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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 1, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Latest reports still show anglers are catching fish despite lousy weather

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In their own words here are what some of the fishing folks had to say about wetting a fishing line this week:

Peter Sergeef, who fished aboard the state Fish and Wildlife test boat last Thursday managed to catch a chinook off Possession Bar and two others at Double Bluff on the southwest side of Whidbey Island. Since then just about nobody else has been able to hit the marine waters due to windy seas and bad weather in general.

Sergeef and a few hundred other anglers will be heading up to Roche Harbor to try their luck at catching a winning derby hatchery chinook the Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational this Thursday through Saturday on San Juan Island.

Sergeef also said that the fish sampler up at Roche last year verified the origin of some of the hatchery chinook heads he collected including one from the Skagit, two from the Samish and two more that originated from Canada.

Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett has been busy hosting seminars at the Seattle Boat Show this week, but did sneak out once last Friday:

“That was the only day I got to fish and it was only in the morning for about three hours,” said Krein who had fished only twice last month. “January was not a productive fishing month, and obviously the weather was a factor.”

“We did get some action at Possession Bar that day, we got two keeper size hatchery chinook and four shakers (chinook under the 22-inch minimum size limit). I also saw a couple of other fish netted and others released. I know some people who got out there as we left at noon who didn’t catch anything that afternoon.”

“It certainly doesn’t appear to be on fire, and I had higher expectation coming out of a good November. But, once the weather settles down we’ll see what happens out there.”

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Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs and derby coordinator for the Northwest Marine Trade Association in Seattle is bringing up the grand prize derby boat to the Roche Classic and here is what he heard about fishing in the San Juan Islands:

“I heard about some decent fish caught on north end of Spring Pass right on the corner where I caught a big one last March, and Big Rock (on northwest corner of Lopez) is kicking out fish although they’re small fish.”

Here is the lowdown from Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood:

“It has been really spotty the last few days for steelhead, and all the local rivers are blown out and many others are now closed,” Chamberlain said. “The rain has all the mainstems out of shape, but they should be going down pretty quick.”

“The terminal hatchery fishery at Reiter (on the Skykomish) is turning out a few fish, and not great. One guy I know who came in from island (Whidbey Island) caught two fish, a small native and one hatchery about 5 pounds, but he was the only person at Bush Point. There are still some fish around.”

“Quite a few guys will be going to the (Olympic) Peninsula rivers, which will probably drop into shape by today,” he said. “By the weekend it will quite good (in Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Calawah and Hoh). The Wynoochee and Cowlitz are high and have given up a few fish, but not gangbuster by any means.”

“I know Fish Lake ice fishing has been good for perch, an odd bass and a few trout. Roses Lake is also turning out some nice perch, and a few bass and trout. Lake trout fishing is spectacular at Lake Chelan, and Rufus Woods is not bad either for triploid trout.”

Bob Gooding, owner of Olympic Sporting Goods in Forks says the rain the Seattle got last night is a forgone thought in his neck of the woods and fishing conditions in Olympic Peninsula rivers “looks pretty decent.”

“Steelhead fishing has been good and rivers have been up and down,” he said. “The hatchery fish are pretty much gone with more bigger natives showing up. We actually get our rain a day or two before you and we got some rain, but now the rivers are dropping back down. Steelhead fishing over the next several days looks like it will straighten out, and we got some sunshine and a little clouds. Should be some pretty decent fishing around.”

(Photo courtesy of Anton Jones with Darrell & Dad’s Guide Service in Manson, and Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon Guide in Seattle)

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