Fishing Reports for February 7

By on February 7, 2018


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

We will see everyone who’s participating out in the San Juans for the Friday Harbor Salmon classic this weekend! I’ll be pulling some new Silver Horde Silver Knight spoons looking for the $15,000 grand prize winner. This great event donates money every year to Salmon for Soldiers. Look for a full report next week and see who came away with some good times and cash!

Submitted by Kevin Klein, Team Parker Boats NW.  The cover image of this week’s fishing reports was also contributed by Klein.  

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 (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)


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

Marine Area 12

no report this week

Freshwater – Grays Harbor Rivers

no report this week

Freshwater – Lake Chelan

no report this week

Freshwater – Potholes Reservoir

no report this week

Submitted by Tom Pollack (retired)

British Columbia


no report this week

Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, and Ucluelet

Mardie and Fred fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and show off two salmon landed close to the Bamfield Wall located close to Bamfield B.C. Vancouver Island

Mardie and Fred fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and show off two salmon landed close to the Bamfield Wall located close to Bamfield B.C. Vancouver Island

It is a new year and hopefully some new and wonderful sport fishing opportunities will fall upon us in 2018. The Spring, summer and fall of 2018 are looking very favorable for Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye Fishing in the Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound. Chinook and Coho numbers in 2018 returning to West Coast Vancouver Island Rivers and Streams should resemble the fantastic returns that we witnessed in 2017. Sockeye salmon returns to the Somass River should be better than average. Approximately 300,000 Sockeye returned to the Somass system in 2017. This was a very low return of what is termed the “Number 1” salmon of the five salmon species. The early season forecast for Sockeye is approximately 600,000 or better which historically is an average return. More data will be provided as we get closer to mid-April.

Jin from the Toronto area landed this beautiful Chinook Salmon close to Gilbraltor Island in Barkley Sound

The winter weather on the West Coast and inland Vancouver Island has been “stormy”. Big winds and rain has battered the coast and inland areas especially in November and January. Spring will be welcomed by many. We can expect weather conditions to change in late March and April and allow opportunity for some warmer air temperatures which should allow for some productive fishing days out on the water of Barkley Sound and the various islands outside the Ucluelet Harbor mouth. March provides the first of many salmon fishing derby’s in this area. The first March weekend is the annual Sproat Loggers Derby. This Derby is hosted out of Poett Nook located at the bottom end of the Bamfield Wall in Sarita Bay. This Early season derby has had Winter Chinook in the mid-twenty pound range weighed in as derby winners. The Sproat Lake Winter Chinook Derby has been attracting well over four hundred entrants over the last few years. This derby usually marks the beginning of the salt water angling season in the Barkley Sound area. The derby has many outstanding prizes for those many entrants that travel from afar to take part. There will be plenty of information online regarding the derby. Entrant tickets are usually available at the Gone Fishing store locations.

Winter Chinook fishing has been slow through late January and early February. That being said the weather has not cooperated for anglers except for those local anglers in Bamfield and Ucluelet to get out on a nice winter afternoon or morning. The feeder Chinook fishing should improve dramatically if the herring spawn is as fantastic as it was the last two years. For those fisher people getting out on the water there have been a few afternoons where there are some feeders in deep water right in the Bamfield Harbor mouth, Scotch Bay, the Bamfield Wall, Whistle Buoy, and the stretch of water from Kirby to Edward King. The front side of Fleming Island and Sandford across from Bamfield has also provided some nice salmon up to ten and eleven pounds. The fish are in very deep water up to one hundred and fifty feet. March, April and the first half of May can also be excellent for avid anglers outside the Ucluelet Harbour. Many will troll right alongside Beg Island and to the Red Can. Sail Rock, Great Bear, Mara Rock, right back to Mayne Bay and over to Swale Rock can also provide some great winter Chinook opportunities. In the early spring many anglers will fish very close to the bottom. Coyote spoons, or spoons in Irish Cream, Cookies and Cream or other various spoons in the three and three and a half inch size. If there are not a lot of undersize Chinook in the various sport fishing areas anchovy will often out fish spoons. Chartreuse, Cop Car, green or blue nickel, and green haze are often good anchovy teaser head colors. Those who prefer trolling with hootchies purple haze, green spatterback, and various glow whites tend to work well behind green and blue flashers.

Nick and Grandson from Santa Monica fished with Doug of Slivers Charters and landed these salmon close to Meares Bluff.

Early Season fishing in late April, May, June and July often will rely on returns of Chinook and Coho to the very large watersheds to the south. The biggest watersheds are the Columbia, the Kalama, Willamette and Sacramento. The Salmon often travel along West Coast Vancouver Island as if travelling on a hi-way. The sandy banks off the west coast out to twenty miles provide rich resources of bait fish. The salmon will stop and gorge themselves for days before moving on in large schools. Barkley Sound also has huge amounts of rich nutrient filled bait fish that these migrating salmon will come in and feed on. For anglers the fishing for Chinook up to thirty pounds can be first class sport fishing. The West Vancouver Chinook and Coho will begin to show in early August and begin to peak later in the month and into September. The 2012, 2013 and “2014” that went to sea have had a few years with a La Nina weather system in place. This has provided for relatively excellent salmon survival which should provide for good returns to West Coast Vancouver Island Rivers, Streams, and Creeks.

These three girls from Prince George, Vancouver and Port Alberni had a great time Sockeye fishing in the Alberni Inlet fishing with guide Doug from Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing.

Trout fishing on the lakes has been slow. Some have fished Dog Mountain and just up from the Ski Club but success rates have been minimal. Great Central Lake has had a few anglers have a little success fishing from shore using power bait and even worms.

Over the last few weeks Stamp River conditions have been very poor due to very high water. When the water is low and clear anglers in the river have been on average hitting a few fish per day. Steelhead fishing has been in both the upper and lower river. There are Winter and Fall Steelhead in the system. These fish will spawn in the spring. Hopefully when conditions warm up so will the Stamp River fishing.

For more information and/or reservations, call Doug Lindores at Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing (250) 723-2435; (250)724-2502; cell (250)731-7389 or 1-877-214-7206 or; 


no report this week

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing FAIR for springs this past week although very few anglers were able to get out in all the wind and rain.  Anglers have been having good success in Becher Bay between Frazer Island and Cheanuh Marina on the top of the flood tide. 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. We haven’t heard of any salmon over 10 lbs here this past week. 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;

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 but they were quite small. 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;

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 to 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;


Salmon fishing was SLOW in the Sidney area. We have heard that there were some keeper springs being caught near Fairfax Point but most of the fish were just 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;


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;


Fishing for salmon was SLOWER off the waterfront this past week. 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 near Clover Point. However, seals have been a real problem off the waterfront. The seals have been taking most of the larger fish hooked, frustrating anglers. In most locations the best depths to fish were 90-140 feet although they are often found in shallow water near the harbour entrance. 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 | 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;


Tillamook Bay

no report this week

Willamette River

no report this week

Great Lakes

Lake Michigan

no report this week


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