As I sit here contemplating why it’s 27 degrees with snow on the ground in February, my mind drifts to short sleeves and bare feet on boats decks. Spring will be here soon and it’s time for salty cutthroat.
March is maintenance month for us. Motors get tuned up, gear gets organized and hundred of files get tied. The new slip at the marina is secured and the anticipation is somewhat unbearable. April 1st is the beginning of the “busy season” and dates are filling fast. May has a few days left and June is going quick.
This summer is going to be crazy, with the popularity of sea run cutthroat fishing increasing what seems like daily around Puget Sound. This is a wild trout fishery that is well maintained and thriving. Let’s keep it that way.
April – Temps can range from cold to warm with rain present most days. This is spawn time for cutthroat. It’s a mixed bag of pre/post spawn fish that are caught. April is a “hunting” month with lots of push polling around. It’s a good time to be on the water as most anglers still have steelhead on the brain. It is not uncommon to have Puget Sound to ourselves.
May – Temps start to increase, and the rain dissipates to showers. The eel grass starts to bloom, and we find fish resting on these growing beds. Fish acclimate to being back in saltwater and feed with a vengeance. Salmon smolt can be abundant for the cutthroat to munch.
June – Temps stabilize and rain in limited. Fish are feeding, and the bottom structure is present that we need to find fish. June is one of my favorite months to be out. Fish will move into the skinny water to feed more on the increasing amount of baitfish.
There you have it, a small and redundant breakdown of the spring months. Please do not ever hesitate to call or email us with questions. As always, we are looking forward to fishing with old friends and can’t wait to show new friends how productive and fun Puget Sound fishing can be.
A few thank you’s are in order for keeping this fishing-boating-guiding-picture taking-admin-website machine rolling:
Paul, thanks for the new logo
Peter, thanks for the baffling web work
Neil, thanks for keeping everything afloat and moving
Jesse, thanks for your support and gear
Two thumbs to Sage & Simms
Captain Ben Zander