The fishing on the Cowlitz river has continued to pick up and the numbers of steelhead in the system are increasing daily, the quality of the fish has been impressive as well with reports of 12-18lb hatchery steelhead in the mix. Anglers that have been having success have been side drifting beads as well as bait. The Olympic Peninsula has been productive as well fishing for native steelhead with the big bruising native steelhead starting to make their appearance, anglers have been fishing hardware such as spoons or fishing big wfo worms or BNR soft beads being a very popular choice as well as hard beads such as steelhead beads for these hyper aggressive bruisers!
Blackmouth fishing is open in all local areas now and the fishing has been good. The San Juan Islands has been the best producer for not only numbers but size as well. Fishing in the rest of the sound has been decent as of late, those that have been able to find the bait balls have been able to scratch out a fish here and there. The top producing lures have been coho killers in herring aide, white lightning and cookies and cream. Kingfisher 2.5″ and 3″ in the same colors have been producing fish as well. The local fisheries have been slow but still are kicking out some fish for those that are able to locate the few bait balls and stay on top of them!
Kokanee fishing anglers have been finding great success on the Eastern Washington fisheries of Lake Chelan and Lake Roosevelt, as well as the local fishery of Lake Stevens! The most popular tactics have been trolling some sort of dodger such as a dick nite or macks double d followed by some sort of spinner or squid! Make sure you are tipping your presentation with cured shoepeg corn to add some smell and attraction to your presentation. If you want to potentially upsize your average kokanee size we recomend running the kokanee cut plug packed full of bloody tuna scent to trick some of the big kokanee these lakes have to offer!
Largemouth bass fishing has begun to pick up on the westside of the state with the increased sunlight and daylight we have been seeing as we inch closer to spring. Fishing slow moving presentations such as a jig or a senko is a great way to attract an early season largemouth, if you want to fish moving baits fishing a spinnerbait, chatterbait or swimbait slowly can account for some great early season fish!
The smallmouth fishing remains very strong on Lake Washington as healthy smallmouth are being caught anywhere from 20-60′ deep on a variety of techniques. Most popular techniques have been dropshots or football heads with baitfish imitation plastics or small swimbaits to imitate sculpin!
Reminder we have our bass seminar this coming Saturday March 7th from 11-2. Be sure to rsvp by calling us at 425-415-1575 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to unforeseen circumstances there has been a change in speakers for our steelhead seminar this Saturday December 7th. We have been fortunate enough to have Shea Fisher and Kristen Bishop of TheFIsherE guide service. Shea and Kristen are great steelhead fisherman on the local Snohomish river systems as well as rivers like the Cowlitz and Columbia! We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday! Remember to rsvp by calling 425-415-1575!
WHY YOU SHOULD WINTERIZE YOUR BOAT AND ENGINE
Beat the rush. Beat the freeze!
Boaters tend to wait too long to properly winterize their boat and engine and before we know it winter sneaks up on us bringing freezing temperatures and a rush to get in for service resulting in a longer wait than anticipated. The following are the most important issues to prepare for.
Freeze damage to inboard motors and lower units are a disaster. Cracked blocks and split metal is not a good thing and to make matters worse insurance companies will not cover damage due to neglect of maintenance! Flushing and backfilling your cooling system with marine anti-freeze will eliminate this type of damage.
Fuel issues can lead to nightmares! With today’s ethanol enhanced gasoline mixture cold weather will cause separation from the gasoline ethanol-water attracting combination and settle at the bottom of your tank corroding welded seams and stripping anodizing. Come fishing season these particles will get into your fuel injectors and carbureted engines will suffer the same problems. The same issues will also happen inside the motor. Believe me on this one! Try tearing into a kicker engine in the dark with a flashlight trying to get your motor running good for the next morning of fishing after the jets get clogged of from bad fuel contaminates!
Internal corrosion is one of the most often overlooked causes of engine failure. This silent motor killer builds up over time due to not properly fogging internal bearing, seals and rotating surfaces with a thin coat of protective lubricant.
Protective storage is one of the best preventative maintenance items you can do. We all would love to have a heated enclosed storage facility to protect our boats from the winter elements but if that is not an option a great alternative is to have your boat shrink wrapped.
Three Rivers Marine offers these winterization services for all types of boats and motors to keep your boat running worry free and ready for next season. Call or stop by to talk to our expert service advisors and get your boat ready for winter.
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Crab fishing is set to open July 4th in Marine Areas 4,5,6,8-1,8-2,9,10 and 12 with Marine Area 7 South San Juan Islands opening July 11th and Area 7 Gulf of Georgia opening August 15th.
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The Snohomish and Skykomish and Wallace rivers are set to open for silver salmon this coming Sunday September 16th. The anticipation is high as fish have been seen rolling all the way from the lower Snohomish River up to the mouth of the Sultan River. The fishing should be great for the first few days of the opener with all the proven tactics. Those fishing the lower Snohomish River should troll wiggle warts in colors such as firetiger, cerise, red and orange. Also make sure to have a supply of Mag Lips in both the 3 and 3.5” size in the same colors listed for the wiggle warts.
For those anglers that want to cast or that are fishing up on the Skykomish river make sure to have a supply of dick nites, twitching jigs, and spinners. When it comes to dick nites most anglers cast and retrieve them on a dropper weight style setup. The two most popular dick nite colors are 50/50 and any of the Frog patterns in a size 1. For anglers looking to use spinners look no further than either a Blue Fox in a size 4 and size 5 or an R&B torpedo spinner in a size 4 or size 5 as well. Popular spinner colors consist of blue, pink, orange, and purple. Twitching jigs have become increasingly popular over the last few years to tempt aggressive coho in slower moving frog water. Popular twitching jig colors consist of black/purple, black/blue and chartreuse in 3/8 and 1/2oz sizes.
As the season gets farther along those fishing bait can find great success whether drift or float fishing. Fishing freshly cured eggs or sand shrimp can tempt even the most stubborn of lockjaw silvers into biting.
Make sure to get out early in the opening of the rivers to capitalize on the best fishing opportunity and the best bite.
Puget Sound has been experiencing a great season for Silver Salmon so far and its sure to continue up to the close of the season. With an abundance of salmon still making their way down into Puget Sound from Sekiu there should be enough fish to keep us busy through the end of September and into October in Area 10.
Anglers chasing the silvers in the salt have been finding their best success trolling spoons and or hoochies of some sort behind a flasher. The most productive spoons have been silver horde kingfishers in the 2,3 and 3.5” size. The most popular colors have been herring aide, cookies and cream, and white lightning.
The most productive hoochie colors have been either purple haze or red racer with glow beads and a herring strip for added attraction. Anglers have been finding success in all the areas with Area 10 seeming to be the best area as of late. The silvers are nice size this year with a lot of fishing running in the 8-10# range with reports of silvers up to 16# being caught as well.