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GET THOSE 2016 SUMMER CRAB CATCH RECORD CARDS RETURNED

posted by Mike on 09/30/2016

Don't give the state $10.00 in Crab Administative fees next year, get your Crab Catch Records turned in! You can make better use of the $10.00 than the state can! With proposed lisence fee increases next year you'll need the money for that!

PORTION OF MARINE AREA 13 TO OPEN FOR COHO RETENTION OCTOBER 1st

posted by Mike on 09/30/2016

Hatchery coho salmon can be retained
in a portion of Area 13 beginning Oct. 1

Action: Hatchery coho can be kept as part of the daily limit in the westward portion of Marine Area 13 (South Sound), which will open as scheduled Oct. 1.

Effective Date:  Oct. 1, 2016, until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 13 waters west of a line from the southernmost point of Devil's Head (at the southern end of Key Peninsula) to the eastern boundary of Tolmie State Park.

For a map of this area, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/attach/rc_sep2916a.pdf.

Reason for action: State and tribal co-managers previously agreed to keep the area closed to wild and hatchery coho retention due to the low number of coho projected to return this year.

The co-managers agree there are sufficient hatchery coho returning to Squaxin Island Tribal Net Pens to allow the retention of hatchery coho in the western portion of Marine Area 13, while not increasing impacts on wild coho or chinook.

Other information: All of Marine Area 13 (South Sound) is scheduled to open for salmon fishing Oct. 1.

The daily limit for the western portion of Area 13 is 2 salmon, release wild chinook and wild coho. Anglers may fish with two poles if they have a Two-Pole Endorsement. Hatchery coho retention will only be allowed in the western section of Area 13.

Eastern waters within Marine Area 13 are not affected by this rule change and will open Oct. 1 as scheduled with a 2 salmon limit, release wild chinook and all coho.  Anglers are reminded that they may not fish this area with coho onboard their vessel. Anglers may fish with two poles if they have a Two-Pole Endorsement.

More information on Marine Area 13 fisheries can be found in the 2016-17 Washington Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808; James Losee, (360) 902-2741.

SNOHOMISH RIVER OPENS FOR COHO

posted by Mike on 09/29/2016

WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE  
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
http://wdfw.wa.gov

September 28, 2016

Snohomish River opens for coho salmon fishing

Action:  Opens the Snohomish River to fishing for coho salmon Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, and Oct. 6 through Oct. 9.

Effective dates and times: Night closure in effect (fishing is open one hour before sunrise to one hour before sunset). Open to coho fishing Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, and Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 6 through Oct. 9.

Species affected: Coho salmon.

Locations and rules:

Snohomish River (Snohomish County) from the mouth (Burlington-Northern Railroad bridges) (including all channels, sloughs, and interconnected waterways, but excluding all tributaries) upstream to confluence of the Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers. 

  • Night closure.
  • Anti-snagging rules apply.
  • Salmon, minimum size 12", daily limit 2 coho only.
  • All species other than coho must be released.

Reason for action: The Snohomish River was originally closed to all fishing under a state and tribal co-manager agreement to protect coho salmon. The co-managers agree that the coho return is strong enough to support limited sport and tribal fisheries. The co-managers will continue to monitor this fishery and may make adjustments in the coming weeks.   

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

STURGEON FISHING EXTENDED IN WANAPUM AND PRIEST RAPID RESERVOIRS

posted by Mike on 09/28/2016

WDFW extends sturgeon fishing, raises limit
in Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs

Action: Extend the harvest season for sturgeon

Effective Dates: Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, 2016

Species affected: White sturgeon between 38 and 72 inches fork length

Location: Priest Rapids Reservoir (from Priest Rapids Dam to Wanapum Dam) and Wanapum Reservoir (from Wanapum Dam to Rock Island Dam)

Reason for action: Harvestable surplus of hatchery-origin white sturgeon still remain in both reservoirs. Removal of these hatchery-origin fish is consistent with ongoing actions to rebuild depressed populations of wild-origin white sturgeon in Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs.

Other information:

  • A daily limit of three (3) sturgeon between 38 and 72 inches fork length may be harvested from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs.
  • Legal-size fish may be harvested whether or not they are marked by a fin clip, hole punch, or tag.
  • Only one single-point barbless hook and bait is allowed per pole while fishing for sturgeon. However, anglers may fish with two poles with the purchase of a Two-Pole Endorsement license.
  • Anglers are not required to record sturgeon harvested from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs on a Catch Record Card. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed in Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs after the daily limit is harvested.
  • Any sturgeon not to be harvested must be released immediately. Oversized sturgeon cannot be removed completely or in part from the water.
  • There is no annual harvest limit for sturgeon between 38 and 72 inches fork length caught in the Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs.
  • Night fishing for sturgeon is prohibited. In the field, anglers must retain eggs with intact carcass of fish from which they came.

All closed-water areas in and around Wanapum, Priest Rapids, and Rock Island dams remain in effect. Check the current sport fishing rules pamphlet for complete details (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/).

Daily and annual limits, harvestable slot length limits, Catch Record Card recording requirements, and all other sport fishing rules governing sturgeon harvest in all other legally open fisheries still apply.

Information contact: Chad Jackson, District Fish Biologist, (509) 754-4624, ext. 250 or Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624, ext. 224 

SKAGIT & CASCADE RIVERS OPEN FOR COHO & GAMEFISH

posted by Mike on 09/28/2016

Skagit and Cascade rivers open to coho and gamefish; Sauk River opens for gamefish

Action: Open the Skagit and Cascade rivers to fishing for coho salmon and gamefish. Open the Sauk River to fishing for gamefish.

Species affected: Coho salmon and gamefish.

Effective dates:  Sept. 28 through Nov. 30, 2016.

Locations for salmon:

  • SKAGIT RIVER: From the mouth to the Cascade River Road (Marblemount) Bridge. Coho daily limit 4, of which no more than 2 may be wild. Bait prohibited.  Anti-snagging rule, and night closure in effect.
  • CASCADE RIVER: From the mouth to Rockport Cascade Road Bridge. Coho daily limit 4. Anti-snagging rule, and night closure in effect.

Locations for gamefish:

  • SKAGIT RIVER: From the mouth to the Hwy. 530 Bridge at Rockport. Trout, minimum size 14,” daily limit 2. Dolly Varden/Bull trout, minimum size 20.” Other gamefish, statewide rules apply.
  • SKAGIT RIVER: From the Hwy. 530 Bridge at Rockport to Gorge Powerhouse. Catch-and-release, except daily limit 2 hatchery steelhead.
  • CASCADE RIVER: From the mouth to Rockport Cascade Road Bridge. Trout, minimum size 14,” daily limit 2. Dolly Varden/Bull trout,  minimum size 20.” Other gamefish, statewide rules apply.
  • SAUK RIVER: From mouth to White Chuck River. Catch-and-release, except daily limit 2 hatchery steelhead.
  • These areas are scheduled to open to fishing for gamefish Dec. 1. Anglers should check the 2016/17 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for regulations effective Dec. 1.

Reasons for action: The Skagit, Cascade and Sauk rivers were originally closed to all fishing under a state and tribal co-manager agreement to protect coho salmon. An in-season co-manager joint test fishery indicated that the coho return is stronger than expected, allowing the co-managers to open fisheries for coho and gamefish.

Other information: Sport anglers should be aware that tribal fisheries also are underway and should avoid interfering with those fisheries.

Information Contact: Mill Creek Regional Office, 425 775-1311.

ADDITIONAL SECTIONS OF GREEN RIVER TO OPEN TO COHO & GAMEFISH

posted by Mike on 09/26/2016

Two sections of Green River to open for coho, gamefish; rules change on the lower reach

Action: Opens sections of the Green (Duwamish) River to fishing for coho salmon, trout, and other game fish. Changes daily limit and size restrictions on the section of the lower Green River (King County), where fishing is currently open.

Species affected: Salmon, trout, and other game fish.

Locations and dates:

(Lower) Green River, from 1st Ave. South Bridge upstream to I-405
Effective dates: Sept. 24 through Oct. 31

  • Salmon: Minimum size 12 inches. Daily limit 6 salmon, only 3 adults. Release chinook.
  • Trout: Minimum size 14 inches. Daily limit 2.
  • Other game fish: Statewide minimum size/daily limit.
  • Release steelhead.

This section is already open to fishing through Oct. 31. This rule increases the daily limit for salmon, changes minimum size requirement for trout and requires anglers to release steelhead.

Green River, from I-405 to South 277th Bridge
Effective dates: Oct. 1 through Oct. 31

  • Salmon: Minimum size 12 inches. Daily limit 6 salmon, only 3 adults. Release chinook.
  • Trout: Minimum size 14 inches. Daily limit 2.
  • Other game fish: Statewide minimum size/daily limit.
  • Release steelhead.

Green River, from I-405 to Auburn-Black Diamond Road Bridge
Effective dates: Oct. 16 through Oct. 31

  • Salmon: Minimum size 12 inches. Daily limit 6 salmon, only 3 adults. Release chinook.
  • Trout: Minimum size 14 inches. Daily limit 2.
  • Other game fish: Statewide minimum size/daily limit.
  • Release steelhead.

Other Information: All species: night closure and anti-snagging rule are in effect.

Reasons for action: These areas were originally closed under a state and tribal co-manager agreement to protect coho salmon. Early season test fisheries have indicate that the coho return is strong enough to expand sport and tribal fisheries in the lower Green River.

The Green River is scheduled to open Nov. 1 for chum. WDFW will continue to monitor the coho run and may adjust the coho seasons through Oct. 31. Any announcements about will be posted on WDFW’s fishing rule change website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

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

REITER PONDS SECTION OF SKYKOMISH REOPENS FOR STEELHEAD

posted by Mike on 09/24/2016

Opens a portion of the upper Skykomish for hatchery steelhead fishing

 

Action: Opens the portion of the Skykomish River from Gold Bar/Big Eddy access (Hwy. 2 Bridge) to confluence of the North and South Forks to fishing for trout (steelhead) and gamefish.

Effective dates and times: Sept. 24 through Oct. 31, 2016.

Species affected: Trout and gamefish.

Locations and rules:

Skykomish River (Snohomish Co.) (844) from Gold Bar/Big Eddy Access (Hwy. 2 Bridge) to confluence of North and South forks.

Night closure all species

Anti-snagging rules apply.

Fishing from any floating device prohibited from 1,000' downstream of Reiter Ponds outlet to 1500' upstream.

Dolly Varden/Bull trout, Min. size 20 inches, may be retained as part of the trout daily limit.

Other trout, Min. size 14 inches, daily limit 2.

Other game fish, statewide minimum size/daily limit.

Salmon, Release all salmon.

Reason for action: State and Tribal managers have agreed that opening a fishery for hatchery steelhead and gamefish will not significantly impact conservation objectives for coho escapement.

Additional Information: If in-season updates indicate a harvestable surplus of Snohomish coho, additional fisheries will be considered.

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

COLUMBIA RIVER TO REMAIN OPEN FOR CHINOOK THOUGH SEPTEMBER

posted by Mike on 09/23/2016

Columbia River sport fishery for fall chinook remains open

Action:  Allows retention of hatchery chinook on the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Warrior Rock. 

Species affected: Hatchery chinook, which can be identified by a clipped adipose fin or a left ventral fin.

Effective dates: Friday, Sept. 23, through Thursday, Sept. 30, 2016.

Daily Limit

  • Buoy 10: Chinook minimum size is 24 inches. Coho minimum size is 16 inches. The daily limit is two fish, of which only one may be a chinook. Only one hatchery steelhead may be retained per day. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook (marked with a clipped adipose or left-ventral fin) and coho with a clipped adipose fin.
  • Tongue Point/Rocky Point to Warrior Rock: Minimum size is 12-inches. The daily limit is six fish, but only two may be adults and only one of those adult fish may be a hatchery chinook. Only one hatchery steelhead may be retained per day. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook (marked with a clipped adipose or left-ventral fin) and coho with a clipped adipose fin.

Reason for action: Harvestable numbers of hatchery salmon remain available based on current chinook forecasts and harvest estimates to date.

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

PORTION OF GREEN RIVER OPENS FOR COHO RETENTION

posted by Mike on 09/16/2016

Fishing for coho, game fish to open Sept, 16 on section of Green River

 

Action: Opens the portion of the Green (Duwamish) River from 1st Ave. South Bridge upstream to I-405 to fishing for coho salmon, trout, and other game fish.

Effective dates: Sept. 16 through Oct. 31, 2016.

Species affected: Salmon, trout, and other game fish.

Locations and dates:

Green (Duwamish) River (King County, from 1st Ave. South Bridge upstream to I-405) will be open from Sept. 16 through Oct. 31, 2016 to fishing for:

Salmon: Minimum size 12 inches. Daily limit 2 salmon. Release chinook.

 

Other game fish: Statewide minimum size/daily limit.

Other Information: All species: night closure and anti-snagging rule are in effect.

Reasons for action: This area had been closed under a state and tribal co-manager agreement to protect coho salmon. Early season test fisheries have indicated that the coho return is strong enough to support limited sport and tribal fisheries in the lower Green River.

The Green River is scheduled to open Nov. 1 for chum. WDFW will continue to monitor the coho run and may keep the river open for coho retention after Oct. 31. Any announcements about additional recreational fishing openings on other sections of the Green River will be posted on WDFW?s fishing rule change website at https: //fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

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

 

In the lower section of the open area anglers do quite well fishing Brad's Wigglers or Yakima Baits 3.5 Mag Lips. Pug colors will varry but Flour. Red, Flour Red Black Tiger Stripes or Bleeding Fire Tiger are all productive colors to two around. The lower section is a boat fishing show while the upper section can be fished from the back with anglers fishing Vibrex Spinners or Mepps Flying C's. Some anglers will toss Buzz Bombs or Rotators. Stop by and we'll be gad to give you a hand.

HATCHERY COHO MAY BE RETAINED IN TULALIP BAY BUBBLE FISHERY

posted by Mike on 09/14/2016

Hatchery coho can be retained in Tulalip Bubble fishery

Action: Hatchery coho can be kept as part of the daily limit in the Tulalip Bubble fishery. 

Effective Date:  Saturday and Sundays only, effective Sept. 17 through Sept. 25, 2016.

Species affected: Salmon.

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

Reason for action: The Tulalip Bubble is currently open to salmon fishing on Saturdays and Sundays. There are sufficient hatchery coho returning to Tulalip Bay to allow the retention of hatchery coho while not increasing impacts on wild chinook and wild coho.   

Other information:  The daily limit is 2 salmon, release wild chinook and wild coho. Anglers may fish with two poles if they have a Two-Pole Endorsement.

Anglers can fish for coho and chinook in Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) and Sinclair Inlet.  Anglers can fish for chinook in Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands).  Marine Area 8-2 is scheduled to reopen in November for chinook.

For specific regulations, anglers should consult the 2016-17 Washington Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

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

 

 

COLUMBIA RIVER CHINOOK FISHERY TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH SEPTEMBER 22

posted by Mike on 09/14/2016

Columbia River sport fishery remains open for fall chinook

Action:  Allows retention of hatchery chinook on the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Warrior Rock. 

Species affected:  Hatchery chinook, defined as having a clipped adipose fin or a clipped left ventral fin.

Effective dates:  Thursday, Sept.15 through Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.

Daily limit:

  • Buoy 10:  Chinook minimum size 24-inches.  Coho minimum size 16-inches.  Daily limit is two fish of which only one may be a chinook.  Only one hatchery steelhead may be retained per day. Release all salmon other than hatchery (adipose or left-ventral fin clipped) chinook and adipose fin-clipped coho.
  • Tongue Point/Rocky Point to Warrior Rock: Minimum size is 12-inches.  Daily limit is six fish, but only two may be adults, of which only one may be a hatchery chinook.  Only one hatchery steelhead may be retained per day.  Release all salmon other than hatchery (adipose or left-ventral fin clipped) chinook and adipose fin-clipped coho.

Reason for action: Harvestable numbers of hatchery salmon remain available based on current chinook forecasts and harvest estimates to date.

All other permanent rules apply.

Columbia River sport fishery remains open for fall chinook

Action:  Allows retention of hatchery chinook on the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Warrior Rock. 

Species affected:  Hatchery chinook, defined as having a clipped adipose fin or a clipped left ventral fin.

Effective dates:  Thursday, Sept.15 through Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.

Daily limit:

  • Buoy 10:  Chinook minimum size 24-inches.  Coho minimum size 16-inches.  Daily limit is two fish of which only one may be a chinook.  Only one hatchery steelhead may be retained per day. Release all salmon other than hatchery (adipose or left-ventral fin clipped) chinook and adipose fin-clipped coho.
  • Tongue Point/Rocky Point to Warrior Rock: Minimum size is 12-inches.  Daily limit is six fish, but only two may be adults, of which only one may be a hatchery chinook.  Only one hatchery steelhead may be retained per day.  Release all salmon other than hatchery (adipose or left-ventral fin clipped) chinook and adipose fin-clipped coho.

Reason for action: Harvestable numbers of hatchery salmon remain available based on current chinook forecasts and harvest estimates to date.

All other permanent rules apply.

PROPOSED FALL / WINTER RAZOR CLAM SEASONS 2016

posted by Mike on 09/12/2016

WDFW tentatively schedules razor clam digs through December

OLYMPIA – The first razor clam dig of the fall season is planned for mid-October on four ocean beaches with additional digs tentatively scheduled through December.

Final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on results of marine toxin tests that show the clams are safe to eat, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

"We’re releasing a tentative schedule earlier than usual this year to give people plenty of time to make plans to go digging this fall,” Ayres said. “We also invite comments on management options, including dig scheduling, for our spring openings that we plan to announce later this year."

Comments on the spring digs can be sent via email to razorclams@dfw.wa.gov. A summary of last season and an overview of the recently completed 2016-17 razor clam stock assessment are available on WDFW’s razor clam webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/seasons_set.html.

WDFW estimates the total razor clam population on Washington’s ocean beaches has increased slightly over last year.

“Long Beach has the largest population of razor clams the department has measured in the last 25 years,” Ayres said. “The population at Twin Harbors also is strong and should provide good digging opportunities this year.”

However, Mocrocks and Copalis show population declines, which will mean fewer digging days on those beaches this year.

The first proposed razor clam dig, along with evening low tides and beaches, is listed below:

  • Oct. 14, Friday, 5:55 p.m.;   0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 15, Saturday, 6:42 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 16, Sunday, 7:28 p.m.; -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 17, Monday, 8:16 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 18, Tuesday, 9:04 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 19, Wednesday, 9:55 p.m.; -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 20, Thursday, 10:50 p.m.; -0.7 feet;   Long Beach
  • Oct. 21, Friday, 11:50 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Long Beach

A list of additional proposed openings through Dec. 31, 2016, is available on WDFW’s razor clam webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html, where more information about razor clam digging can be found.

WDFW continues monitoring toxin levels on all ocean beaches. The start of last season was delayed due to elevated levels of domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae. Recent testing indicates levels of domoic acid on all of Washington’s ocean beaches are well within state public health standards.

Toxin testing is performed within 10 days of a planned razor clam dig. WDFW typically announces whether the dig will go forward about a week before the opening.

PERCH FISHING

posted by Mike on 09/09/2016

With the weather changes, cooling temperatures and Fall just around the corner means perch fishing for many. We have been getting some good reports from both Lake Washington and Lake Stevens. Anglers have been getting good numbers of these tasty fresh water delights. The single hardest thing about perch fishing is locating them. Once you have they are very willing to please and bite well. The guys we have spoken with fishing Lake Washington have been doing well in 25 - 40 feet of water off the edges of weed beds. You can cruise over an area with your depth / fish finder until you locate the schools then anchor up and still fish them just off the bottom. Bait can be just as simple as a worm or a piece of perch meat. Remember limit yourself to what you are willing to clean. When the perch are biting well you can easily over do things and end up with far more than you need. A deep fried perch fillet is hard to beat. The next couple of months will produce good perch fishing in a great number of Washington Lakes. There are literally 100's of lakes in the state that produce good perch fishing.

 

If you have any questions feel free to stop by and we'll be glad to lend you a hand.

LAKE WASHINGTON OPENING TO COHO FISHING SEPTEMBER 16 - OVTOBER 31

posted by Mike on 09/09/2016

Lake Washington to open for coho fishing Sept. 16

OLYMPIA – Anglers will have the opportunity to fish for coho salmon in Lake Washington starting Sept. 16, state salmon managers announced today.  

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) initially planned to keep Lake Washington closed to salmon fishing due to the low number of coho forecast to return to the watershed this year.

However, the number of fish passing through the Ballard Locks in early September indicates a much stronger run of coho than anticipated, said Kyle Adicks, salmon fisheries policy lead for WDFW.

Earlier this year, state and tribal co-managers agreed to consider allowing a fishery in Lake Washington if more than 10,000 coho were expected to return. The co-managers had projected a run of 4,414 coho to return to Lake Washington this year.

"We now expect far more coho to return than forecast to Lake Washington, allowing for some salmon fishing opportunity," Adicks said.

Tribal co-managers also plan to hold coho fisheries in Lake Washington.

The recreational fishery will be open Sept. 16 through Oct. 31, as it has been in previous years. Anglers can keep two coho but are required to release chinook and sockeye salmon. More details about the fishery are available on WDFW's fishing rule change website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=1861

State and tribal co-managers also are evaluating the run of coho returning to the Green River. Similar to Lake Washington, the river has been closed to salmon fishing to protect coho.

WDFW and tribal co-managers likely will make a decision soon on whether to hold coho fisheries in the Green River, Adicks said. Any announcements on the recreational fishery will be posted on WDFW's fishing rule change webpage at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/

PUGET SOUND SQUIDDING FALL 2016

posted by Mike on 09/08/2016

For those of you that look forward to a little calamari, I am pleased to tell you that squidding has started. We have been getting reports over the past couple of weeks. We have been getting reports frome Shilshole, Seattle Waterfront, DesMoines, Tacoma, Kingston and Bremerton. The Edmonds pier just reopened this past Friday and with it's opening it didn't take long before the squiders were out in force. Though not at full swing so far, they are at least catching some squid. One of our customers caught half a limit last night before he got tired of the rain and called it a night. We'll have to wait and see if this season is even close to this past one. It was perhaps the best I have ever seen not only with number of squid, the widespread consistancy and the duration of the season. It was a season where even the most die hard squidder eventually got tired of squidding and quit. Let's see if this season can hold a candle.

 

We have a great selection of the most popular squid jigs, both weighted and non weighted. For those of you that like to build your own we have all the components in stock. Stop by and take a look!

EVERETT BLACKMOUTH DERBY NOVEMBER 5 & 6, 2016

posted by Mike on 09/07/2016

With a lack of Coho fishing this season and with it No Edmonds or Everett Coho Derby you just might have to participate in the Everett Balckmouth Salmon Derby. It is to take place November 5th & 6th. With virtually little to no salmon fishing this season I am sure many of you are just looking forward to wetting a line.

 

Tickets are $30.00 per Adult and Kids 12 and under are "FREE".

 

Prizes are as follows:

1st Place - $4,000.00

2nd Place - 2,000.00

3rd Place - $1,000.00

4th Place - $500.00

Plus Many Merchandise Prizes.

 

For more information go to www.everettcohoderby.com

SEPTEMBER LAKE STEVENS KOKANEE FISHING

posted by Mike on 09/07/2016

Looking for somethig to fish for? The kokanee fishing at Lake Stevens has been quite good for the few that have been fishing lately. Many have been getting limits of nice fat 13 - 16 inch fish. These fish are still in good shape though they are just starting to take on a little coloration. The fish have been in the 30 - 50 foot zone, far shallower than would be expected. With a summer much cooler than last and what seems to be an early Fall I can understand why the fish are not as deep as usual.

 

In talking with the guys that have been fishing and catching the single thing that seems to be a consistant factor is to fish smaller presentations. Most are fishing smaller blades fishing size 1's or even 0's with just a few beads. Small size 14 Spin N Glows have been quite productive.

 

This fishery should hold up through the end of the month and perhaps even into the first part of October. Just remember that these fish will continue to color up more with each passing day.

 

Though this is not Coho fishing by any means at least it's something to do!

LAKE CHELAN REPORT FOR 9/4/16 FROM ANTON JONES

posted by Mike on 09/06/2016

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 9/4/16

    Our summer pattern of trolling for Lake Trout on Chelan early in the morning on the Bar with a sprinkling of big fish continues hot even as we approach Labor Day.   Also, hot is trolling the trench later in the mornings.  The good news as I write this is cooler damper weather has entered the area.  Luckily, no fires have threatened the area this summer, so far…  

 

    On the Bar, look for depths from 118 to 150 feet deep.  That lower hump is still covered with fish during the first hour of light.  Later in the morning it is best to troll in the trench at depths of 215 feet to 250 feet.  As always, fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed from 1.1 to 1.4 mph.  Jeff’s drift rig in green has worked quite well off the downriggers in both locations.  Bait these rigs with a chunk of Northern Pikeminnow.  Scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice.  On the Bar, those T4 GPLF Flatfish by Worden Lures continue to be the “go to” big fish lure.  For the trench, I switch the outrigger rods over to Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite in Green Splatterback Double Glow in the 3.5 size. 

 

    The fishing tip of the week is to remember to use set tension releases when deepwater trolling here on Chelan.  Pinch pad style downrigger releases will result in too many false release to be efficient or to have much fun.  We really like the simplicity and reliability of Sam’s Pro Releases by Gold Star / Silver Horde for a great set tension release.  Remember to wrap your line 4 or 5 times on the hard plastic pin, not on the rubber spacer for best results. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to use the ever shortening block of after school daylight hours to enjoy the fall fishing bounty and the beauty of our area.  A couple of hours on the Lake or dunking bait at Roses or Antilon is always fun.  Although it would mean a drive back in the dark, this is a great time to take them to the Tumwater Canyon of the Upper Wenatchee to watch the spawning Chinook.  A huge push of Fall Chinook are expected up the entire Columbia system.  A hearty after school snack will get them through until a later dinner.  Remember to keep it short.  Minutes for a school age child are like hours to an oldster like me.  Acceptance of that fact is necessary to make it enjoyable for them.  Resistance is futile…   

 

    The safety tip of the week is to read your local weather report and be aware of incoming weather when fishing Lake Chelan in the fall.  This is the time of transition in the Valley.  When the colder low pressure systems collide with those lovely high pressure ridges that give us our typically beautiful fall weather, violent albeit short lived wind and lightning can result.  If we are expecting one of those patterns, plan your proximity to the launch site accordingly.

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LAST DAY OF CRABBING SEPTEMBER 5TH IN MOST OF PUGET SOUND

posted by Mike on 09/03/2016

Most of Puget Sound closes to crabbing Sept. 5;
summer catch reports due Oct. 1

 

OLYMPIA – Most areas of Puget Sound will close to recreational crab fishing on Labor Day (Sept. 5), when anyone harvesting crab from a boat must retrieve their gear by one hour after sunset.

Crabbers fishing from shore or from piers have until the end of the day on Sept. 5 to retrieve their gear.

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).

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. These two areas will remain open Thursdays through Mondays each week through Sept. 30. Sport fishers who crab in those two areas after Sept. 5 must record their catch on winter catch record cards, which are available at sporting goods stores and other license vendors across the state. 

Crabbers can submit summer 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 http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/ from Sept. 6 through Oct. 1.

Crabbers who fail to file their catch reports on time will face a $10 fine when they purchase a 2017 Puget Sound crab endorsement.

"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.

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

COLUMBIA RIVER - BOUY 10 CHINOOK RETENTION ALLOWED AFTER LABOR DAY

posted by Mike on 09/02/2016

Columbia River – Buoy 10 chinook retention allowed after Labor Day

Action:  Chinook salmon retention allowed.

Species affected:  Chinook salmon.

Area: Mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line. 

Effective date:  Sept. 6 through Sept.14, 2016.

Salmon & steelhead daily limit:  Chinook minimum size 24-inches.  Coho minimum size 16-inches. Daily limit is 2 of which only 1 may be a chinook.  Only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained.  Release all salmon other than chinook and adipose fin-clipped coho. 

Reason for action:  Chinook catch has been lower than anticipated in the Buoy 10 fishery to date.  Extending the season for chinook retention will provide additional harvest opportunity.

Other information: The Buoy 10 fishery is scheduled to close for chinook retention on Sept. 15, but the area remains open for hatchery coho and steelhead. The fishery is scheduled to re-open for chinook retention Oct.1. Anglers are reminded that the North Jetty remains open under Buoy 10 rules.

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