December 2012 Fishing Report

Fishing Report provided by Mayberry Sporting Goods

 

Lakes       Rivers     BC, Canada    Saltwater

December 2012

Submitted By Eli Michael of Mayberry Sporting Goods.

Note: Always check Regs. and check the WDFW (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife) website before you head out so that you do not get a ticket. Regulations often change without notice throughout a season so the best way to make sure you are legal is to check the regulations yourself.

December is the month for Steelhead.  Some Steelhead have already been caught in November which should indicate a strong season this year.

Blackmouth fishing will open this month in Area 7.  Fishing was very good for them at the end of October.  Hopefully this translates to a strong Blackmouth season.

Chum fishing has been picking up through the month of November and should remain strong towards the end of December.

The South Fork of the Nooksack should still have a few Coho available although you will need to be selective if you want to take home a good eating fish.

Crabbing re-opened in September for 7 days a week and will remain open until December 31st.

 

Lake Report

 

Baker Lake:   A two pole endorsement is allowed on Baker Lake.  Limit for trout is 5 between 6 and 18”.  Chumming is permitted on Baker.

Closed until next April

Cain Lake:  Cain Lake is 72 acres.  The two pole endorsement is valid on this lake. 

Closed until next April

Lake Fazon:  Lake Fazon is 32 Acres.  A two pole endorsement is valid on this lake.  Lake Fazon is open year round.

Things will start to slow down on Fazon as we enter late fall.

Bass will become less active as their metabolism begins to slow down.  They become less aggressive and eat less often.  Keeping this in mind bass will react to large baits which are slowly presented to them.

Try twitching Senko type lures along near shore structure.  The best colors have been blacks and browns.  Slow rolling spinnerbaits is another option and can be a good way to seek out bass and then target them more methodically with soft plastics.

There are perch in Fazon and they should bite during the winter if you find them in then deeper parts of the lake.  Try fishing nightcrawlers with a little added anise oil or shrimp scent to help get their attention.

Tiger Trout (a hybrid Brook and Brown Trout mix) have been planted as fry in previous years as have Tiger Muskie (a sterile Musky and Northern Pike hybrid).  I have heard one report of a tiger trout being caught last year but no reports of Tiger Musky over the past few years.  That does not mean that there are not a few of them in the lake to fish for and catch.

 Padden:  Lake Padden is 152 acres.  A two pole endorsement is valid on this lake. 

Closed until next April

Lake Samish: Lake Samish is 814 acres.  A two pole endorsement is valid on Lake Samish.  This lake is open year round.

This year Lake Samish will be planted with 673,504 Kokanee fry.

Lake Samish has Kokanee, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and Yellow Perch.  Peamouth Chub are also abundant in this lake.  People often refer to them as Squawfish.  There are also a few squawfish in this lake which have larger mouths and are bigger than squawfish.

Fishing for Kokanee in the winter is not a common practice but it is worth a try.  Fishing may slow down at this time of year because the fish that spawn in the fall may be the fish that were available in the summer.

Yellow Perch are abundant in this lake.  Your problem may not be catching them but finding ones that are big enough to eat.  They will often school according to size.  If you find some large ones then you are good to go. If you decide to keep some to eat you will discover that they are one of the best eating fish in fresh or salt water.  With the weather we have had I would expect the perch to be in fairly deep water (40-80 ft.).  Fish a nightcrawler along the bottom at different depths.  Once you start catching fish then it is a safe bet that you have found the depth at which they are hanging out.

Silver Lake:  Silver Lake is 172 acres.  A two pole endorsement is valid on Silver Lake.

Closed until next April.

Squalicum Lake:  Squalicum Lake is 33 acres.  A two pole endorsement is not valid on lake.  Squalicum Lake is open year round.  Squalicum Lake is a fly fishing only lake. 

This year Squalicum will be planted with 178 Triploid Rainbow Trout in May and 4,000 Tiger Trout smolts in October.  This averages out to 5 Triploids per acre.

Fishing will slow down on Squalicum as we get into the colder months.  That does not mean whoever that the fishing will stop.  Trout feed less in the winter but they are tolerant of colder water and will be active all winter.

This year Squalicum Lake was planted with 162 Triploid Rainbow Trout in April and 20,000 Tiger Trout fry. This averages out to 5 Triploid Rainbow Trout per acre.

During the winter the best fishing will often be on the sunny days or during periods of warmer than average weather.  The warmer weather will cause the fish to become active and to feed more aggressively.

Lake Terrell:  Lake Terrell is 438 acres.  A two pole endorsement is valid on Lake Terrell.  Lake Terrell is open year round.

This year Terrell will be planted with 836 Triploid Rainbow Trout between April and May as well as 10,000 Cutthroat smolt in October.  This gives us an average of 2 Triploid per acre.

Things will slow down this month and continue to slow down as we move into winter.

Toad Lake:  Toad Lake is 30 acres.  A two pole endorsement is valid on Toad Lake. 

Last year Toad Lake was planted with 5,000 Rainbow Trout and 250 Triploid Rainbow Trout in April. This averages to 167 Rainbow Trout per acre and 8 Triploid Rainbow Trout per acre.

Closed until next April.

Lake Whatcom:  Lake Whatcom is 5003 acres.  A two pole endorsement is not valid on this lake.  Lake Whatcom is closed until Saturday April 28th.

Last year Lake Whatcom was planted with 4,451,400 Kokanee smolt.

Closed until next April.

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Wiser Lake:  Wiser Lake is 103 acres.  A two pole endorsement is valid at Wiser Lake. Wiser Lake is open year round.

Fishing will be slow in the late fall and winter months.

Bass can be caught during the winter but they will be lethargic.  Try fishing slowly with bulky presentations.

 

River Report

Cascade River:  Opens June 1st. to Feb. 16th. 

The Cascade River hatchery released 266,000 Steelhead Smolt in 2007, 185,000 in 2008, 146,000 in 2009, and 201,000 in 2010. 2011-210,000

Open for Hatchery Steelhead until Feb. 15th.

From mouth to Rockport-Cascade Rd. Bridge:  Daily limit 2 hatchery Steelhead.

From Rockport Cascade Rd. Bridge upstream including forks:  Catch and release except up to 2 hatchery steelhead may be retained. Check regs. for details. 

Steelhead fishing has been picking up on this river through November and will improve as we move into December.

Steelhead on the Cascade this year have been remarkably large with many hatchery Steelhead being caught in the 10 to 14 lb. range.  During average years most steelhead in the cascade run 4 to 8 lbs. average

Float fishing either eggs or jigs are by far the most popular method for fishing the Cascade.  Earlier in the season there are good numbers of Coho spawning in the river so it would be safe to say that Steelhead will be feeding on loose Coho eggs.  Jigs always catch Steelhead in the Cascade but eggs may be a better choice earlier in the season while Coho are still present.

Jigs in the 1/16 to 1/8 oz. size work well for Steelhead and popular colors include pink/white, pink/black, pink/black/white, red/black/white, and black.  Other color combinations will work but are less popular.

When fishing low clear water it is best to go with a toned down presentation such as a size 4 hook with a small cluster of eggs or 1 to 3 EZ Eggs with or without a small bit of yarn and 8 to 10 lb. test.  Drifting a Glo-Bug or small yarn fly can also do the trick in low or clear water.

Nooksack River:

Smolt release counts for the Nooksack River: 2007-160,000 2008-164,000 2009-146,500 2010-106,200 2011-99,999

From Lummi Indian Reservation Boundary to Hwy. 544 Bridge at Everson.  Open Saturday June 2nd. Open for salmon fishing September 1st. to December 31st.

Steelhead will begin showing up this month on the Nooksack.

In the lower river plunking off of sand bars is a popular way to intercept Steelhead.  Fishing a sz. 4 Spin-N-Glo and a sz. 2/0 or 3/0 hook with a piece of roe or sand shrimp is a popular setup.  Pinks and reds, clown (chartreuse/orange spots) or chartreuse/orange are popular spin-n-glo colors.  When fishing this way it important to have your bait placed in areas where the fish are traveling.  This type of fishing is generally not super productive on the Nooksack but it is very laid back.

Side drifting and pulling plugs are the most popular method for fishermen working the lower Nooksack for Steelhead.

From Hwy. 544 Bridge in Everson to yellow marker at FFA high school barn in Deming.  Opens Saturday June 2nd.  Opens for salmon Sept. 1st to December 31st.

The water from the bus barn in Deming to the 542 (Mt. Baker Hwy.) bridge is popular water to fish for steelhead and late Chum.

Plunking off the bank or pulling plugs and side drifting are the most popular methods to fish this stretch of river.

From yellow marker at FFA high school barn in Deming to confluence of the North and South ForksOpen until December 31st. for salmon until December 31st.

This stretch of river is popular to fish both for shorebound and boat fishermen.  There is good holding water from below the Hwy. 9 bridge where the North and South fork meet to the 542 (Mt. Baker Hwy.) Bridge.

This is a good stretch of water to fish because fish will slow down before heading up the either the North or South Fork.

This is also a good place to fish late chum that are heading up the North Fork.

Chum will break the surface but less often than other salmon.  Look for them in slower water near moving water and deeper moving water.  Chum bite well.  If you are confident with your presentation and do not pick up a fish in 30 minutes then it is time to move to a new spot.

Pink, purple, green, and blue are primary chum colors.  Try drifting or float fishing pink worms, or corky and yarn.  Jigs or pink worms on a jig head can be either fished under a float or cast and retrieved with a jigging motion.  Pieces of shrimp or shrimp scent will also increase your odds of hooking up.

Fly fishing is also a productive way to connect with Chums and it would not be surprising to also hook up with a Steelhead, Dolly Varden or a late Coho.  Marabou streamers or bunny leaches in pink, purple, chartreuse or blue on a sz. 1 to 2/0 hook will be tough enough to handle a chum.  An 8 to 10 wt. rod with a sink tip line is the best choice for chum fishing.

Steelhead will also begin to show up at this time of year and will also hold in this stretch of river before deciding which way to go.  For shorebound fishermen fishing jigs or eggs under a float or drift fishing eggs will produce.  Throwing spinners and spoons will also produce and allow you to cover lots of water.  For boat fishermen side drifting eggs or pulling plugs are productive methods.

North Fork: from mouth to Maple Creek.  Opens June 2nd.  Closed for salmon.

Steelhead Smolt release counts for the Nooksack River: 2007-160,000 2008-164,000 2009-146,500 2010-106,200 2011-99,999

This month the focus of fishing on the North Fork will be for Chums.

The hatchery run of Chum  on the Nooksack are bound for the Kendall Creek Hatchery and the wild returning Chum are either headed to the north fork or the middle fork which is not open to the retention of Chum.

When looking for Chum in this stretch of river be willing to cover lots of water as Chum bite well and should bite if they are in a hole you are fishing.  Chum do not jump very often so you will have to look for water that should hold Chum and see if there are actively biting fish in the hole.

The North Fork is good water for float fishing so fishing jigs, corky and yarn or pink worms can be very productive.  Twitching jigs or a pink worm on a jig head will also produce results.

The North Fork does have a fair return of Coho and is worth a look especially if fishing is slow on the South Fork.

Look for deeper water and if possible slower water.  The North Fork does not have as much classic holding water for Coho so look for them in less than ideal spots.  In swifter current Coho will be less likely to jump so do not rely on jumping fish to know where to find them.

In the swifter water drifting eggs or yarn/corky and yarn with or without a float can be productive.  In the slower water hardware such as spinners spoons or jigs will be a good choice.  If you are fishing less than prime it is best to not spend too much time on one hole and be willing cover water to find holding fish.

Trout fishing is an option on the North Fork.  Small presentations should catch fish.  Check the regs. for tributaries that are open.  These small creeks can often have healthy populations of small native trout.

Check Regs for details.

North Fork: from Maple Creek to Nooksack Falls:   Opens June 2nd

This stretch is definitely worth a look for Steelhead and will also hold Dollies at this time of year.

Trout fishing is an option in this stretch of river and its open tributaries.  Try throwing small spinners, spoons, flies and bait such as single eggs and nightcrawlers.

Nooksack River: Upstream of Nooksack Falls including all tributaries and their tributaries: Opens June 2nd.

This stretch of river has potential for good fishing for native trout.

Middle Fork: From mouth to city of Bellingham Diversion Dam. Selective gear rules check regs. for details.  Re-Opens June 2nd.

I have not fished much or heard a lot about the middle fork.  I would suspect there would be some good trout fishing on this stretch of river.  Lures will be the bait of choice because bait or scent is not allowed on this stretch of river.

South Fork:  From mouth to Skookum Creek.  Opens June 2nd.  Opens for salmon October 1st.  Selective gear rules check regs for details.

When the river has been in shape in October fishing has been excellent for Coho and it is definitely a good year to fish the South Fork.

The South Fork provides the most productive Coho fishery in Whatcom County given the conditions are correct.  This can be tricky because not only is this stretch of river quick to blow out it has a tendency to run low and clear after about a week without rain.

The best time to hit this stretch of river is a few days after a heavy rain brings the river up.  The fish will move in with the high water and be more active when the river is on the drop.  There will still be fish in the river when it is low they just get a lot of pressure from all the fishermen casting at them and get uneasy in the clear water.

If the river is running at moderate to low flows than going with small light presentations is the key to success. Try throwing sz. 3 spinners, small spoons, or trolling spoons such as Dick Nites.  1/ 8 to ¼ oz jigs are also worth a try.

Another excellent technique for fishing the South Fork is to fish a small bit of yarn on a size 2 or 4 hook or a fly known as a Glo-Bug which is tied with yarn under a float.  Keep the presentation light and use 8 to 10 lb. mono or fluorocarbon.  Set your float so that your presentation is just about 1 ft. off bottom.  This is a very productive way to cover water and catch fish on the South Fork and is the next best thing to drifting eggs which is not allowed on the South Fork.

If the river is running high then try throwing sz 4 or even 5 spinners or drifting bright yarn on a sz. 2 or 1 hook.  Adding a small Corky or Spin-N-Glo might help bulk out your presentation and make it easier for fish to find.

Fish will come through in waves so if the fish do not seem to be in or are running dark then wait for the next rain and there is a good chance a fresh push of fish will come through.

This stretch of river can be good at times for native Rainbow Trout and reportedly has a small return of native Steelhead.

Whatcom Creek: Most of the creek opens First Saturday in June check regs. for details.

From Mouth to Yellow markers below foot bridge below Dupont St.  Re-Opens June 2nd.  Opens for salmon August 1st. Closes Dec. 31st.

Steelhead release counts for Whatcom Creek: 2007-5,000 2008-5,000 2009-44,462 2010-0

2011-40,000

There will be Steelhead showing up in Whatcom Creek over the next few months.

Two things affect this fishery more than anything else.  Tide height and creek flow.

Whatcom creek flows for a few short miles before it is dammed at the base of Lake Whatcom.  This makes creek flows dependent on the water which is let out of the dam.  When the gates are raised and excess water is released from the lake salmon are compelled to make their spawning run.

Once the creek is raised the higher flows will last until spring.  The amount of water being released from the dam will fluctuate.  Fishing will be best when there is a steady flow of water but not so much as to create whitewater rapids for the fish to navigate.

Tide is another factor.  Fishing will be best on an incoming to high tide as fish will move in with the tide. Fishing will be good on either tide.  If you can choose when to fish then high tide will be best.

I have not heard many accounts of Steelhead being caught at Maritime and do not have personal experience.  I will suggest what to use for Steelhead based on speculation not experience.

If fishing along the upper wall drift fishing should be the best way to work your presentation.  Drifting eggs or shrimp should be productive but losing bait may be problematic due to current.  A simpler approach may be to drift a yarn/corky and yarn in pink/white, red/white or orange/white.  Use lighter gear and smaller hooks than you would for Chum.  12 lb. test should handle the heavy current and a sz. 1 hook should be a good size. Drifting pink worms may also be a good choice and are easy to see for both you and the fish.

Lower on the wall or along the bank opposite of the wall current will be easier going.

This water is good for fishing shrimp tipped jigs under a float or eggs under a float.  Spinners and spoons would also work well and have the benefit of allowing you to cover lots of water.

From footbridge below Dupont St. to Woburn St. Bridge:  Opened first Saturday in June.

This stretch of river is worth a look for steelhead.  Fishing jigs, eggs, or shrimp under a float are good choices as well as throwing spinners or jigs.

Look for deeper holes and slower water and you may find a steelhead or two this winter.

Even though this is skinny water I would use fairly stout gear to keep fish from running into cover.

This stretch of river offers excellent fishing for small trout.  Try tossing small spinners or spoons or drift a single egg or worm under a bobber.

From Stone Bridge at Whatcom Falls Park to Lake Whatcom: Open from last Saturday in April to October 31ST  Closed until next April.

Samish River:  Opens 1st Saturday in June

From mouth (Samish Island/Bayview Edison Rd. Bridge) to Farm-to-Market Rd. Bridge

 

Steelhead release counts over the past few years: 2007-0 2008-34,800 2009-0 2010-0.  The Samish River Hatchery is no longer releasing Steelhead Smolt.  Re-opens June 2nd.

Not much happening at this time of year.

The lower Samish River also has a few sea-run cutthroat.

From Farm-to-Market Rd. Bridge to 1-5 Bridge.

Not much happening at the time.

From 1-5 Bridge to Hickson Bridge:  Open from 1st. Saturday in June until November 30th.

Closed until next June.

Skagit River:

From mouth to Hwy. 536 at Mount Vernon: Open from June 1st to January 31st.  Skagit River Steelhead counts. (These counts include fish released from Skagit River tributaries such as the Cascade River.) 2007-511,600 2008-235,010 2009-174,000 2010-231,500         

 

Plunking eggs or sand shrimp is a very popular method for Steelhead on the lower Skagit.

There should be some opportunities for sea-run cutthroat.  This stretch of river is popular for fly fishing when the river is in shape.

From Hwy. 536 at Mount Vernon to mouth of Gilligan Creek:  Opens June 2nd.  Opens for salmon September 1st.

I would fish this stretch of the river much like I would fish the lower river.

There may also be a few Dolly Varden and sea-run Cutthroat in the system that might be worth fishing for.

From Mouth of Gilligan Creek to the Dalles Bridge at Concrete: Opens June 2nd.  Opens for salmon September 16th.

The upper part of this stretch of river is most popularly fished from a boat.  Side drifting eggs or pulling plugs is by far the most popular way to fish the upper Skagit.

There may be a few Dolly Varden and sea-run Cutthroat in this stretch of river.

From Dalles Bridge at Concrete to Hwy. 530 Bridge at Rockport: Opens June 2nd.  Opens for salmon September 16th.

Fish this stretch as you would the Gilligan Creek to Dalles Bridge stretch.

There will be some Cutthroat and Dolly Varden in this stretch of river.

Hwy. 530 bridge at Rockport to Cascade River Rd.:  Opens June 1st.  Opens for salmon September 16th.

Fish this stretch as you would the Gilligan Creek to Dalles Bridge stretch.

There may be some Dolly Varden and Summer Run Steelhead in the river right now.

Skagit River from Cascade River Rd. to Gorge Powerhouse at Newhalem:  Selective Gear Rules Catch and release except up to two hatcheries Steelhead may be retained. Opens June 2nd.

This stretch of river can be good for resident trout as well as Dolly Varden.  Try throwing spinners or spoons or dead drifting or swimming streamers.

 

B.C. River Report

Fraser River:  The Fraser River is open year round.  Be very sure to check the regs. before you head out as BC fisheries are highly dependent on emergency openings and closures.  Chinook retention begins on July 16th.  Check regs. for details. 

Sturgeon fishing is always an option and allows us an opportunity to fish big game fish right in our back yard. This time of year sturgeon will be less active but more concentrated.  Look for them in deep slow stretches of river where they will often stack up at this time of year.

Cutthroat Trout fishing should also be an option this time of year.

Vedder/Chilliwack River:  The Vedder will open to all methods of fishing July 1st

This month fisherman can target the remainder of the Coho run as well as the beginning of the Steelhead run.

The Vedder gets the bulk of its Steelhead run later in the season.  The first year I fished it I wrote it off in December as being unproductive later to find that the river’s premier fishing actually does not begin until January.  I did however catch my first steelhead that year on the Vedder in December.

Steelhead will be spread throughout the system so where you fish them is more a matter of preference.  The upper river will often have a higher concentration of fish but best results may be had if you are willing to fish a number of holes to look for the highest concentrations of fish.

Drifting roe, artificial eggs, jigs or yarn under a float is the most popular technique on the Vedder River and is very productive.  Popular colors of jigs include pink, purple, red, black and white and any combinations of these colors.  Popular colors of yarn include peach, pink, red, white, and orange.

Another productive though less popular technique is throwing spoons or spinners.  This can be especially effective if there are areas along the river that are deeper runs or where the river forms deep pools.

One nice thing about Steelhead season on the Vedder is that it is much less crowded than during salmon season.

 

Area 7 Saltwater Report

Note: all fishing in Area 7 limits fishermen to 2 single point barbless hooks.

Salmon: Opens December 1st.  Daily Limit 2 hatchery Chinook.  Min. size 22”. Check regs. for details.

Fishing for Blackmouth was very good at the end of October before the November closing.  Hopefully this good fishing translates into a good winter Blackmouth season.

Trolling is the most popular and productive method for fishing the San Juan Islands for Blackmouth.  It allows you to cover a good amount of water and keep your presentation in the strike zone.

With all fishing there are exceptions but as a general rule Blackmouth will run the bottom 10 ft. of the water column.  And are most commonly caught in water that is 90 to 120 ft. deep.

When trolling it is also important to troll with the current.  1.5 to 3 M.P.H. is an effective range of speed to troll for blackmouth. Considering the fact that you troll with the current your actual speed may be greater than the speed you intend to troll.  If you want to troll at 2 M.P.H. and the current is moving at 1 M.P.H. then you will actually be trolling at 3 M.P.H.  Part of the way to get a feel for this is the angle on your downrigger line.  30 to 40 degrees is an angle which assures that you are covering a good amount of water and your gear is working correctly.  With this angle it is also important to let more line out than the depth on your depthfinder.  The objective is to work your gear within 10 ft. of the bottom unless you are reading suspended bait and fish.

Spoons, hoochies, and herring or anchovies and flashers are popular presentations for the San Juans.  Adding Scent to your flasher and bait or lure adds attraction to your presentation and also masks your own odors.

Popular colors include combinations of white, green, black, and purple.  Lures or flashers with u.v., glow, or both can add to your success.  Use longer leasers and lighter line with herring and spoons (48 to 60 in. and 20 to 30 lb.) and heavier shorter leaders with hoochies (32 to 40 inch. Of 40 to 50 lb. leader).

Popular spots include but are not limited to: Hummer Hole (West side Sucia flood tide), Pt. Thompson (North side Orcas Island ebb tide), Pt. Lawrence (East side Orcas ebb tide), Eagle bluff (Westside Cypress flood), Tide Point (Westside Cypress ebb), Secret Harbor (Deepwater Bay, Eastside Cypress ebb), Thatcher Pass (Between Decatur and Blakely ebb), and Pt Disney (Southeast Waldron Island either tide).
Fish will be where the feed is and there are countless areas in the islands that hold feed.  There is a balance between moving too much and not enough.  Learn a few spots well for as long as it takes to get to know them and learn new spots as time goes on.

Halibut: Closed until next spring.

Lingcod: Closed until next May.

Cabezon:  Closed until next May.

Rockfish: Closed year round.

Clamming/Oysters: Open year round unless listed otherwise.  There have been health advisories all summer but this may change as the weather cools.  Always call the shellfish hotline to assure that the beach you choose is safe for digging.  Check regs. For details.

Call the shellfish hotline for an update.

Shrimping: Closed until next spring

Crabbing:  Re-opened from October 1st to December 31st. 7 days a week

This is excellent news.  Some days we get some nice weather in the fall and winter.  It might be a good idea to drop some pots as there will not be much pressure from other crabbers and it might be nice to have some crab around the holidays.

There are also a few piers in Whatcom County that are good for crabbing.  In Bellingham there is the Alaska ferry terminal, the boardwalk at Boulevard Park and a public dock at Zuanich Park.

With crabbing open 7 days a week it will be possible to leave a pot out throughout the season provided it is marked with your required personal information.

Crab prefer a sand or mud bottom and are commonly found in calm bays especially ones that have a river feeding into them.  Most sport crabbing is done in water from 20 to 100 ft. deep with water from 50 to 100 ft. deep generally being the most productive.  Pots are best if you do not plan on checking them too often (45 minutes or more) and rings work best if you are able to check them frequently (every 15 to 45 minutes).

Fish is the best bait with salmon being the top choice chicken or turkey also is excellent bait.  The most important thing is that your bait is fairly fresh and not rotten smelling.  Adding catfood or oil packed canned tuna will also help leave a scent trail for crab to follow.

 Steelhead:  This month is a good time to try for Steelhead at Fort Casey State Park.

This area is a convergence zone for Steelhead bound for a number of rivers throughout the Puget Sound up our way and into Canada.

Fishermen fishing this area use a unique set up.  The set up consists of a 2 3/0 hooks tied on a 3 ft. leader with a pink hooch, a bead and a size 4 Spin-N-Glo.  This set up is attached to enough lead to tap the bottom on a slow retrieve.

The Steelhead that are caught with this rig will run right along the bank so it is not necessary to make long casts and it is important to reel in your setup all the way to the beach as the fish will often hit at the last minute.

 

Note:

This report is just a guideline there are many techniques for every type of fishing so this is just an overview.  If I tried to cover all the bases this report would be several hundred pages long.

Thank You very much for reading my report.  Hopefully it has been helpful.

Eli Michael

Here is a list of a few websites which might prove helpful.  Let me know if I am missing any websites which are particularly helpful.

Here are a few good websites for fishing reports: www.salmonuniversity.com, www.steelheaduniversity.com,www.saltpatrol.com, www.fishwhatcom.com, www.fishtactics.com

Washington and British Columbia fishing regulations:www.wdfw.wa.gov (Washington), www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca (British Columbia)

Washington River flows:www.usgs.wa.gov

BC River flows:www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca

Here are some helpful phone numbers to call to get netting schedule information for our local waters.

Lummi Tribal netting schedule:  (360) 384-2252

Sauk Suiattle Netting Schedule: (360) 466-4112

WDFW Commercial Netting Schedule: (360) 902-2500

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