Hoodsport Area - SRC and Chum?

#1
I'll be down near Hoodsport, across the canal this weekend and plan to get on the water some. Mainly planning on cutthroat fishing but was wondering if I should bring along my 8wt for chum. I've never fished for Chum before--did a little research on old threads for flies,tactics, etc. Are there any reports of them showing up in this area yet? Do they cruise the beaches similar to silvers and pinks, or is it mainly an estuary game? Also, haven't checked the regs yet, but is it OK to target them in this area?
 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#2
Don't know if they are in yet at Hoodsport hatchery, but I have never fished there because of no elbow room…Someone else on here may know if they are there yet. My guess is a possible no, but probably with the next rains. In my experience it has been an estuary game. Slow retrieves. Haven't caught any just cruising along shorelines, but it happens, but I don't think often enough. If you find an estuary with other fly fishers, then they respect each others casting and it isn't as bad as it looks. Once you hook up, you'll be amazed at how much power they can exert. Set a stiff drag! I use an 8 wt. Most likely a floating line will be best in estuary situations. Watch for the "pods" moving and watch for the coming "nervous water". Chartruese flies work well, but others have their preferences, but it's always worked for me.
 

mtskibum16

Active Member
#4
I'm sure there are some in there, but likely not big numbers. I'm sure you can find some silvers down in that area though!

Oh, and Larry nailed it as far as how to target them so nothing more to say there really.
 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#5
I forgot to mention...Bring your cutthroat rod and your coho setup! This is prime season for sea run cutthroat….best time of the year!
 
#6
Thanks - and really happy to hear there may be a few silvers around! I think I have access to a small boat which will be fun and maybe give me some flexibility.
 
#7
I was there last monday(I confess) and there were plenty o fish and not many fishermen.The Skokes net on tuesdays and thursdays and vacuum up everything.It ain't no wilderness experience but it is a great place to learn how to play strong fish and refine your conflict resolution skills.one last pointer, the later in the day as in the last hour before dark the better the fishing.
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#9
Thanks Stonefish. Table indicates 57 Chum and one Summer Chum so far into the Hoodsport hatchery.

I note that there were ten times as many Coho jacks as adults returned to the Satsop Springs hatchery so far. 2,152 jacks vs 219 adults.
 

Cuttbow82

Active Member
#11
A friend of my dad's, who lives on MA9, told him that he saw large salmon rolling on the surface in front of his house all day today. Chums heading to Hoodsport?
 

Jered

Active Member
#13
I was there last monday(I confess) and there were plenty o fish and not many fishermen.The Skokes net on tuesdays and thursdays and vacuum up everything.It ain't no wilderness experience but it is a great place to learn how to play strong fish and refine your conflict resolution skills.one last pointer, the later in the day as in the last hour before dark the better the fishing.

"conflict resolution skills" Oh forget about fishing...this is something my wife, my therapist and my boss can all agree I should be working on!
 
#14
I fish the Hoodsport area pretty regularly due to some family in Potlatch. And I'll be down there crabbing and fishing this weekend.

There are definitely going to be fish at the Hoodsport hatchery, if not the full chum run yet, and by this weekend I would guess there are going to be a good number of gear chuckers there too. Personally I can't handle the crowds and flossers at the hatchery anymore, but if you want to catch a chum it is possible to strip some flies there. My recommendation would be hit it on incoming tide just after tide change so there's some beach space, if you're willing to walk away from the outflow creek a bit you can find some room, most gear guys fish right at the creek mouth. Chartruse, Pink and Purple streamers / clousers will all catch fish if put in front of them.

If you have a boat or kayak, most of the little creeks on the canal have small runs of wild chum. A stealthy approach and presentation is key, as the fish will school up near the creek mouths and your best chance is going to be the first few casts.

These same little creek mouths are loaded with SRC, and I'm hoping to get into some this weekend. The mouth of Hill Creek near Hoodsport is a fantastic boat access spot, but for public access the Potlatch Boat Ramp Beach and Potlatch State Park are both solid options for the incoming tide. The tribal hatchery off H 101 a 1/4 mile before Potlatch State Park is also an option for Chums, Blackmouth or SRC.

The Skok from the 106 bridge is always a fish producer, but as others noted it can get pretty rowdy with crowds, snaggers and litter. I'm not saying it's not worth a shot, but not my cup of tea.
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#15
One thing to remember is there is a 100 yard radius closure at the tribal (Enetai) hatchery near Potlatch.
Look up MA 12 regs for details.
I've seen a number of folks get tickets there. Myself and another board member even saw a guy inside the chain link fence snagging chums.
The look on his face when the warden showed up was priceless.
SF