Skykomish Summer Kings/Steelhead: June 1st - July 31st
This fishery is a memorable one as not that often do we get to fish for both King Salmon and Steelhead in flip flops and a t-shirt here in the Pacific Northwest. We catch both species on the same gear and in the same type of water so u never know what might pick up your bait!!!
Snohomish Humpies (Pink Salmon) on odd years: August 1st - September 30th
This fishery is the most action packed fishery that Rotten Chum Guide Service has to offer! Limits are the norm (4 per Angler) and on a typical 5 hour half day trip, it is standard procedure to hook a hundred or more fish by the boat team! Great for kids and families to get into a gob of salmon, Humpy fishing is a must-do trip!
Snohomish Coho: September 1st - December 31st
This is one of the most beautiful times of the year to be fishing the Snohomish River system as the leaves on the Alders, Maples, and Cottonwoods that line the river with abundance are changing their colors in preparation for winter. Our Snohomish Coho numbers are strong and lots of fish enter the river with every tide. This fishery can be fast and furious when there is a good coho bite and it's hard to beat a fresh coho on the grill! These fish are known for the acrobatic skills once hooked and provide a thrilling experience!
Skykomish Chum Salmon: October 15th - November 30th
Rotten Chum Guide Service is convinced that Chums are the meanest, most aggressive fighting salmon that swim the planet. Though Chums are not known for their table fare, they make up for it with their ability to bend the rod tip and keep it bent with authority. Some years this fishery is closed for retention but the fight alone on one of these impressive fish is memorable! This time of year on the Skykomish also boasts a population of Alaska Bald Eagles that fly south to escape the harsh winter up north. It is not uncommon to see a few dozen eagles as we are fishing!!
Skykomish Winter Steelhead: December 1st - January 31st
The Steelhead is known for its hard fighting abilities and the Skykomish has some dandies. We fish for both hatchery and wild (catch and release only on the wild steelhead) steelhead with the bulk of the fish being hatchery until about Mid-January when the bigger wild fish start to nose into the river. We target these fish both out of the sled and the pontoon boat!
Cowlitz Winter Steelhead: March 15th - April 15th
This fishery is a blast and one of the better chances in the state at hooking multiple large hatchery steelhead per angler in one day. These fish are mean and are known for thier extra hard fighting tendencies. They average 8 to 15 lbs with some bigger caught every season!!
Cowlitz/Columbia Spring Chinook: March 25th - May 31st
These fish are the best tasting salmon on the planet and are loaded with Omega 3 oils. The Columbia River Spring Chinook fishery is heart-throbbing when a springer grabs a trolled herring and the rod buckles over! We typically fish near Kalama, WA where there are several nearby flats for trolling herring downstream!!
Lake Stevens Kokanee: April 15th - July 31st
Kokanee are landlocked sockeye salmon that stay in the lake their whole lifecycle. They are know for their excellent tasting meat and acrobatic fighting abilities. They average 10 to 15 inches with some bigger caught each year. The action on Kokanee can be extremely fast paced as once you find a school of them it is not uncommon to have two or 3 on at once!!
Columbia River Fall Chinook: August 15th - September 10th
Enough cannot be said about this fishery!! These fish have potential to be 40 plus pounds and a lot of them are 20 plus pounds. These fish are joined by both summer steelhead and coho and it is not uncommon to catch all 3 species in one day on the same gear!!