Fishing Reports for June 14

By on June 14, 2017


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

no report this week

Marine Area 8.1

no report this week

Marine Area 8.2

The bubble continues to put out fish averaging 10-16 pounds. We fished Saturday and Sunday and landed 7 chinook. Lure selection didn’t seem to matter too much we caught fish on coho killers cop car and Gibbs Skinny G no bananas. The bite seemed to happen quick with it lasting in some cases 15 mins!

Report submitted by Chad Huffman

Marine Area 9 (Admirality Inlet)

no report this week

Marine Area 10

no report this week

Marine Area 11

The Chinook salmon fishing has been a little slow recently but showing signs of picking up most of the salmon are scattered around the area I have reports of Salmon being caught by fishermen trolling near Quarter Master Harbor, Pt. Dalco, The Girl Scout Camp area, Clay Bank area, and Pt. Evens the Chinook being caught near Pt. Evens have mostly been caught by fishermen jigging.

Fishermen have been mostly trolling flasher and spoon combinations and have been fishing at about 120’ to 150’ deep.

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+).

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.

National Marina Day at Point Defiance Marina is June 10 and Free Fishing in WA State Weekend is June 10, 11, 2017. Point Defiance Marina will host $25 boat and motor rentals, Crabbing Class, Fishing demo, Dock Fishing Derby, and Vessel inspections from Tacoma Power Squadron. Help us kick off 2017 the summer season.

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

The infamous Bobby Loomis with Jeff and his Kokanee and Macks

What’s hot is fishing for Kokanee fishing in the lower basin. Additionally, Roses Lake is blistering hot for Bluegill and Sunfish. What is just beginning to heat up is the Bar on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw.

We are continuing to have great success fishing for Chelan’s Kokanee. Fishing 60 feet deep in the lower basin with Mack’s Lure wedding rings and mini squid rigs baited with corn scented with Pro Cure’s Bloody Tuna have gotten these delicious Landlocked Sockeye to bite. Pautzke’s Fire Corn has also been productive when baiting these rigs.

The Baird party with their limits of Kokanee and sprinkling of clipped Cutthroat Trout

The Baird party with their limits of Kokanee and sprinkling of clipped Cutthroat Trout

Roses Lake has been smoking hot for a variety of panfish including Bluegill, Redear Sunfish and Pumpkinseeds by slip bobbering a worm. The big Channel Cat is an odd bonus. Try a chunk of one of the smaller bluegill as bait for these bonus fish!

On Lake Chelan for Mackinaw, the “Bar” is heating up. June is normally the time where the Bar will kick out some nice double digit fish. Worden Lures T4 flatfish in GPLF has proven to be the go to lure for enticing those big fish. However, Jeff’s Drift Rigs has been our most consistent bite producer when baited with with some Northern Pikeminnow doused in Pautzke’s Krill Juice.

Your fishing tip of the week is to remember to check your gear periodically when trolling. Towing around lures that are fouled up with weeds and sticks is a waste of that valuable angling time.

The kid’s tip of the week is to get them ready for life by allowing them to struggle some. After telling a kid how to play a big fish, sometimes you have let them lose a few before they connect the directions with their actions. While we always want to see our grandkids and kids succeed, bumps in the road make us pay attention more and improve our technique to better prepare for what comes later in life. And that is not just about fishing.

Your safety tip of the week is to strap on our patience, helpfulness and friendliness as we welcome the crowds of visitors to our beautiful valley!

For more info call Anton & Sandra Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service;; or call (509)687-0709 or toll free at (866)360-1523.

Freshwater – Potholes Reservoir

The water level is dropping fast with more rocks showing off the face of the dam and more sand dunes being uncovered. With this, Walleye are starting to move out into the main lake. The area around the high dune and over in Crab Creek are turning out catches of Walleye. The Walleye in Crab Creek are being caught below the power lines with Smile Blades and the slow death hook fished behind a bottom walker. Also, up in Linn Coulee off the island up from the mouth of the Coulee Walleye are showing. Bass fishing thru out Potholes seems to be good with more fishermen fishing off the dam face. Each day we are seeing carp archery fishermen on the water. Yes we are have many days some periods of strong wind but now the winds are mellowing down.

Report submitted by Tom Pollack

British Columbia


We have enjoyed fantastic weather and consistent salmon fishing in local Vancouver waters and the Gulf Island’s over the last couple weeks. The fish have not been huge, but there is healthy numbers of feeding chinook in the 8 to 15 pound range. We are also very excited that the first coho have shown near Bowen , Gabriola and Galiano Island’s! A very encouraging sign for coming months.

In local waters, we have been spending most of our time fishing the deep waters searching for feeding chinook. Depending on the day, we have had good success off the QA Marker, the Hump, Cape Roger Curtis, Hole in the Wall and Cowan Point. The local chinook are chasing the schools of anchovy that seem to be one of their main food sources in the spring now. It is very interesting how the emergence of the anchovy schools has now changed our spring chinook fishery…..for the better!! Because of the abundance of anchovy, especially near Bowen Island, we have had really good success on Gibbs Delta Skinny G spoons. The normal productive patterns like the Outfitter, Bon Chovy and Irish cream seem to be working well as usual. Silver Horde Irish Cream, Killy Mcgee and Herring Aide Spoons also seems to be working very well. We have been running a bit of bait, but spoons have been just as good if not better.

The fishing in the Gulf Island’s has also been very good. Depending on the day anywhere from Active Pass up to Nanaimo has seen good numbers of chinook and increasing numbers of early coho salmon. The fish have been tight to structure and also in the deep water. Spoons, bait and hootchies have all been working. Some days they are as shallow as 50 feet down and other days we have had success dragging bottom in 150 to 200 feet.

Our local guides association, “The Vancouver Sport Fishing Guides”, with support from the Capilano Hatchery, has recently completed another successful chinook net pen project in Vancouver. Spearheaded by Phil Grassi, for the 10th year in a row, 100,000 chinook smolts have been released into the waters near Point Atkinson. The chinook smolts are transferred from the Capilano Hatchery to a net pen at the West Vancouver DFO labs. For a couple weeks our group of volunteers feed the young chinook daily to give them a bit of a jump start in life. Check out this video we put together with, it shows the net pen in action and explains things in a little more detail.

Sturgeon fishing has been pretty tough on the Fraser River due to the high water. As we get into July, the water levels will improve and the sturgeon fishing will get better.

If you are looking to get out on the water, it is looking like we should have continued good fishing for chinook salmon. While there is often good opportunity on our 5 hour trips, our longer 8 hour and 10 hour trips are very good bets in June. It allows to run a little further and catch that extra tide change. On 10 hour trips, we can run over to the Gulf Island’s if the fishing and weather conditions permit. Give us a call or an email to get out on the water!

Tight lines!

For more info call Jeff or Jason at Bon Chovy Fishing Charters (604) 763-5460, email: The cover image of this week’s report was also contributed by Bon Chovy. 

Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, and Ucluelet

no report this week


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;


What a great start to the season ! The weather was great allowing us to get offshore to the fish every day.

Salmon fishing is excellent with most of our fish being caught at the outside corner of the highway. We had our first Tyee of the year caught by angler Lance Ruffel from Omaha. Guide Troy put him into this fish down 170 feet down, caught on a green glow flasher with matching teaser head and herring. Jelly fish hoochies and Skinny G no bananas color spoons have also been catching fish. Flasher colors of glow green, and purple glow have been top producers.Most fish at the high way are being caught from 100-1800 feet. First thing in the morning the fish have been in the shallower part of the water column and dropping down as the day goes on.

Halibut fishing is excellent as well. In the picture below my first day started with a 64,60 and 45 pound fish for my 3 guests. Mackerel and sardines have been the top baits. Salmon bellies are working as well, but the dog fish tend to zone in on them more than the other. The halibut bite has definitely been around the tide change. Smaller fish are biting off the tide, but the larger fish are definitely being caught in the hour or so around the slack water.

Give me a call or drop me a line anytime to discuss this world class fishery.I have one boat available June 15-17. Call me to get a great fathers day special rate.

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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