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Fishing Report October 1st 2016

Fishing opportunities are really starting to open up around Western Washington! We have options on the Snohomish, Green, Skagit, Lake Washington, Skykomish and much more, and our crew and customers have been out catching! Stop by 3 Rivers Marine for daily fishing reports and get geared up!

Snohomish River opened for two 4-day periods, and as Coho continue to flush into the system, we should see more opportunity. The reports have been great with lots of aggressive coho biting. Early reports have showed good numbers of coho being caught drifting dick nites in the size 1 in the frog and 50/50 pattern.. Others are finding success trolling and casting wiggle warts in a variety of color patterns. Reports have also showed that anglers are finding willing coho to strike spinners such as the blue fox vibrax. Make sure you get out this coming Thursday thru Sunday for this local coho fishery. https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=1876

Scott & Dave of 3 Rivers Marine with an afternoon limit on the Snohomish!

Scott & Dave of 3 Rivers Marine with an afternoon limit on the Snohomish!

Skykomish River around the Reiter Ponds reopened and the reports have been fantastic for steelhead. Anglers are finding great success on these hard fighting fish floating jigs, bait and beads, as well as casting spinners and spoons in the faster water. The water is low and the fish are hungry making it a great local fishery to get your line wet!

Skagit River has also opened for coho fishing and the reports have been good up there as well with the limit being 4 coho a day. Anglers are finding fish throughout the river system but the lower river seems to be holding the majority of the brighter fish. These coho are being taking with twitching jigs in a variety of colors, drift fishing dick nites, bobber and eggs, as well as guys throwing spinners such as the vibrax just like the Snohomish. WDFW has confirmed that the run is much stronger than anticipated and the Skagit is open through November 30th giving anglers plenty of time to catch them! https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=1873

Fishing on the Skagit River with John Thomas of Rotten Chum Guide Service

Fishing on the Skagit River with John Thomas of Rotten Chum Guide Service

With local rivers reopening, crowds have started to thin out at Lake Washington but fish are still being caught with some regularity. The majority of the fish are still being taken off of the Kirkland waterfront and Hunts Point area as well as off Sand Point. Anglers are finding success with trolling as well as jigging. The guys trolling are doing well with wiggle warts, brads superbaits, cut plug herring and hoochies. Anglers jigging are finding success when they find the coho schooled up jigging a 1 oz point Wilson dart above them.

The rest of the lake has been great for other species of gamefish. The cutthroat have been a nice incidental catch for the guys trolling for coho or those targeting them specifically. They are being taken on wedding rings, needlefish spoons, and cut plug herring. The perch fishing is in full swing with plenty of perch being caught to fill buckets, catch as many as you can, no limit on Perch! These tasty little fish are being caught on Swedish pimples with perch meat as well as anglers using a dropshot rig with a piece of night crawler.

Josh and his buddies crushed them on Lake Washington last week!

Josh and his buddies crushed them on Lake Washington last week!

Razor Clam season is almost upon us! Coastal beaches have been scheduled to open in October and offer a great weekend getaway. http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/sep1216a/

Cowlitz River has been kicking out great numbers of Chinook with a few Coho and Steelhead being caught as well. Focus on the lower river from Castle Rock down to the mouth. Free drifting eggs or hover fishing have been getting the best action.

Fishing with Todd Daniels of Tall Tails Guide Service

Fishing with Todd Daniels of Tall Tails Guide Service

Don’t give up on Albacore Tuna out of Westport and Ilwaco just yet! Strong reports are still coming out of both ports, and as long as we have a weather window the fishing can remain good through mid-November!

Tom of 3 Rivers Marine snapped a quick photo of the carnage from their tuna trip on Thursday.

Tom of 3 Rivers Marine snapped a quick photo of the carnage from their tuna trip on Thursday.