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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 13, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Throw a fishing line into many waterways to catch plenty of fish

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Here is the fishing report from Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood:

“This week everyone is gearing up for the sockeye fishery on the Lower Skagit River, and there is quite a bit of interest in it and I plan to go down and see what is happening when it opens (this Saturday, June 16),” Chamberlain said. “Everybody is pretty excited and we’ll see what happens due to the fact that it is a new fishery for us.”

“The best places will be the plunking bars and many will fish with pinkish spin-n-glos, and mini pink squids with a chunk of dyed shrimp or a hunk of dyed shrimp by itself.”

“Neah Bay and La Push opens this weekend for hatcher chinook, and a few guys that I’ve talked to say the commercial trollers were catching some fish off the Prairie,” Chamberlain said. “Some of the Makah tribal trollers have started to get a few fish in the Straits. At Westport we heard some fairly good reports and not some good reports.”

“The steelhead fishing has been pretty good up at Reiter Ponds area on the Skykomish, and (my co-worker John) ended up hooking eight steelhead and landed four (on Tuesday), which is not too bad.”

“The fishing has been not as good as opening weekend, but still lots of fish to be had on the Sky. Boaters on the Sky have been catching some steelhead from Lewis Street Bridge up to Sultan. like an average of a fish or two or three per boat.”

“The Skagit is still seeing a fair number of chinook from Rockport to the Cascade, and some fish also caught in the Cascade. Also some dollies (Dolly Varden trout) being caught and released. And what is amazing is there are late winter steelhead caught incidentally by the guys targeting kings on the Skagit.”

“The Cowlitz is putting out fair numbers of summer run steelhead. I know customers who fished up by barrier dam, and hooked 20 fish. There are also some down toward the trout hatchery but it is slightly slimmer down there.”

“Lots of guys getting excited about sockeye at Columbia around Brewster. For kokanee the hottest place is Lake Chelan without any doubt, and they are a nice 14-inch average and hardly anybody is doing it.”

“The kokanee fishing at Lake Stevens is not as good as we saw it last year or the year before, and the same goes with Lake Samish, but they’re bigger in the 15- to 16-inch size.”

“Lingcod fishing is going on until Friday (June 15) and they’re getting a few legal ones, but lots of sub-legals and oversized ones to catch. The legal critters have been harder to catch. I heard a of few catch and release salmon around Jeff Head.”

“The Edmonds Pier started to catch some kings off there, and a 7 and 11 pounder came off the pier on Saturday.”

(Photo courtesy of Ziggy Kessler of Sultan. Pictured is Nicole Davis of Sultan who stopped by the boat launch as Kessler and his friends were launching their boat. The nice steelhead weighed 14 pounds, and was caught about 10 minutes from their house in Sultan. They caught three other fish that afternoon. “Ive never seen steelhead fishing this good!” Kessler said.)

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