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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 10, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Lots of fishing activities worth looking at in the days ahead

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Here’s what a few of the local fishing experts had to say about what to and where the fish are biting this week:

Bryan Nelson at Three Rivers Marine and Tackle in Woodinville:

“The Reiter Ponds area (on the Skykomish River) has been smoking for steelhead, and I know some guys who’ve been doing well from the High Bridge (at Monroe) to Sultan for coho as well.”

“Fishing has been good on the Humptulips for kings, coho and steelhead, smoking on the Skagit and Cascade, and the northern coast as well as winter kings on the Lewis. I know of a lot of steelhead on the Salmon, Queets and Bogey (Bogachiel) and I know one guy on the Salmon who had a 40 fish day.”

“I haven’t heard anything out of the Stillaguamish, but there should be some summer-runs and winter-run fish around there too. We had a 16 pound hatchery fish come in on Monday to our store for the derby, and it was a dandy for our free derby. Were getting about two to four fish per day.”

Nelson says the free Three Rivers Winter Hatchery Steelhead Derby is held daily through Feb. 15. Details: 425-415-1575.

Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver:

“We should have spring chinook forecast by early next week, and are going to do the fall chinook forecast this Friday, and it will give us an early look at what might come back next year.”

“The Cowlitz and Washougal all have fish in them, and all are slowly improving is the way to couch it. Iwouldn’t say (any of the rivers) is hot because of the (reduced) plant sizes but we are seeing steelhead in the all of those rivers.”

Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood:

“Still seeing a few silvers on the Skykomish, and some nice fresh ones, but steelhead fishing has gotten tougher because of the low water conditions. John (in our store) hooked 11 steelhead and landed 10 at Reiter Ponds.”

“We’re hearing good reports from just about everywhere in the local rivers. I know someone who fished the Snoqualmie and hooked 10 summer-run steelhead, and three winter-runs. The North Fork Stilly (Stillaguamish) has got a few steelhead. The Cascade is fairly decent and now were waiting for more water, and with another freshet we should get a good push of new steelhead.”

“Also hearing of a few more fish (steelhead) caught off the beaches (at Bush and Lagoon points) on Whidbey Island. Good steelhead reports from the north coastal streams like Quillayute, but they too are getting low and clear.”

“I know someone who fished the Salmon River and just smoked them (steelhead) and they caught 50, and the Cook Creek area (of the Quinault) was good.”

“Fish Lake has finally got some ice on it, and they are catching some yellow perch, and Roses Lake is close to being able to do some ice fishing on, and maybe this will be another good ice fishing year.”

“Blackmouth fishing is not anything to write home about, but they did get some nice fish at the derby (last Friday and Saturday) in the San Juan Islands. We’ve heard Rufus Woods guys are getting some nice triploids, and I know Anton Jones (of Darrell & Dad’s Guide Service in Manson) had one about 12 or 13 pounds.”

“It is on and off again for steelhead and salmon on the Cowlitz River. Squid jigging is good at Pier 86 (in downtown Seattle’s waterfront) and on the other side of Puget Sound at Kingston, Bremerton, Illahee and Brownsville piers. The Edmonds pier is off and on again, and I went down one night and didn’t get anything, but my son came back with a fairly good bucketful of squid.”

(Photo is Gerald Chew of Mercer Island with a nice king caught recently on the Hunmptulips River)

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