Fishing Report provided by Mayberry Sporting Goods
March / April 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.
April is what I consider the New Year of fishing. Our local lakes open for fishing. We begin to see the true colors of spring and everything just keeps getting better from here on out.
Baker Lake: 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. Two pole endorsement is valid on this lake. Lake Fazon is open year round.
Not much is happening on Fazon. The cold weather we have been having will slow the fish down. Some of the more dedicated bass fishermen in our community begin fishing in February. Try fishing slow and deliberate with bulky presentations in darker colors. Slow rolling single bladed spinnerbaits, slowly retrieving deep diving plugs and working plastic worms or jigs along the bottom are all good choices. Often times bass will be concentrated in the deeper parts of lakes but may be found shallow if warm weather gets the shallow water warmed up a bit. Warming trends will definitely get fish more active. More active translates into not very active however.
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.
I have not heard much about anybody catching Kokanee for a while. With our cold weather if any are available they may be found in deep water.
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 Lakeis 33 acres. A two pole endorsement is not valid on lake. SqualicumLake is open year round. Squalicum Lake is a fly fishing only lake.
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.
I have talked to a few fishermen that have been having some luck on this lake and on a nice day it might be a good option to avoid going stir crazy from spending too much time indoors. The weeds will be cleared out on this lake which should make fishing a whole lot easier.
Lake Terrell:Lake Terrell is 438 acres. A two pole endorsement is valid on Lake Terrell. Lake Terrell is open year round.
This year Lake Terrell was planted with 820 Triploid Rainbow Trout in April. That averages out to 2 fish per acre.
Not much is happening on this lake at the moment. There is a good amount of shore access on and there may be a few large triploid rainbows biting.
If you have the patience you can also try slowly working lures such as plastic worms or jigs for largemouth bass. Slow rolling spinnerbaits or slowly retrieving plugs are also good options. Seek out the deeper parts of the lake or fish shallow if we have a stretch of warm weather.
Toad Lake:Toad Lake is 30 acres. A two pole endorsement is valid on Toad Lake. Toad Lake is closed until next April.
Lake Whatcom: Lake Whatcom is 5003 acres. A two pole endorsement is not valid on this lake. LakeWhatcom is closed until next April.
Wiser Lake:Wiser Lake is 103 acres. A two pole endorsement is valid at Wiser Lake. Wiser Lake is open year round.
Not much is happening at the time. Bass fishing might be worth a try though they might still be in winter slow mode.
Cascade River:Opens June 1st. to Feb. 16th.Closed until June.
The Cascade River hatchery released 266,000 Steelhead Smolt in 2007, 185,000 in 2008, 146,000 in 2009, and 201,000 in 2010.
From Rockport Cascade Rd. Bridge upstream including forks: Catch and release except up to 2 hatchery steelhead may be retained. Check regs. for details.Closed until June
Nooksack River:Closed until June.
Smolt release counts for the Nooksack River: 2007-160,000 2008-164,000 2009-146,500 2010-106,200
From Lummi Indian Reservation Boundary to Hwy. 544 Bridge at Everson. Closed until June.
From Hwy. 544 Bridge in Everson to yellow marker at FFA high school barn in Deming.
Closed until June
From yellow marker at FFA high school barn in Deming to confluence of the North and South Forks.
Closed until October.
North Fork: from mouth to Maple Creek. Closed until June.
Smolt release counts for the Nooksack River: 2007-160,000 2008-164,000 2009-146,500 2010-106,200
Check Regs for details.
North Fork: from Maple Creek to Nooksack Falls: Closed until June.
Nooksack River: Upstream of Nooksack Falls including all tributaries and their tributaries: Closed until June.
Middle Fork: From mouth to city of Bellingham Diversion Dam. Selective gear rules check regs. for details.Closed until June.
South Fork: From mouth to Skookum Creek. Closed until June.
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. Closed until June.
Steelhead smolt release counts for Whatcom Creek: 2007-0, 2008-5,000 2009-44,462 2010-0
.From footbridge below Dupont St. to Woburn St. Bridge: Closed until June
From Stone Bridge at Whatcom Falls Park to Lake Whatcom: Open from last Saturday in April to October 31st. Open to juvenile anglers only (under 15 yrs. Old).Closed until next April.
Samish River:Opens first Saturday in June
From mouth (Samish Island/Bayview Edison Rd. Bridge) to 1-5 bridge. Opens for Salmon Aug. 1st.
Steelhead release counts over the past few years: 2007-0 2008-34,800 2009-0 2010-0. The Samish RiverHatchery is no longer releasing Steelhead Smolt.Closed until next June.
From 1-5 Bridge to Hickson Bridge: Open from 1st. Saturday in June until March 31st.
Closed until next June.
From mouth to Hwy. 536 at Mount Vernon: Open year round:Closed until next June. Skagit RiverSteelhead counts. (These counts include fish released from Skagit River tributaries such as the CascadeRiver.) 2007-511,600 2008-235,010 2009-174,000 2010-231,500
From Hwy. 536 at Mount Vernon to mouth of Gilligan Creek:Closed until next June.
From Mouth of Gilligan Creek to the Dalles Bridge at Concrete: Closed until next June.
From Dalles Bridge at Concrete to Hwy. 530 Bridge at Rockport: Closed until June.
Hwy. 530 bridge at Rockport to Cascade River Rd.: Closed until June.
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.Closed until June.
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.
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.
Steelhead fishing should significantly pick up on the Vedder this month as fishing on the Vedder gets much better as the season progresses.
The Steelhead run on the Vedder typically starts a little later than other rivers. It usually starts to heat up in January and gets better from then on out.
There will be quite a fewSteelhead in the river this month and the fishing will definitely be worth a shot. As we get closer to spring we should start seeing some bigger fish in the river.
As with all fishing on the Vedder float fishing is the most popular method for Steelhead. Popular baits include roe, shrimp, jigs, and yarn. Artificial eggs such as Jensen Eggs and EZ Eggs are also a productive and popular choice. Spinners and spoons are also good choices especially in deeper and slower stretches.
The Vedder is a premier Steelhead river and can produce good numbers of Steelhead all winter some of which can exceed 20 lbs.
Area 7 Saltwater Report:
Note: all fishing in Area 7 limits fishermen to 2 single point barbless hooks.
Salmon: Open from December 1st. to April 30th.
January was a rough month for getting out on the water. Not a lot of fishermen made it out but at times the fishing was very good for those who did make it.
There will be a couple of derbies this month. The Frank Wilson Memorial Derby begins February 1st. and the Roche Harbor Derby takes place February 3rd. and 4th.
Derbies and fish counts can often give an indication of the numbers of fish being caught. The best way to find out how the fishing has been is through personal experience.
The Resurrection Derby had taken place from December 1st. to December 3rd.
This year 200 fishermen entered and weighed in 96 fish. This number is quite a bit lower than last year. The winning fish were bigger than last year’s however.
Trolling is by far the most popular method of Blackmouth fishing in the San Juans. Black and white, green and white, white, and chartreuse are the most popular colors for trolling. Spoons such as Coho Killers, Kingfisher Lites, Tailwagger Spoons, and Coyote Spoons are all very effective and popular. 3.5 to 4 in. being the most popular and productive sizes. Hoochies and needlefish squid are also very popular and productive. When using a hoochie it is best to add a tinsel skirt and tip the top hook with either a strip of salted herring or a piece of Berkley Gulp herring strip. Herring either cut plug or fished in a helmet is also a productive choice. Brining your herring will bring out the shine in your bait and toughen it up a bit. All of these presentations can enhanced with a flasher.
Blackmouth generally run along the bottom so for the most part you will have most of your luck fishing the lower 15 ft. of the water column. Note that there will be an angle on your downrigger cable. Let out extra line on the downrigger to compensate for this angle to reach the proper depth. Blackmouth are generally caught in water that runs between 90 and 120 ft. deep.
When you are trolling for Blackmouth (or salmon in general) it is important to troll with the current. The best trolling speed will be between 1.5 to 3 miles per hour. If you are trolling with the current realize that if the current is going a mile an hour then if you are going 3 miles an hour your bait is only being trolled at 2 miles an hour.
Blackmouth follow bait. If you can find bait then there is a good chance there will be Black mouth also present.
Popular areas to troll include: Alden Bank, Pt. Migley, West Bank a.k.a Hummer Hole (Flood), Parker Reef (Ebb), Point Disney, Point Lawrence (Ebb), Thatcher Pass (Ebb), Eagle Point (Flood), Tide Point (Ebb), Fidalgo Head, and Lopez Flats to name a few.
Lingcod:Opens may 1st.
Cabezon:Opens May 1st.
Rockfish: Closed year round.
Clamming/Oysters: Open year round unless listed otherwise. Always call the shellfish hotline to assure that the beach you choose is safe for digging. Check regs. For details.
As of this posting beaches are closed due to Red Tide. Call the shellfish hotline for an update. Hopefully the beaches will re-open soon.
This month we start to see a few good daytime tides coming up and clamming is a good way to enjoy nature and get some exercise while making good use of nature’s bounty.
There are some good daytime tides from March 10th.-14th, and March 25th -29th.
Crabbing:Closed until next summer. It will likely re-open in July.
Steelhead:Not much happening until next fall.
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.
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.
Washington River flows:www.usgs.wa.gov
BC River flows:www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca
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