Friday, October 13th - Good morning. The weather is excellent this morning for some fishing. The locals say there are more salmon at Burt Dam than they have ever seen.
I talked to a few fishermen that were at Burt Dam the last two days and they said it was ďspottyĒ. I've seen videos and pictures that show a lot more than spotty down there. It's crazy good fishing according to most.
By boat, there are still fish at the pierheads and a lot of the run is in and Eighteen Mile has some great fishing in those holes. Those with the smaller boats are having a field day in there.
Pier fishing is still really good. Itís going to be a warm weekend. Sunday it will be 75 and humid. Early morning and night it will be crisp and down to 45 degrees. That is when those fish will be biting hard.
Licenses: If you are in town and need a fishing license, The Boat Doctors are authorized agents. We are here at the invisible giant blue barn on the corner of Lake & Jackson streets by 6 am every morning, guaranteed! We have been here almost 21 years and people had no idea even do licenses or were here at all. I am so sorry to all the people that call and got no answer in the early mornings. We have the calls forwarded to a cell phone at night and keep forgetting to change it back. Apologies Ė will try to get the old brain to remember each night. We are always open when we say we are! Remember, just look for the giant blue barn next to the water tower. Located on the corner of three streets, we should be easy to find.
Tuesday, October 10 - Itís on. The question everyone has been asking . Itís the official start of the salmon run everyone has been waiting for. The first part has started. The silvers have started to come in. We finally got some rain that kicked it into gear with a little flow into the creeks and those fish are finally swimming. Oak Orchard has been crazy good fishing for a couple of weeks now and Olcott finally kicked in to join the fun.
More are fishing the piers at night Ė using Cleos, J-14s, skein , tight lining, has been the ticket. The nocturnals like fishing the piers because they can fish all night long. For any newbies in the area, fishing from the Lake Ave bridge to the lake is allowed all night long,
Eighteen Mile Creek has a lot of fish in it right now, especially in those deep holes. There are some decent ones for those with smaller boats. Burt Dam just kicked in according to Wes at Slippery Sinker, the king of skein and eggs in town here. Heís been buying them for eighteen years.
Salmon, rainbows, browns are at Burt Dam now. Itís been kind of tough to give out good info when every 3rd guy was catching ďaĒ fish. But now Ė the fish are there for everyone. They wonít be going back out into the lake this time. We all know what they come in for.
So the beginning of the run has started and with some more rain and flow; the rest will follow. Most are using eggs and skein now. Itís just that time. If you are going to Burt Dam, donít forget your waders. At Oak Orchard Ė if you are going past the rope, donít forget your life jacket.
They have been doing excellent at the Lower River and there are plenty of charters to take down there. If you are fishing the Lower River - Creek Road Bait and Tackle is the ticket for all your info and needs. Check out Bill Hilts fishing report link here all winter long. It will be linked right here every Thursday or Friday. Have a great day.