Fishing Reports for January 31 – Salmon University

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Fishing Reports for January 31

By on January 31, 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

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

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.

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

Basic Fishing Classes

Adult s (Ages 15+) March 3, 2018 10 am to 12 pm. Learn local freshwater and saltwater skills, regulations, and safety. Cost $15. Register at MetroParksTacoma.org/GO (253)591-5325

Youth Ages 8+ April 7, 2018 10 am to 12 pm Cost $15

Trailering Class – April 14, 2018 Saturday 10 am to 12 pm Cost $20 including Launch pass to practice skills learned

Learn the basic fundamentals of trailering including:

· Care

· Proper and safe hookups

· Towing

· Launching

· Docking

· Returning the boat to the trailer

· Basic on-going maintenance

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.

OUTBOARD MOTORS FOR SALE (Only 2 motors remain)

9.9 2010 MERCURY 4 STROKE MOTORS. $850 WELL MAINTAINED FROM OUR BOAT AND MOTOR RENTAL FLEET. (253)591-5325

Hours are 6:30 am to 5:30 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 all the 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 13 lbs. A few anglers have also had some success 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 SLOW 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. Hoochies 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 GOOD in the Sidney area. We have heard that there were some keeper springs being caught near Coal Island and Fairfax Point but most of the fish were just undersized.  The Sidney anglers’ Association held their Otto Wiggins Derby on the weekend. The winner was Paul Witzer who caught an 11.2 lb spring on a Skinny G spoon. Second place went to Brian Dunic with a 7.2 lb spring. The third place fish was a 6.2 lb spring caught by Brian V. The top three fish were all caught near Fairfax Pt. Some anglers caught as many as 15 salmon with all of them being undersized. 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 4 to 8 lbs in size with the occasional larger one. The best location to fish for winter springs was near Secretary Island. 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, from 3 to 7 lbs in size. Constance Bank has been the best spot to fish for numbers of fish but there is still a bunch close in. 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. The Salmon Superbowl was held yesterday but we don’t have all the final results yet. We do know that the winning fish was a 13.65 lb winter spring.

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


The cover image of this week’s fishing reports was contributed by Kevin Klein. It shows the Parker Boats NW team of Kevin, Kris Maudslin, and Vicki Klein at the Roche Harbor Salmon Classic, in front of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series Grand Prize fishing boat.

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