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Westy’s Outdoor Report

Outdoor Report for June 18th, 2020

Hi there, it’s Westy for Yeager’s with your Outdoor Report.

The drawings for special hunts have been done and I hope you were luckier than I was.  Out of 18 items I put in for, I only got drawn for an old man’s doe tag in eastern Washington.  That, added to my Multi Season Deer tag gives me pretty good odds to be eating venison next winter, but it still requires being in the right place at the right time with a little luck thrown in.  No one else in my circle of family and friends drew anything at all, so I really can’t complain.

Here are some openings and closings you need to be aware of:

  • All Whatcom County beaches are closed for the harvesting of shellfish due to Biotoxin contamination.
  • Ling Cod season closed on the 15th.
  • Halibut season in Marine area 7 is open but on odd days only.
  • Pot Shrimp season is open in Marine Area 7, but not every day, so check before you go.
  • The Skagit River is closed to the taking of Sockeye Salmon
  • The North Fork of the Nooksack is open for Hatchery Chinook.
  • The main stem of the Nooksack is open for trout but not all the forks.  Check each one before you go.

My wife and I finally got out to Lake Whatcom to fish for Kokanee and we did get a few, but the wind was knocking us around so bad we gave up after only two hours.  We caught fish between 45 and 55 feet, half of them on a little pink hoochies and half on a wedding ring spinner.  Both lures were baited with Tuna flavored corn on the front hook and a fake maggot on the back hook.  We were using very small dodgers, and our leaders were no more than 12 inches long. Trolling speed was under 1.5 mph and that’s a slow as my motor will go.

There is a sample of this setup at the store it you want to see what it looks like.  Keep in mind that Kokanee are really landlocked Sockeye Salmon and primarily plankton eaters.  So, your terminal gear has to be active enough, and a bit smelly to get them in close enough for the striking instinct to take effect.

I could have used my Minn Kota electric motor to troll slower but even with 55 pounds of thrust, it just can’t fight the wind.  My boat sets high in the water and catches as much wind as an aircraft carrier so keeping the boat on course is always a fight while trying to fish two rods.  Those electric Scotty Downriggers make it possible to do it all.

That’s a wrap for this week, thanks for listening.