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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 22, 2009 at 3:28 PM

The much anticipated Lower Skagit River king salmon returns still mostly a no show

Becky Hazel 7 12 2009 Summer King.JPG

So we’ve waited 16 years for the Lower Skagit River to open for king salmon fishing, and so far it has been pretty darn slow.

“It is fairly quiet in the Skagit for kings, although a few more were caught this last week, and the biggest I’ve heard of weighed 42 pounds,” said Brett Barkdull, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

“We had 15,000 hours of fishing effort this past week. The first week it was less than one king per 1,000 hours, and now it might be more like 500 hours.”

Since July 9, fisheries biologist say about 42 kings have been caught in the Lower Skagit.

If you do the math it might take a while for anglers to even think of catching a fish, but the lucky few who do may hook into that king of a lifetime.

Barkdull is expecting Glacier Peak to start melting soon, which could mean the water will get very dirty and turn it into a nasty chocolate color.

For more information, go to Angler’s Guide Service or call 206-697-2055 or call Blake’s Resort at 360-445-6533. For other details on this fishery, call Three Rivers Marine and Tackle in Woodinville at 425-715-1575 or Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood at 425-743-9505.

(Photo by Bob Hazel of Issaquah and Bill Meyer of Angler’s Guide Service. Photo caption: Becky Hazel of Issaquah and guide Bill Meyer with a nice king from the Skagit River that was released.)

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