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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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WASHINGTON - SALT WATER REPORTS


 

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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

April 14, 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):

April 14, 2015

As I type this I am sitting in a hotel in Rohnert Park California at the Pacific Fisheries Management Council Salmon Season setting meeting. It has been a long 4 days and right now the prospects for a Salmon season in the Puget Sound are still very much up in the air.  My hope is that the outcome will be positive. 

Rockfish and Ling Cod fishing in Westport has been very productive and most folks have been able to get their limits. There have been a handful of fish over 30 pounds landed and with that comes some awesome smiles. Lets go fishing. 

Halibut fishing begins May 3rd here in Westport and is only scheduled to be open for 4 days in 2015.  May 3rd and 5th along with May 10th and 12th.  Charter boat are pretty full for this fishery but there are still a few seats available.  Feel free to contact me or any of the other Charter offices for more details. 

 

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):

April 14, 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):

April 14, 2015

No report this week

Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

April 14, 2015

No report this week

 

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

 

Marine Area 6:

April 14, 2015

No report this week

 

Marine Area 7:

April 14, 2015

 

No report this week

 

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


 

Marine Area 8.1:

April 14, 2015

 

Open for Salmon

No report this week

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

Marine Area 8.2:

April 14, 2015

 

Open For Salmon

No report this week

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

 

Marine Area 9:

April 14, 2015


A nice way to end the season in Area 9 was the 15 lb. Blackmouth I caught at Mid-Channel Bank this week.  I was fishing 125’ deep in 140’ of water.  It was caught on a #4 Kingfisher in the Irish Flag color. 


Whether we have another season this year for Chinook or Coho will be decided at the North of Falcon meetings that are presently taking place.  The tribes are demanding a cut-back in sports fishing for salmon. WDFW went to the meeting with data from 2006 to 2012 that shows that the tribes caught 68% of the Chinook, sportsmen and commercials caught 32%.  The tribes caught 70% of the Coho and sportsmen and commercials caught 30%.  I wonder why they go to these meetings without current data and where is the 50/50 split that supposedly we have under the Boldt decision.


Submitted by Tom Nelson, Salmon University


 

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


 

 

No report this week


Submitted by Tom Nelson, Salmon University

 

Seattle area (Marine Area 10):

April 14, 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:

April 14, 2015

 

Salmon Fishing picked up just before the stormy weather came.  The tide changes are light allowing for better opportunity to find fish.  Salmon are being caught in 150-180 feet of water 10 to 20 feet off the bottom.
High water and low water changes have been good at the Point Defiance Claybanks and Point Evans.  The first of the in tide push has been good at Point Dalco.  Anglers are trolling flasher and squid, mooching with herring and jigging.  There are no dog fish this time of year making mooching with herring easier.  For up to day reports call 253-591-5325.

Pictured above is John Grady who was mooching herring off Point Defiance Clay Banks in 120 -140 feet of water and caught a 23 pound 4 ounce Blackmouth Chinook Salmon on April 8, 2015

The new marina hours are 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.  

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):

April 14, 2015

No reports this week

 

Marine Area 13:

April 14, 2015

 


FRESH-WATER REPORTS - WASHINGTON


 

Lake Washington:

April 14, 2015

 

 

No report this week

Submitted by Brad Hole, Kayak Fishing Washington, 206-313-5567
www.kayakfishingwashington.com 


Quincy Lakes Area                                             April 14, 2015


I joined my friend and Johnson Outdoors Prostaffer, John Knox, for a couple days of fishing in the Quincy Lakes area (near the Gorge). We fished Burke Lake, Quincy Lake and Evergreen Reservoir. The first two are stocked with rainbow trout and Evergreen Reservoir holds large and smallmouth bass, perch and tiger muskie. 


Our best luck came from fishing Burke Lake. We trolled lead core line with larger spoons and flat fish just off the bottom, hoping to get the attention of a few bigger fish. No such luck. While we did mark a few fish down deep most of our fish came within the upper 5-10 feet of the surface. The fish were hammering small Dick Nite spoons and small Needlefish. John picked up a couple fish on his fly rod. There were fish boiling on hatch and other bugs on the surface. Burke Lake holds a fishing derby every year in March. The lake saw a lot of pressure then. No one caught the $2,000 tagged rainbow. (We hear that it was now a $500 fish.) Needless to say, neither of us came home with a cash prize. The bank anglers we talked to near the launch weren't having much luck fishing worms and Power Bait off the bottom. I felt lucky to have landed a dozen or so fish in the couple days I was there.


Day two we hit Burke again with the same results. We decided to put away the kayaks and hike in to some other small lakes that were about a mile in. Such pretty scenery but we had no takers to the spinners and spoons we were casting. A few of these lakes hold larger rainbow and even hybrid tiger trout. 
Get on over and give it a try. It's a pretty part of Washington to see.


Submitted by Brad Hole, Kayak Fishing Washington, 206-313-5567
www.kayakfishingwashington.com


 

 

Lake Chelan:

April 14, 2015

 

Lake Chelan continues to be hot, trolling for Mackinaw in the Barrens and Kokanee up lake of Mitchell Creek along the North Shore.  Roses Lake is still producing relatively easy limits of planter rainbows for shore and boat 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, yellow or pink.  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.  Keeping in depths of 220 to 248 was most productive.  Jeff’s rigs made from Mack Lures pill beads and stack beads in glow colors fronted with a Mack’s Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has been our best pattern during this reporting period. 

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. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to use the “hesitation” move to trigger those Lakers to bite.  I will see a bite, not get hooked up and immediately idle the motor for 10 seconds or so.  Then I resume our normal trolling speed.  This pause and go really triggers those re-bites to generate more fish in the boat. 

The kid’s tip of the week is to make a record of those adventures.  Videos are so easy to do now days.  I just received a DVD that my older brother did from our old family super 8 movies.  We really did catch epic numbers of walleye and pike on Lake Nippising in Ontario.  I am eternally grateful to my dad for making those movies.  It gives a genuine sense of history.  Remember our job as parents and grandparents is to give those kiddos roots and wings.  Recording some portion of those fishing trips as a reminder is part and parcel of giving them roots. 

The safety tip of the week is to make sure all your safety equipment is in good repair as you embark on another great fishing season!

Pictured on 4/9/15 - Jon Jones from Burien with kids, Bernie (13), Sophie (10) and Ella (6) with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.

Pictured on 4/10/15 - The intrepid Pepe' Hernandez's son-in-law Julio and granddaughter Yarictza with their catch of Kokanee.

Finally Pictured on 4/2/15 - A shot up towards Stehekin from Flick Creek.  What a wonderful part of the world we get to live and fish in!

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

April 14, 2015

This past week in the Potholes area was just like the weather man predicted.  There was lots of wind several days and no boats on the water. I received a couple of reports where success was had out in deeper water then I would have suspected with quality Walleye being caught in 40 feet of water with most of the boats fishing inside of 20 feet. Keep your net low to the water as standing up with the net will trigger a migration of the fleet to the hot spot you have found. Also with the water up in the seep lakes more access is available.

Trout fishing, especially at the walk in lakes remains good and you can find places out of the wind. This next week end the weather forecast sounds good.  I am so looking forward as my family is coming over to fish.

My wife Linda and I attended the Wenatchee CCA banquet Saturday where there was a record turnout.  It was great to see all the new faces at the event. There are several more events coming up so plan to attend one of them to help support this worthy cause. 


Submitted by Tom Pollack, Retired


No report this week

 

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

River Reports

April 14, 2015

 

See Steelhead University

 


Columbia River Springers...Vancouver/PDX

Things are looking better and better this week with strong pushes of spring chinook charging up river.  The action came in waves.  One day Cathlamet would be hot, the next Kalama, the next Vancouver.  These fish are pretty easy to track so a string network of intel is key.  

Friday, April 10th is the last fishing day in the current rules but an extension is expected.  This run builds really fast each day in April so listen up for more fishing days starting this weekend.   

With the river "low and clear" the herring troll bite has been very productive but anchor fishing with plugs or prawn spinners has been hot too.  

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


 

 


Lots of Steelhead on the Cowlitz this last couple weeks. Ninety five percent are in the Blue Creek area with the other 5 percent are at the Barrier dam. Tough going everywhere else on the river. If your chasing Steel toss yarn balls or eggs around the wall at Blue Creek and at the boat launch area. Don't like to do that then break out the Mag Lip 3.5's and back troll. Spring Chinook fishing has started out good and should only get better and better for the next couple weeks. Back trolling herring in the deeper runs above Blue Creek is where I'd start and work toward the dam. Getting a few fish over the Bonneville dam and I've heard of a couple fish caught at both Wind River and Drano Lake. Springer season is off to a great start!!


Here are a couple nice fish from the last several days.
Thanks

Mystical Legends Guide Service
Phil Stephens
206.940.0052
www.riverfishin.com


 

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA – SALT WATER REPORTS


 

CITY OF VANCOUVER - SALMON REPORT

April 14, 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

April 14, 2015

 

No report this week

Ucluelet, BC:

April 14, 2015

No report this week

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

Bamfield

April 14, 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

April 14, 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




OVERVIEW 

Chinook fishing was FAIR and halibut fishing was GOOD. The big winds on the weekend hampered the fishing effort overall.


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:

April 14, 2015

 

Sooke, BC                                         April 14, 2015

The fishing for winter springs was GOOD this past weekend. Some hatchery springs into the teens and a few oversize unclipped chinooks were taken just outside the harbour and near the bluffs. Bait is now out producing artificial when fishing for the springs. Anchovies are working the best and 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.

Becher Bay                                       April 14, 2015

The fishing for winter springs was GOOD this past weekend. Some hatchery springs into the teens and a few oversize unclipped chinooks were taken just outside the harbour and near the bluffs. Bait is now out producing artificial when fishing for the springs. Anchovies are working the best and 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.

Pedder Bay                                      April 14, 2015

 

Chinook salmon fishing was FAIR this past week. Whirl Bay was the best spot once again. 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 9 lbs and were caught near the bottom. However, we’ve heard that some larger springs are being caught at 60-80 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 60 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:

April 14, 2015

Fishing for winter springs was FAIR off Constance Bank during the week. It did slow down on the weekend as the wind kept many anglers off the water. Mike Webber had a great day on Saturday landing an 18.5 lb spring at Constance Bank and a 10.5 lb spring off Clover Point. Anglers have been catching a few chinooks closer to shore at Clover Point. The seals were not much of a problem this week. Perhaps the transient orcas have chased them way. There were small size chinooks caught in most other locations along the waterfront. Anchovies have been working well in glow colors outside the harbour. Good choices in plastic baits are the Cloverleaf, Purple Haze and the Glo Below. Gibbs Coho Killer, Kingfisher and Coyote spoons in green and glow colours have been very effective.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week, but it slowed down on Sunday. 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                                            April 14, 2015
Salmon fishing was SLOW for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap. This is the time of year, historically, when this area starts coming into its own, as far a s salmon are concerned.. 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 FAIR this past week. 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                                              April 14, 2015

Salmon fishing was FAIR near Sidney this past weekend. The Sidney Anglers held their annual Premier Salmon Derby on the weekend but only 4 salmon were weighed in. The Derby winner was Brian Dunic who caught a 13.7 lb spring on strip while fishing near Coal Island. Second place went to Cliff Kindree with an 8.8 lb spring caught off Hambley Point. Third went to Dave Featherby with a 7 lb 10 spring also caught at Hambley. I was told that Cliff and Dave where fishing together when they got a double header to place in the derby. Elsewhere, there were fish into the 20’s coming in from Saanich Inlet. There have been lots of people prawning in the inlet. Many anglers are fishing using anchovies in Bloody Nose and 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.

Notable Catches Mike Webber had a great day on Saturday landing an 18.5 lb spring at Constance Bank and a 10.5 lb spring off Clover Point. The Sidney Anglers held their annual Premier Salmon Derby on the weekend. The Derby winner was Brian Dunic who caught a 13.7 lb spring on strip while fishing near Coal Island. Second place went to Cliff Kindree with an 8.8 lb spring caught off Hambley Point. Third went to Dave Featherby with a 7 lb 10 spring also caught at Hambley

 

FISH TIP OF THE WEEK

Weigh your fish right away if you are in a derby and catch a potential prize winning fish. Every year we hear stories of anglers placing second in derbies that they would have won if only they had weighed the fish in before it lost weight. Heck, it even happened to me one year and I should know better! So, don’t be foolish and wait for another one before hitting the weigh in station. You just never know how large or small a fish will be that will win that derby.

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


BRITISH COLUMBIA – FRESH WATER REPORTS

 


Fishing was SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area. Winter run steelhead has SLOWED DOWN and most 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 been steadily dropping for the past week. The water level today is at 1.1 meters throughout its length. The steelhead fishing is over and what fish there are now are kelts. The trout fishing in the upper river is excellent as insect hatches are becoming common. The rainbows, cutthroats and resident brown trout are actively feeding on these hatches and migrating salmon fry. Bead head nymphs are the top producer there. Good patterns are Prince Nymphs, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ears and Wooly Buggers. A fry imitation or a Wooly Bugger will also work, especially for the brown trout.

The 9th Annual Elk Lake Take a Kid Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, April 11th. The derby had categories for both trout and bass with a $1,000 cash prize to the winners in each category. There were 300 anglers participating this year. The winner in the trout category was Jack Driebergen with a 3 lb 3 oz rainbow trout. Second place went to Alec Gunn with a 2lb 1 oz trout. Third place went to Cam bond with a 1 lb 14 oz trout. The winner in the bass category was Chris Grant with a 5 lb 11 oz Smallmouth bass. Second place went to Shilo Matte with a 5 lb 5 oz bass. Third place went to Cory Cox with a 4 lb 14 oz bass. For more details and pictures on the derby please visit out facebook page.

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 April 8th, Elk Lake received 2,000 trout, Lookout Lake received 175 trout and Ida Anne Lake received 75 trout with an average weight of 208 grams 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.


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.


Notable Catches – The winner in the 9th Annual Elk Lake Take a Kid Fishing Derby trout category was Jack Driebergen with a 3 lb 3 oz rainbow trout. Second place went to Alec Gunn with a 2lb 1 oz trout. Third place went to Cam bond with a 1 lb 14 oz trout. The winner in the bass category was Chris Grant with a 5 lb 11 oz Smallmouth bass. Second place went to Shilo Matte with a 5 lb 5 oz bass. Third place went to Cory Cox with a 4 lb 14 oz bass. For more details and pictures on the derby please visit out facebook page.


 
2015 DERBIES and EVENTS

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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Queen Charlotte Islands

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OREGON 


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ALASKA

 

Wrangell

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Petersburg, Alaska

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Montana

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GREAT LAKES

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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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