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ADDITIONAL SPRING CHINOOK FISHING BELOW BONNEVILLE

posted by Mike on 05/24/2016

Spring chinook fishing extension split
between May, June on lower Columbia

 

OLYMPIA – Anglers fishing the lower Columbia River can catch and keep spring chinook salmon for four more days in May – including Memorial Day weekend – and up to 13 days in June under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

Under that agreement, the fishery below Bonneville Dam will reopen May 27-30, close for three days, then reopen June 3-15, or until the annual harvest guideline is met.

Ron Roler, Columbia River policy advisor for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the final days of this year's spring chinook season were designed to stretch the fishery until mid-June, when the summer salmon season gets under way.

"A lot of anglers have asked that we structure the spring chinook season so that it dovetails with the summer fishing season, beginning June 16," Roler said. "The fishing schedule approved today offers a good chance of reaching that goal."

This year's fishing season is based on a projected return of 180,000 upriver adult spring chinook and an annual catch guideline of 10,370 fish below Bonneville Dam.

As before, the fishery will be open from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Beacon Rock for boat anglers, with bank fishing allowed up to the deadline below the dam.

Anglers are limited to one adult hatchery chinook salmon as part of their daily limit of two adult fish. Fishing for hatchery steelhead will also be open concurrent with the salmon fishery. 

Any chinook or steelhead with an intact adipose fin must be released unharmed. All sockeye salmon incepted before June 16 must also be released.

Under existing rules, anglers may retain hatchery steelhead and hatchery chinook jacks May 31 through June 2 when the mainstem Columbia from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the I-5 Bridge is closed for adult chinook retention. Shad fishing is open above and below Bonneville Dam.

Fishery managers now anticipate a return of 180,000 upriver spring chinook to the Columbia River this year, down from 188,800 projected prior to the season.

Salmon and steelhead fishing remains closed above Bonneville Dam but reopens for the summer chinook season June 16 in waters above and below the dam under rules outlined in the Washington Sport Fishing rules pamphlet (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/).

LAKE CHELAN FISHING REPORT FOR 5.22.16 FROM ANTON JONES

posted by Mike on 05/23/2016

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 5/22/16

    What just “keeps on keeping on” is trolling in the early morning above the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw.  The Lower Lake Kokanee bite has really kicked in too.  Finally, the Cutthroat 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 190 to 210 foot bench.  Troll at speeds of 1 to 1.3 mph as close to the bottom as you can without snagging.  Jeff’s Drift Rig with a Mack’s Lures smile blade in Glow and baited with a triangle of Northern Pikeminnow has been the “go to” presentation.  Silver Horde Kingfisher Lite spoons in Chartreuse double glow Splatterback are a great low drag option for the outrigger rods. 

 

    The Kokanee fishing has been spectacular in the lower basin fishing Mack’s Lures 0000 Double “D” dodgers trailed by a Kokanee Pro Wedding Ring baited with Pautzke’s Fire Corn. 

 

Fishing from the bank and docks on Lake Chelan for Cutthroat Trout with slip sinker rigs is still smoking hot right now.  Use Pautzke’s Fire Bait in American Wildfire on a 30” leader to get these mostly 11 to 16 inch fish.  They are also easily caught trailing a flatline flatfish as a cheater rod while trolling for Lakers and Kokanee. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to keep that piece of Pikeminnow shorter than the tip of the trail hook.  You don’t want it to keep a fish from hooking itself on your trailer.  

 

    The kid’s tip of the week bears repeating.  It 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 strap on your patience for this next week with all the tourists that will be launching and retrieving at Mill Bay.  Be kind and plan on more time at the launch between 10AM and 6PM over the weekend! 

 
 
 
 

PORT ANGELES HALIBUT DERBY SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MAY 28TH & 29TH, 2016

posted by Mike on 05/23/2016

The Port Angeles Halibut Derby will be held this weekend on Saturday,28th & Sunday, 29th of May 2016. Tickets are $40.00 per person and lets you fish both days of the derby. There are $20,000.00 in cash prizes ranging from $5,000.00 for first prize down to $135.00 for the 35th. There are lots of additional merchandise prizes!

 

Stop by and pick up your tickets! We will be selling them until we close at 7:00 pm Friday.

 

Ted's has lots of halibut gear in stock as well as a great assortment of bait!

HALIBUT TO REOPEN IN MARINE AREA 3 & 4 FOR 1 ADDITIONAL DAY ON MAY 28TH,2016

posted by Mike on 05/20/2016

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Halibut fishing re-opens in Marine Areas 3 and 4 on May 28; Westport northern nearshore area will close on May 21

 

Action: Recreational halibut fishing in Marine Area 3 (La Push) and Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) will re-open for one additional fishing day. Closes the northern nearshore area in Marine Area 2 (Westport).

Effective date: Marine areas 3 and 4: Open May 28, 2016.

Marine Area 2: Closed effective May 21, 2016.

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Areas 2, 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 northern nearshore area in Marine Area 2 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).

Additional Information: Recreational halibut fishing remains open in other coastal and Puget Sound areas.

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco): Open 4 days/week (Thursday-Sunday) in all depth areas, and the Neashore area is open on days when the all depth halibut fishery is closed (Mon-Wed) until the subarea quota is taken.

Marine areas 5-10 (Puget Sound): Open May 26 through 29, Thursday through Sunday.

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

Columbia Re-opens Below Bonneville For Chinook May 20th, 21st & 22nd

posted by Mike on 05/18/2016

 

Spring chinook fishery reopens May 20-22
below Bonneville Dam

 

OLYMPIA – Anglers can catch and keep spring chinook salmon May 20-22 on a section of the lower Columbia River under a three-day extension approved today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

Although the latest projection of returning upriver spring chinook is down slightly from the preseason forecast, representatives from both states agreed it is still strong enough to allow at least one more opening – and perhaps more – in the lower river this year.

More than 2,300 upriver fish are still available for harvest under the current catch guideline, said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy advisor for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

"We're hoping to reopen the fishery again prior to Memorial Day, but that will depend on the count of upriver fish passing Bonneville Dam," Roler said.

This week's three-day extension will reopen the spring chinook fishery from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Beacon Rock for boat anglers, with bank fishing allowed up to the deadline below the dam. Anglers are limited to one adult hatchery chinook salmon as part of their daily limit of two adult fish. 

Under permanent rules, anglers may retain hatchery steelhead and hatchery chinook jacks through June 15 from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the I-5 Bridge. Shad fishing is open up to Bonneville Dam and beyond

Fishery managers now anticipate a return of 180,000 upriver spring chinook to the Columbia River this year, down from 188,800 projected prior to the season.

Salmon and steelhead fishing remains closed until further notice above Bonneville Dam but reopens for the summer chinook season June 16 in waters above and below the dam under rules outlined in the Washington Sport Fishing rules pamphlet (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/).

LAKE STEVENS KOKANEE DERBY THIS SATURDAY MAY 21ST

posted by Mike on 05/16/2016

So far the kokanee fishing has been very good at Lake Stevens this season and should make for great fishing for the Derby this Saturday. We have been seeing lots of fish in the 13-15 inch range with an odd fish to 18. Make sure to stop by and purchase your derby ticket. We will have them for sale until we close at 7:00pm Friday, 20th of May.

 

Make sure to take the kids, as this is a fun family event!

A FEW MORE DAYS OF RAZOR CLAM DIGGING ON WASHINGTON COAST

posted by Mike on 05/16/2016

Action: Opens Razor clam season

Effective date: 12:01 a.m. May 20 through 11:59 a.m. May 22, 2016.

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

Species affected: Razor clams

The specific low tides for this opener:

May 20, Friday, 6: 37 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis

May 21, Saturday, 7: 12 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis

May 22, Sunday, 7: 47 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Mocrocks

Locations:

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

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

Icicle River Opens For Spring Chinook

posted by Mike on 05/13/2016

 

Icicle River opens for hatchery chinook fishing

 

Action: Opens Icicle River for hatchery chinook salmon.

Effective dates: May 16, 2016, until further notice.

Species affected: Hatchery spring chinook salmon.

Locations: Icicle River (Chelan County).

1) From the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

2) From the closure signs located upstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery where Cyo Road would intersect the Icicle River at the Sleeping Lady Resort (RM 4.0) to the Icicle Peshastin Irrigation District footbridge approx. 750' upstream of the Snow Lakes trailhead parking area (RM 5.7).

Daily limit: Two hatchery chinook (adult or jack) minimum size 12 inches. Note: Anglers are reminded that under statewide regulations they may only retain one daily limit of salmon regardless of the number of waters they fish in.

GENERAL RULES: Mandatory retention of hatchery spring chinook. Hatchery spring chinook are identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar in its location.

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

Night closure is in effect.

No gear restriction except two pole endorsement does not apply to this fishery.

Release all spring chinook with one or more round 1/4 inch diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin.

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

Reason for action: In-season run analysis has predicted that about 3,000 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 2016 return ensures that the hatchery will meet its escapement needs; the remaining fish will be available for harvest.

Other Information: Anglers should be aware that fishing rules are subject to change and that the river can close at any time if hatchery broodstock requirements are not being met.

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 upper Columbia River spring chinook fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River basin.

Check the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or the webpage at https: //fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/. Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337, Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624 ext. 224.

 

More Days Of Spring Chinook Fishing on The ColumbiaBelow and Above Bonneville Dam

posted by Mike on 05/12/2016

Anglers will get 3 more days to catch spring
chinook below and above Bonneville Dam

 

 

OLYMPIA – The sportfishing season for spring chinook salmon on the Columbia River will reopen for three days beginning later this week under an agreement reached yesterday by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

Anglers can fish Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15, from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to the Washington/Oregon state line. Boat anglers, however, aren’t allowed to fish between Beacon Rock and Bonneville Dam.

The fishing area above Bonneville Dam extends from the Tower Island power lines upriver to the Washington/Oregon state line, 17 miles above McNary Dam. Bank anglers can also fish the shorelines between Bonneville Dam and the power lines.

During this three-day opening, fish managers are implementing a closure at the mouth of the Lewis River to protect Lewis River spring chinook, said Ron Roler, a fishery manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Details on that closed area can be found on WDFW’s webpage at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=1805.

Anglers can catch and keep one adult hatchery chinook salmon as part of their daily limit of two adult fish. Only hatchery fish marked with a clipped adipose fin may be retained. Fishing for hatchery steelhead and shad will also be open. 

Roler 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.”

All catch projections remain below wild chinook conservation limits established under the federal Endangered Species Act, he said. 

“Catch guidelines change along with the latest run forecast, and we expect to have another run-size update next week," Roler said.

Hatchery Chinook Limit Increases To 4 Per Day At Drano Lake

posted by Mike on 05/10/2016

Hatchery spring chinook daily limit increased at Drano Lake

 

Action: Drano Lake anglers may retain up to 4 adult spring chinook salmon.

Effective dates: May 15 through June 30, 2016

Species affected: Salmon and steelhead

Location: Downstream of markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery and upstream of the Hwy. 14 Bridge.

Reason for action: Hatchery returns have been strong to date. The hatchery brood stock goal has been met and surplus hatchery fish are available for harvest.

Other information: The salmon/steelhead daily limit is 4 fish of which no more than 2 may be hatchery steelhead. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches. Release wild steelhead and wild chinook.

Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required. Anglers may fish for salmon and steelhead with two poles with a Two Pole Endorsement. Also, each angler aboard a vessel may deploy salmon/steelhead angling gear until the salmon/steelhead limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved. Barbed hooks may be used.

Drano Lake is closed to all fishing on Wednesdays through June. In addition, the area west of a line projected from the easternmost pillar of the Hwy. 14 Bridge to a posted marker on the north shore is only open to bank-fishing.

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

Additional Freshwater Fisheries Closed By WDFW

posted by Mike on 05/05/2016

May 5, 2016

 

 

Additional Puget Sound-area freshwater fisheries closed

 

Action: Close most anadromous waters in Puget Sound to all fishing.

Effective dates: Immediately

Species affected: All fish species.

Closure locations:

Nisqually River (Pierce Co.) From Mouth To The Military Tank Crossing Bridge (Located One Mile Upstream Of Mouth Of Muck Creek)

Nisqually River (Pierce Co.) From The Military Tank Crossing Bridge (Located One Mile Upstream Of Mouth Of Muck Creek, River Mile 12) To 400' Below Lagrande Powerhouse

Black Lake Ditch (Thurston Co.) From The Confluence With Percival Creek Upstream To Black Lake

Percival Creek (Thurston Co.)

Woodard Creek (Thurston Co.)

Woodland Creek (Thurston Co.)

Beaver Creek (Pierce Co.)

Boise Creek (King Co.) From Hwy. 410 Crossing Upstream

Burley Creek (Kitsap Co.)

Carbon River (Pierce Co.) From Mouth To Voight Creek

Carbon River (Pierce Co.) From Voight Creek To Hwy. 162 Bridge

Cayada Creek (Pierce Co.)

Chambers Creek (Pierce Co.) From Mouth (Burlington-Northern Rr Bridge) To Markers 400' Below The Boise-Cascade Dam

Chambers Creek (Pierce Co.) From Boise-Cascade Dam To Steilacoom Lake

Clarks Creek (Pierce Co.) From Mouth To 12Th Ave. Sw

Clear Creek (Kitsap Co.)

Clearwater River (Pierce Co.)

Coulter Creek (Mason/Kitsap Co.)

Cresent Creek (Pierce Co.)

Dogfish Creek (Kitsap Co.)

Eglong Creek (Kitsap Co.)

Evans Creek (Pierce Co.) From Carbon River-Fairfax Rd. Upstream

Fiske Creek (Pierce Co.) From Fiske Rd. East Upstream

Fox Creek (Pierce Co.) From Fiske Rd. East Upstream

Gale Creek (Pierce Co.)

Gamble Creek (Kitsap Co.)

Greenwater River (King/Pierce Co.) From Mouth To Greenwater Lakes

Greenwater River (King/Pierce Co.) From Greenwater Lakes Upstream

Grovers Creek (Kitsap Co.)

Hylebos Creek (Pierce Co.)

Illahee Creek (Kitsap Co.)

Kings Creek (Pierce Co.)

Kitsap Creek (Kitsap Co.)

Little Scandia Creek (Kitsap Co.)

Lyle Creek (Clearwater River Tributary) (Pierce Co.)

New Pond Creek (Pierce Co.)

Ohop Creek (Pierce Co.)

Olalla Creek (Kitsap Co.)

Pyramid Creek (King Co.) From Forest Service Rd. 7000 Upstream

Rocky Creek (Pierce/Kitsap Co.)

Salmonberry Creek (Kitsap Co.)

South Prairie Creek (Pierce Co.) From City Of Buckley Diversion Dam (River Mile 15) Upstream

Tanwax Creek (Pierce/Thurston Co.)

Voight Creek (Pierce Co.) From Falls Under Power Line Upstream

White (Stuck) River (Pierce Co.) From Mouth To R St. Bridge In Auburn

White (Stuck) River (Pierce Co.) From R St. Bridge To Hwy. 410 Bridge At Buckley

White (Stuck) River (Pierce Co.) From Weyerhaeuser 6000 Rd. Bridge (Bridge Camp) Upstream

Wilkeson Creek (Pierce Co.) From Confluence With Gale Creek Upstream

Puyallup River (Pierce Co.) From 11Th St. Bridge To Freeman Rd.

Puyallup River (Pierce Co.) From Freeman Rd. To East Main Ave. Bridge

Puyallup River (Pierce Co.) From East Main Ave. Bridge To Carbon River

Puyallup River (Pierce Co.) From Carbon River Upstream

Kennedy Creek (Mason/Thurston Co.) From Mouth (500 Yards East Of The Northbound Hwy. 101 Bridge) To Northbound Hwy. 101 Bridge

Kennedy Creek (Mason/Thurston Co.) From Hwy. 101 Bridge Upstream To 400' Below Kennedy Creek Falls (Rm 2.3)

Kennedy Creek (Mason/Thurston Co.) From Falls Upstream And All Tributaries

Mclane Creek (Thurston Co.) From Mouth (A Line 100' Upstream Of And Parallel To The South Bridge On Hwy. 101) Upstream

Perry Creek (Thurston Co.) From Mouth To Falls

Schneider Creek (Thurston Co.)

Reason for action: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is working to secure the federal permit required to hold salmon fisheries in Puget Sound. Typically, the state and tribes jointly obtain the federal permit for the Sound, where some fish stocks are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. The current permit expired April 30. Additional Information: If a permit is obtained from NOAA, fisheries will reopen where permitted. Information contact: Region 6 360-249-4628 ext. 0

 

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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Tickets For 16th Annual Halibut Derby - Ted's Has Them

posted by Mike on 05/05/2016

Looking for tickets for the 16th Annual Port Angeles Halibut Derby coming up on May 28th & 29th? We have them! Tickets are $40.00 per person for both days of the derby.

Puget Sound Halibut Opens Saturday May 7th

posted by Mike on 05/05/2016

Everyone has been awaiting this season's halibut season here in Puget Sound. Though just a brief 8 days this season it will be an intense fishery on the days it will be open. This season we have a quota of 57,393 pounds to be taken in Marine Areas 5 - 10. It will be open the following days:

May 7

May 12

May 13

May14

May 26

May 27

May 28

May 29

 

Ted's has everything you will be needing for you halibut fishing needs. We have a good supply of large Black & Purple Herring.

 

 

Kids Fishing Event - Jennings Park In Marysville - Saturday May 7th

posted by Mike on 05/05/2016

Don't forget this Kids Fishing Event this Saturday, May 7th  from 8:00AM - 11:00AM at Jennings Park in Marysville. It is a free event that is for youngsters from 5-12 years of age. This would be a great thing to do with the kids for the morning. Don't forget to bring a few cans of food to donate to the local food bank.

Lake Chelan Fishing Report From 5/1/2016 From Anton Jones

posted by Mike on 05/05/2016

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LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 5/1/15

    What continues hot is trolling near the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan for numbers of Lake Trout.  Also hot is the Manson Bay bite for Lake Trout.  The Kokanee bite continues spotty during this reporting period except for the early morning bite.  Finally, Wapato Lake has been pumping out some respectable Rainbow Trout. 

 

    On Chelan, Lake Trout bit trolled presentations above the Yacht Club that were pulled at about 1.1mph very close to the bottom in water that was 180 to 240 feet deep.  This has been especially good during the first couple hours of light.  Jeff’s Drift’s baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow was the best producer.  Later in the morning the face of Manson Bay has produced well with the same presentation at the same depths. 

 

    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. 

 

    My spies report that Wapato Lake continues strong after the opener for quality 14” to 16” ‘bows.  Both trolling  and still fishing have been productive.  The cutthroat bite on Chelan has been especially productive in the Mill Bay area. 

 

    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, try sickle hooks by Matzuo.  Their shape seems to keep fish buttoned up, and their somewhat softer construction allows you to straighten them on snags to avoid losing entire rigs. 

 

    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.  

   DARRELL & DAD’S FAMILY GUIDE SERVICE

 

Puget Sound Ling Cod Fishing

posted by Mike on 05/03/2016

Ling cod season started this past Saturday May 1st here in Puget Sound. Reports have been a little on the slow side for the greatest numbers of angles that we have spoken to, though many have done quite well! We have until June 15th to chase these delictable table fare fish. Here in our section of Puget Sound there is not a great deal of ideal ling cod habitat and one has to be very concise and focus your fishing attention on the structure that holds these fish. In looking for good ling cod spots focus your attention upon areas that have good rocky habitat. If you have rocky habitat and vertical structure all the better! Look for the artifical reefs that have been put in place over the years. Don't overlook the kelp beds of the shallower 15 - 45 foot of water as the keep adhears to the rocky bottom and the kelp provides a good canopy of cover for the lings. Don't overlook small patches of rocky habitat as it is amazing how many lings can call a few bolders home.

 

There are lots of techniques for fishing ling and all of them are productive. The most popular is to fish a small live fish like a sole, sculpin, shiner perch or greenling. Ling cod find a live bait virtually irresistable. Lead head jigs with a 6 -8 inch grub tail, double tailed scampee or swim bait are good choices. Lead minnows are not to be overlooked either; such as a Point Wilson Dart, Megabait etc. . You can also fish a large herring in a blue or purple sized bait on a heavy mooching leader.

 

Make sure to fish within a few feet of the bottom. You have to put your bait or lure where they live!

Tags: Ling Cod

Coastal Razor Clam Digs May 6th - 12th

posted by Mike on 05/03/2016

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OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have added four days of razor clam digging at Mocrocks to a previously scheduled opening at Long Beach to offer a full week of digging starting May 6.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs at Long Beach and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

The department added dates at Mocrocks after evaluating harvest levels and determining there are still clams available for digging, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

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

  • May 6, Friday, 6:51 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Long Beach
  • May 7, Saturday, 7:39 a.m.; -2.0 feet; Long Beach
  • May 8, Sunday, 8:26 a.m.; -2.1 feet; Long Beach
  • May 9, Monday, 9:14 a.m.; -1.9 feet; Mocrocks
  • May 10, Tuesday, 10:03 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Mocrocks
  • May 11, Wednesday, 10:55 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Mocrocks
  • May 12, Thursday, 11:49 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Mocrocks

Ayres recommends that diggers arrive at the beaches an hour or two before low tide for best results. However, digging is not allowed on any beach after noon with the exception of Mocrocks on May 12, when digging will be allowed for an extra hour, until 1 p.m., due to the later low tide, Ayres said.

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.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 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 also is proposing three days of digging at Mocrocks and two days at Copalis later in the month. These will be the final days of digging on those two beaches this season, Ayres said. The department will announce whether the digs can proceed, pending the results of marine toxin tests, about a week before the digs are scheduled to start.

Below is a list of proposed digs, along with low tides and beaches:

  • May 20, Friday, 6:37 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis
  • May 21, Saturday, 7:12 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis
  • May 22, Sunday, 7:47 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Mocrocks

During all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks by observing posted vehicle speed limits and avoiding nest sites. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula.

The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.” Both species are listed as “endangered” in the state and as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Puget Sound Salmon & Steelhead Fisheries, Puget Sound Streams and Some Lakes Closing To Fishing

posted by Mike on 04/30/2016

Several Puget Sound-area marine,
freshwater fisheries to close May 1

 

 

OLYMPIA – Five lakes and the lower sections of most rivers that flow into Puget Sound will close to all fishing beginning Sunday, May 1, when salmon and steelhead fishing also closes in the Sound.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials said today they are closing state fisheries in waters where salmon migrate while they work to secure the federal permit required to hold salmon fisheries in Puget Sound. Typically, the state and tribes jointly obtain the federal permit for the Sound, where some fish stocks are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. The current permit expires April 30.

However, many fishing opportunities remain available in and around Puget Sound. WDFW has posted a list of rivers and sections of rivers that are open to fishing on its webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/pugetsound_salmon_update. That page also has a list of Puget Sound area lakes that are closed to all fishing.

“Since we didn’t reach an agreement with treaty tribal co-managers on this year’s Puget Sound salmon fisheries, we have to close fishing in areas where we know salmon will be,” said Ron Warren, head of WDFW’s Fish Program.

For the next few months, those areas include several Puget Sound-region lakes and the lower reaches of streams where salmon smolts will travel on their way to the Sound.

Lakes that will close May 1 to all fishing include Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish (King County), Monte Cristo Lake (Snohomish County), Lake Cushman (Mason County), and Barney Lake (Skagit County).

Examples of rivers where at least sections, if not all, are closed to fishing include the Skagit, Stillaguamish and Snohomish rivers, north of Seattle. Today’s action also applies to Puget Sound-area rivers that typically open to fishing in early June, though fishery managers will be evaluating those rivers to determine whether any can open on schedule.

All non-tribal commercial and recreational Puget Sound salmon and steelhead fisheries, including those in Marine Area 13 and year-round fishing piers around Puget Sound, will close May 1 to salmon and steelhead fishing until further notice. More detailed information about marine area closures can be found online at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

The department is working with federal authorities and doing everything possible to re-open Puget Sound marine and freshwater fisheries, Warren said.

“We regret having to close these fisheries,” Warren said. “We know this is a hardship on many communities around Puget Sound and disappoints many anglers.”

In the meantime, Warren urged anglers to consider trying new fishing waters, emphasizing that most Puget Sound area lowland lakes remain open to fishing. 

Also, he said recreational fisheries in Puget Sound marine areas that are not affected by the closures include bottomfish, such as lingcod, Pacific cod and cabezon, as well as sea-run cutthroat trout and halibut. These fisheries are covered under a separate permit and are open as scheduled. Anglers should check the 2015-16 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/, for details. 

Salmon fishing will continue as scheduled in the Columbia River and Washington’s ocean waters and north coastal rivers. Information on those fisheries can be found on WDFW’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/.

WDFW Hatcheries Releasing Steelhead Under Newly Approved Federal Permits

posted by Mike on 04/22/2016

WDFW hatcheries releasing steelhead
under newly approved federal permits

 

OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have begun releasing more than 500,000 juvenile steelhead from five state fish hatcheries into Puget Sound rivers after receiving word from NOAA-Fisheries that those facilities meet federal environmental standards.

For the past two years, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has released steelhead from those five hatcheries into area lakes to ensure they wouldn’t interfere with wild steelhead protected by the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).

That action resulted from a legal agreement with the Wild Fish Conservancy, which stipulated that WDFW would not release steelhead smolts into area rivers until NOAA-Fisheries determined that its hatchery operations comply with the federal law.

Now that WDFW has received the necessary federal permits, the department is again releasing smolts that will migrate to the ocean and return as adult steelhead after two years, said Kelly Cunningham, deputy assistant director of WDFW’s Fish Program.

“We are pleased that NOAA-Fisheries agrees our hatchery plans are scientifically sound,” Cunningham said. “This means that we can again produce fish for harvest in fisheries throughout Puget Sound.”

WDFW hatcheries in northern Puget Sound currently releasing hatchery smolts include:

  • Wallace Creek, 27,600
  • Reiter Ponds, 140,000
  • Whitehorse, 130,000
  • Kendall Creek, 150,000
  • Tokul Creek, 74,000

NOAA-Fisheries also approved a permit allowing the Dungeness Hatchery to release 10,000 steelhead smolts on the Olympic Peninsula, but those releases will take place in mid-May due to the timing of the run, Cunningham said.

WDFW Seeking Federal Permit For Puget Sound Fisheries After Talks With Tribes End

posted by Mike on 04/22/2016

 

WDFW to seek federal permit for Puget Sound
fisheries after talks with tribes end

 

OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have decided to separately secure the federal permit required to hold salmon fisheries this season in Puget Sound.

The decision was made Tuesday after negotiations over salmon seasons with tribal leaders again came to an impasse. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the tribes last week could not reach an agreement during the annual season-setting process.

“We had hoped additional conversations with the tribes would result in fisheries that were agreeable to both parties,” said Jim Unsworth, director of the department. “Unfortunately, that did not happen, but our door remains open to further discussions.”

WDFW officials said it is uncertain whether the department will have the permit in time to hold recreational and non-tribal commercial salmon fisheries in Puget Sound through much of the season. The permit is necessary to hold fisheries in Puget Sound where there are fish stocks protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Tribal fishery managers are expected to separately seek federal permits from NOAA Fisheries for salmon fisheries in Puget Sound.

Over the course of negotiations, the department proposed fisheries that maintained some fishing opportunities and met conservation objectives, said Ron Warren, head of WDFW’s Fish Program.

“This isn’t the outcome we had hoped for, but we will do our best to obtain a federal permit as quickly as possible,” Warren said.

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