Fishing Reports for July 17

By on July 17, 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

“SUSPENDED”… that is where we are finding the larger fish these days.  Twenty to thirty feet off the bottom in 150-180 feet of water. It is still a Silver Horde 3.5 spoon show for us with new two face design doing very well.
Overall this fishing has slowed week to week but there are still a lot of teeners out there for the table.
Looking forward to the Area 9 opener !

Report submitted Nelson “Spud” Goodsell – Salmon for Soldiers, IGFA Life Member, FISHTALE2.  The cover image of this week’s report was contributed by Goodsell. 

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 Chinook salmon fishing has been slow recently which is normal for this time of year and should start getting better in about a week to a week and a half as mature fish start coming back in decent numbers.

In the meantime we have seen a few very nice fish with some in the range of 18lbs. to 28lbs. Most of the Chinook have been caught trolling in 140′ to 180′ of water within 10′ of bottom but some fish are starting to come up the water column trolling plugs and flasher and artificial squid have been most productive.

Jigging has been difficult because of all the dogfish present.

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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 fishing saw some fairly impressive peaks last week mixed with a couple weather days that slowed production. The fleet was split between florencia and wya point. The most consistent producer over the last two weeks has been deep off the west side of Florencia Island. Volume Fisheries of 10 to 20 Chinooks a day were being seen regularly out at the 80 foot mark. The smaller the spoons the better as the primary feed was tiny bait fish. Coho killer is another obscure small spoons in white and chrome dominated the landscape. Coho killers in Herring aid colors had their moments in the spotlight off florencia too.

As the week progressed the 90-foot fishery off Florencia slowed and the mature fish moved back into the bays and onto the squid. Not in significant volume but some real good quality came out of Flo Bay for those with patience.

Two very different tails on the halibut front this week. The near-shore Hali fishery within 10 miles came to a stop this week with low volumes of halibut and high numbers of dogfish. The big bank on the other hand is producing volume of chicken halibut. If you want production at the moment there’s only one place to go, straight South to the Bank. Chickens (hali from 8-15lbs) are being taken everywhere from the shallows all the way to Hali West. With the offshore Chinook fishery opening this week we expect to see good volumes of incidental halibut being taken while trolling for Chinook offshore.

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.  

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing had been GOOD near Becher Bay. Anglers reported catching and releasing springs at 40 to 90 feet between Beechey Head and towards the Trap Shack. Hatchery coho have been caught between Beechey Head and the Trap Shack on the flood tides. 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 SLOWER this past week, but some nice Lingcod were caught, and crabbing has been EXCELLENT.
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 20 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 FAIR in this area.
Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969;  

Pedder Bay

Pedder Bay Marina reported salmon fishing has been EXCELLENT at the mouth of the bay. Halibut fishing was GOOD. 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, the Powder Warf and Cole Island were EXCELLENT this past week. Springs into the mid 20’s were being caught by troller’s and jiggers. Jiggers are continuing to do very well especially near the Powder Wharf. The lures working the best were the Deep Stingers and Gibbs minnows in 3 oz, blue nickel, chrome and green nickel. Prawning has slowed down in Saanich Inlet. More anglers were prawning than fishing for finfish. 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 EXCELLENT this past week. There have been lots of springs for those doing catch and release fishing. Also, pink salmon and hatchery coho are showing up in 200-300 feet of water size ranges from 4lbs-15lbs . Spoons such as Skinny G’s, especially in 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;


Summer is officially here and the Vancouver Salmon Fishery has been very encouraging in recent weeks. In local waters we have seen some large chinook over the last few weeks, including a tyee over 30 pounds landed by Dimitri and his guests! Chinook salmon will open to retention on July 15th with a maximum size limit of 80cm in area 17 and 28 and sub areas 29-1 and 29-2. We have had some excellent chinook fishing in the Gulf Island’s and also had some decent chinook fishing on the Vancouver side. There has been a few pinks and some coho around in Vancouver Harbour and off the South End of Bowen Island. Numbers of pinks and coho will continue to build in coming weeks! Looking like we are getting set for a good summer!

In local waters we have been spending most of our time along the West Vancouver Shoreline and near the South End of Bowen Island. We have been hooking some very nice chinook, some hatchery coho and a few pink salmon. As we progress into July we will spend more and more time in Vancouver Harbour as more salmon push in closer to the Capilano, Seymour and Indian Rivers. While fishing in local waters for the 3 different species of salmon we will run a mix of hootchies, spoons and anchovies. A Yamashita Glow or White Hootchie behind a STS or Bon Chovy Guide Series Flasher is a deadly combo in Vancouver Harbour in July.

The Gulf Island’s have been excellent in recent weeks when the weather has been suitable for a crossing. On these full day fishing charters we have been fishing the East Side of Gabriola Island and having consistent action on 10 to 20 pound chinook. These fish are down deep and depths between 100 and 200 feet have been productive depending on the area. We have been having good success on blue and chartreuse spackleback hootchies as well as smaller G Force spoons and Skinny G`s in the Outfitter, Bon Chovy and No Bananas patterns.

For the next few weeks our local trips will be focusing on chinook, coho and pink salmon in Vancouver Harbour and around Bowen Island. We have had a pretty good showing of coho in recent weeks out in the deeper water and we should see them push into the harbour in coming weeks.

Pink salmon numbers are slowly building as they make their way to the Squamish, Seymour and Indian Rivers. On our longer full day trips we will likely be spending time locally and over on the Gulf Island’s. The chinook fishing in recent weeks has been excellent off Gabriola Island.

Please give us a call or an email to get on the water. 2019 has been one of the best years for chinook salmon we have seen in quite some time and we are anticipating it will continue!

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


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 due to the stronger currents this past week. Closer in along the waterfront it had been FAIR 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 well along with glow teaser heads. 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 FAIR 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

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