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[ Current Fishing reports ]

Fishing Reports are on hiatus until Tuesday, March 31st.  Please check back then.  Thank you for your patience.

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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):

March 31, 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):

March 31, 2015

It was a Great time at the Salmon University Seminar last week and I enjoyed meeting those of you that attended. There is always so much to learn and I still learn something new every year. Thank you to Tom and Maryln Nelson for organizing the show.

Excitement is really starting to ramp up here in Westport with Ling Cod and Bottom fishing open. The weather has not exactly been cooperating but when the boats get out they are catching lots of fish. It is really a cool thing to work down on the docks and see the boats come in. Saturday I got to see a 33.3 pound Ling hit the dock and rumors of a 39 pounder quickly spread through town. Look for these fish in the 70 to 100 feet of water areas north of the harbor. The best baits for the Lings are a large twister tail grub fished on a 4 to 6oz lead head jig hook. Live bait works too. If you can catch a small green ling or flounder put it back down and hang on. Bring a heavy rod and reel for these guys. An 80 to 100 pound class set up works best. I use 65 pound braid line with 8/0 hooks. There are times you will think that is not enough. Here is Cyndi holding a nice 20lbs class Ling.

Razor Clamming continues to be Fantastic!! and, with the day time digs the crowds have been huge. The area around Grayland Beach seems to be producing the biggest clams. We were able to get this nice limit in about 20 minutes the other day.

There are a few charter boats running during the week but most are running on Saturday and Sundays. Call the different offices to get a spot or call me and I will point you in the right direction. Halibut season is approaching fast and in Westport open the first Sunday in May. 

As always 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):

March 31, 2015


See Olympic Peninsula Rivers under “Rivers Report”

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


Neah Bay (Marine Area 4):

March 31, 2015

No report this week

Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

March 31, 2015

No report this week


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


Marine Area 6:

March 31, 2015

No report this week


Marine Area 7:

March 31, 2015


No report this week – salmon fishing is closed – See Lower Columbia River (Below)

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


Marine Area 8.1:

March 31, 2015


Open for Salmon

No report this week

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

Marine Area 8.2:

March 31, 2015


Open For Salmon

No report this week

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


Marine Area 9:

March 31, 2015

No report this week

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

One day the weather is beautiful and the next few days high winds and rain keep the anglers off the water.  Puget Sound Anglers had their annual Chapter Challenge last weekend which was won by the North Kitsap Chapter with a 17 lb fish taking first prize.  Not a lot of fish caught in the area this past week.

John Kaeser, caught a nice 10 lb Chinook trolling an anchovy, 220 ft deep over a 240 ft bottom depth off Hood Head, just above the Hood Canal Floating Bridge.

Submitted by Tom Nelson, Salmon University


Seattle area (Marine Area 10):

March 31, 2015

Closed for Salmon

No report this week


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


Closed for Salmon.

No reports this week

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



 Marine Area 11:

March 31, 2015


The salmon fishing has picked up a little bit over the last week or so although the fishing pressure has been light, the fishermen that have gone out are finding more success. The salmon that have been caught are anywhere from just legal size for chinook 22” to about 15lbs. Be careful many of these fish have their adipose fin attached and must be released.   Mooching with herring and trolling flasher and spoons seem to be working best right now and the best spots to fish have been the Clay banks at the low or high water changes and Pt. Dalco on the incoming tide.  Remember as of April 1st you will need a new fishing license.

Basic Fishing Classes Offered at Point Defiance Marina
Monthly classes are offered to youth and adults to prepare you to better take advantage of the fishing at Point Defiance and the local lakes and rivers.  Learn knot tying, tackle, rods and reels, rigging techniques, regulations, and safety.  

Youth Basic Fishing Class is scheduled for Saturday April 4, 2015 at 10 am to 12 noon.  Cost is $10 for these classes and you must register.  Ongoing monthly classes scheduled as needed to accommodate all interested.  
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.
Point Defiance Marina Spring Swap Meet - Saturday, May 16, 10:00 am to 3 pm. Booth Space $15.  A great way to clear up your lockers or garages with tackle and gear others may really need.  No firearms, bullets, tobacco, or alcohol products.  Register now for a 10 X 10 Space is limited.   Must register in advance at PDM Boathouse by May 14, 2015

Sails and Trails Camp for Ages 11-15 years old
 Mornings begin with beach side activities, fishing, and hiking at Point Defiance Park, Tacoma.  Afternoons are spent at Tacoma Youth Center learning sailing and kayaking in Foss Waterway with Marine Education at Foss Seaport Center.  Camp Dates :  July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24, 2015  Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm  COST: $250/WEEK

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

Hood Canal (Marine Area 12):

March 31, 2015

No reports this week


Marine Area 13:

March 31, 2015




Lake Washington:

March 31, 2015



No report this week

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


Lake Chelan:

March 31, 2015

Lake Chelan continues to be hot, trolling for Mackinaw in the Barrens and Kokanee uplake of Mitchell Creek along the North Shore.  Roses Lake is still producing relatively easy limits of planter rainbows for shore and boat anglers.  Antilon Lake is producing great numbers of brown trout for kayak and float tubing anglers. 

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 being caught on 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.  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. 

On Antilon Lake pull wooly buggers on a full sink line or Worden’s Roostertails to get your fill of Brown Trout. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to take it easy when you have a Kokanee on.  Because of the way they thrash and their weak mouths you can lose the majority of the fish that you hook.  When they are jumping, pulling hard or shaking their heads, ease up on the reeling.  When they are following along, pick up the pace.  Do not pump the rod!  I think that if you land two-thirds of the fish that you hook, you’re good.  If you are losing more than half, look in the mirror for the problem. 

The kid’s tip of the week is to make it a goal to get those school age kids out for some fishing over spring break.  Shore fishing at Roses or Antilon in our valley is particularly good right now.  They will remember those trips for the rest of their lives and that golden childhood goes fast. 

The safety tip of the week is to grease the axle hubs of your boat trailer before that first big trip of the spring.  It’s no fun having that wheel fall off!

Pictured above on 3/17/15, Roger Sorenson and Pepe' Hernandez of Blueberry Hills with their Kokanee and bonus Lakers.

Pictured above on3/24/15, Three generations of the Munds Family from Estacada, OR with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Lakers.

Pictured above on 3/24/15, Mountain Goat observed along the Upper Lake Chelan Shoreline!

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

March 31, 2015

With the recent warm weather in the Potholes area, the lake temperature the other day was already reaching the mid-50s. Yes, we did have a few days that wind kept us ashore. I am fishing the main lake and specifically off the mouth of Crab Creek and working for Walleye in waters 20 to 30 feet deep.  Most of the Walleye we are catching and keeping are 16 to 20 inches and are sure good eating.  I am trolling a worm harness using Smile Blades, beads and the Mustad Slow Death baited with a half of a nite crawler.  Since we now live here we fish just long enough to keep 4 fish a day. We start our day by launching by 10 am and are back home by 1 PM. 

This past weekend the annual Sand Hill Crane festival was held in Othello. Never in my life would I have thought of going to such an event. We did and do not regret it. While fishing the Potholes we hear the flights of these great birds and their songs passing overhead and watch them in awe. They rest here for about 5 weeks on their trip from Mexico to nesting grounds in Alaska.
With a garden to put in, grass now to mow, fencing to replace and still boxes to unpack I guess this is called retirement.  Along with a CCA banquet to attend one weekend and then the annual Salmon University the next weekend a lot of time is spent driving and it is all rewarding.

Submitted by Tom Pollack, Retired

Early spring weather has been amazing in Central Washington.  With 70 degree temperatures coming to the Potholes Recreation Area we can only predict another memorable March fishing weekend.  Bass fishers are reporting late day surface water temperatures in the mid 50 degree range and largemouth are providing good action later in the day when the sun has warmed in the shallows.  For better largemouth action in the sand dunes, fish late in the day with a southern exposure to the sand dunes.  Also, when sight fishing focus on black sand not white sand lake bottom for best early season action. 

Smallmouth are already providing action using crawdad diving plugs on points in the Lind Coulee Area, or try flipping jigs and drop shoting plastics.  And as always try the pre-spawn bite around Goose Island and along O’Sullivan Dam for smallmouth and an occasional largemouth bass.

The rainbow trout has been fair along Medicare Beach and the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway.  Power-bait continues to be the best bait for trout bank fishers.  Many trout anglers use Power-bait shaped like marsh-mellows with a night crawler on a #6 bait hook.  On Potholes Reservoir don’t shy away from large hooks when trout fishing because we see some amazing rainbow trout occasionally over 24”. 

Walleye anglers continue to locate pre-spawn feeding males under 20 inches.  Many walleye are now being caught on spinners and crawlers but when you locate a school of feeding walleye, anglers use Blade Baits for the best catching.  Walleye fishers trolling are focusing on the mouth of Crab Creek where it enters Potholes Reservoir and the Medicare Beach Area.  Any day now the seasonal Lind Coulee Walleye feeding frenzy will begin. 

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

River Reports

March 31, 2015


See Steelhead University

Lower Columbia River                           March 31, 2015

With fishing closed in the San Juans, the islands crew made it down to Portland to fish springer’s on the Big C with Mark Coleman of All Rivers and Salt Water Charters. We went 4 for 6 on Saturday 28th, trollin' cut plugs downhill.  All nice cookie cutter teeners.

Erick Crown with a nice one

Kevin and Mark enjoying a great day.

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

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



Gotta love this time of year. Lots of options for us Steelheaders. Coastal Steel are going strong in all the rivers still open. Most of the fish are Nates so catch and release is the rule but with less pressure you can really have some great number days and there's always a chance for you to catch that fish of a life time. If hatchery Steel is what you want the Cowlitz at Blue Creek is fishing good and you don't need boat. The guys from the bank are doing very well in this area. Boat fisherman have been doing pretty good with most of the fish being caught Side drifting. For me it's Spring Chinook time and I can't get them off my mind. The Columbia is heating up as well as the tribs. Good numbers of fish are starting to show and with some of the best water conditions in years it could be one of those incredible years like we would love to see. Here are a few very nice early Spring Chinook we have put into my boat the last few days.

If your looking for a Spring Chinook trip I will be fishing the Cowlitz river the rest of the Spring and have a few days left open.

Mystical Legends Guide Service
Phil Stephens






March 31, 2015



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

March 31, 2015


No report this week

Ucluelet, BC:

March 31, 2015

No report this week

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


March 31, 2015


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

March 31, 2015


Coho are a bit larger as the season moves on.  The late summer run in late July and running through August and early September usually produces for avid anglers some beautiful Tyee in the high thirty to mid forty pound range.  The Coho salmon in early season are often six to eight pounds and late in the season can often be in the mid to high teens.
The Port Alberni Inlet is expected to have a reasonable Sockeye Salmon return in June and July.  Ocean conditions have been normal for salmon survival over the past number of years.  This year we have been witnessing a mild El Nino.  Indicators are showing returns of Sockeye Salmon to the Somass River to be possibly from six to eight hundred pieces.  Besides Sockeye the Somass-Stamp River system also has a very healthy return of Chinook and Coho.  The Chinook often begin to show the second week of August in the Port Alberni Inlet and actually peak in the third or fourth week of the month.  The Coho follow the Chinook and begin showing in the later part of August and continue well into September.   

Sport fisher people who will come from all over the world will be treated to some world class salmon fishing along Vancouver Islands West Coast, Barkley Sound and the Port Alberni Inlet.  The Port Alberni Inlet, the inshore and offshore water of Ucluelet and Tofino and Barkley Sound should once again all be fantastic areas of those so called “hotspots” in 2015.

Port Alberni Inlet
Barkley Sound

Summer fishing in the Port Alberni Inlet should be well underway by mid-June for Sockeye Salmon.  The area has been very dry and there is little snowpack which should create, because of abnormal conditions, an early sport Sockeye season. Sockeye sport fishing has become a very popular sport fishing opportunity and is fun for everyone from the most avid trophy fishermen to the beginner.  For young children Sockeye fishing is fun and seldom creates any boredom.  The Sockeye fishery in the Alberni Inlet occurs in protected waters and has mind boggling action.  There are often many occasions when two, three, and even four Sockeye Salmon hit the rods which can create havoc for all.  The Sockeye sport fishery can often continue right into the first ten days of August.  These tasty salmon begin to school when the river temperatures hit seventeen or eighteen degrees C.  This higher water temperature slows the migration to the Somass River and the Sockeye Salmon move to deeper and cooler water out in the Alberni Inlet.

Barkley Sound has provided some consistent and recently “BETTER” winter Chinook fishing.  The Sproat Loggers Derby occurred the first full weekend in March and produced some nice feeder Chinook up to almost twenty-four pounds.  The wining salmon in the 2015 derby was twenty-three pounds fourteen ounces.  This fish was landed in ninety feet of water in the back of Mayne Bay on a Chrome Tom Mack spoon.  The second place salmon was landed at Great Bear on anchovy and came in at twenty-three pounds eight ounces.  The third place fish a beautiful twenty-one pound Chinook was landed at Diplock on a white hootchie.  The top three salmon were all landed by avid Port Alberni Sport fisherpersons.    The weekend weather was fantastic but early morning fog on the second day kept many anglers close to Poett Nook which was the derby headquarters.  In early March and April anchovy often seem to work very well in Barkley Sound and the Broken Group of Islands.  This was definitely true during this early season salmon derby although some fisher people had some very good success with hootchies and spoons in the three and a half and four inch size.  Lately the fishing has turned on in the Sound. Swale Rock, the Canoe Pass area on the Vernon Bay side, Vernon Bay and Alan Point to Pill Point has produced some good fishing.  Some anglers lately have been fishing in very deep water in the area from Pill Point into Vernon Bay.  Fisher People have been fishing from 145 to 170 feet.  The best success this past week has been anchovy in a purple haze Rhys Davis Teaser Head with NO flasher.  The dark green spatter back hootchie behind a green hotspot flasher has also been working well.  An area between Pill Point and Link Island in Barkley Sound has also been quite good.  The salmon landed have all been in the eight to eleven pound range over the last week.  White hootchies and various white and green and white three and a half and four inch coyote spoons have been working well.  Bait has been producing as well as needle fish hootchies and few spoons in various green colors.  The three and a half inch green glow coyote spoon has been fantastic as has the three inch Irish Cream.   The best fishing has occurred between tides.  April should really turn on as residential fish will be in the area and the first of the migratory salmon show as they make their way to the southerly watersheds in the Pacific North West.  Look for fantastic fishing from mid or late May through September.  Always carry bait and one’s favorite summer spoons and hootchies.  As the summer moves on switch to bigger spoons but also remember to adjust to the size of the bait.

Charmayne and husband Brian from Edmonton Alberta fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing.  This Coho salmon was landed at Yankee Bay located along the Bamfield Wall in Barkley Sound.  The Coho hit a AORL 12 hootchie

Ucluelet (West Coast)

The offshore and inshore fishing during the spring is often very good around a variety of areas in the Ucluelet and Tofino areas.  As the herring spawn approaches in mid to late March the local Chinook or more commonly known as feeder or winter Chinook move close to the beach and are abundant in local areas such as Great Bear, Mara Rock, Sail Rock, Forbes, the Alley and Beg Island.  Over the last few weeks it is these spots that have been reasonably good for the local sport fishermen and the odd guide.  Small three and three and a half inch coyote spoons in army truck, chartreuse, glow green and knight rider have been working in deeper water from 90 to 120 feet.  The two largest fish in this year’s Sproat Lake Loggers Derby were landed at Great Bear and Mayne Bay.  It is important to find the bait which will become more abundant in needlefish and pilchards.  Those out on the water will do relatively well when finding the bait balls.  There have been a good number of wonderful warm afternoons on Vancouver Islands west coast over the past ten days and there has been some fantastic fishing for a few local guides and avid fishermen.  During the current week Great Bear had some good sized bait balls and a couple of good sized feeders up to fifteen pounds that were landed by sport fisher persons.  Needlefish hootchies and the three and a half inch green glow coyote spoon was working very well during this week and should be two items in ones tackle box over the next few weeks.  The summer of 2015 SPORT fishing is expected to be very good as big waves of migrating salmon make their way to the big watersheds to the south.  Schools of Chinook beginning as early as the middle of April and continuing through August will swim right outside the Ucluelet harbor and will feed out on the various sandy banks before continuing their long journey.  Coho salmon and Pink Salmon are also expected to be in good numbers and will add a variety for many sport fisher people and also the many guests on guided boats.  The summer of 2015 should be a time when all fisher persons will have an opportunity to land a salmon.

Somass-Stamp River

The Steelhead fishing on the Stamp has been relatively consistent for Winter Steelhead season.  There have been times during the season that the water has been just too high and then to low.  The lower river has provided some better fishing with guided boats hooking into four to six fish per day.  All wild Steelhead must be released.   Many of the fish are still chrome.  The Steelhead at some point will make their way up to the Upper portions of the river which will provide a few good weeks of angling in that section of the river.  When fishing above the bucket bait use large or small worms depending on the depth of the water.  A variety of colors and sizes of gooey bobs and spin-glos are also working.   As the air temperature warms and the water temperature warms in the Stamp those avid fly fishermen should have a little more success.  The Fall of 2015 is expected to once again provide for some great salmon fishing in September and the first half of October.  This is a very popular fishery with people arriving as guests from all over the world.  It is wise to make an early reservation for this fishery.

Kelvin with a great Winter Run Steelhead on the Stamp River

The summer fishing in 2015 in Pacific Rim areas for Sockeye, Chinook, Coho and Pink salmon is expected to be relatively good.  Don’t miss out this year.  Organize your trip early.

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


Chinook fishing was SLOW for hatchery chinooks up to 18 pounds.

Halibut fishing was GOOD. Most anglers were out for halibut as the license year ends this coming week and they want to finish filling their year’s limit.

Effective until 23:59 hours Friday, June 12, 2015 in Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Pt. to Sheringham Pt.), the daily limit is two (2) chinook salmon per day which may be wild or hatchery marked between 45 cm and 67 cm or hatchery marked greater than 67 cm in length.  The minimum size limit in these areas is 45 cm in length.

Sooke, BC:

March 31, 2015


Sooke, BC                                         March 31, 2015

The fishing for winter springs was SLOW this past weekend. Choice of lures has stayed very similar to previous weeks. Anchovies are working best with Green and Bloody Nose teaser heads being the best color 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 FAIR this past weekend with most of the action taking place east of the harbour entrance.

Becher Bay                                       March 31, 2015

Salmon fishing was FAIR in East Sooke. That said, most anglers were heading east fishing for halibut before the end of the month. Once again, most of the salmon were caught either in Whirl Bay or off the east side of Becher Bay. Most anglers were trolling in 130 feet to 160 of water and were from 10 to 18 lbs in size. The larger fish were caught at mid water depths and not close to the bottom. Anchovies were the most productive bait and Purple Haze and Green Glow were the most productive teaser heads. 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                                      March 31, 2015


Chinook salmon fishing was FAIR and Whirl Bay was the best spot on the weekend. However, some springs were also being caught in 110 feet of water at the mouth of the bay. There were some wild fish in the low twenties caught and released this past week. The fish are following the bait and you have to find the bait to get consistent results. Most of the keepers weighed from 6 to 17 lbs and were caught near the bottom in 140 feet of water. However, we’ve heard that the larger springs are being caught at 70 feet on the downrigger. Anchovy were the most productive lure for springs with Green Chrome, Purple Haze and Bloody Nose being top choices in teaser heads. Trolling with 3” and 3.5” spoons have been effective for catching springs these past few weeks. Coho Killers and G-force spoons with both glow and green have been working the best. Flashers that remain popular include the Madi and the Purple Onion.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week with fish up to 55 lbs caught. Most 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:

March 31, 2015

Fishing for winter springs was FAIR off Victoria. Anglers have been catching chinooks close to shore and out at Constance Bank. During the weekend the bank produced the most springs.  Although there were nice fish caught, seals remained a problem this week. Esquimalt, Brotchie and Clover Point also produced fish up to 12 lbs this week. 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 GOOD this past week. Halibut were biting at the current changes and anglers landed fish up to 60 lbs. Most 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                                            March 31, 2015
Salmon fishing remained FAIR for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap. Springs upf to 12 lbs were being caught, mostly on the flats. Anglers were using squirts, spoons, or tiny strip. Many of 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 GOOD this past week. Ryan Mace landed a 58.2 lb halibut near Discovery Island while using herring for bait. Halibut were biting at the current changes and dog fish were a bit of an issue. 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.

Sidney                                              March 31, 2015

Salmon fishing was SLOWER near Sidney this past week. Salmon fishing was best by Saanichton Spit. It’s also been good in the Inlet near Wain Rock. Elsewhere it was very quiet. 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. Halibut up to 50 lbs were being caught this past week in the deep water just east of Mandarte and Halibut Islands.

Notable Catches

Ryan Mace landed a 58.2 lb halibut off Discovery Island while using herring for bait.



All fishing and hunting licenses expire at the end of this month! So be sure to get your new licenses before your next trip outdoors. There often are changes in the regulations, so take some time to read and review the regulations before going out and accidentally getting trouble.

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.. Although not many fish are being caught, some of those are big ones. Winter run steelhead has been GOOD but many of the fish are kelts.  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 gone up again over the weekend to around 1.55 meters near Duncan. The steelhead fishing has been good but many of the fish now are kelts. The Riverbottom area has remained 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. Many anglers have been successful catching winter runs on flies recently but most anglers chose to use floats and gear. The trout fishing in the upper river is excellent. The rainbows, cutthroats and resident brown trout are actively feeding on salmon and steelhead eggs. Salmon egg imitations are the go to lures for trout.

TROUT –  Trout fishing was FAIR on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has started their spring releases of catchable rainbow trout from the Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery. On March 13th, Shawnigan Lake received 2,164 trout averaging 248 grams.  On March 12th, Spectacle Lake received 500 trout with an average size of 239 grams.  On March 10th, Elk Lake received 1,850 trout, Lookout Lake received 200 trout and Ida Anne Lake received 50 trout with an average weight of 240 grams. On March 9th, Thetis Lake received 1,250 trout and Kemp, Matheson, Glen and Dougan Lakes each relieved 500 trout with an average size of 234 grams. So far this spring, 27,317 have been released into Island lakes.

Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing from shore and right on the bottom. Orange Garlic and Pink Garlic have been good choices 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 Gibbs Gang Trolls and Gibbs Wedding Bands. Other good trolling lures are the Apex Trout Killers in green or black and white patterns. Flatfish and/or Kwikfish have also been effective in sizes 5 to 7 in Frog, Black with Silver Flake or Rainbow Pattern. The biggest trout usually come from Langford Lake and Elk Lake. Bryan Barter caught a 4.7 lb rainbow trout at Fuller Lake this past Sunday and takes over first place on our leader board.

BASS - Bass fishing is SLOW but starting to pick up. At this time of year the bass are near deeper drop offs and are hard to find. 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 around 12 feet down 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. Look for the fish suspended by drop offs close to shore along docks, branches, and any overhanging structure. 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.


April 11th.  The 9th Annual Elk Lake Take a Kid Fishing Derby. Tickets are Adults - $25, Children under 16 - $10. All ticket holders are entered into the draw for a new boat and motor package. First place prizes of $1,000 for the largest tout and the largest bass. There are lots of fish prizes and draw prizes. This derby has live release weigh boats and weigh-station located strategically on the lake. For more info contact us at 350-475-4969.
19th Annual Just For the Halibut Derby – April 25th – 26th 2015

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

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




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