Fishing report – January 6th 2012

FISHING REPORT

January 6th, 2011

By Ken Shagren, Fishing Pro Staff, Dave’s Sports Shop 

“Remember to check the official WDFW regulations before going out!”

Welcome to the Dave’s Sports Shop fishing report. Check in with us as we attempt to keep you informed on where the fish are biting and what is working to catch them. We will try to keep the information current so that we can help you decide where the best opportunity for success will be located.

NORTHWEST WASHINGTON

FRESHWATER     

When we were wishing for a little rain before Christmas to get steelhead moving through the Nooksack system, we were all aware that we had to be careful what we asked for. Sure enough, once it started raining it just didn’t seem to want to quit, at least for a while anyway. There had been some decent reports of steelhead hooked on the Nooksack over the holidays including one wild fish that was estimated at over 20 lbs. Fishermen in the Lynden area have reported success plunking #4 Spin n Glos with salmon eggs, steelhead eggs (if you are lucky enough to have them) and shrimp or prawn meat. When the main river is in condition to drift fish, (two feet or more of visibility), fishermen are using #6 Corkies or Spin n Glos and eggs or shrimp. The Nooksack North Fork has also had catches reported. Remember that the North Fork is closed above the Mosquito Lake Rd bridge up to the yellow marker just above the Kendall Creek hatchery to help ensure enough brood stock reach the hatchery. In this area…. continue reading.

Read the full report here.

Fishing report: December 3rd, 2011, it’s December and it’s time for anglers to start thinking steelhead.

NORTHWEST WASHINGTON

FRESHWATER     

If its December then its time for anglers to start thinking steelhead. There have already been reports of fish taken from the Cascade River, a tributary of the Skagit, and rumors of fish hooked in the Nooksack as well. Keep in mind that there is an emergency closure of the North Fork of the Nooksack between the Mosquito Lake Rd. bridge and 1000 feet below the Kendall Creek hatchery to protect brood stock and help achieve egg-take goals. Look for Nooksack hatchery steelhead to show up in fishable numbers by mid December with the peak of the run generally showing up in early January.

The Cascade fishes well using corkies, yarn and eggs. However, jigs or pink rubber worms below a float are popular as well. This stream is best when it begins to drop after a rain and the total water volume reaches approximately 10,000 cfs. The Nooksack River is rarely…continue reading.

Read the full report here.

November fishing report for Whatcom and Skagit counties

This is a couple days old, but we just posted the November fishing report on the 3rd.

FRESHWATER

Don’t give up fishing the Nooksack and Skagit systems for Coho in the month of November. Bright fish will continue to show up through most of the month and maybe even into December. Both streams will now fish better in their upper reaches and for the Nooksack that means from Lynden up to and including the south and north forks. The Everson to Nugent’s Corner stretch always seems to fish well in November provided that the river stays in shape. If the main Nooksack has questionable clarity, check out the south fork first and then the north fork for fishable water. There have been on and off reports of success near the South Fork hatchery….. check out the full report here.

October 2011 Fishing Report: Silvers are in the rivers, and more…

October 1, 2011

NORTHWEST WASHINGTON

FRESHWATER

After a great Pink salmon season on the Skagit and Nooksack rivers, early fall rains are changing the fishing dynamic on both systems. Sports fishermen should now concentrate on silvers entering local rivers as these streams rise and fall with each new weather system. Reports of early silvers on the Skagit and Nooksack rivers were coming into Dave’s Sport Shop consistently  since the opening on September 1. However, recent rains have caused both rivers to rise and turn muddy. Look for silvers to be present in all sections of these rivers once they drop and begin to clear. On October 1, theNooksack River opens as far up as Maple Creek on the North Fork and up to Skookum Creek on the South Fork. Dakota Creek also opens on October 1 from the mouth to Giles Rd. bridge.

Silvers will strike when they are provoked so Vibrax spinners and Dick Nite spoons are a good choice. Silver and brass blade Vibraxes with Chartreuse, red, blue, silver, or brass bodies are effective while half silver and half brass or brass with chartreuse head Dick Nites are solid choices….

Read the full report here.

 

July Fishing report – Freshwater, Saltwater, Crab, Salmon…

Anglers are anxiously waiting for the salmon opening in Area 7 on Friday, July 1. There are significant positives to look forward to this year. Although the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife predicts Chinook totals to resemble 2010, it does predict that over 300,000 more Coho will enter Puget Sound this year. Also, this is a Pink salmon “Humpy” return year and nearly 6,000,000 Pinks will be coming back to Puget Sound area rivers not to mention another 18,000,000 returning to the Fraser River.

Read the full July fishing report here.