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Fishing Reports for June 15

By on June 15, 2016

Washington

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

no report this week

Marine Area 2 (Westport)

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With the Salmon opener a little over 2 weeks away people are still enjoying nice Bottom fishing in Westport. Ling cod and Seabass are the mainstay of all the trips since Halibut is closed in the area. Live Anchovies are now available in marine from Westport seafood. Using live bait makes catching Rockfish limits much easier. Jigs and Shrimp Flies will work as well. Lings seem to be preferring bait and a few really nice ones have come over the rail. We are still fishing to the north and finding rock piles that have not been picked clean is the key.

Salmon fishing opens on July 1st with a one Chinook bag limit. NO coho may be retained this year in the ocean. The commercial trollers have started picking up good numbers of Chinook which makes me optimistic for the opener. I will tell you to plan on summer patterns from day one since we are starting in July instead of June.

Crabbing is still good but Clamming is still closed. Make sure when you head down

Next week I will cover more on Salmon so you can be prepared when you get to the coast. 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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This high action, high take home trip continues to produce really well with angler limits each trip.  (2 lingcod no max size, and 10 sea bass per angler). Light tackle is our specialty and we’re happy to share some of the tricks of the trade for anyone interested in fishing with us. Salmon and Albacore are right around the corner as well!

Report submitted by Mark Coleman, All River and Saltwater Charters; 425-736-8920. The cover image of this week’s fishing reports was also contributed by Coleman.

no report this week

Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay)

According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Lingcod fishing is expected to be “Excellent” in Marine Area 4 during June.

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Marine Area 5 (Sekiu)

According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Cabezon and Lingcod fishing is expected to be “Excellent” in Marine Area 5 during June.

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Marine Area 6

According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Cabezon and Lingcod fishing is expected to be “Excellent” in Marine Area 6 during June.

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Marine Area 7

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That’s a wrap for Lings in the ‘Juans for 2016. All in all, not bad fishing. Sometimes it takes covering a lot of ground to land on fish. Different spots fish best on different tides, and learning as much about that is key. Of course, flat tides equal easier fishing.

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

Marine Area 8.1

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reports “Fair” prospects for cutthroat in Marine Area 8.1 during June.

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Marine Area 8.2

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reports “Fair” prospects for cutthroat in Marine Area 8.2 during June.

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Marine Area 9 (Admirality Inlet)

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reports “Excellent” prospects for ling cod in Marine Area 9 during June.

Marine Area 10

no report this week

Marine Area 11

The salmon fishing is closed until further notice. We received information that the goal is to open Puget Sound by June 24, 2016 once WDFW receives the NOAA permit.

Ling Cod fishing is open through 6/15/16 and has picked up recently with Most of the fish coming from The Tacoma Narrows bridge area and The Toliva shoals area; make sure you follow regulation for size (26-36 inches)and depth of water (120 feet or less).

Sole and Flounder fishing remains good.

Crab fishing opens July 1 in Area 11 and is open in Area 13 currently..

Point Defiance Marina has rental boats and motors and launch and overnight moorage facilities with pump out stations and shore power. In addition we have storage space for bouts up to 17 feet as well as kayak storage. For more information call 253-591-5325.

Basic Fishing Classes are offered throughout the summer months. 2 Hour classes are $15.00 and can be designed for youth and adults. Boat House Tackle Shop open 7 days a week.

Boat lifts open at 5am tackle shop open 5:30am tackle shop close 8:30pm boat lifts 8:50 and facility 9:00pm. For more information call 253-591-5325 Call 253-591-5325 or visit us on Facebook “Point Defiance Marina”

Sails and Trails Camp for youth ….Have a youth ages 11-15 looking for a week long day camp that provides fishing, sailing, and kayak instruction as well as beach and trail hiking with marine and forest education. Check out the Sails and Trails Camps offered at Point Defiance Marina and Tacoma Youth Marine Center. Camps are M-F 8 am to 6 pm and are available for July 11-15, 18-22, or 25-29, 2016. For more information genea@tacomaparks.com or (253)591-5325. This is a great way to introduce teens to these on the water opportunities. Cost $250 per week session.

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)

no report this week

Marine Area 13

Salmon fishing is closed indefinitely in Marine Area 13. According to the WDFW, Marine Areas 11, 12 and 13 will remain closed to halibut fishing “to protect threatened and endangered rockfish species. ”

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Freshwater – Columbia River

An angler with a nice shad!

An angler with a nice shad!

On Saturday, I fished for shad below Bonneville Dam with my friend Scott from the Renton Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers. We were joined by many thousands of our “closest friends”.

While some people eat shad, our plan was catch them for bait. They make excellent bait for crab, halibut, and sturgeon. The reason they make such good bait is because they are extremely oily. Additionally, some people also grind them up and add them to their “shrimp slurry”.

We left at “O-Dark Thirty” because it about 200 miles from the intersection of Interstate 5 and State Route 18. We find it much easier to drive the last leg of the trip on Oregon side via Interstate 84. Then we crossed back over to the Washington side using the Bridge of Gods. We then back tracked several miles to get to access point below the Dam. Please note there is a $1 toll for cars to use this bridge but is well worth it.

Bridge of Gods

Bridge of Gods

The key to shad fishing is timing your trip to arrive when there are lots of shad going over the dam. On three days prior to our trip, the dam count was in excess of 80,000 shad per day. Unfortunately, it dropped to 20,000 on Saturday and fishing slowed down a bit.

You can check the Dam count here.

While it was crowded, you can see that it no problem finding your own rock because there of millions of rocks there on rip rap bank! We went downstream a little ways from the Dam to find our rocks. At first it was it too crowded, but it filled in as the day progressed.

It also rained making the rocks very slippery. Good footwear is “a must” and hiking staff really helps.

We fished for about 7 hours and landed about a dozen shad and lost almost an equal number. That is slow fishing for shad. Shad are related to tarpon and hence give a great fight for their size!

The crowd of eager anglers!

The crowd of eager anglers!

There is no daily limit for Shad in the Columbia River.  Nor is there any size restrictions. However, a fishing license with a Columbia River endorsement is needed to fish in this area.” We also lost a lot of gear! Fortunately the gear is fairly cheap. Here is what we were using. An 9 ½ medium action spinning rod with 30 pound high vis Fins Braid. On the Fins Braid, we had a sliding sinker, a bead, and tied on a barrel swivel, then a 4-foot leader of 6 pound mono and a “shad dart”. We had to increase the size of our sinkers and “shad darts” as the Dam discharge increased throughout the day.

A long handled net will really help you to land more fish. Also, is stringer is better than a bucket to keep your fish. But the best choice is a wire fish basket. It is very easy to put the shad in and very easy to carry!

a "shad dart”

a “shad dart”

Of course you will need ice and a cooler to transport your fish home. But you do not want bring that gear down to your fishing spot because it is too difficult to carry those items down rip rap bank.

After a great day of fishing, we headed home. When we got there, it was time to freeze our bait. I dried of each shad individually. Then I cut the tails off using a pair of pruning clippers. I cut the tails off to shorten the fish so that fit better in my freezer. Also, I find the pruning clippers work better than a knife because the tail is very bony.

Next, I wrapped each shad indivually in a plastic grocery bag. Then I placed several wrapped shad in plastic garbage bag. I put them in the freezer in a flat position. This method conserves space in my freezer. Plus, the plastic grocery bags keep the shad from freezing together into one big block! If that happens, it takes hours to thaw and separate them before you can use them for bait.

Wrapping your catch for easy use

Wrapping your catch for easy use

If you have never fished for shad, watch the Dam counts and give it try. The fish give a remarkable fight for their size!

Mark Gavin is a Salmon University staff member and an active member of several Puget Sound Angler Chapters.

Freshwater – Potholes Reservoir

UntitledThe water level here at Potholes is dropping fairly fast. Dunes to camp on will soon be showing, but not yet. Today, like several days past, there is wind that can be uncomfortable on the main lake but back in the dunes it is fishable. Also, I am seeing more boats fishing off the dam face. Walleye are migrating out of the dunes, yet the south side of the high dune and over by Winchester have been good for bass and a few walleye are being caught.

I got a call from Eddie, with the Western Walleye Club, reporting fair walleye fishing just out from Cascade Marine fishing with worm harness in about 12 feet of water. This coming weekend the wind is predicted to be non exhistant. Bring dad over and catch some fish. I will be seeing both my sons and grandkids this weekend.

Report submitted by Tom Pollack.

British Columbia

Vancouver

no report this week

Vancouver Island (Saltwater)

no report this week

Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound

Darcy from Toronto with a fourteen pound Chinook landed at Cree Island in Barkley Sound. This fish hit a three and a half inch Irish Cream Spoon.

Darcy from Toronto with a fourteen pound Chinook landed at Cree Island in Barkley Sound. This fish hit a three and a half inch Irish Cream Spoon.

Chinook Salmon from ten to twenty-five pounds. The salmon were landed fishing Austin and Cree Islands in early June 2016

Chinook Salmon from ten to twenty-five pounds. The salmon were landed
fishing Austin and Cree Islands in early June 2016

The Sockeye sport fishery in the Alberni Inlet has been open since the first of May. Limits are four per person per day. That number should remain the same throughout the season. Sockeye usually school in the Alberni Inlet when the water of the Somass River and the Inlet warms to 18 degrees Celsius. When there are big numbers of Sockeye entering the system the schools will hold in the inlet for the salmon ahead to push into the river. The river water is warming up and with very little snow in the nearby hills it will not take much for the Somass the desired temperature. The Sockeye that are currently in the Inlet are swimming in fairly shallow water. Those sport fishermen out fishing will ideally during the next few weeks have the best success fishing the Nahmint-Franklin area, the narrows, and perhaps Cous Creek or right in the Port Alberni Harbor trolling at twenty-five to fifty feet. The mild spring weather conditions will help fairly good Sockeye fishing get underway by the 15th of June. It is often safe to say that this is the time to start fishing Sockeye. We are hoping that by mid month sport anglers are landing limits of Sockeye. Sockeye are attracted to color and having six or even eight flashers hooked to the downriggers is not unusual. The most popular lures for Sockeye are the mp 15( bubblegum), the pink and blue, and pink and black mp hootchies. Leader lengths are best at 22 to 27 inches behind a green or red glow hotspot flasher.

Chris who is from Vancouver landed this 30 pound Chinook close to Meares Island in sunny and science Barkley Sound located on Vancouver Island

Chris who is from Vancouver landed this 30 pound Chinook close to Meares
Island in sunny and science Barkley Sound located on Vancouver Island

The Salmon fishing in Barkley Sound especially out at surf line locations has been mediocre over the past few weeks. Many areas have had big bait balls which will bring those migratory Chinook swimming close to the beach to feed on these rich resources of bait fish. Over the past week Effingham, Austin Island, and Cree have produced some nice salmon. Bamfield areas such as Kirby in the morning and Edward King later in the day and also the Bamfield Wall have reported some nice fish being landed by guides and sport anglers. The best results have been fishing from 80 to 120 feet depending on location but it is important that you are fishing where there is bait. It seems that choice of lure really does not seem to matter as many have been using a variety of spoons, plastic, and bait. The best spoons have been the three and a half inch green and blue nickel coyote spoon and also an Irish Cream behind a green glow or chartreuse hotspot flasher. The 155 needlefish has also been very good. Anchovy in army truck, green haze, green UV, and also chartreuse in a Rhys Davis teaser head have been hot at various times. Many of the salmon have been in the mid to high teens with a few up to twenty-five pounds. We are expecting the fish to get bigger as the mid-summer run of Chinook get underway in the latter half of June. This run of salmon will have a good number of four and five year olds. Barkly Sound should be a hotbed for fishing this summer especially out in surf line locations.

For more information and/or reservations, call Doug Lindores at Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing (250) 723-2435; (250)724-2502; cell (250)731-7389 or 1-877-214-7206 www.catchsalmon.ca or www.catchsalmon-ca.com; dlindy@shaw.ca

Bamfield

no report this week

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was GOOD for anglers at the Trap Shack, Beechey Head, and Aldridge Point. Most of the chinooks were running up to 15 lbs in size but there were few hatchery.  Anglers using bait are finding anchovies in glow teaser heads have been working well still. Spoons, such as the G-Force and Skinny G, in Bon Chovy or Outfittters colours were also effective. For flashers, the Purple Onion, Lemon Lime and Bon Chovi 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

Seth Papineau took a break from bass fishing and went for another bottom dweller. Using a Berkley power grub / off East Sooke park on June 11.

Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. The Gap and the Flats were popular spots again this past week.  The salmon have been feeding heavily on needle fish on the Flats. The main bite period has been at the end of the ebb and the start of the flood. Jigging has been working as well as trolling.  Anglers fishing with bait have been using anchovies or tiny strip in Glow teaser heads.  Good trolling lures have been Coho Killers in Mother of Pearl, Bon Chovi or Outfitters Skinny G spoons and APT Needlefish spoons. Drift anglers have been getting fish on Needlefish Darts or Deep Stingers.  Anglers have been trolling in 80’ -100’ of water.

Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend with the best areas remaining to be East Constance Bank, Border Bank and the Mud Hole. Anglers that were fishing were using extra-large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well to stay away from dog fish was the 9” Jumbo Squid in Green Glow. The halibut being brought in were ranging from 20- 40lbs with few exceptions.

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 BETTER this past week. There were some springs up to 12lbs showing a reasonable return as well as some over slot size fish being released.  Whirl Bay picked up again this week and the tides were much better than last week. Most anglers are fishing in 80’- 100’ of waters.  The tide change for ebb to flood has been the best time to catch fish.  Most of the salmon have been feeding on small squid, so white hootchies, Milky Way, jellyfish squirts and small spoons, such as the G-Force, Coyote and Gypsy, in the glow colours were very effective again this week. For anglers fishing with bait, anchovies with a glow teaser head have been working well.  Flashers that remain popular include Glow green, Lemon-Lime and Madi.

Halibut fishing was VERY GOOD this past week. The best areas were Race Rocks, Otter Point and 27 Fathom reef. 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.  The tides were much better this past week and it showed results with Halibut up to 60lbs being weighed in.  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 SLOW this past week. The best spots around Sidney were Coal Island and Fairfax Point. The few fish that were being brought in were ranging up to 15 lbs in size. Sidney Spit has been better than last week but still remains slow.  Trollers fishing with tiny strip or anchovies were using Bloody Nose and Glow teaser heads. Anglers using spoons found Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and AP Tackle needlefish spoons were successful. Anglers jigging have also been catching springs and are using Needlefish Darts and Deep Stingers. The Powder Wharf and Shag Rocks area remain to be good for jigging salmon.

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

Sooke

The salmon fishing in Sooke was GOOD for springs this past week, although the wind was strong.  For those who got out, they were bringing in Springs ranging from 8-12lbs as well as the odd larger Spring up to 20lbs.  There have been quite a few oversized fish being released over the past week.  Sooke anglers have been using Anchovies with a Bloody Nose teaser head to show results.  Anglers fishing off Sherringham Point, Otter Point and the Bluffs at a depth between 40’ and 80’ have had the most success this past week.

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

Ucuelet

It is early June and weather conditions for most of the 2016 spring season have been terrific on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. With this in mind a lack of rainfall is not environmentally good. The salmon fishing has been relatively consistent close to the Ucluelet Harbor and also offshore Ucluelet. Ucluelet is located on the extreme west coast of Vancouver Island British Columbia. The area is often referred to as the highway of migrating salmon. The fishing in various surf line areas of Barkley Sound has been off and on during late May and early June. The early sockeye salmon have already started their long return from the North Pacific to the Somass River in fairly good numbers. There has been a few Sockeye landed by sport fishermen in the China and Cous Creek areas. With the good weather and higher afternoon air temperatures the Sockeye Migration will slow down as the water temperature in the river and the Alberni Inlet warm up. This will possibly help the Sport Sockeye season get underway in the inlet a little earlier than normal. Salmon and halibut fishing on the west coast have been consistent over the past few weeks. The great fishing in local hotspots is very evident by the increase of vehicles on local roads and highways towing a variety of sport fishing boats. Many of the fishermen are either fishing the scenic and pristine waters of Barkley Sound or are travelling out to the west coast to fish close to Vancouver Island’s rugged coastline or in offshore locations.

The 2016 sport salmon fishing season in Ucluelet, Barkley Sound, and the Port Alberni Inlet is forecast to be terrific. In fact this year is predicted to be one of the best seasons in many years. On the west coast the early summer run of Chinook which are currently migrating down the Vancouver Island coastline and stay fairly close to the beach will soon peak and will be followed by the mid summer Chinook returns to southern watersheds. West Coast Vancouver Island Chinook returns will be predominately four year olds. The returns are expected to be more than double the historic numbers. The Sockeye fishing should be extremely good. The return to the Somass River is predicted to be approximately one million in early season forecasts. Don’t miss out on a fabulous 2016 sport salmon fishing year in the Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, or inshore offshore Ucluelet-Tofino.

Ucluelet is often referred to as Vancouver Island’s premier salmon and halibut sport fishing destination. Like Barkley Sound the waters inshore and offshore from the Ucluelet Harbor offer some world class fishing. The water is very rich in bait fish (sardines and needlefish) which the salmon feed on throughout the spring and summer months. The summer salmon fishing seems to be changing. August and early September were often considered peak times for Chinook and Coho sport fishing. With the high numbers of transient Chinook salmon passing along the west coast of Vancouver Island from April to August it often seems that the peak of the season is in the month of July. This is not to say that Chinook sport fishing does not continue in August and September. Coho which were often referred to as the number one sport salmon along coastal fishing locations in B.C. are a major highlight in late August through September. This thought is something to consider when thinking about and organizing sport salmon fishing this summer. The Ucluelet fishing has been consistent over the past few weeks with some good fishing out at the inner and outer Lighthouse Bank and also Long Beach. Mara Rock, Great Bear, Sail Rock, and The Lighthouse which are all very close to the Ucluelet Harbor have been choice selections for sport fishing on those days where the weather has not co-operated for boats to get out a little offshore.. The largest salmon have been averaging twelve to eighteen pounds. The fish out at the inner and banks have been close to the bottom between 130 and 160 feet. Guides have done extremely well on salmon and halibut with the largest hali for guests at forty-five pounds. The best lures to date have been anchovy and a few different spoons in the three and a half inch size. Green nickel, Irish Cream and Cookies and Cream have been working well. Other guides and sport anglers have had great success using needle fish hootchies behind a flasher. The needle fish will hide in the sand and on tide changes will come up to higher levels which creates a very good salmon and halibut bite. If trolling and using anchovy it seems that a green or red glow hotspot flasher with a green or army truck Rhys Davis teaser anchovy head with six feet of leader are working well. One important thing to remember is that during the season the food sources often get bigger and when using spoons and plugs the sizes should increase as the bait increases.

The 2016 sport salmon fishing season in Port Alberni and the West Coast is shaping up just as has been forecast—-TERRIFIC!!! There should not be disappointments this summer. Of course there are highs and lows but the high days will definitely out do any lows.

For more information and/or reservations, call Doug Lindores at Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing (250) 723-2435; (250)724-2502; cell (250)731-7389 or 1-877-214-7206 www.catchsalmon.ca or www.catchsalmon-ca.com; dlindy@shaw.ca

Victoria

Fishing for salmon was GOOD off Victoria.  The best fishing was out at Constance Bank again this week.  Anchovies were a good bait to use and Chart Glow and Bloody Nose have been the most popular colors for teaser heads.  Spoons and squirts were successful in getting hook ups as well. Good choices in plastic baits are the Pink Haze and White Glow.  Gibbs Outfitters or Bon Chovi Skinny G trolling behind a Moon Jelly flasher has also brought results in Victoria.  Anglers have been catching Springs in depths of 80’ – 100’ of water.

Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend with the best areas remaining to be East Constance Bank, Border Bank and the Mud Hole. Anglers that were fishing were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well to stay away from dog fish was the 9” Jumbo Squid in Green Glow.

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

Cowichan River

The water level is very, very low for this time of year.  Fly fishing at the top end of the river for trout has been good and insect hatches are happening daily. The rainbows, cutthroats and resident brown trout are actively feeding on these hatches and migrating salmon fry. Good patterns are Pheasant Tail, Prince, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ears and Stone fly nymphs. A fry imitation or a Wooly Bugger will also work, especially for the brown trout. When the fish are feeding on the surface, the Goddard Caddis has been a good fly to fish.

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

Lakes

Trout fishing is GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area. Shore anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing close to the bottom. Chartreuse and Fluorescent Yellow 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.  2” Tomic Plugs have also been working well for 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 spring Chinook are available in decent numbers, and angling is improving. Trolling herring or large bladed spinners are the most productive techniques. Keep your gear near the bottom while trolling slowly.

Great Lakes

Lake Michigan

ffish1How: Mixed bag all week. Chinooks and Coho have dominated the catch. Chinooks went for Magnum Reaper Peacock spoons in blue/silver. White or green Howie’s flies also working well run behind a white flasher. The big Chinooks are active 40 to 50 down on 200 copper rigs. Reapers and Vulcans have been working for us. The small silver Vulcan in green or blue has also been good on the downriggers. Run them 50 feet behind the ball 45 feet down to the bottom. Six inch flashers or dodgers with green or blue Howie’s peanut flies have been my go to bait for Coho. Tie your flies 15 inches on 6 inch dodgers, 11 inches for 6 inch flashers. All orange dodgers and flashers. I hope this helps. Slide Diver are producing with flies set at 2 small ring 50 feet of line out.

Lake Trout action was slow all week but we didn’t fish their favorite spots.

Brown Trout action was just ok on 2 color lead core with small spoons. One here and there.

Rainbow Trout were hitting Vulcan OL Sherbet spoons in the top 15 feet

Speed: For all fish speed has been very critical with the warmer 57 degree water. I use the Depth Raider to measure speed at the ball. The boat speed of 2.0 to 2.2 has been best. The faster speed triggered the Chinook action.

Where: I fished mostly out over 90 feet again. East wind has pushed the warmer water in. Fish 90 to 200 feet but anglers near shore are catching some fish. We did not get out over 190 feet of water yesterday. Head north in Whitefish Bay and set lines in 80 feet.

Report submitted by Jim at Blue Max Charters out of Milwaukee. He can be reached at 414-828-1094.

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