Fishing Reports for November 15

By on November 15, 2017


Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

no report this week

Marine Area 2 (Westport)

It’s all about Coho fishing this week with high flows and dirty water. In some ways it makes finding Coho easier because it puts the fish in pretty specific areas…soft edges, seams, eddies, sloughs, clear creek inlets, etc. Basically the fish will congregate in the slow, easy current spots.

If you put your time in and make those casts with big bright gear like #6 vibrax spinners, mag warts or mag lip plugs, you’ll catch them.

Good luck!

Report submitted by Mark Coleman, All River and Saltwater Charters; 425-736-8920The cover image of this week’s report was also contributed by Coleman. 

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)

Emergency Closure in Area 9 in effect … it is now time to get ready to prepare for the Friday Harbor Salmon Classic coming up February 9th and 10th.  Ticket sales are limited so do not put this off or you will end up raking leaves instead of catching that $15,000 first place fish.  Go to to either enter on-line or to print out and mail your entry.  No doubt this is one of the top notch derbies on the West Coast and is all non-profit.  See you in Friday Harbor!

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

Marine Area 10

no report this week

Marine Area 11

The past week has picked up on blackmouth salmon. The fish checkers counted 25 on Saturday and 20 on Sunday. Fish ranged from 4-8 pounds mainly. Of course the weather on Monday/Tuesday kept anglers in. Salmon are primarily being caught trolling in 100-160 feet of water 10 feet off the bottom with flasher and squid or spoon. Trolling between the Slag Pile and Owen Beach has been the most productive area. Jigging and Mooching has also caught some in the bottom 10 feet of the bay.

There are still many sub legal fish so be sure to carefully release them to help with their survival to legal size. There is plenty of herring in the bay helping these fish to grow to 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. November 4 was the Point Defiance Marina Annual Squid Derby Sponsored by The Boat Top Shop and Danielson Co.

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.

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

With high winds this past week I got no good – or any – fishing reports. Now today, Tuesday, the wind quit and the sun is out, but is due to change most of this week. Duck shooting has been good with very large flights of Mallards showing. My wife Linda, on a drive into Moses Lake, witnessed a flight of ducks that darkened the sky. One of my neighbors, who duck hunts most every day, has been limiting with northern Mallards daily. The annual lowering of Moses Lake into Potholes has started and the lake level here is rapidly raising. With the weather about to change and the population of both ducks and geese growing hunting will be getting even better. For you west siders the pass conditions may not be good.

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 NOT TOO BAD this past week. Most of the fish seen at Cheanuh Marina came from Church Rock and Whirl Bay and were running up to 8 lbs in size. Most of the fish have been caught on spoons with Coho Killers, Gibbs Skinny G’s in Cop Car and green & silver colors. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters and Lemon Lime, Silver Fever Hot Spot and Big Shooter Betsy have been working well. Fish close to the bottom for the winter springs.

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 a few salmon coming in from the Flats and the Gap but most of them have been fairly small with a 8 lb fish the largest that we have heard about. There was bait in Oak Bay this past week so things are looking up. 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 weather this past week there have not been many anglers out on the water.  It has been very slow inside the bay and the few salmon caught came from Whirl Bay. The salmon have been reported up to 8 lbs in size.  Spoons that have been producing are the Skinny G’s, AP Tackleworks 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. Anglers have been catching springs but all of them have been undersized. The area holding the most fish has been the Sidney Channel. 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 GOOD this past week. Winter springs as large as 14 lbs were caught this past week. The best locations to fish for winter springs have been from the Bluffs west to Muir Creek. The hot combo this past week was a whiter hootchy behind a red flasher.  Most of the fish are quite close to the bottom. Spoons in the Coho Killers, Skinny G’s, and small 3.5″ G Force spoons have been good and anchovies are still a popular choice. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze.  For flashers, Red/Silver Hot Spots, the Delta Guide Series UV Moon Jelly, Madi and the Lemon Lime Chartreuse are good choices. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top colors.

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


Fishing for salmon was SPOTTY off the waterfront this past week. The most productive area is Constance Bank with multiple hookups into fish ranging mostly from 3 to 6 pounds in size. A few larger ones up to 10 lbs were also caught on the bank.  Spoons have been successful in getting hook ups with Irish Cream Skinny G’s, AP Tackleworks Anchovy spoons and Green/Glow Coyote spoons popular choices. Closer in along the waterfront it has been very slow with anglers catching nothing but time on the water.

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

Lakes and Rivers

Fishing was GOOD in most lakes for trout and SLOW 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
Salmon University is the top online resource for fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Follow us on Twitter @salmonuniv for the latest news and other updates.