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#987684 - 04/07/18 11:08 AM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
Salmo g. Offline
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Registered: 03/08/99
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Can't blame Ron Warren for this. The ball remains in NMFS' court. They haven't issued the ROD and approval to WDFW yet.

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#987931 - 04/12/18 02:36 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: ]
Brent K Offline
Parr

Registered: 08/12/13
Posts: 52
Loc: Arlington, Washington
Probably a good time to head to the coast.
https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=2110


Edited by Brent K (04/12/18 02:40 PM)

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#987934 - 04/12/18 03:20 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
Gusty Offline
Returning Adult

Registered: 04/27/99
Posts: 372
Loc: Everett, WA. USA
Fishery managers have scheduled openings beginning April 14-15, and continuing April 18-22, and 25-29. The fishery includes the following areas:

Skagit River, from the Dalles Bridge in the town of Concrete to the Cascade River Road Bridge in Marblemount. Fishing from a boat that is under power is prohibited.
Sauk River, from the mouth to the Sauk Prairie Road Bridge in Darrington. Fishing from a boat equipped with an internal combustion motor is prohibited.

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#987942 - 04/12/18 05:12 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
Salmo g. Offline
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It's fer reelz! No thanks to NMFS for missing two-and-one-half months of what should have been a three month season. But props to WDFW for announcing the opening within minutes of receiving the approval from NMFS.

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#987957 - 04/13/18 03:43 AM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
LocalTalent Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 06/30/14
Posts: 121
12 days.

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#987959 - 04/13/18 06:32 AM Re: Skagit rally [Re: LocalTalent]
FleaFlickr02 Offline
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Registered: 10/28/09
Posts: 2729
Originally Posted By: LocalTalent
12 days.


Not what it should have been, but 12 days more than you've had in several years. This is a rare win for sport fishers, and as such, we should celebrate it.

The old adage, "Never look a gift horse in the mouth" comes to mind....

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#987961 - 04/13/18 08:20 AM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
GoldDigger Offline
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Registered: 02/02/15
Posts: 219
Hope it all doesn't turn the river into a complete circus. Handling a sled with a pair of oars is not a simple task, especially when someone's hooked-up with a toad of a steelhead.

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#987965 - 04/13/18 09:21 AM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
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If it's a circus, it will be our circus. I may drive my boat around all day tomorrow looking for a rock to stand on and make a cast if some of the predictions about crowding come true. But I'd rather do that than stay home.

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#987970 - 04/13/18 11:10 AM Re: Skagit rally [Re: FleaFlickr02]
LocalTalent Offline
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Posts: 121
Originally Posted By: FleaFlickr02
Originally Posted By: LocalTalent
12 days.


Not what it should have been, but 12 days more than you've had in several years. This is a rare win for sport fishers, and as such, we should celebrate it.

The old adage, "Never look a gift horse in the mouth" comes to mind....


Personally, it is the same number I've had the last several years. With the short notice and my schedule I won't be fishing it.
Still, I know that the occupy Skagit folks have nearly performed a miracle getting it to this point.

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#987976 - 04/13/18 01:23 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
CraigO Offline
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Registered: 03/30/02
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Loc: Lake Stevens
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#988019 - 04/15/18 07:29 AM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
RUNnGUN Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 805
Sauk.....I'm sure it blew out yesterday. Anybody try it anyway?


Edited by RUNnGUN (04/15/18 07:30 AM)
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#988029 - 04/15/18 01:15 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
_WW_ Offline
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Registered: 01/30/13
Posts: 174
Loc: Skagit
Salmo and I did some "ceremonial" fishing at the mouth on Saturday. She was pretty dirty.
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#988057 - 04/16/18 09:15 AM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
Todd Offline
Bumpin the 6X9's

Registered: 03/08/99
Posts: 24447
Loc: Seattle, Washington USA
Sauk was not fishable, upper Skagit was, and was also kind enough to lend us several steelhead for a short time before sending them back to do their thing.

Fish on...

Todd

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#988059 - 04/16/18 09:34 AM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
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Registered: 03/08/99
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I didn't catch any steelhead this weekend, but I have never felt so good to fish the Skagit. Mother Nature severely limited the overall opportunity by punching the Sauk River, making the entire Sauk and the Skagit reach from the Sauk downstream to Concrete pretty much unfishable. This created the opportunity for everyone who showed up to prove just how sociable we are by cramming ourselves into the 10-mile stretch from Marblemount to Rockport. A good time was had, until that Saturday afternoon squall hit. Rain never hurt so much as driving my boat through that.

It was all bull trout for me, but my fishing partner captured a nice chrome bright hen on Sunday morning.

I'll be back later this week, but first I need to get new boat trailer lights. I accidentally backed my trailer into a ditch Saturday and smashed the right side taillight. I might as well replace them both and buy a set of LED trailer lights.

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#988063 - 04/16/18 10:22 AM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
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Registered: 08/31/00
Posts: 7100
Loc: Woodinmilf
SalmoG- We tried to find you at rockport in the afternoon but just missed ya. Sorry you got stuck in that squall. I was driving back down to the take out when in hit and thought to myself, Im' glad Im not still on the water!

Nick, Todd, and I went 4-4 Saturday. All Dime bright really healthy Skagit Wild Steelhead. Nick caught his best ever Steelhead after it kicked his ass all over the river...around a 14 lb hen...Todd caught one on his first or second cast, above the cascade and below the put in, that went 11-12 lbs..beautiful buck.... & I didnt catch a fish, but it didnt matter...it was so nice just to be back fishing on the river again.

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#988068 - 04/16/18 12:49 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
Salmo g. Offline
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Registered: 03/08/99
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Sky Guy,

I saw Luis at Rockport after I took out. He had already pulled his boat out, and he said you and Todd were around somewhere. I heard of a fair number of fish caught Saturday and not so many on Sunday, but I didn't see or talk with many fishermen on Sunday. It will be nice when all the open area is fishable, but all in all, not a bad opener after eight years with no March or April fishing.

Sg

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#988073 - 04/16/18 02:04 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
FleaFlickr02 Offline
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Registered: 10/28/09
Posts: 2729
Nice to hear it fished and kicked out some fish. Cool.

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#988085 - 04/16/18 06:09 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
Jason Beezuz Offline
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Registered: 11/20/08
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Loc: PNW
Team Bed Shitters here did good hooking them but not so much landing them. We got spooled by a nice fish on a plug rod missing half its line and I heard from across the river “You fawkin bed shitters!” and Im still chuckling about that.
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#988086 - 04/16/18 07:00 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Jason Beezuz]
FleaFlickr02 Offline
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Registered: 10/28/09
Posts: 2729
Originally Posted By: Jason Beezuz
Team Bed Shitters here did good hooking them but not so much landing them. We got spooled by a nice fish on a plug rod missing half its line and I heard from across the river “You fawkin bed shitters!” and Im still chuckling about that.


That IS funny. Sounds like everyone's genuinely glad just to be back out there. Pretty cool.

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#988090 - 04/16/18 09:14 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Jason Beezuz]
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Registered: 02/02/05
Posts: 322
Loc: Lake Stevens
Originally Posted By: Jason Beezuz
Team Bed Shitters here did good hooking them but not so much landing them. We got spooled by a nice fish on a plug rod missing half its line and I heard from across the river “You fawkin bed shitters!” and Im still chuckling about that.


Are you going to tell the 2nd half of that story.......
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