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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 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

Watch the ‘Hawks @ your favorite fishing shop…

If we weren’t a unique tackle shop before, we most certainly are now: Watch the Seahawks on the bigscreen in our new deli while enjoying our tasty sub sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, delicious pizza w/ our homemade sauce and hand-dipped ice cream cones & milkshakes!

Open 6am-8pm daily, open later for certain games & events. THIS THURSDAY, the store and deli will be open until 10pm for the first Seahawks pre-season game against San Diego.

Visit our Facebook page for the menu, updates and specials: www.facebook.com/elgerbaydeli

*Please note, we are not currently licensed for alcohol to be consumed on our premises.

August 7, 2013 Posted by | About Us, Community Events, In-Store Offers | Leave a comment

Don’t miss our 20th Anniversary/Customer Appreciation Day tomorrow

“Thank you” SALE from Friday through Sunday:

30% OFF Clothing, Mugs, Toys & Board Games, Candles, new Camano Posters and all Greeting Cards

20% OFF all Rods, Reels, Knives & Combos

and SAVE an extra 5% on all Wine this weekend(15% off any 3 or more bottles)

Have you wanted to try Crabbing this year but don’t know where to start? Then come this Saturday at 9am for our “Intro to Crabbing” class where you can learn the basics of what gear, licenses, bait and techniques you’ll need to enjoy some succulent seafood on July 1st(opening day). The class is FREE and open to anyone. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to get some early bird savings on gear including a special, attendee-only savings of 10% OFF on complete crabbing kits!

Bring your kids 10 & under to the store on Saturday from 10am-11am for the FREE casting contest! Every kid gets a prize just for trying; closest to the cone wins the grand prize! Followed by FREE HOT DOGS from 11:30-12:30 and the weather is supposed to be nice… what better way to spend 2 hours on a Saturday?

May 4, 2012 Posted by | About Us, Community Events, In-Store Offers | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stanwood Eagles Derby Results

Here are the results for the 2012 Stanwood Eagles Blackmouth Derby.

1st Place Jody Erickson 21.07 lbs $2205

2nd Place Steve Chandler 20.04 lbs $980

3rd Place Rich Welch 17.10 lbs $735

4th Place Jeannie Jaunese 14.10 lbs $490

5th Place Ralph Zalelk 13.09 lbs $245

There were 27 Fish weighed in and 98 people entered.

April 26, 2012 Posted by | Community Events, Fishing Reports | Leave a comment

There’s a new leader in town…

Just 3 days after Glen Helton beat his own lead in our derby with a 19lb Blackmouth; Doug Groseclose came in with his first fish of the season: a 21.6 lb monster! Good job Doug! The rest of you better hurry out there; only 2 weeks left to beat that size.

April 19, 2012 Posted by | Community Events, Fishing Reports | Leave a comment

25th Annual Stanwood Eagles Derby

Stanwood Eagles
25th Annual Blackmouth Fishing Derby
Saturday & Sunday, April 21st & 22nd

$50 entry per person

Tons of Cash and other Prizes!

Fishing in Marine Areas 8-1 & 8-2 only. Weigh-in from 3pm-4pm on Saturday and 2pm-3pm on Sunday @ the Stanwood Eagles(6419 Pioneer Hwy. Stanwood). Prizes will be awarded on Sunday after weigh-ins. Sign ups end @ 2pm on Friday, April 20th or until closing at the Stanwood Eagles on Friday, April 20th. For more info, call Ed Keller: 425-308-9437. Sign up at Elger Bay Grocery, Camano Marine, Hook Line & Sinker, Holiday Sports or John’s Sporting Goods.

April 12, 2012 Posted by | Community Events, Fishing Reports | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment