Fishing Reports for May 23 – Salmon University

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Fishing Reports for May 23

By on May 23, 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

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 in MA11 is currently closed to salmon fishing and will reopen June 1st.

The salmon fishing is open in MA13 and reports from that area have been good, the more popular areas have been around Fox Island at Pt. Gibson and the Green Pt. Sand spit area both areas are popular trolling spots but mooching or jigging the Pt. Gibson area can produce well. Another area that has been producing is the Lyle Pt. area off of Anderson Island you can mooch, jig and troll here as well. The chinook in MA13 have been in the 5lb to 10lb range for the most part.

The ling cod fishing will remain open through 6/15/18. The fishing pressure has been very light for ling cod and the success has been slow.

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

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

Bamfield

no report this week

Barkley Sound and Port Alberni

Fishing has been fairly good most of May with a couple dry spells. We are having to work for our fish but have been mostly getting fish numbers for guests we would expect in the summer months. Feeder Chinook between 8-15 lbs and Halibut up to the size limit of 115 cms have been coming through the Lighthouse bank. Most of the salmon are close to the bottom and are coming on both small spoons and white hutchies. We are also getting bigger halibut too, but the limits this year require us to throw them back. The bigger halibut are coming off the anchor.

Submitted by Sam Vandervalk of Salmon Eye Charters (1-877-777-4344). Salmon Eye is recommended by USA Today, Cruise America and New York Times bestselling author Peter Greenberg in his book The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to the Greatest Experiences Around the World. The cover image of this week’s reports was also contributed by Vandervalk.

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was SPOTTY this past week with no outstanding catches reported. The hot spot this past week was inside the bay near Aldridge Point.  Most of the fish have been from 5 to 8 lbs with the odd “teenager”. The best depths off Aldridge Point were 70-80 feet and off Beechey Head 90 -100 feet was the best depth. 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 FAIR in Oak Bay. Most of the salmon have been from 5 to 10 lbs, 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. Friday and Saturday were the most productive days this past week. It was much slower on Sunday. 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 Gs 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 TO GOOD salmon fishing. The majority of the salmon have been from 5 to 12 lbs in size but there have been some mid teen’s hatchery fish being caught. One day it would be good in Pedder Bay and the next it would be good in Whirl Bay. In the bay the fish have been in water as shallow as 30 feet. In Whirl Bay, 80’ has been the depth to fish. 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 FAIR in the Sidney area. Coal Island was good in the evenings with for springs up to 16 lbs. The Powder wharf area has been holding lots of bait and fish into the mid teens have been caught there. 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 8 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 has 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 SLOW off Constance Bank this past week when the currents were ripping. In closer, there weren’t too many springs from Brotchie Ledge to Trial Island. It was spotty fishing  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 REALLY GOOD for 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

How: It was mostly a 00 dodgers and Howie fly bite with a few fish on spoons. The pattern hasn’t changed. A mixed bag of Coho, and Chinooks with limits possible. The big Chinooks are also in. Chinook are coming on small or magnum size spoons. The small silver Vulcan in green, blue or orange has been hot on the downriggers. Run them 50 feet behind the ball 25 feet down to the bottom. Six inch dodgers with green or blue Howie’s peanut flies also caught fish. Tie your flies 14.5 inches on 6 inch dodgers. Use all orange dodgers and flashers. I hope this helps. Slide Diver are producing with flies set at 3 no ring 35 feet of line out.

No Lake Trout today.

No Browns today.

No report of any Rainbows

Speed: For all fish speed has been very critical with the warmer 51 degree water. I use the Depth Raider to measure speed at the ball. The Chinook are hitting Reaper Magnum Glow spoons at first light and blue or green with silver back all day. The boat speed of 2.0 to 2.4 has been best. The faster speed triggered the Chinook action.

Where: Fish are hanging in close to shore or the break wall. We did not get out over 50 feet of water yesterday. Follow the shoreline working 40 feet of water. Have a great fishing season. Let’s go fishing! Note All alone we put together groups at $125 per person.

Jim Hirt charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com

 

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