Fishing Reports for May 31

By on May 31, 2017


Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

no report this week

Marine Area 2 (Westport)

Fishing for Lingcod and Seabass is outstanding and with a two Lingcod (no size restriction) and 7 Rockfish limit this fishery is second to none for angling action and take home fish.

If your out on your own and looking for some Lingcod I’d mooch whole blue label herring at the bottom.  The key is to hit bottom and immediately wins the herring up about 15′, then back to the bottom, yo-yoing the bait up and down during the drift.

For the Rockfish we like to use shrimp flies and/or 5″ grubs in purple or brown.  Meter the schools of fish over hard bottom and deploy your gear at the depth you see the marks.  FYI Westport has live Anchovy now and those can help the Rockfish bite too.

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

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

Halibut fishing has been pretty slow in the area. Ling are hit and miss, but certain out of the way places have been putting out keepers. Prawns have been easy to get when the tides are mellow. Always add more weight to your pots than you think you’ll need. Weight heavy, bait heavy.

Sounds like the bag limit on Spot prawns will increase to 120 on June 1st in MA 7 West. As always check WDFW regulations and rule changes before you go.

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

The salmon fishing in area 11 is currently closed and will reopen 6/1/17 however ling cod fishing is open through 6/15/17 and so far the ling cod fishing has been fair.

Area 13 south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge is currently open and there has been decent opportunity to catch Chinook salmon there mostly trolling flasher and spoon combinations near Pt. Gibson, the Sand Spit/Green Pt. and Wollochett Bay area, for those who prefer to Mooch or Jig Pt. Gibson provides good opportunity. Get ready for the June 1 opening for Area 11 Salmon. Lots of bait in the area so let hope the salmon fishing kicks off well. Tides slow down this week some so fishing will be easier

For an updated report call (253)591-5325.

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 Basic Fishing Youth/Adult June 17, 2017 Saturday 10 am to 12 noon Cost $15 (ages 8+). The Adult (Age 15+) is on May 27, 2017 from 10 am to 12 noon. Cost is $15 .

To sign up call 253-591-5325

ABC Boater’s Class II for beginning boaters on Monday and Thursday nights from 7-9 pm , June 5-19 (5 nights total) 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. Info call 253-591-5325

Summer Camps Available Sails and Trails Camp for Ages 11-15. Monday-Friday 8 am to 5 pm. Cost $260/wk. Participants spend the week fishing and educational trail hikes at Point Defiance and Sailing and Kayaking at Tacoma Youth Marine Center. Also one day is spend at Foss Seaport Center with hands on marine science. July 10-14, July 17 21, July 24-28, July 31-Aug 4.

Report submitted by Point Defiance Marina. For more information contact: Art Tachell, Boathouse Marina Technician, 253.591.5325

Marine Area 12

no report this week

Freshwater – Lake Chelan

no report this week

Freshwater – Potholes Reservoir

Like most of our state this Memorial weekend we had record temperatures here at Potholes. Wind was not existent but out on the lake and up in the dunes there were clouds of mosquitoes that were very hungry. These insects provide an endless meal for all fish here at Potholes. Sight fishing up in the dunes area found a good supply of hunger bass. Small mouth were to be found up in Linn Coulee and off the rock pile mid dam. On the sandy flats there are scattered rock piles holding small mouth in 15 to 20 feet of water. Fishing a drop shot with a Yamamato Senko or a Strike King dream shot plastic. A friend, Jeff Dillion, and his wife Cindy landed 74 smallmouth and all were released in that area. Up in the dunes was of working waters under 6 feet deep with larger forms of plastics and spotting cruising fish with good polarized sun glasses.

More Walleye are being found. The area is so vastin the dunes area so there is a lot of area to cover. The Crab Creek area is not so vast but I have heard the up by the power lines can be good. Up in the dunes area the Winchester area Walleye are being caught with several of the locals limiting daily. The lake is dropping fast with more solid ground showing up daily. There is still a lot of water coming into the lake.

Report submitted by Tom Pollack

British Columbia


Last week we saw some tougher fishing but it looks like things have perked up. We had some orca’s move through the Gulf Islands which led to some slower than average fishing on the far side. Our local offshore fishery has continued to produce bites if you put in some time and effort. This time of year we are targeting moving fish so consistency and some patience is often the difference between fish and not. We have been having Luck with Gibbs Skinny G’s(bon chovy, outfitter and Irish cream), and glow hootchies. With the colored water green and chartreuse flashers seem to be the most productive.

Our local fishery typically stays productive into the latter half of May. As we get into June our longer 10 hour trips really shine as we try to spend most of our time in the Gulf Islands if possible. This fishery will continue to produce fish into the early July and also offers the option of bottom fishing. With lots going on over the next couple of months, give us a shout to discuss your options for getting you on the water.

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

Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, and Ucluelet

A few large we taken again past week and we hit 29lbs for the second week in a row which is great for this time of year. The fishing has not been fast and have often been coming in flurries followed by lulls. The afternoon has produced the large fish and it seems it has taken some time for the bit to come on—perfect for fisherman who don’t like the early morning hours. There are still a few fish being taken at the Red Can, but most have moved out to South Bank which is about 5 miles out of the harbor. The weather has been getting much better and there are some halibut being taken more consistently though not in huge numbers. Chinook are biting on the small spoons mostly, but some of the larger Chinook are being taken on a splatter back hutchie.

We expect the halibut to start increasing in numbers this next week. We are also getting Lingcod and Yellow Eye so people are getting a great seafood basket.

Below are some pics from the past week!

If you are looking to come during summer months I would suggest booking your accommodation very soon or you can do one of our packages. This is the busiest summer I have seen for booking accommodation.

Submitted by Sam Vandervalk of Salmon Eye Charters (1-877-777-4344). Salmon Eye is recommended by USA Today, Cruise America and New York Times bestselling author Peter Greenberg in his book The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to the Greatest Experiences Around the World.

Chinook Salmon landed in Barkley Sound. Landed using anchovy in a chartreuse teaser head.

Chinook Salmon landed in Barkley Sound. Landed using anchovy in a chartreuse teaser head.

June has arrived with some very warm weather which has created a relatively heavy run off into the many rivers and streams.  With the current warm weather the rivers in the area are very high.  For the early returning salmon moving to the big watersheds to the south and also the various local areas the early migration flow has been very smooth and fantastic for conservation purposes.  The long term forecast is for the weather pattern to be normal or above normal seasonal temperatures.  For the many people coming to sport fish on the west coast in the month of June this is great news.  The sport salmon fishing in Barkley Sound, the Bamfield area, and inshore and offshore Ucluelet has been relatively good.  Many of the Chinook that have been either feeders or migrating salmon headed south or to the Fraser River are averaging eight to eighteen pounds.  There have been a few clipped migratory salmon landed weighing from twenty to up to twenty-eight pounds.  The Somass River has had some early Sockeye enter the system.  These salmon are making their way to either Sproat or Great Central Lake where they will sit in deeper water until the fall.  This is actually good news as Somass River Sockeye returns are not in abundance for the 2017 season.  Numbers of returning Sockeye in pre season forecasts are very low.  There is currently NO Sport Sockeye fishing in the Somass or Alberni Inlet for the 2017 season.  There will be further and more current updates in later June and early July.

Over the last number of years we have witnessed some world class salmon fishing opportunities on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.  The current 2017 season is forecasting some better than average Chinook and Coho returns to the various rivers and streams located on the West Coast and inland waters.  This will definitely be a fantastic year to take opportunity and sport fish in the pristine and protected waters of the Port Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, and the more open water of inshore-offshore Ucluelet-Tofino especially from the last ten days of July through early September.   Chinook and Coho salmon will definitely be returning to natal rivers in good numbers.  The returning Chinook are forecast to be in the four to five year old class.  With this in mind there should be great salmon fishing days in the 2017 season.

Port Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound

The sockeye salmon fishing consistently gets underway by mid June.  However 2017 will be a very different year.  The current forecast is reporting that two hundred thousand Somass River Sockeye will migrate their way back to the river system.  These low numbers are not even close to what is needed for conservation levels.  The Alberni Inlet will be very quiet in late June and July.  Sockeye Sport fishing is a fun fishery for everyone.  Updates will occur in later June and early July.  If there are improvements and Sockeye numbers returning to the Somass become higher than the current guideline rules may change.

These salmon were landed on lighthouse bank and long beach. Guide Alan had guests using needle fish hootchies

These salmon were landed on lighthouse bank and long beach. Guide Alan had guests using needle fish hootchies

The Barkley Sound Salmon fishing has been what most guides and sport anglers would say as fair to good.   Recently sport fishermen have often needed to be at the right spot at the right time.  The Chinook salmon for the most part have been feeder springs and weigh on average eight to fifteen pounds.   There have been some migratory Chinook coming in and feeding on the rich based resources of bait fish.  Some of these migratory Chinook salmon have weighed from twenty to twenty-five pounds.  In the earlier spring the Bamfield Wall, Kirby Point, Sanford and the Whistle Buoy were quite good.  Lately the best fishing has been on the opposite shoreline from Pill Point all the way out to Cree Island.  Cree and Austin Island locations are out on the surf line and the best fishing has been in tight to the rocky shoreline fishing in shallower water from thirty to sixty-five feet.  Some anglers however have done better and have landed larger Chinook fishing in deeper water up to 120 feet.  A couple of other hotspots in Barkley Sound have been Vernon Bay, Swale Rock, and the Bamfield Harbor mouth.  In these locations the fish have been as deep as one hundred and forty-five feet.  Small coyote spoons at the three or three and a half inch size have been working.  Coho killers have also been an excellent choice for many fisher persons.  Needle fish hootchies as they normally do during this time of the year in blue and green colors have been very good.    Anchovy in a Ryhs Davis chartreuse teaser head, green haze, army truck glow, and purple haze have been the top producers.  At this time of year one will always find the salmon where there are great quantities of bait.   The biggest bait balls have been on the broken group shore lines.   For those that prefer water that is protected Barkley Sound is the ideal fishing location as the east and west coast lines are protected from the prevailing winds and for the most part the water is calm and very flat.  Barkley Sound will definitely have some fantastic salmon fishing during the upcoming summer months.


Chinook salmon landed in May outside of the Ucluelet Harbor on the Turtle Head. This fish hit a green nickel coyote spoon.

Chinook salmon landed in May outside of the Ucluelet Harbor on the Turtle Head. This fish hit a green nickel coyote spoon.

The fishing in Ucluelet has been very consistent during the spring. Of course weather can still play a major role in early June but generally the water is very fishable inshore and offshore as the weather patterns change. There are a good number of days where the wind and water is calm and flat. The first of the migratory fish have showed up on the outside water on the inner and outer south bank and up toward Long Beach. Inshore there is still a good number of feeder springs plus a few of the early clipped fish that are headed to the big watersheds to the South. The Ucluelet Harbor during the month of May around the Red Can has been very good.

The forecast in terms of returning salmon to the Columbia River and Puget Sound watersheds are expected to be a little better than average. The areas around the Ucluelet harbor producing Chinook have been Great Bear, Beg Island, Sail Rock and the Ucluelet Harbor Mouth. The salmon have been in deeper water and once again when the bait are in big schools there are good number of feeding salmon up to twenty pounds. The lighthouse Bank has also been good as has the turtle head and Long Beach. One of the best days over the past week saw four guided guests pick up eight Chinook averaging thirteen to twenty pounds fishing at one hundred and fifty feet or close to the bottom using needle fish hootchies which have been working very well during the spring. Small green glow and greennickel coyote spoons have also been good lure choices. The fishing on the west coast will only get better as we get into June and July. In August the Chinook and Coho as they make their way to their natal rivers will have put on a lot of weight as they feed on the rich resources of bait fish provided along Vancouver Island’s illustrious coastline. The 2017 summer sport salmon fishing will definitely be a fantastic season and one to remember for many years.

For more information and/or reservations, call Doug Lindores at Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing (250) 723-2435; (250)724-2502; cell (250)731-7389 or 1-877-214-7206 or; The cover image of this week’s reports, showing Jin from Toronto with a twenty-three pound Chinook, was also contributed by Doug.


no report this week

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was FAIR this past week. Most of the salmon caught this past week were hatchery springs from 6 -10 lbs. That said, there were some larger springs, both clipped and unclipped around. A 23 lb clipped spring was taken by O’Brien Point. There have also been quite a few larger wild springs that had to be released. The best depths for trolling have been from 60 – 100 feet on the downrigger and the fish are closer to shore. The Trap Shack to Beechey Head was been the best area. More anglers are using bait now and are finding anchovies in glow teaser heads have been working best. Spoons, especially G-Force and Skinny G spoons, in No Bananas or Outfitters’ colours have been very effective. For flashers, the Red Glow Hot Spot, Lemon Lime and Green/Glow Hot Spot.

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

Oak Bay

Salmon fishing was HOT & COLD in Oak Bay. There are hatchery springs into the upper teens on the Flats but the fishing has been inconsistent. The salmon are feeding on needlefish and have been at depths from 65 to 140 feet, depending on where the feed is located. Most of the anglers have been either bottom bouncing or jigging close to the bottom. Good trolling lures have been Coho Killers, Bon Chovi or Outfitters Skinny G spoons or AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons. Sandlance lures and squirts (needle fish) are best in pearl, white & green, or white glow. Good jigging lures have been Point Wilson Darts and the Delta Mac Fish.

Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. Most anglers that were fishing for halibut are using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well was the 8” Powerbait Grubs and Delta Hali Hawgs.

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

Pedder Bay

Pedder Bay Marina reports GOOD salmon fishing but nothing. The most productive area was from Whirl Bay to the Bedford Islands. It was slower inside Pedder Bay. Most anglers are still using artificial lures and trolling close to the bottom, but anchovies are also producing well. Spoons, especially G-Force, Skinny G and AP Tackle works spoons in Outfitters’, Bon Chovy or No Bananas colours, have been very effective. Hootchies and squirts with a green and glow color combination have been good plastic baits to use. 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 Hot Spot Red/Glow, Lemon-Lime and Madi. Anglers jigging at the mouth of the bay and in the channel have been catching more salmon than those anglers trolling.

Halibut fishing was SLOW this past weekend. The biggest halibut of the weekend weighted 55 lbs. Most anglers that were fishing for halibut are using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well were the 8” Powerbait Grubs and Delta Hali Hawgs.

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


Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. Los of springs have been caught from Pender Island to Sidney Spit. Jigging has been very effective in the more shallow spots while trollers are doing better in the deeper waters. Anglers using spoons found Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons the most successful spoons this past weekend. Anchovies and Tiny Strip were also good producers of fish.

There has been a new fishing regulation put in place for the Sidney area starting May 8th. The daily limit is two (2) chinook salmon per day of which only one (1) chinook may be greater than 67 cm. The minimum size limit for chinook salmon in these waters is 62 cm.

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


The salmon fishing has been GOOD for springs. Most of the hatchery fish are running from 6 to 10 lbs in size but we’ve heard of some from 20 to 27 lbs. Also, some of the salmon are being caught at summertime depths (50-80 feet). The best fishing has been from the bluffs westward. More and more anglers are using bait, and anchovies are the most popular choice. 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, Lemon/Lime or Bon Chovi Flasher. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze have been effective recently. Many anglers are still using artificial lures and the Skinny G needlefish spoon in the No Bananas or Outfitters have been the most effective spoon.

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


Salmon fishing has been quite good. Chinook are averaging 12-20 pounds with a few larger fish in the mix. Limits are being achieved by most anglers. Needlefish hoochies and anchovies have been the best baits this week. Purple haze squirt with orange beads was working exceptional for us. The salmon are eating 3-5 inch immature rock fish that have an orange coloring to them. At Esperanza reef 70 feet all the way to bottom have been the best depths. Ling cod and bottom fish limits are being taken here while salmon fishing. We are allowed 3 rock fish and 3 ling cod per day so there is lots of freezers filling up. Halibut fishing is excellent as always. Salmon bellies and squid have been the best baits this past week. Good spots to try are the 8 mile pinnacles and 12 mile reef.

Dates are extremely limited and we only have a few spaces left for the entire summer. June 12-14, 15-17 then August 21-23 are our only open boats. I have an extreme special to fill our last 2 boats in June. Give me a call or drop me a line anytime to get info on our world class fishery.

Report submitted by Adrian O’Connor, Reel Obsession Sport Fishing (1-888-855-7335 | The cover image of this week’s fishing reports was also contributed by Adrian. 

Lakes and Rivers

Fishing was GOOD in most lakes for trout and bass.

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


Tillamook Bay

no report this week

Willamette River

no report this week

Great Lakes

Lake Michigan

no report this week

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