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by Jakefish
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: River Fishing
Topic: Favorite Spin-N-Glows or Plugs for Plunking Winter Steelhead?
Replies: 2
Views: 926

Re: Favorite Spin-N-Glows or Plugs for Plunking Winter Steelhead?

For cloudy water, go ugly - clown patterns are good, and black wings. I like the pink/chrome tiger stripe for clearer water, and the pink/black clown for cloudy water, or the frog pattern. In clear conditions go small and peach with white wings.
by Jakefish
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: River Fishing
Topic: Whatcom Creek - Bellingham Wa
Replies: 134
Views: 32503

Re: Whatcom Creek - Bellingham Wa

It's still early, but there are no signs of any fish at all. I just walked the 100 yards from my office to the wall - the creek looks good, fairly high flow (but not too high). Tide was high, but there were no signs of fish in the usual spots right below the rapids. No seals, no fishermen (not even ...
by Jakefish
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Lake Fishing
Topic: Kokanee salmon released in Lake Sammamish
Replies: 6
Views: 4192

Re: Kokanee salmon released in Lake Sammamish

The released only one hundred juvenile kokanee - they are calling it a "Ceremonial" release. They will be lucky if even one of those fish returns as an adult.
by Jakefish
Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Lake Fishing
Topic: Baker lake derby
Replies: 5
Views: 2235

Re: Baker lake derby

Hopefully they keep every fish for Baker Lake broodstock and if they have to short anyone, it's the Skokomish transfer plan that get shorted. Has anyone see a count or estimate of tribal harvest for this year?
by Jakefish
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Lake Fishing
Topic: Baker lake derby
Replies: 5
Views: 2235

Re: Baker lake derby

Interesting - definitely a smaller average size this year. The 6 I got in the river probably averaged less than 5 pounds each - a couple were under 4.
by Jakefish
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: River Fishing
Topic: Mid July River Salmon Opportunities
Replies: 6
Views: 2874

Re: Mid July River Salmon Opportunities

You could head up to the upper Skagit river soon, I saw on the hatchery escapement reports there are still a few kings returning up there. It’s a bit of a drive up to marblemount though. I would wait until the next escapement report comes out tomorrow, and compare it to the number of fish the marbl...
by Jakefish
Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Announcements and Fishing/Club Notices
Topic: 2019 Salmon Recovery Conference
Replies: 0
Views: 1604

2019 Salmon Recovery Conference

https://www.rco.wa.gov/salmon_recovery/2019-SalmonConference/ConfHome.shtml It is in Tacoma on April 8-9. Has anyone here attended this conference in the past? "This year’s conference marks the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Salmon Recovery Act in Washington state. The conference brings tog...
by Jakefish
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: River Fishing
Topic: Whatcom Creek - Bellingham Wa
Replies: 134
Views: 32503

Re: Whatcom Creek - Bellingham Wa

And as expected the closure was just announced. Today is your last shot if you are going to go - it is closed effective 11/15.
by Jakefish
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: River Fishing
Topic: Whatcom Creek - Bellingham Wa
Replies: 134
Views: 32503

Re: Whatcom Creek - Bellingham Wa

Stopped by to have a look a couple hours ago - still nothing. No fish on, very few anglers, and nothing I could spot in the ponds. Only 1 seal. Maybe they have given up.
by Jakefish
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: River Fishing
Topic: Whatcom Creek - Bellingham Wa
Replies: 134
Views: 32503

Re: Whatcom Creek - Bellingham Wa

I expect it will be closed soon due to a lack of broodstock. Ironically, most of the fish bypass the fish ladder anyway, so that won't really help. We need anglers there to put them in the hatchery tube. They should just close retention and make it catch and release into the hatchery tube only.
by Jakefish
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: River Fishing
Topic: Whatcom Creek - Bellingham Wa
Replies: 134
Views: 32503

Re: Whatcom Creek - Bellingham Wa

According to the escapement reports, the hatchery has only received 20 chum as of 11/7. That is dismal. What's worse is that 18 of the 20 are listed under "mortality", which means they only have 2 fish on hand. People need to be very careful when transporting their fish from the steps to the tube - ...
by Jakefish
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: River Fishing
Topic: Thoughts on a Travel Rod/Gear for Fall River Fishing?
Replies: 6
Views: 1725

Re: Thoughts on a Travel Rod/Gear for Fall River Fishing?

What is your budget, and are you planning on using the setup after this trip? An easy option would be to stop somewhere like Fred Meyer (the local Kroger megastore all over Washington) or Wal-mart and purchase a cheap medium-weight spinning setup for the weekend. Then leave it at your cabin rental f...
by Jakefish
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Camping Life - the BEST places to go (and avoid!)
Topic: Remote camp site advice needed!
Replies: 9
Views: 4265

Re: Remote camp site advice needed!

Lake Daiblo, or if you can arrange the portage Lake Ross. On the eastside you could try Palmer lake (bunch of remote lakes in that area if you want to get farther out like Chopaka) or someplace on Lake Roosevelt. I was camping and Kayaking at Diablo last week - although beautiful, it is fairly busy...
by Jakefish
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Saltwater Fishing
Topic: San Juan sockeye
Replies: 4
Views: 1498

Re: San Juan sockeye

Think Baker Lake but unfortunately the best area is closed in support of orca socializing. You can probably find more info on BC fishing forums because in years when the Fraser River sockeye are open, they troll for them in the ocean near the river mouth. In some years, the majority of the Fraser s...
by Jakefish
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Lake Fishing
Topic: Lake washington sockeye
Replies: 10
Views: 2357

Re: Lake washington sockeye

At the Cedar River Watershed meeting last month, the state biologists had some pretty hard evidence that the low returns were mainly driven by the low fry survival rate. Now many people point fingers at the cutthroat in the lake as the main cause, but I can tell you for certain they they aren't the...
by Jakefish
Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Lake Fishing
Topic: Lake washington sockeye
Replies: 10
Views: 2357

Re: Lake washington sockeye

Also one thing I must point out is that lake Wenatchee stock actually are naturally occurring and are a substock of the Columbia run. I don't know where I saw that they were Baker stock, but you are at least partly right. See page 475 of this https://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/00194/1992_sassi_apndx_...
by Jakefish
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Lake Fishing
Topic: Lake washington sockeye
Replies: 10
Views: 2357

Re: Lake washington sockeye

It remains to be seen what the maximum carrying capacity is for Baker Lake, but the current returns already exceed what the natural run was estimated to be. Can we get to returns of 100,000? That would be pretty awesome. Lake Washington (and Samish) should be able to raise 10X more fish because it i...
by Jakefish
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: River Fishing
Topic: Skagit opens in 4 days
Replies: 4
Views: 1562

Re: Skagit opens in 4 days

First Sockeye at the trap recorded today, hopefully this will be a better run than last year. Last year was actually my best so far (of the 3 years I have fished) - I went 3 for 10 trips in 2015, 0 for 5 trips in 2016, and 4 for 10 trips in 2017. These are the hardest fighting and freshest salmon I...
by Jakefish
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Lake Fishing
Topic: Cutthroat Stink
Replies: 9
Views: 1033

Re: Cutthroat Stink

Update - just off the grill, the smell is stronger now and one reluctant nibble later tells me NEVER AGAIN. Trust your nose, people. :-& :-& :-&