Fishing Reports for May 15

By on May 15, 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 salmon fishing in Area 11 is closing out with very good overall fishing success. As of 5/1/19 area 11 closes until 7/1/19.

Area 13 is open for salmon fishing and recent reports indicate there has been fair success near Lyle Pt. off of Anderson Island and Pt. Gibson, the concrete dock area and of course the Green Pt. to Sand spit area.

All locations can be trolled but for Mooching and Jigging the Pt. Gibson and concrete dock locations are best.

Ling cod fishing opens 5/1/19 and runs through 6/15/19 the Tacoma Narrows is most popular along the Tacoma side shoreline on the tide changes.

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 am to 8 pm 7 days a week. Tenants have until 8:30 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

Point Defiance Marina Summer Sails and Trails Camp Sign Ups Open Now

Ages 11-15

July 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29 to Aug 2, 2019

M-F 8 am to 5 pm

Cost $265 per week

Participants spend the week fishing at PD Marina, Trails and Beach hikes at Point Defiance Park, with afternoons at Tacoma Youth Marine Center Sailing and Introduction to Kayaking.

One afternoon is at Foss Waterfront Seaport Center learning marine and environmental education.

More info genea@tacomaparks.com. To register MetroParksTacoma.org/GO (253)305-1022

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

We are expecting a good season for fishing. We should have about 2-3 times as many Coho swimming by us this year as 2018. The forecast for the Chinook return to Barkley Sound is the best in 20 years. The past two years have had good runs in the 65K range. This year we are expecting runs in the 130-140K range. Most of those fish come through from August 10-September 10. There were good amounts of squid in close to shore the past couple years and are hoping we will have the return of the squid again which should mean good Chinook fishing in shallow water. We are already seeing squid inside salmon so we hope good things are ahead, especially since we are limited to shoreline fishing.What about the rest of the summer?

We are expecting slightly better than normal numbers  of Chinook for early season and early summer.  There was some good Chinook fishing for about a week in April, but fishing Chinook fishing has slowed down since then. We expect it to start picking up again late May.

Coho normally start late June or early July. We will start getting a few Halibut late May and by mid June we would start expecting to get our limits of 1 per day per person. Halibut fishing generally stays good until at least mid August and sometimes into early September.

Accommodation is quite hard to get here in the summer and I would suggest booking early. Check out www.tofino-info.com for accommodation, beaches and trails and more. If you are doing a stopover in Victoria along the way, the downtown harbor is worth checking out along with a drive around Dallas Rd. Check out www.victoriabc.ca for the best of Victoria.

New Regulations for Chinook

There was lots of waiting this winter for the fisheries minister to make an announcement regarding the 2019 season. We didn’t know what was going to happen until early April–we were just pretty sure they would end up doing something that pandered to the NGO’s crying that the end of the world had come for the whales.

As expected the fisheries minister made a decision that made little sense and ended up closing down much of the inside of Vancouver Island as well as restricting our offshore fishing to 1 mile until July 15.  Our guides association gave them a proposal that would get them within a few % of their return numbers without many closures at all but they opted for something to satisfy the lobbyists who hate fishing no matter how many salmon there are.

For us it will mean more fuel running around (we don’t have fuel surcharges for the new taxes) instead of catching the Chinook in the same spot as Coho and Halibut.  The limits for our customers will be the same. Come October we will be working hard to elect a new government!

Submitted by Sam Vandervalk of Salmon Eye Charters (1-877-777-4344). Salmon Eye is recommended by USA Today, Cruise America and New York Times bestselling author Peter Greenberg in his book The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to the Greatest Experiences Around the World. The cover image of this week’s report was submitted by Vandervalk. 

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing had been FAIR near Becher Bay until the chinook retention closure. The only anglers that we know of fishing here were out for halibut and lingcod. The best fishing was inside the bay between Creyke Point and Hoskyn Point (the flagpole) and off Aldridge Point. Anglers were mostly using spoons for lures, but many were 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 were 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 had 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

Catch and release chinook fishing was GOOD in Oak Bay. It wasn’t as hot as last weekend but there was still good action. Anglers had been catching the salmon trolling small spoons; Coho killers, Wee G’s and 3” AP Tackleworks Anchovy spoons. Most of the anglers have been bottom bouncing spoons and squirts close to the bottom. Best bets for Oak Bay trolling lures were Wee Gs, Coho Killers and 3“AP Tackleworks Miki Blue Herring spoons. Squirts will also work with Jelly fish and Electric Chairs good bets. Jiggers had been having great success near Brodie Rock using Deep Stingers and Point Wilson Darts. We heard of one person jigging who released 7 springs in one hour of fishing.

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 reported FAIR salmon fishing at Pedder Bay until the chinook retention closure. The only anglers that we know of fishing here were out for halibut, lingcod and crabs. Lingcod fishing and crabbing was GOOD this past week. Whirl Bay was slightly better than Pedder Bay. Coyote style spoons had been working well as the fish are targeting herring more than needlefish. Anchovies in green glow teaser had also been effective. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Purple Haze.  Hootchies and squirts were 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 GOOD near the Powder Wharf for anglers working jigs. Prawning has been good in Saanich Inlet. More anglers were prawning than fishing for finfish. Before the closure, anglers trolling for salmon had been 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 had been FAIR until the chinook retention closure. We do not know of anyone who was out doing catch and release salmon fishing since the closure. The best salmon fishing had been near Secretary Island and Otter Point. The fish were 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 had been good as well. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. Popular flashers had 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 for catch and release chinook fishing. That said, most anglers that we know of fishing were out for halibut, rockfish and lingcod. The halibut fishing was only FAIR. Our guide caught no halibut on Saturday but got 5 halibut on Sunday. You have to be in the right place at the right time. Closer in along the waterfront it had been SLOW for springs with the most productive area being from Esquimalt to Brotchie Ledge. Anglers had been trolling close to the bottom in 80 to 140 feet of water. Anchovies and herring had been working the best and glow teaser heads were better than the non glow colours. Spoons had been 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.

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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