Fishing Reports for August 10

By on August 10, 2016


Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

no report this week

Marine Area 2 (Westport)


Salmon fishing this week has been an exhilarating experience one day and a humbling experience the next. However, there are some nice Kings being caught in Westport. The North and the South beaches have produced some fish, with the majority of the fish comming out of 200 to 250 feet of water.

This week brought a lot of Salmon across the docks in Westport. Some days more than others but none the less some very nice fish. Fish ranging as high as 30 pounds with plenty of 20 pounders as well. We do get our share of Shakers or Shorts out here too. It can drive you crazy.IMG_2269Silver Horde’s  4-inch Cookies and Cream, and the 4 inch Herring Aide spoons have really taken off this week for us. One fished behind an in-line flasher and the other behind a traditional flasher. 80 to 130 feet down on the downrigger was the zone.

The Sad news is Salmon fishing closes in Marine Area 2 at the end of the day on August 21st so, just a few more weeks remain to target these fish. Marine Area 1 will remain open until August 31. You are allowed to run down and fish in Area 1 and return to Westport with Salmon on board. Do not stop and fish on your way back or you will receive a citation

Tuna fishing has started to pick up again however, they are 50 to 60 miles out of the harbor.

Have Fun, be Safe, and come see us 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

no report this week

Marine Area 8.1

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

Marine Area 8.2

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

Marine Area 9 (Admirality Inlet)

no report this week

Marine Area 10

no report this week

Marine Area 11

Timage1he Chinook salmon fishing picked up yesterday mostly trolling flasher and artificial squid or spoons starting in close to shore early in about 40’ to 50’ of water down about 25’ to 35’ then out a little deeper as daylight arrives. The Gig Harbor shoreline and out in front of the Pt. Defiance Marina from Crab Pt. to all the way SE around the Tacoma Yacht club have produced fish. The Dungeness crabbing remains slow, best success has been water from about 120’ to 150’ of water. 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”

Point Defiance Marina Fall Swap Meet

Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016

Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location: Point Defiance Marina

5412 No. Waterfront Drive

Tacoma, WA 98407

Report submitted by Point Defiance Marina. For more information contact: Art Tachell, Boathouse Marina Technician, 253.591.5325 | |

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

20160807_113621This weekend there will be a twoday Walleye tournament concluding a series of events. This will be the championship event. It is fun to be at the weigh-ins each afternoon. Also, during the event on the water, you can see without getting too close just where the pros are fishing. The water is still higher then normal for this time of the year but will continue to drop until October. This weekend my family came over to enjoy the dunes area. It was still easy to get well past the high dune. I did a little fishing while the family played with their dogs and did some swimming. I fished a spot I had found several years ago that is wood that is still not visible but on my GPS. Fishing with a drop shot rig using a KVD, Kevin VanDam dream shot bait found quality largemouth holding there. Fishing over for Walleye remains slow.

There seems always something you see up in the dunes and this weekend it was deer. Saturday afternoon we saw 14 deer including three of the monster bucks running with two girlfriends. This is a sight that most people have not witnessed. This is an area that is a controlled hunt that limits the number of bucks that can be taken and with luck of the draw this hunt could be a hunt of your lifetime. Weather this past weekend has been light with temperatures very mild and generally light winds.

Smallmouth fishing remains good especially around rocks like the dam face, Linn Coulee and Goose Island. Camping on the weekends is very busy but I found the ramps were easy in and out. The Blyth launch will be running out of water soon but the State Park, Mardons and the ramp on the east end of the dam are good choices.

The Walleye tournament is for two days with the weigh in being held at the Mardon resort. Each day the event starts at 5:30 Am and concludes at 2:30 PM. There will be 30 boats competing for the Washington State Walleye circuit championship. At the weigh in on Sunday there will be a raffle open to the public to help support the habitat program and is open to the public.

Report submitted by Tom Pollock.

British Columbia


no report this week

Vancouver Island (Saltwater)

no report this week

Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, and Ucuelet

no report this week


no report this week

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week but a little better than the week before. 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. The Trap Shack, Beechey Head and Aldridge Point were the most productive locations to fish. 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;

Oak Bay

Salmon fishing was VERY 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.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969;

Pedder Bay

Kayden Tyler with his 40.2 lb spring

Salmon fishing IMPROVED this past week. There were three days when in really was good but it slowed down again for the weekend. Almost all the salmon were caught near the entrance of Pedder Bay. Springs up to 30 lbs were seen being cleaned at the marina. 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.

Halibut fishing was SLOW this past weekend. The 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 9” Jumbo Squids if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969;


Salmon fishing was VERY SLOW this past week. The Pender Bluffs have been very slow and only rumors of fish being caught there. Everyone we’ve talked too has been skunked there. We’ve heard of undersize springs being taken east of Fairfax Point. 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;


The salmon fishing was SLOW this past week. Sherringham Point, Otter Point and Secretary Island were the best spots for fish. There were some big spring in the 20’s and 30’s caught but still not large numbers of salmon. 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;


Ban Tran with his 36.2 lb spring

Fishing for salmon was SLOW but has picked up a little from the previous week off Victoria. Springs were caught along the waterfront near the harbour entrance, and some big ones, but not very many. The best fishing was in the earlier part of the week. That said, Kayden Tyler was fishing with his grandfather Cao when they caught a 40.2 lb spring off the waterfront on Wednesday. Kayden caught the fish on an anchovy in a red teaser to take the number one spot on our salmon leader board. On Monday, Ban Tran caught a 36.2 lb spring off the waterfront, also on anchovy. 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.

The Esquimalt Anglers Association has CANCELLED their annual members derby that was to be held at the end of this month.

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;

Cowichan River

no report this week


Jack Coley with a nice bass caught on his fly rod

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” are 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;

Stamp River

no report this week


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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