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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 10, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Plenty of fishing activities on the menu in the days ahead

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Here is what the experts, local tackle shop owners and fisheries employees are saying about where to go and catch fish this coming week:

Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood:

“There is a little bit of this and that happening around the area,” Chamberlain said. “This is the last hurrah for Puget Sound steelhead fishing as there are (six days left before it closes Feb. 16) in some of the terminal areas still open. It hasn’t been anything spectacular in the terminal areas, and just a few hatchery steelhead. There have also been a few native steelhead caught and released in the hatchery areas so there is at least some opportunity for some steelhead fishing for the next week.”

“We are starting to see the second run of steelhead in the Cowlitz at Blue Creek, and I know a guy (Tuesday) who caught four dime bright steelhead by 9 a.m., and before that I hadn’t heard of much fish caught. The vast amount of the few fish caught the past couple of weeks were dark, and had been there for quite a while or were recycled fish.”

“Guys on the Olympic Peninsula have been doing quite well, and we’ve been getting great reports in Sol Duc, Bogachiel and Calawah. All been pretty decent and some nice big native fish caught. Unfortunately is the native kill season where someone can keep on wild fish a year, but it does allow the guy if he catches a rare trophy steelhead to retain it.”

“Lake Goodwin (in Snohomish County) is turning out fair trout fishing, and anglers averaged about a fish per hour. Lake Sammamish is fairly good for cutthroat, and they’re releasing quite a few kokanee. That is from the enhancement project out of Issaquah Creek, which seems to be working if you want to say that.”

“Ice fishermen are doing quite well at Fish Lake (near Leavenworth) mainly for perch and few trout. those taking the long drive to Roses Lake (near Manson) are doing really well on pan size trout, and jumbo perch in the 10- to 11-inch range. Rufus Woods is doing quite well for triploid trout, and those at Lake Chelan are finding great lake trout fishing.”

“The blackmouth fishing in Area 9 (northern Puget Sound) overall is pretty lackluster, although there have been a few decent fish in the 10 to 14 pound range from Possession Bar, Scatchet Head and Michannel Bank. It hasn’t been great blackmouth fishing and lots of sub legals in the 19 to 20 inch range. I wouldn’t say the odds are in your favor for blackmouth, but the San Juan Islands is offering some of the best fishing.”

“I heard some fairly decent reports at Lone and Pass lakes from fly fishermen tossing micro leech patterns. They are fishing them deep and slow, which is producing the lions share of fish, and with the warmer weather we should see some chrinomid action too.”

“A few of the bass guys are pounding smallmouth bass in Lake Washington and Sammamish, and they are deep water fishing, which you have to be careful about bringing them up to quickly because if you do a lot of them don’t make it.”

“Smelt fishing has been fair at Oak Harbor, and a mix of smelt and herring at Cornet Bay.”

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Pete Sergeef, a state Fish and Wildlife sampler who fishes aboard the state Fish and Wildlife test fishery boat on a weekly basis:

“The fish are spread out across Possession Bar, and I’ve also heard of fish caught at Midchannel Bank (off Port Townsend) and Double Bluff. We got four fish on Saturday at Possession Bar, and (Wednesday) we had a keeper-sized fish (chinook over the 22-inch minimum size limit) and some smaller fish on the east side of the bar.”

Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett:

“We did get out three times over the weekend and on Monday, and got out three fish on Sunday and two on Monday at Possession Bar. On Saturday we fished Double Bluff and Pilot Point, and didn’t get any legals at any of those places although there were other fish that were legals caught in other boats at both places on Friday.”

“We have continued to hammer it and pound to get those fish, so it is nothing that is quick and fast, and most everything came in 120 to 130 feet of water with spoons being the top producer. It appears Possession Bar is the best spot if you stick wth it.”

Bob Gooding, owner of Olympic Sporting Goods in Forks on northern Olympic Coast:

“All the rivers are in pretty good shape, and they’re still catching a fairly decent number of steelhead in the Sol Duc, Hoh and Bogachiel. There are some Snider Creek hatchery fish around, but their numbers are dropping off.”

Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist:

“We should have the final test results by Monday. Everything looks great, and we have no problems and will not have to jump through the hoops.”

The next razor clam digs are scheduled for Feb. 18-19 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

(Photos courtesy of Kent Alger and Ryan Nakata)

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