Fishing Report

Fishing Report October 2017

LAKES
Do not miss the chance to catch some tasty rainbow trout in the lowland lakes before the Oct. 31st closure. These fish have had the whole summer to fatten up on Mother Nature’s finest foods. They are now feeding aggressively to prepare for the cold winter. Trolling dick nite spoons, carey special flies or woolley buggers. Casting rooster tails towards lily pads will also work. Some lakes do stay open for year around opportunity. Check the regulations for which lakes stay open.

SALTWATER
A few smelt are showing up at Coronet Bay. This is one of the few fisheries that WDFW does not require a license.
Area 6 – Closed for Salmon, open for trout/steelhead
Area 7 – Closed for Salmon, open for trout/steelhead
Area 8-1 – Closed for Salmon, open for trout/steelhead
Area 8-2 – Closed for Salmon, open for trout/steelhead
Area 9 – Closed for Salmon, open for trout/steelhead
Area 10 – Open for Salmon and trout/steelhead
Crabbing is open seven days a week in Areas 4-9.

RIVERS & STREAMS
The Skagit River will be closed until Dec. 15th. The Nooksack River is open and is putting out a few silvers. Lures that work well are blue fox vibraxes #4, #5 of any color. As well as 50/50 dick nites sizes 1 & 2. Brad’s wigglers in color codes 29, 94, 92, 20, 79 and 22. Chums should be showing up anytime. The south fork has been tough but there are fish to be found moving through. Successful anglers have been using beads, twitching jigs and vibraxes. Dakota and California creeks have been putting out a few coho, chinook and cutthroat. Keep only clipped fish. Spinners once again are the stand by when fishing this tidal water. Whatcom Creek should start producing chums at the Maritime Heritage Center. Yarn is always the go to “lure”. Any color you can find on the ground or in the trees should work well. If the yarn is too dirty or faded we have a vast inventory of colors. Remember to be kind and careful when fishing around the “wall”. Be careful and read the closure list on the WDFW website.