Fishing Reports for October 4

By on October 4, 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

Here’s a pic of the biggest King I saw from the San Juan’s in 2017: 42 lbs caught by Cal Ryan in September. Funny thing is, his wife still has him beat by 5 lbs with a 47 lb Islands Chinook caught about 10 years ago. That’s a pretty darned good combined weight for two fish caught by a couple in Marine Area 7!

That’s a wrap on fishing in Marine Area 7 for 2017. Overall it was a pretty good year. Halibut was a bust but Ling fishing was fair. Winter blackmouth was very productive until an early closure and the Summer season was a lot better than 2016. There were some nice Kings caught but he average was around 10-12 lbs. The Atlantics threw everyone a curve ball that made for some fun fishing. Prawns just continue to reproduce, populate and provide good groceries. Leave the shrimp season open year round and it will regulate and even out take on it’s own. We caught some nice crab right up until the last day of the season. There we’re a lot of hatchery Coho around that we really should be able to keep. It would be great to get our October fishery back for these bought and paid for silvers. If you want to make a change in next year’s seasons setting process, get involved in North of Falcon and make your voice heard through groups like Puget Sound Angler’s. Until January 1st and the Winter Chinook opener, have a great Fall…river fishing, football, hunting and holidays!

Submitted by Kevin Klein, Team Parker Boats NW. The cover image of this week’s fishing reports was also contributed by Klein and features Kaiden Riedesel with a nice Chinook he caught off the West side of San Juan Island.

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

“It’s an all metal show.” For the Fishtale 2 that is. We have continued to work the metal with 120-140 on the wire near Shilshole with good results. The Coho are coming to an end, but there are still a couple of good weeks out there. Up by Edmonds, there are some good reports of top water catches in the top 20 feet of the water column in the mid-morning bites. No flashers and bright 3.0 kingfishers the ticket there.

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

Marine Area 11

Nancy Franco and her baby; Nancy is a WDFW Fish Checker

Nancy Franco and her baby; Nancy is a WDFW Fish Checker

The salmon fishing remains fair but has changed the mature Chinook and Coho are now in the rivers and streams with the exception of a few mature Coho.

The focus has started to shift to immature Chinook (Blackmouth) with good success, trolling flasher and artificial squid or spoons are popular at depths of 120’ to 150’ in water from 130’ to 160’.

For those of you that prefer to jig or mooch there is good opportunity there as well.

There are some under sized Chinook around as well so be careful when releasing these salmon.

The Squid fishing has really taken off the last few days, all day long looks like another good Squid year. For the latest report updates call (253)591-5325

Learn fall fishing opportunities and how to pursue them :

Basic Fishing Youth/Parent Ages 8+ October 14, 2017, Saturday 10 am to 12 noon, Cost $15 Point Defiance Marina Squid Fishing Class October 21, 2017 Saturday from 4-6 pm Ages 8+ /Adults Cost $15

Fall Fishing Class November 11, 2017 Saturday from 10 am to 12 noon Adults age 15+ Cost $15, Sign Up at 253-591-5325

Crabbing is closed until further notice on a winter crabbing in January, 2018

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

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

We have had some days of high wind. Yet, with wind you can still get out fishing in one of the lakes that are part of the water flowing out of Potholes. I have seen several nice catches of bluegill and perch coming out of lakes like Soda, Long, Piller and lower Goose lakes. Accesses does vary as to their condition so, for the most past, smaller aluminum boats are favored. Use a small jig head tipped with a small piece of nite crawler or a piece of perch belly and fish in water under 15 feet. Fish slowly and on the bottom, working off weed beds and mark with a buoy when you catch one. Check the area around your marker buoy to see if you have located a school of fish. When validated then anchor on the spot and catch until you have as many as you want. Ice down or put into your live well and as you get ready to leave cut a gill to bleed out you catch for best table fare.

There has also several good limits of bluegill on Potholes but check first the size limits and number limits. Walleye are still being taken trolling deep diving crank baits and working ridges and humps.

Submitted by Tom Pollack (retired).

British Columbia


no report this week

Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, and Ucluelet

no report this week


no report this week

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week for coho in Becher Bay. The coho salmon fishing is now the main focus of local anglers.  Many Coho up to 15lbs have been reported caught off Beechy Head and Secretary.  The best depths have been 70’ in 400+ feet of water.  The springs are scattered from the Bedfords to the Trap Shack.  Anchovies are the most popular bait for springs while spoons and hootchies are more popular for coho. Good teaser heads have been the Bloody Nose, Mint Pearl and Chartreuse. The best color combinations for spoons have lots of green on the spoon, including the Irish Cream. For flashers, the Gibbs Highliner Guide Series Outfitters and Lemon Lime, or the Bon Chovy have been working well.

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

Oak Bay

Salmon fishing was SLOW in Oak Bay this past week.  There have been few reports in Oak Bay this past week.  The best fishing was on the flats between 80’ – 140’ of water fishing the bottom and in the early mornings.  The Outfitters G-Force spoon trolled behind a Raspberry Twisted Sista was a good option last week.

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

Pedder Bay

Pedder Bay Marina reports GOOD salmon fishing. There have been reports of coho throughout the straights.  The coho salmon fishing is now the main focus of local anglers.   The best fishing was in the 500+ foot depths and towards the international boarder at a depth of 40′ to 100′.  There have been reports of Coho’s in the 10 – 15 pound range.  Good teaser heads to fish have been the Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Mint Pearl.  Spoons are also producing well, especially the smaller ones around 3.5”. The most popular spoons right now are the Irish Cream Coho Killer, the White Lightening Coho Killer and the Ourfitters G Force spoon.  Flashers that have been producing are the No Bananas and the Twisted Sista in chartreuse.

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


Salmon fishing was SLOW in Sidney.  Anglers using spoons found Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons the most productive 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. Anglers jigging were also catching some fish. Good jigging lures have been 2¼ oz Point Wilson Darts, GIBBS Minnows and the Delta Mac Fish.

This past weekend the Port Renfrew Marina held their annual Coho Derby.  The winner was Dan Smith with a 17lb 10oz Coho.  Good job Dan!  The Port Renfrew Marina as donated a total of $16,180.85 to the San Juan Hatchery in the 2017 season alone!  A great support to the fishing community.

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


The salmon fishing was GOOD this past week in Sooke.  Reports of coho up to 15lbs have come in.  The best fishing has been at a depth of 75’  in 500’ or deeper of water.  Otter Point has been one of the bests spots to be this past week.  Spring fishing has really slowed down. Most anglers fishing for springs are using bait, with anchovies being the most popular choice. Good choices for teaser head colours are chartreuse and Bloody Nose. For flashers, the Bon Chovy and No Bananas have been working well. Hootchies in white and Army Truck have producing well. Spoons and Coho Killers have been good for catching Coho in the colours Irish Cream and White Lightening.

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


Owen sent in this photo of Henry and his crew who caught five springs fishing near the bottom in around 100 of water on the south end of Constance Bank using cop car coho killer spoons.

Fishing for salmon was GOOD off the waterfront this past week. The most productive area was Constance Bank again this week.  The best fishing for coho are at a depth of 80’ on top of the bank or a depth of 115’ on the edge on Constance, fishing the bottom.  The coho the have been reported have been a size range from 5lbs – 12lbs with the odd mature fish.  There have also been some spring salmon caught off constance bank this past week.  The best teaser heads have been the Bloody Nose, UV green or red or Army Truck. Some spoons that have been successful in getting hook ups are the Irish Cream or cop car Coho Killer or pink Hootchies.

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

Lakes and Rivers

Fishing was FAIR in most lakes for trout and GOOD for 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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