Fishing Reports for June 7

By on June 6, 2018


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)

no report this week

Marine Area 10

no report this week

Marine Area 11

The salmon fishing has been very good since the opener 6/1/18, mostly Chinook and in a variety of weight class from 5lbs to the largest recently of 20lbs. mostly in the 6lb to 10lb. range.

I have reports of fish being caught from many different locations like Quartermaster harbor to Pt. Evens and the usual spots in between.

Depth range from 90’ to 180’ of water and near bottom.

Trolling, jigging and mooching have all been successful.

As you can see with this many salmon around there is good opportunity to be successful.

Remember that the limit in MA11 is two salmon in which you can only retain 1 clipped Chinook and the Coho can be clipped or unclipped.

For an updated report call (253)404-3960.

There will be no crabbing this summer in MA 11 or 13.

ABC Boating – Basic Boating Education: Everyone born after 1955 must complete an approved Washington Boater Education Course, pass a test and purchase their card in order to operate any watercraft with 15 horsepower or greater on Washington waters. The Basic Boating Courses are the traditional civic service of the United States Power Squadrons and are designed as an introduction to legal and safe power and sail boating. Instructors are knowledgeable volunteer members of USPS who have taken advanced squadron courses. | Monday/Thursday 7-9 PM June 4-18 | Cost $50 | Includes a student manual, CD, and an introductory navigation software CD from RosePoint Navigation | Must pre-register. Class size is limited. More info call Point Defaince Marina (253)404-3960

Report submitted by Point Defiance Marina. For more information contact: Gene Anderson, Boathouse Marina Technician, 253.591.5325

Marine Area 12

no report this week

Freshwater – Lake Chelan

no report this week

Freshwater – Potholes Reservoir

no report this week

British Columbia


Right on schedule, our offshore chinook fishery has started! Good numbers of 8 to 15 pound chinook salmon are now out in the deep water off the South End of Bowen Island and the outer reaches of Vancouver Harbour. It has been a good first couple weeks of April, really looking forward to the second half!

Every spring, the longer days trigger the first plankton blooms of the year in the Strait of Georgia. This plankton bloom draws the herring, stickleback and anchovies out into the deep water to feed. Right behind all the “bait fish” is the feeding chinook salmon. For the next 4 to 6 weeks the offshore waters will be a very good option that can provide some explosive angling opportunities. Having said that, we are fishing out in the structureless water and some days you have to spend some time trying to find them or you have to wait for the right current for them to bite. Good areas to focus on this time of year include the Hump, the QA Marker, the Bell Buoy and the Gulf Island’s. Productive depths are typically in the 65 to 150 foot range. One thing to pay attention to out there is the currents, we find that these fish don’t like to bite in heavy current this time of year. Quite often we will look for areas with softer currents if we are between tide changes or fishing days with big tidal swings.

The offshore fish we are getting into now seem to be keying on bigger herring and walleye pollock and subsequently bigger 4.0 spoons seem to working well. We have been running 4.0 G Force and Silver Horde Spoons. Our Gibbs Delta G Force Spoons this time of year are the Trailhead, No Bananas and the Bon Chovy. Irish Cream, Green Glow and Kitchen Sink patterns from Silver Horde have been productive as well. We have not been running bait much as on a lot of days it is hard to keep up with the undersized and the baits are constantly getting fouled.

It looks like we are in for another solid spring chinook fishery in our local waters. It is very encouraging to see the strength of spring fishery in Strait of Georgia year after year. It is truly one of the most consistent fisheries in British Columbia in April, May and June. Give us a call or an email to get out there! If you have the time, an 8 or 10 hour charter is always a good bet this time of year. On our 10 hour charters, it opens up the possibility to fish the Gulf Island’s if weather and fishing conditons permit!

See you out on the water…..It looks like things are going to warm up this week.. FINALLY!

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


no report this week

Barkley Sound and Port Alberni

The fishing has had its ups and downs like we often expect from the early season. We have been having to work for our fish but have also been getting rewarded with some nice catches both offshore and from protected water. This past week saw a stretch of some really great weather with almost flat seas and sun making it a true fishing paradise. Inside Barkley Sound the Chinook were biting on 3 inch green Silver Horde spoons and needle fish hutchies. Offshore the fish were being taken on white hutchies and 3-3.5 inch Silver Horde spoons if in the top 100 feet and glow needle fish hutchies near the bottom.

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 has been GOOD in East Sooke. The hot spots this past week were the Bedford Islands and inside the bay near Aldridge Point again this week. Most of the fish have been from 9 – 21 pounds. The best depths off Aldridge Point were 70’ – 80’ and close to the bottom off the Bedfords. The majority of anglers are using spoons with Silver Horde Coho Killers and Gibbs Skinny G’s in green/glow and green/silver colours the favorites. Anchovies have also been working well with Bloody Nose a good teaser head choice. The Gibbs Highliner Guide Series flasher in Outfitters, Madi, and Lemon Lime have been working well over the last few weeks.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969;

Oak Bay

When the tides allowed, Salmon fishing was GOOD in Oak Bay this past week. Each day was different depending on the currents so be sure to check your tide book when looking to get out for the best times. Anglers have reported that the Flats have been the best spot to get out. The Salmon have been feeding on Needlefish close to the bottom so fishing the bottom in 80’ – 120’ of water has been the most productive in the past week. On average, Salmon have been ranging from 8 – 17 pounds in size. The best lure choice for Oak Bay has been Gibbs Skinny G’s, Silver Horde Coho Killers or AP Tackleworks spoons. For colours, UV and Glow colours have been reporting well.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969; The cover image of this week’s report was also contributed by Vaida. It shows a  group from the Pacific Salmon Foundation Committee with a nice Salmon caught fishing out of Oak Bay.

Pedder Bay

Salmon fishing in Pedder Bay has been GOOD over the last week. There have been reports of Salmon weighing in between 7 – 18 pounds coming from Pedder Bay. Jigging has been a great option in Pedder Bay as the Salmon are feeding on Needlefish close to the bottom. Good jigs to try are the Gibbs 6oz – 8oz Anchovies. When trolling, anglers have found that squirts in Purple Haze or UV White and Gibbs Coho Killers in Silver or Glow have been producing the best. Flashers that have been working well in Pedder Bay include the Gibbs Guide Series Outfitters and Madi and good colour choices for teaser heads include Bloody Nose and Chartreuse when fishing with anchovies.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969;


Sidney has been SPOTTY fishing for Salmon this past week. The high slack has been the most productive time to get out fishing in Sidney – make sure you check your tide book for your best times. In the evening, Coal Island has been producing the best when fishing for Salmon. There has also been reports of Salmon coming from Sidney Spit. Fishing the bottom in 100’ – 120’ of water seems to be working the best in Sidney as the Salmon are feeding on Needlefish close to the bottom. The average range for Salmon has been 8 – 13 pounds with some Salmon into the twenties also being reported in Sidney. Anglers that have been fishing with spoons found that AP Sandlance spoons, Silver Horde Coho Killers and Gibbs Needle G spoons productive this past week. Suggested colours are Kitchen Sink and Irish Cream.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969;


The Salmon fishing has been VERY GOOD this past week in Sooke. The most productive spot this week has been the Trap Shack. Anglers have been fishing 60’ – 90’ depths in 120’ of water. There have been reports of fish up to 30 pounds being caught in Sooke; however, on average the size range has been anywhere from 12 – 20 pounds. Don Boyd caught an 18-pound Salmon in Sooke on May 30. If you are looking to target Bottom Fish or Crab, Sooke is a great place to go. Anglers have been catching Salmon mostly on anchovies with teaser heads in the colours Frog and Bloody Nose with Gibbs Guide Series flashers in Madi and the Lemon Lime Chartreuse.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969;


Fishing for Salmon was GOOD when the tides permitted. The most productive area in Victoria was Constance Bank this past week. Fishing the bottom in 80’ – 120’ of water was working the best for anglers fishing Victoria. On average, the Salmon have been ranging from 8 – 15 pounds. Spoons that have been successful this past week have been the AP Tackleworks Anchovy 4” spoons and Silver Horde Coho Killers in UV and Glow colours. Flashers that have been working well lately are the Gibbs Madi Guide Series Flasher and the Oki Big Shooter Green/Silver Flasher.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969; 

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;


Tillamook Bay

no report this week

Willamette River

no report this week

Great Lakes

Lake Michigan

no report this week

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