Fishing Reports for June 20

By on June 20, 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 Chinook salmon fishing really picked up again since the tides have moderated with fishermen finding chinook in all the usual places like Girl Scout camp area all the way to Pt. Dalco, Gig Harbor Shoreline, Pt. Evens, Clay Banks, Shelf/flats between Pt. Defiance, Pt. Dalco and even near Les Davis Pier, also getting good reports of Chinook being caught in area 13 which has a 2 Chinook limit, remember for area 11 it is a 1 Chinook limit.

There is also some reports of resident Coho in the area as well.

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

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

Starting June 16 there will be launch parking adjacent to the boat launch in the new parking area and by Anthony’s as well as shuttle overflow at Point Defiance Elementary School.

Point Defiance Marina has rental boats and motors and launch and overnight moorage facilities with pump out stations and shore power. In addition, we have storage space for boats up to 17 feet as well as kayak storage. We have many items for those seeking gifts as well as gift cards. For more information call 253-404-3960.

Hours are 5 am to 9 pm 7 days a week currently.

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


Summer definitely arrived over the last few days! It looks like we are now into a summer pattern now with warm temperatures and clear skies for the next couple weeks. This arrival of this hot weather brought some strong Northwest winds and tough fishing this past weekend, but things look like they are going to stabilize nicely this week with calm winds returning. Fishing has been productive on the Gulf Islands side with some nice chinook salmon up to 22 pounds and a few coho now in the mix. Locally, things have been tough over the last week and we have been working hard to hook a good fish or two on our half days charters. We are looking forward to more coho pushing into Vancouver Harbour over the next couple weeks and our West Vancouver fishery starting.

Thrasher Rock, Porlier Pass, Entrance Island and the east side of Gabriola Island have been the most productive areas on our full day trips over the last two weeks. We have had some pretty solid charters and most trips are hooking 5 to 10 good chinook a trip. Most of the chinook salmon are coming right off bottom and hootchies and the new Gibbs Wee Gees are by far the most consistent producers right now. Blue, Chartreuse and Green Spacklebacks have been our best hootchie colours as usual. We should continue to see decent waves of chinook in the coming weeks. In addition to the chinook, we have been getting a few coho and some nice ling cod. On a very interesting note, we know of 4 confirmed halibut caught over the last 2 weeks off Gabriola and Galiano Island’s…..good sign!

In local waters we have been working the South End of Bowen Island for the most part. Seems like the majority of the good fish are coming between Cowan Point and Cape Roger Curtis. We are finding them pretty close to the shoreline in 200 to 400 feet of water. Cowan Point is often a good bet on the flood tide. We are using larger G Force and Silver Horde Spoons between 50 and 130 feet on the downrigger. The G Force Bon Chovy, Trailhead and Outfitter pattern has been good. In Silver Horde the Cop Car, Irish Cream and the Kitchen sink are good producers as usual. As we move into late June and July we will anticipate our first waves of coho pushing into Vancouver Harbour. This is a favourite local fishery as it is only 10 minutes from the dock. We will start scouting things out over the next week. We have seen them show as early as June 15th and as late as late July in the past. We will see what this year brings. It seems that survival has been good as there is quite a few in Georgia Strait.

We are hoping to see a good return of sockeye salmon this summer. This is the big cycle for Fraser River Sockeye and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is forecasting 14 million sockeye to return. The forecasting for sockeye in recent years has not been very good and we will have a better idea of run strength in late July and early August once test fisheries start in the approach areas. We are crossing our fingers!

Summer is here! Give us a call or email if you would like to get out for a charter!

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 fish keep rolling through in good numbers. The fish are moving around, so it is not predictable from day to day where they are going to be. If you are fishing over a 3 day time period you should get into some good bites though. The Chinook are being caught at Effingham at Meares Bluff, the Red Can, along the rocks, Long Beach, South Bank and Lighthouse Bank. Bites have been good in each spot for 1-2 days and then the fish are moving. In close to shore the 3” Gibbs and Silver Horde Silver/blue or Silver/green are working well. Off shore it really depends on the day. 3-4 inch Silver/green/blue or glow are working along with green/blue needlefish hutchies. Our guests are normally getting from 4-10 Chinook per day and sometimes halibut as well. Some days are faster than others.

Halibut have been pretty consistent and some days are faster. Before the tide change is usually the best and we have been trolling at Long Beach for them or anchoring further offshore. Pictured are 2 of the 4 people in the Vermey group June 17, 2018.

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 SPOTTY in East Sooke. The hot spots lately have been the Bedford Islands and inside the bay near Aldridge Point. Most of the fish reported have been from 8 – 21 pounds. The best depths off Aldridge Point were 75’ – 90’ and fishing 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 lately 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

Salmon fishing has been OKAY TO 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 again this past week with the average hook ups up to six fish. The Salmon have been feeding on Needlefish close to the bottom so fishing the bottom in 75’ – 115’ of water has been the most productive lately.  On average, Salmon have been ranging from 8 – 15 pounds in size with the odd one over 20 pounds starting to show up as well. As the fish are feeding on needlefish, using squirt hoochies in UV or Glow have been a good option.  Jigging with Point Wilsons Darts or Stingers in Chrome and Green colours have also been working well lately in Oak Bay.

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

Pedder Bay has reported salmon fishing to be VERY GOOD over the last week. There have been reports of Salmon weighing in in the mid-teens with the odd one over 20 pounds.  The best depths to fish in Pedder Bay have been 60’ – 80’ in 100’ – 140’ of water.  The most productive areas off Pedder Bay are heading out west of the bay as well as William Head.  The Salmon are feeding on Needlefish close to the bottom therefore, when the tides allow, jigging has been a great option. 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. Another good choice would be to use anchovies in UV teaser heads.  Flashers that have been working well in Pedder Bay include the Gibbs Guide Series Outfitters and Madi.

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. The most productive areas to fish for Salmon in Sidney are Hamley Point and Coal Island.  Fishing the bottom in 90’ – 110’ 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 7 – 20 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.

Halibut fishing has been OKAY over the past week. When the tides allowed, there have been reports of Halibut being caught in Albert Head, East Constance and Oak Bay.  There has also been reports of oversized Halibut being released near Pedder Bay.  Using a Delta Hali Hawg tipped with a piece of herring or octopus has been the most productive in getting Halibut hookups throughout the South Island lately.

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


The Salmon fishing has been GOOD this past week in Sooke. The most productive spot this week has been the Trap Shack and Secretary Island.  Anglers have been fishing 75’ – 90’ depths in 100’ – 120’ of water. There have been reports of fish in the size range anywhere from 10 – 20 pounds with larger fish reported as well.  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 straight UV teaser head reported to be working well.  If you would rather fish spoons, the Gibbs Skinny G’s in Irish Cream have been producing well.  Gibbs Guide Series flashers in Madi and the Bon Chovi have been producing well this past week in Sooke.

A big congratulations to Ward and his son Jon that took home first place in the Pacific Gateway Marina’s Father’s Day Salmon Championship in Port Renfrew this weekend!  Always exciting to win a derby, but what a way to do it on Father’s Day together!  Their winning fish weighed in at 26.7 pounds.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969; The cover image of this week’s fishing reports was also contributed by Vaida. It shows Darren Lee with his winning 26.4 pound Salmon in the Moby’s Pub Derby.


Fishing for Salmon was VERY GOOD when the tides permitted. The most productive area in Victoria was Constance Bank this past week. Fishing the bottom in 75’ – 110’ of water was working the best for anglers fishing in Victoria. On average, the Salmon have been ranging from 8 – 20 pounds. There are also reports of larger salmon into the twenties starting to show up in Victoria, as well as Salmon showing up near the Water Front.  An average day of fishing off Victoria lately has been getting up to 10 hook ups.  Spoons that have been successful this past week have been the ones with needlefish patterns such as the Gibbs Skinny G’s and Silver Horde Coho Killers in Irish Cream and Outfitters colours.  Flashers that have been working well lately are the Gibbs Madi or Bon Chovi Guide Series Flashers.

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

The small Reaper Peacock and Fish n Chip has been hot on the lead cores. Six inch flashers or dodgers with green or blue Howie peanut flies must be part of your presentation for Coho. A hot presentation for us was a size O orange dodger with a 22 inch lead to a medium size blue fly. Coho are in the top 35 feet and Chinooks are 60 to 85 down. Steady action on Slide Divers set to #3 no ring and 35 feet of line out. Run 4 and 5 color Cortland lead core and downriggers 60 to 95 feet down. Speed has been very critical with the 47 degree water. I use the Depth Raider to measure speed at the ball. The big Chinook are hitting on the Golden Diablo both sizes. The boat speed of 1.9 to 2.2 has been best. Tie your flies 16 inches on 6 inch dodgers, 18 inches for 6 inch flashers. All orange dodgers and flashers. I hope this helps.

Fish are from 80 feet and all the way out east of Milwaukee to 170 feet. It can be a zoo in close with all the traffic and it may be better to head out the Main gap Milwaukee 85 degrees. Fish east out to 100 to 140 feet of water for the best action. Have a great fishing season. Let’s go fishing!

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

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