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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

July 29, 2014

The Albacore Update:

The hot weather in Seattle has the North winds kicking up off the coast making it difficult for many of the boats to get offshore.  I did hear of some good numbers of Albacore hitting the decks in the area of 46.12 x 125.02 with water temperatures hitting 60.3 degrees.  Trolling heavier clones like Zukers are a good bet when the wind is churning up the surface.  Proper boat driving is the key in these tough conditions, you need to vary your speed accordingly to keep the lures in the water. 

This upcoming weekend, Ilwaco will host the Deep Canyon Challenge which is part of the Oregon Tuna Classic.  This is a fantastic event that benefits the Food Banks of NW Oregon and SW Washington.  The fun isn’t just for the contestants fishing offshore, there are plenty of events being held onshore this year so if you’re in the area, stop by and check out this great event.  For more information, visit www.oregontunaclassic.org

The Salmon Report:

Good Coho action took place in the 260’-280’ with whole anchovies being the “go-to” setup.  If you are after Chinook, run up North and fish the 40’ line off Seaview and Long Beach.  In here, it’s all about finding the bait; these fish will move around so use your sonar and keep an eye out for birds.  This area is loaded with crab pots that are usually set in a North South line, keep a good look out!

 Gourmet Fishing – Sea to Plate™
Anthony Warren
Team “Bad to the Bone”
CCA Member & PSA Sno-King Member

No report this week

Steve Burress
Pacific Salmon Charters


Westport (Marine 2):

July 29, 2014

It is good to be back this week. Last week I went on a journey by boat from Poulsbo to Portland it was enjoyable and the weather was Great!

Now to fishing! Tuna fishing is in full swing out of Westport now so, when you come down you have many choices. However, you may find it difficult to get on a Charter for Tuna but....they are available.

Saturday we headed out to the Tuna grounds for our first trip and it was successful. Trolling QCove Spreader Bars, Cedar Plugs, and soft plastic swim baits were the baits of choice.....with an occasional live bait stop when the troll caught fish had friends in the area.  One thing that was out there Saturday were all these little Jelly Fish. I am not exaggerating when I say there were Millions of them, as far as you could see in any direction.

The Tuna did cooperate though. Here is our friend Paul with a nice Albacore and a Great in the water shot by Cyndi of a Tuna headed to the gaff

Salmon Fishing continues to surpass anything that any of us expected. Both on the North beach and out in 280 feet of water people continue to find Salmon.  We have seen a 35 pounder cross the docks and the Coho are getting bigger by the week. Here is Carrie, a recent Salmon University Graduate, with a really nice Chinook.......She has been a regular at Westport this summer and I think she is "hooked".


I want to mention that most of the pictures you see in my reports and the gear we use is available in our store in Westport next to float 12 (Dockside Art Studio & KC Sportfishing).  Stop by when you are down and say hi.

Fishing should just get insane here over the next 3 weeks so if you are planning on coming make sure you call ahead if you need a slip in the Marina......it is almost full.  Call ahead on everything.  I am afraid if you just show up you may be disappointed this year

Summer is flying by and before we know it the chill of Fall will be rolling in. Make your plans to come to the coast now. Have Fun, Be Safe, and we will see you in Westport

Reports submitted by Kevin Lanier,VP PSA State Board, Owner MV Fishin' Luhrs and KC Sportfishing; Photography by Cyndi Lanier, Owner Dockside Art Studio, Westport, WA 425-328-8558


Albacore tuna fishing continues to be outstanding and the best fishing is as
close as 30nm. Yes. 

Captain Ian Winder on Express Charter boat Reel Elite scored a very Yellowtail
this week also!!!!

It took a size 30 magnum Xrap trolled closely around a giant wad of crab line. 

The albacore have been responding really well to the traditional troll jigs and
the live bait fishing is fast and furious. A great mix right now. 

We have space again in September for these trips and they run through October.

Mark Coleman - Guide/Owner, All Rivers & Saltwater Charters, www.allwashingtonfishing.com


07/26/2014 - Marine Area 2
Departing Westport at 1630, we took a party of 5 out for some evening salmon fishing.  We began trolling in 90 feet of water approximately 6 miles northwest of the north jetty and began tacking north.  We made a 2.5 mile tack uphill into the swell/wind and a 3 mile tack downhill.  The conditions and time didn’t allow for much looking around but we managed to scratch out 7 salmon – 5 Coho between 6 and 13 lbs. and 2 chinook, 10 and 16 lbs.  Not bad for 2.5 hours of fishing.  We missed quite a few bites and lost a fair number as well.  The action was steady throughout the evening and we probably could’ve limited had we fished longer.  Here's what was working for us:

  • Hot Spot Purple Haze flasher (regular) with an Ace Hi-fly UV Purple Splatter tied about 20 inches behind the flasher.  This rig accounted for 1 Coho and several other bites.  We fished this setup between 15 and 20 feet.
  • Hot Spot flasher (7.5") in Red/Yellow with Krippled Anchovy UV Clear tied 36 inches behind.  We landed 1 chinook and 1 Coho on this rig and lost several others.  This rig was fished 15 to 25 feet.
  • Franco Bullet Rotator (FBR) in green outfitted with a herring tied 36 inches behind a green/yellow Hot Spot flasher (7.5").  This rig caught our largest Coho (~13 lbs) and was fished 25 to 45 feet.
  • Hot spot Red flasher (mini) with a red/clear Rotary Salmon Killer outfitted with a herring tied 36 inches behind the flasher.  We landed our largest chinook (16 lbs) and 2 Coho on this rig and we missed several others.  We fished this rig a little deeper, 35 to 55 feet.

07/27/2014 - Marine Area 2
Departing Westport at 0630, we took a party of 4 out salmon fishing.  We began trolling in 80 feet of water approximately 5 miles northwest of the north jetty and began tacking north.  We tack uphill into the swell/wind for 1.5 miles.  We quickly boated 3 salmon, 2 chinooks and 1 Coho.  As the conditions moderated, we quartered into the swell/wind and tacked northeast, uphill and toward shallower water.  We found steady action in 60 to 75 feet of water and landed 5 more Coho and released several nice natives.  We kept our first 8 legal fish and had limited by 0945.  Here's what was working for us:

  • Hot Spot Purple Haze flasher (regular) with an Ace Hi-fly UV Purple Splatter tied about 20 inches behind the flasher.  This rig accounted for 1 chinook and 2 Coho and had quite a few bites.  We fished this setup at 15 feet the entire time.
  • Hot Spot flasher (7.5") in Red/Yellow with Krippled Anchovy UV Clear tied 36 inches behind.  We landed 2 Coho on this rig and lost several others.  This rig was fished 15 to 35 feet, with most of the action coming at around 15 feet.
  • Franco Bullet Rotator (FBR) in green outfitted with a herring tied 36 inches behind a Hot Spot flasher (7.5") in Green/Yellow.  This rig caught our largest chinook (~15 lbs) and was fished 20 to 25feet.
  • Hot spot Red flasher (mini) with a red/clear Rotary Salmon Killer outfitted with a herring tied 36 inches behind the flasher.  We landed our largest Coho (~12 lbs) and several nice natives. We fished this rig 25 to 35 feet.

After limiting on salmon, we ran north to try for rockfish and lingcod.  As we headed north and as the day wore on, the sea conditions worsened so we only fished rockfish/lingcod for an hour or so, finishing with 2 lingcod and a handful of rockfish. 
The section of shoreline between 5 and 9 miles north of the north jetty in about 60 to 100 feet has been a productive area for us for the last month or so, primarily using the gear described above.  Coho are relatively abundant but there are a few nice chinooks sprinkled in.  The troll rods we’ve been using have been very effective and are rods I’ve designed myself.  Rod action, handle design, and guide type are based on my personal preference from 15 years of deckhanding experience on party boats.  There are an endless number of options for custom rod designs and I work with clients to develop rods that exactly meet their needs.  Feel free to call or message me and we can start the process of crafting your perfect rod.  My business information is below.



Zac Koehn, Owner, Chinookie Custom Rods in Mountlake Terrace, WA, (916) 402-7969   Chinookie Custom Rods


La Push (Marine Area 3 & Forks):

July 29, 2014


Many fisherman that normally fish out of La Push are waiting for better weather and working gas pumps.

It has been real quiet around the marina even though nice boxes of salmon are being landed daily.  Anchovies are showing up, which should help the near shore bite. While fishing the herring schools near the canyon remains steady, The Shark Fin remains the bright spot. When the weather cooperated, the SE corner of The Prairie fished well.

Gene landed this chinook with a Goldstar Kingfisher Lite spoon in the
yellowtail color.

Chad, Bethanie and Dusty landed their limits with a combination of mooching Green label herring under 5 oz and trolling whole green label herring behind Hotspot Glow flashers with 300 feet wire on the SE corner of the Prairie.

John landed this King fishing at the Shark Fin on green label herring behind a Hotspot flasher in green glow set at 350 feet.

John, Kevin and Jerod with their limits from July 28th. Seeing really nice sized Coho being landed at this time, increasing in size every week. 

Gary Grahn, Olympic Anglers Guides and Charters, Riverview RV Park, (360) 640-4820; olympicanglers.com; olympicanglers@centurylink.net


Neah Bay (Marine Area 4):

July 29, 2014

No report this week

Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

July 29, 2014

No report this week


Marine Area 6:

July 29, 2014

No report this week


Marine Area 7:

July 29, 2014


Salmon fishing continues to be fairly slow in the San Juans. Sounds like there
are fish across the border in Canada in pretty good numbers. Hopefully we'll see some big schools show up soon. Crabbing is still good in places, even though we had a Tribal opener. Looks like a portion of Marine Area 7 South will re-open for Spot Prawns from July 29th-August 3rd. Check the WDFW regulation updates before you go. Be safe!

Sockcess! I had to make a list and check it twice to make sure this was
really a Sockeye. No spot's on tail...large gold eye...lack of teeth in a white
gum line...check, check, check...Bonk! Oh, and it cut the most beautiful red
meat you've ever seen, and ate pretty darn good as well. Distictive from Chinook in a side by side taste test. We caught it on a Coho Killer, 120' down, trolling for Chinook of Course.

So, I was all hot to get some Sock's! Put on the Sockeye gear, tiny
Mini-Squid with 22" of leader behind a flasher. Slow the troll. We were just
about ready to pull 'em for the day, when Wham! Mr. King comes callin'.
Chinook on Sockeye gear, Sockeye on King gear, even a couple small early Coho on the Tailwagger. Huh?

"Make 'em dead" Fred showed up in the Barracuda to land on a King in tough
fishing. Not many nets flying.

We've caught most King's lately on this set up. "The real" Silver Horde White
Lightnin' Coho Killer. The bait has just been tiny in most places this year.
Match the hatch...

Most of you who
follow the U.S. fishing scene know that local tackle manufacturer Silver Horde
has made a good name for themselves around here, and around the Country. As a company, they have done this by supporting many fishing derbies, events and organizations, while continuing to put out a product that just flat out catches fish. Their Kingfisher lite spoons and Tailwaggers, in addition to the old
standbys, have really taken the saltwater Salmon fishing world by storm. This
has been accomplished through hard work, time on the water testing, and
innovation. Kelly Morrison and family are always there to help out, and also
listen to angler's input to improve their product line. Recently, some very
close replications of their product have hit the market. They say imitation is
the sincerest form of flattery, and when you're successful, you'll get imitated.
But you shouldn't get flattened. Copying a lure is nothing new, it's been going
on for years. In this case however, it's a pretty blatant rip of the name,
colors, and design. Watch out for knock offs. Let's help support the Morrison
family, as they have supported us. Buy authentic Silver HordeBest by Test.

Submitted by Kevin Klein, Fidalgo-SanJuan Islands Chapter PSA , CCA Northsound

Marine Area 8.1:

July 29, 2014


No report this week


For more info call Gary Krein at All-Star Fishing Charters,
800-214-1595 or 425-252-4188 Email

Marine Area 8.2:

July 29, 2014


No report this week


For more info call Gary Krein at All-Star Fishing Charters,
800-214-1595 or 425-252-4188 Email


Marine Area 9:

July 29, 2014

"Sure have to put in your time in Area 9....."  That is the mantra of the King Season so far.   Catching has been spotty for most all the way from Pt. Townsend to Edmonds.

It is about a keeper every 4 to 5 hours of trolling for us and we have tried everywhere.   The Point No Point super early bite has been good but that is right before I wake up.
We will keep hitting it hard until the fish come in and the bite turns on.  Ace Hi Flies in the 180-200 foot mark have done well so we will continue to target down deep with larger baits.


Josh Heyes on the Outdoor Emporium boat with his biggest KING ever!  Way to go Josh!!

See you on the water ! 

 Submitted by Nelson "Spud" Goodsell,  FISHTALE 2, PSA Sno-King Chapter, IGFA Lifetime Member


No report this week

For more info call Gary Krein at All-Star Fishing Charters; (800)214-1595 or (425)252-4188    gary@allstarfishing.com; www.allstarfishing.com

With a lot of hard work our crew out of Shilshole has been finding a few quality Chinook over the past week.  Not too many resident Coho however for us.  Still waiting for the first ocean Coho to show up!

Flasher and silver horde spoon setups or straight tomic plugs have been responsible for most of our salmon.  

Express Charter Boat Reel Tight with Captain Andrew Moravec.  

Mark Coleman - Guide/Owner, All Rivers & Saltwater Charters, www.allwashingtonfishing.com   425-736-8920

No report this week

Submitted by Tom Nelson, Salmon University


Seattle area (Marine Area 10):

July 29, 2014

Nice 9lb'er.  Caught 75', evening, with tide, cookies and cream spoon off Meadow Point.

Submitted by Darren Emmens, Seattle

No report this week


For more information, call Tom Pollack, Sportco in Fife, 253-922-2222

No report this week


For more info call Gary Krein at All-Star Fishing Charters; (800)214-1595 or (425)252-4188 gary@allstarfishing.com; www.allstarfishing.com


No report this week


Matt McCulloch , www.tyeecharters.net , (206)799-2530



 Marine Area 11:

July 29, 2014

We are still awaiting the arrival of the expected summer Chinook for Area 11. The catch reports lately are not very encouraging. Most of my customer base are fishing the coast with very good results or the Straits with mixed results. With the number of sea lions in the Tacoma area, if I were a salmon I would stay away. We have never seen so many and this just might keep the catch down.

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For more information, call Tom Pollack, Sportco in Fife, 253-922-2222

Got a nice King north of Gig Harbor Sunday afternoon around 1:00 PM, downrigger about 115 feet down, Luhr Jensen Flash Fly behind 11" Hot Spot- about 25 lbs.

Submitted by Eric Hulscher, Gig Harbor, WA

The salmon fishing has been slow but some real nice salmon being taken mostly in the 14lb. to 20lb. range and the catch has been spread out no real hot spot places like the Gig Harbor shoreline, Girl Scout Camp area, Pt. Dalco, Clay Bank area & Pt. Evens have all put out a couple of nice salmon. The crabbing has been fair some areas slow or over fished try new spots where the habitat is Dungeness crab friendly. 

Other happenings at Point Defiance Marina include:

PSA South King County Salmon Derby on August 2 and the PSA Gig Harbor derby is on August 9, 2014.   Starts at sunrise and weigh-in is at 1 pm.  Tickets are available at the Point Defiance Marina or through their websites. 

Point Defiance Marina, For more information contact:  Art Tachell, 253.591.5325  art@tacomaparks.com www.pointdefiancemarina.com


Hood Canal (Marine Area 12):

July 29, 2014

No reports this week


Submitted by Tom Nelson, Salmon University

Marine Area 13:

July 29, 2014

No report this week




Lake Washington:

July 29, 2014



No report this week

For more information, call Tom Pollack, Sportco in Fife, 253-922-2222


Lake Chelan:

July 29, 2014

What’s hot is trolling the tip of Wapato Point on Lake Chelan in the morning for Mackinaw.  Also hot is the evening bite for Lake Trout along Manson Bay.  Finally, hot, is the middle of the day bite for Mackinaw in the trench.  Cooling off during the weather change is the early morning bite on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw either on the “Bar” on Lake Chelan. 

Pounding piles of fish in Manson Bay with Silver Horde’s Needlefish Squid rigs fronted with a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has produced great numbers of fish in the evenings.  Worden Lure's T4 Flatfish in GPLF has also gotten fish to bite. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to remember to check the action of your lures at boat side at your intended speed before sending them down to the bottom.  Your Mack’s Lure Smile blade should turn freely without twisting the leader line.  The Worden Lure’s Flatfish should wobble aggressively from side to side without turning over to be most effective.  This will not only get you more bites, but will help to prevent line twist and tangles, the 2 most frustrating problems with deepwater trolling.

The kid’s tip of the week is to really “go with”  those pre-school to early grade school aged children’s imagination.  Encourage them!  My five year old grand-daughter did a tracing of her hand then morphed it into a fish.  Then, she transformed that into our Bayliner boat with all the family on board from a recent excursion.  Watching that little mind at work was something!  I really think that not stifling that imagination at an early age broadens their horizons later in life. 

Your safety tip of the week is to strap on your patience as we reach the highest density of boats on the lake and at the docks.  If everyone tries it is a much more pleasant experience for all.

Pictured above on 7/21/14,  Bryan Smith of Seattle with a 13 pound Lake Chelan Mack.  He fished with Bob Smith.

Pictured above on 7/21/14, Mike Chandler, Roberta Iliff, Ron Wilson and Barb Taylor of Fairfield, WA with their catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw!

For more info call Anton & Sandra Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service; darrellanddads.com; antonj@aol.com or call (509)687-0709 or toll free at (866)360-1523

Potholes Resevoir

July 29, 2014

No report this week

Submitted by Ron Harbin, Mardon Resort 8198 Hwy 262 SE, Othello, WA 99344  www.mardonresort.com  800-416-2736


River Reports

July 29, 2014


See Steelhead University



Summer run Steelhead on the Cowlitz have been treating us very well. Both back-trolling and side drifting have been producing

The water has been low but the river has remained in good shape. I still have some openings in August for this fantastic fishery. I am also starting to book for fall kings. Give me a call and lets get out on the river.

Submitted by Marc Bush, Twisted Waters Guide Service
253-468-0610 : 360-894-7636  twistedwaters@gmail.com


Not only has the weather been HOT but the Summer Steelhead fishing has been hot as well. Good numbers of Steelhead seem to be just about everywhere and they are biting pretty good most days. Skykomish, although the water is low the Skykomish river is kicking out good numbers of summer fish with some really nice fish. Side drifting has been tops but don't rule out tossing hardware here. Cowlitz is doing well around Blue Creek where most of the fish seem to be hanging out for a minute before heading up to Barrier dam. Side drifting this year has been out fishing anything else here for some reason. Small pieces of shrimp on a single size 2 hook with a size 12 Corky has been very good. Fish are being caught by back trolling small plugs, shrimp or small clusters of eggs teamed with a small shrimp tail. Some good fishing around the Barrrier dam as well. Lewis has been putting out some nice big fish for the side drifters and plug pullers. The Columbia is also doing well if you like to anchor, relax and wait for the fish to come to you. Anchor in shallow water and fish small plugs such as the Mag Lip 3.5. Colors of the plugs seem to be pretty important most days here if you don't have a favorite plug a good start would be anything with orange on it. All these river will continue to put out big chrome summer fish for weeks to come.

Salmon fishing will start very soon on our rivers. We are looking at some very good numbers of both Chinook and Coho coming back this year. If you are thinking of booking a trip for either or both species please get a hold of me soon.

A quick look at some nice fish from the last couple days.




Mystical Legends Guide Service
Phil Stephens






July 29, 2014



No report this week


For more info, call Jeff or Jason at Bon Chovy Fishing Charters (604)763.5460 www.bonchovy.com email: info@bonchovy.com

Barkley Sound

July 29, 2014



Ucluelet, BC:

July 29, 2014

Chinook fishing has been decent close to shore in a few spots. Some have
been getting a few Chinook at first light right at the entrance to the
harbor. Others are fishing the Red Can, Little Beach and a few other spots
up the coast. We have been fishing Florencia Bay and have been doing
reasonably well there. Chinook have been ranging from 15-25lbs with the
odd one over 30 lbs taken. For those having a tough time catching Chinook
in Florencia, Long Beach is getting feeder Chinook in the 6-12lb range. We
obviously prefer getting larger Chinook in Florencia!

Halibut are being caught just outside Florencia, on Long Beach bank and
Lighthouse Bank. Not many people have been going to Big Bank since the
salmon have been in close and Big Bank has been very slow for bigger

Scholl family on July, 18, 2014

Mike Desmet with girlfriend Karissa Tucker  on July 19th.

The Setiwan family on July 19th.


For more info, call Sam Vandervalk, 877-777-4344 Salmon Eye Fishing Charters www.salmoneye.net


July 29, 2014

Salmon fishing has been fantastic the last few days but not easy at times. The weather has beat us up a little on some days but when we are able to travel the fishing has been good. We've fished from very near Bamfield, to Swiftsure Bank and up to Long Beach this week. The rewards usually pay off to make it worth the travel.

Gile Sirois and friends fished near Bamfield for a great day of Salmon fishing.

Murray, Bob, Ron and Ed came over from Langley to once again have some fantastic fishing for Chinook and Lingcod along the beach near Bamfield this week.

July 21st catch of Chinook and Coho with Halibut and Rockfish from Long beach area.

Most of the inshore areas we have been fishing have lots of squid present. Trolling a glow or army truck hootchie behind a purple/gold Hotspot flasher has been working well. Drifting with fresh squid and jigging lures has also been productive.

Halibut fishing continues to be good in all areas. Trolling the banks or fishing with bait is working well.

For more info call Ken Bodaly at Rocky Point Charters, Bamfield, B.C. 250-728-3678 or the boat cell phone 250-735-4224 www.rockypointcharters.ca email rockypointcharters@shaw.ca

Alberni Inlet and Barcley Sound

July 29, 2014


It is now past mid-June and as expected the salmon fishing in all of the Alberni, Barkley Sound and Pacific Rim areas has really picked up.  Halibut and Chinook fishing on the west coast has been very consistent with most days producing some very good results for those on guided trips or fishing in privately owned sport boats.  Barkley Sound especially along surf line locations has been fantastic with some great Chinook catches in the mid to high teens and low twenties.  The Port Alberni Inlet has also picked up with some excellent sockeye fishing.  The Somass River and Alberni Inlet water temperatures have warmed up with the afternoon surface temperatures sitting at 16 to 18 degrees Celsius.  The warmer water provides for a much better sport fishery as the Sockeye will school up in good numbers.  There has been an abundance of early Sockeye moving into the Inlet and then the Somass River which has produced some early Sockeye schooling and some great results for sport anglers.  Escapement to date to Sproat Lake and Great Central Lake is over 30,000.  The 2014 summer sport salmon fishing should once again be fantastic along Vancouver Islands west coast inshore and offshore and inland waters close to Port Alberni.  Sport Salmon fishing results to date have proven pre-season forecasts to be very accurate.

Port Alberni Inlet
Barkley Sound

The Port Alberni Inlet is forecast to see a good return of Sockeye Salmon in 2014.  The Department of Fisheries is still estimating a return of 1.6 million pieces to the Somass River.  This forecast if estimates are correct is a record return of Sockeye Salmon.  With this in mind the estimated catch for sport, commercial, and first nations is approximately 500,000 to 600,000.  For the sport fisherman the current daily possession is four salmon with a two day possession limit of eight.  Many believe that returns will be much higher than what is being forecast..  The early run of Sockeye to date is proving day after day that this thought by many anglers could very well hold true.  With water temperatures gradually warming the Somass River and the two major lake conditions have been perfect for good migratory flow.  The counters have well over 30,000 escaped Sockeye already moving into Sproat and Great Central Lakes.  The week of June 16th was the beginning of some good Sockeye Fishing out in the Alberni Inlet.  Some anglers reported some good fishing by mid-week with limits of eight and twelve fish per boat but without any real consistency as some anglers had a much less success rate.  By the end of the week and into this past weekend limits in sport boats were very common.  The Sockeye fishing during the last few days has improved even more and has been simply sensational.  As mentioned the Inlet water is warming up and the fish are beginning to school in various spots.  The best fishing has been from Ten Mile Point right to Dunsmuir Point which is straight across from the China Creek Marina and Campground.  The magical depth range for fishing has been from twenty-five to fifty feet with thirty to forty feet being a perfect depth.  As we get closer to July and the waters warm up the Sockeye will go deeper into the water. 

Brian of Victoria B.C. shows a couple of Sockeye landed in the Alberni Inlet.

Regan had a great Sockeye Salmon fishing day with Doug of Slivers Charters
in the Alberni Inlet.

The normal Sockeye gear is currently working well as long as plenty of color is out the back of the boat.  The MP 2 and 15 (bubblegum) hootchies are working, as are the pink and blue and pink and black hootchies and a variety of other pinkish to orange and red colors.  We are expecting the Sockeye fishing to stay relatively good well into August.  There will be Seine testing going on weekly with updates on numbers.  The first in season forecast will be on June 26th.  Expect some commercial fishing in the Inlet and also to outer areas but there will always be plenty of good areas for the sport fishermen.  It will not be a surprise if well over two million Sockeye return to the Somass system this summer.
 Barkley Sound fishing has been fairly good for the last week.  Generally the surf line areas have produced some nice fish but some great catches have also come out of more inshore areas like Pill Point, Vernon Bay, and Swale Rock.  The inland areas have produced some salmon just like the surf line spots up to fifteen and twenty pounds.  There have been reports of a few Coho catches especially close to Swale Rock.  The Chinook have been in deeper water.  There has been some decent fishing at Austin Island, Cree Island and Ship Island.  Anchovy, needle fish hootchies in green colors and a few coyote spoons in green and blue nickel and the silver glow have been working fairly well.  

Leo from Vancouver B.C. fished with Doug of Slivers Charters and landed this
Chinook at Austin Island on the Surf line of Barkley Sound on June 21st
2014. This fish hit a needle fish hootchie

Generally the surf line locations have produced the best results using anchovy in either a green haze or glow army truck Rhys Davis Teaser Head behind a glow hotspot flasher.  Needle fish hootchies in green with forty two inches of leader behind a green glow or chartreuse hotspot flasher are working well also.  Good depth locations on the surf line have ranged from ninety to one hundred and twenty-five feet.   We are expecting more and more Coho to move into the mix.  There have been a few small migratory Coho but to date they have not been as consistent as the Chinook.  Coho catches have been good up the Vancouver Island coastline and will move into the direction of the Sound over the next two weeks.  The Coho are big feeders at this time of year and often put on as much as a pound per week.  We are expecting some great fishing in the Sound through July and August.  One of the biggest returns of Chinook and Coho Salmon to the Columbia River system is forecast for 2014.  The Bonneville Dam which has been keeping records since 1938 is expecting up to 1.6 million Chinook and over one million Coho.  This will be the biggest return in record history is forecasts are correct.  The early migratory Chinook and Coho often stay relatively close to the beach of Vancouver Island and will move into Barkley Sound to feed on the rich resources of bait fish.  Summer fishing in the scenic, calm and pristine waters of Barkley Sound will be wonderful in 2014.


One of the most consistent areas to fish year after year for salmon and halibut has been Ucluelet B.C.  Ucluelet is a small town located on the west coast of British Columbia with a relatively small year round population.  However in the summer months the population size does swell with many visitors who come to fish the inshore and offshore waters.  Many come on guided trips while others brave the waters of the Pacific Ocean using their private sport boats.  The fishing has been very good for Chinook and there have been some good Coho numbers recently and of course like most years the halibut fishing is really picking up.  The best spots to fish have been Long Beach, Lighthouse Bank, and the Big Bank.  South Bank to date has not been that consistent.  The salmon like the halibut have been very close to the sandy bottom and on tide changes do move up to the mid-water to feed on the needle fish and other bait fish.  The Big Bank has had the best fishing.  The fish are actively feeding much of the day but on the tide change it can become crazy and it often seems that whatever one offers as a lure it will work.  For most fisher persons coyote spoons and hootchies seem to be the way to go.  The green nickel and blue nickel four inch coyote spoon has been good as have several glow hootchies and also the green spatterback and T-Rex hootchie.  Both of these hootchies have done well picking up Chinook and the odd Coho that are now beginning to show.  Most of the Chinook landed out on the Big Bank have weighed from ten pounds to the mid and upper teens.  There have been a few early Chinook in the high twenties and low thirties but to date most of the Chinook are in the teens,  We are really expecting the fishing to improve as we move into late June and then July and August.  Chinook returns for west coast of Vancouver Island are expected to be average. Coho returns to West Coast Vancouver Island are termed abundant and will be in record numbers. Remember that when out on the water fishing to be sure the lines are in the water at the magical hour of the tide change.  Remember to stay safe out on the west coast and have all of the necessary equipment for foggy days and watch the winds.

Stamp-Somass River

Those fishing Sockeye in the Somass River should do very well.  The Fall River fishing is expected to be very good.   Coho and summer run Steelhead should be sensational with good numbers forecast to return.   Good fishing will occur in September using conventional methods with the best fishing on the fly usually in October when the natural spawn takes place.  If you are interested in guided river trips don’t wait too long as much of the available room is quickly disappearing.


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      www.catchsalmon.ca or www.catchsalmon-ca.com; dlindy@shaw.ca




 Salmon fishing was HIT or MISS overall. The best location by far, was Swiftsure Bank near Port Renfrew. Fishing there was TERRIFFIC, but as you traveled east the fishing slowed way down.  Halibut fishing was SLOW in most areas as currents were poor this past weekend for Halibut.

For the latest updates in DFO regulations go to http://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm?pg=search_results&lang=en&ID=recreational&Year=2014


Sooke, BC:

July 29, 2014

Port Renfrew                                   July 29, 2014

Fishing has been TERRIFFIC for springs out at Swiftsure Bank. And the halibut fishing has been pretty darn good too! The top producer was the Madi flasher with a double glow green and white Kingfisher spoon! You won’t get better spring fishing anywhere on the coast than what’s going on here. 

Sooke, BC                                         July 29, 2014 

Salmon fishing was HIT or MISS this past week. There would be fish in one area one day, and the next day they would have moved on to another area. If you could locate the fish, you could catch a few. The better spots were Sheringham Point and Otter Point. There was a decent amount of fish in the teens and mid 20’s weighed as well as reports of lots of smaller Coho and sockeye are starting to show up, but only hatchery coho can be retained. Choice of lures has stayed very similar to last week; Anchovies are working well with Blue Green Chrome and Bloody Nose teaser heads being good colors choices. G-Force spoons in Irish Cream and No Bananas have been catching their fair number of fish. The most popular flashers recently have been the Gibbs Madi, The Outfitter and Oki’s Super Betsey. Halibut anglers are having best success out west towards Jordan River and Sombrio Point.
The 9th Annual Consultants Invitational Fishing Derby was held this past weekend. It is an invitational event hosted by the civil engineering community of Victoria to raise funds for the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society. First place in the derby went to Scott Cowan for a 28.6 lb spring. Second place went to Cameron Von Bratt for a 27.2 lb spring. Ron Simington took third with a 26.4 lb spring. The largest bottom fish was a 16.8 lb Lingcod caught by Steve Hutchinson. All told, 58 Chinook salmon, 8 hatchery Coho salmon, 4 Pink salmon, 2 Halibut, 2 Lingcod and 6 Rockfish were weighed in at the derby.

Becher Bay                                       July 29, 2014


Salmon fishing has been FAIR in East Sooke. Springs are being caught, with most fish weighing in the teens and 20’s with 28 lbs being the largest fish of the week. The best salmon fishing was near Beechey Head, Aldridge Point and the Bedfords. Anglers have been catching salmon between depths of 40 to 90 feet on the downrigger. There are coho and sockeye being caught too, but the sockeye aren’t open yet and most of the coho have been wild, unmarked fish. Most anglers are having their best results fishing anchovies. The most productive teaser heads for anchovies were the Blue Green Chrome and Bloody Nose. For flashers the Madi and the Purple Onion have been very good lately. Spoons such as G-Force in the smaller sizes have been working as well.

Pedder Bay                                      July 29, 2014

Salmon fishing was SPOTTY AT BEST both in the Pedder Bay and in Whirl Bay. The springs are mostly between 8 to 14 lbs in size.  Many of the springs are being caught between 60-80 feet on the downrigger. Anchovies were productive with Chrome Joanne, UV Green and Purple Haze teaser heads being top choices in teaser heads. Anglers are still getting some fish while trolling 3.5” spoons. Coho Killers and G-force spoons with both glow and green have been working the best. Squirts are working too with UV colors like the Jellyfish, Purple Haze and Electric Chair the best patterns. The best flashers have been the Silver Betsey, Green/Silver Hot Spot and Purple Haze.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was SLOW on the weekend. Currents were poor over the weekend. If you could find a spot with less dogfish, anglers were reporting success.  Anglers that were fishing were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

Victoria/Sydney, BC:

July 29, 2014

Victoria Waterfront                         July 29, 2014

Fishing has been SPOTTY off Victoria.  Constance Bank was the best spot this week but the currents were a strong out there and not everyone did well.  Anglers were finding a few decent fish in the 9-15lb range.  The better springs that were getting caught were close to the bottom and biting more frequently on the flood tide. Closer in, the salmon fishing remains SPOTTY AT BEST with the vast majority of boats catching nothing. A few springs into the 20 lbs were caught between Macaulay Point and Clover Point. Al Teng landed a 29.4 lb spring off Macaulay Point and Jana Savage landed a 22 off the Gravel Pit. The fish were out a bit from shore and between 60 to 80 feet on the downrigger. The salmon seem to be passing through and not stopping to feed for a few days. Most anglers fishing Constance are using artificial lures, usually with Coho Killer (yellowtail or green/glow). G-Force spoons in Outfitters or No Bananas colors. Good choices in plastic baits are the Electric Chair, Purple Haze and the Glo Blow. Gibbs Coho Killer, Kingfisher and Coyote spoons in all colours have been very effective. Closer in, anchovies are the best choice with green, Purple Haze or Bloody Nose popular choices. Good flashers have been the Bon Chovi and Chartreuse Glow.

Al Teng with his29.4 lb chinook
The Royal Canadian Navy Anglers’ Association held their annual spring salmon derby on July 26th. First place went to Wayne Zaccarelli for a 7 lb 2 oz spring caught off Esquimalt.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. Angler’s that were going out were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait with octopus being the most productive bait this past weekend. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish. 

Oak Bay
                                            July 29, 2014

Salmon fishing was SLOW for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap.  The fish that are being caught have been in the 8-12 lb range. Most the anglers were trolling this past week with a few boats jigging but both reporting slow fishing.   Anglers were using squirts, spoons, or tiny strip. The fish that were being caught trolling were caught on Coho Killer spoons and 3” to 4” G-Force & Gypsy spoons. Good squirts were the Electric Chair, Pickle Green, J-79 and Jellyfish. Good flashers have been the Purple Onion, Green/silver or Green Jellyfish.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

Sidney                                              July 29, 2014
Salmon fishing was SLOW off Sidney this past week. The springs seem to be scattered and not in large numbers at any location. We’ve heard of a 12 lb spring from Hambley Point and a 10 lb fish from Sidney Spit. There have also been reports of a few salmon in the Deep cove area. There are sockeye at the Pender Bluffs but they are not open yet. Many anglers have been fishing for springs using anchovies in UV Green teaser heads. Squirts have been out producing hootchies recently and the hot patterns for springs now are Purple Haze, Glow Below and Electric Chair. Coho Killer spoons have also been working well, especially in double glow and 50/50 colors.

Notable Catches 
The 9th Annual Consultants Invitational Fishing Derby was held this past weekend. First place in the derby went to Scott Cowan for a 28.6 lb spring. Second place went to Cameron Von Bratt for a 27.2 lb spring. Ron Simington took third with a 26.4 lb spring. The largest bottom fish was a 16.8 lb Lingcod caught by Steve Hutchinson. Al Teng landed a 29.4 lb spring off Macaulay Point and Jana Savage landed a 22 off the Gravel Pit. The Royal Canadian Navy Anglers’ Association held their annual spring salmon derby on July 26th. First place went to Wayne Zaccarelli for a 7 lb 2 oz spring caught off Esquimalt.


Now is the time to use to heavier leaders (40 to 50 lb Test) as the big mature chinook salmon migrate though local waters. With a lighter leader, your chance of losing a big spring to a weak spot or a nick in the leader is greatly increased. Be sure to check your leader after catching each fish to make sure that it is still in good shape. 

Submitted by Tom Vaida Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com



OVERVIEWFishing is GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area. Remember that ALL wild trout must be released on all streams in region 1. Wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in Cowichan Lake.
COWICHAN RIVER – Trout fishing remains very similar to last week’s report, Water levels on the river are low. The trout fishing in the mid and upper river is good to excellent. There are rainbows as well as resident brown and cutthroat trout that are active in the top end right now. Bead head nymphs are the top producer there and our favorites are the Prince Nymphs, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ears and Pheasant tails. There are lots of insect hatches during the day now and the dry fly fishing can be excellent if you match the hatch.
TROUT – Trout fishing was GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. The total Island trout release this spring is 57,305 Fraser Valley strain rainbow trout.

Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing from shore and right on the bottom. Yellow and Bubblegum have been good colours recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are fishing Pumpkinheads, Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Micro Leech patterns on full sink fly lines. Trollers have been doing well with a variety of lures. The Rhys Davis Baitrix Trout lures and UV Mini Strip Teasers work well for larger fish too. Other good trolling lures are the Apex Trout Killers with the police car one of the best and the black with silver glitter spots taking second place. Flatfish and/or Kwikfish have also been effective in sizes 5 to 7 in Frog, Black with Silver Flake or Rainbow Pattern. Smaller Rapalas in Rainbow Trout or Brown Trout patterns also work well; the jointed Rapalas have also been great for larger fish. Larger Willow Leaf Lake trolls with a size 6 hook tipped with a small 1-2″ piece of worm always produce fish. The biggest trout usually come from Langford Lake and Elk Lake.
BASSBass fishing is GOOD. At this time of year the bass are shallow in the mornings and evenings.. There have been good reports of early morning fishing with spinner baits in Chartreuse, White and Black.  During the day, soft plastics rigged Carolina style work well and crank baits can work well too. Crank baits have been effective too when fished with a fast retrieve. Soft plastics rigged “Carolina Style “is also a good choice when fishing drop offs and docks, most productive in 4” Yum bait colors Smoke or Pumpkinseed. Surface lures have been producing well in the evenings and mornings. Langford Lake, Shawnigan Lake, Prospect Lake and Elk and Beaver Lakes are the best local bass lakes. St. Mary’s Lake on Salt Spring Island is also a great lake for bass fishing.

CARP – Carp fishing is GOOD at Elk Lake. Corn and carp Boilies have been the best bait recently.


Submitted by Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC (250) 475-4969 info@fishingvictoria.com; www.fishingvictoria.com

Vancouver Island - North

Kyuoquot Sound                    July 29, 2014

Cheers from Kyuquot!

Fishing this week was nothing short of spectacular.  Fishing out of Murphy’s Sportfishing Lodge there was an abundance of fish, food and fun.


We were fishing out approx. 10 miles offshore in 260 feet of water.  Silver Horde 6” plugs were the go to lure as we were attempting to find big fish.  Action was solid with chinook between 16 and 18lbs seeming to be in the majority, but the occasional fish over 20lbs hit the decks frequently.  Our largest Chinook for the trip was at 24lbs. Plugs were fished between 160 and 220ft down, 50 feet behind the downrigger and trolling at 3 knots.

Cookies and Cream are not only a favorite in the States but these Canadians love them!  The most consistent combination was a 6” Cookies and Cream spoon fished naked, with a X2 Green UV Flasher used as a dummy flasher – or Ace in the Hole.  We modified our 6” White Lightning spoons by putting a red “eye” on them and they were attracting the fish almost as well as the Cookies and Cream.  The spoons were fished 15 ft behind the release clip on the Scotty’s and we were trolling at a speed of 2.6 knots.


Sometimes Coho are just dumb… or I should say when they are hungry they are dumb.  They were so thick at times we’d have to drop our riggers super-fast with a 20lb ball to get through them when targeting the Chinook.  Didn’t seem to matter what we were using as if you detached from the downrigger to check the bait it never failed as a Coho would almost surely hit your presentation – they didn’t always hook up, but they would swipe it.

How dumb are they?  I had a Coho belly strip hanging over the side of the gunnel ready to be submerged in search of halibut.  I caught a 6lb Coho as it jumped out of the water to grab the belly – unfortunately for him it grabbed the hook also.  Seems at this time of year they’re cannibalistic.

Now, when we were targeting Coho (just the last day) things changed.  We were fishing 30 to 60 ft down with an X2 Flasher and Silver Horde Kingfisher Lite spoons (Cookies and Cream or the Kitchen Sink).  Oh, we caught our share of Coho but now the Chinook were up top ripping at our gear as well.  We were catching Chinook over Coho about 10 to 1.


Wow – talking about instant hookups.  Using white darts with green/blue backs (Not sure what they called it but it is SeaHawks Colors) we couldn’t keep the lings off.  Many times we’d hookup as the dart would approach the bottom.  If no fish by time you engage your reel then it generally only took a few hard/fast jigs to get your fish.  The limit was 3 each per day as we managed to get our ling in about 5 drops – the other two drops had yelloweye on them.  Our largest ling for the trip was about 15lbs – the average about 8.


Chicken halibut were no problem to find.  Using a GoldStar Green Glo Hoothie over  bait outfished a just plain bait by 4 to 1.  Trying to find our larger hali’s proved to be a tougher task as we were able to only land one large hali between the two of us.  But that was our choice.  We opted to fish for halibut fast so we could spend more time fishing for salmon.

BC Regulations allow you to catch one halibut per day and two halibut in possession, only one of which can be over 90cm (25lbs) and under 133cm(60 lbs) or two under 90cm (25lbs).

Camp chef Matt fed us good and prepared some incredible meals each night, consisting of fresh fish caught from earlier in the day by some guest who donated to the cause.

All the guides knew what they were doing and knew how to fish.  They all said Murphy’s puts them through a series of “on the water” tests before hiring them.  They definitely want their guest to be on fish – and they all were.  All guests went home with their allotment of salmon and most went hope with full possession limits of bottomfish as well.

A special thanks to Marilyn Murphy for one of the best trips you could ask for.  Marilyn and brother David own the lodge as well as a ship that also accommodates 14 guest in Kyuquot. These Canadian’s have it down!

Submitted by Terry Wiest, Salmon/Steelhead University

Nootka Sound

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 Great Lakes

July 29, 2014


Mixed Bag Salmon and Trout in Milwaukee! 
Catch the buzz from the cleaning station and get full detailed fishing info.

Robert, Christian and Ethan Woolums worked together to boat a great cooler of fish. Most of the fish were caught on  Badger Tackle Reaper Magnum spoons.
How Coho 
Coho are in the 70 to 150 feet of water 55 down with green flashers and Howie flies in green colors. Wire divers have been best with 100 feet of line out. 

How Chinook 
Chinook are coming on Reaper Magnum Big Joe Silver spoons run long behind the downrigger ball or on SWR rigs 40 feet to the bottom. Vulcan Magnum spoons in blue/green or silver/ green on the long lead cores are also taking Chinooks.

How Lake Trout
Beat the bottom with long lead spoons and SWR rigs. Best action has been 85 feet and out to 150 feet.

Water temperatures near shore warmed to 65 degrees on the surface. Coho fishing was good in 70 to 150 feet of water. Start your trip in 70 for Coho and go to 125-160 feet of water for Chins and Lake Trout. Fish the entire water column for the best action. Anglers are finding Chinook action 10 miles north of Milwaukee in Whitefish Bay. Our best speed was 2.0 to 2.2 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider. 

Have a great fishing season. 

Submitted by Capt. Jim Hirt (Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI) 414-828-1094 www.bluemaxcharters.com





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