Hendo1975 wrote:Hello Larry,
thanks for your welcoming words and your helpful info recommendation I really appreciate it. The WDFW regulation pamphlet looks...pretty ahm German....I always thought we Germans are master in over regulating things. But maybe it is necessary to protect the amazing phenomenal variety of creatures here....
I really would appreciate to get the answer to one for me very important and generall question.
Is it still worth to buy a fishing boat to go on the sound and the lakes around Seattle or should I rather be in a chess club...
What I try to ask is, is the sound almost empty or are there still some fish species that are worth and fun to fish for and keep for a nice dinner without going up to Alaska or BC every time you want to do a little fishing for a day?...
Please excuse my English its still a bit bumpy and rusty I´ll improve it I promise...
PS I would never judge you for any political discussion! I´m just happy to be here in this beautiful part of the country and believe me in Germany it´s even worse, fishery regulation wise and national politics wise....
Thats a hard question to answer. If you want to fish, a boat is far far better than trying from shore. If you dont get a boat, Id say chess is the way to go
As far as the Sound and around Seattle - yes there are still fish out there but it is NOT "the good old days" any more. These days, you really have to work at it and what and where and when and how many is much more limited than it used to be.
This year is especially limited because some of the salmon runs are predicted to be very small plus a major dispute between the state and native tribes has limited our seasons.
It is not a certainty you will catch dinner if you go fishing in the sound or any local lakes. In fact the odds are against you. Id suggest you read the report section and make some notes. Then you can go online to the WDFW website and check the catch reports they post.http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html
Look under the creel reports for the area you are interested in. You will find that the catch rates are often pretty low when you look at the number of anglers fishing compared to the number of fish actually caught. Keep in mind that the number of fish "caught" includes fish that had to be released because they were the wrong size or not hatchery fish, etc.http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/puget/
As a general rule - fishing for salmon gets better the further north you go in the sound. However, one of the better inside choices isnt far - Possession Bar is at the south end of Whidbey Island and is usually one of the better options. It just closed to salmon fishing though. Also, there are some other good choices in various spots around Whidbey Island.
If you are willing to drive a ways - the Straight of Juan de Fuca and the San Juan Islands and the coast or on the Columbia River all generally have better fishing than inside the Puget Sound.
You can also go for crab and shrimp when they are in season inside the Sound. Crabbing can be pretty good at times. This year seems to be ok so far.
Things like seabass, rock fish and Halibut are pretty much wiped out inside the Sound and Lingcod are getting close to being gone also. Again, the further north and out towards the coast, the better it gets.
Lakes on the West side of the state are similar depending on what you are fishing for. You can generally count on catching some trout or kokanee or bass or pan fish in local lakes - again if you work at it. Also - boats are far better. Most lakes and river areas are heavily developed and there is very limited bank access. We plan one or two trips to the east side of the state or the Columbia river when we want really good fishing, but thats a 4 to 6 hours drive.
I just realized my post sounds very depressing - and it is when you think how great it was just a few years ago. BUT - boating is always better than working - even if you dont bring a fish home