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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

September 09, 2014

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):

September 09, 2014

The Salmon Fishing is insane here in Westport with Coho taking the lead. Chinook are still around but the Coho are getting bigger and meaner. We are still seeing charter boats returning before noon with a full boat limit of fish. We headed out 2 different times this week and had a Blast!!!. Both trips saw boat limits of both Kings and Silvers.

After last weeks rain storms and east winds the Tuna put a scare in us and left for a few day. Catches for Tuna dropped dramatically over the week but, as I am writitng this the boats are starting to pick up more Albacore. Not like it was before but they are coming back in good numbers.

Salmon Fishing is slated to run until the end of September or until the quota is met......whichever comes first. The "Johns River" fishery starts September 16th. That is the fishery inside Grays Harbor from Buoy 13 in. Please read the regs for this fishery because major changes were made this winter. The WDFW will have the latest info. Use Divers or 3 way swivels, Fish Flashes, and spinners or Bait.  Fish right on the bottom mainly but run one shallow and you might be surprised. Stop by and see us at the store in Westport and I'll show you how to rig up and we have the gear you will need.

Right now there is no indication that fishing will slow down as we run through the close of our season. It has been a Blast and we hope you have been a part of it. If not get down here soon.

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


No report this week


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


No report this week


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


La Push (Marine Area 3 & Forks):

September 09, 2014


Good weather forecast for the weekend ahead combined with Kings and Coho coming in to the nearshore areas of La Push have smiles on the anglers faces coming here to finish off their freezer filling. The Q- buoy , Rock Pile and Weather buoy have been producing their share of fish.

The type of tackle used does not seem to make as much of a difference as timing.

Mooching Green label herring down to 200' will get you limits of Coho while the trollers are picking up a few more Kings for their trouble. Some Lingcod in the 12-20 pound range have been coming in with the Black Rock fish limits. As is the norm the further away from port you are willing to travel for you Bottom fish the better the grade. A jig on the bottom with a shrimp fly above makes quick work of catching a limit.

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


Neah Bay (Marine Area 4):

September 09, 2014

No report this week

Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

September 09, 2014


No report this week


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


Marine Area 6:

September 09, 2014

No report this week

Submitted by Crabaholic, Rick Derrick, Sequim, WA

Marine Area 7:

September 09, 2014

Salmon fishing in the San Juan's has improved somewhat as more Coho are starting to show. Although not red hot, you have a chance at a nice King as well. This up coming weekend will be the last for Spot Prawning. Crabbing is still open, and I've got some Tuna heads for bait. The Dungeness love them, but it's a pretty expensive way to get crab bait when you've got to run 50 miles off of Wesport to get it! Seriously, though, Salmon heads and carcasses work great for those that aren't prone to chasing the Albacore. And, of course, Cat food, Turkey and Chicken(of the yard) are good old stand by's. Remember to turn in those crab catch cards when the season is done.

Ingrid Heathcote landed this nice King, along with a couple Silvers to round out a good trip off San Juan.

Lance Rhinehart put the hurtin' on this mid-twenties Chinook, much like the 'Hawks will be looking to put on Phil Rivers and the Chargers down in San Diego this Sunday. It's that time of year again to plan and take precautions for your Sunday fishing trips. Make sure your radio is working before you leave the dock, and while that always holds true for the VHF, now it's important that you get a good signal for the Seahawks game as well. Either that, or just limit out and return to port before the game starts. Plan for the former, hope for the latter...

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

Marine Area 8.1:

September 09, 2014


No report this week  

Marine Area 8.2:

September 09, 2014


No report this week


Marine Area 9:

September 09, 2014

"A day early !" Kathy exclaimed as I netted her largest Coho of the year just one day before the Edmonds Coho Derby.  It was the spatterback green ace high tied 30 inches behind the green glo flasher once again.   The Edmonds Coho Derby was once again a huge success with over 330 fish weighed in.  They were not huge fish this year, but there were many happy anglers in the crowd.
Special thanks go out to all the Sno-King Chapter volunteers and sponsors.  The delicious and free Anthony's Chowder Bowls were again "off the chart" !

The Silver Slider fishery has been improving everyday with these fish fattening up on the schools of herring in the Area.  When you see the herring jumping all over, you can be assured there are some hungry Coho in the waters below.

This Saturday is that time when the recreational anglers of the Puget Sound say "Thank you !" to our beloved Veterans.  It is  Salmon for Soldiers time and we are all ready to get on the water for our Mission is Fishing event.  This year we have over 137 boats with over 200 volunteer captains and crew taking out over 300 Veterans and guests !
It all happens out of the Everett Marina with a huge ceremony and Bbq to follow, allowing us to just say "THANK YOU" to all of our Veterans for ringing the bell of freedom.

Visit SalmonforSoldiers.com and also our facebook page for more information.

Kathy dropped her Scotty to 65' and found this !

I saw this boat at the Derby.  A true "pro" look with all the Tackle Trappers in a row ....

Last years Salmon for Soldiers "to the boats !" presentation was awesome !

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


No report this week


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

Seattle area (Marine Area 10):

September 09, 2014

No report this week


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


 Marine Area 11:

September 09, 2014

Ramp checkers have reported to me that they are seeing a fair number of Silvers showing on the easterly side of the sound. This means from 3 Tree point and down to Browns Point. There as been several boats with limits. This matches up with the reports from the Puyallup River with several coho, that are bright all the way up to Sumner and beyond. Check the website for the tribal fishing schedule. Reports from area 10 have been very good and these fish are heading this way.

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

No report this week


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

The salmon fishing has been very slow the last few days with a Coho caught here and there trolling flasher and bait, spoons and artificial squid.
Some areas to try would be in front of the Puyallup River and off of the Pt. Dalco area on the out tide there is usually some good tidal rips to fish there.
There should be a few immature Chinook showing any day try a little deeper for them 100’ to 150’ similar gear.

Pier to Pier Date Night on the Docks September 27, 2014 6:30 pm – 9 pm Bring that special someone to enjoy wine and dessert at Anthony’s followed by an Adult Only Pier to Pier at Point Defiance Marina.  Cost $25 per person (21 and Up Only) Register Online at www.metroparks.org/pier-peer<http://www.metroparks.org/pier-peer>.
Enjoy up close and touch sea creatures brought up by local divers.  Participate in the touch tanks, scoop netting, on the dock lighted observation of night marine life, and have marine animal staff and volunteers help to identify what you are seeing.


Point Defiance Marina Fall Swap Meet – Saturday, October 4, 2014 – For More Information Click Here

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

Hood Canal (Marine Area 12):

September 09, 2014

No reports this week


Marine Area 13:

September 09, 2014




Lake Washington:

September 09, 2014


This picture again shows just what fishing is all about. A long time friend, Sherif Awad was in the store after seeing the perch pictured on Salmon U last week. He took his wife and sons for a day of catching and that they did. A good time was had by all.


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


Lake Chelan:

September 09, 2014



No report this week


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

September 09, 2014

Potholes Reservoir provides an opportunity during September to enjoy a great family fishing trip.  Bank fishers and boat fishers are catching Jumbo Perch and Crappie with Bluegill up to 9 inches.  We are enjoying simply cool nights and pleasantly warm days so far in September.  Due to the colder night time temperatures the Walleye are starting their fall feeding frenzy. 
Bass anglers are reporting many smallmouth catches in the Lind Coulee arm of Potholes Reservoir.  They are also catching some smallmouth between Goose Island and O’Sullivan Dam.  The Largemouth are showing at the face of the sand dunes and in the Crab Creek Channel.  As always when boating the sand dunes this time of year use extreme caution. 

Upcoming Events:  Questions please call the office (509) 346-2651

September 12-14, 2014
Dock Fishing Tournament and Pie Social
This is a really fun weekend fishing event.  The cost is $40 per person and it is a dock fishing tournament that starts Friday evening and does not end until 11am on Sunday.  We pay out for 9 different species of fish for the top two weights and end the weekend with an awards ceremony and potluck style meal at noon on Sunday.  We do limit this tournament to 200 fishers and we are 25% filled at this date, so if you are interested in joining please call the MarDon Office (509)346-2651 or go to mardonresort.com and download an application.

September 13, 2014
Old Farts Fishing Tournament
This is a 1 day bass tournament and to be eligible one team member does have to be 40 or older.  The entry fee is $100 per team with a $25 big fish and a $25 big stringer option.  Only prop driven outboard motors are allowed in this tourney. 

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


River Reports

September 09, 2014


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No report this week


Mystical Legends Guide Service
Phil Stephens






September 09, 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

September 09, 2014



Ucluelet, BC:

September 09, 2014

No report this week


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


September 09, 2014



No report this week


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

September 09, 2014


We are now into the month of September and not only has there been some great salmon fishing in the Port Alberni and Pacific Rim regions but the weather is sensational with sunny skies and afternoon temperatures from seventy-five to eighty-five degrees farenheit. These temperatures have made fishing in Barkley Sound and offshore areas out of Ucluelet fairly comfortable and very summerlike for those anglers seeking the big late summer Chinook and the ample Coho found in many of the great fishing spots in the area.  The salmon are currently migrating to their natal rivers, streams and creeks which will create a fantastic fall fishing opportunity in the Stamp, Nahmint, and Sarita River systems.

The first few weeks of September not only includes great Chinook and Coho Salmon fishing but it is also the time of the biggest salmon derby.  The forty-third Port Alberni Labor Day Weekend fishing derby just wrapped up.  Over two to three thousand ticket entrants participated this year with local Port Alberni angler Ray Ursel winning the derby with a thirty-seven pound Chinook which he landed using anchovy in an army truck Rhys Davis Teaser Head on the Saturday morning of the long weekend at Wittlestone which is between the Bamfield Harbor and Cape Beale.  This big fish won Ursel and his group $15,000 for biggest fish of the day and also the prize money for biggest salmon of the derby.  On Sunday the largest Chinook salmon was hooked by Leon Kossabar.  The 25.9 pound salmon won him $5,000.  Bill Goorts of Port Alberni was Monday,s big winner of $5,000 with his 34 pound Chinook.  The biggest fish of each day was worth a cash prize of $5,000.00 while second place was $2,000.00 and third place winners each day won $1,000.00.  The derby also awards several hidden weight awards.

We are looking forward to some great salmon fishing during September.  Barkley Sound and areas close to Ucluelet, China Creek (in the Alberni Inlet), and Bamfield should have some great Chinook and Coho fishing.

Ashley landed this twenty-three pound Chinook in the Alberni Inlet using anchovy in a green haze teaser head.


Port Alberni Inlet
Barkley Sound

The fishing in the Inlet for Chinook and Coho got underway about mid August.  The salmon pushed into the Upper Inlet and Harbor Mouth areas quite quickly but really have not held for long periods of time.  Currently there is a good push of Chinook and Coho headed for the Somass and Stamp River systems and Robertson Creek Hatchery.  The best fishing is now taking place in the China Creek and McTush areas.  The Chinook and Coho from the beginning of the season until this date have been hitting anchovy in a variety of Rhys Davis Teaser Heads.  Army Truck, Green Haze and Purple Haze have been the best teaser heads.  The 0-15 and 16 and the AORL 12 were both working well for the first ten days of the season.  Currently those fisher persons using an mp 16 and also a dark green spaterback hootchie are having some success.  The salmon in the first half of the morning are found in the top forty feet of water with some of the biggest Chinook that are being landed found in the top twenty-five feet.  Most of the Chinook and Coho have been quite bright.  Most sport fisher persons are having the best success on Coho salmon and are having a couple of Chinook salmon hit most mornings.   Every other day there seems to be a new school of salmon moving into the Alberni Inlet that are almost chrome in color.  We are expecting the first half of September to continue to have some good salmon fishing.  Coho are becoming quite dominant for many anglers and guide guests to land.  The weather at this time of year can play a major role.  If early fall rains occur the Chinook and Coho will make their way into the Somass River very quickly which will deteriorate the Port Alberni Inlet fishing.  The weather for the next week is forecast as clear and sunny.

Robert of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing landed this thrity-four and a half pound Chinook using anchovy in the Alberni Inlet.  This fish was landed early in the season on Saturday August 16th

Barkley Sound salmon fishing has been quite consistent over the past few weeks.  Wittlestone, Cape Beale, Assets, and areas along the Bamfield Wall have been producing some great Chinook and Coho catches.  The salmon are running in the top fifty feet of water and are hitting bait in a Rhys Davis Army Truck and Green Haze Teaser Head.  A few hootchies, in green, mainly the spatter back and T Rex plus a few different four and five inch coyote spoons are also working.  The watermelon and cop car four inch coyote has been very prominent along the Bamfield wall for Coho.  Diplock and Pill Point have been off and on.  The Port Alberni salmon Derby had some excellent entrants from the Pill Point area as a few Chinook over thirty pounds were weighed in from this great location.  September salmon fishing in Barkley Sound can often be very good especially for big Coho that are making their way to their spawning grounds.  The Coho are still actively feeding in the sound and can often be swimming in shallower water.  Shortening leader lengths and trolling a little faster can result in better catches.  Weather change in September can often hurry the salmon along to their natal streams and creeks.  The long term forecast is looking extremely good.  

Benny landed this great Chinook salmon fishing with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing.  The Chinook landed on the fourth day of September hit an anchovy in a green haze teaser head along the Bamfield Wall close the Harbor Mouth


Sid from Calgary Alberta fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing.  Sid landed this salmon along the Bamfield Wall.  The twenty-six pound Chinook hit an anchovy is a army truck teaser head.  This Chinook was landed during the first week of September

West Coast fishing has been a little slower over the last week.  It seems some of the big Chinook that are coming to West Coast Vancouver Island areas are coming close to the beach.  Some fishermen are fishing the Red Can and Lighthouse which are both close to the Ucluelet Harbor and are having some success.  The big bank and Rats Nose continues to be very good for Coho and smaller Chinook.  The halibut fishing has also been fairly good up to Long Beach and the inner Lighthouse..  Halibut retention is now two per day.  South Bank and Long Beach over the last week have had some good fishing for Chinook in the high teens and low twenty pound range.  The fish are taking spoons from the four inch coyote to spoons up to six and seven inches.  White hootchies and also halloween and green spatterback are working quite well especially for Coho that are ranging from ten to sixteen pounds.  It should be noted that Coho limits offshore are only at two per day and must one hatchery and one wild. 

Somass-Stamp River

The salmon and steelhead fishing in the Stamp River in September and October will be fabulous.   The best fly fishing will occur from October the second week of October into November.

Salmon fishing got underway on the 26th of August on the Stamp River.  There has already been some excellent catches of bright Chinook and Coho.  The salmon should begin entering the system in very high numbers beginning the week of September 8th.  On the 10th of September water will be released from Elsei Lake which should really help pick the Stamp River fishing up.  The peak is usually sometime during the third week of this month.  Good Chinook and Coho fishing should continue into October.  October is often an excellent month for Coho and fall or summer Steelhead.  For good results anglers should use wool, spinners and spin n glows.   We are expecting some great returns of Chinook and Coho and with fairly high numbers of Steelhead already in the system there should be a fantastic fall fishery in the world famous Stamp River.  The best fly fishing opportunities begin around the 10th day of October.

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

OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing is PICKING UP in many areas as the fish are heading towards their home rivers. Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend.

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:

September 09, 2014


Port Renfrew                                   August 26, 2014

Fishing has been GOOD for springs out at Swiftsure Bank. The springs are very deep, from 120 to 220 feet on the downrigger. Most of the springs are cookie cutters and weigh10-20 lbs with an occasional fish in the high twenties. The top producers are spoons. Along the “beach” it’s been hot and cold with some good days and some fruitless days.

Sooke, BC                                         August 26, 2014


Salmon fishing was SPOTTY 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 most consistent spots were Sherringham Point, Muir Creek and Otter Point. The springs were mostly in the teens with the occasional larger fish. Sockeye and coho anglers were having some success out in the strait in 500 to 600 feet of water and near the US border. We heard that the boats out the farthest produced the most sockeye.. 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 the Ok’i Super Betsey. Halibut anglers are having best success out west towards Jordan River and Sombrio Point.

BECHER BAYSalmon fishing has been SPOTTY in East Sooke, very similar to last week. Some springs are being caught, with most fish weighing in the teens to low twenties. The best salmon fishing was near Beechey Head, Aldridge Point and the Trap Shack. Anglers have been catching springs between depths of 40 to 90 feet on the downrigger. There are a few coho and sockeye being caught, especially out farther into the strait, close to the US border. 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 – Salmon fishing was SPOTTY both in the Pedder Bay and in Whirl Bay, just like last week. The springs are mostly between 8 to 20 lbs in size.  Many of the springs are being caught between 100 to 120 feet on the downrigger at the mouth of Pedder Bay with a 27 lb spring being the largest. 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 GOOD over the weekend with fish up to 54 lbs weighed at the marina. We also heard that there weren’t as many dogfish around. 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:

September 09, 2014

VICTORIA – Fishing has been HOT & COLD off Victoria. Monday and Friday saw good numbers of salmon being caught along the waterfront and Sunday wasn’t too bad either. On the other days it was very slow with few fish taken for the large number of boats out fishing. Although some big springs up to 32+ lbs have been caught in close, most of the fish are in the low teens in size. The salmon seem to be passing through quickly and not stopping to feed. Some sockeye and coho salmon have been caught as well. Constance Bank was pretty quiet this past week.  Anglers were finding few decent fish in the 9-15lb range.  The better springs that were getting caught were close to the bottom and biting most frequently on the tide change. 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 Green Onion and the HOT SPOT Silver Fever.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week out at Constance Bank in the 185 foot depths. 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 – Salmon fishing was VERY SLOW for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap.  I can’t honestly say if anyone caught any fish there, or even fished there, this past week. In prior weeks most anglers were trolling this past week with a few boats jigging and both were 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 GOOD this past week. Kingsley Grant and Mike Fekette caught a 52lb (121cm) halibut and a 65lb (130cm) halibut one day. One was taken on salmon belly with a herring and the other on a Gibbs Mudraker jig in 420 feet of water. 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- Salmon fishing was GOOD near Sidney this past week. Some springs and sockeye have been caught near Moresby Island, and Hambley Point has consistently produced springs. Many anglers are fishing for springs using anchovies in UV Green teaser heads. We’ve heard that the channel has a lot of smaller, undersize chinooks holding in the deeper water, but no good keepers. 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.



At this time of the year you have to pay particular attention to fishery openings and closures. It almost seems as if some areas are only open for salmon on a day-to-day basis. What is closed one day may be open the next, and vice versa. So the day before you go fishing, phone federal fisheries or visit their web site to find out what opportunities are available and avoid any unpleasant surprises. 


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



OVERVIEW – Fishing is SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area due to the hot weather and warmer water temperatures. 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. The lower reaches of the Cowichan River have been closed to all recreational uses until further notice.

COWICHAN RIVER – Water levels on the river are very, very low. The lower reaches of the Cowichan River have been closed to all recreational uses until further notice. The trout fishing in the mid and upper river is good to excellent, especially very early in the morning and late in the day, but it really stresses the fish to catch and release them now. 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

Milbanke Sound, BC                        September 09, 2014

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Their website is westsportfishing.com or phone 1855.825.9378.
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 Great Lakes

September 09, 2014


Chinooks and Coho moving in Milwaukee! 
Quick update!!  A huge swing in activity out of Milwaukee. This update is to let you know the big King Salmon are turning on.  Coho Salmon fishing is also improving. Badger Tackle Reaper or Vulcan spoons getting it done.

How Chinook 
Chinook are coming on Reaper Magnum Big Joe Silver spoons run long behind the downrigger ball or on five color lead cores. 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.  Rainbows are reliable.  Run 2,3,4,5,6 color lead cores with orange, red or green spoons. Best action in 100 to 200 feet of water.

This is the hot location. Water temperatures near shore are warm. This is no problem for mature salmon. The Kings have moved in as they do late August and September. They can be caught on high presentations. Fish the entire water column in 50 to 60 feet of water for the best action. Our best speed was 2.0 to 2.2 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider. 

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





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