Fishing Reports for April 17

By on April 17, 2019

Washington

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

The all-depth halibut fishery will be open May 2, 5, 9, 12, 24 and 26 as long as there is sufficient quota. If quota remains after May 26, the Columbia River subarea would be open two days per week, Thursday and Sunday, until the remaining quota is achieved. The nearshore area opens to fishing May 6 on a Monday-through-Wednesday schedule. Coordinates for the nearshore fishery are available online at the WDFW website. The all depth-fishery will be managed to 14,627 pounds; the nearshore quota is 500 pounds.

Because halibut fisheries are managed to a quota, anglers should check the WDFW website to ensure a specific area is open prior to fishing.

Information about descending devices can be found on WDFW’s webpage.

SU Staff

Marine Area 2 (Westport)

The all-depth halibut fishery will be open May 2, 5, 9, 12, and 24 as long as there is sufficient quota. If sufficient quota remains, the northern nearshore area will open on the Saturday after the all-depth fishery closes and will continue seven days per week until the overall quota is taken. Coordinates for the nearshore fishery are available online at the WDFW website. This area will be managed to an overall quota of 62,896 pounds.

Because halibut fisheries are managed to a quota, anglers should check the WDFW website to ensure a specific area is open prior to fishing.

Information about descending devices can be found on WDFW’s webpage.

SU Staff

Marine areas 3 will open May 2, 4, 9, 11, 18, 24, 26, June 6, 8, 20, and 22, as long as there is sufficient quota. The combined quota for MA3 and MA4 is 128,187 pounds.

Because halibut fisheries are managed to a quota, anglers should check the WDFW website to ensure a specific area is open prior to fishing.

Information about descending devices can be found on WDFW’s webpage.

SU Staff

Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay)

Marine areas 4 will open May 2, 4, 9, 11, 18, 24, 26, June 6, 8, 20, and 22, as long as there is sufficient quota. The combined quota for MA3 and MA4 is 128,187 pounds.

Because halibut fisheries are managed to a quota, anglers should check the WDFW website to ensure a specific area is open prior to fishing.

Information about descending devices can be found on WDFW’s webpage.

SU Staff

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 immature Chinook salmon fishing has been fair overall at about 1 salmon per fisherman recently. Trolling in about 130’ to 150’ of water along the southern end of Vashon Island from Pt. Dalco to Quartermaster Harbor and the Slag area in about 150’ to 180’ of water.

For those who prefer to mooch or Jig for salmon there has been some action at Pt. Dalco on low water and the first push of the incoming tide and around the tide changes at the clay banks.

Good luck.

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 6:30 am to 7:30 pm 7 days a week. Tenants have until 8 pm for the elevators.

Point Defiance Marina Classes and Events at MetroParksTacoma.org/GO

Basic Fishing (Adult Age 15+) Saturday, May 25, 2019 10 am to 12 pm

ABC Boater’s Education – WA State Boater’s Card Qualified Wednesdays 7-9 pm May 1, 8,15,22,29, 2019

Monday/Thursday 7-9 pm June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 2019

PD Marina Spring Swap Meet Saturday, May 4, 2019 10 am to 3 pm Free to shop/ Booth Space $20

More info genea@tacomaparks.com

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

no report this week

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. The best fishing was inside the bay between Creyke Point and Hoskyn Point (the flagpole). A 17 lb. hatchery spring was caught just off the Cheanuh Marina breakwater by a kayaker tolling a Chrome/Green Coyote spoon behind a 12 oz banana weight with 15 pulls of line out. That was the best catch of the weekend. Anglers are mostly using spoons for lures, but many are switching over to anchovies. Good spoons have been Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and Coyotes with green in the colour mix.  Anchovies were working too and good colours for teaser heads are Chartreuse, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. Needlefish hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, the Bon Chovy, 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

Fishing was SPOTTY in Oak Bay. Anglers have reported springs on the Flats in 80-140 depths. Trollers had been catching the salmon trolling small spoons; Coho killers, Wee G’s and 3” AP Tackleworks Herring spoons. Most of the anglers have been bottom bouncing spoons and squirts close to the bottom. Best bets for Oak Bay trolling lures are Wee Gs, Coho Killers and 3“AP Tackleworks Herring spoons. Squirts will also work with Jelly fish and Electric Chairs good bets. Jiggers are having some success near Brodie Rock 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 SLOW salmon fishing at Pedder Bay. Whirl Bay was slightly better than Pedder Bay but large fish did not come from either area. Coyote style spoons have also worked well as the fish are targeting herring more than needlefish. Anchovies in green glow teaser have also been effective. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Purple Haze.  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, Bon Chovy and Lemon Lime.

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

Sidney

Salmon fishing was SLOW in the Sidney area. The Sidney Anglers’ Premier salmon derby was held this past weekend.  Cathy Campbell was the winner with an 8 lb. 7 oz spring caught near Coal Island on an anchovy. That was the only salmon caught in the derby. We also heard that there were springs coming from Coal Island as well. The salmon fishing has been GOOD in Saanich Inlet, especially near Wain Rock. Most anglers are using Skinny Gee spoons or anchovies. Suggested spoons are Coho Killers, Gibbs Skinny G and Wee G spoons and AP Tackleworks Sandlance spoons. Suggested colours are Cop Car and Trap Shack. 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 FAIR this past week, but it was another week of not many anglers fishing for salmon. The best salmon fishing was near 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, the Bon Chovy, the 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

Right on schedule, the South Bowen Chinook fishery has really perked up! Over the last few days there has been some explosive bites with very good numbers of legal and undersized chinook salmon.

Like every April around this time, the longer, warmer days trigger a plankton bloom in local waters. This change in the food web, causes the herring, anchovies and sticklebacks to push offshore. Where the bait fish go, the chinook will go and that is exactly what has happened! Depending on the day, the fish have been from tight to shore all the way out to the Hump. The QA and the Bell Buoy have also had some good periods of activity. This fishery will continue for the next 6 to 8 weeks. We can only hope it will finish as strong as it is starting.

We have been having our best success on spoons. G Force and Silver Horde Kingfisher Spoons are doing the job nicely. Patterns like the Killy Mcgee, Herring Aide, Trailhead, Bon Chovy, Homeland Security, Irish Cream and Kitchen have all been deadly. No need for bait right now as the spoons are working just fine! The Madi Flasher and the Chartreuse Glow Phantoms have been really good flasher colours!

Crabbing has been good and prawning continues to be very good as well. If you want to drop prawn traps, an 8 hour trip is needed and needs to be requested at the time of booking. Now is the time to get out there!

Give us a call or an email to get out on the water!

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

Victoria

Salmon fishing was GOOD at Constance Bank this past weekend. Most of the springs were from 7-9 lbs. with a few larger hatchery fish up to 18 lbs. The salmon were hugging the bottom and the bite came on as the flood tide started. Closer in along the waterfront it was SLOW for springs with the most productive area being from Esquimalt to Brotchie Ledge. Most of salmon have been from 4-6 lbs. in size along the waterfront. Anglers are trolling close to the bottom in 80 to 140 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 very well with Skinny G’s and Coho Killers in Irish Cream, Outfitters and the AP Tackleworks 3” herring spoon good choices.

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

Lakes and Rivers

Fishing was GOOD for trout and EXCELLENT for bass.

The 13th Annual Elk Lake Take A Kid Fishing Derby was held this past Saturday. There were 257 adults and 75 junior anglers participating in the derby. All kids at the weigh in who did not catch a fish received a 6½ foot trout rod with assorted tackle as a prize, so there were lots of smiles and happy faces in the crowd.

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

Vancouver

no report this week

Oregon

Tillamook Bay

no report this week

Willamette River

no report this week

Great Lakes

no report this week

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