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Fishing Reports for March 23

By on March 23, 2016

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Washington

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

Excellent ling cod and rockfish fishing has been reported, but be warned of difficult conditions on the water.

Salmon University Staff

Marine Area 2 (Westport)

Randy Qualls and Angie Knudtson with Kristi Raffelson both show off their prize catches

Randy Qualls and Angie Knudtson with Kristi Raffelson both show off their prize catches

FINALLY!!!!!! Fish On!!!! It was Great to get out on the water. This past Saturday we headed off Westport and after a little patience and work we were able to get a nice load of Ling Cod and Black Rock Fish. The Lings came on bait and the Rock Fish fell prey to Shrimp Flies. 80 to 160 feet of water were where we found them with the Ling cod coming in the deeper water. Wind and current allowed us to free drift the bait with 10 to 12 ounces of lead. As always we spiced up the Flies with Shrimp scent. The Rock Fish were in the 3 pound range and the largest Ling came in just under 20 pounds. Neither species was super aggressive  even though you could see them on the sounder they were slow to bite. All in all it was a good day.

Randy Qualls and Angie Knudtson with Kristi Raffelson both show off their prize catches

Randy Qualls and Angie Knudtson with Kristi Raffelson both show off their prize catches

Bottom Fishing continues here on the coast for the next few months with our next opener coming May 1st for Halibut. FYI I do not think there is an open seat left on a Charter boat for Halibut but you might get lucky.

Clamming is still available on the beaches off Copalis and Long Beach but, remains closed UFN in the Westport/Twin Harbors area.

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.

no report this week

Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay)

no report this week

Marine Area 5 (Sekiu)

no report this week

Marine Area 6

no report this week

Marine Area 7

no report this week

Marine Area 8.1

There have been reports of blackmouth being caught off Onamac Point. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) predicts “Good” prospects for cutthroat during March in Marine Area 8.1.

Salmon University Staff

Marine Area 8.2

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) predicts “Good” prospects for cutthroat during March in Marine Area 8.2, and “Poor” prospects for Coho.

Marine Area 9 (Admirality Inlet)

no report this week

Marine Area 10

no report this week

Marine Area 11

With the drop in wind and rain the salmon fishing picked up a little with a few fish being caught this past week at  Quarter Master Harbor, Slag and Clay Bank areas.   The typical depths to fish are in 120′ to 150′ of water and within 10′ of bottom there has been some bait right on the bottom. Flasher and spoons seem to work best this time of year.   The tenants have been going out and caught fish up to just under 7  1/2  pounds.  There have been several wild blackmouth caught and released so we are starting to see a few salmon caught, but weather dictates the number of anglers able to fish.
For latest information call (253) 591-5325.
Crabbing is now closed in Area 11
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.
Basic Fishing Classes (adults 15+) 
Cost $10        May 28, 2016      10 am to 12 noon at Point Defiance Marina.  Pre-register 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  6:30 am to 7:30  pm .
Call 253-591-5325 or visit us on Facebook “Point Defiance Marina”
Basic Trailering Class
Learn the basic fundaments of care, proper and safe trailer connections, towing, launching, docking, and returning the boat to the trailer and the trip home. Saturday, April 16, 2016 10 am to 12 noon@ Point Defiance Marina Complex Cost $20 – Questions: Gene Anderson (253)591-5325; genea@tacomaparks.com
ABC Boater’s Education Classes
Wednesdays 7-9 pm May 4- June 1, 2016 Taught by Tacoma Power Squadron Learn what you will need to be a safe boater and receive your mandatory WA State Parks Boater’s Education Card.  Cost $50 (Includes a student manual, CD, and an introductory navigation software CD from RosePoint Navigation)
Questions: Gene Anderson (253)591-5325; genea@tacomaparks.com
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 at (253) 591-5325 or genea@tacomaparks.com
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• 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.com www.pointdefiancemarina.com.

Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal)

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

Marine Area 13

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

Coastal Clamming

clamming

While we wait for Spring to warm up the lakes and turn on the trout bite, I took a few visiting family members to the Washington Coast for some razor clam digging.

Having a couple “newbies” in the bunch, we struggled to find them right out of the gate. It wasn’t long before we found the honey hole.  Digging up one razor clam exposed a couple other holes in the hard sand in the vicinity.  It was approaching 5:30pm and we could see the tide starting to come in.  It challenging try to time the incoming water with getting your hand out of the sand. It took us about 90 minutes but the five of us dug 75 clams.  We spent another 90 minutes cleaning them and enjoyed a small portion of our bounty for a meal that evening.

Report submitted by Brad Hole of Kayak Fishing Washington (206 313-5567).

Freshwater – Potholes Reservoir

We are coming to an end, shortly, of something that happens here every year. I have gotten information from several good walleye fishermen that have been going out and getting skunked.  We have been waking up to 27-degree water and that has put Walleye and bass in a no bite mood.  There have been a few spawner sized that  have been caught and hopefully released. There have been a few good sized bass also up in the dunes where water at 47 degrees has been reported. Another reason for the non biters has been a full moon that is now going away.

Trout fishing in some of the walk-in lakes has been reported good. You will find them in pockets, so if you are not catching fish move around finding them is the trick. The next few days the temperature is forecast to be warming up so come on over and join the fun. Sandhill  cranes are still here in good numbers. Linda and I just  saw thousands next to Frenchmens Hill Road. They are filling their stomach for the long trip north.

Report submitted by Tom Pollack.

British Columbia

Vancouver

no report this week

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 FAIR for anglers in East Sooke. Anglers were still catching springs in the bay, but Whirl Bay produced larger fish. A 20 lb hatchery fish from Whirl Bay was the biggest salmon at the marina this past week. There have also been reports of springs caught by the Trap Shack and in Whirl Bay, but those were smaller fish. Anglers have been successful with all types of gear. Anchovies in glow teaser heads have been very effective. Spoons, such as the G-Force and Skinny G, in Cop Car, Bon Chovy or Irish Cream colours were also effective. For flashers, the Madi, Lemon Lime and Purple Onion have been good. Some halibut up to 50 lbs were also brought back to the marina. There were also a few halibut brought into Cheanuh Marina from Race Rocks and points east.

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

Oak Bay

Walker Grant (left), Hayley Gilbert (middle) and Chris Row (right) with two nice halibut

Salmon fishing was FAIR this past week but few people were fishing salmon in this area. The Flats have been holding some nice fish recently for those trolling close to the bottom. It’s been best in 100-140 depths. Good lures have been Green Splatterback Coho Killers, Skinny G spoons and APT Needlefish spoons.

Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT this past weekend. Bruce Cook weighed in a 63.2 lb halibut at the store yesterday. Chris Row from Brockville, Ontario caught a 129cm fish that weighed in at 63 lbs. Walker Grant caught a 126cm Halibut that weighed in at 54 lbs. Anglers that were fishing were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use Mudraker, Lucky 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

Mike Boyd brought in this nice 60 lb halibut from Race Rocks.

Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. There were springs at the entrance to the bay but most of the larger fish, up to 20 lbs, came from Whirl Bay. The anglers are fishing close to the bottom and often bouncing the downrigger balls on the bottom, in 120-150 feet of water. There is still a lot of bait right inside the bay. 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. 

Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT this past weekend week with lots of boats out and lots of limits caught. Mike Boyd brought in a nice 60 lb halibut from Race Rocks. Best areas were Race Rocks, William Head, 27 Fathom reef and Constance Bank. Anglers that were fishing were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use Mudraker, Lucky 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 GOOD near Sidney. Moresby Island has produced the most keepable salmon, but that’s not the only spot where keepers were caught. Coal Island and the Red Can near Sidney Spit also gave up some decent size fish this past week. The majority of the winter springs caught recently have been short of the minimum size for retention though. There have also been a number of boats fishing in the north end of Saanich Inlet. 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.

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

Sooke

Adam Orser with his double header from the Sooke Bluffs

Adam Orser with his double header from the Sooke Bluffs

The salmon fishing was GOOD for winter springs this past week. We’ve hear of fin clipped chinooks as large as 20 lbs coming from near the Sooke Bluffs. Adam Orser got a nice double header at the Bluffs with the two chinooks weighing 15 & 12 lbs. Adam was bottom bouncing a Kingfisher Kitchen Sink spoon off the bottom in 92 feet of water when he hooked the pair. We also know of another boat that landed 20 16, 10 & 6 lb springs while trolling anchovies at 120 feet in 150 foot depths. Anchovies have been the top bait recently, especially with Cop Car and Purple Haze teaser heads. The 3”-4” Kingfisher, Gypsy and G-Force spoons, as well as hoochies, are also top choices for Sooke anglers. Good colors have been Kitchen Sink, Irish Cream and No Bananas. Hoochies in White Glow, Army Truck and Tiger Prawn have been catching their fair number of fish. The most popular flashers recently have been ones with Moon Jelly patterns such as the Madi and the Lemon Lime.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com. The cover image of this week’s fishing reports was contributed by Island Outfitters.

Ucuelet

no report this week

Victoria

Fishing for salmon was FAIR off Victoria. The fish were some salmon near Constance Bank and Albert Head (on the pinnacles). Most of the salmon are still not very large in size, mostly “charter specials”. Brotchie Ledge to Ross Bay has also produced some fish, but not too many. 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 Cop Car colours have also been good. The Purple Onion, Lemon Lime and Madi have been effective lately.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT this past weekend, the best weekend of the year so far. The best areas have been Constance Bank, Border Bank and Albert Head. Anglers that were fishing were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use Mudraker, Lucky 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
The water has been dropping for a week and is 1.85 meters at the lake today and 1.55 meters near Duncan. The water clarity has been good. There is a dangerous sweeper above the Skutz Fall pull out and another one above the Bible Camp.. Anglers have been catching steelhead and the occasional brown trout, 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. We’ve also heard of fly anglers hooking up with steelhead too. Fly fishing at the top end of the river for trout and steelhead 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 PICKING UP on most lakes in the South Island area. Most lakes have received the first stocking of catchable rainbow trout by now so there are more fish to be caught. Shore anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing close to 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 are catching trout 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 Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has started their spring releases of catchable rainbow trout from the Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery. On March 17th, Kemp, Matheson and Spectacle lakes received 500 trout each with an average size of 250 grams. On March16th, Durrance Lake received 187 brood stock  trout with an average size of 675 grams and 1,255 trout with an average size of 242grams. On March 8th, Lookout Lake received 175 trout and Ida Anne Lake received 75 trout with an average size of 225 grams.  On March 3rd, Elk Lake received 2,000 trout and Shawnigan Lake received 1,950 trout with an average size of 232 grams. On February 29th, Prospect Lake received 2,000 trout, Thetis Lake received 1,000 trout and Glen Lake received 500 trout with an average size of 222 grams. On March 3rd, Elk Lake received 2,000 catchable rainbows and Shawnigan Lake received 1,950 trout averaging 232 grams.

Bass fishing is PICKING UP. Soft plastics rigged “Carolina Style “are also a good choice when fishing the bottom, drop offs and reefs, and have been most productive in 4” Smoke or Pumpkinseed Yum baits. 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

no report this week

Oregon

Tillamook Bay

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

Great Lakes

Lake Michigan

no report this week

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