Fishing Reports for February 20

By on February 20, 2019


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 continues to be slow with just a few immature Chinook being landed daily. The fishing pressure is light and the most production is coming from fishermen trolling flasher and artificial squid, spoons and herring, best areas have been Quartermaster Harbor and the Slag area in 150’ to 190’ of water, outgoing tide at slag and high water at Quartermaster.

For those who would like to use lighter gear there has been a fair amount of immature Coho and Cut throat trout to be had. 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. Please call ahead if there is wind or fog to see if rental boats are able to be out due to limited visibility. 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 6:00 pm 7 days a week. Tenants have until 6:30 pm for the elevators.

Pier Peer in Tacoma Family Marina Education at Point Defiance Marina

Saturday March 9, 2019 7:30-9 pm

Ages 8 and Older (Each child must be accompanied by an adult).
Cost $10

Pre-Registration required ( or (253) 404-3930

Learn about night marine life through touch tanks filled by local scuba divers and lighted piers to attract the marine food chain and sea life.

Local marine biologist and volunteers will help in identification and marine education.

Event size is limited so please sign up early.

Used Boats and Outdoor Motors

Bid Packet
Boat Auction Guidelines for Viewing

The Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma PT. DEFIANCE MARINA is seeking bids on used boats, outboard motors and other contents within storage spaces.

Bid packets are available ONLINE or at the Point Defiance Marina Complex, 5912 N. Waterfront Dr. Tacoma, WA 98407, or by contacting Scott Knox at (253) 404-3961, email

Bids will be accepted from February 9, 2019 from 6:30 am until 6 pm February 22, 2019; bids will be opened and winners announced after 11:00 am on February 23, 2019 at the Marina Tackle Shop.

Bids received after the appointed time set for receipt will be considered non-responsive. If more than one bid is received by different bidders for the same amount on any particular item, there will be a verbal bid-off immediately following the bid opening.

To view auction inventory sign-up for a tour at the Point Defiance Marina Complex. For further bidding procedure information, contact Scott Knox at (253) 404-3961.

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 – Greys Harbor Rivers

Grays Harbor Rivers Steelhead Report

Steelhead fishing has been fair to good for wild steelhead thus far. We’re also still catching the occasional hatchery steelhead but those are going to really fade out here any day now.

The cold weather and water has slowed some of these fish down as of late so our go to producer has been drifting salmon eggs, beads, or prawn meat with just enough lead to keep everything moving along the bottom.

Don’t rule out bobber and jig these days either as they can be deadly if presented properly.

Keep at it, or give us a call for a guided trip. The best of the season is still to come!

Report submitted by Mark Coleman, All River and Saltwater Charters; 425-736-8920. The cover image of this week’s report was also submitted by Coleman.

British Columbia


no report this week

Barkley Sound, Port Alberni, and Ucluelet

no report this week

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was FAIR near Becher Bay. This past weekend the salmon were in the Bay from the marina to Lamb Island. The size has been relatively small with the fish under 8 lbs in size.The best depths to fish have been between 100 to 140 feet on the downrigger. The fish have not been too picky about what they will strike and anglers are mostly using spoons and plastics for lures. Good spoons have been Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and Coyotes with glow on them.  Needlefish hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. Large anchovies wee working too and effective choices for teaser head are Chartreuse, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, the Betsey, and Gold Fever Hot Spot flashers have been working well.

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

Oak Bay

No recent reports have been coming from Oak Bay. Previously, fishing for springs was FAIR on the flats but most of the fish were small. There had been larger fish out at Border Bank. Anglers had also been reporting springs up to 10 lbs on the Flats in 100-140 depths. Trollers had been catching the salmon trolling small spoons; Coho killers, Wee G’s and AP Sandlance spoons. Most of the anglers have been bottom bouncing squirts and spoons or jigging close to the bottom. Best bets for Oak Bay trolling lures are Wee Gs, Skinny Gs, Coho Killers and AP Tackleworks Sandlance spoons. Squirts will also work with Jelly fish and Electric Chairs good bets. Jiggers are using 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 FAIR salmon fishing at Pedder Bay. Although not many boats were out, anglers were catching springs up to 8 lbs in size near the can buoy at the mouth of the bay. The fish have been close to the bottom around the 100 foot depth. Spoons have been the most popular lures, with the 4” Silver Horde UV herring Aid the “hot” lure. Coyote spoons have also worked well as the fish are targeting herring and not needlefish. Hootchies and 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.

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


No recent reports have been coming from Sidney. Previously salmon fishing was FAIR but most of the springs were under the size required for retention. There are herring entering the inlet and drawing the salmon with them. Satellite Channel has been producing well for both salmon and prawns. Moresby Island also had some fish and the Sidney channel, from the Red Can to the James Island Powder Wharf areas has held fish. Suggested spoons are Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and Wee G spoons and AP Sandlance spoons. Suggested colours are Green/glow and blue/glow.  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;  


Salmon fishing was FAIR this past week but few anglers were out. Most fishing is between Secretary Island and Otter Point. The fish have been close to the bottom in 100-150 feet depths. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good. Green and glow has been the hot color combination for spoons. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. Anchovies and herring have been good as well. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. Popular flashers have been the Delta Guide Series UV Moon Jelly, Lemon Lime, Madi and the Super Betsey.

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


Overall, salmon fishing has been GOOD. There were lots of salmon from 4-8 lbs throughout the area, with some larger fish as well. This past weekend Ed Beatty kept an 11½ and 8½ lb springs and released a couple in the 6-8 lb size. Ed was fishing on the Esquimalt side of the waterfront. The salmon have been down along the bottom so most anglers are fishing deep, from 100 to 150 feet. Spoons are working well to with Skinny G’s and Coho Killers in Irish Cream, Brass/Silver and the AP Tackleworks 4” MVP herring spoon good choices. Tomic 4” classic plugs have also been working well recently.

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


We have seen a good start to our 2019 winter chinook fishery in Howe Sound and the Harbor. We have seen an abundance of bait in the harbor that has made for some solid days on the water. Howe Sound continues to be where we spend most of our time, with good fishing and the scenery being second to none. Not only has there been good days in Howe Sound but we expect it to get better with the herring spawn over the coming months. Our winter fishery is truly special and is one of the best experiences of the year.

Our 2019 Winter chinook salmon is here and so is our annual “Winter Chinook Charter Special! Like we do every year, we are offering fully guided winter fishing charters at a great rate from January 15th to March 31st. This year we are offering full day trips (8 hours) for a great price. We have enjoyed good fishing so far this winter and we are hoping and anticipating more productive trips over the next couple months! Winter salmon fishing is truly our favorite fishery of the year. If you have not tried, this is a great way to give it a shot! The amazing scenery is worth the trip alone!

In addition to the salmon fishing, we drop prawn and crab traps on the way out to the fishing grounds. The prawning has been very productive over the last couple seasons.

On our Vancouver fishing trips no previous saltwater fishing experience is required and we supply all the fishing equipment. Our boats are rigged are rigged to perfection with new Mercury and Yamaha Outboards, Island Reels, Scotty Downriggers and all the hot winter chinook gear from Gibbs Delta Tackle.

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

Lakes and Rivers

Fishing was GOOD for trout but SLOW 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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