Elger Bay Grocery & Gifts

THE place for everything Fishing & Crabbing around Camano Island

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


Fishing Report 8/2/13

Right now around Camano Island, there is Crabbing, bottom fishing(flounder) and Salmon. There is also Sockeye up at Baker Lake(red hook with shrimp oil works best for those).

Crabbing has been decent for most anglers, not the windfall that we used to have several years ago, but then again we also get a MUCH longer season now, which I think is a fair trade. Don’t expect to get your limit in 15 minutes but most people have been getting their limits after a few hours of crabbing, especially when they set their pots deeper(80ft or more).

Areas 8-1 & 8-2 opened on Thursday, August 1st for Coho and Pinks, limit 2 combined plus 2 additional Pink per person per day. No minimum size(other than common sense). On days when crabbing is open, you’ll have a lot of fun dropping your pots, then anchoring near shore and casting pink 2.5″ buzz bombs. Try adding a pink mini squid skirt to your buzz bomb for extra effect. Another option is to troll pink squid behind a white flasher.

Area 9(possession) is still open for Salmon but they’ve lowered the limit on Chinook to 1 per person per day starting Monday (July 29), anglers fishing Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) will be limited to one hatchery chinook as part of their daily limit of two salmon. State fishery managers are reducing the hatchery chinook limit – down from two per day – to try to stay within the chinook guideline for the area, said Ryan Lothrop, a fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “Catch rates in Marine Area 9 have been high since the fishery got under way 10 days ago,” said Lothrop. “So we’ve decided to make this change now to try and stay within our catch guideline and avoid closing the area’s hatchery chinook season early.” Limit 2 Coho Salmon or 1 Coho and 1 Chinook + 2 additional Pink Salmon per person per day. No minimum size on Coho/Pink, 22″ minimum and hatchery only on Chinook.

August 2, 2013 Posted by | Fishing Reports | Leave a comment

Fishing Report 6/19/13


Fishing Report 6/19/13
Sorry its been awhile since this blog was updated; I have honestly just been forgetting to copy the report here after I email it out.
Sturgeon is still open through the month of June but remember that the annual limit per person has now been lowered to just 2 fish. It is open for the whole month of June and Port Susan has some great spots to fish for them.
Crabbing opens Thursdays-Mondays from July 1st through Labor Day, limit 5 per person per day. This is a correction from an earlier report when I said that it did not open until July 4th. So it is open on Monday, July 1st, then closed Tuesday-Wednesday, then open again on July 4th.
We’ve got great deals once again on the awesome SMI-brand folding Crab Traps that have the lid on top so you don’t have to pull the pot apart on your boat.
Salmon opens in area 8-1 & 8-2 on August 1st. The exception to this is the Tulalip Bubble, which actually opened on May 31 and stays open until September 2nd for all Salmon. Minimum size on Chinook is still 22″ and must be hatchery. Limit 2 Chinook/Coho per person per day plus an additional 2 Pink. I honestly haven’t heard of too much activity coming from there yet though.
Area 9(Possession) opens for Coho & Pink Salmon July1-July 15.

June 20, 2013 Posted by | Fishing Reports | Leave a comment

2013 Hot Plug Derby Results


Here are the results for the 2013 Bill Hayes Hot Plug Salmon Derby.

Was caught:

1st Place Derek Schneider 16.05 lbs $2125 Stanwood,Wa Northend of Camano

2nd Place Albert Audet 14.00 lbs $850 Camano Island,Wa Camano State

3rd Place Darrel Clark 10.07 lbs $637 Onamac Pt.

4th Place Mike Rosenbaugh 7.00 lbs $425 Lakewood,wa Northend of Camano

There were 11 fish weighed in and 85 people entered.

March 6, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fishing Report 2/15/13

Fishing Report 2/15/13

Fishing has been slowly heating up the past couple weeks, which is a welome relief. Anglers are either catching lots of shakers or they are catching 8lb plus keepers; hardly any small hatchery fish are being caught. The best results seem to be coming from Onamac and up north around Rocky Pt. or in front of and to the north of the Camano State Park. Herring or Irish Cream, Cookies & Cream or White Lightning spoons trolled behind 11″ Hot Spot flashers are your best bet. Especially today: the water is pure glass around Camano!

Lots of exciting things coming up this year in the world of fishing in Puget Sound. Keep your eyes out for more details as seasons get announced for Shrimping, Crabbing and of course, Humpy(Pink) Salmon in August!

Joshua Flickner
Elger Bay Grocery(www.elgerbaygrocery.com)

February 15, 2013 Posted by | Fishing Reports | 1 Comment

Shop Small This Christmas

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Elger Bay Grocery & Gifts is proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, and we’re encouraging
everyone to Shop Small® here on November 24th.

Plus, we’re having a special Small Business Saturday offer! Come in on November 24th
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November 23, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Chinook Fishing Video

No one can argue with the fishing prowess of John Martinez. Here’s the link to a new video he put out on Chinook Fishing in the Puget Sound, check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Sa-UgcnLUA&feature=plcp .

November 12, 2012 Posted by | Setups, Sites you should see, Techniques | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fishing Report 11/12/12

While most anglers would not say it has been a “stellar” Winter Blackmouth opening, it also hasn’t been terrible. We’ve had fish weighed in for our running derby almost every day, with a couple of days last week producing 3-5 fish each. So far, the leader in our derby is Howard Peterson with a 9.56lb Blackmouth. Make sure you stop in the store before you go fishing and sign up for our derby, its just $10 per person and you can win many times that in prize money!

Areas producing the best results right now are: Point no Point, Elger Bay and Greenbank. Fish just off the bottom with Red Racer, Cookies n Cream or Irish Cream spoons 42″ behind an 11″ UV flasher.

Crabbing is also doing decent, though it is obviously not the windfall it is during the Summer season. People having the best luck are crabbing deep(70-100ft) so make sure you have plenty of leaded line and get those pots in deeper water if you want to have a better shot at limiting. A reminder, crabbing is open now through December 31st, seven days per week.

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Fishing Report 10/31/2012

First of all: I apologize for the lack of reports lately, we’ve had a series of family emergencies the past month and a new baby that have kept me from my usual routine. Thank you for your patience and I hope you’ve had at least some time to do some fishing and/or crabbing.
Aside from the unpredictable weather, this Fall and Winter should prove fruitful for Puget Sound Anglers and Shellfishers. Crabbing is open now through December 31st in most areas of Puget Sound(and yes, the areas around Camano are included in that). Also, Winter Blackmouth opens on November 1st and is open through April 30th. Daily limit is 2 combined Chinook/Coho, must release wild Chinook. Coho fishing in the Puget Sound and rivers is pretty much died down but look for some stragglers and Steelhead in those rivers.
Join our 4th Annual Running Winter Blackmouth Derby:
Cost: Just $10 per person!
Who: All anglers, regardless of age. In fact, everyone in your boat must be entered for your fish to count, even kids, to prevent cheating.
When: November 1st – April 30th (Winter Blackmouth Season). Sign up RIGHT NOW at Elger Bay Grocery. You can join the derby at any point in the season, just as long as you sign up before you go fishing; catching a fish then signing up is cheating!
Where: Hatchery Chinook(Blackmouth) from Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9 are allowed to be weighed. Bring fish to Elger Bay Grocery for weigh-in 6am-9pm, 7 days per week. Limit 1 fish per person per day but you can weigh a fish everyday that you catch one. 
Prizes: Cash for 1st place and a mystery weight, special prize for the most fish weighed in throughout derby duration so weigh every Blackmouth you catch!
Rules: All WDFW rules and regulations must be followed. Elger Bay Grocery is not responsible for injuries or accidents. A chart will be up inside store with current standings so come by often to check it out.

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Fishing Report 10/1/12

This report is very similar to the last one: Anglers are still catching lots of Coho Salmon(aka Silvers) from the coast to the Stilly River. Most of the fish still seem to be schooled up in the saltwater near Possession and Shipwreck, but Camano Head and the sides of the island should get better and better until they run into the rivers. In the saltwater, the rig that seems to be producing the best results is anything white or mother of pearl(like a squid or coho killer spoon) trolled behind a purple haze or red racer flasher. Off the shore: buzz bombs, blue fox spinners and krocodile spoons are all working well on both sides of Camano. The daily limit is 2 per person per day, no minimum size other than common sense, and you can keep wild Coho. You must still release Chinook Salmon until November 1st. Also, don’t forget that you can only use single-point, barbless hooks so pick up a pack of those when you buy your buzz bombs/spinners.

Sturgeon are now closed for retention until next June(unless the rules change next year) so they are catch and release only until then.

Don’t forget, until the Winter season is announced, crabbing is closed around Camano Island.

October 1, 2012 Posted by | Fishing Reports | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment