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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 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

Fishing Report 7/20/12

I couldn’t type up a better report myself so I figured: why try? Here is the link to yesterday’s Herald article about how hot the Salmon fishing in Baker Lake and Area 9 is right now, and includes a youtube video of the writer’s fishing trip:


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

Fish Smart

This article is designed to help all anglers increase the survival rate of fish they catch & release and thereby increase populations and our ability to fish recreationally for generations to come.

General guidelines for releasing marine recreational fish:

* Plan ahead: pack the gear needed to release fish before you go on your trip.
* Avoid encountering fish that you are required to release or don’t want to keep; Change location or tactics.
* Use tackle suited to the size of fish you hope to catch.
* Don’t play fish to exhaustion; use higher # test line to minimize playing time.
* Land fish as quickly as possible and leave them in the water if you intend to release them. Knotless/rubberized landing nets and gloves help protect a fish’s slime layer. Support their body when lifting.
* Carry release tools when fishing.
* Release fish as quickly as possible; the less time out of water, the better.
* Do your homework. More information on increasing survival rates can be found at http://www.fishsmart.org

July 13, 2012 Posted by | Setups, Sites you should see, Techniques | , , , , , , , | Leave a 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

Fishing Report 5/1/12

Fishing Report 5/1/12

The past month was most definitely been the best fishing of the winter Blackmouth season. Dozens of hatchery fish have been caught, with most of them weighing in at over 10lbs! Most of the fish were caught in Greenbank, Elger Bay or up north at Onamac and Rocky Pt. Herring was definitely the bait of choice for most anglers.

As of today, Salmon fishing is now closed in all of Marine Areas 8-1 & 8-2. However, the recreational salmon fishery in the Tulalip Bay Terminal Area – known as the “bubble” – is now scheduled to open Friday, May 18. That fishery was originally scheduled to open May 4 to accomodate the Tulalip tribe. This is two weeks earlier than it has opened in past years AND you can fish two poles if you buy the two-pole endorsement. Also opening in May are Halibut, Lingcod and Spot Shrimping in the saltwater. Lingcod is open May 1-June 15 and Halibut is open Thursdays through Saturdays from May 3rd until Memorial Day.

I want to close this article advocating for our local retailers. If you need gear, bait or licenses, I encourage you to shop locally, especially family businesses. Remember this: just because their name is “Cabelas” doesn’t mean they are the cheapest or the most knowledgeable about what you need. I had one customer come in this week who was sold a shrimp pot with no harness and just 100 feet of lead line(which is less than HALF of the gear you need to shrimp successfully)… so please don’t waste your time, money and gas; visit your one-stop fishing shop: Elger Bay Grocery.

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

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

Spot Shrimp opens in Puget Sound May 5

Recreational spot shrimp fishery
opens May 5 in Puget Sound

OLYMPIA – Sport fishing for spot shrimp opens May 5 in Puget Sound under seasons announced today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Shrimp fishing opportunities in various areas of Puget Sound will be similar to last year, although there is one change this season that was made to avoid an extreme minus tide, said Mark O’Toole, a shellfish biologist for WDFW.

Unlike previous years, the shrimp fishery will not reopen on the following Wednesday after the May 5 opener. Instead, the fishery will reopen in most areas on Friday, May 11.  

“With such an extreme low tide on that Wednesday (May 9) it only made sense to shift the second day of fishing to Friday,” O’Toole said. “We don’t want to leave shrimpers stranded 100 feet from the boat ramp on a low afternoon tide.”    

In all areas of Puget Sound, fishers are limited to 80 spot shrimp per day. A valid 2012-13 fishing license is required to participate in the fishery.

O’Toole said he expects a strong turnout by shrimp fishers, especially on opening day. “Because this is such a popular fishery, boat ramps can get pretty crowded,” he said. “As always, we ask that people be patient at the ramps and wait their turn.”

Spot shrimp seasons for various areas of Puget Sound are:

  • Hood Canal Shrimp District (Marine Area 12): Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 5, 11, 12 and 16.
  • Discovery Bay Shrimp District (Marine Area 6): Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 5, 11, 12 and 16.
  • Marine areas 4 (east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5, 6 and 13 (excluding shrimp districts): Open daily beginning May 5 at 7 a.m. The spot shrimp season closes when the quota is attained or Sept. 15, whichever comes first. The exception is Marine Area 13, which closes for spot shrimp May 31.
  • Marine Area 7: Opens May 5 at 7 a.m. and will be open May 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19.
  • Marine areas 8, 9, 10 and 11: Open May 5 and May 11 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Additional dates and times will be announced for these areas if sufficient quota remains.

For a description of the marine areas and fishing rules, including regulations for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing seasons, see WDFW’s Recreational Shrimp Fishing website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/ .

March 14, 2012 Posted by | Fishing Reports | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fishing Report 3/5/12

Our local fishermen and women just can’t get a break; the weather this past couple weeks has made it pretty hard to get out and drop a line in the bays around Camano. However, we did have a couple of medium-sized fish weighed in for our running derby last week: both at 4.5 lbs. I don’t think the lack of fish is because fishing is poor right now; I think we just need a few straight days of good fishing weather. So, I hope to see lots of boats when the weather finally does give us a break so we can see if I’m right.
Here are some fishing season updates:
Chinook Salmon(aka Blackmouth): now through April 30th, except in area 9 where it closes April 15th
Halibut in marine areas 8-1, 8-2 & 9: no earlier than May 1st, updates as soon as it is official
Lingcod in marine areas 8-1, 8-2 & 9: no earlier than May 1st, updates as soon as it is official
Sturgeon: now through April 30th when the season will undergo a pretty drastic change in when you can retain them so get out there as soon as you can folks
Trout in lowland lakes: 4th Saturday in April as it stands now

March 5, 2012 Posted by | Fishing Reports | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Big Rock Sports Supports Wounded Warriors Duck Hunt

One of my fishing tackle distributors has started writing fishing/hunting articles and publishing them online for me to pass on to you, my customers. Here is one of this month’s articles: http://www.bigrocksports.com/services/?page_id=2548

March 2, 2012 Posted by | Sites you should see | | Leave a comment