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Fishing Reports for September 28

By on September 28, 2016


Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

no report this week

Marine Area 2 (Westport)


Outstanding Albacore fishing ensues as more hot water barrels towards the PNW!!!We have more 64+ degree water and Tuna offshore from Westport than we’ve ever seen at this point in the season. There’s some real amazing stuff happening out there right now!

image3We’ve fished through October every season thus far and even made a few November trips each of the last two years. My prediction will be nothing short of that and quite honestly I’m expecting more November fishing this year.

The size of these fish is impressive and our run time to the prime zones is only about 1.5 hours thanks to our 290 Defiance boats and big Honda outboards.

Everything is fishing good right now…live bait fishing is off the hook, troll action is good, fly rod tuna, lots of jumper patches and birds to keep you busy.

Outstanding fishing and we finally have some space available.

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

Marine Area 3 (LaPush and Forks)

no report this week

Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay)

no report this week

Marine Area 5

no report this week

Marine Area 6

no report this week

Marine Area 7

Lots of hatchery blackmouth around in the Islands right now. More than I’ve every seen this time of year. It’s like December fishing in September, or “Deceptember”. If these fish stick around feeding, we could have some fun in October, and some chunky fish in December.
Submitted by Kevin Klein, Team Parker Boats NW.

Marine Area 8.1

no report this week

Marine Area 8.2

no report this week

Marine Area 9 (Admirality Inlet)

no report this week

Marine Area 10

no report this week

Marine Area 11

Fishing in the area is closed except for bottom fish and squid.

Pier Peer in Tacoma Marine Night

Saturday September 17 , 2016 from 7:30 – 9 pm Ages 8+ Cost $8 each Family Night on the Point Defiance Pier learning about marine life that divers find and that can be seen in the night lights off the pier. More information here.

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

no report this week

Freshwater – Lake Chelan

The Weitings with their morning fish.

The Weitings with their morning fish.

What’s hot is trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan. We look for fish from 130 to 185 feet deep early in the mornings. Later in the day, trolling tight to the bottom in depths of 185 to 245 feet is the ticket. As always, fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around 1.2 mph. Glow in the dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure are the go to attractor here on Lake Chelan. Put those in front of a 3 to 4 inch squid rig or a Jeff Drift and bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish. Worden Lures Flatfish in U20 and T4 are very effective in the LUCH and GPLF color patterns. Also effective is Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons.

9/20/16 -Zembrycki (father and son) with their morning Macks

9/20/16 -Zembrycki (father and son) with their morning Macks

Your fishing tip of the week is to use a pair of ball bearing swivels when tying up your squid rig leaders. Line twist is one of the primary enemies of anglers that ply the ultra-deep fishery of Lake Chelan. The kid’s tip of the week is to remember the Boy Scouts simple teaching technique of “tell, show and do” to help kids learn the skill sets necessary to become accomplished anglers. Usually, all kids need to do to get over squeamishness is to get familiar with it. Handling fish is one of those skills. Tell them about what the fish feels like. Let them know what can and can’t hurt them. Then show them you handling the fish. Then encourage them to handle the fish. A recipe for success! The safety tip of the week is to make sure you have a ditch bag with the gear necessary to survive a sinking. Flotation and a signaling device at a minimum are necessary. If you are headed uplake have a bag with minimal overnight gear in the event of a breakdown. It is remote up there… Be safe!

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

Freshwater – Potholes Reservoir

resized_20160925_111908The weather remains mild and light winds prevail. Still not a large number of Walleye being caught. Bass fishing remains good. I venture into the dunes Sunday and at a favorite spot landed and released 14 quality Largemouth. I am seeing a lot of boats fishing along the face of the dunes for either Bass or Walleye. I finally caught some 6″ Perch that will be next years keepers.

Report submitted by Tom Pollack.

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 GOOD this past week. Some springs are still coming in. The Trap Shack, Beechey Head and Aldridge Point were producing coho and the lure of choice seemed to be Green Coho Killers. 7-18 lb hatchery fish. Those who targeted coho did quite well with Green Glow hootchies also. Anglers using bait are finding anchovies in glow teaser heads have been working best. Other good options for spoons are the G-Force and Skinny G, in Bon Chovy or Outfitters’ colours. For flashers, the Betsey, Homeland Security and Twisted Sister have been good.

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

Oak Bay

Salmon fishing was FAIR  this past week. Most of the salmon anglers who fish Oak Bay continue to fish Sooke or the waterfront. Good trolling lures have been Coho Killers, Bon Chovi or Outfitters Skinny G spoons . Anglers jigging have been using Needlefish Darts, Point Wilson Darts or Deep Stingers.

Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week. However, 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;

Pedder Bay

Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. Winter Springs have started to show up in the 8lb. range; it seems Green and White Coho Killers are the most effective. The coho fishing is still out at the shipping lanes where there are a lot more hatchery springs than in close. Most of the hatchery coho have been from 8 to 14 lbs and even larger unclipped fish have been caught and released. The bite periods have been early in the morning, on the tide changes and late in the evening. Anchovies were the top bait this past week. 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;


Salmon fishing was QUIET last week. The Pender Bluffs produced few coho. The coho were suspended at 80-90 feet. Again there were small, undersized springs off Hambley in 130-140 feet of water. The few springs that were caught was on anchovies and the Bloody Nose teaser heads. Anglers using spoons found Gibbs Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and Gibbs Needle G spoons the most successful this past year. Anglers jigging have also been caught springs 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 VERY GOOD for coho. Secretary Island was the hotspot this weekend. The coho fishing has been very good and many of them are big. The hatchery fish were running from 8–15 lbs and some of the wild, unmarked coho were even heavier. The unclipped fish once again greatly outnumbered the clipped fish like last week. The best coho fishing has been out on the tide lines with spoons and plastics the most popular lure choices. Anchovies are still a good 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 have lots of green and glow/white has been working well. You can not go wrong with the flasher-spoon combo “No Banana’s” and “Purple Haze”.

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


Fishing for salmon has SLOWED DOWN this past week. There are some feeders, coho and the odd chinook. Bite times were similar to last week (good bites at times and other long periods were there was nothing happening). The best depths have been 40 to 75 feet on the downrigger. Good areas have been Macauley Point, the V21 buoy (green can), the breakwall, Brotchie Ledge and Clover Point. Anchovies have been a good bait to use (12 or 10 pack) and Bloody Nose, UV Green and Purple Haze have been the most popular colors for teaser heads. Spoons have been successful in getting hook ups as well. Green Spatter Back UV Coho Killers, 3.5” Cop Car spoons have also brought good results in Victoria.

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

Cowichan River

no report this week


Fishing is GOOD in most lakes for both trout and bass. All streams within Management Units 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, and 1-6 are opened once again for fishing. Reminder Alert :Effective to 23:59 hours Friday September 30th 2016 the Nitinat River will open to recreational angling for chinook and coho.  The daily limit will be 4 salmon per day of which: • Two (2) may be chinook, of which only one (1) may be greater than 77 cm. in length, and• Two (2) may be coho, marked or unmarked.

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 fishing on the bay is fair with fall Chinook starting to show up; a few fish are being caught.

Great Lakes

Lake Michigan

no report this week

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