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HANFORD REACH OPENS FOR SOCKEYE

posted by Mike on 06/28/2016

Hanford Reach to open for sockeye fishing

Actions: Opens sockeye salmon to retention

Effective date:June 28 through Aug. 15, 2016

Species affected: Sockeye salmon.

Area 1: Columbia River from Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco to the Interstate 182 Bridge at Richland near Columbia Point (CRC 534).

Daily Limit: Daily limit of three (3) salmon, of which one (1) may be an adult hatchery chinook and two (2) may be sockeye. Release wild adult chinook.

Area 2: Columbia River from the Interstate 182 Bridge to Priest Rapids Dam (CRC 535, 536)

Daily Limit: Daily limit of six (6) salmon, of which two (2) may be adult hatchery chinook and three (3) may be sockeye. Release wild adult chinook.

Other information: Anglers must use barbless hooks when fishing for salmon and must have a current Washington fishing license as well as a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement (CRSSE). Anglers with the Two-Pole Endorsement may fish with two poles, except for sturgeon.

Reason for action: The sockeye run has exceeded the pre-season forecast of 102,000 fish returning to the river mouth. Approximately 240,000 sockeye passed Bonneville Dam through June 26, with the total return now projected to reach 400,000. Barring extreme high water temperatures like those that caused unprecedented pre-spawning mortality in 2015, the spawning needs in the both the Wenatchee and Okanogan rivers should be realized. More than 110,000 sockeye have crossed McNary Dam, allowing a fishery upstream of the Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco to Priest Rapids Dam.

After the loss of nearly all spawning sockeye in the Okanogan River in 2015, fishery managers are proceeding conservatively until spawning escapements into the Wenatchee and Okanogan Rivers are assured. Provided that water temperatures remain below lethal levels, sockeye seasons above Priest Rapids Dam are likely as the run progresses upriver. Anglers should watch WDFW's for further actions.

Information contacts:John Easterbrooks, Region 3 Fish Program Manager, (509) 457-9330 (Yakima) or Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624 (Ephrata)

SKYKOMISH RIVER REPORTS FOR STEELHEAD AND CHINOOK

posted by Mike on 06/27/2016

With the Skykomish being closed to fishing since the first of June everyone was jumping at the bit when the news came down this past Friday that the river was reopened. Many droped everything they were doing and went to the river anticipating that the fishing would be fantistic as fish would be stacked up with the additional time in which the river was closed. We did hear of fish being caught though it was not as everyone had anticipated. There were some steelhead caught in the Reiter Pond / Cable Hole section of the river, but not overly exciting for opening weekend.  A few of the guys targeted Chinook in the middle and lower sections of the river and some managed to connect.  One guide that I know managed to get 8 Chinook and 4 steelhead for his clients out of this section of the river one day this weekend.

 

Though fishing was not super productive at least we finally have the opprotunity to fish. Remember that August 31 will be the last of the fishing on the Snohomish system. It will be closed in September and Octoober to protect the few Coho that are returing.

SKAGIT RIVER SOCKEYE FISHING

posted by Mike on 06/24/2016

We are finally back on the water and able to fish for Sockeye on the lower Skagit from Hwy 536 at Mt. Vernon (Memorial Hwy Bridge) up to the mouth of Gilligan Creek. This fishery will run through July 15th unless we reach our guidline of 4,600 fish. There are fish in the river as they have been trapping them in the Baker River and transporting them to the lake for over a week now. This fishery for the most part is a bank plunking show with anglers fishing a size 4 or 6 Spin N Glo baited with either fresh sand shrimp or coon stripe shrimp. The amount of lead will vary with the river flow but somewhere in the 4 - 12 ounce range will be needed. These fish travel on the edge of the current seams and will be found in water from 2 - 6 feet. In many areas this will be just a few feet from the bank so long casts are genereally not needed. These are the primest Sockeye that the state has to offer as they are right out of the saltwater and into the cold glaciated waters of the Skagit in a very short timeline. Not only are these prime fish but are the largest sized wise with fish averaging 6 -7 pounds with some pushing 10. Make sure to bleed your fish promptly, gill and gut them and get them on ice to have the best table fare one can procure. This season we have a three fish limit per lisenced angler.

 

We have lots of gear in stock for this fishery and will be more than happy to help you out in getting set up for this fishery. We will keep you posted on the reports from the river as we get them.

FINALLY! PUGET SOUND & PUGET SOUND RIVERS ARE REOPENED

posted by Mike on 06/24/2016

2016 Puget Sound-area Fishing Seasons Update

Last updated: June 24, 2016

Puget Sound-area waters reopen for fishing

Puget Sound-area fisheries that closed during an impasse in salmon-season negotiations have reopened.

Fisheries in Puget Sound marine waters, rivers and lakes are open as listed in the 2015-16 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. Anglers should check WDFW's fishing rule change webpage for exceptions.

WDFW closed many Puget Sound-area fisheries on May 1, after the previous federal authorization to conduct fisheries expired.

The state and treaty tribes reached an agreement on this year's Puget Sound salmon fisheries on May 26, several weeks after the annual season-setting process usually ends.

The extended timeframe of negotiations led to a lapse in federal approval needed to conduct fisheries in Puget Sound, where some fish stocks are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. The co-managers typically request the federal permit by mid-April.

On June 24, NOAA gave WDFW the OK to reopen the Puget Sound-area fisheries that closed May 1. Most recreational salmon fisheries begin in July. Fisheries information for July 1 and later can be found in the 2016-17 sport fishing rules pamphlet.

A few salmon and steelhead fisheries in Puget Sound-area waters that are open in June include:

  • The Skykomish River for hatchery chinook and hatchery steelhead fishing.
  • The Cascade River for hatchery chinook and hatchery steelhead.
  • The Skagit River for sockeye salmon, hatchery chinook and hatchery steelhead fishing.
  • Anglers must release coho salmon in marine areas 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) and 13 (south Sound) and in the Tulalip bubble fishery, where anglers also are required to release wild chinook.
  • Anglers fishing at most year-round piers within Puget Sound must release all coho while those fishing at year-round piers within Sinclair Inlet are only required to release wild coho.

 

STURGEON FISHERY TO OPEN IN UPPER COLUMBIA

posted by Mike on 06/21/2016

Anglers will be able to harvest hatchery sturgeon
starting July 1 in the upper Columbia River

OLYMPIA – Beginning July 1, recreational anglers will have the opportunity to harvest hatchery sturgeon from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs, state fishery managers announced today.

This is the first time in two decades that anglers will be allowed to retain sturgeon in this section of the Columbia River, said Chad Jackson, district fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). 

Several thousand juvenile sturgeon were released into the upper Columbia River in 2003. Recent surveys indicate many of these hatchery fish have grown to harvestable size. About 4,000 hatchery sturgeon are estimated to reside in Wanapum Reservoir and roughly 2,000 in Priest Rapids Reservoir.

"We believe reducing the number of hatchery fish in these reservoirs will help regional conservation efforts to recover wild sturgeon populations," Jackson said. "We're hoping to remove as many of these hatchery sturgeon as possible."

As part the plan to recover the white sturgeon populations, state fish managers approved this fishery to reduce interaction between wild fish and hatchery sturgeon. WDFW is implementing a size restriction for this fishery that is designed to target hatchery sturgeon while protecting larger wild fish, Jackson said.

Between July 1 and Sept. 30, anglers will be allowed to retain two hatchery sturgeon daily that are between 38 and 72 inches (fork-length) from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs. Sturgeon caught in these reservoirs will not count toward an angler's annual limit for sturgeon. Anglers will not be required to record sturgeon harvested from the two reservoirs on their catch record cards. 

Angler participation and success will determine whether WDFW will reopen the fishery after its scheduled closing date of Sept. 30, Jackson said. WDFW will monitor angler catch and compliance closely.   

"We know there are thousands of these hatchery fish residing in Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs," he said. "We don't know whether this will be a onetime opening or if there will be future fishing opportunities." 

More details about this fishery can be found on WDFW's webpage at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/

LAKE STEVENS KOKANEE FISHING CONTINUES TO PRODUCE WELL

posted by Mike on 06/20/2016

The kokanee fishing at Lake Stevesn has continued to produce well recently. Many of our customers have been getting limits of nice fish in the 13 - 15 inch range. The fish are much healthier than last years and are very plump to say the least. Fish have been in the 30 - 60 foot zone, so downriggers are a must for controlled depth fishing. Fish have been coming on a varily of diferent lures. The one consistant thing is that the most productive anglers have been scaling down thei presentations going to smaller size 0 or 1 spinner blades, size.9 Smile Blades from Mac's Lures or small #14 Spin N Glos from Yakima Bait. Most anglers are still baiting with Shoe Peg corn scented with Bloody Tuna Anise or Garlic from Pro Cure. Some days the kokanee seem to want one scent over another - so provide them with some choices and see what they prefer that day.

 

There seems to be a very good population of fish in the lake this season so we should continue to see good fishing for quite some time. Just have to fish deeper as the water temperatures continue to climb this summer.

COLUMBIA SOCKEYE NUMBERS ARE BETTER THAN LAST YEAR, WERE BIOLOGISTS WRONG?

posted by Mike on 06/18/2016

As of yesterday 77,513 Sockeye have gone over Bonneville compaired to 62,998 last season. With the better numbers does this mean that we are getting a better return than was predicted or are the fish just early?  With the loss of many salmon fisheries this season it would be nice to see one that comes back in better numbers that may allow a fishery that was not expected.

 

The preseasons estimate for sockey above Bonneville was 102,000, destined for the Snake and the upper Columbia to Lake Wenatchee and the Okanogan River. We'll just have to wait and see what happens!

COLUMBIA SHAD NUMBERS STILL HOLDING UP, GOOD FISHING CONTINUES

posted by Mike on 06/18/2016

We have stillbeen getting good fishing reports from the customers going down to Bonneville to fish shad. The numbers of shad going over Bonneville have still been quite good. On Wednesday the 15th saw 49,912, Thursday 54,892 and Friday 91, 502. With numbers like this we should continue to see good fishing at least for another week or two before numbers decrease.

 

We still have a good selection of shad gear on hand and will do our best to have it though the season.

MARINE AREAS 3 & 4 REOPEN FOR HALIBUT ON JUNE 23RD,2016

posted by Mike on 06/18/2016

Halibut fishing will re-open June 23 in marine areas 3 and 4

 

Action: Recreational halibut fishing in Marine Area 3 (La Push) and Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) will re-open for one additional fishing day on Thursday June 23, 2016. Catch through Saturday June 11 was 95,146 pounds leaving 12,884 pounds of quota remaining which is sufficient for another weekday fishing day but not another weekend day fishing day.

Effective date: June 23, 2016

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine areas 3 and 4

Reason for action: There is sufficient quota remaining in Marine Areas 3 and 4 to open the recreational halibut fishery for another day. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 249-4628 ext. 202

NEW 2016/2017 WDFW FISHING REGULATIONS ARE HERE

posted by Mike on 06/14/2016

Stop by and pick up your copy of the new 2016/2017 WDFW Fishing Regulations. They just showed up this afternoon.

Just remember that though they might say fishing is open in Puget Sound Rivers for steelhead or salmon they in fact are not open until me have the federal permits in hand. Hopefully, sometime in the near future.

EDMONDS PIER REPAIR UPDATE

posted by Mike on 06/14/2016

After finding additional damage to the Edmond's fishing pier there was a scramble to find more money to be able to finish the repairs. I am glad to say that the money has been found and the repairs will continue. The only problem is that it will not be completed until around the middle of August. That means one of the few places where Chinook salmon can be caught off a dock by non boat anglers will not be available. This will be a real disapointment for many, with very little salmon fishing opportunities to start with this year this will be just one more loss! At least it is going to be repaired and will once again be able to provide lots of fishing enjoyment to the anlgling public in the future.

SHAD NUMBERS CONTINUE TO SOAR OVER BONNEVILLE

posted by Mike on 06/08/2016

Shad numbers over Bonneville have been fantastic the past three days. On Sunday 80,068 went over Bonneville, Monday saw 71,753 and yesterday 98,565. If you have ever wanted to give shad fishing a try, the time is here! We should see very good fishing for at least a couple more weeks before we see it start to taper off. These fish, which average 2 to 4 pounds with an occasional one larger are great sport on light tackle.

Stop by and we'll be gland to give you a hand setting your gear up.

We have lots of shad gear on hand - though we are starting to get a little low on some jig colors.

PUGET SOUND RECREATIONAL CRAB SEASONS SET

posted by Mike on 06/07/2016

 

WDFW announces full slate of Puget Sound crab seasons

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today announced recreational crab-fishing seasons for areas of Puget Sound opening in July and August, adding to the list of waters previously set to open in June.

Stretching from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to the Canadian border, the new list of openings completes the schedule of summer crab fisheries in Puget Sound, said Rich Childers, WDFW shellfish policy lead.

"We were still working out the details for some fisheries when we publicized the June openings last week," Childers said. "With that work completed, we can now announce crab seasons for the rest of the Sound."

In all areas of Puget Sound, recreational crabbing is scheduled Thursdays through Mondays each week (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) during the following periods:

  • Marine Area 13 (south Puget Sound): Open June 2 through Sept. 5. Crabbing is now under way five days a week.
  • Marine Areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), and 12 (Hood Canal): Open 6 a.m. June 16 through Sept. 5.
  • A portion of Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet): Open 6 a.m. June 16 through Sept. 5 in waters north of the Hood Canal Bridge to a line connecting Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point.
  • Marine Areas 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), and 11 (Tacoma/Vashon): Open July 1 through Sept. 5.  
  • Marine Area 7 South (San Juan Islands/Bellingham): Open July 15 through Sept. 30.
  • Marine Area 7 North (Gulf of Georgia): Open Aug. 13 through Sept. 30.

These seasons and details on fishing regulations, as well as an educational video on crabbing are posted on WDFW's crab fishing website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/

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.

State regulations prohibit setting or pulling 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 also reminds sport 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 in Puget Sound.

Catch cards are not required to fish for Dungeness crab in the Columbia River or on the Washington coast.

FREE FISHING WEEKEND JUNE11TH & 12TH, 2016

posted by Mike on 06/03/2016

Anglers can fish for free June 11-12, 2016

OLYMPIA – Each year, thousands of Washingtonians go fishing – legally – without a license on "Free Fishing Weekend," scheduled for June 11-12.

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. 

"If you haven't fished for years, never fished in Washington, or want to introduce fishing to someone new to the sport, this is the weekend to get out there," said Larry Phillips, 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 4 throughout the state. Other options available on Free Fishing Weekend include:

  • Lingcod on the coast.
  • Bass, crappie, perch and other warmwater fish biting in lakes throughout Washington.
  • Shad on the Columbia River.
  • Chinook salmon on the Columbia River.
  • Hatchery steelhead on the mainstem Columbia River and rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.

Anglers should note that six lakes and the lower sections of most rivers that flow into Puget Sound are closed to all fishing at this time. More information is available on WDFW's webpage (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/pugetsound_salmon_update/).

For tips, new anglers should check online for the "Fish Washington" feature at the department's homepage (http://wdfw.wa.gov). The site provides details on lowland lake fishing, high lake fishing and marine area opportunities.

For those planning fishing vacations, Great Washington Getaways (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/vacation) is a WDFW web feature that showcases some of the state's best family travel and fishing opportunities. 

And, for those who want even more fishing advice, the Fish Washington video page (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/videos/) provides "how to" fishing videos designed to introduce techniques to both new and seasoned anglers.

Before heading out, anglers should also check the current fishing regulations valid through June at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

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, steelhead, sturgeon or halibut they catch.

Catch record cards 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.

Lake Chelan Report From 5/31/16 - Anton Jones

posted by Mike on 06/03/2016

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 5/31/16

    What’s hot is trolling for Lake Trout on Chelan early in the morning at Colyar Ledge.   Also hot is trolling the face of Manson Bay for Lake Chelan Lakers.  Finally, Omak Lake is hot for Lahontan cutthroat while Wapato Lake has been producing quality planter Rainbows. 

 

    When the wind lets you fish the early morning bite at Colyar Ledge, it is very good.  The best depths seem to be between 220 and 270 feet.  Evenings are best in Manson Bay in depths of 140 to 270 feet deep.  As always, fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around 1.2 mph.  The Mack’s Lure Bead and Blade combo our guide, Jeff Witkowski has developed has been very productive.  He uses a bead combo to give the rig about a 4” long profile.  Bait this rig with a chunk of Northern Pikeminnow.  T4 Purple Glow Flatfish and Silver Horde Kingfisher Lite spoons have also been productive. 

 

    Omak should still remain quite good for Lahontan Cutthroat.  However, it can get hotter than… well, really hot down in there when we get 100+ in Chelan. 

 

    Also, Wapato Lake has still been kicking out nice limits of rainbows. 

 

    Finally, Roses Lake has become an early summer mecca for Channel Catfish.  One of 16.9 pounds was recently caught. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to remember scent.  I use Pautzke’s Krill Juice on everything as a cover scent.  You don’t want those fish to shy away as they charge your lure. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to keep the fishing foray’s short this time of the year.  A couple of hours is plenty.  With the first big hot spell of the summer rolling in you don’t want to make it a survival test out there.  Work the hours of low light and cooler temperatures.  Mid-days this time of the year are good for swimming and staying cool inside. 

 

    Your safety tip of the week is to keep a sharp look out for floating debris.  The lake has filled those last few inches floating some really big logs.  You don’t want to hit them! 

 

    As we finish the Memorial Day weekend, I want to remember my friends, Terry Gilden who died in the 1983 Beirut embassy bombing and Randy Shughart who died in the 1993 Mogadishu incident made famous by the movie, Blackhawk Down.  Both were members of Delta when they died.  I had the privilege to serve with them in the Rangers when we were young.  I get to do the things I love doing and spend time with my grandkids because of their sacrifice.

TIME TO GO SHAD FISHING - NUMBERS SOAR OVER BONNEVILLE

posted by Mike on 06/03/2016

With 45,523 shad going over Bonneville on Wednesday and 33,472 over yesterday it's time to pack up your gear and head down to bend a rod for a day or two. We have heard good reports for the past week or so from customers that have gone down. The fishing has been considerably better than last season as the water flows have been higher, which pushes the shad into areas that are more accessable to bank anglers. This fishery should be hot for the next two to three weeks.

 

Everyone does something different with their catch! Some just go for the enjoyment of catching them and release every one. Some go to collect some mighty fine bait for crab, shrimp or sturgeon. Some really like to put them on the table in various forms. I've tried them just about every way and I am really not impressed with their table qualities. There are many fish species that I much prefer.

 

We have lots of shad gear on hand and will be happy to show you how to set it up.

ONE MORE DAY OF HALIBUT FISHING IN MARINE AREAS 3 & 4

posted by Mike on 06/02/2016

Halibut fishing re-opens June 11 in marine areas 3, 4;
Marine Area 1 all-depth fishery to close June 4

Actions:  Recreational halibut fishing in Marine Area 3 (La Push) and Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) will re-open for one additional fishing day on June 11, 2016. 

The Marine Area 1 (Columbia River) all-depth quota is projected to be taken at the end of the day Friday, June 3.  Halibut retention in the nearshore area in Marine Area 1 will continue to be permitted Mondays through Wednesdays until the subarea quota is reached.  

Effective dates:

Marine Area 3 and 4: Open on June 11, 2016

Marine Area 1: Closed effective June 4, 2016

Species affected:  Pacific halibut

Location:  Marine Areas 1, 3 and 4.

Reason for action:  There is sufficient quota remaining in Marine Areas 3 and 4 to open the recreational halibut fishery for another day.  The recreational halibut quota for the all depth fishery in Marine Area 1 has reached the Pacific halibut quota reserved for this area; there is not enough quota pounds available to open this area for an additional fishing day. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). 

Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 249-4628 ext. 202

INCREASED SPOT SHRIMP LIMITS IN MARINE AREA 6 & 7 EAST

posted by Mike on 05/31/2016

Daily limit increase in Marine Areas 6 and 7 West; non-spot shrimp fishing reopening in several areas of Puget Sound

 

Action: The daily bag limit is increasing to 160 shrimp for all species (including spot shrimp) in Marine Areas 6 and 7 West. Open daily.

In addition, Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11 are reopening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing, with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Marine Area 7 East is reopening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. And Marine Area 13 is reopening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing with a 250-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Open daily. All spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately.

Effective date: June 1, 2016.

Species affected: All shrimp species.

Location: Marine Areas 6 and 7 West (only) for the daily bag limit increase. Marine Areas 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 11 and 13 for the coonstripe and pink shrimp reopening.

Reason for action: Sufficient recreational quota remains in Marine Areas 6 and 7 West for raising the daily bag limit on a trial basis. Although the spot shrimp quotas have been reached in Marine Areas 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 11 and 13 there is sufficient non-spot quota remaining to reopen.

Other information: After May 31 Marine Areas 7 South and 10 are closed for the 2016 season, along with the Hood Canal and Discovery Bay Shrimp Districts (where the last open fishing day was May 30).

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

SOME CRABBING OPENING IN MARINE AREA 13,12 & 9

posted by Mike on 05/31/2016

Some areas opening in June for recreational crabbing in Puget Sound

 

Action: All of Marine Area 13 will open at 6:00 am June 2 through Sept. 5. Crabbing will be allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

All of Marine Area 12 will open at 6: 00 am June 16 through Sept. 5. Crabbing will be allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

A portion of Marine Area 9 - the portion north of the Hood Canal Bridge to a line connecting Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point - will open at 6: 00 am June 16 through Sept. 5. Crabbing will be allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Species affected: Dungeness and red rock crab.

Location: Marine Area 13, Marine Area 12, and the portion of Marine Area 9 north of the Hood Canal Bridge to a line connecting Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point.

Reason for action: State and Tribal co-managers have agreed that legal size Dungeness crabs will have reached the hardshell criteria for harvest by these dates. The start dates will aid in achieving 50/50 harvest goal with the Treaty Tribes.

Other information: The daily limits in all Marine Areas will be five crabs per day for Dungeness crabs and six crabs per day for Red Rock crabs. All Dungeness crabs retained during this time must be recorded on a summer catch record card.

Contact: Don Velasquez, Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311 ext. 112.

 

Ted's has everything that you will be neening this crabbing season. We have a good selection of crab traps from Protoco, SMI, Promar, Danielson & Kufa. A full selection of crab bouys, leaded & poly lines, bait containers and bait bags, harnesses etc.  We can help you out rigging your gear so all you have to do is bait you trap and set it out. Stop by and we'll be glad to help you out.

SHAD NUMBERS INCREASE OVER BONNEVILLE DAM

posted by Mike on 05/31/2016

Sunday saw 3,162 shad passing through Bonneville and Monday was over twice that with 6,626. I would have to say that by this weekend there should be good fishing below the dam. We have had some folks down the past couple of weekend s and there are at least a few fish being caught. I would say the next three or four weekends should see the peak of the shad fishing action.

 

Ted's has lots of shad fishing gear on hand for this seasonds fishery. We have a good assortment of shad darts, Dick Nite and baby Simon spoons.

 

We'll keep you posted on the shad fishing this season. Stop by if you need any help in setting up.

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