Fishing Reports for August 29

By on August 29, 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

John put a nice one on the deck.

There have been some pretty large Chinook coming out of the Islands in the last week. Some Coho have been showing up as well. Silver Horde or Gibbs tackle spoons have all been working well. Or, the good old fashioned glow hootchie behind an 11″ flasher may have it’s day. Bait will always work this time of year. We aren’t seeing as many dogfish as we were early in the season, so dragging a helmeted herring can be deadly without drawing the sharks.

Submitted by Kevin Klein, Team Parker Boats NW.   The cover image of this week’s fishing reports was also contributed by Klein. Pictured is Erol Turanciol with a dandy chinook.

Marine Area 8.1

no report this week

Marine Area 8.2

no report this week

Marine Area 9 (Admirality Inlet)

We will be targeting the Coho out of Everett next week as the FISHTALE 2 is moving out of the San Juans this weekend.

It has been a 3.0 Spoon show with the best color pattern being the Irish Flag up there. Photo is my 16 year old great nephew Luke visiting from Huntington Beach.

He normally catches yellowtail is the warm waters off Catalina but thinks the big island Kings put up a much better fight. Break out the hootchies and ace-hi’s and we will see you on the water. Get your tickets now for the Edmonds Coho Derby September 8th!

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

Marine Area 10

no report this week

Marine Area 11

The salmon fishing pressure due to the Chinook closure has been very light with a few fishermen traveling south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (MA13) where you can still retain hatchery Chinook. There are some Chinook being caught near the Nisqually River mouth mostly trolling.

Any Coho remains open in MA11 with a limit of 2 per person and we have seen some Coho in the catch recently and should get a little better each day into September.

Try trolling flasher and fly or artificial squid in the 20′ to 60′ range at the mouth of the Puyallup River, Slag area, Large yellow buoy in west pass by Dash point or where ever you find a good set of tidal rips.

Chinook retention will resume October 1st.

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

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

British Columbia


no report this week

Barkley Sound, Port Alberni, and Ucluelet

Dan and Ron had opportunity of landing a double header of Chinook Salmon at Meares fishing with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing.

We are very fortunate in this area of Vancouver Island to have the opportunity to fish year round. The Alberni Inlet and more importantly Barkley Sound have very protected water areas. The month of September is a fabulous time for anglers as the big Coho and Chinook approach their final destination of their longest life journey. The month of September also is a wonderful time of year for anglers as weather patterns create fabulous settings for many memorable sport fishing days. The days of course are shorter but the afternoons are warm and the salmon that are swimming along the Vancouver Island coast line and in the many Barkley Sound locations are feeding frantically before making their final destination to their natal streams and rivers.

September is not only a fabulous month for sport fishing but it is also the time of year when there are some terrific fishing derby opportunities. The city of Port Alberni hosts the three-day Labor Day Weekend Salmon Festival. The derby dates for 2018 are September 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The derby provides cash and prizes of over $60,000 with endless weekend entertainment. The 2018 festival should have some fantastic results as the returning Chinook to West Coast Vancouver Island is a mix of three, four and five year olds. The returns of Chinook are forecast to be at approximately eight-five thousand pieces to the Somass River system. This prediction should provide for fabulous world class salmon fishing in Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet in September.

Henri of Ontario fished with Doug of Slivers Charters and landed this Chinook salmon using anchovy.

Tuna fishing is also another opportunity that takes place in September. This fishery is still rather new to the area and requires some specialized gear and knowledge before heading out. In September the warm water currents bring the Tuna closer to the beach and make them more accessible in a sport boat of “Good Size”. The Tuna Shoot Out occurs in September, weather permitting. Anglers have to watch and be aware of the water current and look for the temperature break and fish the warmer side of the blue water. The tuna fishery is a lot of fun but safety is of essence. It is important that other people know where your boat is headed and that the weather is perfect. All safety equipment that is transport Canada approved is important on any sport fishing vessel. The tuna when landed must be put on ice immediately to preserve their quality. Having a larger sport fishing boat is a good idea as many will take up to five hundred pounds of ice or more.

Barkley Sound fishing at Pill Point, Diplock, Assets Island, and Swale Rock are wonderful hotspots where the salmon in in the first half of the month will hold if there are large quantities of rich resources of bait fish. The Bamfield Wall also provides unbelievable sport fishing. The fish that are headed to the Somass River, Sarita River and Nitnat will often hold from Whittlestone to Poett Nook gorging themselves on bait fish as they await fall rain before migrating to their final destination. Salmon also stretch along the opposite Barkley Sound coastline from Gilbraltor Island to the fish marker in Rainy Bay. The Chinook and Coho arrive in good numbers on a daily basis and as eager as they are to arrive to their spawning grounds they are still relatively eager to feast heavily. The fish are in shallower water in September. It is not uncommon for Coho in the early morning and late evening to be on the surface. Chinook are often in twenty to sixty feet of water. Anglers using anchovy usually have the best success. Anchovy in a glow army truck, purple haze, green haze, and cop car teaser head with six feet of leader behind purple-gold, green-gold or purple haze flasher should have some excellent success. The AORL 12, dark green spatter back, clown, purple haze, and army truck hootchies are fantastic standbys. Tomic Spoons and plugs in the six and seven inch size with no flasher also produce some great results when fishing in the many Barkley Sound locations.

Tim from Calgary fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing
and landed this 27 pound Chinook at Whittlestone located in Barkley Sound.
This Chinook was landed using anchovy in a green haze anchovy teaser head

The Alberni Inlet historically fills with Chinook salmon during the second half of August and continues into the first half of September. Coho follow the Chinook migration. In September both species are in a great mix migrating to the Somass River. Hotspots in the Inlet are Coulsons, Lone Tree, the China Creek Wall, Dunsmuir and Underwood. The fish are in twenty to fifty feet of water and are usually most aggressive in the early morning and on tide changes. Again the top producers in terms of lures are anchovy in various teaser heads behind a green glow or chartreuse glow hotspot flasher. The best hootchies are O-15, O-2 and O-16 which are all red and pink work extremely well. Also purple haze, green spatter back, and the mp2 and mp16 are also fantastic behind a hotspot flasher. The salmon when in the inlet are anxious to hit the river and when any rain occurs they bolt to the river mouth.

September is a wonderful month. The days are shorter with cool mornings and evenings. The late mornings and afternoons are warm with that cool fresh ocean breeze. The boat traffic is much less than July and August which makes for even a better sport fishing opportunity. Sport fishing will be world class as the salmon in Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet will be in good numbers and a good weight class.

Tight Lines.

For more information and/or reservations, call Doug Lindores at Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing (250) 723-2435; (250)724-2502; cell (250)731-7389 or 1-877-214-7206 or; 

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was GOOD in East Sooke. The hot spot for springs this past week were Aldridge Point, Beechey Head and the Trap Shack. The best depths to fish have been between 40 to 60 feet. There have been good bites late in the day and very early in the morning. Tom Cole picked up a big one this week, landing a 29 lb 3 oz spring near the Bedfords on anchovy in a Peanut Butter teaser. Some sockeye action has also been happening off Beechey Head and in the shipping lanes. The best sockeye fishing this past weekend was on the flood tide very early in the morning. Anchovies are the bait of choice for springs. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. 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, the Betsy, and Gold Fever Hot Spot flashers have been working well. Needlefish 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;

Oak Bay

Salmon fishing was SPOTTY in Oak Bay. For a few days there were springs in the teens on the Flats and other days nothing. The salmon are feeding on needle fish close to the bottom. Most of the anglers have been either bottom bouncing small anchovies, 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. One angler picked up 2 sockeyes on the flats Sunday while trolling Coho Killers for springs.

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

Pedder Bay

Pedder Bay Marina reports GOOD salmon fishing during the week in Pedder Bay and near Church Rock. Most of the action has been either very early or late in the afternoon and evening on the flood tide. There is lots of bait in the bay. Most of the springs have been in the teens. For springs, the best trolling depths have been 20- 40 ‘and 70-85 ‘. Anglers jigging have been consistently catching springs. GIBBS 4 oz to 8 oz anchovy jigs have been the best jigs to use here. Anglers are getting some sockeyes and coho out in 400+ feet of water. Most anglers are using teaser head colors Mint Pearl, Chartreuse and Bloody Nose. Squirts were good lures as well with 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. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Purple Haze.

Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. East Race and William Head were the most productive spots.

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


Salmon fishing was SPOTTY in the Sidney area, especially with all the closures now in effect.  This past weekend the Sidney anglers’ Association held their annual Round Up salmon derby on Sunday. The winner was Cathy Campbell with a 13.4 lb spring. Larry Dalziel came in second with a11.6 and 10.8 lbs springs. Bob Haney took home third place angler honors with a 10.2 lb spring. All the salmon caught in the derby came from the Hamley Point area.  Anglers using spoons found that Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and Wee G spoons and AP Sandlance spoons productive this past week. Suggested colours are Herring Aid and Irish Cream. Anchovies and Tiny Strip were also good in Glow or UV Purple teaser heads.

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


The salmon fishing was SPOTTY TO GOOD this past week. The areas from the Sooke Bluffs to the Otter Point closed area and around Possession Point were producing most of the action for springs, with some fish running into the thirties. The biggest that we’ve heard of this past week went 32 lbs and was caught by Possession Point. Dean Mace won the West Isle Industries salmon derby with a 17.7 lb spring caught near the Trap Shack. Sockeyes are still being caught, but not very many as the run is diminishing. You have to work to find the sockeyes. Some coho are now being caught as that run is starting. Good choices for anchovy teaser head colors are Peanut Butter, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good too. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. For flashers, Red/Glow Hot Spots, the Delta Guide Series UV Moon Jelly, Madi and the Super Betsy are popular.

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


A good one from Constance Bank this past week.

Fishing for salmon was GOOD off Constance Bank on Monday and Tuesday of this past week. It tailed off as the big tides brought strong currents to the bank. Anglers who were jigging with 3oz GIBBS Minnows and GIBBS Anchovies in 90 feet of water were doing very well at that time on the bank. Anglers tolling on the bank with Skinny G’s and Wee G’s are hitting into springs as well. In closer, it’s been SPOTTYfor anglers trolling the Harbour area. There were some springs but not many of them and most anglers didn’t catch any. I’d guess that only one in 5-6 boats caught a salmon. Anchovies have been the most productive bait this past week and the Bloody Nose teaser has been working well.  Spoons that have been successful in getting hook ups are Irish Cream Skinny G’s and Green/Glow, AP Tackleworks 3” Neon Army Truck Herring spoons and Green/Glow Coyote spoons.

Esquimalt anglers held their annual salmon derby this past Sunday. The winner was N Guyen with a 21.81 lb spring. Second place went to Be Tran for a 19.22 lb spring. David Simpson came in third with a 17.50 lb spring. Arneson caught the largest fish by a junior, a 7.93 lb spring. There were only 14 anglers weighing in a spring 5 lbs or more in weight.

Fishing was SLOW for halibut this past weekend. Fishing has been best at Constance Bank and the Mud Hole.

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


no report this week

Lakes and Rivers

Fishing was FAIR 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

no report this week

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