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Fishing Reports for January 18

By on January 18, 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

Friday Harbor’s Floyd Holman, 7 years old, reeled in this 16.5 lb Blackmouth all by himself last weekend aboard the Team Parker Boats. Dad Andy lends a hand holding up the fish for a pic. Great job! We may wish we would’ve had that fish for the Roche Derby.

Winter Chinook fishing has been pretty good in the islands. Silver Horde three-inch spoons have been producing very well, matching the anchovy and small herring that are around right now. The Roche Harbor Salmon Classic is this upcoming weekend. With some larger fish showing up, it will be interesting to see what hit the scales. We will see you on the docks, and at the tent on Thursday, Jan 19th!

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)

no report this week

Marine Area 11

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

Just like the past few weeks Potholes remains iced in and blanketed with snow. Yesterday som one made a wrong turn going north on M street and got off the road on the west side of the bridge and onto the ice covered Linn Coulee, luckily stopping before breaking through the ice. About four hours  later two very large wreckers got the pickup to the ramp. No word as to what happened to the driver.

Report submitted by Tom Pollack. 

Vancouver

no report this week

Vancouver Island (Saltwater)

no report this week

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. Winter springs up to 12.5 lbs were seen at the marina. Springs are still being caught in the bay all the way from the marina to Aldridge Point. So, I guess you could say that there are fish all throughout the area. 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

Nolan Walker with a pair of nice springs caught by Wain Rock last week on green & white Hootchies.

Salmon fishing was GOOD recently. There were some springs up to 10 lbs caught on the flats but not too many. Most of the springs are small. 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 reports salmon fishing was EXCELLENT in the bay. The bay entrance has held winter springs from 5 to 9 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 FAIR this past week. Some legal springs continue to be caught from Wain Rock, but no big bruisers. We have heard of springs in the double digits coming from Coal Island and into the Sidney Channel. 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 still under 10 lbs in size. The best fishing has been from the harbour entrance westward to Otter Point in 110 – 150 feet of water. The salmon are holding close to the bottom so you have to troll deep. Most of the anglers have switched over to artificial lures. 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 EXCELLENT this past weekend. The WTF salmon derby was held on Sunday and it was a huge success. There were 68 salmon weighed in and many of the 190 ticket holders did not bother to weigh in their smaller, but legal, catches. Approximately $10,000 was raised to help salmon enhancement in the area. The fishing was outstanding as everyone in this area caught fish. Constance Bank was HOT and we’ve heard of some boats catching and releasing up to as many as 40 salmon while looking for the derby winner. The largest salmon were caught closer in off the waterfront and some in water as shallow as 80 feet. The winner of the derby was Kelvin Packford with a 16.35 lb spring. Second place went to Grant Wittkamp with a 13.8 lb spring. Third place went to Kael Campbell with a 13.7 lb spring. The 80-130 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. Green Spatter Back UV Coho Killers, 3.5” Cop Car spoons or AP Tackleworks herring spoons have brought good results.

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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