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This is where you can find out the current fishing conditions in different areas around the Northwest.

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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

February 24, 2015

No report this week 

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):

February 24, 2015

First time razor clam diggers on Roosevelt Beach (just north of Ocean Shores).   My two boys and their two friends did very well!  Kids are very eager to learn what to look for. With a night time dig it was all fun and games with their friends.  Total for all of us - 150 razors between two nights and 5 people.  What a great way to spend time with your kids.

A nice (15 Razors) one-person limit

Ron and his boys outfitted with warm clothes and their Clam Guns for digging

Two days limit for 5 Clam Diggers

Submitted by Ron Harrington, VP South King County PSA

Area 2 and the Twin Harbors continue to produce incredible numbers of Razor Clams. Just about everyone is getting their limits and they are nice Clams as well.

Just a few more weeks and the Charter Fleet in Westport will begin their 2015 season with Lingcod and Rockfish trips. Reserve your spot now. There are a few seats left in town for the Halibut fishery in May 3rd and 5th, May 10th and 12th. You will have to call around to find who still has seats.

Register today for the Salmon University Seminar next month. You will gain more knowledge about Salmon fishing than you can imagine in just this one weekend.

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 425-328-8559


No report this week – See River Reports - Below


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


La Push (Marine Area 3 & Forks):

February 24, 2015


No report this week – See River Reports - Below

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


Neah Bay (Marine Area 4):

February 24, 2015

No report this week

Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

February 24, 2015

No report this week


Allan Palmerson, Clear Cut Outdoors - Guided Saltwater Charters and Taxidermy,  360-470-6078 


Marine Area 6:

February 24, 2015

No report this week


Marine Area 7:

February 24, 2015


With Marine Area 7 closed for the season, we decided to head over to Canada for the weekend to take advantage of the great weather. Well, guess what, the fishing was pretty darn good on clipped hatchery fish from the U.S.  That’s right, our Blackmouth are right across the border.

The Canadian hatcheries, for the most part, don’t clip their smolts, so we know they’re US fish. Figures, go where you can keep unclipped Chinook, and all you catch is clean shaven clippers. Oh, well, you gave us round bacon, we can spare our brothers to the North some fish, I guess.

Carol Holman and Vicki Telford made a run for the border that yielded some smooth backed Omega-3 delivery systems, made in the U.S. A.

The ladies pretty much just do it all these days. Makes it nice, no pesky reeling or netting, just kick back and relax. Maybe drive the boat.

Carol puts one in the bag. Is that Gucci or Louis? No, looks like Frabill to me. The hat matches the electronics, no red carpet faux pas here.

The Silver Horde San Juan Islands gang represents in the Two Five Oh. Tailwagger’s and Coho Killer’s were the hot ticket, just like home.

Back at the dock in the States, after the Polar expedition in the Slayride 2.


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


Marine Area 8.1:

February 24, 2015


Open for Salmon

No report this week

Gary Krein
All Star Fishing Charters
425-252-4188 office

Marine Area 8.2:

February 24, 2015


Open For Salmon

No report this week

Gary Krein
All Star Fishing Charters
425-252-4188 office


Marine Area 9:

February 24, 2015

"They are getting bigger ! " , Kathy exclaimed as the mono screamed from the Shimano out of North Area 9 this weekend.  She just let the bulldozing blackmouth giddyup back in the direction of Area 7 where it probably grew up.  "Sooner or later, it has got to tire out", as the head shaking continued and I cleared the deck keeping the boat at a 45 degree angle in front of the beast.  It was great to put another fine hatchery winter blackmouth in the box.

The blackmouth fishing has been improving and the great weather is also welcome.  We noticed some big candlefish in the bellies of a few fish off off of  Lip Lip and switched our tailwaggers out to Coho Killers and dragged the mud with good success.  Try longer leaders at 50 to 55 inches and get ready to hold on !

The weather again this week looks delightful, so be sure to get out on the water.  Skunk Bay,  Point No Point and Lip Lip have been holding some bait .......and you KNOW what that means !

The new Resurrection Coho Killer invited this guy to breakfast

Kathy and her slippery shiny bulldozer 

See you on the water,

Submitted by Nelson "Spud" Goodsell,  FISHTALE 2, PSA Sno-King Chapter, IGFA Lifetime Member, 2015 President “Salmon For Soldiers, SalmonforSoldiers.com


Open for Salmon

No report this week


Gary Krein
All Star Fishing Charters
425-252-4188 office


No report this week


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

No report this week


Submitted by Tom Nelson, Salmon University


Seattle area (Marine Area 10):

February 24, 2015

No report this week

Doug Hanada, Tengu Club President, dhanada@aol.com......

No report this week


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


Open for Salmon.

No reports this week

Gary Krein
All Star Fishing Charters
425-252-4188 office



 Marine Area 11:

February 24, 2015


The salmon fishing has picked up a little the last few days with light pressure
but the few fishermen that have gone out are seeing some action.  The best areas recently have been the Quartermaster harbor area and out on the shelf/ flats area between Pt. Dalco and the Lighthouse at Pt. Defiance mostly trolling
flashers with spoon or artificial squid. Squid fishing has been real slow. Fish
up to 12 pounds have been caught. The improved weather and calmer waters have brought more anglers out this past week. 

The Basic Boating Courses are the traditional civic service of the United States Power Squadrons. The courses are designed as an introduction to legal and safe power and sail boating.  The instruction given in our basic public boating course is the best way to learn the basics of safe boating and meet the requirements for mandatory Washington State Boaters Education card.  There is a charge to cover costs, including a student workbook, chart and other materials.  Many insurance companies will give a discount to boat owners who have successfully completed the course.  Instructors are knowledgeable volunteer members of USPS who have taken advanced squadron courses.                  
Instructor:    Stanley Wolfe,
Tacoma Power Squadron/Tacoma Yacht Club
Dates:            Thursdays 7 – 9 pm on March 26, April 2, April 9, April 16
Location:      Point Defiance Marina
5912 North Waterfront Drive, Tacoma, WA 98407
Cost:             $50.00 Pre-Registration Required by March 20, 2015 (03670831-347600) (Includes a student manual, CD, and an introductory navigation software CD from RosePoint Navigation)

Boat Trailering Class Saturday, April 18, 2015 10 am to 12 noon @ Point
Defiance Marina Complex. Cost $20 -Must Pre-register. Learn the basic
fundaments of care, proper and safe trailer connections, towing, launching,
docking, and returning the boat to the trailer and the trip home. 

The new marina hours are 6:30 am to 6 pm.

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

Hood Canal (Marine Area 12):

February 24, 2015

No reports this week


Marine Area 13:

February 24, 2015




Lake Washington:

February 24, 2015


Lake Washington temperatures have been close to 50 degrees in the past couple of weeks.  The cutthroat trout are still running pretty deep - 25 to 60 feet in some areas.  Using a down rigger is going to increase your odds of hooking up with cutthroat and even kokanee.  A small dodger and squid or Needlefish spoon tipped with a worm is a great presentation but don't be afraid to change things up if the fish aren't biting.

Most of the success this week has come dragging the bottom at 20 to 25 feet using lead core line and small Rapalas.  My kayak friends Todd & Ray were catching 4 to 5 smallmouth per day with this same set up.  Ray's largest fish tipped the scale at 5 lb / 19.5" .  Look for these fish to move closer to shore as the water warms up.

Submitted by Brad Hole, Kayak Fishing Washington, 206-313-5567


Lake Chelan:

February 24, 2015

And the beat goes on…  Lake Chelan continued hot, trolling for Mackinaw in the Barrens, Kokanee on Colyar Ledge and dock fishing for Rainbows in Mill Bay. 

Trolling for suspended Kokanee continues terrific.  Pull Mack’s Lure’s Mini Cha Cha Squidders in Orange on a short leader behind their Double D Dodgers in 00 to 0000 sizes.  Bait the Mini Cha Cha’s with Pautzke’s Fire Corn in natural or yellow.  We have caught these landlocked sockeye anywhere from 45 to 200 feet deep. 

Laker fishing has been terrific in the Trench.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to .9 mph.  Silver Horde 3.5” Needlefish Squid rigs in glow colors fronted with a Mack’s Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has been our best pattern. 

Rainbow trout are still being caught on Lake Chelan and Roses Lake from the shore.  Catch them from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig.  On Chelan, you can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger.  Bait those mini cha cha’s with a piece of worm or a small nugget of Pautzke’s Fire Bait. 

Remember that unclipped Cutthroat Trout must be immediately released, unharmed.  The further uplake you go, the more likely you are to get a Cutthroat to bite. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to keep track of small details when fishing kokanee.  The most important of these is depth.  You see the fish on your sonar at 115’.  How do you know your gear is there?  If you don’t have your downrigger ball showing on the screen it might be a challenge to know.  Sometimes the balls being in the sonar cone can be too much and obliterate fish signals.  So you adjust your transducer to eliminate the downrigger balls you better “zero” your downriggers.  Maybe touch the balls on the bottom at a known similar depth and change your counter to match your depth.  Then you only have “Kentucky Windage” to adjust for as you increase depth or speed…  To be precise can be difficult. 

The kid’s tip of the week is to use the open discussion time that fishing affords to help them explore their problem solving skills.  Doing it with open ended questions also develops critical thinking skills.  These are both things that modern life rarely affords us the time to develop appropriately.  For example asking the 8 year old how we should steer around that log up ahead.  Then asking follow ups like,” What do we do if the wind changes, or what about that outside fishing line?” “ Would it catch the log doing that? “ The simplest of life’s situations can be very teachable moments. 

The safety tip of the week is to remember to unplug those electric downriggers before working on the cable.  The cable moving unexpectedly while your hands are on it can be a very unwelcome surprise.

Pictured above on 2/7/15, Mark Wendt of Tukwila and Wayne Kangas of Edmonds with their days catch of Mackinaw from the trench.

Also Pictured:  2/12/15 - Stan Johnson and John Strand of Chelan with their Lake Chelan Kokanee that was oh so "Special"...


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

February 24, 2015

Sunday, March 1st is the date of the early opening date for several very good trout fishing lakes. Like most of the state the area around Potholes has had a very mild winter. Most all of the lakes in this area have been clear of ice most of the winter. The trout have been feeding heavily and putting on weight. In one lake for example that I fished 2 weeks ago the trout were crammed with bluegill, about 1/2 inches, while another lake they were crammed with stonefly larva. The lake around George have been heavily stocked, with Martha Lake just east of George perhaps  the best bet . Also close by are the Caliche lakes just west of George. Also in the Quincy Game range there are several good lakes. All these lakes have good shore access. Dozens of other lakes in eastern Washington have been well stocked.

Potholes itself continues to fish well for walleye, perch and even last week I caught a burbot.  Fishing success varies every day with one day good and then when you get it figured out a skunk pops up. It seems that there are increasing numbers of fishermen working offshore of Medicare Beach. Morning temperatures are right at freezing and by mid morning it is normally comfortable.

Submitted by Tom Pollack, Retired


The most exciting fresh news this past week has been BINGO.  The Central Washington Fish Advisory Committee has been legally permitted to conduct bingo.  Each Wednesday at 7pm Sharp bingo will be held in the clubhouse at O’Sullivan Sportman’s Resort behind the Potholes General Store (76 station 1 mile West of MarDon Resort).  All the proceeds will go towards the habitat project to buy components to build fish habitat boxes to plant in Potholes Reservoir.   CWFAC is a non-profit organization, for more information please visit the website www.cwfac.org.

Walleye Limit Update:
Starting April 1, 2015 Moses Lake, Potholes Reservoir, Soda Lake, Long Lake, Crescent Lake and Scooteney Reservoir will all have the same walleye limits (Statewide Rule Update).

Again this week walleye anglers reported walleye up to 28 inches caught on spinner and crawlers at the mouth of Crab Creek.  Medicare Beach has also been showing some nice walleye for fishers trolling.  Blade Baits are producing more walleye but 99% under 20 inches. 

Ron Oakland, Moses Lake Resident, shows a plentiful days catch of walleye and perch.

Submitted by Mardon Resort 8198 Hwy 262 SE, Othello, WA 99344  www.mardonresort.com   509-346-2651

Lake Sammamish                            February 24, 2015
Fishing on Lake Sammamish has been hit or miss as of late.  I had an opportunity to get out on the lake on Friday afternoon.  There are plenty of fish up top smashing the surface for the midge hatch on the lake.  Getting them to bite can be tougher than previous outings.  Concentrate your trolling efforts close to the weather buoy in the middle of the lake in 80 to 90 feet of water.  Small Needlefish spoons tipped with worm, Wiggle Hoochies and baitfish pattern flies can all be effective.  From a kayak or a boat try keeping your speed between 1 to 1.5 mph working in a couple of "S-turns" or stopping completely can trigger the bite.

Submitted by Brad Hole, Kayak Fishing Washington, 206-313-5567

River Reports

February 24, 2015


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Central Coast Olympic Peninsula            February 24, 2015
Most coastal and Grays Harbor systems produced exceptionally high numbers of wild steelhead (release) this week and the Wynoochee river may have seen its peak of hatchery steelhead (keepers) as well.  

Drifting salmon eggs, various pink rubber "things" like worms, shrimp, beads, etc always produce.  You can fish with a float or not, it's up to you.  But, with no precipitation in sight, fishing the float will help your presentation in the low, clear water to come.

The next three weeks will offer anyone willing a potentially world class steelhead fishing experience, right here.  Don't miss it.  Remember to handle your release fish properly, keep them wet and make the photography portion of the release short and sweet!  

Columbia River spring Chinook are right around the corner!!!

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

Cowlitz River                                           February 24, 2015

Cowlitz B-Run Steelhead are in! The water conditions are low and clear.
From the boat side drifting artificials and back trolling plugs have been the top producer this week.

Expect action to pick up through the month of March. We will be moving down to the Columbia River the end of March for the Spring Chinook run. With the weather we have had this year, it's expected to be one of the best years ever!

Make sure you book your next fishing adventure soon before all the dates are full.


Ryan McCaughan  (206)533-4105  www.seattlefishingtrips.com



Some good fishing out there this last week even though we have seen some very low water. Down sizing our baits and practicing a little stealth on the smaller streams has worked pretty well for us most days. Warmer and dryer than normal conditions for this time of year is making for some tough going but with a little persistence you can get into some action. Just go small on your offerings. Jigs and floats are tops when in stealth mode. My all time favorite color jig in these low flows is called the Nightmare. It has accounted for more  Steelhead than any other color pattern out there at times like these.

If you don't want to fish small water the Cowlitz is putting out some fish although it has really slowed down the last several days. The lower Columbia is starting to put more and more Spring Chinook out daily.Springer fishing will only get better and better with each passing day.

Some great weather this last couple weeks has made fishing in the winter fun.


Mystical Legends Guide Service
Phil Stephens






February 24, 2015



Birthday winter chinook for Nick  

 Nick and Billy with a couple nice ones  


It has been quite the week in local waters…  We have seen some larger than average winter Chinook salmon and even a couple halibut back to the dock!   Overall, fishing has been quite productive and the majority of our trips have done very well!

We have been fishing all over the place and found fish in all of the typical winter chinook salmon spots in Vancouver Harbour, Howe Sound, and over on the Gulf Islands.  Things seem to be changing from day to day and we have found that we have had to move around a bit on some days to be successful.  There have been some very nice fish around this week with quite a few of the fish being in the 12 to 18 pound range.

Jeff with a beauty of a winter blackmouth

Caroline and Dan with a limit of chinook and a bonus halibut

In addition to the decent sized winter Chinook salmon, we were also fortunate to land a couple halibut over the weekend.  We will likely start putting in more effort to target halibut in coming weeks as there has been quite a few caught incidentally while salmon trolling.

Crabbing and prawning have been very productive over the last few weeks and should continue to get better.  Limits of Dungeness are common and 150 to 300 prawns per soak seems to be the norm right now.

We have not been changing our gear around too much this week.  We have been running Bon Chovy G Force Spoons and Green/Glow Coho Killers behind our favourite Gibbs Delta Guide Series Flashers.  (STS, Bon Chovy, Madi and Lemon Lime).

For our US and Washington State guests we are offering a 2 day/1 night winter chinook trip for $499.00 USD per person.  This trip includes 2 full 10 hour days on the water, accommodation at a seaside cabin on one of the Gulf Islands, salmon fishing, crabbing and prawning... All trips depart from Vancouver, so we are very close to the Seattle area!  This is a great deal that we can offer due to the exchange rate right now.   This offer is valid until April 15th/2015.  Please call us for more details. We can easily add extra days or nights to the package!

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

Barkley Sound

February 24, 2015



Ucluelet, BC:

February 24, 2015

2014 Recap for Salmon and Halibut
This past summer had people all excited with expectations of  record
returns of Chinook headed through Ucluelet for the Columbia River. While
the Columbia River did get a record return, a little just over last years
numbers, we didn't see all these fish pass in front of us as expected.

There was a big silver lining to the season however. July was one of the
most fun months I have had as a fishing guide with the whole month spent
fishing within 15 minutes from the harbour in a semi protected/protected
bay. We started the month trolling as we normally do but ended up fishing
live squid near the end. Not only did we get protection from the weather,
but we got what I think is the most sporty way to catch a salmon. While
downriggers are efficient ways to catch salmon, many people would
rather have a more hands-on way to start the battle of the scrappy Chinook.
The Good news is that I think squid fishing is here to stay. We hadn't
done it in years previous and learned a ton about it this past summer. If
squid numbers stay up as they are expected to, than we very well could
have a repeat of last season. There is just one for thing to say about the
fishery here during July: I must say our guides did an incredible job
figuring out what the salmon were feeding on we ended up getting an average
larger weight size per day than in 2012 and 13.

So what happened in May, June, August and September?

As not all of you came in July, we had some good fishing in all of these
months. June was not quite as good as it was in 2013, but we still managed
to get some good fish. I would say the larger runs of Chinook were a
little late coming through and it didn't really pick up until the last few
days of June. During August the hotspots changed almost daily and we had
to be ready to pick up and move or else get really good at guessing.
The Chinook moved in close to shore near the end of the month and we
mostly fished Little Beach near the end with just a couple runs to Big
Bank. The inshore fishing in 2014 was much better, however it did keep us
moving quite often as the fish didn't stay long in each spot. We did have
some good days at Big Bank but only ran out there a handful of times when
fishing in close went slow.

Halibut Fishing 2014

Halibut fishing seemed to be on and off. One day we would get lots and the
next it would be slow or two days hot and two days cold. We did get them
consistently throughout the summer starting in late May right up to mid-September. We mostly bottom bounced for them in July about 2 miles from
our salmon fishing spot and trolled for them in August when fishing 5-10
miles offshore.

Coho Fishing 2014
The Coho mostly stayed way offshore, however we did get some good days
with Coho during late June to early September. Our best Coho days were in
early September and we also go a few Chinook in the mix as well. Since we
were fishing in close to shore in early September, if we caught a Chinook
while Coho fishing it usually was a nice one.


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


February 24, 2015


The Salmon fishing has been great for winter Chinook. Lots of fish right near Bamfield and most areas of Barkley Sound. Most of the keeper size are between 6 - 10 pounds but there are some nice ones in the teen's. Small spoons like a Silver Horde cop car or small needle fish hootchies are working well. As always with these fish, find the feed and you will find the fish.

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

February 24, 2015


It’s again a New Year for sport salt water fishing and many sport fishermen, guides and potential guests are beginning to think about the many sport fishing opportunities that await them in 2015.
2014 was a fairly memorable year on the scenic West Coast of Vancouver Island.  Chinook fishing for migratory salmon headed to distant southern watersheds began in late April and continued through the late spring and summer.  Salmon returning to local streams and rivers arrived in August and continued in relatively good numbers into September.  In the Alberni Inlet Sockeye returns were not as high as forecast but returns were still over 1.2 million.  The 2015 West Coast Vancouver Island sport fishing season which will begin in the late spring and continue into the summer and early fall months looks to be very similar to that of the 2014 season.  The Sockeye season in the Alberni Inlet will again once again be fairly good with numbers hopefully reaching 600,000.  The Inlet is a great spot to sport fish as the Alberni Inlet water is fairly quiet and pristine.  Barkley Sound and offshore Ucluelet should be strong as good numbers of Chinook and Coho migrate to those distant watersheds.

Vancouver Island is a destination on both coastlines of all five salmon species (Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum).  This gives all avid sport fishermen an opportunity to sport fish a choice of salmon he/she might enjoy to target.  Of course these species do arrive at certain times of the summer or fall and each species also peak at specific times.  This often means that fisher persons can fish the inlets, sounds and offshore waters for Chinook and Coho and also Sockeye and have opportunity to fish river mouths and various Vancouver Island beaches for Pinks and Coho.
Winter fishing for Winter Steelhead in the Stamp River has been steady and winter (feeder) Chinook fishing in Barkley Sound and around the quiet hamlet of Bamfield and also the Ucluelet Harbor has been off and on with some reasonable fishing opportunities on those days that the winter season offers.  The Stamp River had excellent returns in terms of the summer run of Steelhead and to date returns of winter Steelhead have been good with the peak of the current season expected in February.  There has been some good sized hatchery Winter Steelhead in the mid teens with a few reaching the Upper teens to date.

Port Alberni Inlet
Barkley Sound
At times during the winter months a few schools of Winter Chinook will make their way up into the inlet and feed on bait fish in the Bells Bay and Nahmint-Franklin areas.  This happens periodically but most years the Alberni Inlet has the best sport fishing from mid June to mid September.  The Somass River Sockeye begin migrating into the river in May and usually begin to school in good numbers around the 10th of June.  When the Sockeye build up in big numbers the sport fishing action for the number one commercial salmon really heats up and is a lot of fun for all fisher persons young and old.
Sockeye fishing often can continue into the first ten days of August.  It is then that the first few Chinook salmon appear in the Inlet.  Chinook fishing is followed by Coho with the peak of the Chinook season often occurring around the Labor Day Weekend when the Port Alberni three day Labor Day Weekend fishing derby occurs.  The Port Alberni Inlet is a wonderful and very easy area to fish.  Many people worry about rough water but the Inlet waters for the most part are very calm.  The best fishing time for Sockeye is in the morning hours and the last two hours before dark.  Sockeye salmon do seem to be active at any time of the day which makes this sport fishery a very popular opportunity for everyone.
Barkley Sound waters are very much like the Port Alberni Inlet.  The Sound is protected on both the east and west coastlines.  Fishing in the Sound could occur every month of the year without fear of experiencing the big waters often found offshore in the winter and even during the summer months.  Winter Chinook fishing has been off and on.  Recently the Bamfield Wall and Samatao Bay has had some very good Winter Chinook fishing.  The 2015 mid winter months have had some good weather patterns and fairly productive fishing days.   The best fishing areas as mentioned have been the Bamfield Harbor mouth, the Bamfield Wall, Samatao Bay as well as Swale Rock, Vernon Bay, and the Canoe Pass outside entry points.  Pill Point, Sarita Bay and the Poett Nook area are also other spots worthwhile to fish in February and March.   The last few weeks has had some anglers fishing the Bamfield Wall.  Anglers have had opportunity to land a few Winter Chinook in the Fifteen pound range. There have been several feeders in the seven to nine pound range and many undersize salmon in the mix.   The feeders have been hitting cop car coyote spoons in the three and a half and four inch size.  Other coyote spoons that have worked are nasty boy the cop car glow and blue and green nickel.  Green Spatter back hootchies have been working as well.   Anchovy in Chartreuse Rhys Davis Teaser Heads are good but with lots of undersize feeders in the mix one can go through a lot of bait.
Winter Springs are in deep water.  It is not uncommon to find them in most areas of Barkley Sound from 100 to 145 feet.  The Winter Chinook will always be found where one finds go sized bait balls.  As mentioned Coyote Spoons in the three and a half to four inch size have been working.  Other great spoons to have on board are glow cop car, nasty boy, Green glow, and green and blue nickel.  These are good choices for fisher persons to have in the tackle box.  Hootchies are popular but use a shorter leader length than in the summer.  Leader lengths from 34 to 38 inches behind a glow green or glow red hotspot flasher are a good choice.  The Purple Haze hootchie as well as various whites and greens are also excellent choices.   Anchovy is also something all sport fisher persons should have on board.  There are days when the salmon will touch nothing else but anchovy.  Anchovy in chartreuse or a green glow Rhys Davis Teaser Head is a good choice.  Most of the current feeder Chinook landed has been in the 100 to 130 foot level.  The first salmon fishing derby on Vancouver Island’s West Coast will once again occur in Barkley Sound and is based out of Poett Nook.  The Sproat Loggers Derby will take place the first Saturday and Sunday of March.  The Derby is very popular and offers some great prizes and often some great weather and fishing.  The derby surprisingly has some good sized feeders landed.  It is not uncommon to have fish over twenty pounds entered.

Beautiful thirty pound Chinook land on the surf line of Barkley Sound.  Guide Robert of slivers Charters shows this Chinook landed on anchovy in an army truck Rhys Davis Teaser Head

Young guest from Calgary had a great day of fishing with Doug of Slivers Charters.  Two Coho salmon landed using a silver glow coyote spoon in Barkley Sound
Summer fishing in Barkley Sound especially on the surf line most years occurs from late May to early September and is expected in 2015 to be relatively good due to the migratory movement of salmon along the west coast.  Good numbers of Chinook, Coho and Pink Salmon will be moving to watersheds to the South.  The migratory flow of Chinook should predominately be 4 year olds.  The vast amounts of rich resources of bait fish in the Barkley Sound area during the summer months often bring the salmon into feed and rest before they continue their journey.   Some world class fishing usually occurs at Meares, Cree, Edward King, Beale and as far in as Kirby Point and Swale Rock.  We are really excited about the great sport salmon fishing opportunity we should have this summer in both the Sound and the Port Alberni Inlet.


It is fairly difficult to go offshore during the winter months.  There have however been some reasonably nice days on the water where the swell and water lump has been low.  The best winter Chinook fishing is often fairly close to the Ucluelet Harbor and well into the Broken Group of Islands.  This year has been no different.  Beg Island, Mara Rock and Big Bear have had some results.  As far in a Mayne Bay has actually had the best results. Needle fish, white hootchies, and various green hootchies, anchovy, and nasty boy, cop car, green glow, and silver glow coyote spoons have been the best bets to attract the feeder Chinook.  In late February the feeder Chinook fishing really picks up and gets much better as the herring spawn gets close and as the herring move toward the beach the salmon chase.  In the early spring we often feature our Seafood Safari.  This is a great trip on the open Pacific where guests can be treated to some excellent winter Chinook fishing, bottom fishing, prawn and crab fishing.  There might even be opportunity to find some oysters along some of the magnificent beaches of the west coast.  The end of the day often has guests preparing a wonderful gourmet seafood dinner at a local resort or bed and breakfast.  There are spots that the preparation of the days catch will be prepared for guests.

Offshore fishing is a lot of fun. Guest with Slivers Salmon Fishing Guide
John is playing a salmon on the big bank. Water is flat and pristine.
Summer fishing offshore Ucluelet offers many wonderful days
Summer sport salmon fishing out of Ucluelet looks again very promising.  Year after year Ucluelet has some of British Columbia’s best and most wonderful fishing opportunities.  The outlook for Chinook and Coho migrations look similar to the past few years.  We expect late May into mid September to have some of the best salmon fishing.  For those that enjoy Pink Salmon fishing the odd year is back and returns of Pinks to various rivers along the west coast should be very good.

Stamp River
The Stamp to date has provided some very good winter Steelhead fishing.  The fishing in one simple word has been “consistent”.   The fish are beginning to spread out and can be found in the upper and lower river.  Water conditions up to this past mid week were excellent until the last Pacific Pineapple Express hit the West Coast with a vengeance.  With the previous water levels being relatively ideal the migration of Winter Steelhead has been good with some good fishing in both the Upper and Lower Stamp River.  Guided trips on average have been hooking into five to seven fish per guest group each day.  The mix of hatchery Steelhead compared to wild have been almost 50-50 on a percentage basis.  For those on foot the most popular area is the falls pool which over the past few weeks has been very congested with sport anglers, especially on weekend days.  The Sproat has also had some great fishing days as of late.  Those individuals on guided and non-guided trips fishing with a float and below “the bucket” have had good success using natural bait in roe, roe bags, and shrimp.   Lures in artificial are allowed only from “the bucket” up river.  In the “no bait zone” corkies, spin’n’glows in rocket red and peach are working very well.  Below “the bucket” if not using bait pink worms, blades and gooey bobs are all working very well.  One sport angler fishing close to the confluence was using a pink jig which like pink worms, for the most part, works best in the Upper River, had an unbelievably successful day during the past week by hooking into five or six Steelhead.  The Winter Steelhead  have been good sized fish into the mid teens.

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


Winter chinook fishing has been GOOD and fish up to mid teens were caught this past week. Halibut fishing was GOOD, there was a 36 pounder caught off Discovery Island

Sooke, BC:

February 24, 2015


Sooke, BC                                         February 24, 2015

The fishing for winter springs remained FAIR this past weekend. Boats that went out experienced beautiful weather and fish into the low teens were caught.  Choice of lures has stayed very similar to last week; Anchovies are working well with Green 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 the Jellyfish UV. Halibut fishing was slow this past weekend. We had few people report that they were fishing for halibut.

Becher Bay                                       February 24, 2015

Salmon fishing was QUITE GOOD in East Sooke. This past week, chinooks as large as 18+ lbs were weighed in at Cheanuh Marina. Once again, most of the fish were caught either in Whirl Bay, off the Bedfords side of Becher Bay. The largest weighed 18.5 lbs and was caught in Whirl Bay. Bruce Paterson landed a 14Lb spring in Whirl Bay on Saturday February 21st. Most fish were caught trolling in 130 feet to 160 of water. Purple Haze and Green Glow were the most productive teaser heads for anchovies. That said, spoons and plastic baits have also been working well. Spoons such as G-Force in the smaller sizes have been working as well, both in No Bananas or Glow/Green. Squirts are working too with Pistachio, Purple Haze and Glow white the best patterns. For flashers, the Madi and the Purple Onion have been very good lately.

Pedder Bay                                      February 24, 2015


Chinook salmon fishing was GOOD in Whirl Bay and near the Can Buoy by the entrance to the bay. Most of the keepers weighed from 6 to 10 lbs were weighed at Pedder Bay Marina. Anchovies were the most productive lure for springs with Purple Haze and Bloody Nose teaser heads being top choices in teaser heads. Anglers are also getting springs while trolling 3” to 3.5” spoons. Coho Killers and G-force spoons with both glow and green have been working the best. Squirts are working too with Pistachio, Purple Haze and Glow white the best patterns. The best flashers have been the Purple Onion, Green/Silver Hot Spot and Jellyfish UV.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR over the early part of the week. Since tides were too strong, there is not much to report for later in the 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.


Victoria/Sydney, BC:

February 24, 2015

Fishing for winter springs was GOOD off Victoria. Anglers have been catching chinooks both close to shore and out at Constance Bank. However, reports of seal problems have been bad at times. During the week the bank produced lots of 8 – 12 lb springs. It was slower there, and the fish were smaller, on the weekend. At other times, Esquimalt, Brotchie and Clover Point have produced some nice fish. Anchovies have been working well in glow colors outside the harbour. Good choices in plastic baits are the Cloverleaf, Purple Haze and the Glo Below. Gibbs Coho Killer, Kingfisher and Coyote spoons in green and glow colours have been very effective.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR over the first part of the week. Halibut up to 30+ lbs were caught off the waterfront, mostly at Constance Bank. 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.

Oak Bay                                            February 24, 2015

Salmon fishing was SLOW for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap. A few springs of to 10 lbs were being caught but anglers reported fewer fish on the flats. 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 Pickle Green, J-79 and Jellyfish. Good flashers have been the Purple Onion, Green/silver or Green Jellyfish.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR over the weekend. Bob Richell caught a 36 Lb Halibut off of Discovery using salmon bellies tipped with octopus. 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                                              February 24, 2015

Salmon fishing was GOOD near Sidney this past weekend. Fish between the 8- 12 lb range were being caught. Moses Point, Coal Island, Sidney Spit and the Sidney Channel were all producing springs this past week. There is bait moving into the inlet and salmon are following them there as well. Many anglers are fishing using anchovies in UV Green teaser heads. Squirts have been out producing hootchies recently and the hot patterns for springs now are Purple Haze, J-79 and Electric Chair. Coho Killer spoons have also been working well, especially in double glow and 50/50 colors. Crabbing has been excellent off the Spit!

Notable Catches

Bruce Paterson landed a 14Lb spring in Whirl Bay on Saturday February 21st. Bob Richell caught a 36 Lb Halibut off of Discovery using salmon bellies tipped with octopus.


Big jigs are a very effective way to catch halibut as most anglers know. You can improve your jigs by adding Berkeley GULP or Powerbait to your lures.  The large size and scent of this attractants should increase your hookups on the big flatfish.



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



Fishing is SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area due to the cold weather. Although not many fish are being caught, some of those are big ones. Winter run steelhead are in most rivers and streams now.  Remember that ALL wild trout (steelhead included) must be released on ALL streams in Region 1. Wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in Cowichan Lake. Only single barb less hooks are allowed for all fishing on island streams and rivers.
COWICHAN RIVER – The water level has been dropping steadily since blowing out last weekend. It is presently at 1.9 meters by the lake and 1.7 meters downstream near Duncan. The steelhead fishing has been good and some large fish were caught and released. The Riverbottom area has been the best area to fish, but there are steelies in all parts of the river now. For steelhead, good lures to fish are Spin ‘n Glo’s, Corkies, Gooey Bobs, Jigs and the always reliable Pink Worm. Although many anglers are successful catching winter runs on flies, most anglers chose to use floats and gear. The trout fishing in the upper river is excellent. We’ve also heard of some large wild sea run brown trout being picked up as incidental catches. There are rainbows, cutthroats and resident brown trout that are actively feeding on salmon eggs. Salmon egg imitations are the go to lures for trout.

TROUT –  Trout fishing was SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. That said, some big trout have been caught this past month. 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.

BASS - Bass fishing is VERY SLOW. Fishing drop shot style is your best bet now. Soft plastics rigged “Carolina Style “are also a good choice when fishing drop offs and reefs, and have been most productive in 4” Yum bait colors Smoke or Pumpkinseed. 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 DEAD SLOW 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

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Nootka Sound

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 Oregon Coast

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 Great Lakes

February 24, 2015


Milwaukee Brown Trout Fishing Heaven!

All the details
Milwaukee fishing is as easy as it gets. We truly have a world-class fishery. There are three launch ramps for trailerable boats within minutes of dozens of hotels.
Where to launch

McKinley Marina 1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, South Shore Marina 2900 S. Shore Dr. and Riverfront Launch 650 S. Water.  McKinley Marina 414-273-5224 can arrange transient slips for those who would like to do an overnight. For general information on ramps and fees call

What to do in Milwaukee
Shopping abounds for the ladies who prefer not to fish. Excellent dining, in all price ranges, will make your family outing complete. The Milwaukee Visitor Bureau 800-554-1448 is a great source of information. 

How many
Wisconsin has a generous daily bag limit on Lake Michigan. 
You may keep five total of salmon or trout over ten inches. Possession limit is two daily limits. You may use three rods per person. 

Let’s catch a limit
I would like to share with you some of my keys to finding fish and the hottest set ups for very early presentation. I start my season in early April and the most important factor at this time is temperature. I recommend launching at McKinley. When you come out of the marina, stay inside the break wall. This area is well protected and is always fishable. Proceed south about one mile to the mouth of the river. The best early action will be where the warm river water meets the colder water. The mouth of the river and harbor breakwall gaps is where you want to fish. 

The most active species will be salmon and Brown Trout in the 5 to 12 pound class with many limit catches. Motor trolling is the method I use for most of my fishing, and I will explain one of my basic spring setups. I fish all my lines on planner boards with twenty-pound test line. Use a six foot leader 3/8-ounce keel sinker twenty feet behind the board. I recommend a boat speed of 2.0 M.P.H. Run small crank baits, medium size jointed minnow type lures and bright colored spoons. The color of the lure is dictated by the amount of light and water color. On most days in clear water I use white and black or silver lures. Hotter colors work best in cloudy water. You can’t go wrong with chartreuse in both conditions. The new Badger Tackle Vulcan glow in the dark lures are an excellent option.  Call me I will help you pick some of my favorites.

Fishing the easy way
You could do a fishing charter with me and I will take care of everything for you. We do put together groups if you have no one to fish with, come join the fun.

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





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