Fishing Reports for March 14, 2018 – Salmon University

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Fishing Reports for March 14, 2018

By on March 14, 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

Brenda Schmidt with a high teens Blackmouth.

Fishing for Winter Chinook has been pretty good in the Islands. Larger fish are beginning to show. You never know when you could hook in to a large migratory Springer so make sure those lines and leaders are in good shape, knots are solid and hooks are sharp. I use 30 lb mainline and at least 25 lb leader this time of year.

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)

Two local anglers with a 5 and 6 lb Blackmouth caught on a Pro-Troll flasher and a Silver Horde Herring Aide spoon.

Shakers – Shakers everywhere! mixed in with a few legal fish in the 4 – 8 lb range. Stay within the bottom 10-20 feet of water and you will hook fish on a consistent basis. The problem is two-fold. One being there are so many shakers you can hardly keep them off and the second problem is when you do hook a legal fish the race is on to land it before the seals get it. It seems that Pt No Pt is overloaded with shakers. Pt Townsend area did turn out some bigger fish in the Discovery Derby.

submitted by Salmon University staff

“These kids can FISH!” It was a Point No Point show for the Moser and also the Painkiller teams this weekend out in Area 9. The dads just let the kids do their thing in pulling in easy limits. Herring Aid and Irish Crème Coho killers in the mud in 100 feet of water were the lures of choice for these teams. Double Bluff also put out some fish in the 12-15 pound range with anglers focusing on larger “tailwagger” spoons. The weather was HOT and so was the catching.

Report submitted by Nelson “Spud” Goodsell – Salmon for Soldiers, IGFA Life Member, FISHTALE2. The cover image of this week’s fishing reports was also contributed by Goodsell.

Marine Area 10

no report this week

Marine Area 11

The salmon fishing picked up over the weekend with the nice weather, Blackmouth/immature Chinook were caught at the Clay Banks and Pt. Dalco in 140-170 feet of water at the low and high water tide changes near bottom trolling flasher and spoon, Jigging with salmon jigs and mooching with herring. Also there are some Coho to 16” and sea run cutthroat trout being caught with light gear along the shoreline mostly in MA 11 and 13. There were 29 Blackmouth counted by fish checkers last weekend. Most legal salmon are in the 4-6 pound range with a few up to 10 lbs. Call for a more updated report at (253)404-3960.

Report submitted by Point Defiance Marina. For more information contact: Gene Anderson, Boathouse Marina Technician, 253.591.5325 genea@tacomaparks.com www.pointdefiancemarina.com

Marine Area 12

Lots of bait in the northern part of Area 12. Fishing has slowed but the northern part of Area 12 has plenty of seals and sea lions.

submitted by Salmon University staff

Freshwater – Grays Harbor Rivers

no report this week

Freshwater – Lake Chelan

no report this week

Freshwater – Potholes Reservoir

no report this week

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 was GOOD. Anglers have been having the most success on the top of the flood tide in Whirl Bay. 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 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com

Oak Bay

Chad Dobranski with his big halibut

Salmon fishing was FAIR in Oak Bay this past week. There are salmon coming in from the Gap and from the Flats but they were mostly 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.

Halibut Fishing was FAIR with the first good tides of the halibut season. Discovery Island was the spot for large fish with the top three largest halibut of the weekend caught in Oak Bay. Ray Hawthorne caught a 70.7 halibut on herring near Discovery Island. Chad Dobranski caught a 64.1 lb halibut, also near Discovery, on herring. Trevor Walton caught a 61.1 lb halibut on mackerel in Oak Bay. Sean Thompson caught a 57.1 lb halibut in Oak Bay with a herring/Hoochie combo.

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

Pedder Bay

Sean Thompson with the first halibut of the year weighed in at the store.

Pedder Bay Marina reports GOOD fishing in Whirl Bay and near the Green Can at the mouth of the bay. 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 6 lbs in size with the occasional larger chinook up to 10 lbs.  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.

Halibut fishing was FAIR with the first good tides of the halibut season. Jesse McCullough brought in a 59 lb 1 oz halibut from the Race Rocks area. Jesse caught the big fish with Octopus for bait.

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, Pat Bay, Moses Point, Fairfax, the Sidney Channel and the Powder Wharf.  The largest fish were heard of this past weekend was a 12 lb spring. The Red Can and the Powder Wharf are two areas off the channel that have produced. Jigging has been the best way to catch springs near the Powder Wharf. Anglers using spoons found that Coho APT Sandlance spoons, Gibbs Needle G and 3.5″ G Force spoons the most productive this past week. Suggested colours are Kitchen Sink and Irish Cream. 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 FAIR over the last few weeks. Most of the fish were from 3 to 8 lbs in size with the occasional larger one. The best location to fish for winter springs was from the Bluffs to Muir Creek. Most of the salmon are close to the bottom in 100 – 140 feet of water but there are some at mid water depths. 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. There were some nice halibut up to 67 lbs brought in over the weekend.

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

Victoria

Chris Paul with his Border Bank halibut

Fishing for salmon was FAIR off the waterfront this past week when the winds weren’t too blustery. Most of the fish are still small, from 3 to 7 lbs in size, but a few up to larger ones have been caught. It was good for numbers of fish out at Constance Bank and in near Clover Point. In most locations the best depths to fish were 90-140 feet and we’ve heard of some larger fish being caught at mid-water depths. 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. Most of the boats out fishing were not after salmon this past weekend as the emphasis was on halibut.

Halibut fishing was FAIR with the first good tides of the halibut season. Constance Bank produced the most fish but the largest was caught at Border Bank where Brent Story caught a 55 lb 9 oz halibut with octopus for bait.

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

Lakes and Rivers

Fishing was SLOW in most lakes for trout and bass and GOOD 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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