Fishing Reports for June 12

By on June 12, 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)

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

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

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 To register (253)305-1022

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 – Grays Harbor Rivers

no report this week

British Columbia


no report this week

Barkley Sound, Port Alberni, and Ucluelet

Chinook salmon landed in early June by Chris of Whiterock B.C. This salmon was landed close to Meares Bluff using a white and green hootchie at ninety feet.

Vancouver Island is a majestic geographical area of tall coniferous forests and breath-taking scenic views of rugged terrain and coastlines battered by winter storms. There is not only a continuous display of rugged coastlines but there are also wonderful exquisite and secluded beaches with pristine calm water in Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet. Not only does the West Coast of British Columbia have these unbelievable landscapes but the salmon fishing in many areas is nothing but “World Class”. This is one of British Columbia’s only areas that anglers have an opportunity of landing a twenty pound salmon twelve months of the year. Fishing is just like the weather and in June it really does start to heat up. The Salmon fishing for Chinook salmon and also some early Coho in Barkley Sound can be very consistent during June. In June large schools of salmon, mostly Chinook, will hang around Barkley Sound and feed on the rich quantities of bait fish before continuing their long journey to the large watersheds to the south. Lots of quality salmon linger around the surf line and anglers have excellent opportunities of landing some nice sized salmon at a variety of hotspots like Cree Island, Austin, Meares, Sail Rock, Edward King and Beale.

June is also a wonderful month for sport fishing in the Alberni Inlet. The many areas to fish can still be relatively quiet and peaceful in respect to the number of anglers on the water during July and August. The Alberni Inlet historically offers Sockeye salmon fishing in June. Predictions for 2019 are showing rather low numbers of Sockeye returning back to the Somass River system. With 350,000 to 500,000 Sockeye forecast to return to the Somass system retention for sport in June will be two sockeye per day with a two-day retention limit of four per person. With the current environmental conditions Sockeye Salmon fishing for sport should get underway by Fathers-Day Weekend. When the Inlet water warms up the Sockeye begin to School in good numbers. The Salmon usually school from Cous Creek out to Nahmint and Franklin River. The Sockeye in the Alberni Inlet in June will predominately sit in forty-five to sixty feet of water. As the water warms the salmon will swim to deeper water. Sockeye hit shorter leader lengths from eighteen to twenty-four inches behind a variety of flashers. The best lures are mp 15’s, the pink and blue, and pink and black small hootchies. To date approximately 4,000 plus Sockeye salmon have escaped into the Sproat and Great Central Lakes. The greatest percentage of these fish have gone into the Sproat.

Barkley Sound fishing during the first seven to ten days of June has been extremely good. Most areas of the Sound have been producing Chinook salmon averaging eight to thirteen pounds. However there have been several Chinook in the high teens up to the mid twenty-pound range. The largest Chinook to date was landed on the Bamfield Wall and came in at a whopping Thirty-eight pounds. Coyote, Coho Killer, and Gold Star Spoons and a variety of hootchies have been working the best behind green and blue flashers. Some Kinetic flashers have also been working well. Green and blue Nickel, Herring Aid, Cookies and Cream, and Maverick have been some of the favorite spoons in the three and a half to four-inch size. White and green colors in hootchies have currently been by far the best when using plastic lures. Some individuals have been using blacks and blues in terms of colors and have had some great success. Leader lengths when using hootchies are best at forty-two inches fishing at depths of eighty to one hundred and twenty feet deep.

Sockeye salmon fishing in the Alberni Inlet can be an excellent family outing. Ron and son from Vancouver show their Sockeye salmon landed in the Alberni Inlet. It is hoped that returns to the Somass River will be strong enough to continue a sport fishery into July

The trout fishing in June is often extremely good. The sockeye smolts as example leave Sproat and Great Central Lakes and travel out through the Somass River. This smolt migration wakes the trout up and using flat fish and Kwikfish that resemble smolts in the frog and rainbow patterns work really well when trolling. If fishing from the various banks use power bait fish.

Tidal water fishing in 2019 for Chinook salmon and Coho should be very good. Pre season forecasts for these two species returning to West Coast Vancouver Island are extremely good. The migratory Chinook number are expected to be well above average and hatchery Chinook forecasts termed West Coast Vancouver Island are forecast also to be well above average. This has been recently termed as a year with the highest return of salmon in many years.

Tight lines

For more information and/or reservations, call Doug Lindores at Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing (250) 723-2435; (250)724-2502; cell (250)731-7389 or 1-877-214-7206 or; The cover image of this week’s report was also contributed by Lindores. It shows Jin from Ontario.

Salmon fishing was fair this week. The fleet continues to work the area from Mears up to Austin island. Chinooks in the 5-7lb range have been plentiful many days with the odd tide of fish between 10-14lbs. Small spoons like the size 3 Maverick and cookies and creame have been the staples. Some tides have seen needlefish hoochies produce the majority of the better salmon. Florencia is loaded full of squid at the moment so we patiently await the first mature fish to roll on into one of our favorite hunts.

Halibut fishing was slow this week. Weather hampered the fleets efforts on the halibut grounds. A couple 20-30lb halibut were taken an anchor at the barnyard and some chickens (5-15lb halibut) were trolled up on lighthouse bank.

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 GOOD near Becher Bay. Anglers reported springs at 40 to 90 feet between Creyke Point and Beechey Head and towards the Trap Shack. Several large springs have been recently. Anglers were mostly using spoons for lures. 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. Other anglers that we know of fishing here were out for halibut and lingcod. Halibut fishing was GOOD, and some nice Lingcod were taken as well.

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

Oak Bay

Catch and release chinook fishing was GOOD in Oak Bay. Springs in the 10 lb. to 25 lb. size were caught both jigging and trolling on the Flats. Trollers were catching the salmon bottom bouncing spoons in 90 – 120 feet of water. Coho killers, Wee G’s and AP Tackleworks Sandlance spoons have been the spoons of choice. 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. Halibut fishing was GOOD in this area.

Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969; The cover image of this week’s reports was also contributed by Vaida. 

Pedder Bay

Pedder Bay Marina reported that no one has been salmon fishing this past week due to the chinook retention closure. The only anglers that we know of fishing here were out for halibut, lingcod and crabs. Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT with most boats having at least one halibut on board. Lingcod fishing and crabbing was GOOD this past week. Coyote style spoons had been working well for springs when people were fishing for them. 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;  


Sidney Spit was the hot spot this past week for spring salmon for anglers doing catch and release fishing. Good reports from the powder wharf this week as well. The fish were of good size, with many in the 10 – 15 lb. size range. Salmon fishing was fair near the Powder Wharf for anglers working jigs. Prawning has slowed down 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;  


Salmon fishing has been GOOD despite the chinook retention closure. The report stayed the same from this past week, best salmon fishing had been near Secretary Island and Possession Point. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, specifically the Irish cream, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good. Green and glow has been the best color combination for spoons. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. Anchovies and herring have been great as well. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Glo Green and Bloody Nose. Popular flashers have been the Fandom Flasher Jelly Fish Glow ,the Bon Chovy, the Madi and the Super Betsey.

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


No report this week.


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 EXCELLENT,especially out at the Mud Hole. 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; 

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;


no report this week


Tillamook Bay

no report this week

Willamette River

no report this week

Great Lakes

no report this week

Salmon University Staff
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