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Fishing Reports for August 3

By on August 3, 2016

Washington

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

no report this week

Marine Area 2 (Westport)

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Salmon fishing continues off Westport this week even though the wind and heavy sea conditions kept most of the fleet tied to the docks over the weekend. Trolling and fishing with Downriggers continue to be the most productive method to fish down here right now. As of last week, we have caught a little over 20% of the Area 2 quota and with, historically the best weeks to fish Westport coming up we are hopeful that the bulk of the run will move through in the next 17 days. Salmon fishing is slated to close in Westport at the end of the day on August 21st. With this past weekend’s weather the water temperature has returned to a more normal range of 56 to 58 degrees. This is far better than the 63 degrees we were seeing last week.

IMG_2245Silver Horde Gold Star Hoochies have been the most productive lure for us. Purple Haze and the Green Spatter back being the best. Fish them 30 to 40 inches behind your favorite flasher and 90 to 150 feet on the downrigger until you dial in the right depth. I always put a dab of Pro=Cure gel scent in the head of the Hoochie to help attract the Salmon. We did get a few fish on Bait this week. Both Herring and Anchovies were productive behind a Short Bus inline Flasher.

Tuna fishing has started to pick back up after the recent weather. With more defined edges now it should give the fish a better place to hold. 40 to 50 miles out and down seems to be your best shot for success.

With 17 days of Salmon fishing left it is time to head down if you are going to fish Westport in 2016. 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 Art and Photography. The cover image of this week’s report was also contributed by Lanier. 

Marine Area 3 (LaPush and Forks)

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

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Crabbing has been good in the San Juans. A feast of Dungeness has been pretty easy to come by, depending on the location. That’s been about the best thing to report, as salmon fishing is slow right now. We are in a dry spell, literally and figuratively, as the big bulk of fish need a reason to come in. Hopefully we’ll get a little rain to kick start things. Usually mid August is the time when more, and bigger Chinook will start to show. It’s amazing how a slight whiff of their natal river, from hundreds of miles away, will bring salmon in. A sense or perception that we cannot begin to fathom.
Submitted by Kevin Klein, Team Parker Boats NW.
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Recently fished south side of San Juan Island – 7/30/16, ran into a pretty good school of kings on the morning ebb.
Submitted by Billy Smith, PSA member.

Marine Area 8.1

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reports “Excellent” prospects for pinks in Marine Area 8.1 during August.

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Marine Area 8.2

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reports “Excellent” prospects for pinks in Marine Area 8.2 during August.

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Marine Area 9 (Admirality Inlet)

imagejpeg_0“Let’s go FISHING!” Mike Moser shouted to his 2 boys and their pals as they heading to Point No Point on a beautiful Puget Sound morning. “The Kings are calling and we want a monster !” he fired them up as they dropped the Tailwaggers in 90 feet of water. It wasn’t long and that “monster” smacked the release like a freight train headed for Chicago. As experienced anglers the boys remained calm and collected as dad guided the boat and the net while the team fought the winning battle. What a family experience that they will never forget ! Way to go Bryce, Blake, Kai and Sophie !! And of course DAD for making yet another dream come true.

The Area 9 fishery is short and almost over so be sure to grab the wife, husband, boyfriend / girlfriend, or just the kids and get out on the water. Tailwagger spoons tied on long 48 foot leaders behind a green/glow flasher have been doing great !

Report submitted by Nelson “Spud” Goodsell – Salmon for Soldiers, IGFA Life Member, FISHTALE2

Marine Area 10

no report this week

Marine Area 11

The Chinook salmon fishing has slowed with just a couple of hatchery Chinook coming in yesterday from the Slag area.

Both Chinook were caught Trolling Flasher and artificial squid in 100′ of water at 60′.

Dungeness crabbing continues to be slow with fishermen fishing at 150′ for best results.

For a more updated report call 253-591-5325.

Crab fishing opened 7/01/16 in Area 11 and is open in Area 13 as well.

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 boats 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”

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)

no report this week

Marine Area 13

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

Freshwater – Potholes Reservoir

The past few days we have had a fire northeast of Moses Lake by Odessa. It grew to 16,000 acres and was very visible from Potholes, giving off plumes of smoke that covered skies northeast of Potholes but luckily nothing here. Temperatures this week seem to be very mellow. Fishing remains slow but the storm is coming as the lake is still dropping. Smallmouth fishing around Goose Island and the rocks off the dam face is good especially evenings and just after day break. We are just two weekends away from the 2 day walleye tournament her at Potholes which concludes this series. If you plan to fish this event get over here and do some prefishing as with the lake dropping the fish are not where you found them in past trips.

Report submitted by Tom Pollock.

British Columbia

Vancouver

no report this week

Vancouver Island (Saltwater)

no report this week

Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, and Ucuelet

no report this week

Bamfield

Ruth got her Birthday wish with a 63 pound Halibut when fishing near Cree Island with her daughter Wyona and husband Laird.

Ruth got her Birthday wish with a 63 pound Halibut when fishing near Cree Island with her daughter Wyona and husband Laird.

Salmon fishing has been slow in the Bamfield/Barkley Sound area the past couple of weeks. Hopefully this will change soon with more local fish showing up on the inside. It’s not all doom and gloom though as there have been some great catches with Chinook in the high 30’s being taken and quite a few in the 20’s. Good areas have been Whittlestone Point – Cape Beale, Edward King, Kirby, Cree and Austin Island.

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Ron and Valerie with a catch from the South Bank.

Most of the feed fish present on the inside has been small so Anchovy, small spoons and needle fish hootchies are working best.

Offshore the banks have been producing some nice fish but we’ve had to work for them. There hasn’t been much consistency from day to day. All of the banks have had there good times and not so good lately.

Halibut fishing continues to be good with some nice Halibut taken inside the sound as well as plentiful chickens on the banks.

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

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week. The Trap Shack, Beechey Head and Aldridge Point were the most productive locations to fish. Trevor Webb (age 17) caught a 28 lb. white spring on Friday, 29th of July, off Aldridge Point using anchovy, a Black Moon Jelly Flasher and a green teaser head. There were a few fish in the mid 30’s caught but not very man and certainly more than in the last couple of weeks. Anglers using bait are finding anchovies in glow teaser heads have been working well. Spoons, such as the G-Force and Skinny G, in Bon Chovy or Outfitters’ 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

Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week. There are some fish in the area, just not too many of them and they were scattered. There has been a lot of bait to hold fish, but the just haven’t shown up in any numbers. Anglers fishing with bait have been using anchovies or tiny strip in Glow teaser heads. Good trolling lures have been Coho Killers, Bon Chovi or Outfitters Skinny G spoons and APT Needlefish spoons. Anglers jigging have been using Needlefish Darts or Deep Stingers and have been doing much better than those trolling for salmon, with some anglers getting limits of 11-20 lb springs.

Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. However, Wayne Cocks from St. Albert, Alberta caught his first halibut that weighed in at 67lbs (130cm) long in Haro Strait on a Salmon head and Octopus combo.  Most anglers that were fishing for halibut were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well was the 9” Jumbo Squid in Green Glow.  Also working well, and discouraging to dogfish, 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

Pedder Bay

Salmon fishing IMPROVED this past week. Almost all the salmon were caught near the entrance of Pedder Bay. A number of fish in the 20’s and teens were seen being cleaned at the marina on the weekend. There was a lot of bait in the bay and that’s where most salmon were caught. This week, both trollers and jiggers fishing near the bait schools were hooking salmon. Anchovies also caught fish, but not as many as the ones taken jigging. Good choices for teaser head colors are UV Green, Chartreuse, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze. Flashers that are popular include the Betsey, Lemon-Lime and Madi.

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. We’ve heard of 20 and 9 lb springs being taken east of Fairfax Point. We also heard of a few springs near Cordova Spit. The Pender Bluffs have been very slow. Trollers fishing with tiny strip or anchovies were using Bloody Nose and UV Green 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 are popular for jigging salmon.

Effective July 25, 2016 at 00:01 hours until October 14, 2016 at 23:59 hours, you may not retain Chinook salmon in the following waters: Subareas 18-6 to 18-8, 18-10.

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 SLOW this past week. Sherringham Point, Otter Point and Secretary Island were the best spots for fish. Dalton Labrau caught a 38.5 lb spring in Sooke on an anchovy in a red teaser to take the number one spot on our salmon leader board. Anchovies are now the top choice for bait and good choices for teaser head colors are UV Green, Chartreuse, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze.The top spoons for Sooke anglers are the White Lightening and Irish Cream Coho Killers, trolled behind a Betsey, Madi or Bon Chovi Flasher. Hootchies in Cop Car, Purple haze and White have been effective in the past month.

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

Victoria

Fishing for salmon was STILL SLOW off Victoria. There were a few caught along the waterfront near Esquimalt, and some of good size, but not very many. Dave Bury caught a 24.5 lb spring while jigging a 2.5 oz Delta Mac Fish in 26 feet of water close to a kelp bed. About 1 in 10 boats has been catching a salmon. Anchovies have been a good bait to use and Bloody Nose and Purple Haze have been the most popular colors for teaser heads. Spoons and squirts have been successful in getting hook ups as well. Good choices in plastic baits are the Pink Haze and White Glow. Green Spatter Back UV Coho Killers, Gibbs Outfitters or Bon Chovi Skinny G trolling behind a Moon Jelly flasher has also brought results in Victoria. Green/Gold Hot Spot flashers have also been good to use.

Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week with the best areas remaining being 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, and discouraging to dogfish, 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

no report this week

Lakes

no report this week

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

no report this week

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