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Fishing Report 4/22/15

Fishing Report 4/22/15
First up, here are the results from Ed Keller on the Stanwood Eagle’s Derby last weekend:
“2015 28th Annual Eagles Fishing Derby Results:
WOW what an amazing year!  We had 136 entries, the most in Eagles Fishing Derby history and 17 fish weighed in for the weekend ranging from 4 pounds 10 ounces up to 18 pounds 14 ounces.  The weather was once again outstanding; couldn’t ask for a nicer weekend to be out fishing.  The first place fish took home a whopping $3,060!  

1st Place – Tina Taylor with 18lbs 14oz                $3,060        Was found in the sunken boat

2nd Place – Ron Lampers with 17lbs 5oz                 $1,360        Stuck to his waders as he was running to weighin

3rd Place – Oren Erickson with 15lbs 11oz                $1,020        Caught at Columbia Beach on a Spongebob Squidward

4th Place – Barry Whalen with 13lbs 7oz                $680        Caught at Hat Island scooped up in a bucket

5th Place – Rhonda Mackenize with 12lbs 12oz        $340        Caught on the Race Track going round and round only making left turns

Thanks to all of our great donors, everyone who came to weigh in on Sunday went home with a prize.   We couldn’t put this on without the support of our community and all of the great fishermen and women who come out each year. See Everybody Next Year. FISH  ON!!!!! ”

As it so happens, Tina Taylor’s 18lb 14oz fish is also the current leader in the Elger Bay Grocery running Blackmouth Derby!

There are quite a few season changes coming up in the next month:

~ Trout fishing opens in most Washington lakes this coming Saturday, April 25th.

~ Shrimping is open in Marine areas 8-1, 8-2 & 9 May 2 & May 13, 2015, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Note – will reopen June 1 for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing only.). To see the other marine area shrimp seasons, go here: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/

~ Halibut is open in Marine areas 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 on May 8 and 9, Friday and Saturday; May 15-16, Friday and Saturday; May 21-24, Thursday through Sunday and; May 28-30, Thursday through Saturday. In all marine areas open to halibut fishing, there is a one-fish daily catch limit and no minimum size restriction. Anglers must record their catch on a WDFW catch record card.

For those of you in need of shrimp bait/gear, all of Elger Bay Grocery’s shrimping gear and bait will be in stock by the end of this week. For those who are interested in learning more about shrimping in the Puget Sound, this website has great info: http://www.salmonuniversity.com/ol_shrimping101.html.

And lastly, for those of you looking for the new fishing regulations, please feel free to call WDFW and complain because they don’t have the new books out yet, but they won’t allow us to order any more of the old books either…


April 22, 2015 Posted by | Community Events, Fishing Reports | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2015 Hot Plug’s Derby Results

Here’s the results from Ed Keller on the 2015 Hot Plug’s Derby:

1st Place Terry Pitt of Sedro Woolley 15.12 lbs $2350 Northend of Camano Island on a spoon

2nd Place Ron Lampers of Whidbey Island 12.05 lbs $940 Whidbey Island side somewhere on bait.

3rd Place Glenn Helton of Sedro Woolley 10.05 lbs $705 Greenbanks on a squid

4th Place Jack McKeehan of Arlington 9.14lbs $470 Racetrack on a spoon

We had 94 entries and 13 fish weighed in. It was probably the best weather the Hot Plug’s Derby has seen in a very long time. Flat as glass and nice and sunny. Doubled the fish of last year too. There was people fishing from the Langley all the way up to the north end of Camano. My boat even put two fish in the boat. 9 and a 6 lb right off Pebble beach, just couldn’t be a better day to be fishing.

March 29, 2015 Posted by | Community Events, Fishing Reports | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fishing Report 10/2/14

Fishing Report 10/2/14
Let’s start this report off with some great news: the state re-opened Dungeness Crabbing for a Winter season early this year: October 1 – December 31. Most of the rules are the same as Summer but during the Winter season you can crab 7 days/week! Still a limit of 5 hard-shell males per person per day.
As for fishing, anglers have done really well the past couple of weeks fishing for Silvers south in area 9, with a handful of people also having success off the beaches around Camano. Where its starting to get really good though is in the rivers. One customer and his friends landed 6 beautiful Silvers in the Stilly just yesterday! Buzz Bombs, Dick Nites(50/50 color) and Krocodiles are great choices for casting lures. If you’re in the saltwater trolling, I recommend a Red Racer, White Lightning or Cookies & Cream Coho Killer with a Purple Haze or Red Racer 11″ flasher.
Josh Flickner
Elger Bay Grocery

October 2, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fishing Report 6/28/14

Fishing Report 6/28/14

Salmon is open right now in the Tulalip Bubble May 30-Sept 1 but there are a couple of days that its closed; see the regulation booklet for details. I’ve heard several anglers say they’re catching some fish there so its definitely worth a shot while you’re letting your crab pots soak next week. The rest of areas 8-1 & 8-2 will open for Coho Salmon on August 1 but Area 9 opens on July 1.

Crabbing season opens in most of the Puget Sound (including areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9) on Thursday, July 3rd. The rules are the same as last year: Thursday-Monday every week through Labor Day. Limit 5 dungeness crab per person per day, 6 1/4″ minimum, hardshell males only. Each person is allowed 2 crab pots in the water. Don’t forget to mark your buoys with your personal information and make sure your pots are legal; I’ve seen several garage sale crab pots lately that are old and not legal anymore… it doesn’t matter how much of a bargain it was, when the game department writes you a big fat ticket, you’ll wish you had spent the extra money on a new setup from your local tackle shop instead.


$49.99+tax while supplies last!

If you’re fishing from the shore, flounder are always open and fun to fish for. Use either chunks of herring or nightcrawlers at the end of a 24″ leader and 1oz spin sinker.

June 28, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fishing Report 5/2/14

Fishing Report 5/2/14

Ahhh, the first weekend in May. There’s nothing quite like the mad scramble of everyone trying to get the most out of those coveted 2 days of shrimping around Camano Island. Shrimping is open in 8-1 & 8-2 from 7am-3pm on Saturday May 3rd and Wednesday May 7th. Additional days will be announced after counts are in and the quota is checked.

Winter Blackmouth fishing closed on April 30th but Salmon will be re opening at various times and in various areas throughout the Summer so stay posted. Results from our running derby will be posted as soon as they are available but I can tell you that Mike Navarre won the grand prize with a 25# behemoth on the last day!

In the meantime, Lingcod is now open in 8-1 & 8-2 from May 1th – June 15th with a daily limit of 1 per person, 26″-36″. You may not fish for any bottom fish deeper than 120′ UNLESS you are fishing for Halibut in which case legal size Lingcod can be retained. Remember: Rockfish may not be retained at any time!

Halibut will be open in 8-1 & 8-2 May 9th – June 7th with a daily limit of 1 per person, but the specific days vary week to week so check online or in the new regulation booklet before you head out.

Speaking of which, the new regulation booklets are finally here so don’t forget to grab one when you come in to get your licenses and gear.

May 2, 2014 Posted by | About Us, Fishing Reports | Leave a comment

Fishing Report 4/17/2014

Fishing Report 4/17/14

April 26th is opening day of Trout Fishing for most lakes in Washington state; don’t forget to renew your license before you hit the water!

Stanwood Eagles 27th Annual Blackmouth Fishing Derby Results:


What a great turnout this year, we broke the 100 marker this year with 103 fishermen!  There was 27 fish turned in, ranging from 3 pounds up to 20 pounds!  Couldn’t have asked for better weather for everyone; great weekend to be out on the water. 


First Place – $2,317.50 (45%)             Bill Doane       20.13 pounds   Caught @ Greenbanks

Second Place – $1,030. 00 (20%)        Bill Hayes        16.07 pounds   Caught @ Onamac

Third Place – $772.50 (15%)               Jason Jensen    15.14 pounds   Caught @ Onamac

Fourth Place – $515.00 (10%)             Glen Helton     14.13 pounds   Caught @ Onamac

Fifth Place – $257.50 (5%)                   Chick Crane     13.12 pounds   Caught @ Camano head

2014/2015 Puget Sound Salmon Fishery: Anglers will have an opportunity to take advantage of a strong return of coho and Skagit River sockeye salmon but will see adjustments to wild chinook fisheries. The forecast for sockeye returning to Baker Lake is strong enough this year to allow for both a lake fishery, open July through September, and a fishery on the Skagit River, which will be open June 14 through June 29. A portion of the estimated 23 million sockeye returning to Canada’s Fraser River will make their way to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the waters around the San Juan Islands. Anglers fishing for sockeye in Marine Areas 5-7 will be allowed to keep two sockeye in addition to daily catch limits for other salmon during July and August. In fall and winter, several Puget Sound marine areas will be converted to mark-selective fisheries to help protect wild chinook returning to Lake Washington and other watersheds. In the following areas, anglers will only be allowed to keep hatchery fish:

  • Marine Area 11 (Tacoma/Vashon Island) will become a mark-selective fishery October through December. Anglers in Marine Area 5 (Sekiu) must release wild chinook and wild coho during the month of October and must release wild chinook from Feb. 16 through April 10.
  • Marine Area 7 (the San Juan Islands) will convert to a mark-selective fishery for the month of October and the South Sound (Marine Area 13) will be restricted to hatchery chinook from Oct. 1 through April 30.
  • Marine areas 9 (Admiralty Inlet) and 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) are scheduled from July 16 through Aug. 31, but will have more restrictive in-season management triggers.

The mark-selective fishery for hatchery chinook on the Skykomish River is scheduled June 1 through July 31. Meanwhile, day closures will be in effect for all anglers on the Puyallup and Nisqually rivers this year.

April 17, 2014 Posted by | Community Events, Fishing Reports | Leave a comment

Fishing Report 3/6/14

Fishing Report 3/6/14
We have seen a few more boats hitting the water as the weather has allowed these past couple weeks and while we’ve seen a couple of fish brought by the store, it still could be a lot better. There seems to be quite a bit of bait in the water, and some fish are being marked on finders but they are really reluctant to bite.
Here are the results for the Hot Plug’s Derby that took place last Saturday:
1st Place    Zac Mackey       12.11 lbs   $2100    Camano Head.     On a spoon
2nd Place   Gary Brossard    11.09 lbs  $840       Not sure where.
3rd Place    Ron Lampers     10.11 lbs   $630      Not sure where.   Running bait.
4th Place    Doug Schneider 10.01 lbs   $420      Onamac Point.     Running squid.
There were 84 entries in the derby and 7 Fish weighed in total.
The weather was cold but flat as glass in the morning till late afternoon. Then a East wind picked up and made it a little choppy. Other then that a good day to be fishing Blackmouth.
The Stanwood Eagles Derby is coming up on April 12th-13th and we will have flyers and sign ups for that in the store soon.
Joshua Flickner
Elger Bay Grocery(www.elgerbaygrocery.com)

March 6, 2014 Posted by | Community Events, Fishing Reports | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Upcoming Events March 2014

Well, we are still waiting for Blackmouth fishing to pick up as we head into (hopefully) warmer weather but so far the report is still pretty dismal around Camano. Lots of bait out there but only a handful of keepers have been caught. However, don’t forget that you can still have fun catch-&-release fishing for Sturgeon in the shallows of Port Susan and February is a great time to do so. But, there are a couple of great fishing-related events coming up in March:

March 1st – Bill Hayes Hot Plug’s Blackmouth Derby. Fishing in 8-1 & 8-2 only. $50 per person entry fee, questions call Ed Keller 425-308-9437. Sign up locally at Elger Bay Grocery, Camano Marine or the Stanwood Eagles. Tons of cash and other prizes!

March 19th – John Martinez of John’s Sporting Goods in Everett is arguably one of the best fishermen in the Puget Sound. He will be hosting a seminar on Chinook Salmon Fishing on March 19th, 7pm at Bayside Marine in Everett.

It’s also not too late to sign up for our running Blackmouth derby, just $10 per person; you just have to be signed up BEFORE you hit the water(and EVERYONE in the boat must be signed up for your fish to count). So far Jeff Audet is in the lead with a 12.7lbs fish.

February 19, 2014 Posted by | Community Events, Fishing Reports | Leave a comment

Fishing Report 10/28/13

Fishing Report 10/28/13

This year’s Humpy run was great. And while you may still see the occasional Pink floating down the river, don’t bother rigging up a pink squid or buzz bomb to try and catch them because the meat is pretty much garbage at this point. We will look forward to the next run in 2015 with baited breath…

That being said, most of our local rivers have been producing daily limits of Silver and (to a lesser extent) Chum Salmon. Check the regs for each river’s specific rules, minimums and closure dates before you head out because they are all a little different.

The occasional Silver can also be caught in the Saltwater, but now most of the anticipation is on the opening of Winter Blackmouth(Chinook) Salmon. That season runs from November 1st through April 30th. Daily limit of 2 per person with a minimum size of 23″ and they must be hatchery. Sign up for our running Winter Blackmouth Derby, it’s just $10 per person for 6 months of community competition! Rules and details can be found on the next post.

Don’t forget, Crabbing re-opened as well! You can crab 7 days a week until the end of the year, but the daily limit is still 5 per person with a minimum size of 6 1/4″. Keepers must also be male and have hard shells.

October 28, 2013 Posted by | Fishing Reports | Leave a comment

Winter Crabbing opens Oct. 1 in most of Puget Sound

Most areas of Puget Sound reopen
Oct. 1 for late-season crab fishing

OLYMPIA – Most marine areas of Puget Sound will reopen for recreational crab fishing Oct. 1, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

The openings were approved by fishery managers after summer catch assessments by WDFW indicated more crab are available for harvest, said Rich Childers, shellfish manager for the department.

Waters reopening to sport crabbing Oct. 1 at 8 a.m. include marine areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 12 (Hood Canal), and 13 (South Puget Sound).

In each area, crabbing will be allowed seven days a week through Dec. 31.

Sport crabbing will not reopen this year in marine areas 10 (Seattle/Bremerton Area) and 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island). The annual quotas in those areas were reached during the summer fishery, said Childers.

The daily catch limit in Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches. In addition, fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across. Additional information is available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/ .

All Dungeness crab caught in the late-season fishery must be recorded on winter catch cards, which are valid until Dec. 31. Winter cards – free to those with crab endorsements – are available at license vendors across the state.

Winter catch reports are due to WDFW by Feb. 1, 2014. For more information on catch record cards, visit WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/crc.html .

September 28, 2013 Posted by | Fishing Reports | Leave a comment