Fishing Reports for October 3

By on October 3, 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)

“Tight Lips” were the reports coming in from Area 9 this past week so we decided to take the Fishtale 2 up to Area 7 for the closing weekend. We made the right decision as big coho and easy limits were the result. The fish were in deeper water (300-400 ft) with 140-160 on the downriggers. The best lure was the Purple UV Mini Ace Hi fly tied 42 inches in back of a UV White flasher.

With the “Tight Lipped” fish being down in Area 9 and 10, it may be a good idea to break out the metal and turn on some aggressive biting behavior.

See you on the water!

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

Marine Area 10

no report this week

Marine Area 11

The fishing for Coho has been spotty with the best overall success coming from the Gig Harbor shoreline area out onto the Shelf area that runs from Pt. Defiance to Pt. Dalco. Also there have been a few salmon caught in front of the PD Marina and Slag Pile. I have had reports of Coho being caught anywhere from 10’ to 120’ so use that depth finder and put your gear where you see the fish. The most popular gear has been Flasher and artificial squid or Herring.

Chinook opened Oct. 1, 2018 for hatchery Blackmouth. Most caught jigging or mooching 120-150 deep at the Clay Banks on the high tide change.

We have had reports of Squid being caught in the area recently also. Most action at Redondo, Des Moines, and Dash Point but a few at Point Defiance. For a more updated report call (253)404-3960.

There is no crabbing 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 6:00 am to 8:00 pm 7 days a week currently.

PD Marina Fall Classes and Events registration has begun. Classes include Basic Fishing Classes (Nov 10 – 10 am to 12 noon) and Squid Fishing Classes (Oct. 20 or Dec 1- 4-6 pm). Also, there is a Pier Peer in Tacoma Marine Education Program on Oct 20 -7:30-9 pm ages 8 and up with scuba divers, marine life observation tanks, and lighted pier to attract local fall sea life.

Point Defiance Marina Swap Meet

Date: Saturday, Oct 6, 2018

Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location: Point Defiance Marina

5912 No. Waterfront Drive

Tacoma, WA 98407

Covered Space will be limited…A great way to clear up your lockers or garages with tackle and gear others may really need. No firearms, bullets, tobacco, or alcohol products

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

no report this week

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was GOOD for coho during the week but much slower on the weekend in the strait and near the shipping lanes . The majority of the coho being caught have been unclipped, but there are enough clipped ones to make it worthwhile to target the coho. The larger coho have been found deep, from 70 to 90 feet, instead of up near the surface. Also, there are a lot of juvenile fish around and they seem to be in the top 50 feet of water. Spring fishing has slowed down and no really large ones were caught. The best spots for springs were Aldridge Point and the Trap Shack. The best depths to fish for springs have been between 40 to 60 feet on the downrigger. 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, especially for coho. 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. George and Troy Doulakis targeted Lingcod in the final week of Lingcod season and caught 35, 33 and 21 lb lings.

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

Oak Bay

Salmon fishing was FAIR in Oak Bay. Winter springs have moved onto the Flats and anglers were getting limits of springs to 10 lbs. 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 coho fishing far out in the strait. Anglers are getting most of the coho out in 400+ feet of water in the strait. There have been lots of shakers in the top 100 feet of water but if you troll below 100 feet you don’t catch as many and tend to only pick up larger mature fish. Spoons have been producing well for coho 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.  Fishing for springs has slowed down, but a few have been picked up near Church Rock and inside Pedder Bay. Most of the springs have been less than 10 lbs in size. Most anglers are using teaser head colors Mint Pearl, Chartreuse and Bloody Nose. Squirts are still working with green and glow, Purple Haze or UV white good color choices.  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.  There will be underwater explosive testing by the Navy this coming week near Pedder Bay.

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


Salmon fishing was SLOWER in the Sidney area. The best areas this past week were Sidney Spit and Hamley Point. Most of the salmon being caught now are undersized. Very few coho appear to be in the area. There has been a large run of squid near the James Island ferry wharf and anglers were taking advantage of it either by fishing for squid and/or salmon. 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;


Coho fishing was GOOD early in the week but fell off on the weekend. Unfortunately, most of the coho have not been clipped and anglers have been releasing some big wild coho. Most of the anglers targeting coho have been using either spoons or hootchies. The best fishing for coho has been out in the strait in 500+ feet of water and along the tide lines. There were still some springs coming in but not too many and most of them have not been very large. Secretary Island and Possession Point were producing most of the action for springs. Good choices for anchovy teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good for coho. Green and glow have been the hot colors for coho spoons. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. For flashers, the Delta Guide Series UV Moon Jelly, Lemon Lime, Madi and the Super Betsey are popular.

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


Fishing for salmon was SLOW off the Victoria waterfront this past week. The most productive area was Constance Bank where anglers have been catching feeder springs and a few coho. Spoons are working well on the bank with Skinny G’s and Wee G’s in Irish Cream, Blue/Silver and Herring Aid good color choices. In closer, it’s been VERY SLOW for anglers trolling the Harbour area. Most of the few fish caught this past week have been from 5 to 10 lbs in size. Anchovies have been the most productive bait this past week for springs and the Bloody Nose teaser has been working well.  Spoons that have been successful in getting hook ups are Skinny G’s and Wee G’s, AP Tackleworks  and Green/Glow and Cop Car 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. The Nitinat River is now producing for anglers river fishing for chinooks.

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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