Fishing Reports for November 8

By on November 8, 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

no report this week

Marine Area 9 (Admirality Inlet)

MCB! It seems the fish are a bit larger and there are less shakers at Mid-Channel Bank out of Port Townsend this time of year. Cookies and Crème tailwaggers and coho killers in the mud at 120 to 150 on the riggers are doing well. Try to troll with the current instead of against it. Make sure to keep those hooks sharp and banging the sand tends to dull them up a bit more quickly.

See you on the water!

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

Area 9 opened with good fishing for winter blackmouth. The average size was 6-7 lbs with a few up in the 12 lb range. There was a heavy concentration of small chinook just below the legal size. Fishing the bottom 20 ft of water is where most of the larger fish were caught. Those fishing small lures had a hard time keeping the shakers off. Some of the best lures for the bigger fish were 5” Silver Horde plugs fished 35 ft behind the downrigger release clip. Some of the Silver Horde larger spoons (#4 Kingfisher & Tailwagger) fished 36 inches behind a Pro-Troll 11 inch flasher also worked well. Some of the better areas to fish were Possession Bar, Point No Point and Mid-Channel Bank. The area is being heavily fished by commercial nets, so hopefully some of the shakers will survive for a mid-winter fishery.

Tom Nelson, Salmon University

Marine Area 10

Aea 10 has been putting out some nice fish in the 6 – 10 lb range. Fish in the bottom 10-20 feet of water, trolling with the tide. Use bigger lures (such as plugs and size 4 Silver Horde spoons in Glo and UV colors) to try to keep the shakers off. The commercial chum fishery is in progress just north of Kingston, south as far as you can see. Salmon recovery will never work well as long as we have gillnets in the salt water and in the rivers.

SU Staff

Marine Area 11

The focus has started to shift from coho 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’. Blackmouth are averaging 4-6 pounds. We did see a few this past For those of you that prefer to jig or mooch there is good opportunity there as well.

There are many under sized Chinook so be careful when releasing these salmon. There is plenty of herring in the bay so the fish are being well fed and growing quickly to just over the 22 inch minimum size limit.

The Squid fishing seems to be best at high tide off the pier and is even better if that is just before sundown. It looks like another good Squid year.

Boat fishing for squid is best in 80-120 feet of water just off the bottom. For the latest report updates call (253)591-5325.

Fall fishing class November 11, 2017 is Saturday from 10 am to 12 noon. Adults age 15+ Cost $15. Sign up at 253-591-5325

Squid Fishing Class December 2, 2017 4-6 pm Ages8+ Cost $15 Learn the fundamentals of squid fishing to include regulations, tackle, equipment, rigging, catching, cleaning and cooking. More information (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

As I woke up this morning I realized that at 18 degrees it is time to bring out my cold weather clothing. I do have all jobs outside I have completed for winter. Snow is on the ground but all roads around here are good for travel. Duck hunting is good with the level of Potholes water coming up fast. In looking at the big boulders I can see the past high water mark and we are still about 5 feet below it. Access back into the dunes is good and still a lot of vegetation for duck blind cover. More northern mallards are showing and still water is open of ice.

Walleye are being caught by those vertical jigging in waters 30 feet and deeper using blade baits. Those that are bass fishing are finding good fishing a drop shot rig and fishing vertical to avoid snagging rocks on the bottom and loosing your rig. A split shot grub is also working using a Senko with the split shot as small as possible for a slow drop crimped on 18″ up from the hook.

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 SLOW this past week . Spring fishing has picked up as some winters springs have moved into the bay. Anchovies has been the bait of choice along with Gibbs Skinny G’s in Cop Car and Outfitters.  Good teaser heads have been the Bloody Nose, Mint Pearl and Chartreuse glow. For flashers, the GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters and Lemon Lime, Silver Fever Hot Spot and Big Shooter Betsy 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 were very few salmon coming in from the Flats and the Gap. There was little to no bait on the Flats this past week. The salmon are feeding on needle fish 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;

Pedder Bay

Pedder Bay Marina reports SLOW fishing.  Due to the wind this past week there have not been many anglers out on the water, causing few reports.  The salmon that have been reported are being weight in up to 10 lbs.  Spoons that have been producing are in the smaller ranges around 3.5- 4 inches this time of year. The most popular spoons have been Skinny G’s,  and Coho Killers.  Hoochies and squirts with a green and glow, or UV white have been popular color choices for plastic baits 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;


Salmon fishing was SLOW in the Sidney area. It’s been very slow near Pender Island. Anglers using spoons, found that Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and 3.5″ G Force spoons the most productive 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;


The salmon fishing was SLOW this past week.  The best locations to fish for winter springs have been Possession Point, Otter Point and Muir Creek.  Spoons in the Coho Killers, Skinny G’s, and small 3.5″ G Force spoons have been good with anchovies still being a popular choice. Good choices for teaser head colors are Halloween Candy, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze.  For flashers, the Delta Guide Series UV Moon Jelly,  Madi and the Lemon Lime Chartreuse . Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are usually the top colors.

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


Fishing for salmon was GOOD off the waterfront this past week. The most productive area is Constance Bank with multiple hookups into fish ranging anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds.   Spoons have been successful in getting hook ups with Irish Cream Skinny G’s and Green/Glow Coyote spoons as popular choices.

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

Salmon fishing was steady the whole summer. We had solid fishing early June offshore at the highway and the beach fishing from mid-June until the end of the season was excellent as well. We saw a few more 30lb Tyee’s on the dock this year compared to the last few years which is always great news for the genetics of our fish. Coho fishing started in mid-July and we saw some real beauties.

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 FAIR 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

cover image courtesy L Church (CC BY 2.0)

Salmon University Staff
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