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Fishing Reports for July 19

By on July 19, 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 Bellingham Puget Sound Anglers (PSA) annual salmon derby took place this last weekend. Fishing for hatchery Chinook was anywhere from red hot to ice cold depending on where you were. Kings aren’t all over the Islands right now, but if you land on them, it can be very good fishing. Hootchies, spoons and bait have all been working. Doug Marr took the $7500 first place prize with a 26.10 lb clipped fish. Alex Davis landed the biggest kid’s division Chinook at 15.42 lbs. The Bellingham Salmon Derby has always been a fun, family friendly event, with proceeds going to a lot of great causes.

Crabbing kicked off on July 15th. It’s been pretty good from most reports. Look for days with soft tides, or drop for a couple hours during a tide change. Dropping pots on a low and letting them soak into the flood can be productive. Our weather has been pretty darn good, and adding some Dungeness into the mix truly makes it feel like Summer is here!

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)

FINALLY IT IS OPEN! The nets were flying this Sunday from Browns Bay to Port Townsend as Area 9 opened for Kings. Reports came in heavy. The White Lightning Coho Killer is BACK with many bottom bouncers picking up their limits “in the mud” in 100-120 feet of water. Also the “two-faced” cookies and crème coho killer (the one with the red eye) was also noted in a few reports.

It won’t be open for long, so get out on the water, enjoy the sun, and hunt for that yummy 20 pounder !

Molly, Karen and Tyler came all the way from INDIANA to land their first ever Salmon while trolling the deep waters off Port Townsend while Terry stayed close to home and nailed his high teenerwhile trolling the shallow waters off Browns Bay. “Fish where the fish are and not where all the other boats are,” he noted!

See you on the water!

Report submitted by Nelson “Spud” Goodsell – Salmon for Soldiers, IGFA Life Member, FISHTALE2. The cover image of this week’s fishing reports was also contributed by Goodsell.

Marine Area 10

no report this week

Marine Area 11

The Chinook salmon fishing has produced 54 fish in July that have been taken have come from the Girl Scout Camp, Pt. Dalco area, and the Clay Banks mostly trolling flasher and artificial squid or spoons. Typically it will be a little slow the first couple of weeks of July and start picking up in late July and on into August. Resident coho have been caught at Pt Evans and Pt Dalco with a few pinks mixed in.

Also, there has been a few resident Coho being caught around the Pt. Fosdick area tight on the beach with light gear and these fish have been running 3lb to 4lb and a lot of fun on light gear.

The crabbing has improved recently with a few more legal Dungeness in the catches.

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

Crabbing is open in Area 11 and 13 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

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 art@tacomaparks.com www.pointdefiancemarina.com.

Marine Area 12

no report this week

Freshwater – Lake Chelan

no report this week

Freshwater – Potholes Reservoir

The past few days we had my son Matt and his family over for some warm weather fishing. Saturday we fished way up in the dunes past the high dune catching only one largemouth. In the evening we fished bays in Lynn Coulee and caught and released several smallmouth. Sunday and Monday we fished a smaller lake below the dam had very good luck using drop shots.

I had a little bad luck last Friday. I fished the lake myself and had no luck. In untying my boat to put it on the trailer my cell phone fell out of my pocket never to be seen again. Any of my friends that have my phone number call me so I can retrieve my contacts.

The level of the lake is still dropping and will continue until late September.

Report submitted by Tom Pollack

British Columbia

Vancouver

We have seen another week of windier weather but the Gulf Islands has fished well when we were able to cross the strait. This fishery will be a good bet for another month for chinook in the 10-25 pound range. It is quite unique as we are fishing structure and very deep, often 250+ ft.

Things have started to pick up locally off of the West Vancouver shoreline as is typical for this time of year. It seems like there are quite a few undersized fish hanging around which is a great sign of things to come. We have caught our first pink salmon of the year! It seems like there are a few schools around and we should see them consistently over the next 2 months. This is a great time of year to get out with the family and enjoy some time on the water with some good action. Give us a call or email us to get you on the water. Tight Lines!

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

Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, and Ucluelet

no report this week

Bamfield

no report this week
Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week when it wasn’t blowing too hard.  There have been lots of salmon coming in from Aldridge Point to the Trap Shack.  Besides springs into the teens, more pinks have also been showing up. The best depths to fish have been from 40 to 70 feet. Anchovies are now the most popular bait. Good teaser heads have been the Bloody Nose and Mint Pearl. Trolling Skinny G spoons on a 36” leader has been working great. The best color combinations being Nickel/Blue, Nickel/Gold and Bananas. For flashers, the Homeland Security and Raspberry Jelly have been working well. Anglers casting of the rocks are also getting into some nice fish. Edison Frando landed a 23 lb 7 oz spring on July 15th while casting from the rocks at Beechey Head.

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

Oak Bay

Terry Finnigan with 22 & 21 lb springs caught jigging by Sidney Spit

Salmon fishing was SPOTTY in Oak Bay this past week. There has been some good-sized fish pushing 20 lbs coming in from the flats and the Gap. Anglers jigging have been catching way more salmon than those trolling. Good jigging lures have been Point Wilson Darts, GIBBS Minnows and the Delta Mac Fish. The salmon are feeding on needlefish and have been at depths from 65 to 135 feet, depending on where the feed is located. Most of the anglers have been either bottom bouncing or jigging close to the bottom.

Halibut fishing was SLOW this past weekend on the big tides and it was way too windy as well for most boats. 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 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com

Pedder Bay

Pedder Bay Marina reports PRETTY GOOD salmon fishing. The bay was fishing well again this week, and it was out of the wind as well. The most productive area for trollers has been the can buoy. Trollers are doing best trolling from 45 – 70 feet on the downrigger and/or just off the bottom. The area from Church Rock to the Bedfords has started to pick up as well. Jiggers were doing better than the trollers and have been fishing near the Race. There hatchery springs have been running from 8 – 15 lbs.  Anchovies are now the most popular bait for trollers. Good teaser heads have been the Bloody Nose and Mint Pearl. Spoons are also producing well, especially the smaller ones around 3.5”. Needlefish spoons worked the best with Skinny G’s, Left Coast Hammers, AP Tackleworks needlefish and Coho Killers the ones to use. Hootchies and squirts with a green and glow, or UV white have been popular color choices this week.  Flashers that are popular include the Madi, Bon Chovy and Betsey.

Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week plus it’s been too windy for most boats much of the week. Most anglers that were fishing for halibut are using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well are the 8” Powerbait Grubs and Delta Hali Hawgs.

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

Sidney

Salmon fishing was “THE BEST IN 30 YEARS” in the Sidney area. There have been fish coming from all areas and anglers both jigging and trolling have been getting limits of springs into the 20’s. Most anglers are releasing lots of 8 to 12 lb fish while waiting to hook the bigger ones. Terry Finnigan caught 21 and 22 lb springs while jigging near Sidney Spit on July 16th. Anglers using spoons found Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons the most successful spoons this past week. Suggested colours are Trap Shack and Bon Chovy. Anchovies and Tiny Strip were also good producers of fish with teaser heads in UV Purple.

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 VERY GOOD over the last week when it wasn’t blowing too hard. Secretary Island to Otter Point has been good for to springs ranging from 8 – 34 lbs. The ending of the maximum size restriction has pleased all anglers and several fish in the 30’s were reported. Most anglers are fishing for springs are using bait with anchovies being the most popular choice. Lots of small squid were in the area so hootchies are also effective. Good choices for teaser head colors Red, Tiger Prawn, Glow chartreuse Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose.  For flashers, the Delta Homeland Security and Red/Silver Hot Spot have been working well. Hootchies in all White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze have been effective recently as well. Spoons have also been catching salmon and Coho Killers and Skinny G’s have been good. The pink fishing has also been picking up and they are being caught both inshore and offshore.

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 SPOTTY off Victoria this past week when the wind didn’t keep you off the water. The most productive area again was Constance Bank and further out. The area from Albert Head to Trial Island has been slow. Most boats fishing the waterfront came up empty.  Some pink salmon are also starting to be caught offshore. Spoons have been very successful in getting hook ups, Nickel/Blue Skinny G’s and Blue/Silver Coyotes, Coho Killers, 3.5” Cop Car spoons have brought some hookups.

Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. The halibut have been very deep with depths of over 300 feet the most productive. 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 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com

Lakes and Rivers

The Cowichan River’s water level is at summer levels, just under 0.4 meters. Lots of people are now using float tubes to drift down the river during the day, so that can put the trout down. Fishing for trout in the fly only area has been GOOD at dawn and dusk. Fish a Dry Fly in the early morning and later in the evening or fish a Nymph in the faster water.  Both have been working well.

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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