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posted by Mike on 07/26/2016

The 11th Annual Brewster King Salmon Derby is coming up on August 5,6, & 7. With most of the local Chinook fishing that will be closed by the time of this derby it might just be a way for you to add to your sallmon fishing time. For information and tickets go to www.brewstersalmonderby.com.


posted by Mike on 07/26/2016

As of Sunday, anglers have caught 2,284 of their 3,056 Chinook quota given to them for Marine Area 9. Perhaps , if we are lucky we just might make it through this weekend before being closed. This would give us a mear 772 Chinook to harvest. If catch averages continue as they were in the first 9 days it would be doubtful that we would go through the weekend. However, the angling pressure has wained this week as well as the catch percentages - which just might mean that we will make it though the end of the month.


If I was looking to make it out for some Chinook fishing before the closure I would take every opportunity to fish before we see it come to an end.


Marine Area 10 had seen just 246 Chinook taken of their 1,395 quota as of the 24th. Unless catch percentages improve drastically, I would say we will see this area continue to offer angling opportunity through this weekend and perhaps even into next week.


posted by Mike on 07/21/2016

Lake Wenatchee opened yesterday for Sockeye giving you another choice besides Baker Lake. For us in the Puget Sound area the time it takes to go to either place is about equal. We had some very good reports coming from the opener yesterday with many anglers catching their limits fairly easily. Ted's has all your needs for either the Lake Wenatchee or Baker Lake fisheries.      


Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery opens July 20

Action: Lake Wenatchee opens for sockeye salmon fishing.

Effective date/time: July 20, 2016 (one hour before official sunrise) until further notice.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

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

Location: Lake Wenatchee (Chelan Co.)

Reason for action: Based on current sockeye passage analysis at both Tumwater Dam and mainstem Columbia River Dams, at least 60,000 total sockeye are projected to be destined for Lake Wenatchee. This provides an estimated 37,000 sockeye to be available for harvest above the natural spawning escapement goal of 23,000 fish.

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

NOTE: The Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery may be closed on short notice depending on participation and catch rates. Anglers are advised to check the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or WDFW's website daily.

Anglers are required to possess a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement as part of their valid fishing license and catch record card. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons in the Columbia Basin, including enforcement and monitoring the upper Columbia River fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River basin. Check the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or the webpage at https: //fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/rules_all_freshwater.j Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337 (Wenatchee District Office). Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager (509) 754-4624.


posted by Mike on 07/21/2016

Anglers can keep two chinook off Westport beginning July 23


Action: Anglers will be allowed to keep two salmon daily in Marine Area 2 (Westport). Anglers will be allowed to keep up to two chinook daily but must release coho.

Effective date: July 23, 2016.

Species affected: Chinook.

Locations: Marine Area 2 (Westport), marine waters stretching from the Queets River to Leadbetter Point.

Reason for action: The fishery has sufficient chinook remaining within the guideline to increase the daily limit without much risk of having to close early. Through July 17, anglers had caught 13.9 percent (2,305 fish) of the 16,600 chinook guideline for Marine Area 2.The current limit is one salmon, no coho retention.

Other information: The changes announced today do not affect ocean salmon fisheries off Ilwaco (Marine Area 1), La Push (Marine Area 3) or Neah Bay (Marine Area 4).

The daily limit in Marine Area 1 remains at two salmon, only one of which can be a chinook, release wild coho.

The daily limits in marine areas 3 and 4 remain at two salmon, no coho retention. Release chum in Marine Area 4 beginning Aug. 1.

Information Contact: Wendy Beeghley, ocean salmon manager for WDFW, (360) 249-1215


posted by Mike on 07/11/2016

I fished Baker Lake yesterday morning with my son Josh and friend Melvin. We were up there very early Sunday morning to get the boat launched anticipating quite a crowd trying to get their boats in the water. We got the boat into the water without any wait and headed up lake to where the bite had been yesterday. We had heard that there was a lot of floating wood in the lake due to the high water conditions washing it off the beaches as well as much brought in from the upper Baker River with recent rains so we took our time running up lake. To say that there was wood in the lake was an understatement! It was literally a mine field of floating wood, from small pieces to large logs. So if you do go to Baker make sure to be on your toes!


By the time we made it up lake it was time to get our gear in the water. We fished a variety of typical Baker Lake sockeye setups baited with Mel's super cured shrimp and placed them on the downriggers in the 20 - 35 foot zones were we were seeing most of the fish located. We fished for some time without getting bit nor did we see any of the other boats anound us getting anything either. About an hour after first light we got our first fish and started to see a fish being caught here and there. It was by all means not a hot bite! We just continued to grind it out and ended up with 4 in the box and another lost when we decided to call it quits at 10:00.


We ran into quite a number of folks we knew and some had a few more fish than us but most did not do well at all, being skunked or a fish or two for the boat. One of Mel's friends that had had an outstanding day with 13 on Saturday had just a single fish when we called it quits for the day. That's Fishing!


This is a very popular fishery with at least 150 boats on the lake, everything from kayaks to 25 foot Grady's.


The fishery should hold up well for quite some time as they are still trucking fish from the Baker River traps up into the lake. As of today they have trucked 12,530 to the lake.


Ted's has lots of tackle on hand for this fishery and will be more than happy to help you out and show you how to rig up.


posted by Mike on 07/11/2016


    What continues hot is trolling for Lake Trout on Chelan early in the morning on the Bar with the best chance of the year for big fish.   Also continuing hot is trolling the face of Manson Bay for numbers of Lake Chelan Lakers. 

On the Bar, look for depths from 120 to 170 feet deep.

Evenings are best in Manson Bay in depths of 120 feet near Wapato Point and up to 270 feet deep in the center of the bay.  As always, fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed 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.  Similar in profile, the Needlefish squid rig by Silver Horde / Goldstar has also worked.  Bait these rigs with a chunk of Northern Pikeminnow.  The T4 Purple Glow Flatfish seems to be the “go to” lure for bigger fish on the Bar. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to rethink how you fight fish on Lake Chelan.  Remember, the only way these fish will get away is if they tear or shake the hooks out of themselves.   They are trapped in open water with no structure to get into and they are not a fast swimming / hard fighting fish.  The trick is to do everything in moderation.  The rod tip should be at a moderate rod angle.  Don’t point it at the fish, but don’t raise it to a high angle to increase the leverage the fish gets when it twists and turns or shakes it’s head.  The retrieval speed should be moderate.  Not glacially slow, but not fast.  When the fish isn’t doing anything, go a bit faster to keep moderate tension.  When the fish is twisting or shaking, slow down to reduce the leverage the fish has.  Keep your drag moderately light.  A good average is netting 3 of every 4 hooked fish.  If you are getting less than half, review what you are doing. 

The kid’s tip of the week is to suck it up and let the kid make mistakes.  Guide them and instruct them, but you doing it / explaining it over and over again without them getting their hands dirty will not teach the skill or hook them on the experience.  They have to try and make mistakes to become that fishing  partner you want.  While you’re at it, be gentle with the criticism… 

Your safety tip of the week is to really keep your head on a swivel now that we are in the heart of our busy summer season.  There are lots of inexperienced boaters out there traveling at various rates of speed.  Remember to get your head around and look before altering your course.  Also, with hot weather coming, I can’t say enough about keeping hydrated!



posted by Mike on 07/07/2016

Though the popular Baker Lake sockeye fishery opened early yesterday, we have been receiving the first of our reports this morning. It sounded like there were around 50 - 60 boats on the water all trying to get their fair share of prime Baker Lake sockeye. It sounded like the fishing was very typical with some folks getting their fish and others getting a few and many not doing well at all. From those that managed to get their limits it sounded that the fish were a little scattered and not really schooled up as well as being deeper than expected with most fish coming from the 40 - 70 foot zone. Be quite attentive to your depth sounder and get your gear in the zone when you do mark fish.


Sounded like most of the fish were very typically sized in the 4 - 8 pound range and just dime bight. Should make for some very fine eating for those fortunate to land a few.


Ted's has a very good supply of sockeye tackle on hand, just stop by and we'll be more than happy to help you out.


posted by Mike on 07/06/2016

Sockeye fishery opens, salmon limits raised on
Columbia River above Priest Rapids Dam

Actions: Opens sockeye salmon to retention and raises total salmon limit.

Species affected:Sockeye and chinook salmon.

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

Effective dates:

(1) From Priest Rapids Dam to 400 feet below Rock Island Dam, July 7 through Aug. 31, 2016.

(2) From Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Wells Dam, July 7 through Oct. 15, 2016.

(3) From Wells dam to Hwy 173 bridge in Brewster, July 16 through Aug. 31, 2016.

(4) From Hwy 173 bridge in Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam, July 7 through Oct.15, 2016.

Other information: Release all floy (spaghetti) tagged fish.Anglers must also use barbless hooks when fishing for salmon and 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 above Rock Island Dam.

Reason for action: The sockeye run was recent upgraded to 350,000 fish, greatly exceeding the pre-season forecast of 102,000 fish returning to the river mouth. Barring extreme high water temperatures such as those in 2015 that caused unprecedented pre-spawning mortality, the run is expected to produce sufficient escapement to meet spawning needs in the Wenatchee and Okanogan Rivers.

Information contacts:Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624 (Ephrata), Travis Maitland, District 5 Fisheries Biologist, (509) 665-3337 (Wenatchee), Ryan Fortier, District 6 Fisheries Biologist, (509) 997-0316 (Twisp).



posted by Mike on 07/06/2016

Baker Lake opens early to sockeye fishing


Action: Open Baker Lake to fishing for sockeye salmon

Effective dates: July 6, 2016

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Location: Baker Lake, upstream of the log boom barrier in front of upper Baker Dam to the mouth of the Baker River.

Reasons for action: Baker Lake sockeye have returned in greater numbers, earlier in the season, than anticipated. Therefore the fishery is being opened prior to the preseason set date of July 10.

Other information: Daily limit is five adult sockeye salmon greater than 18 inches in length. Kokanee/sockeye less than 18 inches in length are by definition kokanee, while those 18 inches and larger are adult sockeye. Release all other salmon.

Freshwater fishing rules apply. These rules include the requirement that fishers have a current freshwater or combination license and catches must be immediately recorded on their Sport Catch Record Card. A The two pole endorsement is allowed for this fishery. The Catch Record Card Code for Baker Lake is 825.

All other fishing regulations except the opening date remain in effect as listed in the 2016/2017 Fishing in Washington, Sport fishing rules pamphlet. Anglers are reminded to release all bull trout.

Information Contact: Please see the Baker Sockeye web page at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/sockeye/baker_river.html for further information on seasons, access sites and fish counts.


posted by Mike on 07/05/2016

Marine Area 7 South reopening for 8 days of spot shrimp fishing

Action:  Marine Area 7 South is reopening for eight days of recreational shrimp fishing. 

Effective date:  Saturday, July 9, 2016, through Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Species affected:  All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location:  Marine Area 7 South: This area includes the Iceberg Point and Salmon Bank shrimp fishing grounds.

Reason for action: Sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains in this area for eight more days of fishing.   

Other information:  The Marine Area 7 South daily bag limit will be 160 shrimp, similar to the current bag limits in Marine Areas 6 and 7 West. Shrimp heads may be removed while in the field prior to coming ashore.


posted by Mike on 07/03/2016

With so many things to do in the outdoors this weekend you should not have any problem finding something to do. Crabbing has been excellent, with most everyone getting limits. The Tulalip Bubble has been putting out a fair number of kings the past couple of days. Chinook in the San Juans, Sekiu and Port Angeles area have been putting out fish. The kokanee fishing at Lake Stevens has continued to be good. Bass fishing at the local lakes has also been good. The Skagit has been putting out sockeye for those plunking in the Mt. Vernon area. Steelhead fishing on the Skykomish has been a little slow, but still putting out some fish. The King fishing below the Wallace River on the Skykomish has actually been quite good for those putting in the time. Some kings have been into the mid twenties!


So get your stuff together and head out and do a little fishing this weekend.

Tags: 4th of July


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)


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.


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.


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.



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/


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.


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!


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.


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

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