• Whatcom Creek - Bellingham Wa

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 #243528  by dj2loud
 Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:53 pm
Was up there about 11am yesterday, saw 3 taken out and they were pretty chrome but bars starting to show.. Thanksgiving week looking like the normal years... Also saw 3 seals already chasing fish... Someone bring a paintball gun....
 #243961  by fisherman92
 Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:43 pm
Well bass is on the agenda for this weekend. Next weekend should be good for chum? Hopefully they have started coming in with these rains? Any updates? Thanks and good luck on the battle field of Whatcom creek haha
 #243963  by Jakefish
 Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:13 pm
According to the escapement reports, the hatchery has only received 20 chum as of 11/7. That is dismal. What's worse is that 18 of the 20 are listed under "mortality", which means they only have 2 fish on hand. People need to be very careful when transporting their fish from the steps to the tube - move them quickly, keep your hands out of the gills, cradle the fish under the belly - don't just hold them by the gills or the tail and dump them in the hatchery tube.

Update - last year the hatchery had 190 fish as of 11/8 and zero mortality. Wow, this is looking terrible.
 #243965  by fisherman92
 Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:42 pm
That doesn't sound good. Yeah last year was the worst year I saw by far, but I only make it up on weekends. Hopefully it picks up..
 #243966  by Jakefish
 Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:02 pm
I expect it will be closed soon due to a lack of broodstock. Ironically, most of the fish bypass the fish ladder anyway, so that won't really help. We need anglers there to put them in the hatchery tube. They should just close retention and make it catch and release into the hatchery tube only.
 #244034  by dj2loud
 Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:32 pm
Jake it has nothing to do with mortality from handling and shoving down the tube, I fished a few days ago two days in a row and put 3 down the tube, came in the next morning the same time and 3 out of the 3 fish i put down were laying on the sidewalk with a 1/2 its body eaten by the local otter/river rats that are getting into the pens.. If you notice the boards, wire and etc at the base of the railings, this has been the problem so far. There isn't many fish making its way up as of yesterday, I refuse to fish it until the run materializes and i can shove some down the tube again.. They rely on you and I and everyone else to jam as many in there this year as possible considering last years 1388 was the most dismal on record... The native netters should be ashamed to have netted last year at the mouth for 11 straight days.... Aslo they should start popping the seals, 7 counted the other morning chasing what few fish were there.... kill them all....
 #244043  by fisherman92
 Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:00 am
Well I hope I can do my part in placing fish in the tube this year... hopefully they show. Good luck. See you there IF the fish show..
 #244044  by Jakefish
 Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:20 am
Stopped by to have a look a couple hours ago - still nothing. No fish on, very few anglers, and nothing I could spot in the ponds. Only 1 seal. Maybe they have given up.
 #244048  by Jakefish
 Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:53 am
And as expected the closure was just announced. Today is your last shot if you are going to go - it is closed effective 11/15.
 #244063  by dj2loud
 Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:07 pm
i don't know why they closed it to all fishing, pretty dumb if you ask me considering the fisherman are the ones that have been the only ones to put fish down the tube for hatchery collection. We might as well give this fishery up in a couple years, fucking nets went in the bay in october and haven't come out.... **** this state and its bullshit.... You will see me up there placing fish in the hatchery tube without recourse from the state....
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