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Fishing Reports for January 11

By on January 11, 2017

Washington

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

no report this week

Marine Area 2 (Westport)

no report this week

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

The Bluewater Bar and Grill in Friday Harbor hosted a winner take all salmon derby this past weekend. The weather and the fish cooperated, and most anglers had success. Carol Holman, fishing aboard the Team Parker Boats Northwest, won the $1000 top prize with a 12.90 lb Winter Chinook. Next stop is the Roche Harbor Salmon Classic, January 20th and 21st. We will see you there!

Submitted by Kevin Klein, Team Parker Boats NW.  The cover image of this week’s report was contributed by Klein.

Marine Area 8.1

no report this week

Marine Area 8.2

no report this week

Marine Area 9 (Admirality Inlet)

“Stow the gear!” This just in … WDFW closes the January 15 salmon opener in Area 9. There is no real valid reason why and no
real information on how long the closure will take place. Maybe March or April?

So, NO AREA 9 reports for awhile.

See you at the golf course,

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.

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 Blackmouth in our December Monthly derby so far is from there and weighs 7 pounds 4 ounces. Squid fishing from a boat off Pt Gibson has brought limits.

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. It does not look good at this point. For a more up to date report call 253-591-5325.

GEAR Up for the Feb 1, 2017 Area 11 Salmon season reopening.

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 them.

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”

Report submitted by Point Defiance Marina. For more information contact: Art Tachell, Boathouse Marina Technician, 253.591.5325 art@tacomaparks.com www.pointdefiancemarina.com.

Freshwater – Potholes Reservoir

It is now six weeks  with snow on the ground here at Potholes. Finally the whole lake here is frozen over and covered with snow. The largest part of the lake was covered with ice about a week ago. The thickest ice is up in Linn Coulee with a few brave souls venturing out. Success is varied with success in opening several holes. Look at holes for the one that has the most fish blood around it as a place to start. Weather continues to be cold the next few days with night time temperatures forecast to be in the single digits. At the Puyallup Sportsman Show I am scheduled to be working at the Scotty downrigger booth all five days.

Report submitted by Tom Pollack. 

British Columbia

Vancouver

no report this week

Vancouver Island (Saltwater)

no report this week

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. Small winter springs up to 10lbs were caught in the bay all the way from the marina to Aldridge Point. Most of the anglers have switched over to artificial lures and are 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.

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 FAIR to GOOD recently but very few, if any, anglers were out fishing. There were some springs up to 10 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.

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

Pedder Bay

Pedder Bay Marina and boat launch was iced in all week preventing anglers from going fishing. Previously, salmon fishing was GOOD in the bay. The bay entrance has held winter springs from 3 to 8 lbs and Whirl Bay has produced springs up to 12 lbs. Most of the anglers have switched over to artificial lures and trolling close to the bottom. Spoons, especially G-Force and Skinny G spoons in Brass/Silver, 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.

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

Sidney

Salmon fishing was NOT TOO BAD this past week. Some legal springs continue to be caught from Moses Point to Wain Rock. The Sidney Channel was slow but a few fish up to 9 lbs were caught near Coal Island. There were also some springs caught near the outer edge of Fairfax Point Anglers using spoons found Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons the most successful spoons this past year. This past week, anchovies and Tiny Strip were the best producers of fish.

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

Sooke

The salmon fishing had been GOOD for springs with most of the fish under 10 lbs in size. The area around the basin entrance was best but the fish are moving around more on the outside now. Most of the anglers have switched over to artificial lures and are trolling close to the bottom. The top spoons for Sooke anglers have lots of green, glow or Moon Jelly as the primary color. Anchovies are still a good choice for bait though and good choices for teaser head colors are UV Green, Chartreuse, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze. For flashers, you can’t go wrong with a Super Betsey, Madi or Bon Chovi Flasher. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze have been effective recently. Shrimping has been very good in Sooke Basin.

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 GOOD although there was really only one fishable day (Thursday). The most fish have come from out at Constance Bank where springs up to 6 lbs were caught. On Thursday, Mike Webber caught 12.8 and 11.6 lb winter springs while trolling anchovies near Clover Point. The fish have been moving around with the tides, so you might have to do a bit of searching before finding them. The 130 foot depths have been good off the waterfront and you lure should be close to the bottom. Spoons have been very successful in getting hook ups but you have to check you line often 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. The seals are once again a problem for anglers.

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

Lakes

Fishing was SLOW in most lakes for trout and SLOW for bass during this past week’s cold spell. Some winter run steelhead are just starting to enter the rivers.

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

Oregon

Tillamook Bay

no report this week

Willamette River

no report this week

Great Lakes

Lake Michigan

no report this week

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