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Fishing Reports for July 29

By on July 29, 2015

Washington

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has estimated “Good” prospects for Chinook in Marine Area 1 during the month of July.

Marine Area 2 (Westport)

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I think it is safe to say that every fishery at Westport is REALLY good right now. I keep saying it and I hope people are hearing me but, if you have ever thought about coming to Westport and fishing, the next month and a half is the time to do it. Salmon, tuna, and bottom fishing are as good as I have ever seen it.

Cyndi needed a hose down after this Tuna.

Cyndi needed a hose down after this Tuna.

Kings are being found out in the deep water. Start looking in 250 to 300 feet of water and plan on fishing anywhere from 160 feet to 230 feet on your downrigger. Silver Horde Hoochies and Spoons lead the way. Cookies and Cream or Irish Cream are my first choices. Hoochies colors are Purple Haze, Army Truck, and any shade of Green works well. I use Pro Cure Herring scent on both. Thirty-six inch eaders on the Hoochies and six-feet on the Spoons. Kings are also on the North and South Beaches. To the North they are just outside the surf and to the South the are hanging at the mouth of Willapa Bay. Divers are the ticket here … no need for a downrigger.

Tuna, 31 miles from my slip in Westport Saturday we Plugged our boat with fish by 1:30. Our largest fish weighed 31.6 pounds and our average weight was 20.25. Trolling Cedar plugs and Swim Baits raised these fish then it was a live Anchovy show We hooked fish on everything we put out. It was a blast.ii

Bottom fishing is about as automatic as you can get right now. Most charter offices are offering either combo trips or straight bottom fish trips. You just have to check around. I know most of the six-pack charters are only doing salmon or tuna for the rest of the season. You will be able to check out more tuna tips in the next few weeks as I continue my three-part series on tuna fishing here on Salmon University.

We are really busy fishing and working in Westport so come on down and enjoy the coast. Remember that there are no marina facilities any longer at Ocean Shores so head to the port on the south side of Grays Harbor. Have Fun, be safe, and we will see you in Westport!

Report by Kevin Lanier, owner of KC Sportfishing Charters 425-328-8558, President PSA Ocean Anglers, VP PSA State Board. Photos by Cyndi Lanier, Owner of Dockside Art,Gifts,and Tackle Westport Wa. 425-328-8559. 

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We picked up a small scoop of live bait and departed Westport at about 0730. We had heard fishing was a little scratch on the north side off the casino so we opted to try bottom fishing first then switch over to salmon later that morning. We targeted a reef about 8 miles west of the south jetty and found good rockfish and lingcod action. Seemed like with the warm water had the lings extra aggressive as they were climbing on steadily. The largest one weighed in at 26 lbs and we had a few others in the teens. We caught our 8 lings on live anchovies and ended up with about 2/3 limits of rocks, mostly large blacks, for ~2 hours of fishing. While bottom fishing, coho were chasing our gear and one even bit a rockfish several feet below the surface so we opted to try mooching within the immediate area. Mooching was just okay as the water was really clear and they seemed more interested in just chasing baits then striking them. We mooched for about 2 hours and ended up with 5 nice hatchery coho and released about as many natives. Wanting to target some chinooks, we then picked up and ran to the beach 5 miles south of the south jetty and started trolling in about 90 feet of water where we metered some bait. The water noticeably darker between 110 feet and 70 feet. We tacked north toward the jetty targeting depths between 70 and 90 feet. The coho action was really good and we ended up boating the 3 more hatchery coho within an hour or so. The coho were good sized, with all 8 being between 7 and 12 lbs. All 4 rods we fished had about the same amount of action but the fish were definitely up higher as the rods at 15 to 25 feet were bit the most often. Also, we were trolling fairly fast (~3.2 to 3.5 knots). Here’s what was working:

  • 072615_2Hot Spot Purple Haze flasher (mini) with an Ace Hi-fly UV Purple Splatter tied about 20 inches behind the flasher and tipped with a herring
  • Hot Spot Green flasher (mini) with an Ace Hi-fly Yellow Splatter tied about 20 inches behind the flasher and tipped with a herring
  • Hot Spot Agitator flasher (7.5″) in Purple Haze with Krippled Anchovy in UV purple tied 36 inches behind the flasher
  • Hot Spot Agitator flasher (7.5″) in Yellow and Red with Krippled Anchovy in red tied 36 inches behind the flasher

We didn’t change gear much so I’m not sure what else would’ve worked. The fished seemed to be pretty aggressive though as most fish were hooked deep. The fishing game biologist said action was slow on the north side and that we were the first boat he had seen with full, 2 fish per person limits. He mentioned there was some chinook limits on the north side but that the fish were smaller sized. It was early afternoon when we landed our last fish and we did not see one other boat on the south side the whole time we were there. Something to consider when weighing the options of north or south. Hope this report has been helpful. This was our first trip of the year but will be out about every weekend until the season closes.  If you’re interested in treating yourself to a custom fishing rod, my business information is below.

Report submitted by Zac Koehn, Chinookie Custom Rods, (916-402-7969).

Marina Area 3 (LaPush and Forks)

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has estimated “Good” prospects for Chinook in Marine Area 1 during the month of July, and “Fair” prospects for Coho during the same time period.

Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay)

Fishing remains excellent out of Neah Bay. As of Friday, July 24, fishers are restricted to one chinook per person, per day.  This in-season change was implemented by WDFW in an attempt to extend the chinook fishing later into the season as about two-thirds of the quota had been taken by mid July.  Fair weather and relatively calm seas lead to another productive weekend for most fishing in Area 4. Swiftsure bank remains “stupid-easy” for kings in the 8-12 pound size range and like always, you can find the occasional larger one in the bunch. Flashers and hootchies in all the standard colors are working well.  Green glow or red glow flashers and a green glow or army truck hootchy will produce kings.  Larger fish can be somewhat selected for with large Tomic plugs.  Fishing seems to be best at about 150-200’ on the cable.  Pinks are present in abundance on the banks with flashers and small pink hootchies taking the most fish but other gear also catching pinks.

Bigger kings can still be be found farther south – a few minutes south and 5-6 minute north of the 48 degree line and east-west a few minutes on the 125 line remains been HOT for big kings.  We fished about 5 miles east of shark fin on Sunday 7/26 and took 2 kings  around 15-17 pounds.  Others fishing a bit farther to the east found a somewhat better grade of fish with many fish in the 20’s.   Coho can be found but have not yet moved into the area in abundance.  With a one king limit, and two bonus pinks allowed, it’s still possible to limit on salmon with 1 king, 1 (hatchery) coho and 2 pinks or 1 king and 3 pinks.  Also, bottom fishing along the rocks south of Tatoosh has been producing fairly easy limits of black rockfish.

Report submitted by Big Salmon Resort.

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Another good trip to the tip of our Great State. And great fishing. King fishing has been very good. Got our limits out there Friday and Saturday, six miles out of Tatoosh, 90 to 150 feet down. Water is warming up out there, but the bites are very good. Silvers are showing up, too. Using flasher and coyote spoons, 12th Man, and green and white. Pictured is my Neighbor Mat Weiner.

Report submitted by Jim Brown.

Marine Area 5 (Sekiu)

no report this week

Marine Area 6

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has estimated “Excellent” prospects for Chinook, Pinks, and Sockeye in Marine Area 6 during the month of July.

Marine Area 7

Pinks, pinks and more pinks in the Island’s right now. Kings are around, but hit and miss. You really have to know where they are to land on them.

Submitted by Kevin Klein, Fidalgo-SanJuan Islands Chapter PSA, CCA Northsound. The cover photo of this week’s fishing reports was also submitted by Klein. 

 

Marine Area 8.1

no report this week

Marine Area 8.2

no report this week

Marine Area 9 (Admirality Inlet)

Josh took his dad out in the Outdoor Emporium boat and scored big with two freight trains!

Josh took his dad out in the Outdoor Emporium boat and scored big with two freight trains!

“PLUGS DOWN DEEP !” was the intel for catching Kings during the Area 9 closure this weekend.

Glow Spatter Back Silver Horde plugs scored big when trolled in the 180-200 foot line near the bottom.  From Port Townsend to Kingston, the reports were coming in with some big hatchery fish being caught. It is closed now for Kings, but the Pink Salmon are in.  Slow down the troll, pull out the pink mini-hootchies and start the smoker !

See you on the water.

Report submitted by Nelson “Spud” Goodsell (IGFA Lifetime Member; President, Salmon for Soldiers 2015; FISHTALE 2)

Marine Area 10

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Too bad there will be no Chinook reports and great pictures like this of Kris and friend with a beautiful HATCHERY King, caught last year in Marine Area 10. Chinook retention is closed this summer to recreational anglers in central Puget Sound. So, sport fishers get zero percent of HATCHERY Chinook in the area. Businesses get zero much needed dollars in fuel, tackle, food, beverage, etc. Other areas get much more pressure. Guess what another user group that held the WDFW North of Falcon process up, demanding ransom for their demands, gets? EVERYTHING … and all the fish get to die in nets. The process is broken. Time for recreational license holders and taxpayers (AND THE STATE) to stand up for what’s right. Joining and contributing to groups like PSA, CCA, Fish NW, and NSIA is a start. By the way, Area 9 is now closed to Chinook retention as well.

No one knows what will happen with the low water crisis we have now in the rivers. How will the fish respond, or adapt? Anybody’s guess. However, one would like to think that even the anti-hatchery groups would like to see these HATCHERY fish caught before they hit the limited gravel, especially by a user group that puts so much money into the economy and state funds as recreational fishers. The future is being decided now. Let’s do what we can to make sure we have a voice in that future.

Submitted by Kevin Klein, Fidalgo-SanJuan Islands Chapter PSA, CCA Northsound

Marine Area 11

Pictured is Gene Anderson with an 8 and 10 pound king caught off the Claybanks trolling flasher and squid in 160 feet of water just off the bottom.

Pictured is Gene Anderson with an 8 and 10 pound king caught off the Claybanks trolling flasher and squid in 160 feet of water just off the bottom.

The salmon fishing has improved with fish being caught at the Clay Banks in 120-150 feet of water trolling flasher and spoon or flasher and hoochie on the bottom . Fish ranging from 8 to 30 pounds, with half being wild fish and needing to be released. Trolllers are also finding kings at the Girl Scout Camp and Gig Harbor Shoreline trolling 40-90 feet deep. A pink salmon are starting to show at Quartermaster Harbor and Dash Point Redondo Area trolling white flasher and pink squid. The best times have been high water to an hour past the tide change. Crabbing has been pretty good in Quarter Master Harbor, Commencement Bay, Dash Pt. area, etc. For more information call 253-591-5325

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Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal)

no report this week

Marine Area 13

no report this week

Freshwater – Lake Chelan

no report this week

Freshwater – Lake Washington

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After a nice weekend cool down of the weather, I hit the East Channel of Lake Washington to target smallmouth bass.  I wheeled my kayak down the sidewalk from Enatai Park and dropped in near the bridge.  I decided to change it up a little having just read an article in NW Sportsman Magazine about some big walleye having been caught by WDFW in the lake.  Really? Walleye?!

I decided to bring  along a couple bottom walkers and worm harness spinners from my Potholes walleye gear.  Trolling in 15 to 18 feet of water I picked up a couple of nice smallmouth bass just by scraping the bottom.  No walleye but the perch continued to chip away at the trailing worm on my rig.  There are loads of perch out there.  If you can’t find the schools, just fish the edge of the weed line.

Submitted by Brad Hole, Kayak Fishing Washington, 206-313-5567kayakfishingwashington.com

Freshwater – Potholes Reservoir

This past week the temperature has dropped a few degrees but is going up again this weekend. The lake is still dropping but in talking to the locals it is not as fast as in past years due to the water management plan. The fishing has really dropped off for walleye and perch as expected. When the water starts to cool off it will pick up. This weekend at the Potholes there will be another large bass tournament. It is a 2 day event sponsored by Limit Out Marine with major money to be paid out; it will be a challenge for these pros.

A blow of sorts to the sockeye fishermen is because of water temperatures in the Columbia. All sockeye fishing is closed from the Rocky Reach dam and up stream to the Chief Joseph dam. High temperatures reduce oxygen levels as well as bring on diseases creating a major natural fish loss. We are seeing this in most all river systems throughout the northwest with no end in sight.

With the fires in central Washington we have not been bothered by smoke here, though still have several weeks of fire danger to come. Here the skies are clear, we have some wind but no heavy storms. The other night we did get some rain.  My wife put on her robe and went out to stand in it missing the rain we left when we moved from Kent.

Tom Pollack – retired

British Columbia

Vancouver

no report this week

Vancouver Island (Saltwater)

Alberni Inlet

 

Dennis, Ron, and Valerie with nice Chinook, Coho and rockfish catch this week.

Dennis, Ron, and Valerie with nice Chinook, Coho and rockfish catch this week.

I don’t like to repeat myself but I often do from now until the end of summer. Fishing is great.

All of the offshore banks have good fishing for both salmon and halibut. Some days it may be one bank and the next day somewhere else is the hot spot. Moving as little as one or two miles or as much as twenty can be the difference between an okay day and an awesome day. Listen to the radio chatter (but only believe a little of what you may hear!), or better yet keep in touch with friends out there for good reports.

Fishing inside Barkley sound has been great as well. Lots of Chinook and a few Coho are being found throughout the sound. I fish mostly hootchies but sometimes and Anchovy fished in a teaser head about 5-6 ft. behind a flasher is hard to beat.

For more info call Ken Bodaly at Rocky Point Charters, Bamfield, B.C. 250-728-3678 or the boat cell phone 250-735-4224 website: www.rockypointcharters.ca email: rockypointcharters@shaw.ca facebook: Rocky Point Charters

no report this week

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was VERY GOOD in East Sooke. There are lots of pink salmon and boats are getting limit catches. The pinks are throughout the entire area so you don’t have to search very far to find them. The best fishing has been on the flood tide in the tide rips and tide lines. The spring salmon fishing is pretty steady inside the bay. The best fishing there has been in tight to shore in 100 feet of water and between 40 – 70 feet on the downrigger. Anglers are also catching some springs between the Trap Shack and Beechey Head but a big spring could show up anywhere. Most springs were running from 15 to 25 lbs in size with a 31 lb spring the largest on the weekend. Anchovies were the most productive bait for the big springs and No Bananas and Halloween Candy were productive teaser heads. However, spoons and plastic baits have been popular due to anglers switching to artificial baits because of the amount of bait needed to weed through all of the pinks! The Glow/Green Stripe hootchy has been effective for springs this past week. Spoons, in 3 or 4 inch size such as G-Force in the Outfitter or Trap Shack colours were effective. For flashers, the Lemon Lime, Betsey and the Purple Onion have been good.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com

Oak Bay

Salmon fishing was SPOTTY this past week. There were springs caught but fewer fish that during the previous week. Most salmon caught were when fishing lures right on the bottom (60-120 ft) on the flats. The fish were hitting needlefish spoons as needlefish are the predominant in the area. Anglers also caught fish using G-force spoons in 3 -3.5 in No Bananas and Outfitter colours. Anglers that were jigging reported catching springs as well. Coho Killers in Gold Nugget and Green Splatterback have been pretty productive. The best flasher has been the Gibbs Lemon Lime and the Bon Chovy.

Halibut fishing was VERY GOOD this past weekend out in Haro Strait and off Discovery Island. Anglers that have been fishing are using mackerel, extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com

Pedder Bay

Salmon fishing was EXCELLENT this week. Limits of pink salmon, some nice springs, a few hatchery coho and some catch and release sockeye were reported at Pedder Bay Marina. Pedder Bay itself was the prime location to catch a nice spring, especially in shallow and near the Deep Hole. All of the pink salmon has kept the rental boat fleet very busy and there are usually waits at peak times. It’s a great place to take the family for lots of action. Anglers jigging inside of the bay were also catching springs and the Mac Fish and Gibbs Minnows were productive jigging lures. Anchovy was the most productive bait when trolling for springs with Halloween Candy and Bloody Nose being top choices in teaser heads. G-force spoons with both glow and green have been working as well and are getting more popular due to all of the pinks eating up bait. Flashers that remain popular include the Madi, Betsey, Lemon-Lime and the Purple Onion.

Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT this past week. Duane Mousseau and his fishing partner landed 56 & 41 lb halibut from the Race one day this past week. Anglers that were fishing were using mackerel, extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com

Sidney

Salmon fishing was VERY GOOD near Sidney. The pink salmon have been running off of the Pender Bluffs and lots of boats are getting limits there. A few chinooks were brought in over the past week but not too many. The springs have been shallow, at 30 to 50 feet and in shallow water, first thing in the morning. Many anglers are fishing using anchovies in Bloody Nose and UV Green teaser heads. Squirts have been out-producing hootchies and the hot patterns for springs now are Purple Haze, J-79 and Electric Chair. Coho Killer spoons have also been working well, especially in double glow and Gold Nugget.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com

Sooke

The salmon fishing was VERY GOOD this past week. The pink salmon are here and most Sooke anglers targeting them have reported limit catches! Now that the pinks are running, it is a great opportunity to get new anglers and kids out. The springs were in less common and scattered throughout the area. Most chinooks are weighing in the 20’s and teens. The bigger springs are being caught in the 35 – 60 ft depths.

The Consultants Invitational Fishing Derby was held this past weekend. First place in the salmon division went to Mauricio Navarrete for a 22.7 lb Chinook. Second place went to mark Sullivan for a 22 lb 10 oz chinook. Third place went to Jerrod Pinder for a 21 lb 10 oz chinook. The largest bottomfish was a 3 lb 10 oz rockfish caught by Jacquie Burden.

Anchovies are the number one choice of bait for Sooke anglers but with the high numbers of pinks being caught recently, many anglers are forced to use artificial baits when they run out of anchovies or herring. We’ve heard of some anglers using up to 50 anchovies in a day’s fishing. Teaser heads that have been performing well with anchovies are Bloody Nose, UV Green, Green Glow and the Mint Pearl. G-Force spoons in Irish Cream and No Bananas have been catching their fair number of fish. Coho Killers have been quite effective in catching pinks. A few sockeye have been caught but they are closed for retention. The most popular flashers recently have been the Ok’i Betsey, the Gibbs Outfitter and the Jellyfish UV.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com

Ucuelet

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When any guide in BC asks you how many fish you have he will tell you the number of Chinook. If he also has Coho he will tell you I have 5 and 3 Coho. Chinook are the most prized salmon to catch for a variety of reasons that includes their size, strength, and the fact they are more of a challenge to catch then any other salmon. Well now is the time of year to catch the biggest of the most prized salmon. We are getting some screaming runs of large Chinook in close to shore in some pretty scenic areas. As far as fishing goes, this is what many sport fisherman will travel the  world for. The past week has seen a couple Tyees as wells as quite a few  fish in the 20¹s.

Lewis group holding 4 Chinook from 19 to 33 lbs

Lewis group holding 4 Chinook from 19 to 33 lbs

Offshore hotspots this past week include Lighthouse Bank, Inside South Bank and Big Bank. Big Bank has been consistently been producing limits of Chinook and Halibut most of the summer with a few Coho as well. The Rats Nose has continued to be the hotspot however there are fish and bait in many different areas. You can troll for miles in a line and keep hitting fish the whole way. Chinook are mostly in the low teens though there are days where they average a little larger. Many sizes and colors of spoons are working. There is quite a bit of large bait, so it is often best to match the bait.

Submitted by Sam Vandervalk of Salmon Eye Charters (1-877-777-4344). Salmon Eye is recommended by USA Today, Cruise America and New York Times bestselling author Peter Greenberg in his book The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to the Greatest Experiences Around the World.

Victoria

Kini McDonald of Victoria holds up a nice “Teenage” spring she jigged up using a Blue Fox Geomame Jig in the 80g version, She also caught a nice halibut and several pinks on her day out.

Kini McDonald of Victoria holds up a nice “Teenage” spring she jigged up using a Blue Fox Geomame Jig in the 80g version, She also caught a nice halibut and several pinks on her day out.

Fishing for springs was GOOD at Constance Bank if you could get your lure past the pink salmon. Springs are being caught by trolling and jigging at the bank with the jiggers having an easier time of not hooking pinks. The pinks were less frequent this week off Victoria waterfront. The best spot to find the pinks has been in deeper water and along the tide lines. It’s still spotty for springs off the harbour entrance and the breakwater but some springs have been caught there. There has been a bunch of 3-4” herring off the waterfront recently, so spoons in that size are a good choice for trolling. .Anchovies, spoons and squirts were successful in getting hook ups. Good choices in plastic baits are the Electric Chair, Purple Haze and pink squirts. Gibbs Coho Killer, Sitka needlefish and Coyote spoons in green, moon glow and silver colours have been very effective. The Lemon Lime flasher with the Glow Green Splatter Back Coho Killer has been a very effective combo out on the bank.

Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend. Anglers report that the dogfish were less of a problem this past week. Most anglers that were fishing were using mackerel, extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com

Cowichan River

Effective July 4, 2015, virtually all angling in streams and rivers in Wildlife Management Units 1-1 through 1-6 is suspended.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com

Lakes

Fishing is GOOD on most lakes as the water temperatures climb. Wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in Cowichan Lake. Only single barb less hooks are allowed for all fishing on island streams and rivers.

Trout fishing was GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing from shore and right on the bottom. Orange Garlic and Pink Garlic have been good choices recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are fishing Pumpkinheads, Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Micro Leech patterns on full sink fly lines. Trollers have been doing well with Gibbs Gang Trolls and Gibbs Wedding Bands. Other good trolling lures are the Apex Trout Killers in rainbow, green or black and white patterns. Flatfish and/or Kwikfish have also been effective in sizes 5 to 7 in Frog, Black with Silver Flake or Rainbow Pattern. The biggest trout this year have come from Langford Lake.

Bass fishing is EXCELLENT. At this time of year most of the bass are in the shallows.  During the day, soft plastics rigged Carolina style work well and crank baits can work well too. Soft plastics rigged “Carolina Style “is also a good choice when fishing drop offs and docks. The most productive colors in 4” Yum baits are Smoke or Pumpkinseed. Langford Lake, Shawnigan Lake, Prospect Lake and Elk and Beaver Lakes are the best local bass lakes. St. Mary’s Lake on Salt Spring Island is also a great lake for bass fishing.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com

Stamp River

Effective July 4, 2015, virtually all angling in streams and rivers in Wildlife Management Units 1-1 through 1-6 is suspended.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com

Oregon

Tillamook Bay

(last updated July 21, 2015) The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) reports that spring Chinook are still being caught. Trolling herring or large bladed spinners are the two most popular techniques. Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon is slow.

Great Lakes

Lake Michigan

no report this week

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