Fishing Reports for May 16 – Salmon University

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Fishing Reports for May 16

By on May 16, 2018

Washington

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

no report this week

Marine Area 2 (Westport)

Fishing for Lingcod and Seabass has been nothing short of excellent this month with pretty easy limits each trip! The Rockfish have been devouring the 5” purple grub along with a single shrimp fly combo. The Lingcod have been pretty easy to come by on herring or live flounder. If you haven’t tried the live bait fishing for Lingcod you’re missing out!

Most of our success has been in 150’ of water on hard bottom areas. You can expect great fishing for another couple months for sure!

Salmon and Albacore are right around the corner!

Report submitted by Mark Coleman, All River and Saltwater Charters; 425-736-8920.

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

Ling fishing has been good in the San Juan’s when the tides are right. Prawning has been good too. Weigh heavy and set short during the big tides.

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

Ling cod season starts 5/1/18 and runs through 6/15/18.

Stay safe on the water and good luck fishing.

Basic Fishing Classes -Adults (Ages 15+) May 26, 2018 from 10 am to 12 pm. Learn local freshwater and saltwater skills, regulations, and safety. Cost $15.

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

Mike Kelly manning the Scotty Electric Pot Puller

A nice haul from a shrimp pot

With the calming of winds (finally) shrimping picked up in Area 12. North of Hazel Pt. it was still choppy, but to the south it was nice flat water. Dabob Bay, as usual, had the most boats but even on a Saturday, the number of boats was about half of what is normal. The best shrimping was from 280 feet deep to 320 feet deep as is normal on a bright day. Those boats with electric pot pullers and well-mixed shrimp bait caught their limits fairly quickly. Boats pulling pots by hand didn’t do as well, but still caught shrimp. We limited (with three on the boat) by 11:15 and had a nice lunch at Pleasant Harbor before the ride home.

The scheduled “last day” for shrimping on Hood Canal will be Wednesday, May 23rd.

Submitted by Salmon U staff

Freshwater – Lake Chelan

no report this week

Freshwater – Potholes Reservoir

no report this week

British Columbia

Vancouver

Francis and Danielle with a pair of nice Gulf Island Chinook

Chinook fishing has been excellent this week. Warm temperatures, clear skies and consistent results on 8 to 20 pound chinook salmon have made for some great days on the water.

We have been spending most of our time close to home fishing the South End of Bowen Island. Most of the fish have been hitting Gibbs and Silver Horde 4.0 spoons between 80 and 130 feet.

With these good numbers of fish around, we should see continued good chinook fishing for the next 4 to 6 weeks. Give us a call to head out on the water!

For more info call Jeff or Jason at Bon Chovy Fishing Charters (604) 763-5460, bonchovy.com email: info@bonchovy.com.  

Bamfield

no report this week

Barkley Sound and Port Alberni

no report this week

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was SPOTTY this past week. The hot spots this past week were Church Rock and Whirl Bay.  Anglers are fishing close to the bottom in 100 to 140 depths between the Bedfords and Whirl Bay. Aldridge Point and between Beechey Head also produced some springs. The best depths off Beechey Head were 90 -100 feet and near Aldridge 70 feet was the magic depth. The fish have not been too large this past week with the larger ones topping out in the low teens. The majority of anglers are using spoons with Coho Killers and 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 was SPOTTY in Oak Bay. Most of the salmon have been on the small side, but some nicer ones into the teens were caught over the week. The Flats was producing the best on the flood tide, while the tail end of the ebb produced the best at the Gap. 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 Wee G and Skinny Gs, Coho Killers and AP Tackleworks Sandlance spoons. Squirts will also work with Jelly fish and Electric Chairs good bets. Jiggers are doing best with Deep Stingers and Point Wilson darts.

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 FAIR salmon fishing. Anglers travelling to Constance Bank had the best results.  The majority of the salmon have been from 5 to 12 lbs in size. Squirts were the hot lures again this past week with a green and glow, Purple Haze or UV white good color choices. Spoons have been producing well and the Skinny G’s, Wee G’s, AP Tackleworks and Coho Killers are the top choices. Green with either silver or glow has been the color choice in spoons. Flashers that are popular include the Guide Series Madi, Outfitters and Lemon Lime. Anglers are also starting to get good results using anchovies for bait. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Purple Haze.

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. Coal Island was good on Thursday evening with one boat picking up 14 & 16 lb springs. We’ve also heard of springs up to 10 lbs coming from Fairfax. Anglers using spoons found that AP 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 was FAIR on this past week. Most of the fish are from 5 to 11 lbs in size with the occasional larger one into the teens. Otter Point provided the best catches this past weekend. Most of the salmon are close to the bottom in 100 – 140 feet of water but there are some at mid water depths. There have also been some wild, oversize fish into the 20’s caught and released. Anglers are starting to get good results using anchovies for bait. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Purple Haze.  Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. Anchovies are still the most popular choice for those fishing bait For flashers, Red/Glow 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 FAIR off Constance Bank this past week when the winds weren’t too bad. Anglers have been getting hatchery springs into the high teens on the bank. In closer, there were springs from Brotchie Ledge to Trial Island, with a 17 lb spring the largest that we’ve heard about. The 17 came from near the Breakwater. But it was spotty fishing close in along the waterfront with most boats getting skunked. The best depths to fish were still 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.

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 GOOD in most lakes for trout and bass.

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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