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Fishing Reports for November 30

By on November 30, 2016

Washington

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

no report this week

Marine Area 2 (Westport)

no report this week

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

no report this week

Marine Area 8.1

no report this week

Marine Area 8.2

no report this week

Marine Area 9 (Admirality Inlet)

We tried to make it out a couple of times this week but the wind and rain just kept a pounding.

We will be heading to Friday Harbor this weekend for the Friday Harbor Classic. Hope the weather behaves and we bring in some nice teeners to the scale.

Be safe out there!

Report submitted by Nelson “Spud” Goodsell – Salmon for Soldiers, IGFA Life Member, FISHTALE2. The cover image of this week’s reports was also submitted by Goodsell.

Salmon Fishing closes at the end of today – November 30, 2016.  Scheduled to reopen January 16  –  through April 15, 2017.

Salmon University staff

Marine Area 10

Results of the fourth day of the 71st Tengu Blackmouth Derby on Nov 27:

14 members fished, 1 blackmouth

  • Justin Wong 7 lb 9

Twenty-four members fished all over the Bay on Sunday but could only bring one blackmouth to the weigh-in. Windy weather again hampered angler efforts as the winning fish came deep off Fourmile Rock. Large amounts of bait also reported in the same area. Lots of shaker action all morning caused some members to run out of bait.

Salmon University staff

Marine Area 11

The salmon fishing in area MA 11 is closed until 2/1/17, in area MA 13 there has been a few legal Chinook caught around Fox Island mostly near Pt. Gibson, Green Pt. and the entrance to Wollochett Bay. Trolling flasher and spoons or artificial squid in 120′ to 150′ of water about 10′ off of bottom seems to be most productive. The largest salmon in our monthly derby is 12 pound 2 ounces by Bill Combs.

Squid fishing has been good from boats at 90-12 feet in front of the Marina and at the pier on high water and late from afternoon/evening. Bottom fishing for flounder has been good.

Crabbing is now closed until we hear if we will have a winter season starting January 1, 2017. For a more up to date report call 253-591-5325.

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 year. 2 Hour classes are $15.00 and can be designed for youth and adults. Boat House Tackle Shop open 7 days a week. Learn fall fishing opportunities and how to pursue thm.

Boat lifts open from 6 am to 6 pm. Tackle Shop hours are 6:30 am to 5:30 pm. For more information call 253-591-5325 Call 253-591-5325 or visit us on Facebook “Point Defiance Marina”

Squidding classes at Point Defiance Marina December 3, 2016 from 4-6 pm. Cost $15 Learn the regulations, locations to fish, equipment and tackle . Also care, cleaning and cooking. Call 253-591-5325 or genea@tacomaparks.com.

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

Scheduled to remain open until December 31, 2016

Salmon University staff

Freshwater – Lake Washington

littlecuttyIt’s been tough fishing on Lake Washington. The bait and cutthroat trout are few and far between. Late last week I trolled the East Channel with a buddy working both sides of the lake. My friend picked up two smallmouth bass that were suspended in 30 feet of water. Still no trout.

Today I trolled the west side of Mercer Island. There was a good bit of chop on the water which in my experience is always a little better for fishing. I trolled the shoreline, under the i90 bridge and around the point only picking up one small cutthroat trout that was hunkered down at the bottom in 30 feet of water. I’m confident it can only get better.

If anyone is interested in learning more about kayak fishing, I’ll be at Outdoor Emporium for their “Customer Appreciation Day” this Saturday, December 3rd from 10am until 4pm. I’ll have one of my rigged Hobie kayaks on hand. There will be several other vendors in attendance as well. Outdoor Emporium will be raffling off prizes every 15 minutes and have holiday food and drinks for customers. Stop by and say hello!

Report submitted by Brad Hole of Kayak Fishing Washington. (also, on Facebook

Freshwater – Mattoon Lake

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I would have thought the lake would have been packed on Black Friday but only a handful of people were fishing the bank. I was the only water craft on the lake. I ended up getting 4 strikes and one fish on that I couldn’t get out of the rod holder fast enough. The water temperature is 44 degrees and the fish strikes hard to feel. There are fish in there. I’ve seen them cruising the surface. The lake is full of weeds so fishing off the bank with a bobber or trolling up top is about your only option. Get out there before they are all gone!

Report submitted by Brad Hole of Kayak Fishing Washington. (also, on Facebook

Freshwater – Potholes Reservoir

2016112695174829We are seeing increasing numbers of northern ducks showing as the mallards I saw this past week are with orange feet and much larger in size. As I have said before, the level of the lake is much higher than compared to prior years at the same time. Not much dry dunes showing so plan on hunting from your boat with camo. Still, we have not seen freezing temperatures here but getting over Snoqualmie Pass could be a challenge. We are seeing record rain falls so bring your foul weather gear. My son was over with my granddaughters and Bridgette got her first greenheads. Those who know my son Matt was blessed with his first daughter, Sydney Ann Pollack.

I did not get a single fishing report as hunters dominate the water. Walleye still can be caught mainly fishing jigs. The same thing goes for the bass fishing.

Tom Pollack – retired

British Columbia

Vancouver

no report this week

Vancouver Island (Saltwater)

no report this week

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was FAIR this past week. Most of the fish at the marina have been halibut and more people are fishing for halibut than for salmon. As for chinooks, only small winter springs up to 11 lbs were caught this past week. A few fish are now being caught inside the bay. Most of the anglers are now switching over to artificial lures and trolling close to the bottom. Spoons, especially G-Force and Skinny G spoons, in Bon Chovy or Outfitters’ colours have been very effective. Anglers using bait are finding anchovies in glow teaser heads have been working best. For flashers, the Betsey, Lemon Lime and Green/Silver Hot Spot have been good. Halibut fishing has been GOOD and more people are fishing for halibut than for salmon.

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 again this past week. There were some springs up to 5 lbs caught on the flats but not too many. Most of the springs are too small for retention. The coho haven’t been running strong in this area as well. Good trolling lures have been Coho Killers, Bon Chovi or Outfitters Skinny G spoons or AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons. Anglers jigging have been using Needlefish Darts, Point Wilson Darts or Deep Stingers.
Halibut fishing was VERY GOOD this past week. 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 was FAIR this past week. Most of the recent action has been from small winter springs. Both Pedder Bay and Whirl Bay have held lots of these fish. However, there have been a few larger ones around; as Whirl Bay has produced springs up to 11 lbs. Small spoons with green color have been the best lure to use. Most of the springs are just under or just over the minimum size for retention. Most of the anglers are now switching over to artificial lures and trolling close to the bottom. Spoons, especially G-Force and Skinny G spoons in Bon Chovy or Outfitters’ colours, have been very effective. Hootchies and squirts with a green and glow color combination have been good plastic baits to use, especially with a 28” to 32” leader. Anchovies were still working 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.

Halibut fishing was VERY GOOD this past week. Almost all the boats had a couple of  fish. 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 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com

Sidney

Salmon fishing was BETTER this past week. We heard of a couple of keeper springs up to 11 lbs coming from Coal Island and another one from Hambley Point.. Elsewhere in the Sidney area it was pretty slow except for undersize salmon. Anglers using spoons found Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons the most successful spoons this past year.

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

Sooke

no report this week

Victoria

Marino Piazza with his 63.3 lb halibut

Marino Piazza with his 63.3 lb halibut

Fishing for salmon was GOOD this past week. The best fishing has been out at Constance Bank where there are some feeder springs up to 10 lbs. However, most of the springs there are around 2 to 4 lbs. We’ve only heard of small springs coming from close in the waterfront. Spoons have been very successful in getting hook ups but you have to check you line every 10 minutes for shakers. Green Spatter Back UV Coho Killers, 3.5” Cop Car spoons or AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons have brought good results at Constance Bank.

Halibut fishing was VERY GOOD this past week with the best areas being Constance Bank, Border Bank and the Mud Hole. Marino Piazza caught a 63.3 lb halibut at Constance Bank. We also had a 50 lb halibut weighed in at the store. 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

Lakes

Fishing is GOOD in most lakes for both trout and SLOW for bass. Fishing for salmon in the rivers is now in full swing and anglers are having EXCELLENT results. Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject: FN1259-RECREATIONAL – Salmon – Region 1: Vancouver Island River Systems – Chum Daily Limit Change Strong chum returns have been observed in numerous Vancouver Island river systems recently. These large returns will or have surpassed escapement goals.  Effective immediately until December 31, 2016 the daily limit of chum is four (4) per day in the open portions of the following Region 1 rivers: Cowichan River: That portion of the Cowichan River from the 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the Highway No. 1 Bridge (Silver Bridge). Nanaimo River: That portion of the Nanaimo River from the upstream side of the Cedar Road Bridge, upstream to the end of Boswell Rd. (commonly known as “Firehall Pool”). Nitinat River: Those portions of the Nitinat River located downstream of Parker Creek and from 50 m upstream to 50 m downstream of the Nitinat River Bridge. Subject: FN1195-RECREATIONAL – Salmon – Region 1 – Cowichan River – Coho Retention Opportunity Effective November 1 until December 31, 2016 the daily limit of coho is one (1) per day (hatchery or wild) in the lower portion of the Cowichan River downstream from Mile 66 Trestle Bridge to the Highway No. 1 Bridge (Silver Bridge).

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

Oregon

Tillamook Bay

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) reports that Chinook fishing is fair to slow on Tillamook Bay. Chinook fishing will probably slow down as the end of the run nears but some Tillamook-area rivers are known to have late Chinook so there are still some possibilities out in the bay. Keep an eye on the weather.

There are some large wild coho being caught; remember that coho fisheries are hatchery fish only (adipose fin clipped), and all unclipped coho must be released. Know how to identify coho by the white gum line at the base of the teeth, and the ribbed tail fin rays (Page 95 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations). Don’t assume it’s a Chinook just because it’s large.

Due to a wetland restoration project between the tidewaters of the Trask and Wilson Rivers, public access to the Wilson River tidewater from the end of Goodspeed road, and to the Hospital Hole on Trask tidewater, are currently unavailable.

Great Lakes

Lake Michigan

no report this week

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