Fishing Reports for September 5

By on September 5, 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

Coho fishing at Sekiu has been excellent, averaging almost 2 fish per angler. Some of the anglers have been crossing over into Canadian waters to fish. Be sure you have done the appropriate paperwork with WDFW and phoned in your GPS position to Canadian customs to let them know that you are passing through Canadian waters.

Salmon University staff

Marine Area 6

no report this week

Marine Area 7

Fishing has been pretty good in the Islands. Still lots of Sockeye around. Some nice KIngs being caught and Silvers starting to show. Sockeye are thick enough they’re being caught on regular gear. However, to target them, slooow down to get the flasher not to rotate, or use a dodger. Short leaders and small hootcjies work. Work the top 60 feet for the reds. It’s a good time to get out there.

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

Coho fishing has picked up dramatically in Area 8.2. While the fish are being checked at 8.2, many of those fish are actually caught at Possession Pt in Area 9, however a lot of fish are also being caught off the mouth of the Snohomish River close to the Everett Boat Launch.

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Marine Area 9 (Admirality Inlet)

Sizzling Silvers! There are some pretty nice ocean coho out there right now as my buddy Bobby proved this weekend using a Herring Aid 3.0 with 140 feet on the wire trolling fast a 3.5 mph by the rips. We thought it was a King until we saw the whites of its gums. Getting ready for the Edmonds Coho Derby this weekend. The predicted rains will get those fish moving for sure. Get your tickets early and we will


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.

Fishing is getting better day by day and the size of the Coho is also getting bigger every day. Some of the better places to fish have been Double Bluff, Port Townsend and Point No Point. Fish early in the morning before 8 AM and the top 45 feet holds the most Coho. As the sun comes up, the Coho go deeper, so adjust accordingly. The hottest lure seems to be the Ace Hi-Fly, tipped with a Herring Teaser.

Be sure to mail in or report on-line your Crab Catch cards before October 1st.

Salmon University staff

Marine Area 10

Area 10 has been quite good, averaging almost 1 fish per angler. Most of the Coho being caught are fin-clipped hatchery fish in the 3-4 pound range. The Herring Aide 3” UV spoon has been the most productive as have been the Ace Hi-Flies.

Salmon University staff

Marine Area 11

The Chinook fishing in MA11 is closed until Oct. 1st 2018 however MA13 is open for Chinook and there are some good reports coming from the Nisqually River area mostly trolling and jigging.

The Coho fishing in MA11 has been very good near the Redondo area trolling flasher and artificial squid, Coho flies and spoons, start early fishing 30’ to 50’ deep then gradually go deeper later in the morning.

There has been reports of Squid being caught at area docks already.

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

Area 12 Coho fishing has been very slow. If the weather prediction are true and there will be rain in the near future, fishing should pick up dramatically.

Salmon University staff

Freshwater – Lake Chelan

no report this week

British Columbia


no report this week

Barkley Sound, Port Alberni, and Ucluelet

Kent of Alabama fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sports Fishing and landed this 27 pound Chinook using Anchovy at Whittlestone

Labor Day weekend has come and gone and that meant Salmon Festival weekend in Port Alberni. The Derby took place on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of this past Weekend with fishing beginning each day at 6 am. The derby closed on Labor Day Monday at 3 pm with the final weigh-in at this time. Derby Headquarters for the 2018 Derby was at Tyee Landing. The official weigh-in center was also at Tyee Landing which is very close to Harbor Quay and Fishermen’s Wharf. There was a total of over $55,000 in prizes for those anglers participating in the Alberni Valley Salmon Derby. The largest salmon landed was valued at $15,000. Daily prizes each day were $5,000 for first prize, $2,000 for second prize and $1,000 for third prize. All contending derby fish were weighed in at Tyee Landing. Other weigh in centers for qualifying hidden weight prizes were at China Creek Marina, Poet Nook, and Mckay Bay Lodge in Bamfield. The cost per Rod was the exact same as 2017 at $50.00 per rod fished. From this $50 there a donation of $10 was given to local enhancement. The Derby for 2018 was a great success. Returns for Chinook and Coho salmon in 2018 are above average. Chinook returns to the Somass River system for 2018 are approximately 85,000 pieces. Twenty percent of the run are five-year old fish which meant that there was a great possibility for some Chinook during the derby weekend to come in at the forty-pound mark. The winning fish for 2018 was landed in the China Creek area which is located in the Alberni Inlet. Crofton B.C. resident Chris Blace landed a 38.9 which won him first prize and the top prize money of $15,000. This fish was landed using anchovy and was landed on day one of the derby. Ken Pellett won top prize on Sunday with a 30.1lb salmon and James Zsiros’ 27.3 lb. fish won top honors on Monday. The Fred Duncan memorial trophy for the largest salmon caught by a local resident was won by Chris Dittkowski who landed a 34.1lb. Tyee.

Amberlee landed this Chinook Salmon fishing with Derek close to Harbor Entrance in Barkley Sound

The Alberni Valley and all of Barkley Sound has been experiencing very warm and dry weather conditions during the summer months. The Chinook and Coho will need fresh water before entering some of the smaller streams and creeks. There has been a very limited number of migrating Chinook and Coho into the Somass system. There has been some excellent fishing for anglers in Barkley Sound. The salmon that have recently reached the waters of the Sound will migrate up into the Alberni Inlet and will hold until there is ample rain to allow the Chinook and Coho to continue their final journey to their spawning grounds. Some salmon will remain in Barkley Sound will hold outside the many streams and creeks located in the area. The Chinook and Coho in Barkley Sound will continue to feed heavily and will be eager to bite the variety of lures put out by the many anglers.

The best salmon fishing currently is in Barkley Sound. The Alberni Inlet has had some good days of fishing. There has been some commercial fishing at the beginning of this current week which has slowed the sport fishing opportunity. The Inlet however will continue to fill with fresh salmon in the coming days. Weather conditions are forecast to continue to be dry. The ample Chinook and Coho at Swale Rock, Harbor Entrance, Pill Point, and the Bamfield Wall should continue as new salmon come in from the ocean. The Bamfield Wall has become a little more consistent over the last week. Pill Point, Swale Rock, Meares, Cree and Austin Island and Harbor Entrance have all had very consistent sport fishing over the past two or three weeks. The salmon in the sound have been feeding very hard around tide changes. The Chinook and Coho have also been active between tides. The salmon are in fairly shallow water in Barkley Sound and also the Alberni Inlet. Fishing between thirty and fifty feet has not been uncommon. The best lures in the Alberni Inlet are the O-2, 0-15, 0-16, spatterback and AORL 12 hootchies. Anchovy in the Inlet is also working. In Barkley Sound anchovy in a variety of Teaser Heads seem ideal and for many is working the best. Cop Car, green haze, purple haze, army truck glow and bloody nose have all been working. Leader lengths from five and a half to six feet behind gold, green, or burgundy flashers with a gold or mirror face are working very well. The AORL 12 hootchie and the spatter back and Halloween hootchies with 38 to 42 inches of leader behind a burgundy and gold flasher or a kinetic flasher is ideal for Coho in Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet.

Andrew of North Vancouver landed this Chinook Salmon in Barkley Sound close to Cree Island

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 late in the day at the top of the flood tides. The hot spot for springs this past week was Aldridge Point. The best depths to fish have been between 40 to 60 feet. There have been good bites very early in the morning as well as the late activity. Some coho action has also been happening off Beechey Head and in the shipping lanes. 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 Betsey, 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. Some days there were springs in the teens on the Flats and most 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.

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

Pedder Bay

Pedder Bay Marina reports GOOD salmon fishing inside Pedder Bay. Most of the action has been either very early or late in the afternoon and evening. 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 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 FAIR 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.  The beest areas this past week were Hamley Point and Wymond Point.  A few have also come form Sidney Spit. 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 open area near Otter Point and close Possession Point were producing most of the action for springs. Some coho are now being caught but they aren’t here in large numbers yet. 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;  


Fishing for salmon was GOOD off Constance Bank this past week. Anglers tolling on the bank with Skinny G’s and Wee G’s in Irish Cream and Blue/Silver are catching springs. Anglers who were jigging with 3 oz GIBBS Minnows and GIBBS Anchovies in 90 feet of water were finding fish too.  In closer, it’s been VERY SPOTTY for 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 6 to 8 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.

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

Salmon University Staff
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