By far, the hottest action has been happening on the Skykomish River for both bank and boat anglers for summer-run steelhead.
“This was one of the best steelhead openers I‘ve seen, and the hottest fishing is happening on the Skykomish River,” said Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood who reported the opener at Reiter Ponds produced between 150 and 200 steelhead.
Talk about a stellar morning on the Skykomish. A co-worker of Chamberlain’s made two casts and landed two steelhead, and his father made six casts and landed four.
“It has cooled down since it opened, but still good,” Chamberlain said. “There are fish at Reiter Ponds for the bank anglers, and likewise for the boats fishing between Sultan and Monroe. I know some boat guys at Sultan who fished the Wallace Flats had a good number of steelhead, and those who put in their boats down around Monroe did well with some having the opportunity to land limits of steelhead without any problems.”
On the hatchery chinook end of the Skykomish River fishery the opening day results weren’t quite up to expectations.
“While the steelhead fishery for two-salts was a blood bath on the Sky, it was pretty slow for hatchery chinook which was interesting given the fact that (Marine Area) 8-2 fished well toward the end of the season and the Wallace Hatchery has quite a few kings sitting there,” said Kent Alger a Three Rivers Marine and Tackle in Woodinville. “But, only time will tell on how the chinook fishery ends up as we move along.”
The Cascade River and Skagit River from Highway 530 Bridge at Rockport to Marblemount Bridge opened Sunday for hatchery kings.
“It wasn’t red hot, but there was some fish caught, some released, and a mix of wild steelhead and bull trout (released),” said Brett Barkdull, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.
A creel check from the Skagit on Sunday showed 79 bank anglers caught seven adult hatchery kings and one jack king, and 19 boat anglers kept two adult hatchery kings.
Many other statewide rivers are now open for fishing, and anglers should check the regulation pamphlet for specific rules, and what sections are open and closed.