Westy’s Outdoor Report

Outdoor Report for May 30th, 2019

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Wow, June already! Where is this year going?

Hey, it’s Westy at Yeager’s with some good news and bad news. Let’s do the bad news first.

There are already several fires burning in Alberta and British Columbia sending smoke our way. It isn’t too bad yet but with this hot dry weather, it could get worse in a hurry. Our governor has already declared that Whatcom and two other counties are in a drought. My point here is that it is time to be thinking about summer safety and that means fire prevention. Campfires, too large, or unattended are the cause of numerous fires every year as well as campfires built where they shouldn’t have been in the first place. Be careful, really careful, doubly careful with fires this summer.

Now for some good news. I’m hearing of lots of Ling Cod being caught but many of them are too large for the slot limit, and have to be returned to the water unharmed. Maybe it’s time to adjust the slot limit upward so fishers can keep some of these fish.

Halibut fishing seems to be picking up but some customers coming to buy gear are not aware that it is only open on certain days, not every day. Check before you go, the fines are heavy and you don’t get to keep the fish if you get caught in violation.

We’re in the middle of several days of excellent clam tides and as of this writing, Birch Bay state Park beaches are safe and open. Check before you go.

Here is the best news. The upper Skagit opened for the taking of hatchery Chinook on June 1st and the results thus far are excellent. I’m told that there were many boats on the river this past weekend and lots of fish being caught. I don’t have a count of hatchery fish versus wild fish that had to be returned but whatever the ratio, catching fish is catching fish. The last Chinook I caught up there a few years ago was a 17 pound wild fish I had to return to the river and I was happy to know he was going to get upstream to spawn.

And finally, Tent Sale, Tent Sale, Tent Sale opening Friday the 14th. The recount is to have OVER $400,000 of merchandise out there for your bargain shopping pleasure.


That’s it for this week. Thanks for visiting.