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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

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.

November 12, 2012 Posted by | Fishing Reports | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

October 31, 2012 Posted by | Fishing Reports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fishing Report 9/20/12

Silvers, Silvers everywhere… at least that’s what it seems like. Catch reports of Coho Salmon(aka Silvers) are great from The coast to the Stilly River. 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.

Also open for retention for just the month of September is Sturgeon in Port Susan. Sand shrimp is the bait of choice for these shallow-water monsters, which can be tricky this time of year because the tides make it hard to harvest shrimp. We have sand shrimp available every day that we freeze while they are still alive and at peak freshness. Just spray some shrimp scent in the cup when you thaw them and they work just fine.

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

September 20, 2012 Posted by | Fishing Reports | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fishing Report 8/6/12

While crabbing has not been the windfall it was last year, it is still by and large a good season. If you’re having trouble getting the limits you’re used to, the best advice is to drop your pots deeper(around 80-100 feet) because many of the shallow keepers got scooped up by tribal and commercial fishers earlier last month.

While Coho is indeed open around Camano, chances of hitting them are pretty slim until mid-late August simply because they’re not quite here yet.

Important season updates to know:
*Sturgeon are now catch and release in the Puget Sound until September 1st
*Crabbing is open Thurs-Monday until Labor Day with a daily limit of 5 dungeness and 6 red rock crab. Dungeness must be at least 6 1/4″ diameter, males only and in hardshell condition*San Juan CRABBING opens on July 15th, same rules as above
*Area 9 opens for Chinook, Sockeye and Coho(release Chum and wild Chinook) July 16 – Aug. 31. Daily limit of 2 combined, Chinook must be 22″ minimum.
*Areas 8-1 & 8-2 are open Aug. 1- Oct. 31 for Salmon, release Chinook. Daily limit of 2 combined, no min. size.
*Area 7, Open for Chinook August 1-Sept 30

August 6, 2012 Posted by | Fishing Reports | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fishing Report 7/9/12

Well, opening week of crabbing was very strong for most of the Puget Sound, with only a short lull on the west side of Camano during the first two days as the tribal fishers wrapped up their season. Most people reported getting their limits (and thensome) of dungeness keepers.

On the fishing side, the Tulalip Bubble has still been very slow, with minimal anglers even attempting to fish it let alone having any success. However, the Sockeye on the Skagit has been great, with many anglers getting at least one fish if not their limit of 3. Sand shrimp is the most popular choice for the river. Baker Lake’s Sockeye fishery started out slow, but is picking up now. The only problem there is the crowds but if you’re willing to be patient, its worth the wait. A red 2/0 hook with shrimp oil on it trolled behind a size 0 dodger is the way to go up there.

Important season updates to know:
*Sockeye closes on the Skagit River on July 15th.
*Sturgeon are now catch and release only until September 1st
*Crabbing is open Thurs-Monday until Labor Day with a daily limit of 5 dungeness and 6 red rock crab. Dungeness must be at least 6 1/4″ diameter, males only and in hardshell condition*San Juan CRABBING opens on July 15th, same rules as above
*Area 9 opens for Chinook, Sockeye and Coho(release Chum and wild Chinook) July 16 – Aug. 31. Daily limit of 2 combined, Chinook must be 22″ minimum.
*Areas 8-1 & 8-2 are open Aug. 1- Oct. 31 for Salmon, release Chinook. Daily limit of 2 combined, no min. size.

July 9, 2012 Posted by | Fishing Reports | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Fishing Report 6/25/12

Fishing Report 6/25/12
Sockeye opened on the Skagit River on June 16th from Highway 536 (Memorial Highway Bridge) at Mount Vernon to the mouth of Gilligan Creek. Anglers have a daily limit of three sockeye, with a minimum size of 12 inches. Reports have been slow coming in to the store, only a couple of customers reported hooking fish and not many being retained so far but I think it’s still early. There’s alot of debate about the best way to fish for Sockeye, but the most common theme seems to be a simple red hook with lots of shrimp oil on it. In Baker Lake(which opens on July 1st), you would troll that hook behind a size 0 chrome dodger.
Some very important season updates:
*Lingcod is now closed in areas 8-1 & 8-2
*Sturgeon can be retained until June 30th. Daily limit 1 per person, 38″ min. to 54″ max length from fork. Release Green Sturgeon. After that it is catch and release only until September.
*Salmon is open in the Tulalip Hatchery(Bubble) area from June 10 through Sept. 3rd Fridays through noon on Mondays. 22″ minimum, release Wild Chinook
*CRABBING is open July 1st & 2nd in areas 8-1, 8-2 & 9, then again Thursdays through Mondays through Labor Day with a daily limit of 5 dungeness and 6 red rock crab. Dungeness must be at least 6 1/4″ diameter, males only and in hardshell condition
*San Juan CRABBING opens on July 15th, same rules as above
*Salmon is open in area 9 from July 1-15, release wild Chinook & Chum
*Many Puget Sound Rivers(including the Skagit) are now open for Sockeye and Kings, check the regs for rules on the different sections of river; the lower Skagit opened on Saturday, June 16th for Sockeye

June 25, 2012 Posted by | Fishing Reports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

FREE Fishing Weekend

Catch trout, salmon, halibut
during Free Fishing Weekend

Anglers are reeling in halibut from the ocean, sturgeon on the Columbia River and trout from lakes and ponds throughout the state. Starting June 2, hundreds of rivers will also open for trout fishing, followed later in the month by some of Washington’s premiere salmon fisheries. 

Sound like fun? Those interested in fishing but don’t have a fishing license will be able to get in on the action during Free Fishing Weekend, scheduled June 9-10.

During those two days, no license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington state. Also, neither a vehicle use permit nor a Discover Pass will be required that weekend to park at any of the 600 water-access sites maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). 

“Free Fishing Weekend is a great time to revive an old hobby or to introduce friends and family to fishing,” said Craig Burley, WDFW fish division manager. “Adults can introduce kids to fishing on a wide variety of waters around the state.”

While no licenses are required on Free Fishing Weekend, other rules such as season closures, size limits and bag limits will still be in effect. For example, no crab fishing will be allowed in Puget Sound during Free Fishing Weekend, because no areas will be open for crabbing at that time. 

In addition, all anglers will be required to complete a catch record card for any salmon, steelhead, sturgeon or halibut they catch that weekend. Catch record cards and WDFW’s Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet are available free at hundreds of sporting goods stores and other license dealers throughout the state. The rules pamphlet is also available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

Of course, the state’s fishing opportunities don’t begin or end with Free Fishing Weekend. For Father’s Day, WDFW hatchery crews are stocking 5,000 extra triploid trout into 14 popular lakes during the weekend of June 16-17. Other key dates for anglers include:

  • June 9 – Selective fisheries for hatchery chinook salmon begin off the southern coast of Washington from Ilwaco north to the Queets River.
  • June 16 – Selective fisheries for hatchery chinook salmon begin off the northern coast. In addition, summer chinook season opens on a major portion of the Columbia River and sockeye fishing opens on a stretch of the Skagit River.
  • June 24 – Coastal salmon fisheries expand to allow the retention of wild chinook, hatchery coho and pink salmon.
  • July 1 – Crab fisheries open in most areas of Puget Sound. In addition, salmon fisheries open in several areas of Puget Sound, including the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

June 1, 2012 Posted by | Fishing Reports | , , , , , , , , , , | 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

Fishing Report 2/6/12

With a break in the weather last week we finally saw some folks hitting the water looking for the elusive Blackmouth Salmon. The results were still disappointing with only one fish being weighed into our derby(albeit a decent sized one) from around Camano Island. It should be noted though that the Possession Bar saw a little better luck with several keepers being reported at the Everett dock. Which by the way, I forgot to mention last time that area 9 is open for Chinook now and will be open until April 15th with a daily limit of 2. Must be hatchery!

Some spotted reports of keeper Sturgeon being caught in Steamboat Slough but the Port Susan fishery is still a little slow. However, it is open year-round so you may as well get out there and try since February is usually when our local Sturgeon fishing starts to heat up. Especially since they are probably going to make Sturgeon catch and release only as of next year(don’t even get me started on how rediculous WDFW’s decision about this is) so you only have a couple more months to try for keepers. Don’t know how? Come in to the store Mondays or Wed-Fri and I’ll show you.

February 6, 2012 Posted by | Fishing Reports | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment