Blue rooster skies saved me open air most of this time, nevertheless, I buckled down and decided to finish up the February fishing report! Tons occurring already, and February has some good fishing decisions for practically everyone!
Salmon Fishing Report
Puget Sound Winter Chinook is the first focus for February Salmon fishing. Just a few of my most memorable journeys out on the Sound occurred via the winter season, as soon as we’re gifted with calm seas, a view of all our snow-capped mountains inside the distance, and the potential of a 5-10 pound Winter Chinook!
Marine House 10 (Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bremerton House): Our favourite native winter salmon area briefly closed in January, and the WDFW has urged that there are some quota fish left to reopen later inside the winter.
Updated season: Marine House 10 reopens for Blackmouth on February twenty fourth until the quota is hit (it may positively get eaten up sooner than the March 31 end date), Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays solely. Press launch proper right here.
Marine House 13 (Olympia, South Puget Sound): Deep South Puget Sound is open for Winter Blackmouth correct now, and although there are only a few die-hard saltwater guys down there fishing, there is a good different to land a top-quality Chinook.
Captain Justin Wong operates Reduce Plug Structure and has been fishing in Marine House 13 and discovering some high-quality fish. Justin focuses on mooching and suggested me that they are working arduously and are discovering a few very good Blackmouth.
Steilacoom, Stage Fosdick, Fox Island, and Gibson have been their focus. Once you troll, consider trolling a Silver Horde Kingfisher 3.0 or 3.5 behind an 11″ Flasher and drag bottom in any of these areas.
Columbia River Spring Chinook: We heard of the first recorded Spring Chinook caught and launched in Oregon’s Clackamas River last week. It has begun! We’re wanting forward to a Lower in Columbia River Spring Chinook fishery in March when numbers start to assemble. Additional to come back again on this in our upcoming March Report.
Steelhead Fishing Report
February is an outstanding Winter Steelhead month. Counting on which methodology you drive, there are some secure decisions for each catch and launch Wild Steelhead fishing, or catch and maintain Hatchery Steelhead fishing.
Olympic Peninsula Steelhead Fishing: February is prime-time for catch and launches fishing for Olympic Peninsula Wild Steelhead.
Depressed return forecasts on some coastal rivers have led to some unprecedented regulation modifications, so be sure that to look at the rule pamphlet, and adjust to updated emergency pointers.
As of this publication, the up-to-date rule modifications are proper right here in a WDFW info launch.
For this month, options are nonetheless accessible for the Bogachiel, Calawah, Hoh, Quillayute, Sol Duc, Willapa, and a few others. Selective gear pointers, catch and launch, and some have restrictions about fishing from boats.
Puget Sound Steelhead Fishing: We had been all shocked with what variety of Hatchery Winter Steelhead made it once more to our Seattle areas rivers, and although most rivers inside the Puget Sound closed to fishing on the end of January, there are a few areas you’ll nonetheless fish for at least part of February.
Skagit and Sauk Rivers will not open for a catch and launch Steelhead season this 12 months. Greater Skykomish River has a season by way of mid-February, and so does the Snoqualmie River spherical Tokul Creek to the Falls. Dig into the principles for extra info.
Cowlitz River Steelhead Fishing: That’s the powerhouse of Steelhead fishing in Southwest Washington. Todd Daniels of Tall Tails Info Service has been centered on bobber-dogging and side-drifting throughout the Blue Creek Hatchery area of the Cowlitz.
January provided up some good fish for individuals who had been devoted on engaged on these early pushes of the Late-Run, and February must usher in larger concentrations of fish.
Western Washington Trout and Kokanee
Trout and Kokanee fishing really will get busy in April spherical proper right here, nonetheless, there are a few really superior lakes which will be positioned out every Cutthroat Trout and Rainbow Trout correct now! Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish are every fixed Cutthroat Trout fisheries, and anglers are discovering high-quality fishing.
No have to face up on the primary gentle for these winter fisheries, as they really get good after the photo voltaic comes up and the upper water column warms a few ranges. Strive WDFW for year-round lakes near you for some hold-over Rainbow Trout, and the newest stocking research. It is nonetheless a wee early inside the season for Kokanee Fishing, nevertheless, there are a few being caught in Lake Stevens.
Japanese Washington Trout and Kokanee
Austin Moser of Austin’s Northwest Adventures has been having an impressive winter season on Lake Roosevelt, and a few of my buddies have headed east and situated good fishing for large Rainbow Trout and Kokanee. For some trigger, these Kokanee in Lake Roosevelt isn’t as fickle about chilly local weather as their Western Washington cousins.
Coastal Razor Clamming
Coastal Seashores will see one different spherical of Razor Clam digs in early February, and since the state continues to sample and monitor clam shares, we’ll greater than seemingly see additional digs all via the month.
Every day’s restriction is 15 per particular person, strive WDFW Razor Clam Internet web page for seaside openers. We went out for some digging in January, it was numerous fulfilling to get once more on the seaside!
Coming Shortly – March 2022 Fishing
We’ve a few key fisheries opening up in a subsequent month, saltwater fishing season slowly begins to open once more up in March, and these upcoming fisheries are ones you don’t have to miss out on!
Washington Coastal Lingcod and Rockfish Opener
Washington Coast Marine Areas 1-4 (Ilwaco, Westport, La Push, Neah Bay) opens for Lingcod and Rockfish on the second Saturday of March (March 12). This could be a giant deal for coastal communities and fishing structure operators. It’s the first fishing opener of the 12 months! I’m wanting forward to an early journey to get my freezer caught up with fillets, and a very good fulfilling day on the water.
Sekiu – Marine House 5 Blackmouth Opener
On the outer fringe of the Olympic Peninsula, anglers will rapidly flock to Marine House 5’s fishing hamlet of Sekiu for Winter Chinook season, March 1 by way of April 30. This season is managed by a calendar season, not a quota season, so now we’ve got a secure and reliable season available on the market.
This could be a big marine area, nevertheless fundamental entry is from Sekiu, which supplies lodging, meals, a ship ramp, and moorage correct in town. Lots of the movement is found inside 5 miles from Sekiu to the west and east.
Modern close-in areas are The Caves (merely open air the harbor to the west) and Slip Stage (merely open air the harbor to the east), further to the east is Pillar Stage. The world between Slip Stage all the easiest way east to Pillar Stage is all worth exploring and actually fishy.
Riptidefish On-line Retailer Info
The On-line Retailer portion of Riptidefish.com was launched in mid-2021. I’m overwhelmed with all of your help and it really is an affidavit to how so much this web site means to everyone inside the native fishing group. Listed below are a few the newest updates to the shop…
- Loads of requests for high-quality barbless hooks for our selective gear fisheries, we added new Gamakatsu barbless octopus hooks, barbless giant river open-eye siwash, barbless giant river bait hooks, and barbless octopus circle hooks to the shop. Confirm them out proper right here.
- Expanded alternative of salmon trolling spoons. New sizes and colours of Silver Horde Coho Killer Spoons and Silver Horde Kingfisher Spoons in 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0. Confirm them out proper right here.
- New Lingcod and Rockfish double hook easy plastic rigs for the spring season. Confirm them out proper right here.
- New P-Line Hali-Drop Metallic Jigs in 9 ounces, 11 ounces,s and 14 ounces for Halibut and deep-water Lingcod fishing. Confirm them out proper right here.