Fish Report

Area 9 Chinook

Marine Area 9 Chinook opened with a bang! With 500+ caught the first day, the 2500 quota will be met soon. Now is the time to get out and pick up a cpouple. Two hatchery per day until the quota is met.


10 Time Tested Tips for More Crab
1. Watched pots never roam!
2. Know your depth, use line 1/3 longer than depth.
3. Use sinking line on your buoys.
4. Avoid areas of heavy vessel traffic, like the log boom route in Port Gardner Bay.
5. Add weight to lighter pots so the current does not move them.
6. GPS your pot locations or stay nearby.
7. Use the proper escape cord.
8. Cure your bait to attract more crab.
9. Fill out your catch record card before dropping your pot back into the water.
10. Mention this article and receive a free crab gsuge and rot cord kit at our shop while supply lasts.

Below is the current Puget Sound summer crab fishing schedule:

  • Marine areas 4 (Neah Bay east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 8-1 (Deception Pass to East Point), 8-2 (East Point to Possession Point), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) and 11 (Tacoma/Vashon) - Open July 2 through Sept. 7. Crabbing is allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Marine Area 7 South (San Juan Islands/Bellingham) - Open July 16 through Sept. 28. Crabbing is allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Marine Area 7 North (Gulf of Georgia) - Open Aug. 13 through Sept. 28. Crabbing is allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) – Open June 15 through Sept. 7. Crabbing is allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Marine Area 13 (south Puget Sound) - Open June 1 through Sept. 7. Crabbing is allowed seven days per week.

Skykomish Summer Steelhead

June 1st, the Skykomish River opened for Summer Run Steelhead, with promisimg results.
Anglers on the Upper Sky near Gold Bar hit them hard with jigs producing a number of sleek but smaller fish.
Water, low & clear, will be a challenge, however the smaller John's Jigs could be the ticket to bringing one to the river bank.

Kokanee Derby Outlook

Thursday 5/14/15

John Thomas from Rotten Chum Guide Service was out this morning  on Lake Stevens with a boat tally of 35 Kokes  up to about 13". He fished high and low to 40' with hook ups at all elevations of the water column.

The nice thing about these Kokanee is that a variety of lures have been productive, but the most important thing to have on the boat is the scent; Bloody Tuna oil, Kokanee Dipping Sauce, and Dick Nite DNA.

Kokanee Keepers!

May 2015
Lake Stevens Kokanee  / the bite is on! Today's report was excellent! Stringers of 5-8 fish per boat and water temp of 52.7 degrees. Traditional set up of Wedding Ring behind a Sling Blade or Dodger tipped with shoepeg corn will do the trick. Mix it up with a Kokanee Bite and a Fatal Attraction dodger baited with a synthetic maggot.  Don't forget the Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby is May 16th, and tickets go on sale April 15th.

Top Ten Tactics for the Kokanee Kalliope

1. Light Rods 2-8 lb. or 4-10lb.
2. Set Gear at least 50' behind your boat.
3. Dick Nite Dodgers, Fatal Attraction, or Sling Blades are a must.
4. 9-15" leaders for Wedding Rings & Kokanee Bites, and 20-24 for Dick Nites.
5. Try a double hook set up to increase hooking/landing ratio.
6. Bait each hook w/ white shoe peg corn, Berkley Gulp or live maggot.
7. Smear dodgers with scent: Kokanee gel, lotion, or DNA, also Anise oil, and shrimp oil.
8. Troll 1 mile per hour, kicking it in and out of gear.
9. Don't set the hook, simply lift the rod from the downrigger and begin reeling.
10. Use a long-handled landing net.

There you have it!

Steve Reynolds shows off a fine Kokanee specimen.

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Sunshine Tickles Trout!

March 10, 2015
The best way to unwind after a hard day of work is to head out to Flowing Lake County Park with your fishing rod. Anglers are reporting feisty Rainbows in the shallows & up near the docks to 13". An hour before sunset with a chartreuse power egg and a little DNA Trout Gel should do the trick!

February 27th -March 5th

Local Lakes:     It should be a great weekend for lake fishing around Snohomish County. The weather will be partly cloudy on Friday and then sunny on Saturday with highs in the 50's. Lake Goodwin, north of Marysville,  tends to turn on early so this would be a top pick. Other year round lakes include Blackman's in Snohomish, Lake Cassidy and Lake Stevens.

Upcoming Razor Clam Digs:     Clam diggers can return to two coastal beaches Monday (March 2) through Thursday (March 5) to dig razor clams during a month packed with potential digging opportunities.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig at Long Beach and Twin Harbors after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. 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.

The four-day dig is scheduled for the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • March 2, Monday, 4:49 p.m.; 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 3, Tuesday, 5:26 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 4, Wednesday, 5:59 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • March 5, Thursday; 6:30 p.m.; 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors