Fishing Reports – July 21, 2021

By on July 21, 2021


Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

no report this week

Marine Area 2 (Westport)

Chinook fishing has been steady, with fish averaging up to about 18lbs. and the largest chinook so far being about 28lbs. The charter boats are doing well.

The Quileute Nation (including La Push) reopened to the public on July 12th. The chinook fishing has been steady, with fish up to the high teens, and some pinks (3-5 lbs.) and coho (4-6lbs) in the mix as well.

Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay)

Sportfishers have been doing well off of Neah Bay for chinook. The chinook are still averaging in the teens, with some in the 20’s and the coho so far are small.
The Makah Nation, including Neah Bay continues to be closed to the public due to COVID-19 – so most sportfishers fishing in Area 4 are running there from Sekiu.
As of June 16, 2021, the Makah Tribal Council’s decision is that the Makah Nation will be closed to the public until at least October 1, 2021. For more information, please see the Makah Nation website here:

Marine Area 5 (Sekiu)

The WDFW closed chinook retention here on July 19th. The fishing has been steady and Sekiu has been crowded, as the Makah Nation and Neah Bay are still closed to visitors – so most of those folks are now launching out of Sekiu.

Marine Area 6 (East Juan de Fuca Strait)

The fishing has been good for chinook out of Port Angeles, but please remember that the chinook retention zone is “East of a true north/south line through the #2 Buoy immediately east of Ediz Hook”.

Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands)

After just one week of being open, the WDFW closed Area 7 to all salmon fishing on July 7th. The fishing had been good, with lots of small herring around and chinook in the teens caught…
Area 7 may reopen later in the summer for coho retention.
Please see the article here for more details:

Marine Area 8.1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, Skagit Bay)

no report this week

Marine Area 8.2 (Ports Susan and Gardner)

The WDFW closed the Tulalip Bubble fishery on July 16th. Prior to that, chinook in the teens were being caught on a regular basis – averaging about one fish per two sportfishers.

Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet)

Salmon fishing opened here on July 16th. The fishing has been excellent, with over 1,600 chinook caught in the first three days. Mid-Channel Bank was the top producer. For more info about fishing this area, check out our page here:

Marine Area 10 (Seattle / Bremerton)

Chinook fishing has been spotty so far, with lots of shakers and small fish. There are some coho around as well, but they are very small, in the sub-4lb. range.

Marine Area 11 (Tacoma / Vashon Island)

Fishing has been slow – but with lots of folks fishing, some folks are finding some chinook right on the bottom in 120-200 feet of water, pulling flashers and spoons like the Silver Horde #2 or #3 Kingfishers, or flashers and hootchies.

Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal)

no report this week

Marine Area 13 (South Puget Sound)

no report this week

Freshwater – Grays Harbor Rivers

no report this week

British Columbia

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is no longer providing printed BC Sport Fishing Guides from previous years or link to access an online PDF version.
Interest in the Guides has diminished and there is an increasing gap between the information in the paper guides and the actual online fishing regulations.
For current fishing regulations in your area, please see the online Sport Fishing Guide at:

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact your local fisheries office at:

Bamfield, Barkley Sound, & Port Alberni

The salmon fishing in this area has continued to be “fantastic”. Many avid anglers have now enjoyed well over five weeks of sport Sockeye Salmon fishing in the Alberni Inlet. The limit per day remains at four with a two-day total retention limit of eight. With very warm temperatures and lack of any precipitation the salmon have moved to deeper water and seem to be anywhere from seventy to one hundred feet down. Hopefully with some extra water flow out of the lakes the Somass River will have some cooler water so that the fish are able to migrate through the fish counters and into either Sproat or Great Central Lake where they will remain until the spawning season begins in the fall. The Sockeye are in relatively big schools in the inlet and they are still hitting the shorter sixteen-to-twenty-inch leaders with either a pink and blue or pink and black mp hootchie or just “black hooks” behind a variety of different colored flashers. The key to the fishing is keeping everything close to the boat and having extra dummy flashers which creates plenty of color attracting the salmon toward one’s lures. We are hoping the sport Sockeye fishing will continue to late July. Chinook and Coho fishing in the Inlet historically gets underway between the tenth and fifteenth of August.

Barkley Sound fishing has been very active for large amounts of feeder Chinook and there have been plenty on Coho in the five-to-seven-pound range in most locations. The larger salmon have been on the surf line and have been in locations such as Sail Rock, Austin-Cree, Beale, Edward King, and Kirby Point. Some larger migratory salmon have also been landed further in as the there have been large quantities of rich resources of bait fish found around Swale Rock, Pill Point and Diplock. Many individuals are using a variety of spoons in the two and a half to four-inch size. Lately some of the bait has been smaller so the smaller spoons have been working in cookies and cream and herring aide in the Coho killer. Bait in a variety of teaser head colors is also something anglers should now have on board their sport boat. West Coast Vancouver Island salmon will start to show relatively soon and anchovy in teaser head colors such as glow army truck, chartreuse, cop car, herring aide, green and purple haze are good color selections. Many anglers prefer hootchies and it does seem that the old standby AORL 12, green spatter back, Army Truck and Purple haze are often the four best.

As of July 15th offshore salmon fishing for Chinook began. The current limit offshore is for two Chinook but until the 1st of August all retained Chinook must be eighty centimetres or less. Many individuals are fishing South Bank and the Big Bank and doing the salmon-halibut combo trips.

Tight lines

Report & pics submitted by Doug Lindores, Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing (888) 214-7206;


Well the Canadian government finally announced that the border will open August 9 for vaccinated Americans. It’s been a long wait.
This past week has been better for weather and and in turn the fishing as we are now able to run out to Big Bank and Lighthouse bank. Lighthouse bank has been okay and we have had some great fishing the past couple days on Big Bank for Chinook and Halibut with a few Coho mixed in. The majority of the action is centered around the Rats nose and Hali West.
Chinook are being caught at all depths. Coho are mostly on the surface but are also being caught deep as well. Lots of combinations are working. What matters most is getting on top of the schools and getting to the right depths most of which are close to the bottom. There have been a ton of chicken halibut around but very few over 30 lbs.The good news is that the smaller halibut taste great and you are allowed 2 under 90 cm.
The border is opening just in time for anyone wanting to have a good Chinook fishery close to shore. We are expecting 130K Chinook up to the Stamp river plus the Chinook that run to other rivers inside Barkley Sound. Between August 8-early September we should have some very good fishing close to shore. If the Chinook run right past it may be similar to last year. If the Chinook stay and feed a bit while moving down it may be similar to 2019 where the fishing was good all day, not just on tide changes.

Report & pics submitted by Sam Vandervalk, Salmon Eye Fishing Charters, Uculet, BC; 1-877-777-4344;

The cover image of this week’s report was also contributed by Sam Vandervalk – “July 18th catch”

Becher Bay

Cheanuh marina reported that salmon fishing has been EXCELLENT.  fishing has been GOOD between Aldridge Point and the Trap Shack. The coho are mostly between 2-3 lbs in size with a few larger ones being caught. Pink salmon are now being caught by those fishing for coho. Most anglers fishing coho and pinks are using spoons as lures. Anglers fishing for chinooks were having FAIR success catching hatchery marked springs up to 15 lbs within the Becher Bay retention area north of Fraser Island. Depths of 50-70 feet have been the best for catching springs. Halibut fishing was SLOW this past weekend. Lingcod anglers were catching fish when jigging near Aldridge Point. Crabbing has been FAIR inside the bay

The fishery notice for the retention only area states, “that portion of Subarea 20-5 northerly of a line drawn from 48°19.554’N, 123°37.768’W to 48°19.589’N, 123°36.533’W, then following the shoreline of Frazer Island east to the RCA boundary at 48°19.700’N, 123°36.267’W, then to 48°19.633’N, 123°35.681’W; and effective immediately to 23:59 hours July 31, 2021, one (1) Chinook per day hatchery-marked only.” Anglers wee having some success with hatchery marked springs up to 18 lbs being caught on the weekend. The DFO is closely monitoring the area with plane and drone surveillance

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

Oak Bay

Anglers are having FAIR success catch and release fishing for chinooks on the Flats. Most of the springs have been from 8-15 pounds and about 80% of the salmon are hatchery marked. Spoons and squirts have been the best lures for the springs. Some pink salmon are also being caught near the south end of Trial Island. .Halibut, Lingcod and Rockfish fishing was SLOW near Oak Bay. Crabbing has been SPOTTY in the Oak Bay and Cadboro Bay area.

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

Pedder Bay

Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week.. The most productive halibut areas were straight out from William Head, West Constance Bank and the East Race. Most of the halibut were small, from 15-30 lbs in size. There were few spring salmon in the bay and catch and release fishing was SLOW for fish into the mid-20s. Coho fishing has been FAIR, but the coho are small, mostly between 30-60 cm in length. Some similar size pink salmon are also being caught in Whirl Bay. Crabbing has been FAIR.

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


We heard that it was GOOD catch and release fishing for chinooks near Hambley Point. Chrome Coho Killers produced all the action on springs up to the mid-teens in size. Bottom fishing was SLOW this past week.  Crabbing and prawning has been HIT & MISS.

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


Pink salmon fishing has been GOOD in Sooke. The fishing was best near Secretary Island and 50-60 feet on the downrigger has been the best depths to catch the pinks. Coho fishing has been SLOWER. The coho are small, mostly between 30-60 cm in length. About a quarter of the coho are fin clipped. Most angler fishing for coho have been using spoons. We have heard that some very large chinooks have been caught and released this past week. Halibut fishing was SLOW, with the best action coming from west of Sooke. The Bluffs, Muir Creek and Jordan River produced a few fish recently. Crabbing has been FAIR in the basin.

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


no report this week


Halibut fishing was SLOW off the waterfront this past weekend. The best areas to fish were Constance Bank, the Mud Hole, and Trial Island. Most anglers are fishing in over 300 feet of water for the big flatfish. Catch and release salmon fishing was SLOW along the waterfront but better at Constance Bank. Look for some pink salmon to start being caught near Constance Bank and Border Bank. Crabbing was FAIR and prawning was SLOW.

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

Lakes and Rivers

Cowichan River

The water temperature in the river is rising and the “float tube hatch” is strong on warm days. The river is now closed for fishing until September 1st.


Trout fishing has been SLOWER at local lakes. The water temperatures is increasing and the trout have started going deeper in many of the local lakes. Shore anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, and worms fished just off the bottom. White, Pink, Chartreuse and Fluorescent Yellow have been good choices recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are mostly fishing Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Chironomid patterns. Chironomid hatches have been happening at most lakes. Trollers are catching the most trout with worms fished on Gibbs Wedding

To find out about fish stockings all over the Island and the province, as well as the different strains being released, click on the link


Bass fishing continues to be EXCELLENT. Big Largemouth and Smallmouth bass have been quite active and four pound plus fish are being caught regularly. Topwater fishing is good in the early mornings and evenings with anglers having good luck with wake baits, frogs and poppers, Subsurface soft plastics continue to trigger the most bites, with wacky and Texas rig worms at the top of the list. Try fishing close to the docks and near shallow structure. Deep water has been good during the day and jigs and drop shot fishing has been effective. Hot lakes continue to be Shawnigan, Quennell, Langford and Prospect Lakes.

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


Tillamook Bay

no report this week

Willamette River

no report this week

Great Lakes

no report this week

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