Fishing Reports for February 27

By on February 27, 2019

Washington

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 has improved but fishing pressure has been light due to cold windy weather recently. When the local regular fishermen have had the opportunity to get on the water they have had best luck trolling so they can cover some water with the best areas being Quartermaster Harbor and the Slag area. Most of the fishermen have been using flasher and artificial squid, spoons or herring and trolling in waters from 150’ to 200’ and around 10’ off of bottom.

For those who like to use lighter gear there has been some resident coho being caught in the Narrows area.

For a more updated report call (253)404-3960.

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 (TacomaNatureCenter.org) 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.

Report submitted by Point Defiance Marina. For more information contact: Gene Anderson, Boathouse Marina Technician, 253.591.5325 genea@tacomaparks.com www.pointdefiancemarina.com

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

Bamfield

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 breakwater by Cheanuh Marina to Lamb Island. The size has been relatively small with most springs less than 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 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com.  

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 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com.  

Pedder Bay

Pedder Bay Marina reports GOOD salmon fishing at Pedder Bay. Although not many boats were out, we were told that all the boats came back with at least salmon. The hot spot was near the Navy can buoy at the mouth of the bay. On Saturday, Chris, Alex and Sylus Arnott hooked 19 springs from 4-5 lbs while fishing near the buoy. The fish have been close to the bottom around the 100 foot dept and running up to 8 lbs in size. 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.  Anchovies in green glow teaser have also been effective. 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 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com.  

Sidney

Salmon fishing was GOOD but most of the springs were under the size required for retention. We heard of a 12 lb spring from Coal Island and a 10 lb spring from Fairfax this past week. The Sidney channel, from the Red Can to the James Island Powder Wharf areas has produced mostly sub-legal springs. 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 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com.  

Sooke

Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week but few anglers were out fishing. Most fishing is around Secretary Island and Otter Point. But we heard that the Otter Point was the better of the two areas. 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 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com.  

Vancouver

We have been out quite a bit in recent weeks and have enjoyed some good fishing in Vancouver area waters. Winter fishing for chinook salmon has been fairly consistent in Vancouver Harbour and Howe Sound. We have been dropping traps for Spot prawns and Dungeness Crabs and spot prawns and have had very good results.

We have not ventured too far this winter as most days we have enjoyed consistent fishing in Vancouver Harbour and Howe Sound. In Vancouver Harbour we have found some nice fish deep inside the Freighter Anchorages in 70 to 100 feet and some fish off the Mouth of the Capilano on the flood tide. In Howe Sound, the West Side of Bowen and Gambier Island is where we have found most of our success. We have been fishing deeper in Howe Sound, primarily in 140 to 200 feet of water.

Gear wise we have been running a mixture of spoons and hootchies. Our favourite spoons have been Skinny Gs in the Bon Chovy, Outfitter and Irish Cream patterns and Gibbs G Force 3.0 and 3.5 in the Trailhead and Bon Chovy. We have had very good success on Yamashita Spackleback Hootchies in Green and Chartreuse. Our favourite flashers have been the Green and Chartreuse Blade Lemon Lime Series and the Chartreuse Glow Phantom Flasher by Oki. We have not messed around with any bait yet as the artificials are doing just fine. We will start to run bait once things start to warm up in early April and the plankton bloom starts.

Prawning has been excellent in Howe Sound and crabbing has picked up in Vancouver. We are dropping crab traps on all of our trips and we are dropping prawn traps on our full day trips when weather permits.

Our Winter Chinook Charter Special is running until the end of March. If you are looking to get out on the water at a great rate, our winter charters provide one of the best fishing experiences of the year. Hard to beat the scenery and the seafood!

For more info call Jeff or Jason at Bon Chovy Fishing Charters (604) 763-5460, bonchovy.com email: info@bonchovy.com.  The cover image of this week’s report was provided by Bon Chovy. 

Victoria

Rob Rippen got this nice winter spring on Sunday off the Victoria waterfront.

Overall, salmon fishing has been GOOD. There were lots of salmon from 4-8 lbs throughout the area, with some larger fish as well. Our guide has been catching springs up to 12 lbs while fishing off the waterfront. Anglers are trolling close to the bottom in 70 to 120 feet of water. Anchovies and herring are working the best and glow teaser heads have been better than the non glow colours. Spoons are working OK with Skinny G’s and Coho Killers in Irish Cream, Brass/Silver and the AP Tackleworks 4” MVP herring spoon good choices.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com.  

Vancouver

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, bonchovy.com email: info@bonchovy.com.  

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 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com.  

Oregon

Tillamook Bay

no report this week

Willamette River

no report this week

Great Lakes

no report this week

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