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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 4, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Steelhead fishing off to a good start in open rivers, and some kings lurking around in Cascade and Skagit rivers

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Looks like the opening of summer steelhead fishing got off to a good start this past weekend in the open areas of local Puget Sound rivers.

“The Skykomish was fairly decent, and there was 70 guys at Reiter Ponds on Saturday morning with about 35 fish landed, and at least that many lost because of the high water conditions,” said Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. “I heard the Cable Hole and Proctor Creek areas akk turned out well too.”

Down on the Skykomish below Sultan the jet boat anglers also found some fairly good catches of steelhead for fish mainly 7 to 9 pounds.

Many anglers also headed north to the Cascade River on Saturday, and reported a fairly hot bite for chinook fishing with eggs. Most of the kings were in the 5 to 10 pound range along with a few bigger ones. The Cascade also had some late winter-run steelhead hooked.

“By Sunday, they actually started to catch some bigger fish on the Cascade,” Chamberlain said.

Chamberlain said John Koenig of John’s Guide Service fish the open section of the Skagit on Friday, and caught some kings in the teens to low 20 pound range. The Skagit also produced some late winter-run steelhead.

Bryan Nelson at Three Rivers Marine and Tackle in Woodinville also reported some very good action.

“It was incredible on the opener, and there was a really good morning bite on the Sky until about 9 a.m., and then the river out,” Nelson said. “But, yesterday (Sunday, June 3) I know one boat who had a dozen steelhead or chinook (must release all salmon), and another that had eight fish.”

(Photo by Gerald Chew of Mercer Island)

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