Chum Fry Fishing Report 3/13
Man-O-Man where to start?! Chum Fry is the keyword for this March Fishing Report and they are damn near everywhere! This week we have had Cold/Comfortable/Warm/Perfect/Wet weather. It has been down right confusing trying to layer up in the morning for a day on the water. However, the chum fry is out in full force! Sight fishing for big cutthroat along the flats has been down right amazing! Schools of chum fry getting caught up on the shoreline current has been our main keys to success. However tossing big baitfish off the dropoffs on slack tides has lead to some great success on the slower parts of the tides.
Fly Fishing this time of year is as good as it gets. If you stay in the chum fry the fishing has been great, and if you get out of the chum fry the fishing has been unpredictable, however not to shabby either.
Listen up! I’m going to give you the trick of the season. Slow down and just do some searching. We just slowly cruise the shorelines, waiting to see fish heads and bait boiling, then make your cast at feeding fish. “Alright there he is make your cast… slow, strip, STRIP, speed up… STRIP, STRIP!” Then start laughing and playing your fish! Come on now, how could it get any better? Chum Fry season has delivered in an absolute spectacular way this year!
Here was the conversation at the dock yesterday;
“Hey Justin, I just realized the guys who recommended you said you tell a lot of jokes, we didn’t hear any today!”
“…Shoot man, I don’t know why I didn’t tell them.”
His wife then said, “I know why, you were to busy netting fish and laughing at the fishing!”
A few keys to success:
- Stay out of the run off! As the winter turns to spring the snowmelt can shut the fishing down. Stay away from the creeks that are kicking out the snow melt. Allow me to elaborate on this. First, snow melt will often lower the water temperature and clarity, making it difficult for fish to hunt. Furthermore the snowmelt carries lots of minerals that can lower the oxygen levels and often makes for lethargic fish.
- Stay with your game plan! If you are fishing somewhere with a lot of chum fry, stay fishing in the bait. Your go to spot probably is not going to fish the same if all the bait is south of you still. Cutthroat will move to the bait.
- Work out from the source! Start by, finding the creeks that are dumping the bait, and move out to the good water north of it. Also, this is a great way to find new water for the whole year and great fishing now!
- Slow down! Sometimes your eyes are better for searching than your brain. Take some time to just stare at your situation. Looking down the beach is often the best way to find a starting point. It might seem counterintuitive to stop casting, however that is often the best place to start when things are not going as planned.
This coming week we have some cloudy overcast weather in the mid-high 50s… But what the hell do those weather men know anyway? I’ll take that mid 50 degree weather any day after the past month of cold. If you look at the forecast it looks like “Fishing Weather”!
We don’t have many for the next few weeks. We moved some stuff around today and opened up the 19th, 25th, 27th, 31st. I can’t say this enough, Thank you so much for all of you who came out this month. I am humbled to be able to share the memories with all of you!
April Dates: 3rd, 10th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 25th, 27th, 29th. We are filling up pretty quickly and looking forward to another great month with all of you! Chum fry will still be emerging from the rivers all through April and we will stay ahead of them all month. I am fired up and looking forward to continuing the roll we are on!
Captain’s Clean Up
We will announce soon the Inaugural Captain’s Clean Up for April. Keep an eye open for it later this week! We are super excited to party with you all and spend the day cleaning up Puget Sound.