Fishing Reports by Captain Wayne Ackerlund
About The Author:
Company: Ackerlund's Guide Service
Area Reporting: Washingtom
Bio: I'm Wayne Ackerlund and want to thank you for taking the time to learn a little about Ackerlund's. I was born in Snohomish Washington and have been fishing for Steelhead and Salmon for close to 30 years. I started guiding on the Skykomish in 1994, and since then have expanded my territory to most North Sound rivers as well as the world famous rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.
What surprised me that first year guiding, was how much I enjoyed seeing other people catch fish. This is especially true when it comes to having kids in the boat, or someone that hasn't ever experienced the thrill of river fishing for steelhead or salmon. Seeing a kid do their best to hold onto their pole (and his father hold them) while a native Steelhead or big Chinook goes screaming across the river, is (for me)the most enjoyable aspect of being a guide. I've also found that the most important quality a guide can have is the ability to not only consistently catch fish, but to also have exceptional customer service. Making sure my guests are as comfortable as possible, while providing professional service with quality equipment is just as important as knowing when and where to put the right lure or fly. I am commited to providing you with a memorable experience on the water and I can promise you, you won't find a harder working guide.
[Columbia River,WA] Spring Kings on the Columbia and it's tributaries are already showing promise of a record run this year.
[Skagit River,WA] Our Hatchery fish are still Showing in good numbers here on the Skagit. We will continue to target these fish until late January. We have already seen a few large Natives this season and it is promising to be anouther good year.
[Skagit River,WA] Seeing alot of Chum salmon in the lower sections as well as a few Coho. The Lower Skagit has been producing a fair number of chum this last week, also finding a few big Coho as well. We also had a nice surprise last week and caught our first hatchery winter run steelhead of the season.
[Olympic Peninsula,WA] The upper Skagit is running at 3500 cfs with 6 to 8 feet of vis, the lower Skagit below the Sauk has 3 to 4 feet of vis. Coho fishing has been spotty so far, but a little rain should bring a good push of fish.