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posted by Mike on 04/03/2019

Winter chinook fishery guidelines
Area Encounter guideline Encounters  Date Percentage of guideline
6 5,457 2,632 3/24/2019 48 (OPEN THROUGH 4/15)
7 10,735 8,022 3/24/2019 75 (OPEN THROUGH 4/15)
8-1 and 8-2 5,474 3,977 3/24/2019 73 (OPEN THROUGH 4/30)
9 8,336 4,970 3/24/2019 60 (OPEN THROUGH 4/15)
10 2,996 3,620 3/24/2019 121 (AREA CLOSED)           


posted by Mike on 03/20/2019

The 32nd Annual Bill Hayes Blackmouth Derby will take place Saturday, March 30th. Though a small derby by derby standards it is extremely popular with many local anglers. The derby takes place in Marine Area 8-1 & 8-2 only. Tickets are $50.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased at Stanwood Eagles, Elger Bay Grocery, Camano Marine, Holiday Sports, John's Sporting Goods and Huntingtons Corner Grocery.


Cash Prizes are based upon the total number of entries. Cash prizes are as follows:

1st 50% of entry fees

2nd 20% of entry fees

3rd 15% of entry fees

4th 10% of entry fees

There are 2 $100.00 cash prizes, which will be drawn from ticket holders, fish or no fish. (You must be present to win these drawing prizes.)


Weigh in is 3:00 to 4:30 PM at the Stanwood Eagles, 6419 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwwod. For directions call 360-629-3224.


If you have any additional questions call Ed Keller 425-308-9437 or email edkeller829@gmail.com




posted by Mike on 03/01/2019

WDFW reduces daily catch limit to 1 salmon in Marine Area 6

Action: Reduces the daily limit for salmon to one fish in Marine Area 6 (east Juan de Fuca Strait).

The 2018-19 Washington Sportfishing Rules pamphlet erroneously states that anglers can keep two salmon daily.

Effective date:  Immediately.

Species affected:  Salmon.

Location:  Marine Area 6 (east Juan de Fuca Strait).

Reason for action: This corrects an error in the 2018-19 Washington Sportfishing Rules pamphlet. These regulations were agreed to with co-managers during the annual North of Falcon salmon season-setting process.

State fishery managers set the daily salmon limit at one fish to meet conservation objectives and increase the likelihood the winter fishery would remain open for the entire season.

Additional information: Anglers are reminded to release wild coho and wild chinook.

Information contact: David Stormer, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager, 360-902-0058; Mark Baltzell, Puget Sound salmon manager, 360-902-2807.


posted by Mike on 02/16/2019

Salmon fishing opens in Marine Area 5 today, February 5th. This is an awsome winter blackmouth area at this time of year. The area is open for a two salmon limit with a 22 in minimum size limit on the Chinook and no size limit on other species. You must release wild Chinook and wild Coho. The season will run through April 30th.

Good Fishing!


posted by Mike on 01/31/2019

Anglers limited to 1 salmon daily in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2

Action:  Reduces the daily limit for salmon to one fish.

Effective date:  Feb. 2 through April 30, 2019.

Species affected:  Salmon.

Locations:  Marine areas 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, Skagit Bay) and 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner).

Reason for action:  Based on current catch estimates, there is not sufficient salmon available to maintain the fishery through the planned season if the daily limit remains at two fish. The change to a one-salmon daily limit is needed to meet conservation objectives and increases the likelihood that the winter fishery will remain open for the entire season.

Additional information:  Anglers are reminded to release all coho and wild chinook in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2. Chinook minimum size is 22 inches.

Information contact: David Stormer, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager, (360) 902-0058.



posted by Mike on 01/18/2019

Looks as if our Winter blackmouth fishing is following our summer king salmon fishery. We have seen some good fishing this winter season, and with it lots of participation. Despite WDFW lowering the limit to just a single blackmouth and many days of bad weather, we will reach our impact numbers by Saturday, 19th January and the season is over! We will have to switch over to Marine Area  8-1, 8-2, 9, 11, 12 or 13 to be able to continue our fishing. Area 6 will open Februay 1st and Area 5 will open February 16th. If you want to fish you'll just have to switch areas.


If we want to have longer seasons, we need to curtail the impacts we have on the smaller sublegal fish. Please go to larger lures and baits to cut down on the number of smaller fish that you are catching and releasing.


Salmon fishing to close in Marine Area 10

Action: Closes angling for salmon.

Effective date: January 20 through March 31, 2019. 

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 10.

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates and fishery projections indicate the total encounters guideline is expected to be reached by the end of the day Saturday, Jan. 19. This closure is necessary to avoid exceeding the allowable limit of total encounters including both retained and released fish. The fishery is being closed to control impacts on stocks of concern and ensure compliance with conservation objectives.

Additional information: Salmon fishing remains open at year-round piers as listed in the 2018-2019 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Information contact: David Stormer, Puget Sound Recreational Salmon Manager, (360) 902-0058.


posted by Mike on 01/15/2019

We have tickets for the upcoming 13th Annual Everett Blackmouth Derby that will take place March 16th & 17th, 2019. There are just 125 tickets! Tickets are $100.00 per boat with up to four anglers. For more information go to their website.




$3,000.00 1st Place

$1,500.00 2nd Place

$500.00    3rd Place

$250.00     4th Place

Many Merchandise Prizes




posted by Mike on 01/14/2019

Marine Areas 9 & 10 continue to put out some fairly good blackmouth fishing since the January 1st opener. The most productive area has been the eastern side of the Kitsap Peninsula taking in the Jefferson Head, Kingston, Pilot Point, Point No Point and around the corner into Skunk Bay. There is quite a mixture in the size of the fish, from sub legals to fish in the mid teens. For those being selective, fish in the 6 -7 pound range are fairly common. For those that are in the right place and right time, fish into the mid teens have been caught.


Weather has been one factor that determines whether you will get out on the water or not. We have seen from one extreme to the other so far this season. Yesterday, was one outstanding Winter day to say the least. With the good weather there was a good number of boats that took advantage of the flat calm conditions. In the Kingston area alone there were perhaps around 70 boats on the water in the morning.


As far as techniques go, I would have to say that the vast majority of anglers are downrigger trolling with flasher / squid or flasher / spoon combinations. Though you will find this technique will account for a larger percentage of shakers, especially if use smaller offerings. Not to say that you will not get larger fish on these smaller lures, but you must remember that our season is determined by the impacts that occur while fishing, and not the fish you punch on your card. By going to larger lures you will decrease the number of smaller fish that you hook and hopefully allow us to have a full season instead of being cut short. Try fishing larger spoons and plugs to cut down on the impacts.


The guys that have been mooching this winter have been finding good results and have been quite pleased with their results. Some of my customers that are die hard moochers have been getting fish into the low to mid teens quite consistantly. Once again try fishing a larger bait, such as a green label sized bait to cut down on the sub legal catches.


This season we have seen quite a resurgance in jigging here in Puget Sound. Earlier this winter season we saw jigging had become one of the most consistant ways of fishing blackmouth in the Point Defiance area of south sound. This technique has followed north and we have seen a good number of folks buying jigs this winter. Point Wilson Darts or Dugeness Stingers have been the lures of choice.


posted by Mike on 01/03/2019

The tickets for the Plympic Peninsula Salmon Derby were dropped off this morning. Tickets are $40.00 per person, and everyone in the boat must have one. 


If you need any information you can stop by and we can give you a brochure or you can go on line and see them at www.GardinerSalmonDerby.org .


posted by Mike on 12/27/2018

Finally, we have a number of areas opening for Winter blackmouth this next Tuesday, January 1st, 2019. Marine Areas 7(San Juan Islands), Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) and Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) will open Tuesday, January 1st, 2019. These areas were delayed this season due to large impacts on sub legal fish when these areas opened earlier. By delaying the opener it is hoped that a lager number of fish will have grown to legal size, lessing the impacts on smaller (sub-legal) fish which have caused WDFW to close areas earlier when impact numbers are reached.

Make sure to read your WDFW regulations for the areas you intend to fish as every area is slightly diferent. Please take note that WDFW has changed the Area 10 limit to just a single fish. 

Hopefully, we should see some fairly good sized fish in marine Area 9 & 10 as we have seen some good sized fish landed off the Edmonds Pier this Fall / Winter season. There have been a number of fish landed in the 7 -14 pound range in the past month. This has been the best Fall / Winter season we have seen off the pier, with many of the regulars landing legal fish on a consistant basis. 

If you want to curtail the number of sub - legal fish you encounter consider fishing larger offerings. Going to plugs in the 4 - 5 inch range, such as Silver Hordes or Tomics, will help cut down on the smaller fish. Fishing larger soons in the 4 - 5 inch range will also accomplish curtailing the impacts on smaller fish. Yes, you may not catch as many fish, but the average will be considerably larger. If we lessen the impacts, then we will see a longer season, and just might see a full season, giving us more time on the water.


Good Luck To All Of You!


posted by Mike on 12/27/2018

It's time to be thinking of participating in the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Deby! It will take palce on March 8th, 9th & 10th this next year. This is the most popular of the Winter Blackmouth Derbies, often called the Iron Man Derby due to the conditions which are endured during the event. There are some "Great" money prizes, with $10,000.00 for 1st prize, $2,00.00 for 2nd and $1,000.00 for 3rd. The are "Mystery Fish" as well as lots of merchandise prizes.


You can take a look at the derby website at www.GardinerSalmonDerby.org.


Tickets are $40.00 per person, which we will have shortly.


posted by Mike on 12/22/2018

Daily limit of one salmon when season opens in Marine Area 10

Action: The daily limit of salmon is one.

Effective date: Jan. 1 through March 31, 2019.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton).

Reason for action: Based on abundance estimates, there is not sufficient salmon available to maintain a fishery though the planned season. A daily limit of one salmon will increase the likelihood that the winter fishery will remain open for the entire winter season. 

Additional information: Chinook minimum size is 22 inches. Release all wild Chinook salmon.

For specific regulations, anglers should consult the 2018-19 Washington Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Anglers can check WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html for the latest information on marine areas that are managed to a quota or guideline.

Information contact: David Stormer, Puget Sound recreational salmon fishery manager, (360) 902-0058 or Mark Baltzell, Puget Sound salmon manager, (360) 902-2807.



posted by Mike on 12/01/2018

Today marked the opener of blackmouth season in Marine Areas 8-1 & 8-2. The weather was outstanding today and many anglers hit the water to see if they could find a blackmouth or two. A good many die hard salmon anglers have not been on the water since the closing of Marine Area 9 at the end of September.

Overall, we had some fair reports coming from anglers that fished the area today. The best reports we had came out ot the Greenbank area today. We didn't see much over the 7- 8 pound range with most fish being in the 22 - 24 inch range. Everyone who fished the race track area found lots of hungry seals.

Heard of a few larger wild chinook that had to be released today. Weather looks good for tomorrow and there should be a good number of anglers hitting the water again.


posted by Mike on 11/24/2018

Next Saturday, December 1st will be the opening of Marine Areas 8-1 & 8-2 for Winter blackmouth fishing. Both areas will be open for hatchery Chinook with a 22 inch minimum size and a two fish limit. Wild Chinook and Coho must be returned. If you do luck into a late returning Chum you may also retain it under your two fish limit. 

On the first weekend we will be fishing an incoming tide both days with the high on Saturday at 12.09 pm (Edmonds) and Sunday at 12.54 pm (Edmonds). During the Winter I find being out there at the crack of dawn less important than the tides. There are a number of reasons for this: 1st: The depth that we are fishing is generally somewhere in the 90 - 200 foot depths, which have little light penatration to those depths. 2nd: Light in general is less intense in the Winter months. 3rd: We are dealing with blackmouth, which are the teenagers of Chinook, and they are generally always hungry.

These areas wil be open until the end of April 2019, unless we exceed our guidelines for Chinook incounters.


posted by Mike on 11/14/2018

Though there has not been a lot of salmon fishing activity in Marine Area 10 recently contributed by the weather and lack of fish. None the less it will close after tomorrow, November 15th and will not reopen until January 1st. You can still fish Marine Area 11 and 13 which remain open. Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2 will open December 1st for Winter Blackmouth, giving us at least some opportunity to wet a line. Generally, these areas are not fantastic fishing at that time of year, but come into there own in February, March & April.  Marine Area 9 will open January 1st and is one area that will commend  lots of interest as it produces well. At the end of September we were seeing good numbers fo Blackmouth being caught incidentlly while fishing Coho. Hopefully, they have stayed in the area.


posted by Mike on 03/19/2018

Everett Blackmouth Derby Leaderboard 

Derby Statistics

Statistics as of: Mar 19, 9:24 am (Refreshes every minute)
Total Number of Adult Participants: 383
Total Number of Fish Caught: 130
Total Combined Weight of Fish Caught: 749 lbs
Average Weight of Fish Caught: 5.77 lbs

Adult Leaders

Rank Best Weight Time Participant
1) 11.82 lbs 3/17 15:22 SAM SHEPHARD - TULALIP, WA (#1278)
2) 11.53 lbs 3/17 15:51 RYAN KIES - MOUNT VERNON, WA (#1457)
3) 10.42 lbs 3/17 15:53 TOM LESTER - LK STEVENS, WA (#1123)
4) 10.22 lbs 3/17 14:33 KARSTEN MCINTOSH - WA (#1498)
5) 10.19 lbs 3/18 13:25 WAYNE JONES - MOUNT VERNON, WA (#1446)
6) 10.01 lbs 3/17 16:01 DONALD R SMITH - ARLINGTON, WA (#1034)
7) 9.99 lbs 3/17 16:39 BRADLEY BURT - ARLINGTON, WA (#1190)
8) 9.75 lbs 3/18 14:47 GORDON TAYLOR - CAMANO , WA (#1049)
9) 9.73 lbs 3/17 13:56 JEAN GARNER - MONROE, WA (#1006)
10) 9.54 lbs 3/18 14:32 DAVID ZAJAC - SHORELINE, WA (#1325)



posted by Mike on 01/09/2018

Winter blackmouth fishing in Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) has been quite good since the opening on January 1st. We have been hearing and seeing some very nice catches coming out of this area. Most of our customers fishing here have been seeing good numbers of fish in the 7 -14 pound range with a few in the upper teens. The best thing we have heard is that there is not the number of sub legal fish that we are seeing in our section of the Sound. Which was the driver for closing areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9. Though Marine Area 10 (Seattle - Bremerton) has remained open we are still seeing huge numbers of shakers being caught. It has been a wonder why WDFW has not closed this area  as the impacks have got to be extremely high.

Most of the guys fishing the Islands have been either fishing small spoons such as 3.0 Kingfisher Spoons or smaller Sardine model hoochies behind a rotating flasher such as a Hot Spot or Gibbs. Small orange or yellow pack herring or small anchovies fished in a helment has also accounted for good catches. With large numbers of smaller bait in the San Juans a smaller bait matches the hatch.


posted by Mike on 10/19/2017

This is the second year without an Everett Coho Derby due to low numbers of Coho returning to many of noth Puget Sound streams and the associated Coho closures. In lew of the Coho Derby we now have the Everett (No Coho) Blackmouth Derby that will take palce on November 4th and 5th.


Tickets are $30.00 for Adults

Kids 12 & Under Are "FREE"


There are some very good money prizes:

1st Place $4,000.00

2nd Place $2,500.00

3rd Place $1,000.00

4th Place $500.00


There are additional merchandise prizes.


Information and be found on www.everettcohoderby.com


Stop by and pick up your tickets!


posted by Mike on 04/05/2017

The Stanwood Eagles will be holding their 30th Annual Blackmouth Derby Saturdau April 22nd & Sunday April 23rd. The entry fee with be $50.00 per person and everyone in the boat must have a ticket.


Money prizes will be based upon the number of entries.

1st Place 45% of Total Entry Fees

2nd Place 20% of Total Entry Fees

3rd Place 15% of Total Entry Fees

4th Place 10% of Total Entyr Fees

5th Place 5% of Total Entry Fees

Plus Lots Of Donated Prizes


Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

Stanwood Eagles

Ted's Sports Center

Holiday Sports

John's Sporting Goods

Camano Marine

Elger Bay Store


For more information call: Stanwood Eagles (360) 629-3224 or Ed Keller (425) 308-9437


posted by Mike on 03/20/2017

Everett Blackmouth Derby Leaderboard

Derby Statistics

Statistics as of: Mar 20, 8:36 am (Refreshes every 10 minutes)
Total Number of Adult Participants: 353
Total Number of Youth Participants: 0
Total Number of Teams: 0
Total Number of Fish Caught: 52
Total Combined Weight of Fish Caught: 362 lbs
Average Weight of Fish Caught: 6.97 lbs

Adult Leaders

Rank Best Weight Time Participant
1) 12.66 lbs 3/18 19:52 JOSH HUPP - WA (#1135)
2) 11.76 lbs 3/18 20:17 ERIC NELSON - MILL CREEK, WA (#1479)
3) 11.22 lbs 3/18 20:12 JEFF AUDET - WA (#1103)
4) 10.77 lbs 3/18 19:52 SCOTT SLAUGHTER - CAMANO ISLAND, WA (#1142)
5) 10.76 lbs 3/18 19:34 SCOTT HILLIS - LAKE STEVENS, WA (#1314)
6) 9.99 lbs 3/18 19:43 ANDY PRASKEY - LAKE STEVENS, WA (#1316)
7) 9.27 lbs 3/18 19:44 TINA TAYLOR - LAKE STEVENS, WA (#1358)
8) 9.10 lbs 3/18 19:42 SPENCER WORLEY - CAMANO ISLAND, WA (#1012)
9) 8.88 lbs 3/18 19:49 MARCUS WHALEN - MARYSVILLE, WA (#1109)
10) 8.59 lbs 3/18 19:43 SPENCER HAUG - MARYSVILLE, WA (#1322)



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