Outdoor Report for February 27th, 2020
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Well, hello out there in the great Northwest with early signs of spring all around us. Yes, it could still snow, but over all, it’s time to think about your spring and summer adventures and we are the place to begin. Perfect days in the outdoors have begun at Yeager’s for 99 years and it’s still happening now.
I’ve checked out a few more trails around the area and they are looking good. I see early new growth of skunk cabbage and do you know what that means? It means bears. Bears eat mostly plants and one of their favorite springtime foods is the tender shoots of emerging skunk cabbage. Sooo, check the expiration date of your bear spray and replace it if needed. If you don’t carry it at all in bear country, you might be taking an unnecessary risk. Spring bears have been starving for months and emerge from their dens hungry and with attitude problems so be prepared.
What else is happening in spring is the WDFW is beginning to plant trout in the lowland lakes. We don’t have all the numbers yet but they should be about the same as in past years. The folks down in our tackle department are busy getting stocked up for the opener on April 25th. By the way, this is your first reminder for Family Fishing Day here at the store on April 11th. We know that’s more than a month away, but we want you here with your whole family to enjoy the fun and the opportunities that we offer.
If the trout opener in April is too far away for you, keep in mind that Lake Samish, Terrel, Fazon, and Wiser are open year around with a variety of fish available. The variety of fish species available in some or all of these lakes include Rainbow Trout, Kokanee, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Perch, Bluegill and Catfish. All of these species are eaten in various parts of the country but a word of warning. The fishing pamphlet issued by the WDFW each year lists some warnings about who should not eat some species and how often anyone should. It has to do with the chemical pollution of some lakes, so I would check it out before consuming some of these fish.
As soon as the water warms up a bit, the Kokanee in Lake Samish should begin to move around, and some bass fishers are already probing the shallows for early nesters. We are going to continue to expand our offerings for bass and other species besides trout and salmon as we see more and more fishers frustrated with the uncertainty of the salmon seasons.
Bass will ever never replace Salmon as the favorite fish for the majority of fishers as they aren’t nearly the table fare that Salmon are but they are an excuse to go fishing and they’re fun to catch and easy to release.
That’s a wrap for this week, thanks for visiting.