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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 9, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Local tackle shop owner offers his take on the spring fishing scene

931222_10151561111718232_1745809515_nMike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood, offers his own words on the latest fishing reports:

“Lots and lots going and everyone is pretty enthused.”

LINGCOD

“The lingcod fishery is pretty darn decent around Puget Sound. The guys who know what they’re are getting into lingcod fairly good.”

SPOT SHRIMP

“This might be the last day (Wednesday, May 8) on Puget Sound for shrimping. Last Saturday was fairly good for shrimp, and most everyone got their limits or near limits. Guys that didn’t get limits were probably not doing the right things, and those could be very little things like not having good bait or not going deep enough. People will get more time in Hood Canal and Disco (Discovery) Bay, and more in the San Juan Islands and Strait.”

HALIBUT

“Halibut wise were hearing everything from soup to nuts, and I would say this halibut season is on par with last year, which is not bad. If you pick the wrong place you will not do well. Other guys who are too impatient, and fish for 45 minutes in one spot and then run from place to place will probably not catch anything. You just have to pound them out to catch them.”

“There have been a lot of nice halibut caught, and I was talking with someone who fished Mutiny Bay (on the opener) and saw 45 boats that took about 15 fish. Most were teener-sized fish into the low 30s.”

“Those who went to the offshore banks (of the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca) did OK. I know two people who went out Friday (May 3) at Fort Casey to Partridge Bank and had two halibut just under 60 pounds, and they also got their lingcod too. A lot of halibut anglers will be heading to the coast to fish halibut.”

TROUT AND KOKANEE

“Still got lots of good lakes opportunity around, and it was a typical lake opener (on April 27-28), but around here it seems like it’s just ho-hum. There is lots of good trout fishing for guys that are going to do it.”

“Kokanee fishing at Lake Stevens has really heated up this week, and I know folks on Sunday who’ve gotten their limit without much effort. The fish were caught from the surface down to 30 feet, and they averaged a nice 11 to 13 inches. The kokanee derby at Lake Stevens is May 18.”

“I went to Lake Stickney, and there was a lot of guys on the shoreline and I wouldn’t say it was great fishing. At Martha (at Alderwood Manor) the dock anglers averaged a fish per person and some had three or four. Serene was the hot lake and I talked with the creel checker who said that it was very good fishing.”

 

 

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