Fishing Reports for January 24 – Salmon University

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Fishing Reports for January 24

By on January 24, 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

The 15th annual Roche Harbor Salmon Classic took place last weekend. Windy conditions made for tough fishing for most of the event. Robert Enselman of Stanwood, WA and his team of local folks took the 1st prize of $10,000 with a 17.11 lb fish. Thanks the hard working crew at Roche Harbor for putting on another great tournament! Next stop on the Northwest Salmon Derby Series is the Friday Harbor Salmon Classic, February 9th and 10th. We will see you there!

Results

1st Place ($10,000), 17.11 – Robert Enselman
2nd Place ($5,000), 15.15 – Larry Surdyk
3rd Place ($3,000), 14.10 – Dustin Walker
4th Place / 5th Place ($1,500), 13.11 – Vicki Klein
4th Place / 5th Place ($1,500), 13.11 – Michael Beard
Mystery Fish ($2,000), 13.9 – Thomas Lerch
Best Boat Total Weight ($2,000), 68.14 – Team Michael Beard
Leading Lady Angler ($1,000), 13.11 – Vicki Klein
Youngest Angler – Floyd Holman (8 years old)

Submitted by Kevin Klein, Team Parker Boats NW.  The cover image of this week’s fishing reports was also contributed by Klein. It shows Vicki Klein with her 13.11 pound, winning Chinook.

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

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.

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

no report this week

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 although very few anglers were able to get out in breaks in bad weather.  Anglers have been having good success in Becher Bay. The area between Frazer Island and Cheanuh Marina has been producing good fish up to 12 lbs. A few anglers have also had some success in Iron Mine Bay and in Whirl Bay as well. Most anglers are fishing close to the bottom in 100 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 Pedder Bay near the Green Can and in Whirl Bay. Of course, very few anglers were fishing in the bad weather this past week.  Most of the fish have been caught close to the bottom in 100 – 140 feet of water. The salmon have been from 3 to 7 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 Coal Island and Fairfax Point. 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 when you could get out. 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

Fishing for salmon was GOOD off the waterfront recently but most of the fish have been small. Constance Bank has been the best spot to fish for numbers of fish. Trolling just off the bottom in 85 to 140 feet of water has been the way to catch salmon there. Closer in, salmon were caught from Clover Point to the Gravel Pit. However, the seals have been a real problem around Clover Point and the Flagpole. The seals have been taking most of the larger fish hooked, frustrating anglers. In those locations the best depths to fish were 90-140 feet. Spoons have been successful in getting hook ups with Irish Cream Skinny G’s, Green/Glow AP Tackleworks Anchovy 4” spoons and Green/Glow Coyote spoons popular choices.

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

Recent rains has caused the Cowichan River to blow out again. Today, the water level is 2.35 meters near the lake and 2.2 meters near Duncan.  Also, the water below the Clay Bank Pool is very dirty. There are steelhead in the river now and we have heard of some being caught in the Riverbottom area, but not too many. For steelhead, jigs and pink worms have been productive. Fishing for trout in the fly only area had been FAIR. Now is the time to fish egg patterns for trout.

We now have numbers for our Chinook salmon returns in the Cowichan River. The preliminary estimate of 26,482 fish is a new record and is literally off the charts. On top of this we also had 187,000 chums. Though not a record this does amount to about 2 million pounds of nutrients distributed throughout the system. This is very good news for the entire riparian ecosystem. This is also something all of the many groups working to protect and preserve the Heritage River can be proud of. These numbers were published in the DFO South Coast Salmon Bulletin Escapement Update dated December 22, 2017.

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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