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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 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 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 7/20/12

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:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20120719/SPORTS/707199963

July 20, 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