Capt. Ron Westrate, Director SLM, reports from First Call ll .
A week of either limit catches or catches of all the fish a person needs or wants. Many of the charters only lasted 3 to 4 hours to get all the weight of fish a person or group needs. Creel numbers ranged for low to mid teens to the low 20’s. The creels consisted of a mixture of about 2/3rd lake trout and 1/3rd salmon and steelhead. The size of the fish was also very good with lake trout up to 15 pounds and salmon pushing 20 pounds.
The lake trout again were taken primarily on Gold Star metal flashers and white/glow and green/chartreuse spin n glos on the bottom with downriggers. Salmon were caught on the high and low divers, 200, 300 and 350 foot copper with Pro Troll flashers (blue bubble, mixed veggie, white and blue and UV and white and UV. Behind the flashers we pulled Rapture flies and the best fly was the Oceana UV and Oceana Tuli, however there were days when the Green No See Um and the Green Hypnotist out fished the Oceana, but not often. The steelhead were caught early in the week on 150 foot of copper with green glow Ace Hi splatter back and the silver green Ace Hi splatter back.
The perch reports were very poor this week with either very few or no perch being caught. The only favorable report was off the ball in 70 foot of water with a few perch being caught.