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Fishing Reports for February 3

By on February 3, 2016

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Washington

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

no report this week

Marine Area 2 (Westport)

no report this week

no report this week

Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay)

no report this week

Marine Area 5 (Sekiu)

no report this week

Marine Area 6

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) predicts “Good” prospects for Chinook and “Poor” prospect for Coho during February in Marine Area 6.

Marine Area 7

Ready to run for the barn after a long day on the water. Our Friday Harbor friends Greg, Chuck, and Jen, and Rob Morris from Texas wrap it up after a good Roche Derby.

Ready to run for the barn after a long day on the water. Our Friday Harbor friends Greg, Chuck, and Jen, and Rob Morris from Texas wrap it up after a good Roche Derby.

Blackmouth fishing has been fair in the ‘Juan’s. There’s probably better luck to be had outside if the weather permits. Conditions have been breezy off and on. The protected interior of the Island’s has been slow, but head North or South and the fish seem to be more plentiful and larger. Small spoons such as the Coho Killer, or 3” Kingfisher by Silver Horde have been producing.


I’d like to give a big shout out to Randy Shelton, and all the other folks getting involved with Salmon for Soldiers. We spent a lot of time with Randy and  his wife at the Roche derby, and their level of caring and commitment is very inspiring. We also were lucky and honored to spend time with the veterans who were fishing. We are so grateful to these young men who protect us, and keep the flag of freedom flying over us. Please visit salmonforsoldiers.com for more information, and to see how you can help out.

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

Marine Area 8.1

no report this week

Marine Area 8.2

no report this week

Marine Area 9 (Admirality Inlet)

The weather has calmed down for the past few days and anglers have managed to finally have some good fishing. Salmon are being caught at most of the regular spots such as Point No Point, Double Bluff and Mid Channel Bank.

Possession Bar has been putting out a few salmon, but has not been red hot. Most blackmouth being caught are in the 4-6 pound size. A few larger salmon in the 10-12 pound size have also been taken.

Don’t forget the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby will take place February 19th to the 21st. Ticket sales end February 17th. There is a $10,000 1st Place Prize.

Also don’t forget, fish the bottom 10 feet of water for blackmouth. Troll with the current, not against it. The best time to fish is one hour before to one hour after tide change.

Tom Nelson, Salmon University

Marine Area 10

no report this week

Marine Area 11

The salmon fishing opened in area 11 on 2/1/15 and the fishing was slow.  Typically they are caught this time of year from the Clay Bank area trolling flasher and spoons in about 120′ to 150′ of water about 10′ off of bottom.  For a more up to date report call 253-591-5325.

Crabbing is now closed.

Basic Fishing Classes (Adults 15+) Cost $10 March 5, 2016 10 am to 12 noon at Point Defiance Marina.  Pre-register at MetroParksTacoma.org/GO or call 253-591-5325 Learn beginning fundamentals for fresh and salt water angling including regulations, equipment, tackle, rigging, knots, casting, fish identification, landing and care for fish.

Basic Fishing Classes (Youth 8+) Parent or guardian welcome to register and learn with their youth .  Cost $10 April 2, 2016 10 am to 12 noon at Point Defiance Marina.  Pre-register at MetroParksTacoma.org/GO or call 253-591-5325 Learn beginning fundamentals for fresh and salt water angling including regulations, equipment, tackle, rigging, knots, casting, fish identification, landing and care for fish.

Open daily from  7 am to 5:30 pm .  February 1, 2016 Area 11 Chinook fishing to reopen after being closed in January

Great Seahawks Tek Fit t shirts and hoodies in safety reflective and yellow for the Seahawks fan   Call 253-591-5325 or visit us on Facebook “Point Defiance Marina”

Pier Peer in Tacoma –See and touch creatures brought up from local divers.  Participate in plankton and sea life netting to view the variety we have in Puget Sound as you learn about these amazing creatures from Tacoma Nature Center and Point Defiance Marina educators.  Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 7:30-9 pm   Cost $8   For ages 8+.  Every youth needs an adult chaperone.  Complementary Hot Chocolate and Coffee.

Sign up online at MetroParksTacoma.org/pier-peer or 253-591-5325.

Start collecting those Swap Meet items for the Point Defiance Marina Swap Meet on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 10 am to 3 pm. Covered Space will be limited…A great way to clear up your lockers or garages with tackle and gear others may really need.  No firearms, bullets, tobacco, or alcohol products.  Contact Information:    Gene Anderson genea@tacomaparks.com, (253) 591-5325

•    Register Now for a 10 X 10 Space

•    Space is limited.   Deadline to register May 19, 2016 .  Registration form required and can be obtained at PDM Boathouse

•    Cost: $15.00 PDM Locker Tenants receive $5 off

•    No admission fee for shoppers

•    Tables can be rented to sellers at $5 per table.  Must reserve in advance at PDM Boathouse.

Report submitted by Point Defiance Marina. For more information contact: Art Tachell, Boathouse Marina Technician, 253.591.5325 art@tacomaparks.comwww.pointdefiancemarina.com.

Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal)

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) predicts “Good” prospects for Coho during February in Marine Area 12.

Marine Area 13

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) predicts “Good” prospects for Coho during February in Marine Area 13.

Freshwater – Lake Chelan

For more info call Anton & Sandra Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service;darrellanddads.com; antonj@aol.com or call (509)687-0709 or toll free at (866)360-1523.

Freshwater – Potholes Reservoir

I spent 3 days at the Washington Sportsmen’s Show in Puyallup and enjoyed every moment of it, seeing and talking to hundreds of friends from years past. Thank you all for stopping by to say hello. The drive over the pass was easy both ways. Now I am back to my home at the Potholes to find that temperatures have again dropped and ice is reforming to lock in the boat launches. Also yesterday we took a drive to look at the lakes below and, again, they are for the most part ice covered. So much for launching my boat or taking a walk to one of the year around lakes. Super Bowl Sunday and after so close for the Seahawks. Next year will be a new start. Go Hawks!
Report submitted by Tom Pollack.

British Columbia

Vancouver

Rene with a nice blackmouth.

Rene with a nice blackmouth.

Milder temperatures and overall better weather conditions have made for an enjoyable and productive couple weeks of fishing recently.  Some days you have to weed through the undersize to get legal fish, but all of our trips in the last couple weeks have been providing decent action.  Most days we are seeing 5 to 8 hook ups a charter.

For more info call Jeff or Jason at Bon Chovy Fishing Charters (604) 763-5460, bonchovy.com email: info@bonchovy.com.

Vancouver Island (Saltwater)

no report this week

Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound

no report this week

Bamfield

no report this week

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was GOOD for anglers in East Sooke. Anglers were reporting the best success in the bay, landing springs up to 12 lbs. The best area has been from Cheanuh Marina’s breakwater to Lamb Island. It’s also been good by the Trap Shack and on the east side near Whirl Bay. Most of the fish being brought back to the marina weigh between 5-7 lbs in size. Anchovies in glow teaser heads have been very effective in luring the winter springs. Spoons, such as the G-Force and Skinny G, in the Bon Chovy or Irish Cream colours were effective. For flashers, the Lemon Lime 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 GOOD this past week. Out on the Flats, winter springs have been caught fishing with Green Splatterback Coho Killers on the bottom in 65’ of water using Purple flashers and 40” leaders. The fish were feeding on needlefish and Coho Killers in Gold Nugget have been productive too.
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 GOOD this past weekend. There were lots of springs in the 3-5 lb range with a few larger ones to 15 lbs. Most of the fish were caught close to the bottom in 120-150 feet of water inside the bay by the Navy Buoy, but the largest was caught close to Albert Head. The trolling pattern has been figure eights between the Deep Hole and the Can Buoy. The anglers are fishing close to the bottom are often bouncing the downrigger balls on the bottom. There is also lots of bait right inside the bay, and salmon feeding on them there as well. Small spoons, such as the G-Force, Coyote and Gypsy, in the glow and/or any bright colours were very effective. Hootchies and squirts also produced well. Flashers that remain popular include Glow green, Lemon-Lime and Purple Onion. And you can’t go wrong fishing anchovies in a Bloody Nose teaser.

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

Sidney

Salmon fishing was GOOD near Sidney. An 18 lb spring was caught near Muir Island and a 15 lb spring was caught near Coal island..  It was caught on a Coyote spoon and had a belly full of extra large herring (maybe 8”-10″ each).  The majority of the winter springs caught recently have been short of the minimum size for retention. Most anglers are fishing using anchovies in Bloody Nose and UV Green teaser heads. Coho Killer spoons have also been working well, especially in double glow and Gold Nugget. Prawning is now closed in Saanich Inlet but a number of boats have been working the west side of the inlet for salmon between Bamberton and Mill Bay.

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 GOOD for winter springs this past week. There are lots of small 3-7 lb springs off Sooke right now but not too many larger fish. It’s been good around the 140 foot contour. The 3”-4” Coyote, Gypsy and G-Force spoons, as well as hoochies, are the top choices for Sooke anglers. G-Force spoons in Outfitters, Irish Cream and No Bananas have been very popular. Hoochies in White Glow, Army Truck and Tiger Prawn have been catching their fair number of fish. The most popular flashers recently have been the Purple Onion, the Gibbs Outfitter and the Lemon Lime.

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

Ucuelet

no report this week

Victoria

Fishing for salmon was GOOD off Victoria. The weather was poor much of the week so not too many anglers were out. The fish have been scattered, but they are following the bait schools so you might have to move around a bit to find them. The larger fish of last week seem to have moved on and most of the salmon are weighing between 3-5 lbs. The Local Kitchen held their Annual Salmon Superbowl this past weekend. It was won by Ron Neitsch with an 11 lb spring. Spoons and squirts were successful in getting hook ups. Bloody Nose and Purple Haze have been the most popular colors for teaser heads. Good choices in plastic baits are the Electric Chair, Purple Haze and White Glow. Coho Killers, AP Needlefish, G Force and Coyote spoons in Green Splatterback, Moon Glow and glow white & green colours have also been good. The Purple Onion, Lemon Lime and Bon Chovy flashers have been popular recently.

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

Cowichan River
The river “blew out” last week peaking on Saturday. The water level at the lake today was just over 2.35 meters and at 1.9 meters near Duncan. Although, it’s dirty and brown, anglers have been catching both steehead and brown trout in the Riverbottom area, mostly from drift boats. For steelhead, good lures to fish are Spin ‘n Glo’s, Beads and yarn, Gooey Bobs and the always reliable Pink Worm. Spoons can also be a great lure in these conditions. Fly fishing for brown trout at the top end of the river has been good.
Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com

Lakes

Trout fishing was FAIR on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. Cowichan Lake has produced some large cutthroat trout for those trolling 3” plugs, but that is strictly a catch and release fishery for large trout.

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

Stamp River

no report this week

Oregon

Tillamook Bay

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that catch-and-release for sturgeon may be good and recommends fishing the channel edges on the outgoing tides.

Great Lakes

Lake Michigan

no report this week

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