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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

January 27, 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):

December 02, 2014


Great to see so many of you at the Boat Show in Seattle. I am here until Thursday so make sure you stop by and say hello.

Razor clamming starts again this coming Saturday in the Westport area. It looks as if the WDFW is proposing 2 dig periods for February. Check the regulations before you head out.

Folks, we are preparing to enter the annual Salmon season setting process called North of Falcon and the horizon is not looking real good at this juncture.  I encourage all of our readers to get involved in some way. Support your local PSA chapter that works on your behalf for recreational fishing. I encourage all user groups to work together to, First protect our resource, Secondly work together for the whole to come to the table open minded, Thirdly Ensure a Salmon season for all. With the pending early closure of Area 7 we all need to step up.

Register now for the Salmon University Seminar coming in March.

Hey 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 – See River Reports - Below


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


La Push (Marine Area 3 & Forks):

December 02, 2014


No report this week – See River Reports - Below

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


Neah Bay (Marine Area 4):

December 02, 2014

No report this week

Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

December 02, 2014

No report this week


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


Marine Area 6:

December 02, 2014

No report this week


Marine Area 7:

December 02, 2014



Well, it appears Chinook fishing in the San Juan’s will be open this Friday through Superbowl Sunday, close for four days, and reopen Friday February 6th through Sunday the 8th for the Roche Derby. Then the WDFW will reevaluate after that. As one astute industry dignitary pointed out, we should claim the Anacortes Derby in late March as our ceremonial rite. Capt. Jay Field has been “Master of Ceremonies” for years at this event, so it just makes sense, right? All I know is there will be a bunch of very fat hatchery Chinook swimming around out here at that time that our taxpayer dollars and license fees paid for.  Make sure to keep a close eye on regulations and updates for any changes in the future.

A big thank you to Tony Floor for fighting to keep at least a few days open this Winter.  Hopefully some changes can be made at North of Falcon this year so we can improve longevity for the future seasons. I’m alright with one a day from the start of the season if we need to. However, in my opinion, the method of counting “encounters” is too subjective. Also, we should be able to count Puget Sound Marine Area quotas in the aggregate, and be able to move quota numbers between areas. These hatchery feeder fish move around so much, it just makes sense. When there are more fish in the water, that is a good thing! Fishing will be better when we get more fish returning!  It perpetuates a vicious cycle to close a season because of that. From someone who spends many weekends on the water, all I can say is that fishing was great in December, and now seems to be about average. Pressure hasn’t been high in the locations I have been fishing. We noticed this weekend that we were alone most of the time, not that there’s anything wrong with that. I personally haven’t encountered many unclipped, or undersized Chinook this season. Mostly just chunky Hatchery Blackmouth, raised to be caught and born to die. That’s what they’re there for right? Let’s get ‘em before they hit the gravel.

Vicki Telford of Friday Harbor with a 14lber . The Silver Horde Tailwagger fooled this fatty.

Kevin Klein with a cookie cutter version of Vicki’s fish. That’s two for the Tailwagger tally.

Cheryl  Turanciol of Friday Harbor caught this Chinook with Silver Horde tackle, won in the Monthly Salmon University drawing. Awesome!

Jake Melton, 8yrs old, landed a high ‘teener last weekend. Take a kid fishing! They’re the only people I like to get outfished by.


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


Marine Area 8.1:

January 27, 2015


Open for Salmon

No report this week

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

Marine Area 8.2:

January 27, 2015


Open For Salmon

No report this week

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


Marine Area 9:

January 27, 2015


"They are just not here !" , exclaimed Kathy as we scoured the reaches of Possession again this weekend.  Very little bait, few birds, and not a lot of seals (they can see underwater) equates only to not a lot salmon.  
There were only a couple of reports received from Point No Point and Double Bluff of a fish caught with "very slow" catching in the Port Townsend Area. 
Sometimes it is Hot and sometimes it is like the past couple of weeks.  Oh well, great to be on the water at least !
See you out there .....

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

Seattle area (Marine Area 10):

January 27, 2015

70th Tengu Awards Banquet
Saturday, January 24th

1st Place Justin Wong 13 lb 9 oz

2nd Place Kelsey Sardeson 8 lb 1 oz

3rd Place Benson Wong 7 lb 13 oz

Most Fish Justin Wong 3 Blackmouth

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

No report this week


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


Open for Salmon.

No reports this week

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



 Marine Area 11:

January 27, 2015

Salmon fishing reopens in Area 11 Feb. 1st and we should be seeing some Black mouth/immature chinook being caught. In Area 10 there have been some salmon caught near Blake Island along Allen Bank trolling flasher and artificial squid or spoons, also in Area 13 near Fox Island there are still a few salmon being caught near Pt Gibson mostly trolling. I am still getting reports of fishermen catching squid in the area waters.  

The new marina hours are 7 am to 5:30 pm.   On the February 1 opener for Area 11 and Super Bowl Sunday the tackle shop is closed at 3 pm .

Pier Peer in Tacoma is February 7 and March 7, 2015 at Point Defiance Marina -7:30-9 p.m.  Pier-Peer is sponsored by the Tacoma Nature Center in partnership with Point Defiance Marina.   See up close the marine life that divers bring up for Point Defiance for display.    Dip some sea life to look up close and learn the importance of our aquatic life ecosystem.  Please pre-register online www.metroparkstacoma.org/pier-peer Cost for 8 years old – Adult is $8.00.  Each youth must have a
The Basic Boating Courses are the traditional civic service of the United States Power Squadrons. The courses are designed as an introduction to legal and safe power and sail boating.  The instruction given in our basic public boating course is the best way to learn the basics of safe boating and meet the requirements for mandatory Washington State Boaters Education card.  There is a charge to cover costs, including a student workbook, chart and other materials.  Many insurance companies will give a discount to boat owners who have successfully completed the course.  Instructors are knowledgeable volunteer members of USPS who have taken advanced squadron courses.                  
Instructor:    Stanley Wolfe,
Tacoma Power Squadron/Tacoma Yacht Club
Dates:            Thursdays 7 – 9 pm on March 26, April 2, April 9, April 16
Location:      Point Defiance Marina
5912 North Waterfront Drive, Tacoma, WA 98407
Cost:             $50.00 Pre-Registration Required by March 20, 2015 (03670831-347600) (Includes a student manual, CD, and an introductory navigation software CD from RosePoint Navigation)

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

Hood Canal (Marine Area 12):

January 27, 2015

No reports this week


Marine Area 13:

January 27, 2015




Lake Washington:

January 27, 2015



No report this week

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

No report this week


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


Lake Chelan:

January 27, 2015

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

January 27, 2015

I spent several days last week at the Puyallup Sportsman Show where many of you stopped by to say hello and wish Linda and I the best with our retirement. I do always look forward to seeing all of my friends from my past years in the tackle business. Thank you very much.

On Potholes, the ice that limited access to the main lake is gone as it has on most all lakes. With that, we are seeing many fishermen out taking advantage of the weather that almost seems like springtime. The walleye fishing has been very good. If in doubt as to where to start fishing stop at the Mardon store or look for the boats. Both blade baits and worm harnesses are working fishing depths of 20 to 30 feet.

Submitted by Tom Pollack, Retired

Looking back at the 2014/15 waterfowl hunting season it has been one of the best years yet!  The Potholes Recreation Area offers hunters a fine local duck population to enjoy.  They have been doing waterfowl, duck counts since 1955 up north.  In 2012 they reported the most ducks ever counted.  Every year after the count exceeded the year before ending with 2014 being the most every counted to date.  Waterfowl hunters can look back and enjoy the memories of this past season and start to count down the days to October 2015 for the next season to begin. 

Fishers are using blade baits fishing 22 to 64 feet of water to catch these monster fish, your odds are good to also catch some nice perch fishing at these depths as well.  This week swim baits have produced casting and using a slow retrieve method.  We are seeing the aggressive pre-spawn perch as big as 12 inches long.  Jig fishers are using Whistle Pigs tipped with a night crawler. 
Seep lakes trout action already has begun.  Many of the seep lakes are open year round on the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge.  Mitch Childress reported that his weekend his son landed a 4 pound trout on his first cast.

Cash Brown and Mason Meseberg enjoyed a Royal Slope Goose Hunt the last week of the season.

Call the MarDon Tackle Shop for more reports (509) 346-2651

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


River Reports

January 27, 2015


See Steelhead University


No report this week


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


Good Steelhead fishing continues with this warmer than normal weather and  the fish are biting and fighting a little better than normal. All the rivers have at least a few fish in them at this time. Looks as though we are going to have a little low water in the next few days so a little stealth with small baits are going be key to getting those fish to bite. Jigs and yarnies are going to come into play again as the water gets clear. I expect some really good fishing this next week on all the streams in western Washington. Look for an increase in Wild fish to be in the rivers as we get into February. The Cowlitz should start seeing some of it's late Steel any day although it won't really get going until March. Spring Chinook fishing isn't far away and I'm watching dam counts at Bonneville for the first one to make it over the big wall.  

Here are a couple pics from some outstanding fishing we have had this past week.

Mystical Legends Guide Service
Phil Stephens






January 27, 2015



Billy with a sweet winter fish! 

Billy and Oli with a limit of winter chinook!  

Our 30 foot Grady

It has been a ridiculous stretch of spring like weather over the last couple weeks!  We have enjoyed some fantastic weather and some continued solid winter chinook/blackmouth fishing!

All of our trips over the last 10 days have been to the western side of Georgia Strait.  The fishing has been very consistent with most trips hooking 10 to 20 winter chinook salmon per outing.  There has been a mix of legal and undersize fish.   The stable weather patterns looks like they are going to continue for the coming week.  We are looking forward to continued good fishing and good weather!

We have been primarily using spoons as per usual this time of year.  Our favourites this week have been the G Force Bon Chovy and Trailhead as well as the Silver Horde Homeland Security.  We have been running our favourite Guide Series Flashers.  (Madi, STS, Bon Chovy, Lemon Lime)   As per usual, finding bait is quite often key to find the fish.  Look for sandy flats from 100 to 200 feet and keep your gear close to bottom.

Crabbing is really starting to pick up now as well!   Prawning has been good as well in the open areas.

For our neighbors to the south in US, now is the time to take advantage of the exchange rate.   The Canadian dollar is now at .80 cents.   You can basically knock 20 percent off our rates!  If you are looking for a day trip or an overnight trip to the Gulf Island's for winter chinook/blackmouth now is the time!    Our Gulf Island's are adjacent to the San Juan Islands and offer some very consistent winter chinook fishing!  We have some great 2 day packages with seaside accommodations  and 10 hours of guided fishing per day from  $450.00 USD per person.     Please give us a call or email to inquire!

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

Barkley Sound

January 27, 2015



Ucluelet, BC:

January 27, 2015

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

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

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

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

Halibut Fishing 2014

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

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


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


January 27, 2015


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

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

Alberni Inlet and Barcley Sound

January 27, 2015


Winter is almost upon us in British Columbia, Canada.  In fact, we do know that when the first day of winter arrives, we are only a few days away from Christmas.  We are definitely hoping that the many Pacific storms that hit the west coast with a vengeance are come and gone.  The Pacific North West can often have some incredible wind and rain storms during the latter part of the fall season in which there have been some very major storms.  The past week on the Vancouver Island, British Columbia west coast and inland areas there has been up to eight inches of rain in under forty-eight hours.  The vast amount of precipitation also brought very warm conditions which created a snow melt at the higher levels.  The storm from this past week created incredible flood conditions in most lakes, rivers and creeks.   The autumn season has been remarkably wet and windy but there has also been some remarkably outstanding good weather with very cool conditions.  This type of weather condition did provide some fall opportunities for avid fresh water and salt water fisher persons.

The summer of 2014 seems so long ago.  The saltwater fishing on the West Coast (offshore waters), Barkley Sound, and the Port Alberni Inlet was relatively good during the 2014 summer sport fishing season.  All of the seasonal forecasts were pretty much correct as Chinook and Coho numbers migrating down the west coast waters of Vancouver Island were very high in numbers.  The local West Coast Vancouver Island Sockeye and Coho numbers returning to nearby watersheds were also very good.  The summer of 2015 should witness another great year of salmon fishing.  The Pacific Northwest had been in a La Nina weather pattern for a few years.  This pattern is ideal for salmon survival in the North Pacific.  With La Nina the water stays relatively cold and the rich food sources the salmon feed on are very good which means salmon survival is quite high.  We have recently come into an El Nino weather pattern.  The recent heavy storms along the west coast are very typical of this condition.  El Nino does warm Pacific waters.  The more mature fish which are expected to return to their Natal stream and rivers in 2015 should have low mortality levels due to the fact that most of their life span to date has been under the La Nina effect.  With this in mind we are looking forward to some of the pre-season forecasts that will come forward early in the New Year.  We are predicting the 2015 season to being like the past summer.  There should be some excellent salmon sport fishing on West Coast Vancouver Island.

Locally there has been a little early winter Chinook fishing.  A few keen sport fishermen have had some success.   Areas of Barkley Sound especially around Swale Rock and Vernon Bay have had a few decent days with a few feeders weighing in from seven to ten pounds.  The Fall Fishing season for summer run Steelhead in the Upper and Lower Stamp had been quite consistent to the end of November.  Some guides have said the summer run Steelhead mixed in with good Coho returns provided one of the best seasons ever.  The Winter Steelhead have been arriving in reasonably good numbers and with water levels coming down over the past four or five days (after the huge storm) the Winter Steelhead fishing in the Lower River should improve dramatically.  However this may take a few more days as Debris is still considered a danger.  December is the month that usually has big schools of Steelhead moving into the river on a daily basis.  There should be some great fishing in the days to come on the Stamp River which is close to Port Alberni located in central Vancouver Island.

Stamp River

The Fall Steelhead fishing on the Stamp River was very good.  The Fall Steelhead were very active when the natural spawn was occurring and eggs were rolling through the gravel.  Fly and conventional gear worked very well right into late November.  Fall Steelhead are still in the system mixed with Winter Steelhead.

Besides the heavy wet and windy storms that the west coast of Vancouver Island has witnessed there have also been some remarkable cool days with dustings of snow.   Kelly has a great Steelhead he landed fishing the Stamp in November.

The Winter Steelhead fishing is now underway in the Stamp.  With the huge storm witnessed during the December 8th week the Stamp has been pretty much non fishable.  At its peak last week the Somass River was at the highest levels ever.  Not since the 1964 tidal wave has the Somass River ever been as high.  Since last week’s major storm the river flood waters have receded at least six to eight vertical feet.  All guided trips on the river have been cancelled and hopefully during the December 15th week things can again get back to normal.  With the river at flood levels there continues to be major debris making it very unsafe to be out on the water.  The Upper River will definitely clear up much quicker that the lower.  Areas above the Ash will be the first area that fishing opportunities will be a possibility.  There is actually still a fairly decent mix of winter and summer run Steelhead in the whole system.  Fresh winter Steelhead entering the system are currently from the falls down.  The bulk of the Summer Run fish are in the Upper River well above the falls.  The fishing hopefully very soon be accessible by boat in the upper and lower river.  Those anglers who would like to walk the banks may have opportunity by Christmas week to fish from the falls down to the rifle club if there is little precipitation over the next six to seven days.  The river has really declined over the past five to six days.  Hopefully this pattern will continue and levels will be back to normal winter levels with good clarity.  Guides and their guests and those on their own have prior to the past storm been fishing below the bucket and fishing traditionally on the float and casting roe and roe bags.  Bait can be used below girl guide falls signs and artificial only used above this area .  The odd person is bottom bouncing but not having anywhere near the same success as those casting and on the float into the faster water.  Those using artificials lures are doing best with medium sized to large pink worms, spin-n-glos and gooey bobs.  The fish that had been landed are coming in at an average of five to eight pounds.  During the winter season the Winter Steelhead often peak close to the end of January or early to mid-February.  At this time of year there are often Steelhead weighing up to and over fifteen pounds.

During the winter months there are many days where the weather is perfect for fishing on the river.  Those individuals wanting to fish in the Upper River can continue fishing the Ash Confluence until December 31st.  All fresh water fisher persons need to check all DFO rules.  It is important to remember that only hatchery Steelhead can be tagged and with this in mind it is important to have a Steelhead tag if one is planning to retain a hatchery fish.

Port Alberni, Barkley Sound

Barkley Sound and the inside waters of Ucluelet most years have decent winter Chinook fishing from December until April.  Barkley Sound boasts one of the best winter fishing derbies which takes place in early March.  The Sproat Loggers derby based out of Poett Nook takes place the first weekend of March every year.   Some of the past derbies have weighed in salmon over twenty-five pounds.  There have been a few reports of feeder Chinook fishing in the Sound.  Areas close to the Bamfield Harbor and also Swale Rock and Vernon Bay have had reports of feeder Chinook up to eight pounds.  There will be opportunity for guided trips beginning in mid-February through mid-April.  These trips will have opportunity for guests to do some winter Chinook salmon, crab, and prawn fishing.  The salmon are currently in fairly deep water with the salmon around Swale Rock and Vernon Bay in 120 to 135 feet.  Anchovy in a chartreuse teaser head with six to seven feet of leader line behind a variety of glow hotspot flashers have been working the best. Various blue and green and opaque hootchies with 42 to 46 inches of leader are also working.  Also working well is glow green, green nickel, and cop car four inch coyote spoons.  The feeder Chinook will always swim where there are rich sources of bait fish.  When one can find the bait in the Sound during the winter months the feeder Chinook will also be found. 

The Ucluelet Harbor close to Mara Rock, Great Bear, the lighthouse, and inner lighthouse bank has provided some decent winter fishing for feeder Chinook.  Of Course the water outside the Ucluelet Harbor is not protected like Barkley Sound.  During the autumn months there has been some very nice weather and the water has been very fishable.  One group of guests got into some nice fish with the opportunity of landing up to ten salmon on one trip near Scotch Bay.  This particular trip had wonderful weather in the afternoons.  The group was able to land five of the ten salmon which weighed eight to twelve pounds.  Most of the fish were in tight to land with both Mara Rock and the back of Great Bear producing the fish.  Coyote spoons in the four and three and a half inch were working.  Glow and green glow, cop car, silver glow, and blue nickel have all worked relatively well for feeders.

We are looking forward to some wonderful days out on the water during the winter months.  A small heater does wonders and keeps everyone fairly warm.  The salmon are bright and very tasty and yes, during our winter trips we also include some crabbing and prawn fishing for guests.  

We are looking forward to the spring and summer sport fishing season in 2015.  Indicators look good for a very good healthy amount of salmon migrating to the watersheds to the distant south and also returns back to West Coast Vancouver Island look very reasonable. 

Summer fishing in 2015 should once again be very good on the west coast.
Jay from Idaho shows this Chinook he landed at Long Beach. This fish was
landed using a green hootchie

Chinook landed by Mike who fished with Slivers Charters Salmon Sport
fishing. The 2015 season is fast approaching. 

Those individuals that enjoy fishing in scenic and calm waters should organize trips in the Port Alberni Inlet from mid-June through the end of August.  The Sockeye fishery is a fun family oriented activity.  This usually begins about the middle of June and continues right into early August.


For more information and/or reservations, call Doug Lindores at Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing (250) 723-2435; (250)724-2502; cell (250)731-7389 or 1-877-214-7206      www.catchsalmon.ca or www.catchsalmon-ca.com; dlindy@shaw.ca


Winter chinook fishing has been FAIR and fish up to 17.1 lbs were caught this past week. Halibut fishing is CLOSED but will be opening on February 1st.

Sooke, BC:

January 27, 2015


Sooke, BC                                         January 27, 2015

The fishing for winter springs was FAIR this past weekend. Not too boats went out due to the weather but some nice springs up to 13 lbs were caught anyway. The best fishing was at the end of the long ebb and the tide turn and start of the flood tide. Most boats were fishing from the harbour entrance and over by the Sooke Bluffs. Choice of lures has stayed very similar to last week; Anchovies are working well with Green and Bloody Nose teaser heads being good colors choices. G-Force spoons in Irish Cream and No Bananas have been catching their fair number of fish. The most popular flashers recently have been the Gibbs Madi, the Outfitter and the Jellyfish UV. Halibut fishing was slow this past weekend.

Becher Bay                                       January 27, 2015

Salmon fishing was GOOD in East Sooke. Over the weekend, chinooks as large as 14 lbs were brought in at Cheanuh Marina. Most of the fish were caught either in Whirl Bay, off the Bedfords or from inside Becher Bay not far form the marina. The flag pole that was a known landmark has been removed, but if you remember where it used to be, well the fish are in front of that spot. Most fish were caught trolling 130 feet in 160 of water. The most productive teaser heads for anchovies were the Bloody Nose and the Purple Haze. That said, spoons and plastic baits have also been working well. Spoons such as G-Force in the smaller sizes have been working as well, both in Cop Car 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                                      January 27, 2015

Chinook salmon fishing was STEADY in Whirl Bay and near the Can Buoy at the entrance to the bay. Most of the keepers weighed from 6 to 8 lbs but a few were as large as 14 lbs. Anchovies were the most productive lure for springs with Purple Haze and Bloody Nose teaser heads being top choices in teaser heads. Anglers are also getting springs while trolling 3” to 3.5” spoons. Coho Killers and G-force spoons with both glow and green have been working the best. Squirts are working too with Pistachio, Purple Haze and Glow white the best patterns. The best flashers have been the Purple Onion, Green/Silver Hot Spot and Jellyfish UV..


Victoria/Sydney, BC:

January 27, 2015

Fishing for winter springs was GOOD off Victoria. Anglers have been catching chinooks both close into shore and out at Constance Bank. However, the bank has been more consistent when the currents aren’t too strong. The bait is being pushed around by the tides and the salmon are following the bait. Most of the fish were less than 10 lbs in size this past week but there were some bigger ones. Greg Burgess, fishing with his partner Don McRae, caught a 17 lb wild chinook on anchovy while fishing off Albert Head on Tuesday, January 20.  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.  Seals are still a problem, but their location has been changing from day to day.

The “coffee crew” from the Esquimalt Anglers had a small derby this past Sunday. The winner was Leigh Tradewell with a 17.1 lb spring caught near Clover Point on herring strip. Second place went to Mike Webber for a 10.1 lb spring and third went to Wayne Zaccarelli who caught an 8 lb 10 oz spring.

Oak Bay
                                            January 27, 2015

Salmon fishing was GOOD for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap. Winter springs up to 10 lbs are being caught on a regular basis. Anglers were using squirts, spoons, or tiny strip. The fish that were being caught trolling were caught on Coho Killer spoons and 3” to 4” G-Force & Gypsy spoons. Good squirts were the Pickle Green, J-79 and Jellyfish. Good flashers have been the Purple Onion, Green/silver or Green Jellyfish.

Sidney                                              January 27, 2015

Salmon fishing was GOOD near Sidney this past week. Many of the springs have been in the 7 - 10 lb size this past week. Moses Point, Coal Island, Sidney Spit and the middle section of the Sidney Channel were good again this past week. 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.

Notable Catches

Pictured above, Greg Burgess, fishing with his partner Don McRae, caught a 17 lb wild chinook on anchovy while fishing off Albert Head on Tuesday, January 20. 

The “coffee crew” from the Esquimalt Anglers had a small derby this past Sunday. The winner was Leigh Tradewell with a 17.1 lb spring caught near Clover Point on herring strip. Second place went to Mike Webber for a 10.1 lb spring and third went to Wayne Zaccarelli who caught an 8 lb 10 oz spring.


When seals stealing salmon are a problem, as they are right now, it’s time to make a change to your gear to minimize tackle loss. Don’t use the heavier leaders that you use in the summer but switch to a leader 10 lbs lighter than the mainline. For most anglers, that means a leader of 15 to 20 lb test. This will allow the leader to break first in a fight with a seal, and you will at least get your flasher back. Another method of dealing with a seal is to give it slack line and in about 5 minutes it will have chewed the body away from the head and you can retrieve you gear.

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




Fishing is SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area due to the cold weather. Winter run steelhead are now showing up in many rivers and streams.  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. Only single barb less hooks are allowed for all fishing on island streams and rivers.

COWICHAN RIVER - Rains caused the water levels in river to rise once again.. As of today, it is at 1.7 meters by the lake and 1.6 meters downstream near Duncan. We’ve heard of increasing numbers of steelhead being caught and released in the river recently, mostly in the Riverbottom area. The Riverbottom and Bible Camp area has been the best area to fish. For steelhead, good lures to fish are Spin ‘n Glo’s, Corkies, Gooey Bobs and the always reliable Pink Worm. Although many anglers are successful catching winter runs on flies, most anglers chose to use floats and gear. The trout fishing in the mid and upper river is excellent. There are rainbows, cutthroats and resident brown trout that are actively feeding on salmon eggs. Salmon egg imitations are the go to lures for trout.

TROUT – Trout fishing was SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. That said, some big trout well over 4 lbs have been caught this past week. 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. Paul Tilley weighed in a 4.3 lb rainbow trout from Langford Lake to have the first trout of the year on our leader board.

BASS - Bass fishing is VERY SLOW. Fishing drop shot style is your best bet now. Soft plastics rigged “Carolina Style “are also a good choice when fishing drop offs and reefs, and have been most productive in 4” Yum bait colors Smoke or Pumpkinseed. Langford Lake, Shawnigan Lake, Prospect Lake and Elk and Beaver Lakes are the best local bass lakes. St. Mary’s Lake on Salt

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

Notable Catches – Paul Tilley weighed in a 4.3 lb rainbow trout from Langford Lake to have the first trout of the year on our leader board.

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

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 Great Lakes

December 02, 2014521


Done for the season!

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





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