Summer Kings are here in Puget Sound

As summer has arrived in Puget Sound we are seeing early runs of pink salmon nearly a month early. This fish grabbed a small spoon in adjacent  Anacortes Wa waters this morning at first light.  Northwest Jigs pink salmon lures are working well for these aggressive  pink salmon. I am running specials on these lures when purchased in larger quantities. See the store for this offer.

Summer Kings have arrived

Summer Kings have arrived

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Wild Fish on the Coast of WA

The wild steelhead have arrived on the Olympic Penisula rivers. On a recent outing here is some of what we are getting. Remember we have to hold wild fish partly in the water prior to release (WA Rules). These fish were caught on side-drifted eggs, not NW Jigs this timRalph Sthd w John2 2015Ralph Sthd w John1Ralph Duc sthd 2015e due to high/fast water conditions.

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Hatchery Chinook Fishery Continues STRONG

Ralph Jan 2014 BMThe week of great weather continues in Puget Sound allowing the strong winter blackmouth fishing to continue. The waters of Puget Sound have been as calm as anyone could ask for this time of year. Many boaters are getting out to enjoy the excellent winter blackmouth fishing.

Small presentation continues to be the ticket for success.

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Area 7 Winter Blackmouth limits are changed

Winter Blackmouth (Chinook) fishing has exceeded seasonal expectations so the WDFW is reducing retention limits for the remainder of the season to a single fish per day.

The unusually warm and calm weather has allowed a higher than normal number of boaters out fishing in the middle of winter for some record setting local chinook.

Area 7 Chinook

Area 7 Chinook

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Olympic Peninsula Winter Steelhead Dec 2014

It’s that time of year again when those feisty “Hatchery Brat’s” make their way up the coastal rivers around Forks, WA towards the hatchery ponds. Amazingly these fish waste no time fooling around on their rather short journeys. They literally blast up the river making it difficult to find them in the lower stretches with most fishermen focusing their attention on the terminal areas of the various hatcheries. This small buck found the 1/4 oz worm zonker jig to his liking in the slightly off-colored dropping water.  The consensus seems to be that the fish came in a bit early and peaked the week before Thanksgiving this year.  We’ll be keeping our eyes open for their bigger wild brothers due in early 2015.

Forks Wa Hatchery Steelhead Dec 2014

Forks WA,  Hatchery Steelhead Dec 2014

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Winter Blackmouth Area 7 Opener

December 1, 2014 was opening day for Winter Black-mouth (Chinook) in Puget Sound. Weather was very cold (28 degrees) but absolutely beautiful on the water with no wind to speak of. Capt Gary S. of Highliner Charters was the star of the day with an easy limit of two fish on trolled flasher/spoon setup fishing deep on downriggers.

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Fall Fishing w Jacob

Just  a few shots of client Jacob “O” on a recent salmon twitching trip

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