Saturday, August 20, 2011

Skagit River Pinks

The reports that we are receiving from the lower Skagit River has been nothing short of outstanding for pink salmon anglers. The single biggest problem has been finding a good place to bank fish. Though the river has dropped a great deal since the opener it is still quite high and much of the bar areas are still covered by water making it difficult for bank anglers to find a spot to fish. The bank anglers are plunking with a spin n glow and sand shrimp combination and it is taking 4 - 8 ounces of lead to keep it in place depending upon the flow in the area you are fishing. The boat anglers are doing much better as they can access a greater amount of river than a bank angler can. The boat anglers are finding good results anchoring up on a current seam in 3 -6 feet of water and plunking with a spin n glow shrimp combo or TBS (Thin Bladed Spoons) such as FST's of Dick Nites or twitching 1/4 - 1/2 oz pink lead head jigs tipped with either a small piece of sand shrimp or coon stripe shrimp. Most boat anglers that I have spoke with have had no problem in getting their 4 fish limits recently.