riesx040 wrote:Any tips on places to stay near Padilla bay?
There are several options. The one right on the bay is the Swinomish Casino and Lodge. Otherwise you would want to look in Anacortes, Mount Vernon or Burlington. You have several options.
Only problem with Padilla right now is brant season opened, so it will be a zoo on Sat. Sun & Wed's until the end of the season. Lots of hunting pressure will shift the birds and make it more of a challenge. Only three types of sea ducks that you will probably shoot in the bay depending on where you set up. Surf Scoters, Old Squaw which may be a challenge and buffleheads.
You will see puddle ducks along the east and south side of Padilla. South side has a large reserve along with private hunt clubs. It's a matter of knowing where your at as the leo's will be out checking boats, gear and licenses. You may also get a brant depending on where you set up.
You may do better going further south away from all the traffic around Camano Is., Whidbey area or further north. Research the spots where and where you can't hunt. Even seasoned local hunters can be challenged with all the regs and changing hunting / shooting zones. Once you get it dialed in, you can have a lot of fun. Just remember the salt will throw rust on a gun in about 2 hours. It is rough on all your equipment. Best of luck to you.