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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 15, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Tons of sport fishing options throughout the state

Here is the latest fishing report from Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s Sporting Goods in Lynnwood:

“Overall I wouldn’t say we’ve got anything phenomenal happening, but there is a lot to do right now,” Chamberlain said. “Still seeing some good king action in Area 10 near the Edmonds boundary line south, and the Edmonds Pier had their two best king days on Saturday and Sunday. Anglers landed 12 kings on Saturday and seven by the time I opened shop on Sunday.”

Chamberlain says most of his customers fishing in Area 10 have been doing relatively well and there are a good mixture of other speices like pinks, resident coho and migrant coho.

“A gal I know who fished on Whidbey Island this past Sunday got a coho that was a good 12 or 13 pounds,” he said. “There was some nice coho caught off Fort Casey. The bite picked up good at Bush Point on Sunday and Monday.”

Chamberlain chatted with the developers of the Rotators in Port Angeles, and there are tons of pinks in the area.

“We are just a few days away from pink pandemonium,” Chamberlain said. “Everything looks optimistic for humpy mania 2013. All the anglers and customers have got the fever.”

“The Skagit dropped off the rock the past five days, and everybody was ranting and raving a few days before and then it fell off the charts,” he said. “We had the big thunderstorm on the weekend, and there was a big slide in the Cascade and that blew the river out and nobody’s been able to fish in the past three or four days. Also who knows what this expected rain will do.”

Chamberlain says most of reports in other Puget Sound rivers further in South Sound hasn’t been great for pinks either.

“The Snohomish River has not been any qualifier for pinks by any means, and yet some anglers are in thete fishing for them,” Chamberlain said. “Normally the Snohomish picks up by Aug. 15 or 20. In the marine area there has been an odd pink caught at Mukilteo, but still not hot yet by any means.”

“People really need to read the regulations especially for local rivers, and I cannot believe these people who think some places are open when actually they’re closed,” he said.

Other places where we’re hearing great reports are the Columbia, and it might be an epic season and even with the crappy tides they did quite well this past week, and there was a nice push of coho already, according to Chamberlain.

“I heard Lake Wenatchee is fairly decent for sockeye, and it slowed up at Brewster,” he said. “Perch in Lake Washington is good, and perch in Lake Stevens is good and I think the population might have rebounded. Lots of good panfish fishing and some anglers fishing in the bigger lakes are getting trout, but just about everyone has set the trout gear aside to pursue pinks. A few summer run steelhead caught at Reiter Ponds, but the river is at a trickle with the lack of water. Using refined (ultra light fishing) gear is what I tell people.”

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