Here is a picture of a nice coastal sea-run cutthroat trout caught out of Hood Canal while fishing for early Coho salmon. This fish bit a small Puglisi minnow. These fish are always a fun bonus to catch even when targeting other species. Look for cutthroat fishing to really start picking up in March and should just get better until the end of May. Your best bet is to throw patterns that match the outward migrating salmon fry, mainly Chum salmon fry.
We had a great fishing trip to Sekiu, Washington last August. My nephews Grant, Campbell, and Gavin were in from Hawaii. Chris Taylor from Trout Unlimited Chapter 383 President and a member of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Puget Sound Sportfishing Advisory Group also joined us.
Here the group of us were getting ready to launch the boats.
Here's a nice flounder that Cam caught on a drop-shot style rockcod rig. He was using a Lamiglas Classic Glass rod with Abu Garcia Ambassadeur Line Counter reel spooled with 30 lb test Tuf-Line XP braid.
This is at the end of the first day. Gavin and Chris with the Sekiu Eagle outside Olson's Marina Mini Mart.
The Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group is seeking volunteers for many of its projects. If you would like to help out, please contact them at 360-275-3575. They are located in Belfair.