Any Chum at Minter Creek, Chambers Creek, or Chico Creek

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  1. Peter Pancho

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    Chambers is junk for chums good for Kings and SRC, but minimal. My mom lives in Oakbrook, 5 minutes from Chambers.
     
  2. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    If the Quilcene is better than Minter Creek, I'm out. I fished the Quilcene for several years, I guess after it reopened. I liked the solitude there, but there is no such thing any longer unless you go out into the bay away from everyone else.
     
  3. Tom H

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    Does it count if I go but don't get out of my car?;)
     
  4. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Tom,
    Only if there is enough room in the parking lot to pull a fast u-turn.
     
  5. Peter Pancho

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    WE NEEED RAIN!!!!! I'm getting sooo impatient!
     
  6. Dan

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    Peter,

    I used to live in Oakbrook just above the creek. I walked through the neighbor's yard down into the canyon a number of times and it certainly looked fishy. I couldn't figure out how to fish it. That was before spey rods were widely available. I always assumed that the netting in the estuary removed most of the returning fish.
     
  7. Ed Call

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    I sent a friend out to Chico yesterday. I showed him a map of where to stand (flats away from others) and gave him five flies that I had tied up and in my truck. This morning he reports that he fished a couple hours at the end of the day with two hookups and one 12 pound nice looking beast brought to hand and released. I have no idea how others were doing, how many anglers were there or how many fish were in the area, but he hooked up and that made his day.
     
  8. mr. bad example

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    i was there yesterday during the bright part of the afternoon, it was slow, met Banzai cuz he had a WFF hat and got a spey lesson and quickly humiliated myself.It can only get better.
     
  9. troutaholic

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    Notice he said Native. That means there is no hatchery support for chums. Actually less than 15 years ago a rare run of summer run Chums went extinct. It only ran in Chambers creek and now it's gone. I've lived less than 1/4 mile from the creek for over 10 years and rarely see any chum concentrations at all. There's many more chum everywhere else in the South Sound. It also closes fairly early Nov. 15 (?) in both the estuary and the creek itself and that may be before the largest concentrations of chum show up. Of course you can't target salmon in the creek. Also I wouldn't put too much credence in the habitat people- most are relying upon statistics that were compilied during the last survery over 10 years ago. Kings and Coho are both fair in the estuary at different times from August to November though. Good luck!
     
  10. Tom Johnston

    Tom Johnston Been around a while

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    Aw, thanks for that. I know some fish can be caught.
     
  11. Tom H

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    Brian - I don't remember reading that in the fine print when I bought my 9 wt!!! :eek:

    OK, I'll get out of the car........but you can't make me cast.......
     
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    Just checked out the pool as I was driving by Minter - only a handful of fish.
     
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    MartyG, was the bank stacked up shoulder to shoulder for that handful of fish?
     
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    Still closed. I typically paddle from Purdy to he mouth of Minter and beach fish for them.
     
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    are the neighbors cool w/ wading on the shoulders of the bay @ minter?
    seems like a lot of front yards
    heard a guy lost an eye there
    myth or kp reality?