Fishing Reports for January 17 – Salmon University

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Fishing Reports for January 17

By on January 17, 2018

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

Fishing for Blackmouth has been fair to good in the Islands. Just depends if you land on the fish. They are moving around, so if you’re not seeing bait and salmon on your electronics, move. The Roche Harbor Salmon Classic is this weekend so we’ll be out there looking for that big clipped fish! Hope to see those participating there. It’s big time derby time!

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)

no report this week

Marine Area 10

no report this week

Marine Area 11

The salmon fishing remains fair for immature Chinook with most of the retainable salmon in the 4lb. to 7lb. weight range remember you may only retain hatchery chinook 22” or longer and carefully release any adipose fin unclipped or under sized chinook. Fish are being caught primarily at the Clay Banks trolling 140-180 feet, or jigging, and some mooching off the bottom. Trollers are using flasher and squid. Watch for the winds and be aware of the seals that seem to be getting few anglers fish once hooked. A few fish have been caught in Quartermaster Harbor in the 60-80 feet of water where there seems to be abundance of bait available.

Squid fishing is for the most part done until fall. The Squid fishing seems to be best at high tide off the pier and is even better if that is just before sundown. Boat fishing for squid is best in 50-100 feet of water just off the bottom. For the latest report updates call (253)591-5325.

There will be no winter Dungeness crabbing this winter in MA 11.

See everyone at the WA State Sportsmen’s Show in Puyallup January 24-28, 2018. Learn more about Destination Point Defiance projects, salmon fishing, and Point Defiance Marina Classes, Events, and Camps .

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. We have many items for those seeking gifts as well as gift cards. For more information call 253-591-5325.

Hours are 6:30 am to 5 pm 7 days a week currently.

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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 – Grays Harbor Rivers

We’ve had an incredible week of hatchery Steelhead fishing on most Grays Harbor Rivers despite plenty of rain. Fishing the terminal zones has been important on dirty water days as has fishing larger baits like eggs and prawns, even squid. The Wynoochee is just starting to kick out the bulk of their run and that’s where you’ll find the big keeper fish.We’re also starting to catch wild Steelhead so things are setting up nicely for a strong wild season.

Don’t put away the Coho gear quite yet either…I’m still seeing Coho rolling in the eddies and sloughs on the Humptulips. Nice bright fish. That’s open to retain hatchery (fin-clipped) Coho through the end of January.

Good luck of there and if you’d like to get out with us by all means just let us know.

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

Freshwater – Lake Chelan

no report this week

Freshwater – Potholes Reservoir

no report this week

Submitted by Tom Pollack (retired)

British Columbia

Vancouver

Javier after a good day prawning

Javier after a good day prawning

It has been another pretty good week of winter chinook fishing. Most of our trips have had pretty good succes landing legal fish as well as quite a few sub legal. We have been spending most of our time in Howe Sound, but we did make it over to the Gulf Island’s this week and had success. It is getting closer to the herring spawn and the larger schools of mature herring are starting to enter local waters. We should start to see more and more larger winter chinook show in the coming weeks.

Crabbing has been good and prawning has been excellent this week!

Give us a call to get out on the water, we are running our winter charter special from now until the end of March!

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. It shows Francis and Danielle with a Gulf Island Chinook from the weekend.

Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, and Ucluelet

no report this week

Bamfield

no report this week

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing GOOD for springs this past week. Anglers have been having good success both in Whirl Bay and in Becher Bay. The area between Frazer Island and Cheanuh Marina has started to produce good fish up to 12 lbs. A few anglers have also had some success in Iron Mine Bay as well. Most anglers are fishing close to the bottom in 120 to 160 depths. The majority of anglers are using spoons with Coho Killers, Gibbs Skinny G’s in green/glow and green/silver colors the favorites. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, Madi, Lemon Lime and Green/Glow Hot Spot flashers have been working well. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits.

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 FAIR in Oak Bay this past week. There were a few salmon coming in from the Gap and from the Flats. 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. Best bets for Oak Bay lures are needlefish spoon and squirts.

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 fishing in both Pedder Bay near the Green Can and in Whirl Bay.  Most of the fish have been caught close to the bottom in 120 – 160 feet of water. The salmon have been from 5 to 10 lbs in size with the occasional larger fish.  Spoons have been producing the best and the Skinny G’s, AP Tackleworks and Coho Killers are the top choices. Green with either silver or glow has been the color choice in spoons. Hootchies and squirts with a green and glow, or UV white have been popular color choices for plastic baits. 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. We have heard that there were some keeper springs being caught near Deep Cove, Moresby Island, and Coal Island. The second place fish in the WTF derby came from the Sidney area. There are still many undersized salmon in the area. 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 Glow or 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 GOOD over the last two weeks. Most of the fish were from 6 to 10 lbs in size with the occasional larger one. The best locations to fish for winter springs have been from Secretary Island westward to Muir Creek. Most of the salmon are close to the bottom in 100 – 140 feet of water. The most productive lure combo has been a white hootchy fished behind a Red/Gold flasher. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and 3.5″ G Force spoons have been good. Anchovies are still the most popular choice for those fishing bait. Good choices for teaser head colors are Army Truck, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze. For flashers, Red/Gold Hot Spots, the Delta Guide Series UV Moon Jelly, Madi and the Lemon Lime Chartreuse are popular.

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

Victoria

Happy New Year to you all! I hope everyone had a great holiday season and enjoyed some quality time with friends and family.

I was able to get out Spring Salmon fishing a couple of times over the holidays. The fall and early winter fishing has been exceptionally good. There has been consistent fishing around Victoria for the 5 to 12-pound range. The reports from fellow guides and friends is that the entire coast is experiencing this great fishing. From the past 18 years of guiding our island waters, when we see solid fishing like this in the winter, it typically represents for a fantastic summer to come.

Report submitted by Adrian O’Connor, Reel Obsession Sport Fishing (1-888-855-7335 | adrian@reelobsession.ca). The cover image of this week’s fishing reports was also contributed by Adrian. 

Lakes and Rivers

Fishing was SLOW in most lakes for trout and bass and SLOW in the rivers for steelhead.

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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