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Fishing Reports for February 1, 2017

By on February 1, 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

Congratulations to Rustie Mager for winning top prize of $1100 in the annual Orcas Legion Derby with this 20 lb Blackmouth. She caught it fishing with long time Islands highliner and derby participant Jimmie Lawson.  A week earlier, and she’d have been a bit richer in the Roche Derby.
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)

Well , well, well … Area 9 is still closed and no one has an idea when it will open … IF EVER !

However, Rusty and Jimmy Lawson (Hawg Heaven Charters) put a monster 20lb 11 ounce beast on the deck to win the Orcas Derby this past weekend.

Rusty noted “it was a brute that whacked the new SilverHorde TWO FACED spoon on extra long 25 lb leader.” Well done Rusty and Jimmy !

Report submitted by Nelson “Spud” Goodsell – Salmon for Soldiers, IGFA Life Member, FISHTALE2. 

Marine Area 10

no report this week

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 January Monthly derby so far is from there and weighs 5 pounds 7 ounces. Squid fishing is drawing to an end in this area.

Bottom fishing for flounder has been good.

Area 11 has not been open since the last week of August in Area 11. There is a great deal of bait present for hungry Blackmouth and we are looking forward to a good February salmon fishery. Please check the winds as North winds can make the waters very rough and difficult to fish.

Crabbing is now closed until July 1 with no winter crabbing in Area 11. 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

Learn fall fishing opportunities and how to pursue them Basic Fishing Youth/Adult April 8, 2017 Saturday 10 am to 12 noon Cost $15 Point Defiance Marina Basic Fishing Adult 15+ March 4, 2017 Saturday 10 am to 12 noon Cost $15 Point Defiance Marina Basic trailering and launch Ages 18+ April 15, 2017 Saturday 10 am to 12 noon Cost $20 Point Defiance Marina

The next Pier Peer in Tacoma – Marine Education Night is March 11, 2017 from 7:30-9 pm . See and touch marine life brought up from the deep by local divers and find marine life on lighted piers. Cost $8 for ages 8 +. Must have an adult with each youth.

Plan ahead for the ABC Boater’s Education Class on Wednesday Nights from 7-9 pm May 3-31, 2017. This class will provide the requirements for the mandatory WA State Boater’s Card for boats with 15 hp or greater. The class will provide a Boater’s Manual and Navigational Software. Cost is $50. The class is taught by Tacoma Power Squadron

Boat House Tackle Shop open 7 days a week.

Boat lifts open from 6:30 am to 5:30 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

I spent last week working at the Puyallup Sportsmen’s show in the Scotty booth. It was great seeing so many of you. Now back home we are back in the winter mod waking up to a new snow fall. I hope this will end. It was nice to step out of the car on to gravel. No fishing to report on.

Report submitted by Tom Pollack. 

Vancouver

Things are finally back to normal after the extended cold snap in December and Early January. We have been on the water a lot over the last couple weeks and we have enjoyed some pretty solid winter chinook fishing!

We have been fishing all over the place in recent weeks. Howe Sound, Vancouver Harbour, and the Gulf Island’s have all kicked out some good numbers of fish depending on the day and the weather. It seems to be one of those winters where you can pick one of the many winter chinook spots and be successful if you fish the area properly. As per usual in the winter months, keeping your gear close to bottom is key to winter chinook success. These chrome fish typically hold and feed on sandy flats that are 80 to 200 feet in depth. Keep a close eye on your sounder for bait and fish.

We have been running primarily spoons over the last couple weeks, but we have also had some pretty good success on hootchies. Running bait will also work, but why bother with bait when spoons and hootchies are work just as good, if not better in the winter! The Outfitter Skinny G has really started to catch fire again. Some other spoons that have been working have been the G Force Trailhead, No Bananas, Bon Chovy and Flamin Hans. The Silver Horde Homeland Security and Irish Cream have also been working well. Productive hootchies have been the standard Yamashita Hootchies in Glow and White. As per usual we have been running our favourite Gibbs Delta Guide Series Flashers. Our winter favourites are the STS, Lemon Lime, Bon Chovy, and Madi Flashers. If you are looking for the right gear for local waters, please stop by our charter/tackle shop on Granville Island!

As we move into February and March we will see the mature herring make their way into local waters to get ready to spawn. This means we will start to see some larger fish in the mix. So far this year, most of the legal fish have been under 12 pounds. This should change very soon as fish in the 15 to 25 pound range are often caught in the next couple months.

We are running our “Winter Chinook Charter Special” until March 31st/2017. This is one of our best charter option of of the year! Have a look at this link, it gives you an idea of our winter rates and what winter fishing is all about!

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If you are looking for a quick, convenient winter fishing. Check out the link below. You can combine a couple days of winter fishing with amazing waterfront accommodation at the Union Steamship Resort on Bowen Island.

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Tight lines!

For more info call Jeff or Jason at Bon Chovy Fishing Charters (604) 763-5460,bonchovy.com email: info@bonchovy.com.

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was NOT TOO BAD this past week. Springs are all throughout the area and the Trap, Aldridge Point, the bay and Church Rock all produced fish. More fish came from the outside of the bay rather than on the inside. The largest salmon of the week was a 13 lb spring caught by John Constable near the Flag Pole. 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 catching their share fo salmon and 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 GOOD recently. There are lots of small springs on the flats but not too many keepers. All of the anglers have been bottom bouncing or trolling close to the bottom. Good trolling lures have been Coho Killers, Bon Chovi or Outfitters Skinny G spoons or AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons.

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 GOOD. The bay entrance and Whirl Bay produced winter springs up to 14 lb but most of the salmon retained have been in the 6 to 8 lb size. Most of the anglers have switched over to artificial lures and are trolling close to the bottom but bait is also producing well. 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 GOOD this past week. A nice 13 lb spring was caught at Wain Rock at on an AP Herring spoon. There were keeper springs also coming from Coal Island Saanichton Spit, Moses Point and Fairfax Point. Anglers using spoons found Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and AP Tackleworks spoons the most successful spoons this past year.. Anchovies and Tiny Strip were the good 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 has been GOOD for springs. Most of the fish are still less than 10 lbs in size but some in the low teens have been caught. 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 but the largest fish have been caught on bait. There are large herring in the area and the bigger fish are keying in on them. 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 this past week. Most of the salmon have been in the 3 to 8 lb size range but there are some larger ones into the teens around. Alexei Alcock, fishing with his dad Robert Alcock (Gibbs Delta COO) and Gibbs Delta pro staff Trevor Zboyovsky, took first prize in the Local Salmon Superbowl with a 19.5 lb chinook on Sunday. The fish was caught with a Green Delta Guide Series Watermark flasher with a green UV Anchovy Special teaser. They were fishing near the entrance to Victoria Harbour. today with a 19.5 lb chinook in a local Vancouver Island Derby! Green Gibbs Delta Guide Series Watermark flasher with RHYS DAVIS Ltd. green UV anchovy teaser for the win!! The 80-130 foot depths have been good off the waterfront and you lure should be close to the bottom. The same depth and technique has been working well out at Constance Bank. 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. Some winter run steelhead are now n most 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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