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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

July 22, 2014

The Albacore Update:

After several weeks of waiting, the albacore finally showed up a few weeks ago and last weekend was the best fishing so far this season.  Big schools of Albacore were spotted 35-40 offshore in several locations with some of the best action coming in the area of 46.08 x 124.48.  There are massive schools of jelly fish offshore; try to work the edges of these schools and check your gear frequently.  This time of year, trolling clones is extremely effective along with X-raps.  The go to colors were the zucchini and Mexican Flag clones and mackerel colored X-raps.  Live bait is always a good thing to have once you hook up on the troll.

The Salmon Report:

Good Coho action over the weekend was common along the rip off Buoy 1.  Trolling whole anchovies or lures like the Cookies and Cream Tailwagger by Silver Horde produced the best action.  If you want to target Chinook, the 50’-75’ stretch of water from the Lighthouse north to Long Beach produced some nice “teener” Chinooks.  Each day is a little different along the beach, find the birds and bait and you’ll find the fish.  As usual, this area is thick with crab pots so keep a good eye out!

Gourmet Fishing – Sea to Plate™
Anthony Warren, 28' Albin "MadMoney" in Ilwaco, CCA Member & PSA Sno-King Member

No report this week

Steve Burress
Pacific Salmon Charters


Westport (Marine 2):

July 22, 2014

No report this week

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 reports this week


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


07/19/2014 - Marine Area 2
Departing Westport at 0730, I took a party of 4 salmon fishing.  We began trolling in 90 feet of water approximately 7 miles northwest of the north jetty and began tacking north and out to deeper water.  By 0930 we had boated 3 Coho and released several undersized to keeper sized Chinook and one native Steelhead (rare).  We then tacked southeast toward shallower water in hope of finding a few Chinooks but ended up finding more Coho.  We kept our first 8 legal fish so we limited our boat by 1130.  We found our best action 8 miles north and in about 70 feet of water and ended our day with 7 Coho from 8 to 12 lbs and 1 Chinook to 15 lb.  We also lost a nice Chinook at the boat that was pushing 20 lbs.  Here's what was working for us:

  • Hot Spot Purple Haze flasher (mini) with an Ace Hi-fly UV Purple Splatter tied about 20 inches behind the flasher.  This rig accounted for 2 Coho including one weighing 12 lbs. The nice Chinook that got away also bit this rig.  We’ve been fishing this rig shallow – 15 to 20 feet – and it has been our best and most consistent producer over the last 5 trips.
  • Hot Spot flasher (7.5") in Red/Yellow and Green/Yellow with Krippled Anchovy UV Clear tied 36 inches behind the flasher.  We fished two rods rigged with this setup between 35 and 55 feet.  These two rigs account for 5 Coho.  We tried the purple haze agitator but it didn’t produce any fish.
  • Franco Bullet Rotator (FBR) in green outfitted with a herring.  Our only legal Chinook was caught on this rig.  It was fished at 25 feet without a flasher.

07/20/2014 - Marine Area 2
Departing Westport at 0630, my father and I opted to go salmon fishing.  We began trolling in 90 feet of water approximately 6 miles northwest of the north jetty and began tacking north.  We quickly boated 3 Coho and decided to target Chinook for our last fish.  We released many Coho and undersized Chinook in doing so.  At 1130, we eventually caught 1 keeper sized Chinook and lost another good sized Chinook.  We noticed there were a lot more short strikes than the day before and we also lost quite a few fish.   Here's what was looking working for us:

  • Hot Spot Purple Haze flasher (mini) with an Ace Hi-fly Chartreuse Splatter tied about 20 inches behind the flasher.  This rig accounted for 1 Coho, our 1 legal sized Chinook, and the nice sized Chinook that got away.  Again, we fished this rig shallow – 15 to 20 feet.
  • Hot Spot flasher (7.5") in Red/Yellow with Krippled Anchovy UV Clear tied 36 inches behind the flasher.  We fished this rig for a few hours but never landed a legal fish, just natives and undersized Chinooks.  We fished this setup between 35 and 55 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 2 Coho but was bit CONSTANTLY.  For anyone who decides to fish this rig, I suggest trimming the plastic sleeve back a ways and tie on a two-hook rig.

For anyone fishing the casino area, be on the lookout for floating rope from crab pots.  During slack water, we had several close calls with floating rope.
Pictured with the fish are several of my custom wrapped rods.  I specialize in tuna, salmon trolling and mooching rods, and all varieties of freshwater salmon and steelhead fishing rods. 

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


La Push (Marine Area 3 & Forks):

July 22, 2014

Ladies day!  Sunday produced these King and Coho with a cooler of bass. These were landed using green label herring with 5 oz. mooched in 250-350' on the edge of the Juan de Fuca canyon. The trollers are doing well on the Silver Horde Kingfisher lite spoons in Irish Cream, Water Melon and spotted tail. Gold Star hoochies in double glow spatter back.  Seahawk and white have been working with a herring strip.  Pull them behind a glow flasher in any color by Hot Spot or Q- Cove for fish on

If you make it past the Coho, going down to 3-400' will put you on the Kings.
The 20 fathom restriction is in effect for bottom fish.  Fisherman need to
remember Yellow Tail Rockfish are off limits when salmon fishing in the deep

There have been easy limits on the nearshore for Black Bass and lingcod.
A 3-4 oz flutter jig with a shrimp fly on the line above, speeds up the
catching, gives a shot at the lings.

Diesel is available at the La Push Marina ,while gas is still not available. 
Overcrowded facilities Is not a factor at La Push. With likely the best salmon
fishing ahead we look forward to helping people learn this fishery.

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


Neah Bay (Marine Area 4):

July 22, 2014

No report this week

Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

July 22, 2014

No report this week


Marine Area 6:

July 22, 2014

No report this week


Marine Area 7:

July 22, 2014


Salmon fishing has been slow for us in the Islands. There are fish around, but not in big numbers yet. We may have a few more weeks to wait before the bulk of the big Summer King's show up.

Although not red hot, being at the right place right time can produce limits. In tough fishing like this, stick with what you know works and be consistant. Changing out gear all the time may work against you. The reason you're not catching may be because the fish just aren't there, or biting. Stick with the basics, and keep your gear in the water fishing effectively. Salmon fishing can be a game of ratio's. The boat with the gear fishing the most wins.

The crabbing has been fantastic, depending on where you're at. This pot was loaded with big keepers.

Vicki activates the automatic manual Crab pot puller, while running the coiler. Hand pulling pots makes for a pretty good work out. At least that's what I tell myself. Make sure pots are in good shape, doors swing freely, and you've got enough weight to keep them from getting swept by the tide.

We got Crab legs!

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

Marine Area 8.1:

July 22, 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 22, 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 22, 2014

"DOUBLES !" , Kathy shouted as she grabbed the rod and lightning fast Mickey grabbed the other and started reeling as the fresh ocean Summer kings started the battle.
Luckily both fish swam in different directions and these anglers knew how to keep the line tight and play the fish like concert violins.  First Kathy's pig laid on its side for the net and Mickey patiently whispered to her fish that we were almost ready for photo's ....
The King opener was not "red hot" for sure, but the anglers who put in their time were rewarded with some of the best tasting fish of the year.  Sporadic bites were reported from Lagoon Point, MCB and Foulweather Bluff to Edmonds.  
It was a candlefish extravaganza for us and we matched the hatch well with the Silver Horde White Lightning Coho Killers.  
With the rains upon us this week, the Kings will be rolling in more and more each day.  Be sure to get out there and take advantage of this fantastic summer fishery.

Dobie-wan aboard the Captain Midnite picked up a fat high teener on the opener!

The final DOUBLE provided limits for our team on the Fishtale 2 (great to have Jay Fields and his wife Mickey on board for the day).

It is like a "where is Waldo" photo.....find the Coho Killer in this fresh mouthful of candlefish ! 

See you on the water !

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

To my amazement my two best friends agreed to meet me at the boat 3:30 AM Saturday.  Teri and Anton were not sorry after we pulled in these two kings while riding the incoming tide up the east side of possession.  The first was caught on full herring and the second, a cop car spoon.  We tried to stay at 120' but found ourselves bouncing the downrigger ball off of 60' with wonderful results.

Submitted by Lisa,  MV WhyKnot

Here are the Area 9 fish we were blessed with on opening day. Fishing Pt. No Pt., hoochies behind a Green Dragon/Green Hotspot flashers did the trick. Christopher aka the “Lingcod kid” caught the biggest King of the day 18.5#, he still likes lingcod fishing better! Fished hard the next 2 days, ended up with 3 smaller ones for our efforts (oldest son got a 14# Friday night). Hopefully will see another push of fish soon! Fishing with my kids sure beats working, in truth, it beats about everything!

Submitted by Michael & Deanna – Hansville, WA


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

Submitted by Tom Nelson, Salmon University


Seattle area (Marine Area 10):

July 22, 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 22, 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

The Chinook fishing has been fair the last few days with the bulk of the catch
coming from the Clay Bank area trolling plugs, flasher & spoons or artificial
squid but if you prefer to jig or mooch you can find salmon here as well. We
did have a 23 pounder in on Monday. Be aware of the seals.  They have not been quite as aggressive lately but are still taking fish and gear.  Make sure the salmon you retain is fin clipped.

There have been a few salmon caught at Pt. Evens, Gig Harbor shoreline, near the Girl Scout camp and Pt. Dalco as well.

Good Luck! 

Other happenings at Point Defiance Marina include:

Sails and Trail Camp starts on July 7-11, 14-18, and 21-25 on Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm. Youth ages 11-15 learn fishing, hiking on the beach and trails at Point Defiance Park learning about marine life and forest identification. In the afternoons they are taken to Tacoma Youth Marine Center for sailing and kayaking. On Wednesdays they attend the Foss Seaport Center for hands on learning about marine life and water quality. Cost $235 per week.  For more information call 253.591-5325 or email genea@tacomaparks.com 

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


Hood Canal (Marine Area 12):

July 22, 2014

No reports this week


Submitted by Tom Nelson, Salmon University

Marine Area 13:

July 22, 2014

No report this week




Lake Washington:

July 22, 2014



No report this week

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


Lake Chelan:

July 22, 2014

What’s hot is trolling the tip of Wapato Point on Lake Chelan in the mid-morning for Mackinaw.  Also hot is the evening bite for Lake Trout along Manson Bay.  Finally, hot, is the early morning bite on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw either on the “Bar” on or up at Colyar Ledge 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. The “Bar” and Colyar Ledge are hot early in the morning.  Worden Lures T4 flatfish in GPLF has proven to be the “go to” lure for enticing those big fish.  However, again, Silver Horde’s Needlefish squid rigged with a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade has been our most consistent bite producer. 

Your fishing tip of the week is a reminder to keep in mind the most important detail when fishing Lake Chelan for Mackinaw.  That is proximity to the bottom.  We try to fish 3 to 5 feet off the bottom all the time.  Dragging will foul things up.  For every ten feet you come off the bottom, you cut your bite rate in half. 

The kid’s tip of the week is to really stay focused on sun and hot weather safety with the little kids.  Keep plenty of fluids available to keep them hydrated and sunscreen applied.  There is nothing funny about sun stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration. 

Your safety tip of the week is to really keep your head on a swivel during our busiest time of the year on Lake Chelan.  Avoiding collisions is everyone’s responsibility.

Pictured above on 7-19-14, Robert Colwell of Issaquah and Steve Clark of Chelan with their catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw including a 12.3 pound "Bar" fish.

Lyndon Stout and Julia Leizuira with Eve Leizuira (12); Jessica Stout (9) and Emily "big fish" Stout (8) with their morning catch of Lake Chelan Lakers.  Emily got a 16.2# and an 11.8# Mack!

Pictured above, Eight year old Emily with her 16.2# fish!


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 22, 2014

After the warmest day (so far) of 2014, warm water fisheries are producing improved action for anglers.  Most fishers have been targeting early morning and late evening fishing activities with Central Eastern Washington day time high’s well above 100 degrees.  Reports of Sand Dunes bass on Potholes Reservoir have been very good from day light until 10am using a wide variety of surface baits.  Buzz Baits, Floating Rapala, Zaro Spocks (walking the dog) and especially floating frog imitations.  Evening anglers are enjoying an improved walleye bite using Rapala-Shad Raps both trolled and cast, plus Strike King square bill plugs (KVD, Kevin Van Dam copies) and casting spinner baits.  The reports are very similar.  That is, find a sand dune with dirt showing with 2” to 3” water on the beach with weeds that is on the edge of deep water. 

After the warmest day (so far) of 2014 warm water fisheries are producing improved action for anglers.  Most fishers have been targeting early morning and late evening fishing activities with Central Eastern Washington day time high’s well above 100 degrees.  Reports of Sand Dunes bass on Potholes Reservoir have been very good from day light until 10am using a wide variety of surface baits.  Buzz Baits, Floating Rapala, Zaro Spocks (walking the dog) and especially floating frog imitations.  Evening anglers are enjoying an improved walleye bite using Rapala-Shad Raps both trolled and cast, plus Strike King square bill plugs (KVD, Kevin Van Dam copies) and casting spinner baits.  The reports are very similar.  That is, find a sand dune with dirt showing with 2” to 3” water on the beach with weeds that is on the edge of deep water. 
Fishing off the dock in the early morning and late evening has been producing some nice fish. 

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


River Reports

July 22, 2014


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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 22, 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 22, 2014



Ucluelet, BC:

July 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 FAIR overall. Because of the good fishing weather on the weekend, there were LOTS of anglers in most areas and most reported FAIR success. Halibut fishing was SLOW in most areas.  Currents were decent this past weekend for Halibut but with high numbers of dogfish still made for tough fishing.

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 22, 2014

Sooke, BC                                         July 22, 2014

Salmon fishing was FAIR this past week. This was again the best area to be fishing, both for size and quantity. 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 starting to show up, which eats up a lot of your bait. 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.

Becher Bay                                       July 22, 2014
Salmon fishing has been FAIR in East Sooke. A few springs have been caught and some big ones, but mostly its springs in the teens and 20’s. The best salmon fishing was near Beechey Head and the Trap Shack. Were most anglers were finding their success in early mornings on the flood current. Anglers have been catching salmon between depths of 40 to 90 feet on the downrigger. 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 22, 2014

Salmon - Salmon fishing was FAIR, both in the Pedder Bay and in Whirl Bay.  Lots of small Springs and small Coho have started to show up in the area, which has made it tough to keep your bait down to catch that big one. 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 good 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 decent over the weekend, with the large numbers of dogfish made for tougher fishing.  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 22, 2014

Victoria Waterfront                         July 22, 2014

Fishing has been FAIR off Victoria.  Constance bank this week has seen a large amount of shakers and some Coho showing up.  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 FAIR. A few springs into the 20 lbs were caught between Brotchie ledge and Clover Point. The fish were out a bit from shore and between 60 to 80 feet on the downrigger. With not a lot of bait holding, they 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.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week, although the currents were decent, dogfish caused the fishing to be tougher. 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 22, 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 22, 2014
Salmon fishing was FAIR off Sidney this past week. Fish seem to be a little more scattered but with reports from all the popular spots having a few fish. 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 

Nicole Burkmar caught a 24lb spring in Port Renfrew this past weekend fishing with her Brother Dan, they ended up with 4 nice fish by 11am all on caught on the beach. 


A long Salmon fishing rod gives the advantage to the angler.  Short rods can be used for convenience on small boats but give up a lot of advantage.  Nine foot rods should be your absolute minimum but a 10’6” rod gives the fisherman that much more advantage.


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.

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. Wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in Cowichan 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


Nootka Sound

July 22, 2014



No report this week


Winter Harbour, BC

July 22, 2014


No report this week

Queen Charlotte Islands

July 22, 2014

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 Oregon Coast

July 22, 2014

No report this week





July 22, 2014

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Petersburg, Alaska

July 22, 2014


No report this week



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 Great Lakes

July 22, 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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