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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

December 16, 2014

No report this week 

Gourmet Fishing – Sea to Plate™

Anthony Warren
Team “Bad to the Bone”
CCA Member & PSA Sno-King Member


No report this week

Steve Burress
Pacific Salmon Charters


Westport (Marine 2):

December 02, 2014


No report - Done for the season


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


We were able to get on Sequim Bay Sunday and 2 of us limited out on crab.  There was lots of competition between tribals and commercials.  Minus tides this weekend will be good for crab walking. 


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



The good weather we had for the Resurrection Derby gave way to one heckuva blow through most of the following week. The waves and tide really put a lot of drift in the water. It looked like a log raft came apart out there. The weekend sure turned out nice though. Weather aside, there are really good tides all through this month. Can I smell a yuletide  Blackmouth roasting on an open fire? How ‘bout some Christmas Crab before it closes? That would be awesome. To quote  Burgermeister Meisterburger: “No Kidding!” (I think he meant kidding is verboten). Invite Rudolph, Frosty, Yukon Cornelius, The Bumble Snowman, Heat Miser(Mr. 101), Kringle, Hermey the Elf, and Burl Ives(from Anacortes, R.I.P.) out to the Island of Misfit Toys, and we can have a real “Artic Blast”. Last one to Swann dive off  the new pier at the Port of Friday Harbor is a rotten Chum!

Joe Stephenson landed this chunky hatchery Blackmouth while fishing in the Islands. Notice the smooth area on the back of this fish where the adipose fin was clipped off at the hatchery. All chinook must have a missing adipose fin with a healed scar to be retained during the Marine Area 7 Winter Chinook Season. Cutting them off yourself after putting one in the box won’t work. Good way to get on Santa’s, and the WDFW’s naughty list.

If anyone is missing a dock, it was floating in the middle of Rocky Bay last Friday.  Nice dock too.

Catching fatty Blackmouth right off a dock is pretty cool. Too bad the one I caught it off was adrift in San Juan Channel. I did, however, catch it on an egg and marshmallow. And if you believe that, I’ve got dock space to sell you…cheap! Seriously, be careful out there, and report any major hazards such as boats(and docks)adrift if possible.

Young Floyd Holman reeled in this Chinook all by himself. I sure hope we can keep these hatchery programs going, so we can keep seeing grins like this on kids with fish. Nothing better.

 Here’s Chinook number two for Floyd. That’s a limit buddy, time to give someone else a shot. This was Floyds first limit of Blackmouth. The second fish was a bit bigger, so dad Andy Holman helps out with the hero shot. Guess who Floyd’s hero is, and always will be?

Crabs! Crabbing is open in Marine Area 7 until December 31st, and it’s not too shabby. Oh, yeah, and those tuna heads from Westport are sure crabby, wink.

Well, it appears a proposal to shut down vessel traffic off the West side of San Juan Island has reared its head again. In the pantheon of ideas that are not only ineffective, but are divisive, and alienate groups who should be working together, this one is right up there with suing the state to stop hatchery releases. The Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance is proposing what is now being called a Whale Protection Zone. This has been tried in the past. I see it as an emotional response to the decrease in Orca birthrates, and deaths that we’ve seen lately. I totally understand that this is heart wrenching for those of us who love the Whales. As far as sport fishing goes, our small boats (fishing for 1 or 2 salmon per person, per day) trolling at 2 mph on a straight course aren’t the problem. These whales are highly advanced super predators, with sonar that we can’t begin to fathom. I’ve never heard of an Orca even bumping a downrigger line, even though they actively and curiously approach our vessels.  As those of us who spend many hours on the water know, the Orcas are all over the Islands, sometimes far out in Haro Strait where this shut down wouldn’t be in effect. There is a constitutional aspect to shutting down navigable waters to the public as well. There are laws of separation in place already. Let’s try to enforce those. Then maybe we could get all groups together who would like to see the Orcas thrive, and put a combined effort behind the issue. These great mammals are being poisoned by PCB’s. There’s actual peer reviewed science to back that up. The Orcas have to eat Salmon, but the Salmon are loaded with toxins. It’s the definition of a vicious cycle.  Leave it to us human’s to screw things up again. What can we do? Well, the Southern Resident whales have to eat Chinook salmon, or they will starve. Let’s improve habitat and modernize hatcheries. Improve genetics of Salmon stocks so both naturally spawning and hatchery released fish can thrive. Make sure that Salmon can get back to the river, and up the river to spawn. Then back down again as smolts. And, yes, give Orcas room to hunt, and clean water to hunt in. There will be time taken up and money spent on this latest proposal for a “No Go Zone”.  As always, do your own research, and make your voice heard when there are meetings to attend and advocacy groups to join. There are many other ways we can help.



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


Marine Area 8.1:

December 16, 2014


Open for Salmon

No report this week

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

Marine Area 8.2:

December 16, 2014


Open For Salmon

No report this week

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


Marine Area 9:

December 16, 2014

Area 9 is now closed to salmon fishing.  It is scheduled to reopen January 16th through April 15th, 2015.  For those who want to get out on the water, crabbing is excellent and is open until December 31st, unless the season is shortened by WDFW, which is always a possibility.

Submitted by Tom Nelson, Salmon University

No report this week

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

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):

December 16, 2014

Results of the seventh day (December 14th) of the 70th Tengu Blackmouth Derby

27 members fished, 1 blackmouth

  1. Marcus Nitta     6 lb 0


The morning fog didn’t bother the 27 members more than the lack of action as just one keeper was caught on Sunday. The winning fish again came off the Elliott Bay Marina mid- morning. There were some larger shakers taken there as well but very little bait other than squid lining the bottom. Still lots of bait reported off the West Waterway but not much feeding on them. Members continue catching numerous squid while fishing all over the Bay.


For more information contact Doug Hanada, Tengu Club President
206-380-3123 (h)  206-579-3295 (c)   dhanada@aol.com (h)

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

The squid fishing around Puget Sound has been excellent in the past few weeks.  Like any type of fishing, you have to put in your time.  I've put in several hours at Seacrest in West Seattle and the downtown waterfront usually coming home with a few pounds of squid.  Reports from Les Davis Pier down south up to Edmonds have been good as well.  Squid fishing during the day can be equally as rewarding.   Bring a few jigs.  You're likely going to lose a few to the bottom.

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


 Marine Area 11:

December 16, 2014

No report this week

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

Wind, wind and more wind. The local fishermen have had a difficult time getting on the water but when they have there is salmon, mostly off of the Clay Banks to the Marina here at Point Defiance. The best action to date has been trolling in about 150, to 160' of water about 10' off of bottom with flasher and artificial squid or spoons. The squid fishing has been very good off of the area docks lately as well.

The new marina hours are 7 am to 5 pm starting December 1, 2014.

Mark your calendars for January 1, 2015 at 11:30 am for the 4th Annual Polar bear Plunge at Point Defiance Marina Boat Launch.  This is a great way to bring in the New Years.  If you are not a Puget Sound Plunger type there come on out and help make this event successful by cheering others on or volunteering to help at the event.  We have hot beverages, snack bars, warming tents, and much more.  There are life guards and this is an enclosed safe event. 

For more information on the POLARPLUNGE, CLICK HERE

 Basic Fishing Instruction and Fall Fishing Classes Point Defiance Marina offers monthly fishing instructions to youth and adults. Classes are schedule based on need so please contact genea@tacomaparks.com if you are interested in learning basic fishing techniques, tackle, regulations, knots, and safety. 

Fall Fishing Class (GO GUIDE CLASS) Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10 am to 12 noon at Point Defiance Marina. Ages 8+   Adults must accompany youth 14 and under making a great way learn as a family.  This class is for the beginning angler and will cover knots, equipment, tackle, techniques, baits, and a variety of opportunities and location to fish in this area in the bay, rivers, and lakes this fall and winter.  Cost $10  

Squid Jigging class offered December 6 from 4-6 pm.  Cost is $10.  Learn about tackle and equipment needed how to catch and prepare them. 

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

Hood Canal (Marine Area 12):

December 16, 2014

No reports this week


Marine Area 13:

December 16, 2014




Lake Washington:

December 16, 2014



Cutthroat trout fishing has been quite slow since the big wind storms blew in last week. My fishing partner and I hit the lake on our kayaks just before the storm hit.  The lake went from dead calm to blowing 15mph.  We were watching fish break water at bait and we were even marking them 15- 30 feet below the surface in places.  The two of us changed lures a half dozen times from Needlefish to Apex and Brad's Mini Cutplugs.  

I returned on Saturday to the West Side of Mercer Island to a glassy Lake Washington.  Small trout were feeding off hatch up top.  I was marking a few balls of bait but still nothing.  With the warm weather we've had, there appears to be some algae growth on the surface of the lake.  The surface area temperature of the lake is 49 degrees.  The lake has since turned over and my guess is that we should see better fishing opportunities in the coming weeks.


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:

December 16, 2014

No report this week


For more info call Anton & Sandra Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service; darrellanddads.com; antonj@aol.com or call (509)687-0709 or toll free at (866)360-1523

Potholes Resevoir

December 16, 2014

Waterfowl hunting in the Potholes Recreation Area has been exciting but clearly un-predictable.  With daytime highs in the mid-40’s the Pacific Flyway waterfowl are not behaving as they normally would in mid-December.  I predict that the birds will start acting a little more normal with next weeks’ nighttime temperatures dropping to below freezing.

The David Ostlie party has been hunting on the lake since 1972.  He has also hunted the Eagle Lakes Hunting Area and was a member of the Family Hunting Club.  He was an avid hunter and traveled most weekends from his home in the Puget Sound.  His love for the hunt and our area now brings him back annually from balmy Florida.  Last year he experienced sub-zero temperatures on his annual foray.  This year hunting has been more productive and with the un-seasonally warmer temps his body hasn’t had the cold shock that accosted him last year.  His party goose hunted with us on Wednesday and between naps in the coffin blind and small flights of ducks and geese we shared many good hunting stories.  Now his group will fly back to Florida, migrating just like the birds that he so desires to chase.

Walleye fishing pressure has been light lately.  Walleye are showing in the 19”-21” inch category with more frequency than years past.  Dock fishers are catching some perch and crappie with an occiassional walleye. 

David Ostlie and son traveled from Florida for this combo goose/duck hunt.


These gents from The Outdoor Line in Seattle weathered a foggy Royal Slope hunt for these Canadian Honkers.

Typical winter walleye catch made much easier with our balmy December weather.

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


River Reports

December 16, 2014


See Steelhead University


Olympic Peninsula                        December 9, 2014

The Bogy and Calawah rivers have dropped back into fishable condition.
They are providing fair catches of hatchery steelhead. Expectations were for a larger amount of fish awaiting when the waters receded as this is when the bulk of the run comes in. Steelhead are taking bait under a float with sandshrimp or eggs getting the most bites. Divers with bait and plugs are getting a good amount of fish now as well. The drifts nearest the hatchery creeks are where they are concentrated now after the high water. The Hoh River will take some colder temps to get it in fishable condition. The Salmon and Hoko Rivers are places that will be producing. Clay went home with a limit today with the Bogy still having limited visibility.

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

Grays Harbor systems                    December  9, 2014

We had ideal river levels this week which made for some of the best fishing of the late fall for Coho and we caught our first few winter steelhead as well!

The steelhead showed themselves this week in the Wynoochee and Humptulips rivers.  The coho are still strong in all the harbor systems.  We even saw a few king salmon as well (C/R now).  


Winter Steelhead: Bobber dragging with cured salmon eggs is the go-to method.  This will also produce coho, kings, dollies, and sea-runs.  Save your yarnies and pink worms for the later run of wild steelhead.  You'll catch hatchery brats with them but cured eggs will out produced artificials all season long. 

Coho: Cast and receive size 5 spinners like RVRFSHR and Vibrax.  You pick the color, at this point I don't really think it matters.  Jigging feather jigs or squid jigs is also another top producer.  Pink or black.  

Good luck!

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

Cowlitz River                                             December 16, 2014

Kayak Anglers Todd Switzer and Ray Bourbon had some success catching December Coho over the weekend while running the upper part of the Cowlitz River.  Class II rapids in a kayak is not for the inexperienced.  These guys have years of river time under their belts.  
Over the course of two days, each of them caught and released several fish.  Pulling off into small eddies and fishing marabou jigs with a paddle tail worm under a float seemed to be the ticket.  While some fish hit egg sacks and under a float as well.  

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


Some of the best Coho fishing we have seen in our rivers in years was happening before all this rain hit. Once these river get back down into shape this week we are going to be looking at more great Coho fishing for a few more weeks. Spinners, jigs, plugs, bait it just doesn't seem to matter the fish are taking everything most days. When it's a little tough try changing it up until you find the pattern they want. Cowlitz around Barrier is putting out lots of fish for both bankers and boaters. Bait under floats will be hard to beat but jigs twitched are also taking plenty of nice bright Coho here on the Cow. Chehalis system is out and may not fish for a week or so. Spinners, plugs, jigs are the best option but while the water is high big plugs wrapped with sardine will take the most fish, expect awesome Coho fishing once this water drops.

Mystical Legends Guide Service
Phil Stephens






December 16, 2014



No report this week


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

Barkley Sound

December 16, 2014



Ucluelet, BC:

December 16, 2014

No report this week


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


December 16, 2014


No report this week

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

Alberni Inlet and Barcley Sound

December 16, 2014


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 GOOD and fish up to 16 lbs were caught this past weekend.


 Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week.


Sooke, BC:

December 16, 2014


Sooke, BC                                         December 16, 2014

The fishing for winter springs was SLOWER BUT GOOD this past weekend. Some boats reported getting limits of springs up to 10 lbs in size. The 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 excellent and fish up to 45 lbs were seen on the docks.

Becher Bay                                       December 16, 2014

Salmon fishing was GOOD in East Sooke. Over the weekend, chinooks as large as 14 lb spring brought in at Cheanuh marina. Most of the fish were caught either in Whirl Bay or from inside Becher Bay. Most anglers are having their best results fishing anchovies trolled just off the bottom. The most productive teaser heads for anchovies were the UV Green and the Bloody Nose. For flashers the Madi and the Purple Onion have been very good lately. Spoons such as G-Force in the smaller sizes have been working as well, both in Cop Car or Glow/Green.

Pedder Bay                                      December 16, 2014

Spring salmon fishing was GOOD in Whirl Bay and near the Can Buoy at the entrance to the bay. Anchovies were productive for springs with UV Green and Bloody Nose teaser heads being top choices in teaser heads. Anglers are getting coho 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 Yellow, Purple Haze and Gray Ghost the best patterns. The best flashers have been the Purple Onion, Green/Silver Hot Spot and Jellyfish UV.
Halibut – Halibut fishing was GOOD over the weekend. 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:

December 16, 2014

Fishing for winter springs was VERY GOOD off Victoria. The Frostbite Derby was held at Esquimalt Anglers and it was quite successful with $1,600 raised for salmon enhancement.. There were 43 chinooks weighed in and all but 7 were hatchery fish. 105 tickets were sold and approximately 50 boats were on the water. The winning fish was a 16 lb spring caught by Rick Carson who won the $500 first place prize. Second place went to John Mace with a 15.5 lb spring. Third place went to Frank Badder for a 12 lb spring. The fishing boundary was Albert head to Trial Island and the winning fish was caught near the harbour. There were a lot of fish that were caught and not weighed in and most boats had good action. Fish were caught at mid water depths as well as close to the bottom. Anchovies have been working well in green and UV Chart/Flash 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 out at Constance Bank and off Albert Head when it wasn’t too windy. Anglers are using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait with octopus being the most productive bait this past weekend. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

Oak Bay
                                            December 16, 2014

Salmon fishing was FAIR for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap. Some winter springs are being caught but not many big ones. 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.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT this past week. There were a few places where one could get out of the wind and they produced fish. Anglers are using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait with octopus. 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                                              December 16, 2014

Salmon fishing was GOOD near Sidney this past week. The middle section of the Sidney Channel was the hot spot this past week. There has also been some action happening near Moresby Island. Most of the winters are just over or under the minimum size for retention but fish as large as 10 lbs have been caught 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. Halibut fishing has been good near the Darcy Island shoals.

Notable Catches – The Frostbite Derby was held at Esquimalt Anglers and it was quite successful with $1,600 raised for salmon enhancement. The winning fish was a 16 lb spring caught by Rick Carson, who won the $500 first place prize. Second place went to John Mace with a 15.5 lb spring. Third place went to Frank Badder for a 12 lb spring.



There’s no question that flashers attract a salmon’s attention. But you don’t have to have the flasher attached to your line to reap the benefit. Try running your flasher on a short line attached near your downrigger ball while running your lure off of a release clip positioned above the flasher. That way, you can enjoy playing the fish without a flasher on your line.

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




Fishing is FAIR on most lakes in the South Island area because of the recent stockings.  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.

Torrential rains this midweek caused flooding and the river to blow out. The water level has been dropping since then and is at 2. 5 meters by the lake and downstream near Duncan it is 2 meters. It’s still too high for most fishing. The river is open for both coho and chum salmon retention until December 31st. You’re now allowed to keep two chums per day. The daily limit for coho is one. Fishing has been good for both species of salmon. The Bible Camp has been closed to fishing. There are some steelhead in the river now as the winter run is just starting to come into the river. 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. Egg patterns are the way to go now, and they are very effective when drifted behind a salmon redd.

TROUT - Trout fishing was FAIR on most lakes in the South Island area this past week The Vancouver Island Fish hatchery has started its fall stocking program and has so far released 58,850 catchable rainbow trout on the island. On November 20th, Prospect Lake received 250 catchable rainbow trout and Elk Lake received 757 catchable rainbow trout. On November 14th, Langford Elk Lake received 4,000 catchable rainbow trout. On November 7th, Colwood Lake received 250 catchable rainbow trout. On November 6th, Prospect Lake received 1,750 rainbows, Elk Lake received 1,200 rainbows, Durrance Lake received 500 rainbows and Lookout Lake received 250 catchable rainbow trout.  On November 3rd, Thetis and Kemp Lakes each received 1,000 catchable rainbow trout and Glen and Matheson Lakes each received 500 catchable rainbow trout. On October 30th, Elk Lake received 2,000 catchable rainbow trout. On October 28th, Lookout Lake received 250 catchable rainbow trout. On October 27th, Spectacle Lake received 1,250 catchable rainbow trout. On October 20th, Ida Anne Lake received 250 catchable rainbow trout. On October 16th, Shawnigan Lake received 2,000 catchable rainbow trout. On October 15th, Prospect Lake received 2,000 catchable rainbow trout.. On October 14h, Kemp Lake received 500, Matheson Lake 500, Lookout Lake 250, Prior Lake 500, Thetis Lake 1,000 and Glen Lake 500 catchable rainbow trout. On October 8th, Durrance Lake received 2,000, Elk Lake 2,000 and Spectacle lake 250 catchable rainbow trout.
Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing from shore and right on the bottom. Yellow and Bubblegum have been good colours recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are fishing Pumpkinheads, Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Micro Leech patterns on full sink fly lines. Trollers have been doing well with a variety of lures. The Rhys Davis Baitrix Trout lures and UV Mini Strip Teasers work well for larger fish too. Other good trolling lures are the Apex Trout Killers with the police car one of the best and the black with silver glitter spots taking second place. Flatfish and/or Kwikfish have also been effective in sizes 5 to 7 in Frog, Black with Silver Flake or Rainbow Pattern. Smaller Rapalas in Rainbow Trout or Brown Trout patterns also work well; the jointed Rapalas have also been great for larger fish. Larger Willow Leaf Lake trolls with a size 6 hook tipped with a small 1-2″ piece of worm always produce fish. The biggest trout usually come from Langford Lake and Elk Lake.

BASS - Bass fishing is SLOW. Soft plastics rigged “Carolina Style “is a good choice when fishing drop offs and docks, 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 Spring Island is also a great lake for bass fishing.

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

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

Vancouver Island - North


Nootka Sound

December 16, 2014



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Winter Harbour, BC

December 16, 2014


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December 16, 2014


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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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