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Fishing Reports for October 11

By on October 11, 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

no report this week

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 not over!” The Coho are still making their way past Edmonds to Elliott Bay and they seem to be getting BIGGER. Fast troll 65-85 feet on the downrigger in 300-400 feet of water. A bit of herring tipped to a white hootchie has been doing rather well lately.

Get your tickets now for the Friday Harbor Salmon Classic coming up FEB 8-10. This is one of the best Derbies in the Northwest, all non-profit, with well over $12,000 going to support SalmonforSoldiers each year. The Roche Derby is sold out so make sure you get your tickets now for the Friday Harbor derby. Contact FridayHarborSalmonClassic.com for ticket information.

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

Marine Area 11

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.

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

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 art@tacomaparks.com www.pointdefiancemarina.com.

Marine Area 12

no report this week

Freshwater – Lake Chelan

no report this week

Freshwater – Potholes Reservoir

This past week and through Monday we were on the west side to attend the marriage of my son Matt to Melinda at the Browns Point community center. It was very good to get my family together and to see Matt starting a new page in his life. I have no fishing report at this time but we sure have seen the start up of fall weather.

This coming Saturday is the startup for the water fowl hunting season. October 21st is the start of the Pheasant hunting season. I found in the new bird hunting book that Grant County the past years outnumbers all other counties in the harvest of ducks, geese and pheasants. We have been seeing more early arrivals of migrating water fowl then normal and lots of food for them in the fields. The water level at Potholes is still low so use caution as to just where you run.

Submitted by Tom Pollack (retired)

Freshwater – Wapato Lake

There are not many fisheries more underutilized than Yellow Perch. The have explosive population growth potential, can grow to sizes greater than 13″, and taste absolutely great. This past weekend I spent a few hours targeting Yellow Perch on Wapato Lake just west of Chelan, Washington. On an earlier trip here, I spotted large school of perch roaming the flats along with some larger fish prowling weedlines on their own.

Unlike a lot of other fish perch always seem to be on the bite and they lived up to this reputation on this trip as well. I found large schools of perch in 10-20′ of water. Smaller fish in the 6-10″ range were concentrated in dense schools that provided a prolific perch bite. Larger fish in the 10-13″ range were periodically plucked from the edges of these school or in the largely perchless areas between the schools. Drop shot fishing with plastics tipped with nightcrawlers produced all of my fish as well as Bluegill and Rainbow Trout if I ventured to depths greater than 30-feet.

Next time you are in Chelan in spring, summer, or fall check out this great little multi-species lake.

Report submitted by Tyler Hicks, Cascadia Kayak Angler, North 40 Outfitters – Fishing, spiltmilt@gmail.com, 509-422-9840. The cover image of this week’s fishing reports was also contributed by Hicks. 

British Columbia

Vancouver

no report this week

Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, and Ucluelet

no report this week

Bamfield

no report this week

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week for coho. The best fishing was in the 500+ foot depths and towards the international boarder. Spoons and hootchies have been catching most of the coho with green being the most important color on the lure. Spring fishing has really slowed down. Anchovies are the most popular bait for springs while. 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. For flashers, the GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters and Lemon Lime, Gold Fever Hot Spot and Big Shooter Gold Betsey have been working well.

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 SLOW in Oak Bay this past week. There were very few salmon coming in from the Flats and the Gap. There was lots of bait on the flats but not many salmon and those caught were not very large. The salmon are feeding on needlefish and have been close to the bottom where the feed is located. Most of the anglers have been either bottom bouncing or jigging close to the bottom.

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 GOOD salmon fishing. The coho salmon fishing is now the main focus of local anglers. The best fishing was in the 500+ foot depths and towards outer tide lines. With the coho, you were either in them or not. You just had to search for the schools and then try to stay with them. Spoons are producing well for coho, especially the smaller ones around 3.5- 4 inches. The most popular spoons have been Skinny G’s, Left Coast Hammers, AP Tackleworks herring and Coho Killers. Spring fishing has really slowed down. Trollers are doing best fishing close to the bottom with anchovies for bait. Good teaser heads to fish have been the Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Mint Pearl.  Hootchies and squirts with a green and glow, or UV white have been popular color choices this week.  Flashers that are popular include the Guide Series Madi, Outfitters and Lemon Lime.

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

Sidney

Salmon fishing was FAIR in the Sidney area. One boat landed 17, 15 and 10 lbs springs with the largest fish being a winter spring and the two smaller ones mature fish heading for the river. There were some 6- 9 lb springs caught near Hambley Point, Sidney Spit, the Powder Wharf and Saanichton Spit. 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.

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

Sooke

The salmon fishing was GOOD this past week but it did slow down on the weekend. The coho salmon fishing is now the main focus of local anglers. The best fishing was in the 500-550 foot depths and towards the international boarder. Spoons have been good for catching coho. Coho Killers, AP Tackleworks and Skinny G’s have been good in green colors. Chum salmon fishing is picking up though. Dave Monyard won this past weekend’s coho derby with a 14.28 lb coho. Spring fishing has really slowed down. The best locations to fish for springs and chum have been Possession Point, Otter Point and Muir Creek and close to the creek mouths. Most anglers fishing for springs are using bait, with anchovies being the most popular choice. Good choices for teaser head colors are chartreuse and Bloody Nose. For flashers, the Delta Guide Series Outfitters, Gold Fever Hot Spot and Betsey have been working well. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze have been caught some fish.

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 SLOW off the waterfront this past week. The most productive area was Constance Bank. There were lots of springs there but they were mostly winter springs and not very large. The best fishing for coho was near the Yellow buoy and Border Bank.. Spoons have been successful in getting hook ups with 4” AP Tackleworks Moonglow Herring spoons, Irish Cream Skinny G’s and Green/Glow Coyote spoons good choices.

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

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 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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