Fishing Reports, August 18, 2021

By on August 18, 2021


Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

no report this week

Marine Area 2 (Westport)

Tuna fishing Westport – Get ready to run, Scratchy
Three of us went out Saturday on the FV-HappyHours, swung by the bait dock at 0500, still no live bait, so we bought a block of frozen chovies and headed out to find tuna, south southwest. We stopped at the first chlorophyll break about 45 miles out and trolled for a bit with no results, so we moved on SSW, stopped a couple more times at 55 and 65 miles with no luck, at around 75 miles out we started trolling around, several boats in the area, hooked up on the troll (they were hitting plain cedar plugs way back) but couldn’t get a bait stop going, swing back through and pick up another fish. We repeated this for several hours until we finally got a dead bait stop going and picked up a few. By the end of the day (4pm) we had connected with 15 fish and decided it was time to head home on a beautiful rolling sea.
Two hours and twenty minutes later we were crossing the bar at WP. Fish were varied – a couple of peanuts, some in the high teens, and seven fish in the 24-28lb range – all in all it was a great day on beautiful water, not wide open yet. I feel like the water is really warm all over this year so the fish don’t seem to be in huge schools, but more spread out. We will see how the rest of the year goes. When the water is good, you better go – do the work and you’ll get some fish:) – Rod.

The WDFW has announced that as of August 6th, MA 2 is open seven days a week for salmon fishing. Details here:
Chinook fishing has slowed a bit this week, with fish averaging up to about 18lbs. and the largest chinook this week being about 22lbs.

The chinook fishing is slow. Coho fishing has been fair with clipped fish up to about 8 lbs. and unclipped fish up to about 10 lbs., but the ratio has been about five unclipped fish caught for every one clipped fish caught. There are a few pinks in the mix as well.

Pictured: Abraham and Dale with a couple of clipped coho caught off of Cape Alava.

Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay)

The WDFW has lowered the chinook retention to one fish in MA 4, as of July 24th. Details here:
The chinook fishing has slowed off of Neah Bay. Fish are still averaging in the teens, with some in the 20’s and the coho so far are small, with clipped fish in the 5-7lb range, but lots of unclipped fish out there.
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)

Coho have started to show, but they are small and there are a number of unclipped fish to sort through in order to retain some clipped fish. The WDFW closed chinook retention here on July 19th. Previous to the closure, the fishing had been steady and Sekiu had been crowded, as the Makah Nation and Neah Bay are still closed to visitors – so most of those folks fishing MA 4 are now launching out of Sekiu.

Marine Area 6 (East Juan de Fuca Strait)

The WDFW has suspended chinook retention in MA 6, as of 12am on August 3rd. Details here:
Prior to the closure, the fishing had been good for chinook out of Port Angeles, with locals doing well. MA 6 remains open for pinks and clipped coho.

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. Please see the article here for more details:
Prior to the closure, 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.

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

no report this week

Marine Area 8.2 (Ports Susan and Gardner)

As we reported last week, the WDFW re-opened the Tulalip Bubble fishery on August 13th, to September 6th:
Chinook in the teens have been caught on a regular basis – averaging about one fish per two sportfishers.

Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet)

The WDFW has suspended chinook retention in MA 9, as of 12am on August 5th. Details here:
The fishing had been good in Area 9, with more action being on the east side – Possession and the oil docks – than by Point No Point / Foulweather. Chinook were being taken in the mid-teens, with some shakers and the occasional pink showing up.

Marine Area 10 (Seattle / Bremerton)

The WDFW opened up salmon fishing in Elliott Bay, as we reported here earlier:
The chinook fishing was good in Elliott Bay and there’s been good action at Jeff Head and off Shilshole, some fish in the teens. Some coho are showing up, with the occasional decent clipped fish. With the warm clear weather, try deeper depths than normal… 200-240 feet or so. Bait seems to be on the larger side, so try large Silver Horde Kingfisher #4 spoons in Cop Car, or Top Cat spoons in green spatterback.

Marine Area 11 (Tacoma / Vashon Island)

On August 12th, the WDFW opened the area around Dash Point Pier, details here:
Chinook fishing has been improving, with pinks also starting to show up. Most are fishing 120-150 feet of water and finding fish 20-30 feet off the bottom. Flashers and spoons like the Silver Horde #2 or #3 Kingfishers, or flashers and hootchies are the ticket.

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

There are so many wonderful places for anglers to fish for salmon in this beautiful Pacific Rim area during the month of August. West Coast Vancouver Island Chinook have started to show near the end of July and will peak in numbers from mid August to the first week of September. Coho returning to streams and rivers in this area begin to show in August and peak later in the month into September. Early season forecasts have 98,000 to 140,000 Chinook returning to West Coast Vancouver Island. Approximately fifteen to seventeen percent of these fish are aged five year old, meaning there will be some good sized salmon in the mix.

In early to mid August there is still the continued large migration of salmon headed to the big watersheds to the far south and Puget Sound. August predictably will be a terrific month for all anglers on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

The large schools of Chinook followed by Coho swim into Barkley Sound and feed on the rich resources of bait fish before making their journey to the Alberni Inlet and then into the Somass River. The best Chinook and Coho fishing in the Alberni Inlet usually begins from the tenth to the fifteenth of August. There are a variety of hotspots in the Inlet. Two of these are Lone Tree and Coulson Mill which are both basically in the Harbor. China Creek Wall, Underwood, Leaning Tree, and the Narrows are a few other locations that usually hold a good number of returning Chinook salmon. With a good number of Five-year-old returning there should be some large sized Chinook in the twenty-five to low thirty-pound range during the next six weeks.

Sport Fishers fishing the Alberni Inlet waters will often have success using anchovy in a variety of teaser heads. Glow Army Truck, purple haze, cop car and green haze with a six-foot leader behind a variety of flashers will often create some of the best results. Anglers will also have success using Pink and Red Octopus Hootchies. The AORL 12, Purple Haze and dark green Spatter back are excellent hootchie choices.

Many Anglers during August will fish Barkley Sound from the surf line to the far end of the Bamfield Wall over to Pill Point and Ecoole. Austin-Cree, Beale, Wittlestone, the Bamfield Wall, Gilbraltor, Swale Rock and Pill Point should have fantastic angling opportunities through the month. The returning salmon are most often in shallower water from twenty-five to sixty feet. Coho are often right on the waters surface. Best results fishing Barkley Sound are using anchovy in the same teaser head colors as the Alberni Inlet. A variety of Coyote spoons, Skinny G and Big Eye spoons with fifty-six inches of leader and the standby AORL 12, Purple Haze and Spatter back hootchies are often a sure bet at different times of the day and month.

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


The fishing the past couple weeks has been great for Chinook, Coho and Halibut. Late July there were a good amount of Chinook at Big Bank. By early August they were still there but harder to find patches of them. Southwest corner became the new hotspot for Chinook and Coho though we were still getting Chinook at Big Bank while trolling for halibut. The bite at Southwest Corner went longer than expected and is still happening. The fishery inshore for the larger Chinook has taken over though as the Chinook have started to roll through in force. The 130K Chinook coming through close to shore are going to mean a lot of bent rods over the next 3 weeks. Small spoons and anchovies are the lures of choice for the guides.

Halibut fishing has been great in a few places. Big Bank has been good in a couple different spots for trolling, bottom bouncing and anchoring. Southbank was also producing though the last time we went there about a week ago it took longer than normal to get the halibut. If trolling make sure you keep your cannonballs on the bottom. We have been seeing some nice sized halibut on the troll as well which isn’t normal. If you are drifting it is best early in the morning or around tide changes. Anchoring depends on where you are as to which tide is best.

If you are looking to fish in early September we still have a few spots available. We should have decent fishing up to around September 10.

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

Becher Bay

Cheanuh marina reported that salmon fishing has been EXCELLENT. Anglers targeting chinooks were having GOOD success catching slot size springs as well as some large ones that had to be released. Depths of 50-70 feet have been the best for catching springs while 20-50 has been the zone for pink salmon. Anchovies have been the best bait for salmon, but most anglers are using spoons due to the large amount of pink salmon around. At times, it has been a challenge to get the lures done to the springs due to the large number of pinks at shallower depths. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Wee G’s, Coho Killers, Coyote spoons and AP Tackleworks spoons have been good for springs. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. Popular flashers have been Jelly Fish Glow, The Bon Chovy, the Madi and the Super Betsey. Coho fishing has slowed down. Most anglers fishing coho and pinks are using spoons and pink hoochies. Halibut and Lingcod fishing was SLOW this past weekend. Crabbing has been GOOD inside the bay.

Dan Jones won the Mike Chipps Memorial Derby and $4,000 with a 19.17 lb chinook. Second place and $3,500 was won by Damian Kern with an 18.51 lb chinook. Third place and $3,500 was won by Brian Morrison with an 18.4 lb chinook.

The largest halibut was a 54.14 lb fish caught by Wayne Campbell. Rylan Morrison won Kid’s with a 14.44 lb chinook.  $1,800 was donated to the Sooke Salmon Enhancement society.

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

Oak Bay

Fishing was SLOWER on the Flats this past week. Some of the fish in the teens in size were still around but not nearly as many as in previous weeks. Not many pinks have been caught here recently. Small spoons and squirts have been the best lures in this area. Halibut fishing was SLOW in Oak Bay. Crabbing has been FAIR nearby.

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

Pedder Bay

Salmon fishing has been EXCELLENT.  Pinks and springs were being caught from the mouth of the bay all the way west to the Bedfords. Most of the pinks have been from 3-6 lbs in size. Coho fishing has slowed down. Most anglers fishing coho and pinks are using spoons such as Skinny G’s, Wee G’s, Coho Killers, Coyote spoons and AP Tackleworks spoons. Anchovies have also been excellent for all salmon. Good choices for teaser head colors are UV Green, Purple Haze and Bloody Nose. Popular flashers have been Jelly Fish Glow, The Bon Chovy, the Madi and the Super Betsey. Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week.

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


Fishing for salmon was BETTER this past week. Good size slot springs wee caught at Hambley Point, Sidney Spit, Fairfax Point and East Pender. A few pinks were also caught as they are starting to appear in the area Halibut and lingcod fishing was SLOW.  Crabbing and prawning has been HIT & MISS.

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


Salmon fishing has been EXCLLENT in Sooke. Spring salmon fishing has been EXCELLENT for chinooks. There were lots of slot size fish and some real large ones caught and released as well. The pink fishing was still GOOD near Secretary Island and 30-50 feet on the downrigger were the best depths to catch the pinks. Many anglers fishing for salmon have been using spoons due to the large amount of pink salmon in the area. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Wee G’s, Coho Killers, Coyote spoons and AP Tackleworks spoons have been good for springs. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. Popular flashers have been Jelly Fish Glow, The Bon Chovy, the Madi and the Super Betsey. Halibut fishing was SLOW, but a couple of halibut came in from the Jordan River area. Crabbing has been GOOD in the basin.

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


no report this week


Salmon fishing has been EXCELLENT. This past week was the best all year and Tuesday was possibly the best day in many years near the harbour area and Macaulay Point. I don’t know of anybody who did not catch a keeper spring on Tuesday along the waterfront. There were lots of oversize springs released and I know of one that measured 107 cm. Pink salmon fishing was also GOOD during the week. The pinks were close to shore and in relatively shallow depths. All that said, Thursday was slow due to the killer whales hunting along the waterfront, but it picked up again on Friday. Constance Bank has been good but strong winds have kept most boats off the bank. Halibut fishing was SLOW off the waterfront this past weekend. 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.

The CBFL held their final tournament of the kayak series Saturday on Prospect Lake. Coming in first and solidifying his position as kayak Angler of the Year was Aaron Broadbent with a combined fish length of 52.25″ Coming in second place was Brad Booth with 48.5″ Third place was Dave Pedersen with 48″ Topwater frogs and soft plastics were the go-to lures for most anglers this weekend and both largemouth and smallmouth bass were entered in the contest.

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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