chinook from Oct. 1 through April 30.
  • Marine areas 9 (Admiralty Inlet) and 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) are scheduled from July 16 through Aug. 31, but will have more restrictive in-season management triggers.

The mark-selective fishery for hatchery chinook on the Skykomish River is scheduled June 1 through July 31. Meanwhile, day closures will be in effect for all anglers on the Puyallup and Nisqually rivers this year.

Anglers on the Skokomish River will have an additional week to fish for chinook. The season will be open Aug. 1 through Sept. 1, but day closures remain in effect. The Skokomish also will be open daily for coho beginning Sept. 15.

Columbia River: The Buoy 10 salmon fishery will be open from Aug. 1 through Dec. 31. The fishery will be open for chinook and hatchery coho Aug. 1 through Sept. 1 with a daily limit of two salmon, only one of which can be chinook. From Aug. 30 through Sept 1, all retained chinook must have an adipose or left ventral clip.

From Sept. 2 through Sept. 30, anglers will have a daily limit of three hatchery coho but must release chinook. Fisheries managers will assess in-season catch and may enact in-season changes to the chinook retention in August and September. From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, anglers can keep five fish, two of which can be chinook.

In the following fisheries, anglers fishing from the same boat may continue fishing for salmon until all licensed anglers have reached their daily limits:

  • The mainstem Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Lewis River will be open for hatchery coho Aug. 1 through Dec. 31. Anglers will be allowed to retain one adult chinook as part of their two-adult daily limit from Aug. 1 through Sept. 6. From Sept. 7 through Sept. 14, anglers will be allowed to retain hatchery chinook. From Oct. 1 through Dec 31, anglers can retain two chinook daily.
  • The Lewis River upstream to Steamboat Landing dock and the point straight across on the Oregon side of the river will be open Aug. 1 through Dec. 31 for hatchery coho and chinook, with a daily limit of two salmon.
  • The Steamboat Landing dock upstream to the Bonneville Dam will be open Aug. 1 through Dec. 31 for hatchery coho and chinook with a daily limit of three salmon, two of which can be hatchery coho.
  • Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam will be open Aug. 1 through Dec. 31 with a daily limit of three salmon, two of which can be hatchery coho. Anglers must release any unmarked coho caught downstream of the Hood River Bridge.

The sockeye and hatchery summer chinook fishery below Bonneville Dam will be open from June 16 through June 30 on the mainstem Columbia River, with a daily limit of two adult salmon or steelhead, or one of each.

Washington's ocean waters: The PFMC yesterday approved a recreational chinook catch quota of 59,100 fish, which is an increase of 11,000 fish from 2013's quota. The PFMC, which establishes fishing seasons in ocean waters three to 200 miles off the Pacific coast, also adopted a quota of 184,800 coho for this year's recreational ocean fishery - about 110,000 fish higher than last year's quota.

Mark-selective salmon fisheries will begin in ocean areas on various dates in May.

  • The recreational salmon fishing season in Marine areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) will begin with two short openings May 16 and 17, and May 23 and 24 for hatchery chinook. The mark-selective fishery for hatchery chinook in those two marine areas will then reopen May 31 and run seven days a week through June 13.
  • Mark-selective fisheries for hatchery chinook will be open daily May 31 through June 13 in Marine Area 2 (Westport/Ocean Shores) and Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco). In all areas, anglers will have a daily limit of two salmon, but must release coho and wild chinook. The fisheries could close earlier if a coastwide quota of 9,000 hatchery chinook is reached.

Recreational ocean salmon fisheries for chinook and hatchery coho will be open daily beginning June 14 in Marine areas 1-4. Anglers will have a daily limit of two salmon in Marine areas 3 and 4. Those fishing Marine areas 1 and 2 also will have a two-salmon daily limit, but can keep only one chinook per day. Marine Area 4 will close Sept. 21 while Marine areas 1 and 2 close Sept. 30. Marine Area 3 closes Sept. 21 but will be open again Sept. 27 through Oct. 12.

Specific fishing seasons and regulations for marine areas in Washington and a portion of the Columbia River will be posted on WDFW's North of Falcon website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/ within a few weeks.

2014 Port Angeles Salmon Club's 14th Annual Halibut Derby Saturday, May 24th & Sunday, May 25th

posted by Mike on 04/04/2014

We have tickets for the Port Angeles Salmon Club's 14th Annual Halibut Derby that will take place on Saturday, May 24th and Sunday , May 25th of 2014.

 

With over $20,000.00 in cash prizes this is a very popular event. Cash prizes decend from $5,000.00 for the first place fish down to $135.00 for the 30th.  There will also be a good number of merchandise prizes besides the 30 cash prizes.

 

Tickets run $40.00 each and everyone on board is required to have one.

 

Tickets are available at the following locations:

Ted's sports Center - Lynnwood

Swain's General Store - Port Angeles

Jerry's Bait & Tackle - Port Angeles

Brian's Sporting Goods - Sequim

For Additional Information Call (360) 452-2357

 

 

Halibut Seasons For Puget Sound, Staits of Juan De Fuca and Pacific Coast

posted by Mike on 04/02/2014

WDFW adds options for coastal halibut fishing,
shortens Puget Sound season

 

 

OLYMPIA - Anglers will have three fewer days to catch halibut in Puget Sound when the season opens in May this year but will have more opportunities for halibut fishing off the southern coast of Washington.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) sets halibut seasons using catch quotas for 2014 adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission. This year's recreational catch quota is 214,110 pounds for all of Washington's areas.

"We've seen increased interest in Puget Sound halibut fishing in recent years," said Heather Reed, WDFW coastal policy coordinator. "As a result, we went over our quota there last year."

To compensate, the department created overlap in halibut fishing seasons among Puget Sound marine areas, Reed said. In past years, halibut fishing was open in the western section of Puget Sound (Marine Area 5) on different dates than in the eastern region (Marine areas 6-10), allowing anglers to fish both areas. This year, the open seasons for both regions are more similar, requiring anglers to choose between regions.

This approach is designed to prevent the Puget Sound fishery from exceeding its quota, while minimizing cuts to each region's season. Under this plan, anglers will have one fewer day to fish in the eastern region of Puget Sound but will have the same number of days to fish for halibut in marine area five, near Seiku.

Puget Sound recreational halibut anglers this year will be allowed to keep lingcod and Pacific cod caught while fishing for halibut in waters deeper than 120 feet. This applies only when halibut fishing is open in each of the Puget Sound marine areas.

Meanwhile, there will be more time to hook a halibut off the southern coast (Marine Area 1), where WDFW has increased the number of open days per week to four this season, up from three in 2013.

"We haven't been reaching the quota in the Columbia River area of the Pacific Ocean, so we've attempted to create more halibut fishing opportunities in this area," Reed said.

WDFW also has added a new nearshore fishery that will open Monday through Wednesday beginning May 5. Anglers will be allowed to retain bottomfish while having halibut onboard boats in the new fishery when it is open.

Reed noted that coastal seasons can be affected by weather, making it difficult to know exactly how long the quota will last.

In all marine areas open to halibut fishing, there is a one-fish daily catch limit and no minimum size restriction. Anglers may possess a maximum of two fish in any form and must record their catch on a WDFW catch record card.

2014 Puget Sound halibut seasons

  • Marine Area 5: The fishery will be open Thursday through Sunday, May 22-25, for Memorial Day weekend. The fishery will open again May 29-31 and will be open one final day on Saturday, June 7.
  • Marine Areas 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10: The fishery will be open May 9 and 10 and May 17. The fishery will be open Thursday through Sunday, May 22-25, for Memorial Day weekend. The fishery will open again May 29-31 and will be open one final day on Saturday, June 7.
  • Marine Areas 11, 12, 13: These areas will remain closed to halibut fishing this year to protect threatened and endangered rockfish species.

2014 Pacific Coast halibut seasons

  • Marine Area 1 (Columbia River): Marine Area 1 opens May 1, four days per week (Thursday-Sunday) until 80 percent of the quota is achieved. If the early season quota (80 percent of the quota) is not obtained prior to Aug. 7, the fishery will continue four days per week (Thursday-Sunday), until the remaining quota is taken, or until Sept. 28, whichever occurs first. A new incidental halibut fishery will begin May 5 in the nearshore area and will be open Monday-Wednesday, which are the days the all depth fishery is closed. Coordinates for the nearshore fishery are available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/halibut/. The early quota is 8,564 pounds; the late quota is 2,141 pounds; the nearshore quota is 1,190.
  • Marine Area 2 (Westport): Marine Area 2 opens May 4, two days per week (Sunday and Tuesday) for three consecutive weeks. The area-wide fishery will be closed May 25 and 27. If sufficient quota remains, the fishery will open the following Sunday and/or Tuesday and continue until the quota is reached, or until Sept. 30, whichever occurs first. The northern nearshore area will open May 4 and continue seven days per week until the nearshore quota is reached, or until Sept. 30, whichever occurs first. The quota for the area-wide fishery is 40,739 pounds; the quota for the northern nearshore fishery is 2,000 pounds.
  • Marine Areas 3 and 4 (La Push and Neah Bay): Marine areas 3 and 4 open May 15, two days per week (Thursdays and Saturdays) through May 24. If enough harvestable fish remain to be caught, the fishery will re-open June 5 and/or June 7 and possibly on additional days (Thursdays and Saturdays) depending on the amount of quota available until the quota is reached or Sept. 30, whichever occurs first. The combined quota for both areas is 108,030 pounds.
  • In Marine Areas 1-4, seasons will continue until the sub-area quotas are reached.

Special Deal! - 1/4 oz Jig Heads with Gamakatsu 1/0 Heavy Wire Hooks

posted by Mike on 04/01/2014

Ted's has a special deal on 1/4 oz Jig Heads with heavy wire Gamakasu 1/0 hooks. These jigs are a round head without a collar, ideal to tie your steelhead jigs on.  Ready to paint or powdercoat in your favorite colors.

 

$22.99 / 50  (That's .45 cents ea.)

 

$39.99 / 100  (That's .40 cents ea.)

 

The least expensive way to ship them is USPS Priority Flat Rate $5.80 for a small box anywhere in the United States.  We can get a bunch of jigs into a small box.

 

For those of you that are wanting 1/8 or 1/16 ounce jig heads on Gamakatsu Heavy Wire size 1 Hooks, we will have some in the very near future for the same price.  When they arrive we will post it on the website.

 

Give us a call at (425) 743-9505 to place your order.  Supplies are limited so don't wait too long.

Return Those Catch Record Cards

posted by Mike on 04/01/2014

The 2013/2014 catch record cards for salmon, steelhead, halibut and sturgeon are due back by the end of the month. You can either drop them off at one of the WDFW regional offices if you live close by or send them to the WDFW at the following address:

 

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

Fish Program, Catch Record Office

600 Capitol Way North

Olympia, WA 98501-1091

 

Even if you did not fish or did not catch anything please send in those catch record cards!

April 1st - Don't Forget To Renew Your Fishing & Hunting Licenses

posted by Mike on 04/01/2014

Don't forget to renew your Fishing and Hunting Licenses for the year. April 1st is the start of the "New Year" when it comes to these documents. Each year a number of outdoorsmen forget to renew their licenses for one reason or another and when checked by the WDFW enforcement agent end up giving the state a few dollars for their lapse. So, don't be one of those guys and either stop by one of the 400 license dealers in the state or you can renew it on line through the WDFW website.

Lake Chelan Fishing Report for March 3o, 2014 - Anton Jones, Darrell & Dad's Family guide Service

posted by Mike on 03/31/2014

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LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 3/30/14

    What continues hot is trolling in the early morning above the Yacht Club or along the face of Manson Bay on Lake Chelan for nice numbers of Lakers. 

 

    On Chelan, fish Colyar Ledge above the Yacht Club from the 240 foot contour out to 340 foot contour for best success early in the morning.  Also trolling the face of Manson Bay in depths of 180 to 265 feet has been very productive.  In both locations fish speeds of 1 to 1.5 mph as close to the bottom as you can.  Silver Horde’s Needlefish Squiddy’s rigged with a Mack’s Lures smile blade in Glow and baited with a triangle of Northern Pikeminnow has been the “go to” presentation.  Worden Lures T4 Flatfish in Purple Glow (GPLF) were also productive when trolled at about 1.5 mph.  Another effective option is Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in the 3” or 2” varieties.  Again, glow colors are best. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to take measures to ensure that you are running your downrigger balls precisely where you think you are.  When fishing for kokanee or rainbow trout on Chelan it can be a challenge to make sure that your downrigger ball is where you want it to be.  The simplest solution is to aim your transducer so you pick up your ball.  The down side of that is that obliterates your ability to see smaller fish.  Jeff adds knots of orange line fixed to the cable with a dab of glue.  The downside is that eventually they do move around and you have to keep track of your increments by five.  When we run loads of cable we have to “zero” in the counters for depths less than a hundred vs depths greater than 200.  Sometimes you can trick yourself.  Pick a method that works for you and put that ball 2 feet above the fish you see on the sonar. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to get them out over spring break either from the shore in Chelan or at Roses Lake for rainbow trout then go pick some wild asparagus.  Rainbows and asparagus are a spring tradition. 

 

    Your safety tip of the week is to check those lifejackets for winter wear.

DARRELL & DAD’S FAMILY GUIDE SERVICE

 
3/22/14 - Chris, Ryland and Connor Danhof from Marysville with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.
 
3/23/14 - Frank Gallo of Puyallup with his buddy David with their Laker pile for the morning.
 
 
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Shrimp Seasons For Puget Sound and Staits of Juan De Fuca

posted by Mike on 03/31/2014

Recreational shrimp fishery
opens May 3 in Puget Sound

 

 

OLYMPIA – Recreational spot shrimp fishing will open May 3 in Puget Sound under seasons announced today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

This year’s Puget Sound shrimp fishing seasons are similar to those in 2013 with a few exceptions, said Mark O’Toole, a shellfish biologist for WDFW.
Puget Sound recreational shrimp season opening days are:

  • Hood Canal Shrimp District (Marine Area 12): Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 3, 7, 10 and 21.
  • Discovery Bay Shrimp District (Marine Area 6): Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 3, 7, 10 and 21.
  • Marine Areas 4 (east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5, 6 and 13 (excluding Discovery Bay Shrimp District): Open daily beginning May 3. The sport spot shrimp season closes when the quota is attained or Sept. 15, whichever comes first. The exception is Marine Area 13, which closes for spot shrimp May 31.
  • Marine Area 7 East, South and West: Open May 3 for a one-day fishery and will reopen May 7-10, May 21-24 and May 28-31. In Marine Area 7 West only, the season will be open daily beginning June 1 until the quota is reached or Sept. 15, whichever comes first. 
  • Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 10: Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 3 and May 7.
  • Marine Area 11: Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 3, 7 and 10.

In areas 4, 5, 6, 7 (East, South and West) and 13, start times will be one hour before sunrise.

Additional dates and times will be announced if sufficient quota remains after the initial fishing days scheduled above. For the latest information on sport shrimp seasons, or for a description of marine areas, visit WDFW’s Recreational Shrimp Fishing website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/.

“We have slightly lower quotas than last year in Hood Canal and Discovery Bay, which are traditionally popular areas,” O’Toole said. “We will reopen the areas later if sufficient quota remains.”

WDFW is expanding the opportunity for shrimp fishing in Marine Area 7 West, which will be open daily beginning June 1 until the quota is reached or until Sept. 15, whichever comes first. That’s a change from last season’s schedule of Thursday through Saturday for the same time period. It is likely this area will be open for spot shrimp fishing well into the summer, due to an increase in allocation that was implemented last year, O’Toole said.

Also known as prawns, spot shrimp are the largest shrimp in Puget Sound and may grow up to nine inches in length. In all areas of Puget Sound, fishers are limited to 80 spot shrimp per day. A valid 2014-15 fishing license is required to participate in the fishery.

Big Island Kayak Fishing

posted by Mike on 03/24/2014

As you can see the fishing off the lee side of the Big Island has been good for Uncle Tim.  He has taken kayak fishing to another demension there in the Islands and has become very proficient.  Here's Tim with a nice pair of Wahoo and an average Mahi Mahi.  Looks as if Tim will be eating well this week.

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Lake Chelan Fishing Report - Anton Jones - March 23rd

posted by Mike on 03/24/2014

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 3/24/14

    What’s hot is trolling in the early morning above the Yacht Club or along the face of Manson Bay on Lake Chelan for nice numbers of Lakers.  Also hot is fishing around the Monument for Rainbow Trout.  I have been hearing mixed results from fishing on Roses Lake. 

 

    On Chelan, fish Colyar Ledge above the Yacht Club from the 240 foot contour out to 340 foot contour for best success early in the morning.  Also trolling the face of Manson Bay in depths of 180 to 265 feet has been very productive.  In both locations fish speeds of 1 to 1.5 mph as close to the bottom as you can.  Silver Horde’s Needlefish Squiddy’s rigged with a Mack’s Lures smile blade and baited with a triangle of Northern Pikeminnow has been the “go to” presentation. 

 

    Both trollers and bank anglers have been cleaning up on Rainbow trout near the Monument.  Fishing Mack’s lures mini-Cha Cha squid rigs behind their Double D dodger has been the ticket. 

 

    On Roses Lake, the reports have been inconsistent.  The successful anglers seem to be the ones bank fishing with Firebait on a slip sinker rig with a 30 inch leader 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to look at small things to prevent line twist when deepwater trolling on Lake Chelan.  First, consider upgrading your swivels to quality ball bearing swivels.  Then check your rig for flaws.  One thing that we found is that when you are trolling Silver Horde’s Ace Hi’s with a Mack’s Smile Blade up front, keep checking your tinsel to make sure it hasn’t plugged the hole in the Ace Hi or the beads. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to get them out there to enjoy this spring fishing during spring break.  I could hardly sleep when I was a kid as spring break approached.  Spending evenings catching night crawlers and planning my first forays fishing kept me busy and distracted from my school work during most of March and April... 

 

    Your safety tip of the week is to watch out for the rock pile at Mill Bay.  With the lake turned around and coming up, the pile is almost submerged.  It is a boat buster!

 

Pictured:  3/21/14 - John Mataka and Ken McElmeel of the Seattle Poggie Club with their days haul of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.

 

Also Pictured:  3/23/14 - Burke Bordner with daughter Mia (11) and son Charlie (9) with their mornings catch of Lakers.  They are from Chelan and Slidewaters.

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Smelt Jigging - Oak Harbor

posted by Mike on 03/22/2014

If you are wanting something to do this weekend you might take a drive and go smelt jigging at Oak Harbor. The smelt fishing has been quite good this week with many anglers getting their 10 pound limit of these tasty little fish.  We have everything that you need for your outing.  Stop by and we'll be glad to help you with everything you'll be needing.

Razor Clam Digs Ok's - March 26th through April 3rd

posted by Mike on 03/22/2014

Upcoming razor clam dig shifts
from evening to morning digs

OLYMPIA - State shellfish managers have approved a series of razor clam digs that starts Wednesday (March 26) on evening tides, then switches to morning tides Sunday (March 30) for five more days of digging.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the switch from evening to morning digs reflects the moon's seasonal effect on the tides.

"It gets a little tricky scheduling digs at this time of year, but the goal is to arrange openings during the best clam tides," Ayres said. "The split schedule also provides an opportunity for back-to-back digs the evening of Saturday, March 29, and the morning of Sunday, March 30."

Ayres also noted that diggers will have to purchase a 2014 license to participate in digs after March 31.

The upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • March 26, Wednesday, 3:52 p.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors
  • March 27, Thursday, 4:48 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
  • March 28, Friday, 5:38 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • March 29, Saturday, 6:23 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

(Seasonal switch to morning tides)

  • March 30, Sunday, 6:53 a.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • March 31, Monday, 7:39 a.m.; -0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 1, Tuesday, 8:22 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 2, Wednesday, 9:05 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 3, Thursday, 9:49 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach

Under state law, diggers 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.

Starting April 1, all diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses range from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, and are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

Tags: Razor Clams

Cowlitz River Steelheading

posted by Mike on 03/22/2014

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The Cowlitz River has recently put out some fairly good steelheading.  Here's a limit of nice steelhead which were caught with John Thomas of Rotten Chum Guide Service this week.  John reported that limits have been generally the rule for his clients this past week.  For a chance to shake off the winter doledrums give John a call (425) 280-5494 for a good day on the river.

 

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Here's John and a buddy with a limit of steelhead on a day off from guiding.

Everett Blackmouth Derby - Saturday, March 22nd 2014

posted by Mike on 03/18/2014

If you are wanting to participate in the Everett Blackmouth Derby coming up this Saturday March 22nd you had better get your tickets quickley as there are just a few left!  Don't be left out due to your procrastination. Tickets are $100.00 per boat and allows up to four anglers to fish.

 

Don't wait! Get yours now!

2014 Licenses Coming Up On April1st

posted by Mike on 03/17/2014

April 1st marks the need to have your new fishing licenses in hand. Your old license expires at the end of this month. Every year folks just forget to purchase the new one before venturing forth and many end up donating some funds to the state for not having a current license. Don't let the state get any of your money! Stop by your dealer and purchase your "New" 2014 license.

 

Also, Don't forget to send in those catch record cards to WDFW. Your Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon and Halibut catch record cards are all due by the end on April. You can turn them in anytime, but if you are going to participate in any of those fisheries between now and the end of the month don't send them as you will still need them until the end of March. Every year we have folks that need to purchase a duplicate punch card as them turned them in early thinking they would not use them.

Anacortes Derby "Sold Out"

posted by Mike on 03/15/2014

Once again the Anacortes Salmon Derby has "Sold Out".  Those of you that have once again put off buying your tickets have no room to complain. This is one of the most popular salmon derbies in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Good luck to all of you that are participating in this derby and a big "Thank You" to everyone that has made it possible.

Atlantic Salmon Fly International Expo 2014

posted by Mike on 03/15/2014

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On May 17 and 18, 2014, Atlantic Salmon Fly enthusiasts will experience an event like no other. Hosted by Seattle’s Northwest Atlantic Salmon Fly Guild, Atlantic Salmon Fly International (ASFI) is a first-of-its-kind event strictly celebrating the Art and Passion of the Atlantic Salmon Fly. None of us would be tying these flies were it not for zealous salmon fly tiers sharing their knowledge face-to-face over the eras. The robust tradition can only continue so long as we continue to make new friends and share our passion with fellow enthusiasts.

While the Internet has made sharing knowledge easy, and making new friends in other countries possible, there is no substitute for tangible camaraderie and learning in person. ASFI aims to take virtual reality into the flesh for and old-time learning experience. Long-distance friends will have a chance to meet, new relationships will be forged, and tiers of all generations can share their knowledge.

Currently, no less than ten countries will be representing, from Japan to Germany, and we have only just begun! The best Atlantic Salmon fly tiers from hairwings to the most complex, gaudiest Victorian featherwings will demonstrate their skills and share their knowledge on tying and fishing these storied patterns. ASFI will not only feature fly tiers, but also have hook maker demonstrations, dyemasters teaching the craft of colors, and seminars on history, design, and methods are to be had.

We look forward to your participation in maintaining the momentum of the tradition, and making the first ASFI a success!

Fly Casting Classes by Washington Fly Club

posted by Mike on 03/15/2014

If you have been wanting to learn how to fly cast or want to improve your casting skills the Washington Fly Club will be holding both beginning and advanced fly casting classes at the Green Lake Casting Pier this next month. The beginning classes will be a six week class session on Thursdays starting on April 3rd and the advanced classes will be a four week program on Wednesdays starting on April 2nd. Costs for these classes are $60.00. These classes are taught by FFF Certified Casting Instructors. You can sign up for these classes at http://www.wffc.com/instruction.htm

 

If you are in need of additional information please contact Pat Peterman at 425-503-5979 or email at patpeterman@gmail.com

Proposals for Washington Coastal Salmon Seasons

posted by Mike on 03/15/2014

Federal council adopts alternatives
for ocean salmon sport fisheries

 

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Anglers fishing along the Washington coast could see a higher catch quota for chinook salmon, and all three sport harvest alternatives for coho are up from last year.

Three alternatives for ocean salmon fisheries, approved Thursday for public review by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), were developed in response to projections of a higher abundance of Columbia River hatchery chinook and a significant increase in Columbia River coho. The PFMC establishes fishing seasons in ocean waters three to 200 miles off the Pacific coast.

The three alternatives establish a range of season structures and harvest quotas for ocean fisheries, while taking into account the needs of inside fisheries and ensuring that conservation objectives for wild fish are met, said Phil Anderson, director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

“The strong returns forecast for Columbia River hatchery chinook and coho will allow us to provide recreational anglers some great fishing opportunities off the Washington coast this year, while continuing to meet conservation objectives for wild salmon populations,” said Anderson, who represents WDFW on the management council. 

Two of the three alternatives include recreational mark-selective fisheries for hatchery chinook in June. If approved, this would be the fifth-straight year the ocean fishery would begin with a mark-selective fishery targeting hatchery chinook. Mark-selective fisheries allow anglers to catch and keep abundant hatchery salmon, marked with a missing adipose fin, but require that they release wild salmon.

Two of the alternatives would also allow retention of hatchery chinook in the LaPush and Neah Bay areas during halibut openings in May.

More than 1.6 million Columbia River fall chinook salmon are expected back this year. If that run comes in at forecast it would be the largest since record-keeping began in 1938. A portion of the run – about 225,000 salmon – is expected to be lower river hatchery chinook, which traditionally have been the backbone of the recreational ocean chinook fishery. In-river fisheries will also benefit from the strong return.  

Additionally, the ocean abundance of Columbia River coho is forecast to be about 964,000 fish, three times as many fish as last year’s actual abundance. A significant portion of that run will contribute to the ocean fishery as well.

The PFMC is scheduled to make its final decision on this year’s ocean regulations and harvest quotas for recreational and commercial fisheries at its April meeting in Vancouver, Wash. The recreational fishing alternatives include the following quotas for fisheries off the Washington coast:

  • Alternative 1 – 60,000 chinook and 193,200 coho.
  • Alternative 2 – 58,000 chinook and 176,400 coho.
  • Alternative 3 – 47,500 chinook and 159,600 coho.

The PFMC last year adopted recreational ocean fishing quotas of 48,000 chinook and 74,760 coho salmon.

Under each option for this year, the ocean recreational fishery would vary:

Alternative 1:

Selective fishery for hatchery chinook:

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 (Westport/Ocean Shores): May 31-June 20: Open daily. Daily limit of two salmon, except anglers must release coho and wild chinook.
Marine areas 3 (LaPush) and 4 (Neah Bay): May 16-17 and May 23-24 and May 31-June 20: Open daily. Daily limit of two salmon, except anglers must release coho and wild chinook.

Traditional ocean salmon fishery for chinook and hatchery coho:

Marine Area 1: June 21-Sept. 30: Open daily. Daily limit of two salmon, but only one chinook may be retained.
Marine Area 2: June 21-Sept. 30: Open daily. Daily limit of two salmon, but only one chinook may be retained.
Marine Area 3: June 21-Sept. 21 and Sept. 27-Oct. 12: Open daily. Daily limit of two salmon.  
Marine Area 4: June 21-Sept. 21: Open daily. Daily limit of two salmon.

Alternative 2:

Selective fishery for hatchery chinook:

Marine areas 1 and 2: June 7-June 20: Open daily. Daily limit of two salmon, except anglers must release coho and wild chinook.
Marine areas 3 and 4: May 23-24 and June 7-20: Open daily. Daily limit of two salmon, except anglers must release coho and wild chinook.

Traditional ocean salmon fishery for chinook and hatchery coho:

Marine Area 1: June 21-Sept. 30: Open daily. Daily limit of two salmon, but only one chinook may be retained.
Marine Area 2: June 21-Sept. 21: Open daily. Daily limit of two salmon, but only one chinook may be retained.
Marine Area 3: June 21-Sept. 21 and Sept. 27-Oct. 12: Open daily. Daily limit of two salmon.
Marine Area 4: June 21-Sept. 21: Open daily. Daily limit of two salmon.

Alternative 3:

Traditional ocean salmon fishery for chinook and hatchery coho:

Marine Area 1: June 14-Sept. 30: Open daily. Daily limit of two salmon, but only one chinook may be retained.
Marine Area 2: June 15-Sept. 30: Open daily. Daily limit of two salmon, but only one chinook may be retained.
Marine Area 3: June 14-Sept. 21 and Sept. 27-Oct. 12: Open daily. Daily limit of two salmon.
Marine Area 4: June 14-Sept. 21: Open daily. Daily limit of two salmon.

A public hearing on the three alternatives for ocean salmon fisheries is scheduled for March 24 in Westport.

Chinook and coho quotas approved by the PFMC will be part of a comprehensive 2014 salmon fishing package, which includes marine and freshwater fisheries throughout Puget Sound, the Columbia River and Washington’s coastal areas. State and tribal co-managers are currently developing those fisheries.

The co-managers will complete the final 2014 salmon fisheries package in conjunction with the PFMC process during its April meeting.

Meanwhile, several public meetings are scheduled in March to discuss regional fisheries issues. A schedule of public meetings, as well as salmon run-size forecasts and more information about the salmon-season setting process, can be found on WDFW’s North of Falcon website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/.

Early Season Trout Plants

posted by Mike on 03/14/2014

If you have the desire to get out and do a little early season trout fishing here is a list of the lakes that have been recently planted that are open to fishing at the present time.

 

Catchable Trout Plants in the Last 30 Days
Last Updated: March 13, 2014

Lake/Pond Date Species Number Fish per
Pound
Hatchery Notes
• BALLINGER LK (SNOH)
  Mar 11, 2014 Rainbow 6,488 2.5 Whitehorse Pond  
• BATTLE GROUND LK (CLAR)
  Mar 05, 2014 Rainbow 1,500 2.3 Vancouver Hatchery  
  Feb 24, 2014 Rainbow 1,500 2 Vancouver Hatchery  
  Feb 12, 2014 Rainbow 1,500 2.3 Vancouver Hatchery  
• BIG FOUR LK (COLU)
  Feb 27, 2014 Rainbow 2,000 2.3 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
  Feb 27, 2014 Rainbow 300 0.77 Tucannon Hatchery  
• BLACKMANS LK (SNOH)
  Mar 05, 2014 Rainbow 1,880 2.1 Tokul Cr Hatchery  
  Mar 04, 2014 Rainbow 2,069 2.1 Tokul Cr Hatchery  
• BLUE LK (COLU)
  Feb 26, 2014 Rainbow 3,000 2.5 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
  Feb 24, 2014 Rainbow 150 0.83 Tucannon Hatchery  
• CHAIN LK (SNOH)
  Mar 11, 2014 Rainbow 2,000 2.7 Tokul Cr Hatchery  
• CLEAR LK (SPOK)
  Mar 11, 2014 Rainbow 100 0.25 Spokane Hatchery  
• COLUMBIA PARK PD (BENT)
  Mar 04, 2014 Rainbow 2,000 2.5 Naches Hatchery  
  Feb 20, 2014 Rainbow 207 0.8 P.n.n.l.  
• DALTON LK (FRAN)
  Feb 28, 2014 Rainbow 4,500 2.5 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
  Feb 28, 2014 Rainbow 50 0.7 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
• DEER LK (COLU)
  Feb 28, 2014 Rainbow 25 0.7 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
  Feb 28, 2014 Rainbow 650 2.5 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
• DEVEREAUX LK (MASO)
  Mar 11, 2014 Cutthroat 136 0.93 Eells Springs  
• FIO RITO LK-N (KITT)
  Feb 25, 2014 Rainbow 1,500 2.5 Naches Hatchery  
  Feb 25, 2014 Rainbow 500 0.9 Naches Hatchery  
• FIO RITO LK-S (KITT)
  Mar 05, 2014 Rainbow 1,500 2.5 Naches Hatchery  
• FISHTRAP LK (LINC/SPOK)
  Mar 11, 2014 Rainbow 300 0.25 Spokane Hatchery  
• FLOWING LK (SNOH)
  Mar 11, 2014 Rainbow 6,035 2.7 Tokul Cr Hatchery  
• GIBBS LK (JEFF)
  Mar 10, 2014 Rainbow 740 1.3 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 3/4 lbs. each.
• GOLF COURSE PD (ASOT)
  Feb 26, 2014 Rainbow 100 0.8 Tucannon Hatchery  
  Feb 24, 2014 Rainbow 2,000 2.7 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
  Feb 24, 2014 Rainbow 25 0.9 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
• GRANGER PD (YAKI)
  Mar 04, 2014 Rainbow 700 2.5 Naches Hatchery  
• GREEN LK (KING)
  Mar 10, 2014 Rainbow 10,050 2.5 Whitehorse Pond  
  Mar 04, 2014 Rainbow 7,400 2.5 Puyallup Hatchery  
• HORSESHOE LK (JEFF)
  Mar 10, 2014 Rainbow 260 1.3 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 3/4 lbs. each.
• I-82 PD #1 (YAKI)
  Feb 25, 2014 Rainbow 2,500 2.5 Naches Hatchery  
• I-82 PD #2 (YAKI)
  Feb 25, 2014 Rainbow 3,000 2.5 Naches Hatchery  
• I-82 PD #3 (YAKI)
  Feb 26, 2014 Rainbow 3,000 2.5 Naches Hatchery  
• I-82 PD #4 (YAKI)
  Feb 24, 2014 Rainbow 2,500 2.5 Naches Hatchery  
• I-82 PD #6 (YAKI)
  Feb 24, 2014 Rainbow 2,000 2.5 Naches Hatchery  
  Feb 24, 2014 Rainbow 247 0.9 Naches Hatchery  
• KITSAP LK (KITS)
  Mar 05, 2014 Rainbow 4,828 1.3 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 3/4 lbs. each.
• KLINELINE PD (CLAR)
  Mar 10, 2014 Rainbow 1,516 2.06 Vancouver Hatchery  
  Feb 26, 2014 Rainbow 1,500 2 Vancouver Hatchery  
• LACAMAS LK (CLAR)
  Mar 04, 2014 Rainbow 4,000 2.1 Vancouver Hatchery  
• LEROY BURNS PD (WAHK)
  Mar 01, 2014 Rainbow 2,500 2.33 Goldendale Hatchery  
• LIBERTY LK (SPOK) (57)
  Feb 27, 2014 Rainbow 150 0.27 Spokane Hatchery  
  Feb 27, 2014 Rainbow 5,044 2.6 Spokane Hatchery  
• LK ALICE (KING)
  Mar 04, 2014 Rainbow 1,124 2.1 Tokul Cr Hatchery  
• LK KAPOWSIN (PIER)
  Mar 10, 2014 Rainbow 20,050 2.5 Puyallup Hatchery  
• LK KOKANEE (MASO)
  Mar 03, 2014 Rainbow 3,000 1.3 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 3/4 lbs. each.
• LK LAWRENCE (THUR)
  Mar 12, 2014 Rainbow 4,575 2.5 Puyallup Hatchery  
  Mar 11, 2014 Rainbow 5,550 2.5 Puyallup Hatchery  
• LK LOMA (SNOH)
  Mar 12, 2014 Rainbow 1,713 2.5 Whitehorse Pond  
• LK MERIDIAN (KING)
  Mar 04, 2014 Rainbow 10,000 2.5 Puyallup Hatchery  
• LK SACAJAWEA (COWL)
  Mar 04, 2014 Rainbow 3,583 2.44 Goldendale Hatchery  
• LOST LK (MASO)
  Mar 10, 2014 Cutthroat 100 0.93 Eells Springs  
• MARMES PD (FRAN)
  Feb 20, 2014 Rainbow 543 2.6 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
• MARTHA LK (WB) (SNOH)
  Mar 12, 2014 Rainbow 2,800 2.5 Whitehorse Pond  
• MATTOON LK (KITT)
  Feb 24, 2014 Rainbow 2,500 2.5 Naches Hatchery  
  Feb 24, 2014 Rainbow 396 0.9 Naches Hatchery  
• MCCABE POND (KITT)
  Mar 10, 2014 Rainbow 202 0.9 Naches Hatchery  
  Mar 10, 2014 Rainbow 600 2.5 Naches Hatchery  
• MYRON LK (YAKI)
  Feb 26, 2014 Rainbow 499 0.9 Naches Hatchery  
  Feb 26, 2014 Rainbow 500 2.5 Naches Hatchery  
• NAHWATZEL LK (MASO)
  Mar 04, 2014 Rainbow 5,360 1.3 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 3/4 lbs. each.
• OFFUTT LK (THUR)
  Mar 07, 2014 Cutthroat 430 0.93 Eells Springs  
• ORCHARD PD (COLU)
  Feb 19, 2014 Rainbow 760 2.34 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
• PAMPA PD (WHIT)
  Feb 21, 2014 Rainbow 25 0.7 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
  Feb 21, 2014 Rainbow 2,500 2.6 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
• QUARRY PD (WALL)
  Feb 27, 2014 Rainbow 5,460 2.6 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
• RAINBOW LK (COLU)
  Feb 25, 2014 Rainbow 3,000 2.5 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
  Feb 24, 2014 Rainbow 100 0.83 Tucannon Hatchery  
• RATTLESNAKE LK (KING)
  Mar 10, 2014 Rainbow 2,470 2 Tokul Cr Hatchery  
• ROTARY LK (YAKI)
  Feb 26, 2014 Rainbow 2,500 2.5 Naches Hatchery  
• SARGE HUBBARD PD (YAKI)
  Feb 26, 2014 Rainbow 1,000 2.5 Naches Hatchery  
  Feb 26, 2014 Rainbow 111 0.9 Naches Hatchery  
• SILVER LK (SNOH) T28
  Mar 12, 2014 Rainbow 6,025 2.5 Whitehorse Pond  
• SPENCER LK (MASO)
  Mar 10, 2014 Cutthroat 200 0.93 Eells Springs  
• SPRING LK (COLU)
  Feb 25, 2014 Rainbow 3,000 2.5 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
  Feb 24, 2014 Rainbow 100 0.83 Tucannon Hatchery  
• TEAL LK (JEFF)
  Mar 10, 2014 Rainbow 300 1.3 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 3/4 lbs. each.
• TYE LK (SNOH)
  Mar 04, 2014 Rainbow 1,523 2.1 Tokul Cr Hatchery  
• W EVANS PD (ASOT)
  Feb 26, 2014 Rainbow 100 0.8 Tucannon Hatchery  
  Feb 24, 2014 Rainbow 50 0.9 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
  Feb 24, 2014 Rainbow 1,501 2.7 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
• W MEDICAL LK (SPOK)
  Mar 07, 2014 Rainbow 300 0.3 Spokane Hatchery  
• WATSON LK (COLU)
  Feb 26, 2014 Rainbow 2,000 2.5 Lyons Ferry Hatchery  
  Feb 24, 2014 Rainbow 100 0.83 Tucannon Hatchery  
• WOODHOUSE PDS (KITT)
  Mar 10, 2014 Rainbow 600 2.5 Naches Hatchery  

North of Falcon Public Meetings

posted by Mike on 03/13/2014

If you are interested in having a word in the salmon season setting process for this year, here is a list of the meetings that will take place in up coming weeks.

 

March 14

Grays Harbor Salmon Advisory Group Meeting:

March 17

Columbia River Fisheries Discussion:

  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, Wash.
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Columbia River fall commercial and sport fisheries.

March 19

First North of Falcon Meeting:

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E. Olympia.
  • Discussion of management objectives and preliminary fishery proposals for Puget Sound, coastal Washington and Columbia River area sport and commercial fisheries.

Grays Harbor Fisheries Discussion:

March 20

Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion:

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Trinity Methodist Church, 100 South Blake Ave., Sequim
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

March 21

Willapa Bay Salmon Advisory Group Meeting:

March 22

Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion:

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., WDFW Mill Creek Office, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek.
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

March 24

Public Hearing on Ocean Salmon Management Options:

  • 7 p.m., Chateau Westport, 710 W. Hancock, Westport.
  • Public hearing, sponsored by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, to receive comments on the proposed ocean salmon fishery management options adopted by the council during its March meeting.

March 25

Willapa Bay Fisheries Discussion:

March 26

Pre-season Columbia Basin salmon forecasts and fishery outlook:

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Walla Walla Community College main lecture hall, 1470 Bridge St., Clarkston.
  • Public discussion of potential recreational and commercial salmon fisheries statewide.

South Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion:

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E. Olympia.
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries in Hood Canal and south Puget Sound marine areas and rivers.

March 27

Pre-season Columbia Basin salmon forecasts and fishery outlook:

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Benton PUD, 2721 W. 10th Ave. Kennewick.
  • Public discussion of potential recreational and commercial salmon fisheries statewide.

April 1

North of Falcon Meeting:

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Embassy Suites Hotel, 20610 44th Ave. West, Lynnwood.
  • Public meeting to present results of state-tribal negotiations and analyses of preliminary fishery proposals. With public participation, preferred options are developed for Puget Sound sport and commercial fisheries.

April 3

North of Falcon Meeting – Columbia River & Ocean discussion:

  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E., Olympia.
  • Public meeting to present results of state-tribal negotiations and analyses of Ocean and Columbia River fisheries proposals. With public participation, preferred seasons are developed for Ocean and Columbia River area sport and commercial fisheries.

April 4

Final Grays Harbor/Willapa Bay Fisheries Discussion:

April 5-10

Final Pacific Fishery Management Council:

  • Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth Street, Vancouver, WA.
  • PFMC adopts final ocean fisheries regulations and state-tribal fishing plans are finalized for all inside area commercial and sport salmon fisheries.
 

Proposed Additionsal Razor Clam Digs For March & April 2014

posted by Mike on 03/06/2014

WDFW plans additional razor clam digs
at Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks

 

 

OLYMPIA - Razor clam diggers will have a few more beaches to consider in late March and April, following a decision today by state shellfish managers to add digs to a list of dates previously announced.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is planning new digs at Long Beach in March and at Copalis and Mocrocks in April, based on recently updated harvest estimates showing a sufficient number of clams in those areas to support additional openings.

"After last weekend's opener, we still have ample clams to provide additional digging opportunities for those beaches," said Dan Ayres, WDFW shellfish manager.

Final approval on upcoming digs will be announced after marine-toxin test results confirm the clams are safe to eat.

The first added digging opportunity will be at Long Beach on March 31, which is also the last day that a 2013-14 fishing license is valid. Beginning April 1, diggers age 15 or older must have a 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams.

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.

The department also scheduled additional digs at Mocrocks and Copalis beaches in mid-April.

"Openings in late April and May will be announced after we evaluate harvest levels again next month," Ayres said.

Proposed digs are tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides (newly added digs are in bold):

  • March 26, Wednesday, 3:52 p.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors
  • March 27, Thursday, 4:48 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
  • March 28, Friday, 5:38 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • March 29, Saturday, 6:23 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

Seasonal switch to morning tides

  • March 30, Sunday, 6:53 a.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • March 31, Monday, 7:39 a.m.; -0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach

A 2014 license is required for the following digs:

  • April 1, Tuesday, 8:22 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 2, Wednesday, 9:05 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 3, Thursday, 9:49 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
     
  • April 14, Monday, 6:46 a.m.; +0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
  • April 15, Tuesday, 7:24 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 16, Wednesday, 8:03 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 17, Thursday, 8:43 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 18, Friday, 9:26 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • April 19, Saturday, 10:14 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • April 20, Sunday, 11:06 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks

No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon beginning March 30 with the seasonal switch to morning tides.

Under state law, diggers 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.

Tags: Razor Clams

2014 Kids Fishing Events

posted by Mike on 03/06/2014

Here's a run down on the "Kids Fishing Events" to be held in April and May.  Some of them require registration, with their popularity it would not be too early to do such:

 

April 16th, 2004

KIDS TROUT FISHING CLASS

Silver Hall

Thorton A. Sullivan Park

Silver Lake, Evertt

6pm - 8 pm

Everett Parks Registration

425-257-8300 ext 2

 

April 26th - 27th, 2014

Evergreen State Spring Festival

Kids Trout Pond

at the Evergreen Fair Grounds

in Monroe

 

May 3rd, 2014

KIDS FISHIG EVENT

Jennings Park, Marysville

8am - 11am, Ages 5 - 12 years old

Food donations accepted for local Food Bank

Marysville Parks & Recreation

 

May 10th, 2014

Silver Lake Kids Fish-In

Thorton A. Sullivan Park

at Silver Lake,Everett

7:30am - 3pm, Ages 4 - 14 years old

Everett Parks Registration

425-257-8300 ext 2

 

May 17th, 2014

KIDS FISHING EVENT

Twin Lakes County Park

(North Gissberg Park)

Smokey Point, Arlington

8am - 2pm, Ages 5-14 years old

 

Stanwood Eagles 27th Annual Blackmouth Derby - Saturday April 12th & Sunday April 13th

posted by Mike on 03/06/2014

The 27th Annual Stanwood Eagles Blackmouth Fishing Derby will take place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of April.  This is a very well attended local derby that draws some of the best local fisherman to participate. Tickets run $50.00 and everyone in the boat must have a derby ticket. Cash prizes are based upon the number of tickets sold with the following percentages:

 

1st 45% of total entry fees

2nd 20% of total entry fees

3rd 15% of total entry fees

4th 10% of total entry fees

5th  5% of total entry fees

Lots of Donated Merchandise Prizes

 

5% of total entry fees to be donated to the Eagle Charties

 

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

Stannwood Eagles

Ted's Sports Center

Holiday Sports

John's Sporting Goods

Camano Marine

Elger Bay Store

 

For more information call: Stanwood Eagles (360) 629-3224 or Ed Keller (425) 308-9437

Additional Smelt Dipping Opportunity - Saturday March 8th

posted by Mike on 03/05/2014

Action: Opens recreational smelt fishing in the Cowlitz River for one more 6-hour period.

Species affected: Eulachon smelt.

Effective dates: Open Sat. March 8, 2014

Open hours: 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Location: Cowlitz River (bank only).

Daily Limit: 10-pound daily limit. Possession limit is equal to one daily limit.

Gear: Dip net only.

Reason for action: Sets one additional day of recreational smelt dipping opportunity in the Cowlitz River. The eulachon return was delayed due to cold river temperatures that caused the fish to hold in the warmer Columbia River estuary for most of February. The fish only showed up in the Cowlitz River on the final day of the original four-day season (Saturdays from Feb. 8 through Mar. 1). This year will be the fourth year of significantly improved smelt returns to the Columbia River beginning in 2011. Even with the one day extension to the sport season, combined sport and commercial harvest is expected to not exceed 1% of the total run size forecasted for 2014. The fishery serves as an important test fishery to monitor run strength and timing and to collect biological data. The regulations are consistent with a reduced Level One fishery as described in the "Washington and Oregon Eulachon Management Plan" for the Columbia River.

 

Ted's still has a handful of smelt dip nets on hand at $39.99 ea.

Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby - Saturday May 17th

posted by Mike on 03/04/2014

Mark your calender down for the popular Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby, it will take place on Saturday May 17th this year.  As the derby information comes in I will post additional information on it. Overall, it should be just about the same format as last year.

Washington Pre Season Salmon Forecasts for 2014

posted by Mike on 03/03/2014

Big runs of Columbia River chinook,
coho highlight 2014 salmon forecasts

 

 

OLYMPIA - Salmon fishing in the ocean and the Columbia River this summer could be great thanks to an abundant run of hatchery coho and a potentially historic return of chinook, according to state fishery managers.

Opportunities for anglers also look good in Puget Sound, where another strong run of coho salmon is expected this year.

The forecasts - developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty Indian tribes - for chinook, coho, sockeye and chum salmon were released at a public meeting in Olympia today, marking the starting point for developing 2014 salmon-fishing seasons.

Ron Warren, fisheries policy lead for WDFW, said protecting and restoring weak wild salmon populations will continue to be the top priority as fishery managers develop salmon seasons.

"It's early in the process, but these forecasts point to an exciting summer of salmon fishing," Warren said. "We look forward to working with our tribal co-managers and constituents to establish fishing opportunities on abundant runs of hatchery salmon while ensuring we meet our conservation goals for wild fish populations."

This year's forecasts include a return of more than 1.6 million Columbia River fall chinook salmon - which would be the largest since record-keeping began in 1938. A return of nearly 1 million Columbia River coho salmon is expected back this summer as well.

"This certainly could be a banner year for summer salmon fisheries, particularly off the Washington coast and in the Columbia River," Warren said.

As in past years, salmon-fishing prospects in 2014 vary by area:

  • Columbia River: Of the 1.6 million fall chinook expected to return to the Columbia River this season, nearly 86 percent of those fish are "bright" stocks. Those fish, most of which are destined for areas above Bonneville Dam, are the foundation of the in-river recreational salmon fishery.

    If that run comes in as forecast, the total number of brights would exceed last year's entire Columbia River run of 1.2 million chinook salmon. Additionally, the ocean abundance of Columbia River coho is forecast to be about 964,000 fish, three times as many fish as last year's actual abundance.
  • Washington's ocean waters: The strong return of Columbia River salmon should also boost fisheries in the ocean this year.

    About 225,000 lower river hatchery chinook are expected back this season, 35,000 more fish than last year's return. Those salmon, known as "tules," are the backbone of the recreational ocean chinook fishery.

    The abundant coho salmon return projected for the Columbia River will contribute to fisheries off the coast of Washington as well, said Doug Milward, ocean salmon fishery manager for WDFW.

    "This is the first time in more than a decade we have had exceptionally strong forecasts for chinook and coho in the same year," Milward said. "That's good news for anglers because those abundant runs could result in higher catch quotas for both species this summer in the ocean."
  • Puget Sound: Summer/fall chinook salmon returns to Puget Sound are expected to total nearly 283,000 fish, slightly higher than last year's forecast. Most chinook fisheries in Puget Sound, where hatchery chinook make up the bulk of the returning fish, will be similar to last year, said Ryan Lothrop, recreational fishery manager for WDFW.

    A strong run of coho salmon is expected back to Puget Sound as well. Nearly 873,000 coho are forecast to return to the Sound's streams, similar to last year's projection. Lothrop said bright spots for coho include the Nisqually, Skokomish, Skagit, Stillaguamish and Snohomish rivers, as well as Lake Washington and the marine waters of mid- and south Puget Sound.

    Another bright spot is Baker Lake, where an abundant sockeye return of 35,000 salmon is expected back this year. Fishery managers will once again consider sockeye fisheries in Baker Lake and the Skagit River, Lothrop said.

    Another possibility is bonus bag limits for sockeye during summer salmon fisheries in marine areas around the San Juan Islands and in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. "About 23 million sockeye salmon are forecast to return to Canada's Fraser River this year, and a portion of those fish will make their way through those marine areas," Lothrop said.

    However, a sockeye fishery in Lake Washington is unlikely this year, Lothrop said. The sockeye forecast is about 167,000, well below the minimum return of 350,000 sockeye needed to consider opening a recreational fishery in the lake.

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

Additional public meetings have been scheduled through March to discuss regional fishery issues. Input from these regional discussions will be considered as the season-setting process moves into the "North of Falcon" and PFMC meetings, which will determine the final 2014 salmon seasons.

The PFMC is expected to adopt final ocean fishing seasons and harvest levels at its April 5-10 meeting in Vancouver, Wash. The 2014 salmon fisheries package for Washington's inside waters will be completed by the state and tribal co-managers during the PFMC's April meeting.

A meeting schedule, salmon forecasts and information about the salmon season-setting process are available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/

Anacortes Derby Tickets

posted by Mike on 03/03/2014

If you are wanting to participate in the Anacortes Salmon Derby coming up on March 29th and 30th you had better purchase your tickets quickly. With just 200 tickets left of the 1,000 total yet to be sold I am sure this will be the last week of sales. Don't be left out buy yours "Now"! This is one of the most popular salmod derbys held each year. 

 

With $25,000 in cash prizes and lots of merchandise prizes it's no wonder of why it's so popular!

 

Get You Tickets Now!

Occupy Skagit - March 29th 2014

posted by Mike on 03/03/2014

March 29th will mark Occupy Skagit at Howard Miller Steelhead Park between 9:00 - 11:00a.m. .  This is a movement to try and reopen a portion of the Skagit and Sauk Rivers to catch and release steelhead fishing that we once had in the past. It is their oppinion that the river could once again support a catch and release season at the present time.

 

After reviewing the evidence, it is our belief that a well managed, catch and release season on the Skagit / Sauk Rivers would not be inconsistance with the recovery of its wild winter steelhead.

 

Occupy Skagit is a celebration to show your support for the restoration of the spring catch and release season on the Skagit.  During the "Wade In" period some of us will cast hook - less lures to mimic fishing in rememberance of foregone opportunities.

 

We would also like to compile a list of supporters to take with us the following week to the WDFW Commissioner's meeting.

 

Please join us and show your support and desire to revive our catch and release season on the Skagit.

 

 

Chelan Fishing Report - February 25th 2014

posted by Mike on 02/26/2014

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

 

    On Chelan, we have located schools of kokanee around the edges of the lower half of the lake.  They are varying in size from 11 to 17 inches.  They are absolute acrobats on light gear and their delicate flesh has unparalleled eating quality.  Work the edges of Lake Chelan from the surface to 200 feet.  Look at your sonar and troll a Mack’s Lures Double D dodger trailed by one of Mack’s Lures orange or pink Mini Cha Cha Squidders baited with some Pautzke’s Fire Corn just above the fish.  Speeds of 1 to 1.5 mph will work best.  The bite should get more consistent as we move towards spring, but the fish will move around.  Look around on the same contour once you find them. 

 

    Lake Trout continue to bite trolled presentations in the trench.  This bite that has been red hot since September has finally dropped back to a more normal 2 fish per hour.  I would expect big fish to show up around Colyar’s ledge now, if our previous years’ experience are any help. Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in Chartreuse and Orange Splatterback, were the best lure to solidly hook those light biting trench fish.

 

    Lake Chelan is producing rainbow trout from the shoreline.  Fish from the bank with a slip sinker rig and Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire or cast Worden Lures Roostertails. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to make small subtle shifts to stay on those kokanee.  They are roaming a bit for their food.  I’ve found that sliding along the same depth contour that I originally found them at is better than slipping into deeper or shallower water. 

 

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

 

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

 

Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

509-687-0709

www.darrellanddads.com or visit our Facebook page for more pictures and updates

 

2/20/14 Pictured: Kathleen Rodman, husband Dale and children Trenton (9) and Mia (7) of KOZI and Chelan with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.

 

2/25/14 Also Pictured:  Roger Sorenson and Pepe' Hernandez both of Manson and Blueberry Hills fame with their and Jeff's Lake Chelan Kokanee.

 

Salmon Limit To Drop To 1 Salmon In Marine Area 7 Effective February 24th

posted by Mike on 02/21/2014

Salmon daily limit reduced after Feb. 23 in Marine Area 7

 

 

Action: Reduces daily limit to 1 salmon in Area 7.

Effective Date: Feb. 24 through April 30, 2014.

Species affected: All salmon.

Location: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands).

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that encounters with legal size hatchery and wild chinook are projected to exceed the preseason expectations which were set to ensure compliance with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans. The fishery is being modified to control impacts on stocks of concern.

Other information: Reduces daily limit to one salmon in Area 7. Anglers must release wild chinook. Bellingham Bay and Samish Bay will remain closed during April. Anglers should consult the Fishing in Washington, Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations.

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

March 1st - Lake Openers

posted by Mike on 02/17/2014

There will be a number of lakes opening March 1st. allowing for some early season fishing opprutunities in the eastern portion of the state. Hopefully, the colder winter weather will go to the way side and the ice will melt from these early season waters allowing anglers to fish. It is a crap shoot every year as will there be ice or will there not.  We just never seem to know! Anyway, dig out your regulations and scan throught them to see what lakes will have those March 1st openers. There are a multitude of them both in Grant, Adams, Spokane and Columbia counties. For the fly and selective gear fishermen Lenore, Lenice and Nunally will provide good fishing for the early seasons.

 

With these early fisheries less than two weeks from openening it would be a good time to go through you gear and see what you are needing to replace or update. Don't forget to get new monolifiment on your reels if you are a gear guy or replace your fly leaders if you are a fly fisherman.

 

In the next week I'll make a few calls and see what prospects these early opening lakes might just hold for you. I'll post that information prior to the opening.

28th Annual Bill Hayes Hot Plug's Blackmouth Derby - Saturday March 1st

posted by Mike on 02/17/2014

Saturday March 1st marks the 28th Annual Bill Hayes Hot Plug's Blackmouth Derby to be held in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2. This is a small home town type derby that headquarters out of the Stanwood Eagles.  Tickets are $50.00 per person and everyone on board must have a ticket. Prizes are based on the number of participants.

 

1st Place - 50% of total enrty fees

2nd Place - 20% of total entry fees

3rd Place - 15% of total entry fees

4th Place - 10% of total entry fees

2 Drawings amongst all ticket holders for $100.00 cash prize and Anacortes Salmon Derby Tickets. (Must Be Present To Win)

 

Entry fees may be paid at the following locations:

Stanwood Eagles

Elger Bay Grocery

Camano Marine

Holiday Sports

Johns Sporting Goods

Ted's Sports Center

 

For additionalinformation contact Ed Keller (425) 308-9437 or edkeller829@gmail.com
 

Proposed Razor Clam Digs for February, March and April

posted by Mike on 02/13/2014

WDFW lists proposed razor clam digs
on ocean beaches through April

 

 

OLYMPIA - Clam diggers looking forward to the next razor clam dig on Washington beaches now have two more months of possible options to consider.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has released a list of proposed digs in March and April, adding to one previously announced for Feb. 26-28.

None of those digs has yet received final approval, but the list will allow diggers to start planning their next trip to the beach, said Dan Ayres, WDFW shellfish manager.

"We expect to add some digs at Mocrocks and Copalis in April, but we need to measure harvest levels next month before we can do that," Ayres said. "As usual, we'll give the final word on all of the scheduled digs once we receive the results of upcoming marine toxin tests."

Ayres also noted that the seasonal shift from evening tides to morning tides will occur March 30, four days into a proposed six-day dig.

"That's another reason to announce these tentative digging dates as soon as possible, he said. "The last thing we want to do is take people by surprise."

Proposed digs are tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • Feb. 26, Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 27, Thursday, 5:04 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 28, Friday, 5:49 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • March 1, Saturday, 6:32 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • March 2, Sunday, 7:13 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • March 3, Monday, 7:53 p.m.; +0.3 feet; Twin Harbors
  • March 26, Wednesday, 3:52 p.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors
  • March 27, Thursday, 4:48 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
  • March 28, Friday, 5:38 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • March 29, Saturday, 6:23 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

Seasonal switch to morning tides

  • March 30, Sunday, 6:53 a.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • March 31, Monday, 7:39 a.m.; -0.5 feet; Twin Harbors
  • April 1, Tuesday, 8:22 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 2, Wednesday, 9:05 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 3, Thursday, 9:49 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 14, Monday, 6:46 a.m.; +0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
  • April 15, Tuesday, 7:24 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 16, Wednesday, 8:03 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 17, Thursday, 8:43 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 18, Friday, 9:26 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach,
  • April 19, Saturday, 10:14 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 20, Sunday, 11:06 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach

Ayres noted that the 2nd Annual Long Beach Razor Clam Festival will be held April 19-20. Informational is available at http://longbeachrazorclamfestival.com/.

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

All diggers age 15 or olde

Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby - February 15,16 & 17th

posted by Mike on 02/12/2014

We will have tickets for the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby that will take place over this three day weekend until we close at 7:00PM this Friday the 14th of February.  Ticket sales have been very brisk the last few days! Tickets are $40.00 for all three days of the derby.

 

This is a "Great" Derby with lots of participation.  There are lots of really good cash and merchandise prizes. Here's a little run down on the "CASH" prizes!

 

First Prize $10,000.00

Second Prize $2,000.00

Third Prize $1,000.00

Plus Four $500.00 Mystery Fish Pizes

 

For Additional Information go to: www.GardinerSalmonDerby.org

Silver Horde 12th Fan Spoons

posted by Mike on 02/12/2014

We have another shipment of the Silver Horde 12th Fan Kingfisher Spoons in both 3.5 and 4.0 sizes. These have been a very popular spoon since coming out, and they also catch fish! Stop by and grab a few as there is a limited supply!

 

$5.69ea

Steelhead Fishing Opprutunties In Eastern Washington

posted by Mike on 02/12/2014

 

 

 

Steelhead fishing to open on Wenatchee, Icicle, upper Columbia rivers; whitefish on Wenatchee

 

ACTIONS: Open the Columbia, Wenatchee, and Icicle Rivers on February 13, 2014 to fishing for steelhead. In addition, the Wenatchee River will open on February 13, 2014 to fishing for whitefish.

SPECIES AFFECTED: Steelhead and whitefish.

FISHING AREA LOCATIONS AND EFFECTIVE DATES:

Areas that will open to fishing for steelhead one hour before sunrise on February 13, 2014 until further notice include:

Wenatchee River: From the mouth to 400 feet below Tumwater Dam, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

Columbia River: From Rock Island Dam upstream to 400 feet below Wells Dam.

Areas that will open to fishing for whitefish one hour before sunrise on February 13, 2014 until further notice include:

Wenatchee River: From the mouth to the Hwy 2 bridge at Leavenworth. Reason for changes: Recent analyses of the ongoing steelhead fisheries in portions of the upper Columbia River has revealed sufficient natural origin steelhead impacts still remain under the NOAA issued ESA section 10 permit. Re-opening steelhead fisheries in the Columbia, Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers will help to reduce the proportion of hatchery fish on the spawning grounds and further reduce competition between natural origin and hatchery juvenile production. Opening these areas to steelhead angling also allows whitefish angling opportunity on the Wenatchee.

GENERAL RULES for all locations open to steelhead fishing:

Mandatory retention of adipose fin clipped steelhead, daily limit two (2) hatchery steelhead, 20 inch minimum size. Hatchery steelhead are identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar in its location.

Adipose present steelhead must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.

Night closure and selective gear rules remain in effect.

Whitefish anglers must follow selective gear rules in areas open to steelhead fishing, no bait is allowed

OTHER ANGLER INFORMATION: Steelhead fisheries currently open between Wells and Chief Joseph Dams, and in the Methow, Okanogan, and Similkameen Rivers will remain open until further notice.

Anglers are required to possess a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement as part of their valid fishing license. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons in the Columbia River system, including fishery enforcement and monitoring. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million per year to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River Basin. Information contacts: Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager (Ephrata), (509) 754-4624, Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist (Wenatchee), (509) 665-3337.

Salmon Limit Reduced to 1 Fish In Marine Area 9

posted by Mike on 02/10/2014

Salmon daily limit reduced after Feb. 9 in Marine Area 9

 

 

Action: Reduces daily limit to 1 salmon in Area 9.

Effective Date: Effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2014.

Species affected: All salmon.

Location: Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet).

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that encounters with legal size hatchery and wild chinook are projected to exceed the preseason expectations which were set to ensure compliance with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans. The fishery is being modified to control impacts on stocks of concern.

Other information: Reduces daily limit to one salmon in Area 9, excluding the Edmonds Fishing Pier. Release wild chinook except at Edmonds Fishing Pier. Anglers should consult the Fishing in Washington, Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations for the Edmonds Fishing Pier.

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

Cowlitz River Smelt Fsihing To Open Saturday February 8th...

posted by Mike on 02/06/2014

Though this is just a short opener at least we have an opprutunity to dip smelt on the Cowlitz for the first time in three years. 

 

If you are looking for smelt nets we have a limited supply on hand at the prest time.  They have been going fast!

 

Smelt dipping opens Saturday (Feb. 8)
on Cowlitz River for first time in 3 years

 

 

OLYMPIA - The first recreational fishery for eulachon smelt in three years will get under way Saturday (Feb. 8) on the Cowlitz River under a new rule approved by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Under the new rule, fishing with dip nets will be allowed from the riverbank from 6 a.m. until noon each Saturday through March 1. Each dip-netter may retain 10 pounds of smelt per day.

In a joint meeting Wednesday, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon also approved a similar smelt-dipping schedule on the Sandy River in Oregon and a limited gillnetting fishery on the lower Columbia River.

Ron Roler, WDFW Columbia River policy coordinator, said all three fisheries are designed primarily to gather basic biological data on smelt, which were listed as threatened from northern California into British Columbia under the federal Endangered Species Act in 2010.

"In the three years since the fishery closed, we've lacked basic data to monitor the smelt population returning to the lower Columbia River," Roler said. "The limited fishing opportunities approved this year will allow us to monitor this resource without affecting its recovery."

Working in consultation with NOAA-Fisheries, state fishery managers developed fishing seasons that are expected to take no more than 1 percent of the total amount of smelt expected to return this year.

After declining for more than a decade, smelt returns began to increase in 2011, reaching 110 million spawners in 2013, Roler said. Another large run is expected this year, he said.

"This year's fishery will provide limited fishing opportunities that are consistent with the conservation of smelt and will assist NOAA-Fisheries in developing a recovery plan," Roler said.

The commercial fishery for smelt approved this year is scheduled to run Mondays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Columbia River below Warrior Rock at the mouth of the Lewis River.

Everett Blackmouth Derby - Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

posted by Mike on 02/03/2014

The Everett Blackmouth Derby will take place on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014. Tickets will run $100.00 / boat, with a maximum of four anglers. Total tickets sold will be limited to 100 boats. 

 

This is also a popular derby and tickets sell out quickly!

 

For more information on this derby take a look at their website:

www.everettblackmouthderby.com

You can also give Woody Woods a call at (425) 501 - 4024

Willie Drift Boat Raffle Tickets - $5.00ea

posted by Mike on 02/03/2014

Here's a "Great" deal! Purchase a $5.00 raffle ticket for a chance ot win a very nice 17 X 54 Willie Drift Boat Package as well as help out our Pacific Northwest fisheries.

 

Stop by and purchase a chance or chances to win this great drift boat package. Tickets are just $5.00 ea and all the proceeds of this raffle will benefit the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association. NSIA has long been a sport fishing advocate putting in lots of time and effort in procureing better sportfishing opprutunities for fishermen here in the Pacific Northwest.

 

This as a 17 X 54 Willie Drift Boat on a Clacacraft trailer, Haxtons Boat Cover, compleate anchoring system and oars and oar locks.

 

Drawing for the boat will take place on April 5th after the 22nd Spring Fishing Classic in Portland approximately 5:00 PM.

 

You "DO NOT" need be present to win!

2014 Anacortes Salmon Derby - Tickets Are Available

posted by Mike on 02/01/2014

We have the very popular Anacortes Salmon Derby tickets at the present time and tickets have been flying out the door this morning. This derby will be held on March 29th and 30th this year. Do not hesitate to get your tickets soon as tickets sell out well before the derby and many folks are disapointed every year. Tickets are $60.00 per person.

 

The derby has $25,000.00 in cash prizes and thousands more in prizes.

 

For more information take a look at their websites.

www.anacortessalmonderby.com

info@anacortessalmonderby.com

 

The fishing has been outstanding once again this season in the Islands and we should see some outstanding results.

Columbia River Spring Chinook Season Set - Additional Sturgeon Season in Bonneville Pool

posted by Mike on 01/31/2014

States set seasons for spring chinook,
white sturgeon in the Columbia River

 

 

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Anticipating a strong return of spring chinook salmon, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today set the initial 2014 fishing season to run through April 7 on the lower Columbia River.

Starting March 1, anglers fishing downriver from Bonneville Dam may retain one marked, hatchery-reared adult spring chinook per day. The sport fishery will close in that area on two Tuesdays - March 25 and April 1 - to accommodate potential commercial fisheries.

Anglers fishing above the dam will also have a one-fish daily catch limit for hatchery adult spring chinook during a season scheduled March 16 through May 9. The fishing area above Bonneville Dam extends upriver to the Washington/Oregon state line, 17 miles above McNary Dam.

Barbless hooks are required in both areas, and anglers must release any salmon or steelhead not visibly marked as a hatchery fish by a clipped adipose fin.

Ron Roler, Columbia River policy manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said this year's spring chinook fishery looks promising, noting that the initial seasons could be extended if enough fish are available for harvest.

"The stage is set for a great fishery this year," Roler said. "Not only is the run forecast well above average, but the light snow pack makes it unlikely that anglers will have to contend with high, turbid water as they have in some years."

Based on pre-season projections, 308,000 adult spring chinook will return to the Columbia River Basin this year, including 227,000 upriver fish bound for rivers and streams above Bonneville Dam. That compares to a return of just 123,100 upriver fish in 2013, Roler said.

Under this year's initial catch guidelines, anglers fishing below the dam will be allowed to catch up to 12,400 spring chinook before an updated run forecast is released in late April or early May. Another 1,325 adult upriver chinook will be reserved for anglers fishing between Bonneville Dam and the Washington/Oregon state line.

To guard against overestimating this year's run, the states will again manage the fisheries with a 30 percent buffer until the forecast is updated with information about actual returns.

"We've agreed to take a conservative approach until May, when we typically know how many fish are actually returning," Roler said. "If the fish return at or above expectations, we will look toward providing additional days of fishing on the river later in the spring."

Spring chinook fishing is currently open on a daily basis from Buoy 10 near the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to the Interstate 5 Bridge.

Under the new rules, the fishery for boat and bank anglers will expand upriver to Beacon Rock on March 1, with bank fishing also allowed from Beacon Rock upriver to the fishing boundary just below Bonneville Dam.

Above the dam, the fishery will be open to boat and bank anglers on a daily basis from March 16 through May 9 between the Tower Island powerlines (six miles below The Dalles Dam) and the Washington/Oregon state line. Bank anglers can also fish from Bonneville Dam upriver to the Tower Island powerlines during that time.

In other business, fishery managers approved a sturgeon fishery in the Bonneville Pool set to begin Saturday, Feb. 1. Only white sturgeon measuring 38-54 inches (fork length) may be retained.

Roler said that fishery is designed to give anglers a chance to catch sturgeon still available for harvest in that area during the winter season. The fishery will run through Feb. 17 or until 300 to 350 additional sturgeon are caught, whichever comes first.

Waters below Bonneville Dam remain closed to sturgeon retention until further notice under rules previously adopted by both states.

The new fishing regulations for spring chinook and white sturgeon will be posted on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/rulechanges/ by the end of the day Jan. 30.

Razor Clam Dig - January 28th through February 2

posted by Mike on 01/24/2014

Next razor clam dig set to begin Jan. 28

 

 

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers can return to coastal beaches Tuesday (Jan. 28) through Sunday (Feb. 2) to dig razor clams during the last of three openings this month.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the latest dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

As in previous openings, all digs are scheduled on evening tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.

Dan Ayres, WDFW shellfish manager, said conditions for the upcoming dig should be much better than during the last opening in mid-January.

“The surf has calmed down, and we have some excellent low tides this time around,” Ayres said. “Success rates should be much improved during the next opener.”

Upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • Jan. 28, Tuesday, 4:36 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 29, Wednesday, 5:25 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • Jan. 30, Thursday, 6:11 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 31, Friday, 6:55 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 1, Saturday, 7:38 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Feb. 2, Sunday, 8:20 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

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

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 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.

One additional razor clam dig is tentatively scheduled in late February during a season that is expected to extend into spring. For more information about upcoming digs, see WDFW’s razor clam webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.

Blackmouth Fishing - Marine Area 9

posted by Mike on 01/23/2014

The blackmouth reports have been coming out of Marine Area 9 have been quite good since the opener. The fish that we have been seeing caught have been fron legal up 7 - 8pounds on the average with an occasional fish into the low teens. There has been an average of 3 or 4 shakers for every legal sized fish. 

 

Overall, we have been seeing better sized fish coming out of the western portions of area.  This eastern side has been producing smaller fish on average with the better fish being 5 - 6 pounds.  The western areas such has Point No Point, Double Bluff and Mid Channel Bank have been showing better sized fish with many going into the lower teens.

 

Fishing pressure has been low to moderate at best.  With the cach reports being as high as they have been it's really amazing that there are not more anglers fishing.

Marine Area 9 - Blackmouth Reports

posted by Mike on 01/17/2014

Though we have had dense fog the past few days here at the shop, the fog on the water has not been as bad and the guys that made it out did not have much problems in getting about. Fishing has been just about what I thought with a good number of sub legal fish (under 22") and legal fish have beeing going from just legal to around 7 pounds.  Most folks that we have spoke with had no problems in getting limits of fish.  Size has been a little on the disappointing side but it is exactly what it is.

Most everyone said they caught three or four shakers to every legal fish.

Overall, fishing was such that everyone seemed to get enough action.

22nd Annual Spring Fishing Classic, Saturday April 5th

posted by Mike on 01/15/2014

This is a "Great" event sponsored by Fisherman's Marine in Portland for the benifit of NSIA which is a key player in procureing better fishery opprutunities in the Northwest.  With a great preseason forcast on spring chinook and the event timed at the peak of the run should make this a fantastic event.  Make sure to sign up early as well as procureing a place to stay and moorage.

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It's sure to be a classic!
 
When
Saturday April 5, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM PDT
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Where
Holiday Inn Airport
8439 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR 97220
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Greetings!
 
The Fisherman's Marine & Outdoor Spring Fishing Classic is just around the corner, and registration is now open.
 
Celebrating its 22nd year, this fun event gives you a chance to win cash for catching a fish, plus it benefits the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association. This year it is a week later on
Saturday, April 5 and in a new location, the Holiday Inn Portland Airport. We shifted the date this year to give people a better chance of getting a springer! Could you be the one to win the D&G Bait Biggest Fish Contest and $500?
 
Register now for this great event which will feature a fun day of fishing, a raffle, a scrumptious dinner and a silent auction. Also be on hand when we raffle off the brand new Willie drift boat on a Clackacraft trailer!
 
Cost for the event is $80 per person, or $240 for a team of three, $400 for a team of five, or $480 for a team of six. You could win the $500 biggest fish prize or your team could take home the best team award.
 
Sign up today for this fun event!
 
 
If you have any questions, or would like to register via telephone, give us a call at the NSIA offices at 503-631-8859
 
Thank you for your continued support of the NSIA!
 
Sincerely,
 
Michele Bailey
Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association

Everett Blackmouth Derby, Saturday March 22nd

posted by Mike on 01/15/2014

We were just told yesterday that the Everett Blackmouth Derby will be held on Saturday March 22.  This derby is limited to just 100 boats.  Tickets run $100.00 per boat with up to four anglers on board.  Though tickets are not available at the present time I will post once they are delivered.  Make sure to mark your calendar.
 

Marine Area 9 - Admiralty Inlet to open Thursday January 16th

posted by Mike on 01/14/2014

Perhaps the single most popular salmon fishing area in the inland waters will reopen to salmon angling this Thursday, January 16th. This area includes the popular areas of Possession Point, Point No Point and Mid Channel Bank. We expect to see some fairly good fishing opprutunities coming out of this popular spot. The catch limit will be a two fish limit with chinook having a 22" minimum size restriction and must be of hatchery origin with a missing adipose fin. (Wild Chinook Must Be Released) There is no size restriction on ather salmon species.

 

Though open for all salmon species it is basically a Chinook (Blackmouth) fishery at the present time with a handful of small (12 - 14 inch) resident Coho.  Chinook will vary greatly, with a large number of sub legal fish and good numbers of fish from legal to 12 -13 pounds with an odd fish in the upper teens and a rare fish pushing the 20+ pound mark.

 

Make sure that you fish very close to the bottom in 90 - 180 feet of water. As I was told many years ago by an eldery Puget Sound fisherman that had fished blackmouth all his life that to be successful you need to fish two feet below the mud! I have to cuncur that fishing close to the bottom will increase your productivity.

 

This area will remain open through the 15th of April.  In the last couple weeks of the season there is a chance that we might be seeing a few early returning adult fish.

Razor Clam Dig January 15 - 18th, 2014

posted by Mike on 01/14/2014

Razor clam dig cleared to run Wednesday through Saturday

 

 

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers can return to coastal beaches Wednesday (Jan. 15) through Saturday (Jan. 18) to dig razor clams during a month packed with digging opportunities.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the latest dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

As in previous openings, all digs are scheduled on evening tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.

“The timing of the upcoming dig appears to be shaping up nicely,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW shellfish manager. “After a week of thirty-foot waves, the ocean is settling down with a chance of sun breaks.”

Upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • Jan. 15, Wednesday, 6:19 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 16, Thursday, 6:51 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 17, Friday, 7:22 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 18, Saturday, 7:53 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

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

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

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Lake Chelan Area Report - 1/13/2014

posted by Mike on 01/13/2014

  What’s continues hot into the middle of January is trolling the trench for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan.  Finally heating up is catching bigger fish uplake from the Narrows, trolling depths of 220 to 380 feet deep.  Also, continuing hot is bait fishing off the docks and trolling the lower basin of Lake Chelan for rainbow trout.  Roses Lake’s ice has become questionable after the Chinook wind that blew on the 12th

 

    Working depths of 185 to 240 feet in the trench at speeds of 1 to 1.5 mph within 5 feet of the bottom continues to be very productive.  Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies and Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders have produced numbers of fish from two to five pounds.  Up above the Narrows, fish Colyar’s ledge with Worden Lures U-20 Flatfish or Silver Hordes Kingfisher Lite spoons at speeds of 1.5 to 2 mph for a chance at a big fish. 

 

    If you like to fish for rainbow trout and are shore bound, this is a great time of the year for you.  Troll Mack’s Lures wedding rings behind their Double D Dodger to catch rainbows from 12 to 20 inches.  Dunking Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire off a  slip sinker rig with a 30” leader from the docks will work too.

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to remember scent when fishing.  We like to smear all our hard lures with Pautzke’s Krill Juice for trout and salmon.  We believe this works as a cover scent so fish committed to biting will not shy away at the last moment. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is plain common sense.  Since kid’s bodies have less mass than ours, they are less tolerant of cold than adults.  Give them an extra layer.  Build a warming fire where safe and legal.  Take warming breaks in the vehicle where fires won’t work.  Keep the sessions short.  Make sure it is fun so they will want to do it again.  Especially pay attention to their fingers and toes. 

 

    The safety tip of the week is to use this slower time of the year to make sure your safety gear has been checked and is in shape for the peak boating season.  Fire extinguishers need to be recharged and inspected.  Replace used or worn items.  For us that is usually band aids and anti-inflammatories like aspirin, Tylenol and Ibuprofen.  Check lifejackets and throwable cushions for worn spots and tears to be repaired or replaced as needed.  Make a list and check the items off.

 

Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

509-687-0709, antonj@aol.com or www.darrellanddads.com

check out our Facebook Page!

 

Pictured:  1/7/14 - Pepe, Marty Degeller and Gilbert with their mornings catch.

Also Pictured:  Pepe with his nice 21" rainbow caught from the dock while Jeff was getting the fish ready to go for the picture.

 

New Rod! Tica Tyee Classic

posted by Mike on 01/10/2014

We have just recieved the new Tica Tyee Clasic Salmon Rods.  They have three different models designed for salmon fishing here in the Northwest.  All three models will lend themselves to a wide variety of salmon fishing techniques.  Being a glass rod they will take the abuse of the downriggers and divers but will also make a great conventional trolling rod.  Here's the particulars on the models:

 

8'6" Medium Heavy Action 12 - 25lb Line Rating 3/8 - 1 1/2 lure weight triggered reel seat

9'0" Medium Heavy Action 12 - 25lb Line Rating 3/8 - 1 1/2 lure weight triggered reel seat

10'0" Medium Heavy Action 12 - 25lb Line Rating 3/8 - 1 1/2 lure weight non-triggered reel seat

 

These rods have through blank cork handles, graphite and stainless reelseats, aluminum oxide 1 piece guides and is very well finished.

 

Ted's has an introductry price on them of $49.99.

 

Stop by and take a look at the "New" Tica Tyee Classics!

 

 

Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby - February 15, 16 & 17 2014

posted by Mike on 01/09/2014

We now have tickets for the popular Olympic Peninsula Salmon derby coming up President's Day Weekend, February 15, 16 & 17th.  With a top prize of $10,000.00 you can be assured that there will be lots of participation.  Tickets are $40.00 per person and cover all three days of the derby.  For additional information you can go to their website at www.GardinerSalmonDerby.org. 

I will put more information on our site as the derby gets a little closer.

Tokul Creek To Open Thursday 9 January 2014 at 7:00 AM

posted by Mike on 01/08/2014

Tokul Creek to open early for hatchery steelhead and other gamefish

 

Action: Open Tokul Creek for trout and other gamefish.

Effective date: 7:00 a.m, Jan. 9 through 5:00 p.m. Feb. 15, 2014.

Species affected: Trout, hatchery steelhead and other game fish.

Location: Tokul Creek from the Fish Hatchery Road Bridge upstream to the posted cable boundary marker below the hatchery intake.

Reasons for action: This section of Tokul Creek is closed in the permanent regulations until Jan.15 to allow for winter steelhead broodstock collection at the Tokul Creek Hatchery. The Tokul Creek Hatchery facility has now met their egg take goals for winter steelhead allowing for expanded fishing opportunity in Tokul Creek.

Other information: Tokul Creek remains open from the mouth to the downstream edge of the Fish Hatchery Road bridge as listed in the fishing rules pamphlet. Tokul Creek is closed to fishing daily from 5:00 PM to 7:00 AM. Anti-snagging rules are in effect. All sections of Tokul Creek will close Feb. 16, 2014 to protect wild steelhead.

Information Contact: Jennifer Whitney, District 13 fish biologist, 425-775-1311 ext. 107, whitnjlw@dfw.wa.gov.

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50/50 Gold / Nickel 1/2 ounce Steelhead Spoons Back In Stock

posted by Mike on 01/08/2014

After a considerable delay we finally have our 50/50 Gold Nickel 1/2 ounce steelhead spoons back in stock. These spoons have been extremely popular with our customers. These spoons are built of brass rather than steel and have a very high quality finish.  A great value at $2.89ea.

Nooksack River And Forks Close To Fishing Effective January 9th, 2014

posted by Mike on 01/08/2014

Action: Close the Nooksack River and forks to fishing.

Effective dates: Jan. 9 through Jan. 31, 2014.

Species affected: All species.

Locations:

The Nooksack River from mouth to the confluence of the North and South Forks.

The South Fork Nooksack from mouth to Skookum Creek.

The Middle Fork Nooksack from mouth to city of Bellingham diversion dam.

The North Fork from mouth to Nooksack Falls.

Reasons for action: The Kendall Hatchery has been unable to collect enough returning hatchery winter steelhead broodstock to meet egg take needs. Closure of the fishery is necessary to collect sufficient fish to meet egg take needs.

Other information: On Feb. 1 the fisheries will re-open to fishing as listed in the 2013-14 Fishing in Washington sport fishing pamphlet.

Information Contact: Brett Barkdull, 360-466-4345 ext. 270

2013 Winter Crab Catch Record Cards Need To Be Turned In

posted by Mike on 01/07/2014

Don't forget to send your 2013 Winter Crab Catch Record Cards to WDFW or report your catch on line by the end of the month if you don't want to pay a $10.00 Administative Fee when you purchase your 2014 licenses.  Don't give the government any more money than you have to!

Lake Chelan Area Report for 1/07/2014

posted by Mike on 01/07/2014

     What’s continues into the New Year is trolling the trench for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan.  Also continuing hot is bait fishing off the docks and trolling the lower basin of Lake Chelan for rainbow trout. 

 

    Roses Lake has safe ice now and is being fished lightly.  Fishing is fairly slow for planter rainbows. 

 

    Working depths of 190 to 245 feet from Rocky Point to Pat and Mike’s at speeds of 1.1 to 1.4 mph within 5 feet of the bottom continues to be incredibly productive.  Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies, Needlefish squiddy’s and Kingfisher Lite spoons have produced numbers of fish from two to five pounds with the odd bigger fish thrown in to keep things interesting.   Mack’s Lures Squidders and Worden Lures Flatfish in glow colors will also catch nice numbers of fish. 

 

    If you like to fish for rainbow trout and are shore bound, this is a great time of the year for you.  Dunking Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire off of a 30” leader from the docks and shore at Mill Bay can get you some Rainbow trout.  Some of these fish will stretch to 20 inches or better although most will be a foot or so.  Troll Mack’s Lures wedding rings behind a dodger or Worden Lures venerable Roostertail to catch rainbows if you have a boat. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to remember to change things up once in a while to see if you can get different or bigger fish to bite.  The two things that you can change are Location and Presentation.  We are running up above the Narrows trying to find those big fish that tend to show up in the second half of the winter.  We sometimes will run up to or over 2mph to trigger different populations of fish.  I must say that what we advise above has been very productive as you can see by checking out the recent pictures on the web site. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to plan an outing to one of the upcoming sportsman’s shows in the region.  The Shuyler’s put on great shows in Pasco and Yakima.  The O’Loughlin’s have the regions big show in Puyallup.  There is always a kid’s fishing pond and usually other kid-friendly activities to make a nice day of it. 

 

    The safety tip of the week is to remember safety when ice fishing at Roses Lake.  Carrying a couple of spikes on a lanyard looped over your neck will help you get yourself out if you manage to take that unexpected plunge. Also a change of clothes kept handy in a water proof bag will keep the uncomfortable from becoming the dangerous.

 

Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

509-687-0709 or visit our web site at:  www.darrellanddads.com

 

Cascade River & North Fork Stillaguamish River Closures

posted by Mike on 01/06/2014

Portions of the Cascade and Stillaguamish rivers will close to fishing

 

Action: Portions of the Cascade and Stillaguamish rivers will be closed to fishing.

Effective dates: Jan. 6, through Jan. 31, 2014.

Species affected: All species.

Locations:

The Cascade River, a tributary of the Skagit River, from the Rockport-Cascade Road downstream to the mouth.

The North Fork Stillaguamish River, from the Swede Heaven Bridge downstream approximately 4 river miles to the French Creek confluence. This closure includes the Whitehorse Hatchery intake and Fortson Hole area of the North Fork Stillaguamish.

Reasons for action: The Marblemount and Whitehorse hatcheries have been unable to collect enough returning hatchery winter steelhead broodstock to meet egg take needs. Closure of the fisheries are needed to collect sufficient fish to meet egg take needs.

Other information: On Feb. 1 the fisheries will re-open to fishing as listed in the 2013-14 Fishing in Washington sport fishing pamphlet or sooner if egg take goals at the hatcheries are met.

Information Contact: Jennifer Whitney, Stillaguamish River 425-775-1311 ext. 107. Brett Barkdull, Skagit River 360-466-4345 ext. 270

 

Happy New Years!

posted by Mike on 12/31/2013

Hope that all of you have a great new year in 2014. Thanks for all your support this past year.

The Ted's Crew

Merry Christmas To All Of You!

posted by Mike on 12/24/2013

All of us here at Ted's Sports Center wish all of you, your family and friends a wonderful Christmas!

The Ted's Crew

Mike

John

Ryan

Larry

Crabbing To Close December 31st

posted by Mike on 12/23/2013

Puget Sound sport crabbing to close Dec. 31;
winter catch reports due by Feb. 1

 

 

OLYMPIA - Puget Sound marine areas currently open for recreational winter crabbing will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, after which all sport crabbers licensed to fish for crab in the Sound will have until Feb. 1 to report their winter catch.

State fishing rules require that all sport crabbers with winter catch record cards submit catch reports for the winter season to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) by Feb. 1 - even if they did not keep any crab. With the end of the winter crab season on Dec. 31, all Puget Sound marine areas will be closed to recreational crabbing until summer 2014.

Sport crabbers should be aware that if they fail to submit a winter catch report, they will receive a $10 fine when they purchase their 2014 crab endorsement, said Rich Childers, WDFW shellfish policy lead.

"By submitting their catch data, crabbers play an important role in managing the Puget Sound crab fishery," Childers said. "We need to hear from everyone who was issued a winter catch card - including from those who didn't keep any crab."

To submit catch reports, crabbers may send their catch record card to WDFW by mail or file their report on a special webpage on the department's licensing website. The mailing address is WDFW CRC Unit, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

The online reporting system will be available Jan. 1-Feb. 1 at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wdfw/puget_sound_crab_catch.html.

 

Lake Chelan Report from Anton Jones 12 / 20 / 13

posted by Mike on 12/20/2013

 What’s hot continues to be trolling the trench for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan.  Also continuing hot is bait fishing off the docks and trolling the lower basin of Lake Chelan for rainbow trout. 

 

    Working depths of 190 to 245 feet from Rocky Point to Pat and Mike’s at speeds of 1.1 to 1.4 mph within 5 feet of the bottom continues to be incredibly productive.  Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies, Needlefish squiddy’s and Kingfisher Lite spoons have produced numbers of fish from two to five pounds with the odd big fish over ten pounds thrown in for good measure.  Fish have also come off of Worden Lures T4 Flatfish in GPLF and LUCH.  Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders in glow colors are also Mack magnets. 

 

    If you like to fish for rainbow trout and are shore bound, this is a great time of the year for you.  Dunking Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire off of a 30” leader from the docks and shore at Mill Bay can get you some Rainbow trout.  Some of these fish will stretch to 20 inches or better.  Troll Mack’s Lures wedding rings behind a dodger or Worden Lures venerable Roostertail to catch rainbows if you have a boat. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to remember to control variables to get into that 10% of anglers that catch 90% of the fish.  Usually location is the most important variable involved.  That consists of map location and the depth of the presentation.  Usually the second most important variable is the profile of the presentation, especially when trolling.  Profile includes the size, shape and vibration that a lure gives off when trolled or retrieved.  Color is what most anglers focus on, but in my opinion, it is usually the least important variable.    

 

    The kid’s tip of the week involves shore activities on Lake Chelan this time of the year.  While you are trying to get those Rainbow trout to bite keep your eyes open to nature around you.  This is the time of the year a pair of Bald Eagles will prey on about one American Coot a day.  Frequently, this is right by the dock areas.  A pair of binoculars and a camera will enlarge and preserve this unfolding scene of nature at work.  The middle of the day is frequently a good time to catch the action. 

 

    The safety tip of the week is to wait before venturing out onto the ice on Roses Lake.  It is way too thin to be safe yet!  Also, remember to carry some spikes on a lanyard to help get yourself out if you manage to take that unexpected plunge.

 

Razor Clam Digs - December, January and February

posted by Mike on 12/19/2013

Razor clam digs tentatively set
through February of new year

OLYMPIA – For those with time to plan beyond the winter holidays, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has tentatively scheduled a new series of evening razor clam digs through February.

Under that plan, various ocean beaches will be open for 13 days in January and five days in February if marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

WDFW will announce final word on those digs about a week before they are scheduled to begin.

“We’re announcing these dates now so people can start making plans for the new year,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “We’ve had a terrific season so far, and expect plenty of great digging in the months ahead.”

Ayres noted that a dig now proposed to start New Year’s Day would effectively add five additional days to a dig previously planned during the last three days in December.

As in recent months, all digs are scheduled on evening tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.

Upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • Dec. 29, Sunday, 4:05 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Dec. 30, Monday, 4:55 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Dec. 31, Tuesday, 5:42 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks,Copalis,
  • Jan. 1, Wednesday, 6:29 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 2, Thursday, 7:15 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 3, Friday, 8:00 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 4, Saturday, 8:45 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Jan. 5, Sunday, 9:31 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 15, Wednesday, 6:19 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 16, Thursday, 6:51 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 17, Friday, 7:22 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 18, Saturday, 7:53 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 28, Tuesday, 4:36 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 29, Wednesday, 5:25 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • Jan. 30, Thursday, 6:11 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 31, Friday, 6:55 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 1, Saturday, 7:38 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Feb. 2, Sunday, 8:20 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 26, Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 27, Thursday, 5:04 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 28, Friday, 5:49 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

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

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 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.

Skykomish River - Steelhead Reports 12 / 18 /13

posted by Mike on 12/18/2013

Overall we have had just a ho hum steelhead season so far this season. Thats not to say that there are not fish being caught, but the fishing isn't as good as it should be for this time in the run. We have been seeing some fish coming out of the Reiter Ponds section of the river with some folks even getting a limit of fish from time to time. For the most part we have been hearing of 8 - 12 fish coming out the ponds on any given day.  For the most part it has been a float and jig or a float and bead show with the low clear water conditions we have been seeing for the greater part of this season. We have been hearing of a few fish being caught in the middle and lower sections of the Sky for those of our customers that do not relish the crowds of the ponds.

We hope that we get a little rain in the near future to raise the river a bit and hopefully bring in a few fresh fish.  If after the next high water we do not see any numbers of fish in the system I think we can come to a conclusing that we are not going to see much of a season this year.

Preseason Forecasts For Columbia River Salmon Runs

posted by Mike on 12/18/2013

Preliminary forecasts for 227,000 Upriver Spring Chinook run will nearly double the 2013 returns of 123,100 fish.   Officials say that projection would make it the fifth highest return of these fish in the last 34 years.

The news was also good for the Bright Fall Chinook, with fish mangers expecting to see the same number of adult returns as we saw in 2013, or approximately 555,400 fish. This would was nearly twice what was predicted and the second highest number of Jacks returned since the 1985 and ’86 seasons.  Managers from the three states suggested that the fall Chinook returns could be as large as 2013, and we can expect to see a strong showing of 4 year olds. 

 

The predictions for the number of Sockeye and Coho are also up, according to state officials.

Olympic Tackle's Grisby Special Mico Nymphs

posted by Mike on 12/18/2013

Ted’s Sports Center has just received a new addition to the already popular line of Olympic Tackle’s Coho Flies. The new item is called Grisby Special Micro Nymphs. These are a smaller mini fly of just 2 ½ inches in length to imitate smaller baitfish in both salt and freshwater environments. These are tied with UV materials to enhance the visibility, top quality materials and epoxy coated heads for additional durability. At the present time they are available in five color combinations:

 

Pink / White

Blue / White

Green / White

Mixed Color / White

White

 

These flies can be utilized in a great number of fisheries, the potentials are endless.  They will be outstanding in our resident coho fisheries in late spring and early summer fished behind a small dodger or flasher when they are targeting the smaller young of the year herring and candlefish. Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish cutthroat fishermen will find them to be a good addition to their tackle boxes as they imitate the smaller baitfish upon which the cutthroat prey. Salmon fishermen fishing Rotators or Buzz Bombs will find them to be a good addition as an enhancement when placed over the hook behind the lure as they have been doing with smaller hoochies over the past few years. Fly fishermen can use them as a tube fly when chasing searun cutthroat, resident coho and Dolly Varden.   

 

Priced at a reasonable $2.79ea.

 

Stop by and take a look or you can give us a call and we’ll be glad to ship you some.

 

New! 15 Pound Pancake Downrigger Leads

posted by Mike on 11/27/2013

Ted's now has 15 pound pancake downrigger leads in stock both in plain lead and with black coating.  Both models have stainless steel eyes and fins. The 15's will compliment our already exsisting 10 and 12 pound pancake models.

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Mike on 11/27/2013

From all of the Ted's crew, have a very good Thanksgiving day with your family and freinds.  We will be taking the day off ourself to do the same thing and perhaps wet a line for a few hours tomorrow.

 

We'll be back in the shop on Friday!

Skykomish Winter Steelhead - Wednesday 27 November

posted by Mike on 11/27/2013

Though the winter steelheading isn't on fire by any means there are at least enough fish in the Skykomish that one does have a chance of catching one over this Thanksgiving holiday.  There are fish throughout the Sky at the present time as we have seen them being caught from the lower river below Monroe all the way to the hatchery at Reiter ponds.  The fish that we have seen are typical hatchery fish in the 4 - 8 pound range. 

We will have fresh sand shrimp in a little latter today for you that would like to have some for those of you that traditionally fish on Thanksgiving morning before the big meal.

Razor Clam Digs - November 30th - December 7th

posted by Mike on 11/27/2013

Razor clam dig starts Nov. 30
on 'exceptional' low evening tides

 

 

OLYMPIA - State fishery managers have approved an evening razor-clam dig on ocean beaches starting Saturday, Nov. 30, and running for eight days on the lowest tides so far this season.

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

"We’ve had some great digs so far this season, but this one could be truly exceptional," said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. "If the weather cooperates, most diggers should be able to get their limit in record time."

Under state law, diggers 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.

Ayres said the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide, noting that no digging is allowed at any beach before noon.

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

  • Nov. 30, Saturday, 4:28 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 1, Sunday, 5:13 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 2, Monday, 5:59 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 3, Tuesday, 6:44 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 4, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • Dec. 5, Thursday, 8:17 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 6, Friday, 9:05 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 7, Saturday, 9:56 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 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.

Sand Shrimp

posted by Mike on 11/25/2013

If you are going steelhead fishing this weekend you might want to place an order for sandshrimp.  We are going to receive a shipment on Wednesday, and them again on Friday.  If you place an order we will make sure that you have them for pick up on the day you requested.

 

Tags: Sand Shrimp

We Have Clear Drift Floats

posted by Mike on 11/25/2013

We once again have a good selection of Clear Drift Floats in stock.  We have them in 9, 11, 15, 20 and 25 gram sizes and in flame and chartreuse tops.  We will also be receiving 30 and 35 gram sizes shortly. Clear Drift Floats have become one of the most popular steelhead floats utilized today.

Skykomish Winter Steelhead

posted by Mike on 11/23/2013

With Thanksgiving just around the corner it's time for the first of the winter run Skykomish River steelhead to start showing up.  Here's Gary one of our regulars with a nice winter run steelhead from the lower Skykomish which he caught this morning.  This was the second winter fish that he has landed this week. 

Whidbey Island Steelheading

posted by Mike on 11/21/2013

So far the steelheading on the island has been off to a very slow start. In talking with one of the island regulars this morning the rumors from the beach is that the fishing has been extremely slow so far this seaon with just a couple of fish caught so.  Generally by this time of the year the fishing is fairly consistant. (That is as consistant as steelheading can be.)  I suppose we will see what the next couple of weeks brings and with that perhaps what kind of season we will be seeing in our Puget Sound streams.

 

For those of you that have not partaken of this fishery the primary spots are Bush Point, Lagoon Point and Fort Casey.  With Bust Point and Fort Casey giving you the greatest amount of beach access.  Lagoon has very little public access with the greatest amount of beach being privetly owned.

 

If you have never tried this saltwater steelheading before stop by and we'll be glad to show you the set ups for this unique fishery.
 

Coronet Bay Smelt Fishing

posted by Mike on 11/19/2013

We have been receiving some good reports on smelt fishing out of Coronet Bay. This is a very family friendly fishery that the whole family can participate in and enjoy. Requring the most basic of tackle you will need a typical trout fishing outfit, a Gamakatsu #4 Smelt / Herring Jig, some 3/8 - 1 ounce sinkers and a bucket in which to place your catch. Though there are a mulitude of sabiki style jigs on the market designed for this fishery however the Gamakatsu jigs are very simply put the only one to use. There are two public docks in the Coronet Bay State Park that you can fish from.  The first is the larger overnight moorage dock that is T shape in form and will provide ample space for a great number of smelt fishermen and the smaller boat launch docks to the east of the main dock.  If you do fish off of these make sure not to interfere with those boaters launching or retreiving their boats as this is the docks primary usage.

 

Remember to take along your Discovery Pass as this is a State Park area requiring the Pass for use of the facilities.  Make sure it is displayed on the dash of your vehicle or hanging off the rear view mirror.

 

The limit is 10 pounds per angler and everyone must have their own container.

 

No license is required for the smelt but a saltwter license is required if you want to retain the herring or shiner perch that are a frequent bycatch of the smelt fishery.

 

These smelt are extremely tasty little fish and one that I look forward to enjoying at this time of year.

 

As always make sure to read your WDFW regulation phamplet for all the particulars of this fishery.

 

Ted's has all of the gear that you will be needing for this outing and we'll be glad to help you out in any way.

Great New Book! Advanced Techniques For Plug-Cut Herring

posted by Mike on 11/18/2013

Advanced Techniques<BR> for Plug-Cut Herring

Advanced Techniques
for Plug-Cut Herring


Author: Phil Pirone

Trolling a plug-cut herring is one of the most effective ways to catch salmon. Be it in the ocean, bay, or large rivers salmon can’t resist the action of a plug-cut herring trolled behind your boat. Phil Pirone describes in detail how to scent, brine/dye, cut and rig your herring. He also described the different sizes and what to look for when purchasing quality herring.

For expert and novice alike this book is an invaluable learning tool.

6 x 9 Inches, 48 Pages, All-Color

Published July 2013

At $9.95 you will find this a great value and will add to your salmon fishing knowledge.

Don't Want To Put Up With The Crowds On Black Friday, Then Go Fishing

posted by Mike on 11/18/2013

Black Friday Fishing Opener Lakes
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will close fishing Nov. 25 on six year-round-open lakes in southwest Washington so that crews from the Mossyrock and Goldendale fish hatcheries can stock each with 2,000 extra big rainbow trout averaging 1-1/4 pounds each. The lakes will re-open to fishing the day after Thanksgiving, on Friday, Nov. 29.

Clark County

Cowlitz County

Klickitat County

Lewis County

Other Black Friday Fishing Opportunities

Jefferson County

  • Leland Lake
    975 rainbow trout averaging 1 pound each will be planted

Mason County

  • Spencer Lake
    2000 rainbow trout averaging 1 pound each will be planted

Big Island Kayak Mahi

posted by Mike on 11/18/2013

Tim Bauer has things thought out quite well now that he is retired.  Spend the king season here in Puget Sound then exit in great haste to his digs on the Big Island where he spends a great deal of his time chasing warm water species out of his kayak.  Here's Tim with a very respectable Mahi caught off the lee side of the Big Island,

Proposed Razor Clam Digs through New Years

posted by Mike on 11/18/2013

WDFW tentatively schedules razor clam
digs through December, New Year’s Eve

 

 

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has tentatively scheduled three razor clam digs for December, including 15 total digging days in the month and a three-day New Year’s Eve dig at four coastal razor clam beaches.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said final word on the first series of digs will be announced after marine-toxin test results confirm clams are safe to eat prior to each dig.

“Although these digs are still tentative, tide levels look good,” said Ayres. “That’s especially true for the eight-day dig beginning Nov. 30, and for the New Year’s Eve dig.”

He highlighted ample opportunities to dig tasty razors for holiday celebrations this year.
“Razor clam digging on New Year’s Eve has become a tradition for many Washingtonians,” said Ayres. “The tides aren’t conducive to a holiday dig every year, but they’re with us in 2013.”
In past years, as many as 20,000 people have descended on ocean beaches to dig razor clams on New Year’s Eve, Ayres said.
Dates, beaches, and evening low tides for the proposed end-of-the-year digs are as follows:

  • Nov. 30, Saturday, 4:28 pm; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks
  • Dec. 1, Sunday, 5:13 pm; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 2, Monday, 5:59 pm; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 3, Tuesday, 6:44 pm; -1.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 4, Wednesday, 7:30 pm; -1.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 5, Thursday, 8:17 pm; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 6, Friday, 9:05 pm; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 7, Saturday, 9:56 pm; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 14, Saturday, 4:45 pm; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks
  • Dec. 15, Sunday, 5:26 pm; -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbor, and Mocrocks
  • Dec. 16, Monday, 6:03 pm; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks
  • Dec. 17, Tuesday, 6:38 pm; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 18, Wednesday, 7:12 pm; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 29, Sunday, 4:05 pm; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks
  • Dec. 30, Monday, 4:55 pm; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks
  • Dec. 31, Tuesday, 5:42 pm; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

Under state law, diggers 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.

Lake Chelan Area Fishing Report for November

posted by Mike on 11/18/2013

What’s hot is trolling the trench for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan.  Fishing the lower basin of Lake Chelan for rainbows has been a great bonus. 

 

Working depths of 190 to 245 feet between Minneapolis Beach and Rocky Point at speeds of 1.1 to 1.4 mph within 5 feet of the bottom has been very productive.  Silver Horde’s Needlefish squiddy’s and Mack’s Lures Fat Cat Cha Cha Squidders in glow green rigged with a Mack’s Lures glow Smile Blade and baited with a strip of Northern Pikeminnow have produced numbers of fish off the downrigger rods.  Fish have also come off of Worden Lures T4 Flatfish in GPLF and LUCH off the outrigger rods.  

 

If you are a rainbow trout aficionado, try all the normal ways to catch the loads of planter rainbows that WDFW was kind enough to plant.  An added bonus is some nice triploid rainbows up to 20 inches.  From the shore, throwing Worden Lures Roostertails or dunking Pautzke’s Firebait on slip sinker rigs will be productive for a while.  From a boat, troll Mack’s Lures Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind their 0000 Double D Dodger. 

 

Your fishing tip of the week is to stay aware of seasonal changes that will create new opportunities for fishing success.  For Lakers on Lake Chelan this will normally mean that the big spawning lake trout will move off the beds and put on the feed bag.  Historically, this will mean the deep water above the narrows will be getting more productive for those double digit fish that we all love to catch.  This normally happens by mid-December, but can occur as early as Thanksgiving. 

 

Usually, as we close in on Thanksgiving, WDFW will heavily plant Roses Lake with Rainbow Trout to fuel the winter fishery there.  This is designed to be ice fishing, but as you know, in our area that can be an iffy proposition.  Pay attention to their web site or call down to the Chelan Falls Hatchery to ask when the fish will go in.  It normally provides at least a week or two of open water fishing on Roses Lake, our valley’s little multi-species gem. 

 

The kid’s and safety tip of the week is annual admonition about dressing in layers.  Depending on temperature, dress in layers of fleece or wool with a weather proof shell to keep the kids (and adults) cozy as we move into winter.  Also, an extra set of clothes in the event someone gets wet can help prevent a miserable or even dangerous situation.

 

Upper picture of Lucy Mills of Cashmere with a nice 20" Chelan Rainbow caught on 11/15/13.

 

Lower Picture of Jessie Klasing of Spokane with Dad Ed Klasing of Houston, TX with a nice morning laker catch on 11/13/12.

 

Thank you to Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service for the Report.  If you are wanting an oustanding Lake Chelan area experience Anton and his crew are the guys to go with.

 

 

 

Lake Chelan Reports from Anton Jones 10/15/13

posted by Mike on 10/15/2013

    What’s hot is trolling the upper end of the trench for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan.  Fishing the lower basin of Lake Chelan over the next few weeks for planter rainbows will be a nice way to keep kids entertained. 
 
    Working depths of 180 to 210 feet between Minneapolis Beach and Rocky Point at speeds of 1.1 to 1.4 mph within 5 feet of the bottom has been very productive.  Silver Horde’s Needlefish squiddy’s and Mack’s Lures Fat Cat Cha Cha Squidders in glow green rigged with a Mack’s Lures glow Smile Blade and baited with a strip of Northern Pikeminnow have produced numbers of fish off the downrigger rods.  Fish have also come off of Worden Lures T4 Flatfish in GPLF and LUCH off the outrigger rods.   
 
    If you are a rainbow trout aficionado, try all the normal ways to catch the loads of planter rainbows that WDFW was kind enough to plant.  From the shore, throwing Worden Lures Roostertails or dunking Pautzke’s Firebait on slip sinker rigs will be productive for a while.  From a boat, troll Mack’s Lures Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind their 0000 Double D Dodger. 
 
    Your fishing tip of the week is to stay alert for new wrinkles in the fishing industry that can help you.  For a few years now we have surmised that Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons with sickle hooks tend to hold onto more hooked fish than other lures with standard “J” shaped hooks.  Jeff’s initial experiments with Matzuo sickle hooks in our squid rigs tends to confirm that.  Their shape seems to keep those fish lips down at the deepest bend in the hook.  This converts more “fish on” into “fish in the boat”.  Don’t be afraid to experiment.  
 
    The kid’s tip of the week is to involve your photography kid or budding artist in the slower times of fishing. Even young ones enjoy snapping a picture of their fish, or something interesting on the shore. Silly pictures of each other add to the fun of the day.  With the ease of digital cameras, a few extra shots keep them engaged and might even produce that memorable shot.  
 
    The safety tip of the week is to be sure that everyone on board knows exactly where all safety equipment is located. That includes not only the life jackets of proper size, but the fire extinguisher, first aid kit and a throwable floatation device. In the excitement of starting a trip, it’s easy to skim over this and these few moments of instruction can be a life saver.
 
Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service
Check out our Facebook Page!
 
10-4-13:  World (ok, Regionally) famous writer Terry Rudnick, wife Roberta and buddy Darell Midles with their bunch of Lake Chelan Lakers.  Oh, to have been in on the stories on that trip!
 
10-6-13:  Dan Cooper of Seattle brought his boys, Evan (10) and Henry (7) out to fish with Jeff.  They did a fine job out there.
 

Upper Columbia Tributaries Open For Steehead

posted by Mike on 10/12/2013

Upper Columbia River, tributaries to open
for hatchery steelhead fishing

 

 

OLYMPIA - Starting Wednesday (Oct. 16), fishing will open for hatchery steelhead on the mainstem upper Columbia, Wenatchee, Icicle, Methow and Okanogan rivers until further notice.

In addition, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced that the Similkameen River will open to hatchery steelhead retention beginning Nov. 1.

Jeff Korth, regional fish manager for WDFW, said approximately 14,000 adult steelhead are expected to return to the upper Columbia River this year - enough to allow the department to open area steelhead fisheries.

Korth noted, however, that fishing will be more tightly regulated than last year because fewer hatchery steelhead are projected to return this year and wild steelhead are expected to make up a higher proportion of the run.

"Careful management is required to protect naturally spawning steelhead listed under the federal Endangered Species Act," Korth said. "While these fisheries traditionally remain open through the winter, we may have to close fishing early due to the higher number of encounters with wild steelhead expected this year."

Korth said anglers should check WDFW's website (http://wdfw.wa.gov/) throughout the season for possible changes in the fishing regulations.

On all rivers, anglers will have a daily limit of two hatchery steelhead, marked with clipped adipose fins and measuring at least 20 inches in length. Anglers are required to immediately release any steelhead with an intact adipose fin without removing the fish from the water. All steelhead fitted with a floy (anchor) tag and those with one or more round quarter-inch holes punched in their caudal (tail) fin must also be released.

Anglers fishing tributaries to the upper Columbia River are also required to retain any legal-size hatchery steelhead they catch until the daily limit of two fish is reached. Once they have retained two fish, anglers must stop fishing for steelhead.

Selective gear rules apply to all areas where steelhead seasons are open, although bait may be used on the mainstem Columbia River. All anglers are required to follow selective gear rules and restrictions described in WDFW's Sport Fishing Rules, available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Anglers should also be aware that motorized vessels are not allowed on the Wenatchee or Icicle rivers under Chelan County ordinances.

Areas that will open to fishing for hatchery steelhead Oct. 16 until further notice include:

  • Mainstem Columbia River: Open from Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam. Night closure and selective gear rules apply, except bait is allowed.
  • Wenatchee River: Open from the mouth to the Icicle River Road Bridge, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam. Night closure and selective gear rules apply. Motorized vessels are not allowed.
  • Methow River: Open from the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop. Fishing from a floating device is prohibited from the second powerline crossing to the first Highway 153 Bridge. Night closure and selective gear rules apply.
  • Okanogan River: Open from the mouth upstream to the Highway 97 Bridge in Oroville. Night closure and selective gear rules apply.

Areas that will open to fishing for hatchery steelhead Nov. 1 include:

  • Similkameen River: Open from the mouth to 400 below Enloe Dam. Night closure and selective gear rules apply.

Three areas of the Columbia River - Vernita, Priest Rapids and Wanapum - will not open for steelhead fishing this fall to preserve fishing opportunities on upper-river tributaries, Korth said.

All anglers must possess a valid fishing license and a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement to participate in these fisheries. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries.

Razor Clam Seasons for October

posted by Mike on 09/28/2013

WDFW tentatively schedules
razor clam digs through October

 

 

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has tentatively scheduled razor-clam digs through October, while continuing to accept public comments on openings for the rest of the season.

The department is planning two series of evening digs at four ocean beaches in October, provided that marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said final word on the first series of digs will be announced after test results are received next week.

Dates, beaches, and evening low tides for the proposed digs are as follows:

  • Oct. 4, Friday, 6:56 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • Oct. 5, Saturday, 7:36 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • Oct. 6, Sunday, 8:17 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors Mocrocks
  • Oct. 7, Monday, 9:00 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 8, Tuesday, 9:48 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors
     
  • Oct. 17, Thursday, 6:15 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 18, Friday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • Oct. 19, Saturday, 7:38 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • Oct. 20, Sunday, 8:16 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 21, Monday, 8:55 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 22, Tuesday, 9:34 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors

"We're still in the process of determining additional fall and winter digging opportunities, but we wanted to give people a chance to start making plans for October," said Ayres, noting that tests conducted over the summer point to another year of strong razor clam populations and digging opportunities.

A report on last year’s season and prospects for this year are posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/seasons_set.html. Written comments on plans for this year’s season can be submitted to razorclams@dfw.wa.gov through Sept. 30.

Under state rules, harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger's limit must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to dig razor clams on any beach. A license is required for anyone age 15 or older.

 

Ted's has a great supply of clam gear on hand.  Stop by for all your needs.

Puget Sound & Straits Crabbing To Re-Open October 1

posted by Mike on 09/28/2013

Most areas of Puget Sound reopen
Oct. 1 for late-season crab fishing

 

 

OLYMPIA - Most marine areas of Puget Sound will reopen for recreational crab fishing Oct. 1, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

The openings were approved by fishery managers after summer catch assessments by WDFW indicated more crab are available for harvest, said Rich Childers, shellfish manager for the department.

Waters reopening to sport crabbing Oct. 1 at 8 a.m. include marine areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 12 (Hood Canal), and 13 (South Puget Sound).

In each area, crabbing will be allowed seven days a week through Dec. 31.

Sport crabbing will not reopen this year in marine areas 10 (Seattle/Bremerton Area) and 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island). The annual quotas in those areas were reached during the summer fishery, said Childers.

The daily catch limit in Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches. In addition, fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across. Additional information is available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/.

All Dungeness crab caught in the late-season fishery must be recorded on winter catch cards, which are valid until Dec. 31. Winter cards - free to those with crab endorsements - are available at license vendors across the state.

Winter catch reports are due to WDFW by Feb. 1, 2014. For more information on catch record cards, visit WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/crc.html.

 

Ted's has lots of crabbing gear on had for this fall and winter crabbing season.  We'll be happy to help you in setting up your gear.

 

Don't for get to get your "Winter" crab catch record card before going out.

Everett Coho Derby Results

posted by Mike on 09/23/2013

COMPLETE
2013 DERBY STATS

Adult 1st Place: Don Pittwood  -  15.50 lbs

Adult 2nd Place: Hut Phanhthavilay  -  14.20 lbs

Adult 3rd Place: Dylan Alexander  -  14.19 lbs

Adult 4th Place: Gary Tisdale, Sr.  -  14.07 lbs

Largest Fish on a Dick Nite: Hut Phanhthavilay  -  14.20 lbs

Largest Fish on a Silver Horde: Don Pittwood  -  15.50 lbs

Largest Fish Caught on Either a Dick Nite or Silver Horde: Hut Phanhthavilay  -  14.20 lbs

Largest Fish Caught by an Active Duty Service Person: Tom Gay  -  12.92 lbs

Largest Fish Caught by a Women: Cheri Peterson  -  12.15 lbs

Oldest Participant in the Derby: Ray Stephanson, Sr.   -  90 years young

Kids 1st Place: Dean Fagan  -  11.13 lbs

Kids 2nd Place:Shane Nelson  -  9.98 lbs

Kids 3rd Place: Campen Pa  -  9.90 lbs

Adult Entrants: 1854

Kids Entrants: 216

Total # of Fish: 833

Average Fish Size: 7.41 lbs

Columbia River to Reopen for Chinook

posted by Mike on 09/14/2013

New fishing rules reflect record-breaking
upriver chinook return to Columbia River

 

 

OLYMPIA – More upriver fall chinook salmon are returning to the Columbia River than any time in the past 75 years, so Washington and Oregon fishery managers are expanding sport fishing options below Bonneville Dam beginning Sept. 13.

Scrapping a previous rule that would have closed the chinook fishery that day in a portion of the lower river, both states adopted new regulations that:

  • Allow anglers to continue fishing for chinook salmon through the end of the year in all areas of the mainstem Columbia River below Bonneville Dam open to salmon fishing.
  • Expand the area open to chinook retention by moving the lower boundary from Rocky Point 16 miles downstream to Buoy 10 near the mouth of the Columbia.
  • Allow anglers to catch and keep up to two adult chinook salmon per day as part of their catch limit below Bonneville Dam. Through Sept. 30, only hatchery chinook with a clipped adipose fin and healed scar may be retained downstream from the Lewis River.
  • Allow anglers aboard a vessel in the Columbia River from Buoy 10 to the Highway 395 bridge in Pasco to continue fishing until the daily limit of salmon/steelhead for all anglers aboard is achieved.

Guy Norman, southwest regional director for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the new rules are designed to give anglers a chance to reap the benefits of a record-breaking salmon run, while continuing to provide protection for wild fish.

Based on the latest forecast, 664,000 to 835,000 upriver bright adult chinook are expected to return to the Columbia River this year, well above the record of 420,000 fish set in 1987. On Sept. 7, more than 48,700 chinook from a variety of upriver stocks crowded up the fish ladders at Bonneville Dam, setting a new daily record. That record was broken two days later when 63,870 upriver chinook moved past the dam, followed by 56,044 the next day.

“This will be a fishing season to remember,” Norman said. “This year’s run of upriver fall chinook is through the roof, and a positive sign that regional efforts to rebuild this salmon population are making a difference. These new rules will increase fishing opportunity for anglers, while providing protection for the wild fish returning to the lower Columbia tributaries.”

The requirement that anglers release unmarked chinook below the Lewis River is specifically designed to protect wild chinook salmon now returning to tributaries of the lower Columbia, Norman said. Anglers fishing the big river are required to use barbless hooks to facilitate the release of fish that must be returned to the water.

Starting Oct. 1, anglers fishing that area may retain either marked or unmarked chinook after most of the wild tule chinook have moved out of the mainstem Columbia. 

"We might have already seen the peak of the run at Bonneville, but there still will be good fishing in the lower Columbia River during the weeks ahead," said Joe Hymer, a WDFW fish biologist. "Meanwhile, this year’s huge run is starting to show up in fisheries hundreds of miles upriver."

Hymer noted that 92,000 fall chinook have already crossed McNary Dam south of the Tri-Cities and 26,000 have been counted at Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River.

Anglers fishing below Bonneville Dam can retain two adult salmon, two adult steelhead or one of each as part of their daily limit. Fishing rules vary further upriver and anglers are encouraged to check WDFW’s Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet and Emergency Rule website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ for details.

Razor Clams To Open September 19 - 23 at Twin Harbors

posted by Mike on 09/14/2013

Fall razor clam season will open early at Twin Harbors

OLYMPIA - Washington's razor clam season will get off to an early start this year with an evening dig at Twin Harbors beach set for Sept. 19-23.

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

Although the department is still developing the digging schedule for fall, state fishery managers saw no reason to delay approving a dig at Twin Harbors, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

"We have an huge number of clams available for harvest this season - particularly at Twin Harbors," Ayres said. "There are only so many good clamming tides during the year, and we decided there was no time to waste in getting started."

Twin Harbors Beach extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor. Clam digging will be allowed there between noon and midnight, although Ayres suggests arriving at the beach one to two hours before evening low tide for best results.

Evening low tides during the upcoming dig are as follows:

  • Sept. 19, Thursday, 7:13 p.m.; -0.3 feet
  • Sept. 20, Friday, 7:57 p.m.; -0.5 feet
  • Sept. 21, Saturday, 8:39 p.m.; -0.5 feet
  • Sept. 22, Sunday, 9:21 p.m.; -0.3 feet
  • Sept. 23, Monday, 10:04 p.m.; 0.0 feet

Under state rules, harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger's limit must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to dig razor clams on any beach. A license is required for anyone age 15 or older.

New Seaguar STS Fluorocarbon Leader Material for Salmon, Trout and Steelhead

posted by Mike on 09/12/2013

We have just received our first shipment of the "New" Seaguar STS Flourocarbon Leader Material. Here's a little rundown on the qualities of this new products

 

STS stands for Salmon, Trout and Steelhead and is the first species-specific flourocarbon leader material targeting those species.

 

STS was developed for two primary applications where strength and abrasion resistance are paramount: trolling, whether on big open water of the Pacific Northwest or clear water in the Great Lakes, and river fishing where rocks and structure play havoc on line.

 

STS is 100% Flourocarbon leader material that delivers incredible abrasion resistance and maximum impact and knot strength, all with a smaller line diameter than monofiliment.

 

It is a fast sinking line that gets you in the "strike zone" quicker - and with a lower refractive index than monofiliment line, it is significantly less visible underwater.

 

STS Leader features Seaguar's exclusive Level Wind Technology", which spools the line by laying it down side by side, never crossing itself. The result is a spool as smoth as a spool of thread, without any line overstress or twist.

 

STS comes on 100-yard spools in just the right pound test sizes:

     Salmon Leader Material is available in 20 to 50 lb test

    Trout and Steelhead Leader Material in 4 to 17 lb test

 

This leader material is also quite reasonablly prices at $11.99 to $24.99 for a 100 yard spool.

 

Stop by and take a look at the new Seaguar STS Leader Material.

Edmonds Coho Derby Results

posted by Mike on 09/07/2013

Here's the run down on the Edmond's Coho Derby for 2013.  There were 395 Coho entered into the derby this year.  Here's the run down on the derby winners: Congratulations to Essix Kelly for catching the lagest coho and taking away 1st place and $5,000.00.  Since we sold Michael the winning derby ticket in the adult division and taking 2nd place the least he could do is take us out to dinner! Congratulaions to all those who managed to place and hopefully the rest of you had an outstanding day on the water. Thanks to everyone who made this derby possible.

Kids Division:

1st Essix Kelly   11lb 8.16oz 09-07-13 11:06 AM
2nd Alex Davis   9lb 13.92oz 09-07-13 01:46 PM
3rd Josh Hayes   8lb 5.92oz 09-07-13 01:21 PM
4th Alex Johnson   7lb 9.92oz 09-07-13 02:03 PM
5th Chloe Rohr   7lb 6.72oz 09-07-13 02:16 PM
6th Matthew Emry   7lb 09-07-13 01:39 PM
7th Chad Pease   6lb 15.52oz 09-07-13 01:18 PM
8th Kenzo Kimura   6lb 7.84oz 09-07-13 01:54 PM
9th Nicholas Chow   6lb 2.08oz 09-07-13 01:58 PM
10th Connor Peterson   6lb 1.60oz 09-07-13 01:33 PM

 

Adult Division:

1st Michael Roth   10lb 15.36oz 09-07-13 09:47 AM
2nd Bob Fakkema   10lb 12.64oz 09-07-13 11:56 AM
3rd Mike Chow   10lb 8.32oz 09-07-13 01:57 PM
4th Pete Howell   9lb 7.36oz 09-07-13 01:14 PM
5th Dina Khries   9lb 6.56oz 09-07-13 08:51 AM
6th Aaron Burdette   9lb 4.00oz 09-07-13 12:12 PM
7th Matt Grimm   9lb 2.08oz 09-07-13 01:57 PM
8th Doug Haldeman   9lb 09-07-13 12:31 PM
9th Fred Shaw   9lb 09-07-13 01:59 PM
10th Berni Rice   8lb 14.24oz

09-07-13 10:05 PM

2013 Coho and Pink Salmon Season Underway

posted by Josh on 09/07/2013

The pink and coho summer salmon season has started in the Pacific Northwest. In the last week or so, we've entered the peak time for fishing and we're anticipating another one to two weeks before it starts to slow down. We've had tons of reports from customers about catching fish in rivers such as the Skagit, Snohomish, Puyallup, and Nisqualie, as well as off the beach on Whidbey Island at Fort Casey, Lagoon Point, and Bush Point.

Rotators, Buzz Bombs, and a variety of jigs have again been the predominate tackle. If you're just getting started, or need a new setup, you can find our recommendations listed below for rods, reels, and tackle. These are available online, in-store, and by phone.

Okuma Celilo Medium Spinning Rod
Shimano Symetre 4000 or Shimano Solstace 4000
Rotators (Pink, Chartreuse)
SMI Beads (Red-Orange, White Glow)
Matzuo Single Siwash Hooks w/Swivel

 

Edmond's Coho Derby - Saturday, September 7th - Last Call For Tickets

posted by Mike on 09/05/2013

Ticket sales have been very brisk the past couple of days for the Edmonds Coho Derby. The word is out as to how good the coho fishing has been this week and folks are feeling that this might just be the year that they take home that $5,000.00 first place prize. We will do our best to have tickets available right to closing tomorrow night.

 

To all of you participating in the derby we wish you good luck and above everything else have a "Great" time!

Everet Coho Derby September 21 & 22nd - Tickets Are Now Available

posted by Mike on 09/05/2013

Mark your calender for Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of September for the annual Everett Coho Derby.  Tickets are now avaiable, adut tickets are $30.00 for those 13 and older and those 12 and under are free. The derby has increased the value of the prizes.  Here's a little run down on the prizes:

!st Place $10,000.00

2nd Place $5,000.00

3rd Place $2,500.00

4th Place $1,000.00

Lots of Additional Merchandise Prizes!

Raffle Prize Drawing for a Salmon Fishing Trip to Kingfisher Lodge in Sitka Alaska for two.

Big Fish Challange put on by Silver Horde and Dick Nite which could put $400.00 into your pocket!

 

Tickets are available at Arlington Hardware, Cabela's, Doug's Boats & Outdoors, Ed's Surplus, Everett Bayside Marine, Greg's Custom Rods, Harbor Marine, Holiday Sports, John's Sporting Goods, McDaniels Do-It Center, Outdoor Emporium, Preformance Marine, Possession Bait, Sportco, Ted's Sports Center, Three Rivers Marine & Triangle Bait and Tackle.

 

For additional information go to www.everettcohoderby.com

Very Good Coho Fishing

posted by Mike on 09/03/2013

The coho fishing in the local marine areas has really ramped up over this past week and over the holiday weekend.  We have had numerous folks in the shop over the past week that have done extremely well on coho.  There are two distinct sizes of fish with the local fish being in the 2 1/2 - 5 pound range and the ocean fish being 7 - 14 pounds.  We have heard rumors or larger fish but personnally have not seen them or any pictures of larger fish, though I am sure that there is an odd one. 

 

If you are looking for good coho fishing I would have to say that the next three weeks may be the best that we may see during the season so you should plan accordingly.

 

With the Edmond's Coho Derby coming up this next Saturday (September 7th) I would have to say they are spot on with their timing once again and the derby should see some outstanding fishing for those poarticipating.

Tags: Coho Fishing

September Is Here!

posted by Mike on 09/03/2013

September has arrived and with it a great number of fishing opprutunities for the Puget Sound angler.  For me September means Coho salmon and some of the best fishing of the season.  Not only will we have fantastic silver fishing in the Straits and Puget Sound both for those who are boat fishing but also a good number of beach fisheries for the shore bound angler.  These same fish will progress to their natal streams where they will be avaiable in the lower estuary fisheries for the small boat fisheries then into the free flowing sections of Puget Sound steams where the bank anglers will have access to them.  These fisheries are on hand at the present time and will just get progressively better as the month goes on.

 

Pinks are still going strong both in the salt water areas and most all the rivers have had a very strong showing of pinks.  Three additional rivers or sections of rivers came on board September 1st.  The main Stillagumish opened for pink salmon below the Hwy 9 bridge, as well as Skykomish above Lewis street bridge and the Snoqualmie.  Make sure to read your regulations for all the particulars that these systems have.  We should contine to see good pink fishing at least through the midde of the month in the salt water and until the end of the month in the rivers and perhaps a little into October, though many will be a little past prime!

 

September is also a month to chase our searun cutthroat trout here in our local streams.  This is a fantastic fishery that is overlooked by many as they are prusuing their larger cousins.  For the fly fisherman there are a great fish to go out and try and fool with your fur and feather creations.  With many streams having selective fishery regulations , catch and release or at the very least a very restricted limit it curtails the crowds and makes for a very enjoyable fishery with minimum pressure. 

 

September is also a great time for the bass fisherman as the water is still warm enough to keep them active but the shorted days tell them it is time to feed and put on some weight for the winter.  We are blessed to have both great smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing opprutunities that abound here in Puget Sounds lakes.  You have a multitude of fishing opprutunities from the larger lakes like Lake Washington and Sammamish to smaller local urban lakes from just a few acres on up that are just perfect for that small boat, pontoon or float tube.

Whidbey Island Coho Derby - Saturday September 7th, 2013

posted by Mike on 08/26/2013

For those of you on the Island mark your calendar for Saturday Septemberr 7th to take place in the Whidbey Island Coho Derby.  This is a really fun lockal derby put on by South Whidbey Sons of the American Legion, Whidbey Island Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers and Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club. Here's the run down on the prizes:

Trophy for the Largest Coho Salmon

1st Place $300.00

2nd Place $200.00

3rd Place $100.00

Many Additional Merchandise Prizes

Door Prize Raffle for Derby Ticket Holders

Information and Tickets available at Sebo's Hardware in Bayview - Ace Hardware in Freeland - Ace Harbor in Oak Harbor - Sort Stop in Freeland - Clinton Hardware - American Legion Post 141 - Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club

 

One Ticket per Fish Entry - Maximum Two Fish Entries per Person - Fish Areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9.  Only Coho Salmon may be Entered.  Weigh in by 4:00 PM at Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club - Awards Ceremony and Raffle to be held at approximately 4:30 PM - Must Be Present at Awards Ceremony to Win a Prize - Food and Beverages Available Starting at Noon

Tickets are $5.00 Donation

Bad Draw Fishing Derby - Saturday August 24th 2013

posted by Mike on 08/22/2013

The !st annual Bad Draw Fishing Derby will be held this weekend on Saturday the 24th.  This is a Pink Salmon (Humpy) only derby.  You can fish either the Marine Areas or the rivers that are open to fishing.  There are three different weigh in areas for entry of your catch.  Tickets are $25.00 for adults (13-Over) and $15.00 Youth (12-Under).

There is over $20,000 in Cash and Raffle Prizes with $2,500 for the largest fish (Adult) and $500.00 for the largest fish (Youth) divisions.

Stop by for your tickets and additional information.

 

 

Picnic Point Humpy Report

posted by Mike on 08/22/2013

We have had a number of guys in this morning that mentioned that there was a hot pink salmon bite on the high tide this AM at Picnic Point.  There were many four fish limits landed from the beach this morning.  Most everyone was fishing either Rotators or Buzz Bombs in hot pink colors.  This is a great local fishery which you can do with just a little bit of free time.  You might also give the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park a try.

You can stop by and we'll be glad to give you instructions on how to get to the park and a little run down on techniques.

Salt Water Humpy Reports

posted by Mike on 08/19/2013

The pink salmon have hit in mass the past couple of days in our local marine areas.  The fisherman we have spoken with both yesterday and today have had outstanding reports on pink salmon in Marine Areas 8-2, 9 and 10. 

Limits were the norm for the guys we spoke with this morning and most had them in very short order.  The best area was that from Mukilteo south towards Brown's Bay.  The area south of there to the locks put out good numbers but not as good as the northern area.

Most found the fish from 35 to 70 feet down.

Sand Shrimp

posted by Mike on 08/19/2013

For those of you that have been wanting sand shrimp we just received a shimpment this morning - Monday 19th August.  With the number of pinks that have hit the Skagit and the Snohomish we have been running out of them just about as quick as we get them in.  If you are wanting some you can give us a call (425) 743-9505 and we will be glad to tell you the status of our supply.  We will do are best to make sure that we have them through the humpy season but unfortunatly there are limitations.

Tags: sand shrimp

Marine Area 10 To Close For Chinook

posted by Mike on 08/17/2013

Chinook fishery to end Sunday
in Marine Area 10 off Seattle

 

 

OLYMPIA - The sport fishery for chinook salmon in Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) will close at the end of the day Sunday (Aug. 18), when state fishery managers anticipate the annual catch guideline for that area will be met.

Exceptions are Sinclair inlet and five fishing piers within the marine area, where anglers can continue to catch chinook salmon as part of their daily limit. Those piers include Elliott Bay Fishing Pier at Terminal 86, Seacrest Pier, Waterman Pier, Bremerton Boardwalk, and Illahee State Park Pier.

There and elsewhere in Marine Area 10, anglers can also continue to catch coho and pink salmon under limits described in the state Fishing in Washington rule pamphlet, available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

High catch rates in the area since early August propelled the fishery toward the annual area guideline of 3,700 legal-size chinook caught or released, said Ryan Lothrop, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

"The fishery really took off in the past two weeks," Lothrop said. "Anglers did really well throughout the marine area."

Lothrop noted that Shilshole Bay remains closed to all salmon fishing through Aug. 31 southeast from Meadow Point West Point. Elliott Bay also remains closed to fishing, except in the specified Elliott Bay Fishery described in the fishing rules pamphlet.

 

 

Edmonds Coho Derby - Saturday September 7th

posted by Mike on 08/08/2013

The Edmonds Salmon Derby is just around the corner, make sure not to plan anything else for the day.  The  top prize is $5,000.00 for the largest Coho entered into the derby.

Tickets once again are just $30.00 and come with a $15.00 gift certificate from Anthony's Home Port toward two dinner entrees during the month of October at Anthony's Seafood Grill at the Alderwoood Mall.

We no sooner received the tickets yesterday and tickets were being sold.  With the derby a month away that will speak for the interest there is in this derby.

For additional information and rules see WWW.EDMONDSCOHODERBY.COM

Last Day Of King Salmon Retention in Marine Area 9, Sunday August 4th

posted by Mike on 08/03/2013

Chinook salmon retention will close in Marine Area 9 at end of the day Aug. 4;
Marine Area 10 chinook daily limit will be reduced to 1 fish

 

 

OLYMPIA - The recreational chinook salmon fishery in Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) will close to the retention of all chinook salmon at the end of the day on Aug. 4 due to anticipated meeting of the season harvest guidelines in that area. Meanwhile, the chinook salmon daily limit in Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) will be reduced to one (1) chinook in an effort to extend the season through the month of August.

Salmon fishing remains open in Marine Area 9 for coho and pink salmon; all chinook must be released. The daily limit remains 2 coho salmon plus 2 additional pink salmon. Chinook retention remains open from the Edmonds Fishing Pier due to minimal projected impacts to chinook salmon stocks.

The daily limit of 2 hatchery chinook salmon in Marine Area 10 will be reduced to 1 hatchery chinook at the end of the day on Aug. 4. Marine Area 10 salmon anglers may still retain one hatchery chinook salmon daily as part of their daily limit of 2 salmon. Two additional pink salmon may be retained

"We expect to reach our chinook harvest guidelines for Marine Area 9 this Sunday [Aug. 5]," said Puget Sound Recreational Salmon Fishery Manager Ryan Lothrop. "We have enough chinook available under guidelines to allow one more weekend of fishing, but starting Monday, all chinook salmon caught in Area 9 must be released carefully back into Puget Sound," said Lothrop.

Recent creel reports indicate anglers have been harvesting over a chinook per rod in Marine Area 9, an indication of excellent fishing. Fewer chinook salmon have been harvested in Marine Area 10, allowing WDFW fishery managers to reduce the bag limit to extend the season.

"We’re reducing the bag limit in Marine Area 10 to extend chinook fishing throughout August," said Lothrop. "We monitor these fisheries carefully, and the reduction in daily bag limit to one chinook should allow us to keep chinook salmon angling open longer."

Lothrop reminds anglers to always check regulations carefully and that regulations vary within some sub-areas of marine areas 9 and 10.

Anglers should check for updates on WDFW’s Fishing Hotline (360-902-2500) or on our website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

 

 

Skokomish River Opens August 3rd

posted by Mike on 08/02/2013

Recreational salmon fishing on the Skokomish River opens Aug. 3

OLYMPIA – The recreational salmon fishery on the Skokomish River from the mouth to the Highway 101 Bridge will get under way Aug. 3, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

After several weeks of discussions, state and tribal co-managers agreed to open salmon fisheries beginning in August, said Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator for WDFW.

Earlier this year, the state and Skokomish Tribe were unable to reach agreement on the fisheries during the annual salmon season-setting process, known as North of Falcon. Since then, the co-managers have continued negotiations.

“We spent the last several weeks working out the details of the salmon fishery to ensure conservations goals will be met for wild chinook salmon,” said Pattillo. “We also worked to structure the fishery to avoid potential gear conflicts between anglers and treaty tribal fishers.”

The hatchery chinook fishery on the Skokomish River from the Highway 106 Bridge upstream, will be open to salmon fishing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays each week through Aug. 25. Fishing is closed on the other days to avoid gear conflicts, as well as limit impacts to wild chinook salmon, said Pattillo.

Anglers should note that the fishery above the Highway 106 Bridge gets under way with a two-day opening (Aug. 3-4), and will be closed Aug. 5-8 before reopening on its regular weekly schedule Friday, Aug. 9.

The hatchery chinook fishery downstream from the Highway 106 Bridge will be open seven days a week through Aug. 25.

Anglers will be required to use single-point barbless hooks when fishing the Skokomish River, where a night closure and anti-snagging rule will be in effect.

Sport fishing for salmon on the Skokomish River from the mouth to the Highway 106 Bridge is as follows:

  • Aug. 3 through Aug. 25 – Daily limit two salmon; release chum and wild chinook. Anglers must keep the first two legal salmon and stop fishing for the day.
  • Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 – Daily limit six salmon, up to four adult salmon may be retained. Release chum and chinook.
  • Oct. 16 until further notice – Daily limit six salmon, up to four adult salmon may be retained. Release chinook.

     

Sport fishing for salmon on the Skokomish River from the Highway 106 Bridge to the Highway 101 Bridge is as follows:

  • Aug. 3 through Aug. 25 – Open to salmon fishing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays each week. Daily limit two salmon; release chum and wild chinook. Anglers must keep the first two legal salmon and stop fishing for the day.
  • Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 – Open to salmon fishing Sept. 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and Oct. 1-Oct. 15. Daily limit six salmon, up to four adult salmon may be retained. Release chum and chinook.
  • Oct. 16 until further notice – Daily limit six salmon, up to four adult salmon may be retained. Release chinook.


For more information, see the fishing rule change at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=1337.

Richmond Beach Turns Out Good King Bite

posted by Mike on 08/01/2013

There was a very good king bite this morning in the Richmond Beach section of area 10.  We have had a number of guys in this morning that had limits of mid teen sized kings.  Everyone mentioned that they saw lots of action not only on their boats but virtully everyone had fish on around them.  The bite first thing this morning was mid water (50 - 60) feet over 90 to 150 feet of water.  It seemed that everyone was doing best on flashers with a trailing spoon.  The "Hot" spoon seamed to be a Silver Horde Kingfisher 3.5 in the "Wicked Herring" pattern popularized by Capt. Downriggin's (John Abbott) a few years back.  We had quite a run on them this morning.

The bite in the Richmond Beach area has been about as consistant as it comes so far this season.

King Limit Drops to One in Marine Area 9 on July 29

posted by Mike on 07/26/2013

Chinook daily limit reduced after July 28 in Marine Area 9

Action: Reduces chinook daily limit to 1 in Area 9.

Effective Date: 12:01 a.m. July 29, through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 31, 2013.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet).

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that encounters with legal size hatchery and wild chinook will exceed the preseason expectations prior to the end of the season. The fishery is being modified to control impacts on stocks of concern to ensure compliance with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans.

Other information: Daily limit remains at 2 salmon plus 2 additional pink, with no more than 1 chinook. Release wild chinook and chum. Anglers should consult the Fishing in Washington, Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations for the Edmonds Fishing Pier and the closure south of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point.

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

Baker Lake Sockeye Fishing

posted by Mike on 07/16/2013

Since the opening of Baker Lake on the 10th the reports that we have been receiving from Baker Lake have been good. As of the 14th there have been6,530 sockeye transported to the lake from the traps. This fishery should just get better with each passing day.

One of the regular customers stopped by when we opened at noon on Sunday and already had been up and caught three limits with his friends. He mentioned that they had limits by 7:30 and were getting off the lake in short order.

Though many anglers feel that downriggers are a must in this fishery the above mentioned angler fished 8 ounces of lead with a dodger and squid combo tipped with shrimp.

Ted's has a good selection of Baker Lake sockeye tackle and would be happy to give you some insight into this fishery.

Remember that the sockeye limit this year is just two this year due to the lower estimated returns.

Lake Chelan Fishing Reports - Anton Jones

posted by Mike on 07/12/2013

What’s hot is trolling the trench and the face of Manson Bay for Lake Trout. Try fishing the Bar early and late for a shot at a big fish. Although not hot yet there are some Chinook and Sockeye being caught in the Upper Columbia.

Manson Bay has been productive for Lakers in the late morning and early evening. The upper end of the trench has also produced some pretty good catches in the middle of the morning. Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders as well as Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in Glow Splatterback colors worked best there. Try running U20 purple glow flatfish off of 16 ounce balls on the Bar early in the morning and late in the evening for your best shot at a big fish. Speeds around 1.4 mph will work best. Try depths from the 130’s to the 150’s.

This is the time of the year to get those Hot Spot Flashers and Super Baits out to try for our Upper Columbia Chinook. Stuff the Super Baits with oil based tuna and dunk them in your favorite sauce. We like Pautzke’s Krill Juice. Work those off the mouth of the Okanogan River or below Wells Dam. Use those Mack’s Lures mini-cha cha Squidders for a shot at our Upper Columbia Sockeye. This fishery should improve as the season ripens.

Your fishing tip of the week is an oldie but a goodie… Sharpen those hooks. A small triangular file will work just fine. The points should be sticky sharp, especially when you are fishing for those Chinook. Sometimes it’s a number of hours for just a couple of bites. It’s a minor tragedy to have one come unbuttoned because of a dull hook.

The kid’s tip of the week is to balance persistence with flexibility when teaching a skill or disciplining a kid. It holds true in fishing as well a lot of other areas in life. It’s the art in child rearing. There are times when you need to push to teach persistence or merely that the universe does not revolve around them. Then there are times when you need to negotiate and give some to show they do matter and their thoughts are heard. It can be one of the most difficult judgment calls in parenting. Too much one way or the other can cause problems.

The safety tip of the week is a repeat to remember hydration as we move through the hot times of the year. A bottle of water every hour or so will keep you from getting that nauseous / head achy feeling that we dread on a hot summer day. An electrolyte replacement drink every third bottle is a good idea too. Ah summer…

Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's family Guide Service

509-687-0709 or our website at www.darrellanddads.com

King Salmon Reports from the Port Angeles Area

posted by Mike on 07/01/2013

Overall, the fishing was quite good out of Port Angeles this morning on the first day of king salmon season here in this area. I spoke with Dave Sanford this afternoon to get the scoop on what happened this morning. Dave said the weather was not exactly ideal as not only was it rough but also foggy. Despite the conditions Dave and his crew did manage to land 6 nice kings in the 10 - 16 pound range fishing in the winter hole area west of the base of the PA spit. Dave and the guys landed their fish jigging Dungeness Stinger Jigs in white and white/blue top color combinations.

Dave mentioned that the checker in PA said that overall the fishing had been fairly productive with a good number of fish brought in. He also said the amount of fishing pressure was light both from a Monday opener as well as the weather.

Crabbing Reports

posted by Mike on 07/01/2013

Marine Areas 4 (east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line),5,6, 8.1, 8-2, 9. 10, 11,12, and 13 all opened for crabbing today July 1st, Crabbing in these areas will be open July 1 - September 2. Thursdays through Mondays only! Remember a 6 1/4 size restriction, males only, hard shelled and a 5 crab limit on Dungeness crabs. Red Rock crab must be 5 inches, either sex and a 6 crab limit.

The reports that we had in today were overall not that good, most crabbers had a very hard time finding any numbers of hard shelled legal crab. The folks that did get limits fished very hard and went through a lot of crabs to get them. The reason for this was that the tribes have been fishing very hard prior to the sport opener and we are fishing for the left overs of their tribal fisheries.

One word of advice is that if you are not doing well is to move your gear to another area. Even with the tribal fisheries there are going to be areas that are fished lightly or skipped over for one reason or another and these area will be the more productive ones to set your gear.

We still have lots of time to fish this summer and many of the soft shelled crab will harden up latter in the summer.

Ted's has lots of crab gear in stock, everything you might need from ridged pots, folding traps, crab rings, castable crab traps as well as leaded line, poly line, buoys, snaps, bait containers etc. We will be also more than happy to get you set up and ready to fish.

Fishing Report Lake Chelan June 23rd - Anton Jones Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

posted by Mike on 06/25/2013

What’s getting hot is trolling the Bar for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan. Trolling near the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan for Lake Trout is still good. The upper end of the trench and the face of Manson Bay are also productive at times. Chasing Kokanee on Chelan, while not hot, can result in some very nice fish with the added bonus of a triploid rainbow thrown in.

On Chelan, fish the Bar early and late for the shot at a big fish. Worden Lures Purple Glow Flatfish in U20 and T4 pulled at 1.4 to 1.7 mph in depths of 120 to 160 feet work best here. Lake Trout continued to bite trolled presentations above the Yacht Club that were pulled at about 1.3mph very close to the bottom. Mack’s Cha Cha Squidders as well as Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in Glow Splatterback colors continued to catch Lakers during this reporting period. Manson Bay has been productive for Lakers in the late morning and early evening. The upper end of the trench has also produced some pretty good catches in the middle of the morning.

People have still been catching a few of those lovely Lake Chelan Kokanee. An added bonus is the odd triploid rainbow of 16 to 20 inches. Troll a Mack’s Double D Dodger with a baited wedding ring just above the fish for this work.

Your fishing tip of the week is to plan your progression of locations and stick to your plan. Do not keep grinding away on an area when the fish simply aren’t biting. On Chelan, somewhere between one and one and a half hours without a bite is my limit in any given area. If that happens, I have to change my location or change my presentation. For me, that usually means changing location.

The kid’s tip of the week is to not give up on those teenage boys. No matter how remote they seem, or how cynical they appear, it’s an act to cover how unsure they really are of their own competency. Being humiliated is the big fear. I get a much more positive reaction out of them by asking for help rather than telling them what to do. “Hey, help an old man out, please”, rather than “do this or that”. That extra shot of praise doesn’t hurt either. They just act like they don’t care…

The safety tip of the week is to remember hydration as we move into the hot times of the year. A bottle of water every hour or so will keep you from getting that nauseous / head achy feeling that we dread on a hot summer day. An electrolyte replacement drink every third bottle is a good idea too. Ah summer…

Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service
509-687-0709 or www.darrellanddads.com

6/21/13 - George Cabol of Renton with a 22lb 14oz Laker caught on Lake Chelan. George fished with his son Scott.

6/22/13 - The Haskell party of Mill Creek and other locations with their bachelor party catch

Humpy Death Jigs by Hawken Fishing

posted by Mike on 06/22/2013

With a fantastic 6.2 million pink salmon destined for Puget Sound streams this season it's time to be thinking about getting a little stock pile of humpy gear before the selection starts to dwindle.

We have a very good supply of both 1/4 and 3/8 ounce Humpy Death Jigs on hand. Humpy Death Jigs are made with super soft UV skirts, powder painted heads, and rock solid hooks. Countless hours have gone into designing and matching that "Perfect Pink" the humpies cant resist. Fished under floats or twitching - nothing catches fish like the Humpy Death Jig.

We also have the Humpy Death Jig Kits, these kits contain 2 Humpy Death Jigs with super soft UV skirts, 2 Beau Mac Beaded Maribou Jigs and 1 Maribou Jig with Flashabou.

Stock up early while the selection is still good!

Ted's is your Humpy Headquaters for both Fresh and Saltwater gear!

Edmond's Pier - Chinook

posted by Mike on 06/21/2013

This spring season off the pier has definitely been considerably slower than we have seen in the past for Chinook. It's a relief to see that there have been at least a few fish caught this week. The first was 9 pounds caught last Sunday and then there was a 10 and a 12 pound fish caught off the pier today. Hopefully this is just the start of a good season for those fishing the pier.

Overall, we are going to have a Chinook season very similar to lasts with the number of fish returning to Puget Sound being about the same.

As far as lures go the typical lead minnow jigs of the past like your Point Wilson Darts in the candlefish or herring models, Dungeness Stingers, Gibbs Minnows, Pucci Jigs, Crippled Herring or Mega Bait Jigs in the pearl white, pearl green, glow greens or silver black backs are all good color conbinations. Stick to jigs in the 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 ounce range.

The peak of our Puget Sound Chinook fishery occurs around the 3 or 4th of August.

Ted's has a "Great" selection of jigs for the pier.

Lake Stevens Kokanee - June 21st

posted by Mike on 06/21/2013

We are still getting good reports on the kokanee from our regulars fishing Lake Stevens. The fish have been a little deeper with the 35 - 45 foot zone being the most productive. The fish are getting a little larger with the average being around 14 inches with a few fish to about 17 inches.

For those knowing the fishery limits or near limits have been the rule.

There have been a few nice rainbow coming from the lake for the still fishermen. Here's a nice 3 1/2 pound rainbow caught by Gordon Murphy still fishing power bait the other night.

Bonneville Shad Numbers Drop Like A Rock

posted by Mike on 06/21/2013

It looks as if the shad fishing at Bonneville is just about through for the season. With numbers dropping quickly the past few days with just over 34,000 counted yesterday. There should be some fishing in the next week or so but don't think it will be anything like it was earlier this season. For those willing to drive a little more the area below John Day Dam would be a better choice for greater numbers. The Oregon side is the more productive side below this dam.

We still have some shad darts let if you are in need of them, though the selection has been picked over.

"NEW" Baby Simon Spoons

posted by Mike on 06/19/2013

Dave Hawken just dropped off the first of the "Baby Simon" spoons. The larger Simon's have been a mainstay in the Columbia salmon fishery for years. Dave wanted to come out with a smaller version for the pink and silver salmon fisheries here in Puget Sound. Not only will these spoons be good on the salmon but hold great potential for trout and kokanee.

The spoon is a smaller profile with a 1 inch overall length and 1/2 inch wide. The spoon has welded rings for durability and comes rigged with a Gamakatsu hook.

At the present time we have 15 colors in this new spoon.
Cerise
50/50 Gold/Nickel
Glow Rainbow
Pearl w/Tiger Flame
Tiger Cerise
Tiger Flame Chartreuse
Tiger Chartreuse Green
Chartreuse
Flame
50/50 Flame/Brass
Flame Butt
Pink But
Chartreuse Butt
Pink Stripe 3 Dot
Cerise Foil

Stop by and take a look. We will have them on line in a short while.


Lake Chelan Area Fishing Reports From Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

posted by Mike on 06/19/2013

Continuing hot is trolling near the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan for numbers of Lake Trout. The face of Manson Bay has also been productive at times. This is a great time for trolling on Omak Lake for Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.

On Chelan, Lake Trout continued to bite trolled presentations above the Yacht Club that were pulled at about 1.5mph very close to the bottom. We are fishing in water that is 240 to 340 feet deep. Worden Lures T4 Flatfish in Purple Glow and Mack’s Cha Cha Squidders as well as Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in Glow Splatterback colors continued to rack up the Lakers during this reporting period. The bite between 6 AM and 8 AM is still very good.

Troll the face of Manson Bay in the evening with the same lures that work above the Yacht Club in the morning.

This is prime time for fishing Omak Lake. We troll Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons around 1.6 mph to catch these Lahontan Cutthroat trout. This is a fishery renowned for its numbers and the potential for extraordinary size. Our last trip up there resulted in catch and release of 61 Lahontan Cutthroat trout. The state record of a bit over 18 pounds was caught there.

Your fishing tip of the week is to use this beautiful late spring weather to fish from the shore on Lake Chelan. This is the time of the year that throwing Worden Lures 1/8th ounce Roostertails or Mack’s Lures Promise keepers from shoreline areas can result in nice catches. The great part is you never know what it might be. Recently planted jumbo triploid rainbows, holdover rainbows, northern Pikeminnow or even smallmouth bass are possibilities. If you’re not quite that energetic, dunking Pautzke’s Firebait off of a slip sinker rig will work for the trout. Worms are good for everything…

The kid’s tip of the week is to remember, praise loudly, and criticize softly with an alternative. When you catch that kid doing something right, praise them loudly. They might be embarrassed on the outside, but inside, their glowing. When you need to criticize them, do it quietly and privately. Also, remember to give them an alternative to the wrong behavior. Its teaching we’re after, not humiliation.

The safety tip of the week is to remember to be prepared to avoid erratic direction changes from other boaters when you are cruising on Lake Chelan. Other boaters avoiding wood or just looking over their shoulders at a wake boarder can make them change direction suddenly.

Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

509-687-0709 and www.darrellanddads.com

Pictured: 6/13/13 - The Camozzi gang with their catch of Lake Chelan Mack's and a landlocked Chinook.

Also Pictured: 6/12/13 Mitchell Godred's grandson, Blaine (13), up from Texas with a nice Omak Lahnotan.

Finally Pictured: 6/17/13 - Jennifer Feldtz (17), of Chino Hills, CA with her Dad, Burt's 11 pound Lake Chelan Mack.

Unusual Columbia River Catch - 72 Pound Striped Bass

posted by Mike on 06/18/2013

Jason Lake caught this 72 pound striped bass while gill netting salmon in the Cape Horn section of the Columbia River.

This is the first striper that I have heard of in the past 30+ years caught in the Columbia. Typically, the northern most range of this fish is the Umpqua / Smith Rivers of southern Oregon. Not only was this an unusual catch but the size of this fish would have exceeded the Oregon State record. A fish this size would have even been quite a feat in their native range on the eastern seaboard of the US.

This fish, a female was full of eggs as well as better than 5 pounds of salmon and steelhead smolts.

Skykomish River - Salmon & Steelhead

posted by Mike on 06/14/2013

The fishing this week has definitely slowed from opening week. The easy limits of steelhead in the Reiter Ponds section of the river in the opening few days has gone by the wayside and now folks are having to work for their fish. John fished hard this week for just a single fish, putting in over 8 hours of fishing over two days. Though there are fish being caught every day in the hatchery section of the Sky, it is by no means hot! We will need the river to get some freshwater and additional height to bring in some fresh fish.

In the Wallace section down, where most boaters have been targeting kings, the same scenario is in play. There have been a few fish caught in the deeper holes first thing in the morning but after the first light bite things have been fairly slow.

New! Rio Perception Fly Lines

posted by Mike on 06/14/2013

RIO Perception

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Our revolutionary RIO Perception floating trout line helps anglers connect with more fish than ever before. Built with ultra-low stretch ConnectCore Technology, Perception lines provide groundbreaking levels of sensitivity for intuitively better cast timing, easier line lift and sharp, precise mends. Lack of stretch also means enhanced detection of subtle takes and faster reaction time when setting the hook. Our exclusive SureFire color system (RIO’s uniquetri-color distance measure) improves casting accuracy by making it easy to gauge exact distances with a quick glance.

Unique three-color SureFire system ensures deadly accurate distance control.

ConnectCore improves casting timing, hook set and mending.

EasyID tag to quickly identify fly line.

Ted's Sports Center has them in stock from line sizes 3 - 8. Stop by and take a look.

2.4 Million Shad Through Bonneville

posted by Mike on 06/14/2013

With 2.4 million shad through Bonneville Dam as of the 13th of June the shad fishing has been on fire for some time. The past three days have seen 205,222 and 220 thousand through the counters and it doesn't look as if it will be slowing down any time soon.

Everyone we have spoke with has seen nothing short of fantastic fishing with many anglers catching 50+ in a days fishing.

We still have a fairly good supply of shad darts and Dick Nite spoons on hand. (The two most popular lures)

Puget Sound, San Juan's and Straits Ling Cod to Close

posted by Mike on 06/12/2013

Our Ling Cod season is winding to a close here in Puget Sound, San Juan's and the Straits up to Area 4 (Neah Bay) and will close after Saturday the 15th. If you are wanting to get in a little Ling Cod fishing you only have a few days left.

Overall, this years season has been fairly good. We have had a good number of our customer base that have had a successful season.

Success has been with a number of techniques including lead heads and grubs, swim baits, live bait as well as lead minnows.
Tags: Ling Cod

Lake Stevens Kokanee

posted by Mike on 06/12/2013

Though we are getting into the warmer part of oour season we are still getting good reports coming from the kokanee fishermen from Lake Stevens.

This past Saturday seemed to be a bit on the slow side from most everyone that we spoke with and even the die hard fishermen had a hard time coming up with a few fish. For whatever reason it was an off day on the lake.

Sunday, however was good for a number of fishermen we spoke with. One of our regulars managed limits for him and his partner by 7:00 am.

Fish are now starting to drop down in the water column as the summer water temperatures start to increase. The depths in the 30 - 35 -40 foot zones seems to produce the best.

We should continue to see some fair fishing at least through the end of the month.

Fish have been averaging in the 13 - 14 inch range with a few fish up to 17inches.

Columbia River Shad

posted by Mike on 06/08/2013

The numbers of shad going through Bonneville has been off the hook with number the past five days being from a low of 128,000 to over 212,000 in a single day. The fishing has been nothing short of outstanding for those venturing down.

Though it is a 4 1/2 - 5 hour drive the fishing you will have will far that make up for the time and energy spent.

We should continue to see outstanding numbers of fish for at least another 10 - 12 days before the fishing will start to slow a little.

There have been just about 1.3 million shad through Bonneville so far this season.

Skykomish River - Reiter Ponds

posted by Mike on 06/08/2013

We have been hearing nothing but good reports coming out of the Reiter Ponds section of the Skykmoish since the June 1st opener. Lots of nice summer run steelhead with a few late winter runs as well as some down river winter runs. In the Sultan area there have been a fair number of summer runs intercepted on their way upriver as well as a few Chinook destined for the Wallace.

John was up on the upper river both on Tuesday and Thursday this week and found fish both days. On Tuesday he fished about four hours and hooked four and had three to hand. On Thursday he again fished for about four hours and hooked three and landed two. Not Bad!

The cooling weather has kept the river from blowing out and it looks as if the weather is going to continue to stay that way for awhile which should give us good river conditions for some time.

Free Fishing Weekend - June 8 & 9

posted by Mike on 06/05/2013

Free Fishing Weekend
June 8-9, 2013

“Free Fishing Weekend” is June 8-9, 2013, when fishing licenses are not required of anyone to fish in Washington. Free Fishing Weekend in Washington is always the first weekend after the first Monday in June.

Also NOT required on Free Fishing Weekend:

Vehicle Access Pass (which comes with a fishing license)
Discover Pass
Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement
Two-Pole Endorsement

Remember - all other rules still apply, including seasons, area and lure or bait restrictions, and size and catch limits. Catch Record Cards (first one is free) are required to fish for salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, and halibut. Please see the 2013 Fishing Regulation Pamphlet for all rules and restrictions.

Columbia River Shad Fishing

posted by Mike on 06/04/2013

We are at the peak of the shad run on the Columbia below Bonneville at the present time with over 94,000 going over yesterday. We have had nothing but outstanding reports coming from down there for the past ten days or so and the fishing should be at it's peak for the next couple of weeks before we start to see it slow.

If you are wanting to have a great day of fun you should take a trip down that way. It requires just a minimum of tackle with a few shad darts, some pencil lead, a little leader and a few swivels. Couple in up with a light spinning rod in the 71/2 - 10 foot length with some 10 or 12 pound line spooled up and you're
ready to go fishing.

For most of us it's a catch and release fishery, with some of so keeping a few for crab, shrimp or sturgeon bait. For others they smoke them up, can them or make soup out of them. I say give it a try and see what you think. For me - I'll pass! But they are a lot of fun to fish for.

We still have lots of shad darts on hand as well as a good selection of Dick Nite spoons, the two most popular offerings.

Stop by and we'll be glad to give you a hand rigging up.

Salmon Opens in Marine Area1(Ilwaco) & Marine Area2(Westport) 0n Saturday June 8th

posted by Mike on 06/03/2013

The long awaited ocean salmon season will open up this Saturday June 8th off Ilwaco and Westport. These areas will have a two fish limit with a 24 inch minimum on Chinook, anglers will have to release all wild Chinook and all coho, there will be no size restriction on other species . This first portion of the season will run through the 21st of June at Ilwaco and the 22nd at Westport. These areas could close earlier if the guideline of 8,000 is met earlier. Make sure that you read your WDFW regulation pamphlet before fishing to make sure you know the restrictions.

I spoke with one of the commercial trollers this AM who had just got off a three day trip last evening to find out what was going on. After a lengthy conversation, he said that he had fished from off Willapa Bay to the south and north to Cape Grenville and had not found any concentration of kings anywhere in that stretch. He mentioned that there were fish just about everywhere but spread out and not schooled up. He did say that a lot of shakers moved into the area just north of Westport (Quinault Casino) off the beach in 20 fathoms (120 feet) to a point that he picked up and left. The fish that he did catch were mostly in the low to mid teens with a 22 pound fish (dressed) being the largest.

I will try and get some additional information to post at the end of the week prior to the opener.

Good Luck

Additional Spot Shrimp Opening Marine Area 8-1 & 11

posted by Mike on 06/03/2013

Recreational spot shrimp fishing to reopen in 2 areas of Puget Sound

Action: Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen for one day (Wed. June 5) in Marine Area 8-1 and Marine Area 11.

Effective date: Wed. June 5, 2013:

Marine Area 8-1 is open from 9: 00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Marine Area 11 is open from 7: 00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Please note that Marine Area 8-2 will not be reopening for spot shrimp, and will be closed to all shrimp fishing on June 5.

Species affected: All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location: Marine Area 8-1 (Deception Pass/Hope Island/Skagit Bay) and Marine Area 11 (Tacoma/Vashon Island). See pages 110 and 118 of the Washington Sport Fish Rules pamphlet for area maps.

Reason for action: In Marine Area 8 insufficient quota remains for a standard full day of fishing, so the opening has been modified to take the small amount of remaining quota. This is an experimental opening to determine if smaller amounts of quota can be targeted and harvested by the recreational fishery.

Sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains for one more day of fishing in Marine Area 11.

Other information: Non-spot shrimp seasons are opening in several areas of Puget Sound on June 1. Please see pages 134-136 of the 2013/2014 "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing depth restrictions, pot mesh size rules, and descriptions of the shrimp species.

Contact: Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241.

If you are in need of any shrimping gear we have it. We have additional shrimp/prawn bait in stock.

Marine Area 10 Provides C & R Salmon Fishing Opprutunity

posted by Mike on 06/01/2013

The upper portion of Marine Area 10 opens today for a catch and release fishing opportunity for salmon. The area from Point Monroe to Meadow Point northward to the Marine Area 9/10 line will provide some fine slamon fishing for adult kings, feeder blackmouth and resident coho during the month of June for those who do not mind releasing their catch.

This fishery provides some very stress free salmon fishing, as there is almost no angling pressure during this C & R season. It seams as if most anglers have no desire to fish if they are unable to retain not a single fish.

There are a number of good spots to focus your attention in this area with the Jefferson Head/President Point section being the most notable. However, do not pass up the section from Apple Tree Point south to Kingston as well as the Edwards Point and Point Wells area.

There are good numbers of resident coho in the area that make for great fun on light gear. Though not large with most in the 14 -17 inch range these fish can generally be found on the surface at first light and can be taken on a variety of small spoons. A light trout rod is just right for these feisty coho and will make for lots of fun. A number 2 Dick Nite spoon in chrome or 50/50 Brass/Nickel combination with a 1/2 to 1 ounce spin sinker with a 5 to 6 foot leader is a good start.

Though there are not a great number of returning king salmon at the present time there are enough to keep ones interest up. These fish can be caught trolling off your downriggers, mooched with plug cut or whole herring or jigged with lead minnows such as Point Wilson Darts, Dungeness Stingers, Crippled Herring or Megabaits.

Skykomish River Opening Day Reports

posted by Mike on 06/01/2013

There was no lack of boats in the Sultan stretch of the Skykomish today with around 60 rigs and trailers at the boat launch. With that many rigs we did hear of a few conflicts between boaters today. As is always the case there are a few boaters with not a clue as to what they are doing and tend to go against the grain of things and make for some hard feelings. It is to be expected with that many folks fishing in a fairly compact area. Even with a good amount of boat pressure we did hear of fish being caught.

There was a mix of Chinook as well as late wild winter run steelhead as well as chrome bright hatchery summer run steelhead. The Chinook came from the mouth of the Wallace as well as a few of the deeper holes downriver. The steelhead came from the shallow edges just off the banks as well as the tail outs. The water was up a fair amount today and had the glacial green/grey color with perhaps a foot of visability.

With the warmer weather that we are to have this weekend and upcoming week it will be hard to say if the river will stay in shape or not! We will just have to wait and see.

The bank anglers in the upper section of the river at Reiter Ponds and the Cable Hole section did find some hatchery summer runs. We had a number of guys in that did manage to get their two fish limits today.

Overall, I would say it was a fair opener with a least some fish being caught. I would say the vast majority of both bank and boat anglers did not connect today but at least everyone said they saw fish caught around them.

Skagit, Cascade & Skykomish King Salmon

posted by Mike on 05/31/2013

Tomorrow June 1st marks the limited king salmon fisheries we have on the Skagit, Cascade and Skykomish Rivers. These fisheries (though limited) mark the best opportunity to catch king salmon in our north Puget Sound streams.

On the Skagit we have a fishery from the Hwy 530 Bridge at Rockport up river to Cascade River Road (Marblemount Bridge). In this section of river you are allowed 4 hatchery Chinook with a 12 inch minimum of which 2 may be adult (over 24 inches). This fishery is open from June 1st through July 15th.

On the Cascade we have a fishery from the mouth upstream to the Rockport-Cascade Rd. Bridge. In this section of river you are allowed 4 hatchery Chinook with a 12 minimum of which two may be adult (over 24 inches). This fishery is open from June 1st through July 15th.

On the Skykomish we have a fishery from the mouth upstream to the mouth of the Wallace River. In this section of river you are allowed 4 hatchery Chinook with a 12 inch minimum of which two may be adult (over 24 inches). This fishery is open from June 1st through July 31st.

These streams all produce fair numbers of hatchery Chinook as well as good numbers of hatchery summer run steelhead.

If you are targeting Chinook it is best to fish at first or last light as these are the most productive times.

On the Cascade
Tags: Chinook

Halibut Fishing To Close Off Neah Bay & La Push

posted by Mike on 05/30/2013

Recreational halibut season
closed off La Push, Neah Bay

OLYMPIA – The recreational halibut fishery off the north coast of Washington is now closed after reaching the seasonal harvest quota, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

Anglers reeled in 107,856 pounds of halibut in marine areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) through May 18, leaving just 174 pounds remaining, said Heather Reed, WDFW coastal policy coordinator.

While the state fishing rules left open the possibility of additional days of halibut fishing, there is not sufficient poundage left to reopen for another day in May or June, Reed said.

Meanwhile, south coast recreational halibut fishing in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) is open three days a week (Friday through Sunday) until further notice.

Halibut fishing in Puget Sound is coming to a close. Marine Area 5 in Western Puget Sound remains open, but anglers can only fish for halibut May 30-June 1 and June 8. Marine areas 6-10 in Eastern Puget Sound are also open, but anglers can only fish for halibut on May 30 and 31.

Lake Chelan Area Fishing Reports - Anton Jones

posted by Mike on 05/29/2013

What just keeps on keeping on hot is trolling near the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan for numbers of Lake Trout. The upper end of the trench and the face of Manson Bay are also productive at times. This is a great time for fishing a worm under a bobber on Roses for spiny rays.

On Chelan, Lake Trout continued to bite trolled presentations above the Yacht Club that were pulled at about 1.5mph very close to the bottom in water that was 280 to 340 feet deep. Worden Lures T4 Flatfish in Purple Glow and Mack’s Cha Cha Squidders as well as Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in Glow Splatterback colors continued to rack up the Lakers during this reporting period. The bite between 6 AM and 8 AM is as good as I have ever seen it. The rest of the day isn’t half bad either.

I would recommend the deep part of the trench for Lake Trout trolling in the middle of the day and the Face of Manson Bay in the evening. The same presentations that we used above the Yacht Club will also work in these locations. The deep part of the trench is in the 240’s now. Along the face of Manson Bay, look for water from 180 to 220 feet deep.

Your fishing tip of the week is to use Off Shore Snap Weight clips to fish one pound Balls as “Poor Man’s Outriggers”. We fish one of these one pound balls off of Dipsy Diver rated rods and Shimano Tekota reels to get a 3rd and 4th rod all the way to the bottom. It gets harder to do and more tedious to reel in when you are trying to maintain contact in excess of 250 feet, but it does catch fish. I really like the “no drag” option of fishing those Kingfisher Lite spoons off of these rods.

The kid’s tip of the week is to remember the advice of the mama bear when teaching fishing to the kids. That 3 to 5 year old is going to feel a sense of accomplishment by turning the handle on the reel a few times. At that age, it’s their fish. With those 6 to 10 or 12 year olds you’ve got to support the rod a bit. Somewhere from 10 to 12 most kids can do everything for themselves with some verbal encouragement. Let ‘em struggle a bit. It helps them overcome adversity later.

The safety tip of the week is to continue to keep a short look out for floating debris out there. There are some big logs out there.

Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

1-509-687-0709 or www.darrellanddads.com for more information

Results From Port Angeles Halibut Derby

posted by Mike on 05/28/2013

Here's the results from this past weekends Port Angeles Halibut Derby.

1st Place 96lbs Robert Deauvais - $5,000.00
2nd Place 93lbs Josh Constant - $2,500.00
3rd Place 89lbs Jesse Ahmann - $1,500.00
4th Place 86lbs Richard Logie - $1,200.00
5th Place 83lbs Robert Shelton - $1,100.00
6th Place 73lbs Kenny Royer - $1,000.00
7th Place 67lbs Dale Clark - $ 800.00
8th Place 64lbs Don Sargent - $700.00
9th Place 60lbs Carla Murphy - $600.00
10th Place 55lbs Tim Allison - $500.00

The 11th through 30th places were for fish 53 pounds down to 36 pounds.

There was a total of 617 tickets sold for the derby this year.

Weather was good both days of the derby.

Congratulations to all of you that placed in the derby and hopefully the rest of you had an enjoyable time.

Great Fishing On Columbia River Shad

posted by Mike on 05/28/2013

The main part of the Columbia River shad run has started and we should see good fishing for the next month or so. Saturday we saw around 21,000 go through, 69,000 on Sunday and 53,000 yesterday. This is just the start of the main part of the run and we should see good numbers push through for the next few weeks.

The people we have spoke with that were down fishing this past week had nothing but good things to say about the fishery. They said it was just a matter of how many you wanted to catch, with many pushing the 50+ mark in a day of fishing.

This fishery generally goes hot and heavy through around the 20th of June, with fishable numbers through June. For those that still haven't had enough of them by then a trip up river to the John Day and extend your season.

Most anglers are swinging shad darts in a number of colors but flame/chartreuse, lime green/chartreuse, pink/pearl, flame/pearl, pink/glow and flame/glow are all productive colors. Another hot lure is a "Dick Nite" spoon in the nickel/chartreuse head or chartreuse/pearl color combinations.

If you have any questions or need any shad tackle just stop by and we'll be glad to give you a hand. We have "Lots" of shad darts and Dick Nites on hand.

Tulalip Bubble Fishery Opens Friday May 31st

posted by Mike on 05/24/2013

Salmon fishing opens in the Tulalip Terminal Area, which we call the Bubble this next Friday, May 31st. This is area 8-2's only open Chinook fishery until the winter blackmouth fishery in November.

This area is open Friday though Monday at noon from May 31st through September 2nd then open Saturdays and Sundays September 7th through September 22nd. The only additional closure day will be June 15th.

The area will have a two fish limit with 22" minimum on Chinook and no size on other salmon species, it will also have an additional pink limit of two. This also is a "Two Rod" area if you have purchased a two rod endorsement. Having this greatly enhances your odds if you are fishing alone to be able to have a different presentation on the second rod.

Though this fishery is notoriously tough in terms of consistent catches it does provide an opportunity to be able to fish.

Make sure that you read your WDFW Sport Fishing Rules for the area description and regulations

Lake Stevens - Kokanee Fishing

posted by Mike on 05/24/2013

Kokanee fishing at Lake Stevens has been very good this week. Most everyone that we have spoke with has had very good results this week with limits or near limits being the rule. The fish have been averaging a good solid 14 inch average with a few up to 16 1/2inches. The fish have been in outstanding shape and are fat and sassy.

Most folks that we have spoke with have found the fish in the 20 - 30 foot zone. The fish have been taken on a variety of different lures. It's best to experiment to find what they are wanting that day.

This fishery should last through June, though you will find as the water warms up the fish will go deeper as the season progresses.

Columbia River Shad

posted by Mike on 05/22/2013

The number of shad going through Bonneville yesterday just about reached the 10,000 mark and the daily numbers have been improving every day. It's time to be thinking of making a trip down that way for a little fun fishing on these gamesters.

Though they are not huge in size with fish in the 2 - 5 pound range being the norm, they do make up with numbers with 50 fish days not uncommon at all. Most folks do not find them exceptional table fare, though some do smoke, pickle or can them and a few find the roe of the females to be a treat. I personally do not find them to my liking and the few I do keep are used for crab, shrimp or sturgeon baits.

Shad fishing is a lot of fun when you are into them and makes for a great family outing.

Ted's has lots of shad darts on hand for this shad season. Stop by and we'll be glad to give you a hand setting up.

Chinook Re-Opens on Columbia Saturday May 25th

posted by Mike on 05/22/2013

Spring chinook, steelhead fishing
to reopen on lower Columbia River

OLYMPIA – The sport fishery for hatchery spring chinook salmon and hatchery steelhead will reopen Saturday (May 25) on the lower Columbia River under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

The fishery is scheduled to run through June 15 from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line near the mouth of the river to the deadline below Bonneville Dam. For boat anglers, the upriver boundary is Beacon Rock.

Anglers may retain one adult hatchery chinook salmon as part of their daily limit.

Barbless hooks are required. All chinook salmon and steelhead not marked with a clipped adipose fin must be released. Sockeye salmon must also be released.

“We know a lot of anglers have been waiting for this opportunity,” said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “Now that we have a better idea of this year’s run size, more spring chinook have become available for harvest.”

Fishery managers closed the fishery April 13, after anglers had taken 3,539 upriver chinook. Although the size of the run was later reduced to 107,500 fish, Roler said 1,357 upriver chinook are still available for the recreational fishery.

Riffe Lake - Landlocked Silver Salmon

posted by Mike on 05/20/2013

We have had some very outstanding reports coming out of this reservoir on the upper Cowlitz River. Landlocked silver salmon in the 12 -14 inch range have been easy picking for most everyone we have spoke with.

We had one of the guys in this morning restocking his tackle after the weekend. He said limits were easy, taking only a couple of hours for ten of them to catch their five fish limits. Tackle was simple with just an ounce of lead to take down their Gold Star Mini Dodgers followed by a small Golden Bait mini octopus skirt in a 0224 color pattern (Clear UV with a pink spatterback top). Trolled at 11/2 - 2 mph this gear was just the ticket.

This is an outstanding lake not only for the silvers but also offers some great smallmouth bass fishing.

There are a number of good campgrounds in the area

2013 Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby Results

posted by Mike on 05/20/2013

Here's the results for the 2013 Lake Steven's Kokanee Derby that took place this past Saturday.

The derby had a total of 220 participants.

Biggest Kokanee
1st Bronson Rowe, 1.68 $1,000.00 sponsored by Dick Nite
2nd Wade Purdy, 1.62 $500.00 sponsored by Ted's Sports Center
3rd Taylor Derns, 1.59 $250.00 sponsored by John's Sporting Goods
4th Ryan Gese, 1.52 $100.00 sponsored by Triangle Bait & Tackle

Biggest Kokanee Limit (10fish)
1st Bruce McCall, 12.54 $500.00 sponsored by Three Rivers Marine
2nd Frank Linskey, 12.16 $250.00 sponsored by McDaniel's Do It Center

Biggest Trout
Kevin Edwards, 5.38 $500.00 sponsored by Trout Lodge

Kids Derby
All Kids prises sponsored by Greg's Custom Rods
1st Parker Jeanes, 1.40 Kokanee $100.00
2nd Max Hill, 3.15 Rainbow $75.00
3rd Mackenzie Ramsey 2.52 Small Mouth Bass $50.00

Cannon Downrigger Raffle sponsored by Cannon Downriggers and The Outdoor Line, won by Jon Mass

Biggest Kokanee caught by a Game fishin member
Nathaniel Evens 1.43 $100.00

Congratulations to all of the above winners!

Once again a Big "Thank You" to everyone that made this event possible!

Halibut To Close In Marine Area 2

posted by Mike on 05/17/2013

Halibut fishing to close in all of Marine Area 2

Action: Close the recreational halibut fishery in Marine Area 2 (Westport-Ocean Shores), including the northern nearshore area from the Queets River (47�31.70'N. latitude) south to Point Chehalis (46�58.00'N. latitude) and east of a line approximating the 30 fathom depth contour as defined by the following coordinates until further notice.

47 31.70 N. lat, 124 37.03 W. long

47 25.67 N. lat, 124 34.79 W. long

47 12.82 N. lat, 124 29.12 W. long

46 58.00 N. lat, 124 24.24 W. long

Effective date: May 20, 2013

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Area 2

Reason for action: The Marine Area 2 recreational halibut fishery is projected to have taken the Pacific halibut quota for the primary season and the northern nearshore area by the end of the day May 19, 2013. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC).

Additional Information: Recreational halibut fishing remains open in other coastal and Puget Sound areas.

Marine Areas 3 and 4 (La Push and Neah Bay): Open for recreational halibut fishing Thursday May 16 and Saturday May 18, and closed May 23 and 25. Additional openings will be announced if there is enough quota remaining for another day.

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco): Open Fridays through Sundays until further notice.

Marine Areas 6-10 (Eastern Puget Sound): Open May 16-18, Thursday through Saturday; May 23-26, Thursday through Sunday; and May 30 and 31, Thursday and Friday.

Marine Area 5 (Western Puget Sound): Open May 23-26, Thursday through Sunday; May 30-June 1, Thursday through Saturday; and Saturday June 8.

Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 249-4628 ext. 202

Last Razor Clam Dig - May 24, 25 & 26

posted by Mike on 05/17/2013

Last razor clam dig of the season
set for May 24-26 at Twin Harbors

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers will get one more chance to dig razor clams this season during a three-day opening at Twin Harbors, running Friday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

The morning dig scheduled May 24-26 got the green light from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) after marine toxin tests showed the clams at Twin Harbors are safe to eat.

All other ocean beaches will remain closed to clam digging, and digging at Twin Harbors must end each day at noon.

“This last dig caps off a great season,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “Since last October, diggers have harvested more than five million razor clams, making this season the most productive in over 20 years.”

Ayres said annual harvest quotas have been met at all razor-clam beaches except Twin Harbors, which started the season with an exceptionally large population of razor clams. WDFW also adopted a new method to set catch levels at Twin Harbors and Long Beach, which also boosted the allowable harvest at both beaches this season, he said.

Harvest limits aside, Ayres said WDFW routinely closes the razor clam fishery by the end of May to give the clams a chance to spawn. The next season will begin in fall, when the older clams have recovered from spawning and a new generation begins to grow beneath the sand.

Low morning tides during the upcoming openings at Twin Harbors are as follows:

May 24, Friday, 6:34 a.m., -1.7 ft.
May 25, Saturday, 7:21 a.m., -2.2 ft.
May 26, Sunday, 8:09 a.m., -2.4 ft.

Clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

To participate, diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses are available online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), by phone (1-866-320-9933) and from license dealers around the state.

Brock Hoenes, a WDFW wildlife biologist, cautions clam diggers and other beachgoers to avoid disturbing western snowy plovers, which nest on the state’s coastal beaches from April through August. The small white birds are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as threatened and by the state as endangered.

Plovers and their eggs are extremely vulnerable at this time of year because the birds nest in the dry sand, Hoenes said.

Hoenes also asks that diggers avoid signed upland beach areas at Twin Harbors, which are closed to protect the nesting birds. The closed areas are located from just south of Midway Beach Road to the first beach-access trail at Grayland Beach State Park.

Shrimping to Re-Open Wednesday May 22 in Marine Areas 10 & 11

posted by Mike on 05/16/2013

Recreational spot shrimp fishery reopening in Marine Area 11 and most of Marine Area 10

Action: Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen for one day (Wednesday, May 22) in Marine Area 11 and a portion of Marine Area 10, which includes all Marine Area 10 waters outside of Elliott Bay.

Effective date: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013.

Species affected: All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location: Marine Area 11 and Marine Area 10, excluding Elliott Bay (Elliott Bay is defined as all waters east of a line from West Point to Alki Point).

Reason for action: Sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains for one more day of fishing. The Elliott Bay portion of Marine Area 10 has a separate spot shrimp quota, and the quota has been reached in that area.

Other information: On last week's shrimp openers, several Puget Sound fishing areas experienced a 30 percent increase in participation over the previous season, so at this point it is unlikely that other central Puget Sound areas will reopen.

If you need any shrimping gear stop by and we'll be glad to help you out.

Lake Stevens Kokanee Report

posted by Mike on 05/16/2013

We have spoke with a number of fishermen today that were on Lake Stevens chasing kokanee this morning and virtually everyone we spoke with had very good fishing. If they did not catch their limits it was their fault as the fish were cooperating very well.

Mark Spada one of our tackle reps was on the lake and he managed a couple of limits for him and his partner in short order. Mark said the fish were from the surface down to 40 feet. He said that he did best on blades fished behind a dodger baited with corn. The fish he caught were in the 13 - 14 inch range with a couple up to 16. He mentioned he did get a few fish on pink hoochies but did better on the blades.

Jim gave us a shout and said both he and his fishing partner limited also with the same sized fish that Mark had caught. Jim did better fishing hoochies behind a dodger. Sounds as if both blades and hoochies are fishing well, perhaps just the whim of the angler.

With fishing this good the Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby should have outstanding participation and some very good results. Tickets are $20.00 for those 15 and older and free for those 14 and under. We will have tickets until 7:00 p.m. Friday.

Nice Yellowfin - Big Island Hawaii

posted by Mike on 05/16/2013

Here's a really nice kayak caught yellowfin tuna caught off the Big Island of Hawaii by Tim Bauer. Tim has become quite proficient at catching all of the blue water species in Hawaii out of his kayak.

When he is not chasing the warm water gamesters (which is 10 months a year) he will be back in July and August chasing kings and crab for a couple of months here in the Sound!

Tough Life!

Bonneville Pool Sturgeon to Open - June 14 & 15, 21 & 22

posted by Mike on 05/16/2013

Columbia River anglers get four days
to catch sturgeon in Bonneville Pool

OLYMPIA – Columbia River anglers will be allowed to catch and keep white sturgeon in the Bonneville Pool four days in June under an agreement reached Tuesday (May 14) by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

The fishery will open to legal-size sturgeon June 14-15 and June 21-22 in the Columbia River and its tributaries from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam.

Only white sturgeon measuring 38 inches to 54 inches (fork length) may be retained.

The sturgeon fishery in the Bonneville Pool has been restricted to catch-and-release fishing only, because the catch guideline for the early season was met last winter. A balance of 700 fish are still available for harvest this summer under the annual harvest guideline of 1,100 for those waters.

Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said fishery managers will closely monitor the catch to determine if the harvest guideline will accommodate additional retention fishing in the Bonneville Pool.

Additional sturgeon fishing opportunities in the Columbia River are described in WDFW’s Fish Washington sport fishing rules pamphlet, available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

In other news, fishery managers from WDFW and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are scheduled to meet May 20 at 4 p.m. to determine whether to approve additional fishing time for hatchery spring chinook salmon on the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam.

Roler said about 1,400 are still available for harvest by the sport fishery in that area. An additional 1,200 fish are available for harvest by the commercial fishery.

Roler noted that those spring chinook salmon are still available for harvest, even though the projected size of the upriver run has been reduced from 141,400 to 107,500 fish.

“Fishery managers held back a substantial portion of the catch earlier in the season to ensure that the harvest would not exceed the annual catch guideline,” Roler said. “Now that we have a better idea of how many spring chinook salmon are actually returning, we’re in a position to consider reopening that fishery.”

Lake Chelan Area Fishing Report - Anton Jones

posted by Mike on 05/13/2013

What continues hot is trolling near the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan for numbers of Lake Trout. Early morning Kokanee and the odd Chinook are a bonus.

On Chelan, Lake Trout bit trolled presentations above the Yacht Club that were pulled at about 1.5mph very close to the bottom in water that was 280 to 340 feet deep. Worden Lures T4 Flatfish in Purple Glow and Mack’s Cha Cha Squidders as well as Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in Glow Splatterback colors continued to rack up the Mack’s during this reporting period. The bite between 6 AM and 9 AM is nothing short of phenomenal. The rest of the day isn’t half bad either.

The Kokanee bite has really tailed off, but some are being caught in the trench, along the face of Mill Bay, up at the Yacht Club and over by the Monument. The best bite is at first light. Jeff was able to get a customer into a Chinook while trying for Kokanee, so you never know what will bite. Mack’s Lures Mini Cha Cha Squidders baited with Pautzke’s Fire Corn is the ticket there.

Your fishing tip of the week is to try a couple of things to improve your hook up to bite ratio. First, if you are getting short strikes, try adding a stinger hook to catch those fish. Sometimes they’ll catch on the stinger then swing into the big hook to really stick themselves securely. Second, try replacing trebles with single hooks whenever possible to avoid dredging bottom debris. It can improve your bite rate, by lessening your foul up rate…therefore keeping lures that are working in the strike zone.

The kid’s tip of the week is to keep instructions simple, concise and clear when giving instructions. I usually try to keep it to two simple things. It’s amazing how confused things get when you add the third piece to a set of instructions. You know, now that I think about it, that holds as true for adults as it is for kids. Reel down then lift the rod tip is the limit. If you say: Reel down, lift the rod tip and pull line off the reel when I net the fish most people lose the first piece…

The safety tip of the week is to keep a short look out for floating debris. The recent hot weather has really started the lake level up in a hurry. There are already some boat busters out there. Keeping all your passengers on the lookout can only help.

Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

509-687-0709 or www.darrellanddads.com

13th Annual Port Angeles Salmon Club Halibut Derby - Saturday, May 25th & Sunday, May 26th

posted by Mike on 05/11/2013

The 13th Annual Port Angles Halibut Derby is just a couple weeks away now, with Saturday, May 25th & Sunday, May 26th being the dates.

This is a very popular derby with lots of participation.

This derby pays out $20,000 in cash prizes, ranging from $5,000 for 1st place down to $135.00 for 30th place as well as lots of merchandise prizes.

Tickets are $40.00 per person and are good for both days of the derby.

Stop by and pick up your derby tickets at Ted's. We will have lots of bait on hand for your halibut needs as well as lots of tackle.

4th Annual Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby - Saturday May 18th

posted by Mike on 05/11/2013

The 4th Annual Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby is coming up fast, taking place this next Saturday May 18th. With the kokanee fishing heating up big time this last week or so and fish being boated to 16 1/2 inches I am sure that there will be lots of participation in this event.

Tickets are $20.00 for those 15 or older and tickets are free for those 14 or under. Tickets are available at the following locations:
Greg's Custom Rods
John's Sporting Goods
Ted's Sports Center
Triangle Bait & Tackle
3 Rivers Marine
McDaniels Do It Center
Holiday Sports

There are "Lots" of great prizes.

1st Place - $1,000.00 Sponsored by Dick Nite Spoons
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 Triangle Bait & Tackle

Biggest Kokanee Caught by Gamefishing.com member - $100.00

Biggest Kokanee Caught by an active duty military - $100.00

The Biggest Trout - $500.00 Sponsored by Trout Lodge

For The Biggest Kokanne Limit (up to 10 kokanee)
1st Place - $500.00 Sponsored by 3 Rivers Marine
2nd Place - $250.00 Sponsored by McDaniels Do It Center

Kids Derby Prizes - Sponsored by Greg's Custom Rods
1st Place - $100.00
2nd Place - $75.00
3rd Place - 50.00

Stop by and pick up your tickets and derby information this week - Ted's has all your kokanee tackle needs.



Yakima To Open For Hatchery King Salmon

posted by Mike on 05/10/2013

Two sections of Yakima River to open
for hatchery spring chinook fishing

OLYMPIA - Two sections of the Yakima River will open next week to fishing for hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon, under regulations adopted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Starting Wednesday, May 15, the lower Yakima River will open to fishing for hatchery spring chinook from the Interstate 182 Bridge in Richland to the Grant Avenue Bridge in Prosser.

On Saturday, May 18, the upper Yakima River will open from the Interstate 82 Bridge at Union Gap to the railroad bridge below Roza Dam.

John Easterbrooks, regional WDFW fish program manager, said the lower river is expected to remain open through June 30, while fishing in the upper section will likely continue through July 15.

"Springers are running late this year, but they’re finally moving into the Yakima River," said Easterbrooks, noting that state and tribal fishery managers are predicting a return of approximately 3,000 adult hatchery chinook to the Yakima River.

Anglers will have a daily limit of two adipose-fin-clipped hatchery chinook. All wild salmon, identifiable by an intact adipose fin, must be released unharmed and must not be removed from the water prior to release. All steelhead must be released, as noted in the fishing rule on WDFW’s website https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

Bait is allowed, but anglers will be required to use single-point, barbless hooks with a hook gap from point to shank of 3/4 inch or less when fishing for salmon.

To participate in the fishery, anglers must possess a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement (CRSSE), along with a valid fishing license. Anglers also have the option of purchasing a "two-pole endorsement" and fishing with two poles during the fishery.

Revenue from the CRSSE will be used to fund monitoring and law enforcement for the fishery, allowing the fishery to be extended up to Prosser.

CRSSE revenue will also be used to fund the second year of a hooking mortality study for spring chinook below Roza Dam, where a WDFW research team plans to radio-tag 150 wild fish that have been hooked, played and released.

"Anglers who have hooked a spring chinook may be approached by a scientific technician as they reel in the fish," Easterbrooks said. "If it’s a wild fish with an intact adipose fin, the technician will offer to assist in unhooking and releasing it after tagging it and recording information on the fish."

The technicians will also be fishing to catch fish for the study, and will release all fish they catch once they have been tagged. At the end of the spawning season, survival rates for all spring chinook that have been tagged and released will be compared against a control group of fish that have not been hooked by anglers.

Easterbrooks said the study, conducted in cooperation with the Yakama Nation, will not only be useful in estimating hooking mortality rates on the Yakima River, but also on other tributaries such as the Wenatchee and Grande Ronde rivers where wild chinook stock are listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).

"We would appreciate anglers’ cooperation in this effort to refine estimates that play a key role in managing fisheries where WDFW must avoid exceeding federal limits on protected salmon stocks," Easterbrooks said.

Easterbrooks is also asking for anglers’ cooperation in helping to maintain walk-in access across Roza Dam to the popular fishing area downstream from the railroad bridge boundary. He asks that anglers observe some basic rules established by U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which owns the facility:

Passage across the dam is limited to walk-in access via the stairway on the west bank of the river. The public is prohibited from crossing the Roza Canal at the west end of the dam, and from using the two railroad bridges (over Roza Canal and the Yakima River) to access the east-bank fishing area. Anglers can access both sides of the river by walking under the bridge abutments to access the fishing area downstream.
Anglers are asked to park in the designated areas on the right side of the Roza Access Road, not on private property on the left side of the road.
Dumpsters have been placed at the parking area and next to the Roza adult fish trapping facility. Anglers are asked to carry a trash bag and deposit their trash - along with any they find along the trail - in those dumpsters.
Anglers are also asked to use the portable toilets provided at the access road parking area and on the west side of the dam.

"Public access across Roza Dam is a privilege, not a right," Easterbrooks said. "We’re asking anglers to do everything they can to make sure this critical access point remains open for their use. Any damage or misuse of federal property may result in termination of the privilege for this year and could impact future access to the salmon fishery."

Lake Chelan Fishing Report - Anton Jones

posted by Mike on 05/10/2013

What continues hot is trolling near the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan for numbers of Lake Trout. For the adventurous, fishing the upper parts of Lake Chelan can provide good numbers of Lake Trout and Chinook Salmon. The Kokanee bite continues spotty during this reporting period except for the early morning bite.

On Chelan, Lake Trout bit trolled presentations above the Yacht Club that were pulled at about 1.5mph very close to the bottom in water that was 280 to 340 feet deep. Worden Lures T4 Flatfish in Purple Glow and Mack’s Cha Cha Squidders as well as Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in Glow Splatterback colors continued to rack up the Mack’s during this reporting period.

The Kokanee bite continues somewhat slower than it’s peak but some are being caught in the trench, along the face of Mill Bay, up at the Yacht Club and over by the Monument. The best bite is at first light.

We had a chance to fish the Castle Creek area during the reporting period. We were able to catch a Chinook as well as a number of Lakers. It’s a long run up, but the scenery is unparalleled and the fishing is untrammeled.

Your fishing tip of the week is to keep in mind a couple simple items to improve your fishing success on Lake Chelan. First, for our deepwater trolling replace those pinch pad downrigger releases with Sam’s Pro Releases from Silver Horde. They are simple, effective and prevent false releases. Second, invest in the best hooks possible. Gamakatsu has been the gold standard in hooks for a long time. Getting maximum penetration with your hooks will help convert more bites into fish in the box.

The kid’s tip of the week is to get them involved in the process. Don’t just tie your leaders. Teach them and have them tie one up. Compliment them in front of others when they do a good job. Have them reel in to check your baits. The busier they are, the happier they will be. Boredom sets in early for the younger set that is conditioned to constant stimulation.

The safety tip of the week is basic launch and retrieval etiquette. If you need to rig your boat after arrival before you launch, pull into a parking spot and rig. Don’t rig your boat blocking launch lanes. If you are having difficulty launching or retrieving, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most experienced boaters are more than willing to help if they know you need assistance.

Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

www.darrellanddads.com or 509-687-0709

Lake Stevens Kokanee - Heating Up

posted by Mike on 05/09/2013

The Lake Stevens kokanee fishing has been heating up the past couple of weeks with limits landed by a number of our customers recently. Most of the fish are in the 11 to 13 inch range with the largest that I have heard of so far being a 16 1/2 inch fish by one of my customers today.

Everyone that I have spoke with has been fishing the surface down to about 30 feet. As far as the gear goes the typical dodger & blades with beads (Wedding Rings) baited with either maggots or corn has been producing. Another productive set up has been small hoochies in the mini sardines or the 1.5 octopus in pink colors with either a blade or small spin n glow fished in front. This offering also baited with maggot or corn.

Don't for get the 4th Annual Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby coming up on Saturday May 18th.

Razor Clam Dig - May 8th through 14th

posted by Mike on 05/04/2013

WDFW approves razor clam dig
starting next week at two beaches

OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers today approved a morning razor clam dig May 8-14 at Twin Harbors and May 10-11 at Long Beach.

No digging will be allowed at either beach after noon.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams at the two beaches are safe to eat.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said two other razor-clam beaches – Copalis and Mocrocks – are now closed for the season, because harvest guidelines at those beaches have been met.

“We still have clams available for harvest at Twin Harbors and Long Beach, and we want to give diggers a chance to catch their limit before the season comes to an end,” Ayres said. “After this opening, we’ll take another look at how the catch on those beaches measures up against the harvest guidelines.”

Digging dates at those beaches, along with morning low tides, are as follows:

May 8, Wednesday, 6:22 am -0.5 ft., Twin Harbors
May 9, Thursday, 7:00 am, -0.8 ft., Twin Harbors
May 10, Friday, 7:37 am, -0.9 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach
May 11, Saturday, 8:12 am, -0.8 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach
May 12, Sunday, 8:48 am, -0.7 ft., Twin Harbors
May 13, Monday, 9:23 am, -0.5 ft., Twin Harbors
May 14, Tuesday, 10:01 am, -0.2 ft., Twin Harbors

To participate, diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses are available online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), by phone (1-866-320-9933) and from license dealers around the state.

Clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

Ayres cautions clam diggers and other beachgoers to avoid disturbing western snowy plovers, which nest on the state’s coastal beaches from April through August. The small white birds are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as threatened and by the state as endangered.

Plovers – and their eggs – are extremely vulnerable at this time of year because the birds nest in the dry sand, Ayres said.

Ayres also asks that diggers avoid signed upland beach areas at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, which are closed to protect nesting western snowy plovers.

At Long Beach, the closed areas are located north of the Oysterville Road from the state park boundary north to Leadbetter Point. At Twin Harbors, the closed areas are located from just south of Midway Beach Road to the first beach-access trail at Grayland Beach State Park.

Ted's has everything you need for this upcoming dig.
Tags: razor clam

Halibut Reports From Mutiny Bay

posted by Mike on 05/02/2013

The reports that we received from the Mutiny Bay halibut fishermen was on par with what we saw last year. There were perhaps 45 or 50 boats that fished that area today with about 15 halibut landed is what we heard from the folks that were up there.

From what we heard the anchor fishermen did considerably better than those who decided to drift their offerings. We did not hear of any big fish today with most fish in the teens through low thirties.

We still have good numbers of large herring on hand. Lots of really good purple and some black (though it is not the quality of the purple).

If you have never anchored for halibut you can stop by and I'll be glad to give you the run down. There are a few things that you will need to know.

Lake Chelan - Kokanee, Lake Trout & Chinook

posted by Mike on 04/29/2013

What continues hot is trolling near the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan for numbers of Lake Trout. An added bonus was a couple of Chinook being caught. The Kokanee bite has been spotty during this reporting period. This is the time of the year to start fishing for spiny rays on Roses and some nice Rainbow trout on Wapato Lake.

On Chelan, Lake Trout bit trolled presentations above the Yacht Club. Worden Lures T4 Flatfish in Purple Glow and Mack’s Cha Cha Squidders as well as Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in Glow Splatterback colors really racked up the Lakers during this reporting period. We hit water that was 260 to 320 feet deep for an incredible bite rate. Most fish are two to four pounds, but this is the area where the new state record was caught in February. As always stay tight to the bottom. Speeds of 1.4 to 1.7 mph were very productive. We did get a couple of Chinook during this reporting period using the same presentations that bagged Lakers.

The Kokanee bite has slowed down but some are being caught in the trench, along the face of Mill Bay, up at the Yacht Club and over by the Monument. The surface water temperature has risen above 50 degrees so start looking shallower for these fish.

I have received reports that Largemouth Bass and panfish are being caught at Roses Lake. Try Worden Lures Super Roostertails in black for this Bass action.

Additionally, some nice Rainbow Trout were caught at Wapato Lake over the traditional lowland lake opener. Trolling Worden’s Roostertails or Mack’s wedding rings will get these fish to bite.

Your fishing tip of the week is to keep up with simple thing to avoid disappointment. Check your hooks and sharpen them when needed. Check your leaders for nicks and frays. Especially watch them when you are using downrigger cables around your fishing line. Make sure your fishing rods are firmly seated at the ferrule. Test your knots before you hook that big fish!

The kid’s tip of the week is to use a balanced approach in allowing children to resolve their disagreements. Letting a reasonable amount of arguing go to see if they can come up with a solution on their own will pay dividends down the road. When it appears to be escalating, I always interject best 3 out of 5 of rock, paper scissors to get us off the dime.

The safety tip of the week is to watch that submerged rock just out and down lake of the Mill Bay launch. I saw yet another guy lose a prop.

Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service 509-687-0709 or www.darrellanddads.com

Opening Day Lowland Lakes - Saturday, 27 April

posted by Mike on 04/27/2013

This morning before work I took a little time to see what was happening on the local area lakes. I managed to sample Serene, Stickney and Martha which all opened this morning.

As has been the case for many years the amount of participation at all of these lakes is considerably down from what it was when I was young. In fact I would have to say that opening day has become uneventful from the old days when opening day was almost the same as Christmas morning in terms of enthusiasm.

Stickney had just a few boats fishing the water and about 11 bank anglers fishing from the WDFW access as well as a few lakeside land owners fishing from their docks. Fishing was slow and the bank anglers had just a few fish amongst them.

Martha had perhaps twenty boats fishing the lake and around 30 anglers fishing the docks at the park at the south end of the lake. The dock anglers had a few fish, but averaged less than a fish a person. (Though there were some that were more successful than others with a few having 3 or 4 fish.) There were a few boat anglers that managed to catch their limits and were leaving the lake when I was there. (around 8:15 am)

Serene had a few less than 20 boats and no shoreline anglers, as it is very shallow at the WDFW access. This was the lake that was turning out the best fishing of those I stopped at. In speaking with the checker, there had been a number of anglers that caught their limits early and were off the lake quite quickly. In fact one of the anglers fly fishing had caught and released 20 in addition to the limit he retained. There were even a number of carry over fish in the 16 inch plus category caught.

With what I saw there is no doubt that I would be fishing Serene from what I saw this morning.

Martha may need to warm up just a little bit as it is a deeper lake than Serene.

Halibut Bait

posted by Mike on 04/26/2013

With halibut and ling cod seasons just around the corner we have stocked our freezers with octopus, squid and large herring. We have a good supply of Puget Vacuum Packed Purple herring. Ted's will try our best to keep up with the supply and keep it in stock. The shipment we received yesterday is already half gone with guys stocking up.

2013 Fishing Regulations Have Arrived

posted by Mike on 04/26/2013

We just received the "New" 2013 WDFW Fishing Regulations. For the past couple of months everyone has been asking for them. Stop by and pick up a copy - there are lots of changes for this upcoming season.

Lake Stevens Kokanee Reports

posted by Mike on 04/25/2013

Over the past week we have been getting better kokanee reports coming from Lake Stevens. I would not say that the fishing has been hot by any means but at least the numbers that the regulars are catching have improved. Most of the fish have been caught in the upper 15 feet of the water column, as we would expect at this part of the season. The folks that have been catching them have been doing best on beads and blades behind a small dodger (Such as a Dick Nite Kokanee Dodger or Silver Horde Mini Dodger)

If you are not into building up your own gear a Mac's Wedding Ring Spinner with a silver blade and red beads will produce. Bait the hook or hooks with white corn or maggots.

Fishing slowly in the range of 1.1 - 1.3 mph has been the key to success.

Whatcom County - Trout Plant Numbers

posted by Mike on 04/25/2013

Whatcom County
Lake/Pond Date Species Number Fish per
Pound Hatchery Notes
LK PADDEN (WHAT)
Whatcom County - Region 4 Apr 03, 2013 Rainbow 2,849 2 Kendall Cr Hatchery
LK PADDEN (WHAT)
Whatcom County - Region 4 Apr 02, 2013 Rainbow 2,645 2 Kendall Cr Hatchery
LK PADDEN (WHAT)
Whatcom County - Region 4 Apr 01, 2013 Rainbow 8,077 2 Kendall Cr Hatchery
LK PADDEN (WHAT)
Whatcom County - Region 4 Mar 27, 2013 Rainbow 6,929 2.1 Kendall Cr Hatchery
LK TERRELL (WHAT)
Whatcom County - Region 4 Apr 10, 2013 Rainbow 569 0.7 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 1.5 lbs each.
SILVER LK (WHAT) 01
Whatcom County - Region 4 Apr 02, 2013 Rainbow 7,900 2 Kendall Cr Hatchery
SILVER LK (WHAT) 01
Whatcom County - Region 4 Mar 26, 2013 Rainbow 6,920 2.1 Kendall Cr Hatchery
TOAD LK (WHAT)
Whatcom County - Region 4 Apr 10, 2013 Rainbow 250 0.7 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 1.5 lbs each.

2013 Big Game Hunting Regulations

posted by Mike on 04/25/2013

For those of you that have been awaiting the 2013 Big Game Hunting Regulations we can tell you that they have arrived. Stop by and pick up a copy so you can plan your fall hunting trips or put in for that special permit.

King County - Trout Stocking Numbers

posted by Mike on 04/24/2013

Here's a run down on the trout plants that have occurred in King County, take a look as it might have a bearing upon where you might go fishing this Saturday.

ANGLE LK (KING)
King County - Region 4 Mar 27, 2013 Rainbow 294 0.7 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 1.5 lbs each.
ANGLE LK (KING)
King County - Region 4 Mar 27, 2013 Rainbow 3,000 2.5 Puyallup Hatchery
BEAVER LKS (KING) T24
King County - Region 4 Mar 20, 2013 Rainbow 261 0.7 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 1.5 lbs each.
BEAVER LKS (KING) T24
King County - Region 4 Mar 18, 2013 Rainbow 7,000 2.4 Issaquah Hatchery
COTTAGE LK (KING)
King County - Region 4 Apr 17, 2013 Rainbow 9,012 2.4 Arlington Hatchery
COTTAGE LK (KING)
King County - Region 4 Jan 14, 2013 Rainbow 3,323 2.48 Goldendale Hatchery
GREEN LK (KING)
King County - Region 4 Mar 20, 2013 Rainbow 442 0.7 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 1.5 lbs each.
GREEN LK (KING)
King County - Region 4 Mar 20, 2013 Rainbow 2,467 2.5 Whitehorse Pond
GREEN LK (KING)
King County - Region 4 Mar 19, 2013 Rainbow 7,535 2.5 Whitehorse Pond
GREEN LK (KING)
King County - Region 4 Mar 13, 2013 Rainbow 3,600 2.5 Puyallup Hatchery
GREEN LK (KING)
King County - Region 4 Mar 12, 2013 Rainbow 3,800 2.5 Puyallup Hatchery
LANGLOIS LK (KING)
King County - Region 4 Apr 17, 2013 Rainbow 5,040 2.14 Tokul Cr Hatchery
LK ALICE (KING)
King County - Region 4 Apr 17, 2013 Rainbow 1,006 2.14 Tokul Cr Hatchery
LK ALICE (KING)
King County - Region 4 Mar 15, 2013 Rainbow 787 2.76 Tokul Cr Hatchery
LK DESIRE (KING)
King County - Region 4 Apr 03, 2013 Rainbow 5,000 2.4 Issaquah Hatchery
LK MERIDIAN (KING)
King County - Region 4 Mar 21, 2013 Rainbow 442 0.7 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 1.5 lbs each.
LK MERIDIAN (KING)
King County - Region 4 Mar 13, 2013 Rainbow 5,000 2.5 Puyallup Hatchery
LK MERIDIAN (KING)
King County - Region 4 Mar 12, 2013 Rainbow 5,000 2.5 Puyallup Hatchery
LK SAWYER (KING)
King County - Region 4 Mar 20, 2013 Rainbow 490 0.7 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 1.5 lbs each.
LK SAWYER (KING)
King County - Region 4 Mar 12, 2013 Rainbow 1,500 2.5 Puyallup Hatchery
PINE LK (KING)
King County - Region 4 Apr 16, 2013 Rainbow 14,019 2.3 Issaquah Hatchery
RATTLESNAKE LK (KING)
King County - Region 4 Mar 20, 2013 Rainbow 204 0.7 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 1.5 lbs each.
RATTLESNAKE LK (KING)
King County - Region 4 Mar 15, 2013 Rainbow 511 2.76 Tokul Cr Hatchery
STEELE LK (KING)
King County - Region 4 Mar 25, 2013 Rainbow 3,250 2.5 Puyallup Hatchery
WALKER LK (KING)
King County - Region 4 Apr 10, 2013 Rainbow 1,500 2.5 Puyallup Hatchery
WILDERNESS LK (KING)
King County - Region 4 Apr 09, 2013 Rainbow 9,000 2.5 Columbia Basin Hatch

Lake Chelan Area Reports - Kokanee - Lake Trout - Triploids

posted by Mike on 04/24/2013

What’s hot is trolling near the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan for numbers of Lake Trout. Jumbo Kokanee are being caught all over the lower basin although it has become spotty fishing during this reporting period. This is the time of the year to try for some of those elusive Chelan Triploid Rainbows.

On Chelan, Lake Trout bit trolled presentations above the Yacht Club. Worden Lures T4 Flatfish in Purple Glow and Mack’s Cha Cha Squidders as well as Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in Glow Splatterback colors really racked up the Lakers during this reporting period. We hit water that was 260 to 320 feet deep for an incredible bite rate. Most fish are two to four pounds, but this is the area where the new state record was caught in February. As always stay tight to the bottom. Speeds of 1.4 to 1.7 mph were very productive.

The Kokanee are finicky but are sometimes biting in the trench, along the face of Mill Bay, up at the Yacht Club and over by the Monument. Most of these landlocked Sockeye are from 15 to 17 inches. They are hard fighting acrobats on light gear. The surface water temperature has risen to 50 degrees so start looking shallower for these fish. Look at your sonar and troll a Mack’s Lures Double D dodger trailed by one of Mack’s Lures orange or pink Mini Cha Cha Squidders baited with some Pautzke’s Fire Corn just above the fish. Speeds of 1.1 to 1.4 mph will work best. When you find biters, pull your gear, turn and go back through them.

We have gotten into our first Triploid Rainbows out of Chelan during the reporting period. Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire off a 36” leader is the ticket for these 17 to 22 inch ‘bows.

Your fishing tip of the week is to use stackers off your downriggers to increase your bite rate. Try to stack a line 12 feet above your ball. When it gets bit, raise your ball 12 feet to get the bottom line bit. Simple and effective.

The kid’s tip of the week is to remember boys are uncivilized by nature. It takes training to turn them into young men with manners. Modeling, positive reinforcement and repetition are the tickets there.

The safety tip of the week is to remember that rock just out and down lake of the Mill Bay launch. I saw another guy lose a prop. It’s submerged now.

Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

509-687-0709 or www.darrellanddads.com

Barbless Hook Restriction Goes Into Effect On Columbia River Tributaries May 1st

posted by Mike on 04/23/2013

Ban on barbed hooks expands
on Columbia River, tributaries May 1

OLYMPIA – Starting May 1, anglers fishing for salmon or steelhead on the Columbia River and most of its tributaries downstream from Chief Joseph Dam will be required to use barbless hooks.

The new regulations, adopted today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), expand on a similar rule currently in effect on the stretch of the Columbia River that constitutes the border between Washington and Oregon.

The new rules extend the ban on barbed hooks another 250 miles upriver on the Columbia River and to dozens of its tributaries, including the Cowlitz, White Salmon, Klickitat, Snake, Yakima and Okanogan rivers.

Anglers fishing those waters will still be allowed to use single, double-point or treble hooks, so long as the barbs have been filed off or pinched down.

Jim Scott, assistant director of the WDFW Fish Program, said the new rule will contribute to ongoing efforts to minimize impacts on wild stocks while maintaining opportunities for anglers to harvest abundant hatchery fish.

“Anyone who’s ever fished with barbless hooks knows they are easier to remove from a fish’s mouth than a barbed hook,” Scott said. “That’s important in fisheries where anglers are required to release wild fish unharmed.”

Fishing regulations requiring the release of wild salmon and steelhead are common in the Columbia River Basin and other Washington waters, especially in areas wild salmon and steelhead are protected by state and federal laws. In those cases, only hatchery fish marked with a clipped adipose fin and a healed scar may be retained.

“Anglers fishing for salmon and steelhead in Puget Sound and ocean waters have been required to use barbless hooks for years,” Scott said. “The new rule on the Columbia River is consistent with our state’s longstanding commitment to sustainable fisheries.”

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, a nine-member citizen panel that sets policy for WDFW, endorsed the barbless-hook requirement as part of a broad-based policy designed to support the recovery of wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin.

That policy, adopted in collaboration with the Oregon commission in January, also set the stage for gradually shifting non-tribal commercial gillnets to off-channel areas of the river and developing new, more selective types of commercial fishing gear.

Before taking action, Washington’s commission held a series of public hearings on barbless hooks and other provisions of the policy in the winter of 2012. WDFW also conducted public meetings on barbless hooks during the 2013 North of Falcon process, where statewide salmon-fishing seasons were set earlier this month.

With only a few exceptions, the rule requiring the use of barbless hooks will be in effect on rivers and streams where a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement is required in addition to a current fishing license.

Those waters are clearly marked in WDFW’s 2013-14 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, now available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/. The paper version of the pamphlet will be distributed to recreational license dealers around the state by early May.

Opening Day - Skagit County Trout Plants

posted by Mike on 04/23/2013

With opening day of lowland lakes coming up this Saturday here's a little run down on the recent trout plants in that county which may help you figure out where you might want to go. As usual; Heart, Erie and Sixteen will be some of the best and most utilized lakes in this region.

CLEAR LK (SKAG) T34
Skagit County - Region 4 Apr 02, 2013 Rainbow 718 0.7 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 1.5 lbs each.
HEART LK (SKAG) T35
Skagit County - Region 4 Apr 15, 2013 Rainbow 6,500 1.8 Bellingham Hatchery
LK CAMPBELL (SKAG)
Skagit County - Region 4 Apr 02, 2013 Rainbow 525 0.7 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 1.5 lbs each.
LK ERIE (SKAG)
Skagit County - Region 4 Apr 16, 2013 Rainbow 5,740 1.8 Bellingham Hatchery
LK ERIE (SKAG)
Skagit County - Region 4 Apr 10, 2013 Rainbow 850 0.7 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 1.5 lbs each.
LK ERIE (SKAG)
Skagit County - Region 4 Apr 10, 2013 Rainbow 5,760 1.8 Bellingham Hatchery
SIXTEEN LK (SKAG)
Skagit County - Region 4 Apr 15, 2013 Rainbow 6,500 1.8 Bellingham Hatchery
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