Fishing Reports for April 11 – Salmon University

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Fishing Reports for April 11

By on April 11, 2018

Washington

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

no report this week

Marine Area 2 (Westport)

no report this week

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)

NOT EXACTLY … Kathy and I motored the Fishtale 2 out of Area 9 once again to hit the banks. The fish were a bit deeper this time (140-160 ft) and just off the bottom.

The Purple Haze Tailwagger provided the large bait size the fish were looking for. Don’t forget to buy your new licenses and see you on the water !

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

Marine Area 10

no report this week

Marine Area 11

The fishing for Immature Chinook/Black mouth has slowed a little but still pretty good, most of the salmon are being caught from the Slag area on down to the Clay Banks, out onto the shelf area between Pt. Defiance to Pt. Dalco. The salmon are weighing in at 4lb to 8lb for the most part with a few larger to 15lb. being caught the last week or so.

The fishermen have been using a variety of gear to catch the salmon, those who like to troll are using mostly flasher and spoon combinations and fishing in about 140’ to 160’ of water and near bottom. Jigging and mooching has been best at the tide changes at the Clay Banks and shelf area in the same depths of water I mentioned for the fishermen trolling.

Good Luck. Call for a more updated report at (253)404-3960.

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, safe hookups, towing, launching, docking, maintenance, and more. Register at MetroParksTacoma.org/GO, or via phone 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

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 FAIR. Anglers have been having the most success on the top of the flood tide in Whirl Bay. The largest spring seen at the marina this past week was a 15.8 lb spring caught in Whirl Bay. It’s been slower inside the bay but a 12.2 lb spring was caught in the bay. Most anglers are fishing close to the bottom in 100 to 140 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 Red/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 is SLOW in Oak Bay. There are salmon coming in from the Gap and from the Flats early in the week but it was very quiet on the weekend. Most of the salmon have been on the small side, but some nicer ones to 16 lbs have been caught recently. The salmon are feeding on needle fish and close to the bottom where the feed is located. Most of the anglers have been either bottom bouncing squirts and spoons or jigging close to the bottom. Best bets for Oak Bay trolling lures are Skinny G and AP Tackleworks spoons and Jellyfish squirts. Jiggers are doing best with Deep Stingers and Point Wilson darts.

Fishing was SLOW for halibut.

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

Pedder Bay

Captain Rob of Island Outfitters and his crew started off the morning with this 18 lb beauty Chinook off the Victoria Waterfront caught on a Gibbs Bon Chovy flasher and Skinny G set up

Pedder Bay Marina reports FAIR salmon fishing. It’s been slower inside Pedder Bay but better at Whirl Bay. Most of the fish have been caught close to the bottom in 80 to 140 feet of water. The majority of the salmon have been from 3 to 6 lbs in size but some larger ones were caught. 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 SPOTTY in the Sidney area. There were two derbies on the weekend but few salmon were caught. The Can-Am derby was won with a 16 lb spring caught near Pender Island. The Sidney Anglers’ held their Premier Salmon Derby and only 2 fish were weighed in. Steve Cote won the derby with a 10 lb spring caught near Coal Island. Richard Lake came in second with a 9.8 lb spring caught near Arbutus.  We heard that there was a large herring spawn between McCurdy Point and Bamberton. Anglers using spoons found that APT Sandlance spoons, Coho Killers and Gibbs and Needle G 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 remained SPOTTY over the last few weeks. Most of the fish are from 3 to 6 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/Glow Hot Spots, the Delta Guide Series UV Moon Jelly, Madi and the Lemon Lime Chartreuse are popular. There were very few halibut caught this past week.

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 SPOTTY off the waterfront this past week when the winds weren’t too blustery. The early part of the week produced the best action. Most of the fish are still small, from 3 to 6 lbs in size, but some larger ones up to 18 lbs have been caught out at Constance Bank. In closer, there were springs from the Flagpole to Trial Island. In most locations the best depths to fish were 90-140 feet but 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.

Fishing was SLOW for halibut this past week. Constance Bank and William Head produced a few, but not too many.

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 PICKING UP in most lakes for trout and bass and SLOWING DOWN in the rivers for steelhead. There is increasing anticipation of this coming Saturday’s Elk Lake trout and bass derby.

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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