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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

April 15, 2014


No report this week

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

Westport (Marine 2):

April 15, 2014

No report this week

Reports submitted by Kevin Lanier,VP PSA State Board, Owner MV Fishin' Luhrs and KC Sportfishing; Photography by Cyndi Lanier, Owner Dockside Art Studio, Westport, WA 425-328-8559

It's spring, and it's bottom fishing time on the coast! Westport lingcod and rock fish fishing has been excellent this month and the best weather and ocean conditions are upon us now. Halibut are right around the corner (May 4th, opener). 

Spring is the best time to harvest bottom fish because they're very plentiful and have the highest quality table fare. 

Limits are 12 fish per angler...yes...12 fish per angler! 10 rockfish and 2 lingcod. Our express style trip only takes 6 anglers per boat and we are first to the best fishing spots. 

We fish with light spinning tackle and a tandem shrimp fly or curly tail worm setup. Talk about hands-on fishing! Orange or blue flies work best. Once you reach your limit of rockfish (Sea Bass) switch over to whole herring to specifically target the lingcod. 

Good luck!

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

La Push (Marine Area 3 & Forks):

April 15, 2014

No report this week

Neah Bay (Marine Area 4):

April 15, 2014

No report this week


Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

April 15, 2014

No report this week


Marine Area 6:

April 15, 2014

NO report this week

Submitted by Crabaholic, Rick Derrick, Sequim

Marine Area 7:

April 15, 2014


The 10th annual Frank Wilson Memorial Blackmouth Derby wrapped up on Sunday, April 13th. Brenda Schmidt hung on for the $1000 win with her 21.33lb Chinook. It was close. Given a couple more days like we had last weekend, and I think someone would have ran across a bigger clipper. Lots of big fish out there right now.  Lots.

Vicki Telford and Kevin Klein weighed the final two fish in the tournament. The top ten always changes on the last day of this 10 week long derby. I moved up to 6th with this 15.78lber, just missing Bobby Wilson by a .01 ounce. That's some slime or a couple scales! Vicki cracked the top ten with her 12.59lb Chinook. She landed one that had to go back that would have made the top two nervous. Here we are at King's Marine tackle shop with our Chinook.

Final Standings:

1. Brenda Schmidt 21.33 $1000
2. Chuck Payne 20.87 $500
3. Don Wilson 16.33 $250
4. Carol Holman 16.11 $250 Women's Winner
5. Bob Wilson 15.79
6. Kevin Klein 15.78
7. Erol Turanciol 15.20
8. Justin Nibler 14.66
9. Vicki Telford 12.59
10. Joe Crisanti 11.92

Brock Warin, Mystery fish winner $250
Cameron Wilson, 8.18 Kid's winner, lots of great prizes donated by King's Marine in Friday Harbor.



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


Marine Area 8.1:

April 15, 2014


Open for salmon Winter Kings (Blackmouth)
No reports this week   


For more info call Gary Krein at All-Star Fishing Charters,
800-214-1595 or 425-252-4188 Email

Marine Area 8.2:

April 15, 2014

Open for salmon Winter Kings (Blackmouth)

No report this week


800-214-1595 or 425-252-4188 Email gary@allstarfishing.com


Marine Area 9:

April 15, 2014

"It is not over till it's over......and it IS OVER !"  The Area 9 Salmon fishery did not go out with much of a bang this year.  Only a few "springers" were reported in the final week and the blackmouth were also a bit harder to find.  
Time to break out the halibut gear !
See you on the water !

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


Open for Salmon Winter Kings (Blackmouth)

Area 9 Starting Monday (Feb. 10), anglers will be limited to one salmon per day in Marine Area 9, the portion of Puget Sound stretching from Edmonds to Port Townsend.

No report this week


For more info call Gary Krein at All-Star Fishing Charters; (800)214-1595 or (425)252-4188    gary@allstarfishing.com; www.allstarfishing.com

A nice way to close Area 9.   I was able to get out on the water and run up to Mid Channel Bank at Port Townsend yesterday (Monday).  Thirty-five minutes later, I boated a 12 lb 8 oz Hatchery Chinook.  I was fishing 100 ft deep with 109 ft out on the Scotty cable.  It was caught on a #4 Kingfisher “Lite” Irish Flag Spoon trolled 42” behind a Pro Troll Flasher.

I am looking forward to July 16th when Area 9 reopens.

July 27th is the Salmon University/Lucky Sportfishing Trip to the Eagle Nook Lodge on Barkley Sound in beautiful BC.  Hope to see you there.

Submitted by Tom Nelson, Salmon University


Seattle area (Marine Area 10):

April 15, 2014


No report this week


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

Open for Salmon Winter Kings (Blackmouth)

Closes at the end of January 2014


For more info call Gary Krein at All-Star Fishing Charters; (800)214-1595 or (425)252-4188 gary@allstarfishing.com; www.allstarfishing.com



No report this week


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



 Marine Area 11:

April 15, 2014


There have been more Chinook landed in area 11 this past week. One fisherman reported that 4 days in a row he caught legal sized Chinook from 24" to 6 pounds. With weather improving get out and catch your share.  Fish the tide change and start trying the Gig Harbor side working the bottom. There should be some Minter Creek early returning springers showing.

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

Last week looked promising with fish being caught on that series of small tides mostly around the high tide although there was light pressure the few that went out either caught a fish or had opportunity with the most salmon being caught in the Pt. Dalco area however there was a few caught off the slag and a couple at the clay banks. The anglers with the most success were trolling flasher and spoons and covering lots of water in anywhere from 110' of water to 160' of water about 10' off bottom. This week is starting very slow so far but keeps an eye on the tides starting this weekend and into next week they look promising.

For daily updates call Point Defiance Marina at 253.591.5325.   We offer ongoing 2 hour basic fishing instruction contact genea@tacomaparks.com Art Tachell, Boathouse Marina Technician

Other happenings at Point Defiance Marina include

Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10 am to 12 noon--Basic Fishing Instruction-Cost
$10. Learn how to select equipment, tackle, rigging up, knots, casting, and
landing a fish. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10 am to 12 noon -Boat Trailering Class-Cost
$20.0. Learn trailer care, proper hook ups, towing, launching on and off the
trailer, and basic trailer maintenance.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm- Point Defiance Marina Swap Meet.  - Table space is $15.00. Admittance for shoppers is free. This is a great way to turn some of those items no longer needed into cash as well as find some great items.

Saturday, May 31 and June 7 from 8 am to 1 pm at Point Defiance Marina –ABC Boating Education Class taught by the Power Squadron. This class will meet the requirements of WA Sate Boater's Education Card Cost $40 includes book and navigation software CD

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


Hood Canal (Marine Area 12):

April 15, 2014


No report this week


Submitted by Tom Nelson, Salmon University

No report this week

Submitted by Bret Steck, Dewatto 


Marine Area 13:

April 15, 2014

No report this week




Lake Washington:

April 15, 2014


No report this week

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


Lake Chelan:

April 15, 2014


What’s hot is trolling in the early morning above the Yacht Club and along the face of Manson Bay on Lake Chelan for nice numbers of Lakers.  What’s new is jigging Manson Bay. 

On Chelan, fish Colyar Ledge above the Yacht Club from the 230 foot contour out to 310 foot contour for best success early in the morning.  Also trolling the face of Manson Bay in depths of 180 to 265 feet has worked.  In both locations fish speeds of 1 to 1.3 mph as close to the bottom as you can.  Silver Horde’s Needlefish Squiddy’s rigged with a Mack’s Lures smile blade in Glow and baited with a triangle of Northern Pikeminnow has been the “go to” presentation. 

Jig with twin tail 3” plastic bodies in white or glow.  Identifying piles of fish and staying on top of them is the key to success.  Using your GPS in conjunction with marker buoys will help you stay on the fish. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to understand how your sonar works and what it’s limitations are.  At great depths (over 200 feet) even the newer 3D sonars have difficulty interpreting a three dimensional world onto a two dimensional screen.  I troll locations on Chelan that sometimes have a twenty foot depth difference from the right to the left side of the boat.  The depthfinder gives you one depth…  Well, that is probably closer to accurate for the side of the boat the transducer is mounted on than the other side. Believe what you can touch.  This is pretty much a non-issue on stable or gently sloping bottoms, but, when you’re dealing with complex, rapidly changing bottoms, it can be mind boggling. 

The kid’s tip of the week is to be straight forward and factual when answering questions about the blood and guts part of fish biology and the process of turning live fish into food.  When confronted with kids that have little experience with cleaning fish or other ways of turning living animals into people food, I usually keep a pretty low key approach to describing the organs and skeletal structure of the fish not responding to the ooey / gooey squeamish remarks while emphasizing the respect due the person that provides food for their family.  It is an uphill battle considering the unrealistic portrayal of the process that most kids see on TV and in the movies, but I think it is worth the effort.   

Your safety tip of the week is to check that boat plug for wear and fit.  Everyone has either done or known someone that has had the disaster or near disaster from forgetting to put the plug back in.  We actually had a leak last year from a worn boat plug that would have eventually fallen out to create the disaster if we hadn’t discovered the cause of the leak and replaced the plug.

Pictured above on 4/7/14, Andy Byrd of CleElum and Jeff Witkowski of Darrell & Dad's with their catch of jigged Lake Chelan Lakers.

Pictured above on 4/9/14, Rodney Ott of Bend, OR with his Birthday trip take of Lake Chelan Mackinaw


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

No report this week


Lake Chelan Adventures - Joe Heinlen, 509-393-9665    www.lakechelanadventures.com

Potholes Resevoir

April 15, 2014


Mike Varnell of Gold Bar caught theses beautiful trout using Power Bait
fishing in one of the Seep Lakes below O'Sullivan Dam.

Upcoming MarDon Resort Events

March 28-30 Othello Sandhill Crane Festival
April 19-20 Potholes Open Bass Tournament
April 26-27 Corral Lake Tag Fish Tournament (A CWFAC Event)
May 3-4 Spring Walleye Classic (A CWFAC Event)
May 17-18 MarDon Open Bass Tournament (A CWFAC Event)
May 23-26 Memorial Day Weekend (1/2 Price Monday Night, 4th night only)
May 25 Kamp Karaoke
June 7-8 Washington Free Fishing Weekend
June 14-15 Camp Chef Father's Day Bowfishing Tournament
June 14-15 Limit Out Marine Big Bass Classic ( A CWFAC Event)
June 21 Sammie Bash Golf Tournament (A CWFAC Event)

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

River Reports

April 15, 2014


See Steelhead University


Cowlitz River                                                       April 15, 2014

Saturday brought favorable water conditions, sunshine, and a good bite on the Cowlitz. Back-trolling diver and bait worked well for us. We also saw a few fish picked up free drifting as well. There are also a few Springers being picked up.

Saturday was a great Mother Daughter day.

I still have some openings available for April. Contact me if you are looking for a guide to take you on your next fishing trip.

Submitted by Marc Bush, Twisted Waters Guide Service
253-468-0610 : 360-894-7636  twistedwaters@gmail.com


What a great week on the lower Columbia river! I'm so glad we got that
extension.  Counts over Bonneville Dam are finally increasing with up to a thousand fish over the dam a day. 

We will be fishing on Wind River and Drano Lake until the end of May. With both fisheries heating  up and a two fish limit per person, the season is going to be awesome. 

Flat lining plugs and trolling prawn spinners are the best technique to catch
these beautiful fish.

I have a few days during this fishery still open. If you haven't made it out
yet, this is the time. 

Good luck to all and Fish On!!

Ryan- Riverside Guide Service - www.seattlefishingtrips.com
seattlefishingtrips@yahoo.com H-(360)960-8353 C-(206)533-4105


Steelhead fishing has been winding down and focus for many has been on the Spring Chinook run that has actually been off to a great start. We finally have had some decent water to fish them and we are catching a few. The Columbia river king season was extended last week and is fishing well and many of the tributaries are putting out fish.  Good numbers of Spring Chinook have been crossing the Bonneville dam and fishing will only get better up above the dam at places like the Wind River and Drano lake areas where decent numbers of fish have been caught this last week. Trolling the area above the dam with herring, prawn spinners and plugs is best. The Mag Lip 4.5 wrapped with sardine will get you into good fish and is by far the best plug to use in both these areas. Colors vary but a the good old gold Double Trouble is hard to beat.

Cowlitz has a decent number of late winter steelhead around the Blue Creek and Barrier dam areas. Freedrifting small baits has been tops. Springer action has been decent in the same areas, herring, eggs and plugs are tops. Look for the area around Barrier to really start producing .

Here a couple fish from this last week. Looking to get out? I have a few days left open for Spring Chinook in May for both the Bonneville pool area which includes both Drano lake and Wind River as well as the Cowlitz river. 


Mystical Legends Guide Service
Phil Stephens






April 15, 2014


Over the last week we had a couple days of very good fishing and a couple days where we had to work for our bites.  We had an awesome morning on Friday hooking up with 10 fish in 3 hours. Some of them were legal, some were undersized, and some were lost.  There are definitely some good pockets of fish around, just have to have a little luck and insight to find them.

Barry with a chrome

Phil with a nice hatchery fish

This past week saw quite a few different areas produce fish. The South End of Bowen Island, the Gulf Island’s,  Vancouver Harbour,  and Howe Sound have all had fish.  We are expecting the south end of Bowen to really start picking up  in the next week or so.  Last year it was around the 12th to 14th of April that things started to perk up.  As of now, it is still a one here, one there, kind of thing.  We have had our success on G Force and Silver Horde Spoons and anchovies this week.  We are going to start running some larger 4.0 spoons in coming weeks as they are quite often very effective off the South End of Bowen Island.

Crabbing has been excellent in Vancouver Harbour and prawning has been very good when we drop traps on our longer 8 and 10 hour trips. If you are looking to get out and do some prawning, now is the time to go as the commercial season opens up in early May.

Sturgeon fishing has perked up in the Lower Fraser River and April is a really good time to get out there.  If you are looking for a sturgeon trip that departs Vancouver, please get in touch with us.   Not only is the fishing excellent, but the jet boat is only 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver!

The weather looks like it is going to be amazing starting mid week. Please give us a call if you want to head out on the water to enjoy the first warm weekend of the season!


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 15, 2014



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Ucluelet, BC:

April 15, 2014

Ucluelet Chinook and Coho Forecast:
We have great news for 2014: The Columbia River forecast is 1.6 million Chinook, which is the largest forecasted return since 1938. That is up from 1.2 million actual return last year. We also have a great forecast for the local Barclay Sound Chinook returns from DFO. This means we should have very good fishing from May to September for Chinook salmon.

Coho Forecast Update:
The west coast of Vancouver Island is listed as abundant for Coho returns. In terms of numbers, the Columbia forecast is 964,000, 3 times all 2013 returns. The west coast of Vancouver Island forecast is listed as abundant for Coho from DFO.

Latest Report:
The weather has been quite poor making it hard to give an accurate report, but there are Chinook salmon showing in close to shore. This time of year Beg Island, Great Bear and Sail Rock are the most popular to fish on 3-4 inch Coyote/Silver Horde spoons or needle fish hutches. As the weather gets better we will give you another update.

Kent and Logan Kalenko fished Sail Rock and hooked 6 Chinook 7-13lbs and got a bunch of lingcod. 

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


April 15, 2014

Halibut fishing has been great all spring with good catches coming from all areas. We are catching them in all our close spots as well as the offshore banks we have been to. All the usual combo's of bait, herring , octopus, salmon etc as well as jigs have been working for me.

Jimmy, George and Tracy made their annual spring trip to load up on Halibut last week.

Dave with yesterday mornings (April 14th) take of bottom fish

Salmon fishing has been good near Bamfield with lots of small feeder Chinook in the area. Some larger fish are being taken and the size should improve any day now now as a big push of Columbia River bound fish start to appear.

Scott and family with some Chinook and a bunch of spot prawns.


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 15, 2014




The spring and summer salmon sport fishing season for 2014 is closing in on us ever so rapidly.  March on the Vancouver Island (British Columbia) West Coast has been a wintery month with a lot of snow in the local mountains and well below seasonal average temperatures.  The cooler weather and snow has been welcomed as much of the winter had little rainfall.  We will soon be turning the calendar over to April which is very much a welcoming thought.  April on the rugged but scenic west coast coastline is most often looked at by a variety of sport anglers as the true beginning of saltwater fishing opportunities. 

This Thirty pound Chinook Salmon was landed on the Surf line of Barkley Sound .  2014 is looking like one of the best season in past decades.  The migratory flow to the Columbia River alone is 1.6 million Chinook swimming down the west coast of Vancouver Island.  Robert is shown in this picture and land this Chinook using bait in an anchovy Rhys Davis Teaser Head 

The last two summer sport fishing seasons for Chinook and Coho outside the protected harbors of Ucluelet and Tofino, along the surf line of beautiful Barkley Sound, and also the protected waters of the Sound itself were very good.  

Brian from Edmonton had a great three days of fishing with Guide Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing.  Brian landed these two fish on white and green hootchies.  The 2014 salmon fishing on West Coast Vancouver Island is expected, with al early reports, to be one of the best years in the past decade.

The 2014 sport fishing season according to the many indicators in preseason forecasts are predicting that the current decades best fishing is yet to come this spring and summer.  Over the last few weeks there have been a number of press releases from the many fish and wildlife organizations located in British Columbia and the Pacific North-west in Washington and Oregon States.  The large watersheds to the south such as the Fraser River, the Columbia River Basin, the Klamath River and as far south as the Sacramento River are all forecasting to have huge returns of Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon.  The Columbia River is expecting 1.6 million Chinook to return and just over one million Coho.  These migrating salmon do swim down the coastline of West Vancouver Island and sit on the various sand banks and also swim into the protected waters of Barkley Sound and feed on the rich resources of bait fish before continuing their long journey to their natal streams and rivers.  There are many banks outside the surf line of Vancouver Island which range from two miles offshore to thirty-two miles offshore where the salmon often school and feed.  These banks are a welcome for these migrating fish as the voyage which begins somewhere around Alaska and the Bering Strait is lengthy.  By late June there should be ample Coho and Chinook throughout the Pacific Rim region.  The fishing should be spectacular from June through early September.  The migratory flow most years comes in three large waves.  They are termed as being early summer, mid- summer and late summer runs.  The early summer runs often begins in late April off the west coast of Vancouver Island and continues into June and creates some early fishing very tight to the Ucluelet and Tofino harbor mouths and also the pristine waters of Barkley Sound.  The transient salmon feed aggressively on the rich resources of bait fish as they make their lengthy journey to their natal streams.  The Chinook and 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. 

Fishing in early September along the Bamfield Wall can be absolutely
fantastic. Coho numbers returning to West Coast Vancouver Island in 2014
are termed abundant. This is Guide Mel of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport
Fishing who is netting a Coho for guests from Ontario. 

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 Alberni Inlet is expecting a return of anywhere between 1.2 and 1.6 million in the summer of 2014.  This Happy Family from California and Utah fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed their limit of Sockeye which in 2014 will be four per person per day

The Port Alberni Inlet is expected to have a remarkable Sockeye Salmon return in June and July.  Ocean conditions have been remarkable for salmon survival over the past number of years.  Indicators are showing returns of Sockeye Salmon to the Somass River to be well over one million fish.  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.  The Coho returns to the Somass River and all of West Coast Vancouver Island are termed to be “abundant”. 

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 will be all fantastic areas of those so called “hotspots” in 2014.

Port Alberni Inlet
Barkley Sound

Summer fishing in the Port Alberni Inlet should be well underway by mid June for Sockeye Salmon.  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 just recently provided some “BETTER” winter Chinook fishing.  The Sproat Loggers Derby occurred the first weekend in March and produced some nice feeder Chinook up to sixteen pounds.  The wining salmon is this year’s derby was just over sixteen pounds and was landed around Vernon Bay.  A few other fish in the fifteen pound range were also landed in the same area.  The weekend weather started off fairly decent but poor conditions 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.  This was definitely true during this early season salmon derby although some fisher people had production 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 have all produced some good fishing.   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 salmon have been in one hundred and thirty to one hundred and eighty feet of water with the bigger fish in the deeper water.  Fish have been coming in daily feeding heavily during the herring spawn.  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 ones 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.

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. Also a variety of regular octopus hootchies and needle fish hootchies are working quite well behind green glow and purple haze flashers.  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 few wonderful warm afternoons on Vancouver Islands west coast over the past ten days and provided some good fishing for a few local guides and avid fishermen.  Great Bear had some good sized bait balls and a couple of good sized feeders up to fifteen pounds were landed.  Needlefish hootchies and the three and a half inch green glow coyote spoon were working very well and should be two items in ones tackle box over the next few weeks.  The summer of 2014 SPORT fishing is expected to be very good as big waves of migrating salmon make their way to the big watersheds to the south.  Large 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 are also expected to be in abundance and will add a variety for many sport fisher people and also the many guests on guided boats.  The summer of 2014 will definitely be a time when all fisher persons will have an opportunity to land a salmon.

The fishing in Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet is not only fantastic but so
is the scenery. 

Somass-Stamp River

The month of March has seen some better fishing.  There have been some great scenic mornings with snow on the banks.  Look for the Stamp to have some continued production through mid April.

The Steelhead fishing on the Stamp has not been very consistent in the 2013-14 Winter Steelhead season.  Currently the Winter Steelhead fishing has picked up and this has been the best time of the whole season.  The lower river has provided some better fishing with guided boats hooking into six to eight 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.  We are expecting some much needed better fishing to continue right through April.  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 2014 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.

The Summer fishing in 2014 in Pacific Rim areas for Sockeye, Chinook and Coho salmon is expected to be fabulous.  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



Sooke, BC:

April 15, 2014


No report this week


Pedder Bay, BC:

April 15, 2014

No report this week


OVERVIEW – SSalmon fishing remains FAIR to GOOD with mostly smaller size fish and the odd bigger one to keep things exciting. Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week.

Effective until 23:59 hours Friday, June 13, 2014 in Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5(those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Point to Sheringham Point), 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.

For the latest updates in DFO regulations go to http://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm?pg=search_results&lang=en&ID=recreational&Year=2014

Sooke, BC:

April 15, 2014

Salmon fishing has been FAIR with the best fishing near the Bluffs in 100 to 120 feet depths. The salmon were running up to 12 lbs in size but there are a few larger ones, both hatchery and wild stock. The springs are holding close to the bottom, so that’s where you want to fish. Anchovies are working well in Bloody Nose and UV teaser heads. Glow and UV hootchies and squirts, Coho Killers and G-Force spoons are working well also. The most popular flashers recently have been the Purple Onion, Green Jellyfish and others with both Glow and UV surfaces. Halibut anglers were doing very well with mostly “chicken” size halibut, but there are some larger ones that are pushing the upper size limit.  Most halibut anglers have been anchoring off the Sooke Bluffs or heading west towards Jordan River.

Beecher Bay                                          

Salmon fishing was GOOD for winter springs. The largest hatchery fish of the week was a 25 lb spring caught at Whirl Bay. Fishing was also picking up near Aldridge Point and the Trap Shack for springs in the 10 – 25 lb size. There has been a lot of bait in the area and anglers have been catching the salmon at depths of 50 to 120 feet, depending on how deep the bait was running. More anglers are having good success fishing anchovies now. The best teaser heads for anchovies were Green Glow and the Bloody Nose. For flashers, the Purple Onion and the Green Jellyfish have been very good lately. Hootchies have been effective too, and Jay 79, Cloverleaf and Purple haze have been good color patterns. Artificial spoons such as Coho killers and G-Force spoons have been working well also. Quite a few halibut weighing up to 63 lbs were also brought back to the marina, mostly from the west Race Rocks area.


Pedder Bay

Salmon fishing was NOT TOO BAD, especially at Whirl Bay. The springs are still mostly between 6 to 8 lbs in size, but there have been some bigger ones up to 25 lbs around as well. There are still winter springs being caught while trolling back and forth between the Deep Hole and the Yellow Can with the bait bouncing close to the bottom. Most of the action was coming on spoons trolled close to the bottom. Coho Killers and G-force spoons with both glow and green have been working the best. Anchovies were also productive with Green Glow, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze teaser heads being good choices in teaser heads. Squirts are working too with UV colors like the Jellyfish, Purple Haze and Electric Chair the best patterns. The best flashers have been the Purple Onion, Clear jelly UV and Purple Haze.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was GOOD on the weekend. Quite a few halibut were caught, and once again, several were caught while trolling near the bottom at 120’ for salmon in Whirl Bay!  Anglers 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 15, 2014

Fishing has been VERY GOOD for winter springs at Constance Bank. Most anglers were getting fish and some were getting limits. The fish are still relatively small; less than 10 lbs in size, but there were several weighing into the teens there as well. Closer in, the salmon were running deeper, around 160 to 180 feet in depth. Most anglers fishing Victoria are using artificial lures, usually with Coho Killer (yellowtail or green/glow). G-Force spoons in Outfitters or No Bananas colors have been killers too. Good choices in plastic baits are the Electric Chair, Purple Haze and the Glo Blow. Gibbs Coho Killer, Kingfisher and Coyote spoons in all colours have been very effective. Good flashers have been the Purple Onion, Clear jelly UV or Green Jellyfish. Seals continue to be a problem for anglers after salmon.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend. Constance Bank was the hot spot for most anglers. Anglers were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait with octopus being the most productive bait this past weekend. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish

Oak Bay

Salmon fishing was FAIR for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap. The most popular method for catching springs is trolling near the bottom in 75 to 130 feet of water with squirts or spoons, Baitrix tiny strip, or small anchovy. The fish that were being caught were on Coho Killer spoons in Glow/Green, 3” to 4” G-Force & Gypsy spoons. Good squirts were the Electric Chair, Pickle Green, J-79 and Jellyfish. Good flashers have been the Purple Onion, Clear jelly UV or Green Jellyfish.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week. Mike Furtado caught a 55.3 lb halibut to take over first place on our leader board. He caught the big fish on a hootchy/herring combination. Anglers are 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.


Salmon fishing was FAIR off Sidney this past week. Coal Island is still the hot spot for salmon with most boats getting fish there. Many anglers have been fishing for springs using anchovies in Bloody Nose, Purple Haze and UV Green teaser heads. Squirts have been out producing hootchies recently and the hot patterns for springs now are Purple Haze, Glow Below and Electric Chair. Coho Killer spoons have also been working well, especially in double glow and 50/50 colors.

Notable Catches – 

Mike Furtado caught a 55.3 lb halibut to take over first place on our leader board. He caught the big fish on a hootchy/herring combination.


Vary your depth when trolling for trout. Trout are often found at different depths throughout the day, as insect and bait fish activity changes.  If they stop biting at one level, go up or down in depth until you find them again.

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



Fishing is PICKING UP on most lakes in the South Island area as spring weather improves.  However, most lakes are “turning over” so the fish is still fairly slow. A few steelhead are being caught in the Cowichan River but many of the fish are kelts.

8Th Annual Elk Lake “Take a Kid Fishing” Derby Results – April 12th
What a great Saturday! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our 8th annual ElkLake derby.  There was great success out on the water with lots of fish being weighed in and the weather couldn’t have treated us any better.  All in all it was a great turn out and an awesome day to take you, a family member or a friend fishing.  We would like to thank everyone who supports this derby. If we didn’t have you guys there would be no derby.  Each year all of our distributors surprise us with their generosity by donating a prize or two for this fantastic derby! The awesome thing about this derby is no matter what every kid takes home a prize, we value our youth in the fishing industry and they are what keeps this sport alive for the future. 
With all the fish weighed in there could only be one first place for Trout and Bass.

Congratulations to Jeremy Thomassen for catching the largest Trout weighing in at 4lb 13oz caught early in the morning, he held his spot all the way through until the end. Nice Work!

Top 5 Trout Prize Winners
1st – Jeremy Thomassen – 4 lbs 13 oz
2nd – Ryan Komori – 2 lb 14 oz
3rd - Dominique Bourdon – 1 lb 14 oz
4 th – Jesse Daniels – 1 lb 13 oz
5th – Peter Grossman – 1 lb 12 oz

When it comes to Bass fishing Shilo Matte dominated the lake.  He took home 1st place with a 5lb 4oz Smallmouth bass caught late morning.  We would like to recognize Shilo for all of the bass he had weighed in that day; with all the weights added up Shilo’s total weight was 20lbs 8oz, good work Shilo!

Top 5 Bass Prize Winners
1st – Shilo Matte  -  5 lb  4 oz
2nd – Andrew Grant  -  4 lb 5 oz
3rd – Blair Cox  -  4 lb  4 oz
4th -  Rob Bowen  -  4 lb  1 oz
5th – John Kim  -  3 lb  15 oz

This year we also had a prize for the junior’s largest fish! The winner in this category went to Connor Warford weighing in a 1lb 8oz trout, a job well done Connor!

The moment everyone waits for is the GRAND DRAW PRIZE! We like keeping it to the last draw to get your blood flowing! This year’s lucky winner was Gord Mitchell.  Gord took home a 12ft Lowe Jon Boat with a 4HP Yamaha Motor.  Gord was out fishing with his dad Rick and 8 year old son Jarren, they weren’t as lucky on the water but getting drawn for the boat made up for it!

Cowichan River – The water level has been steadily dropping all week and its just over 1.3 meters near the lake and 1.15 meters near Duncan. There are steelhead in many areas, with most of the fish being kelts. The trout fishing in the upper river is excellent for brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout. The trout are actively feeding on salmon eggs. Egg patterns are the way to go now, and they are very effective when drifted behind an old salmon redd. If you’re after steelhead, 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. Remember that ALL wild trout must be released on all streams in region 1.

TROUT –  Trout fishing is PICKING UP on most lakes in the South Island area.

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC is continuing their spring release of catchable rainbow trout from the Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery. On April 3rd, 2,000 rainbow trout were released at Prospect Lake. On March 26th, Elk Lake received 1,200 trout. On March 25th, Durrance Lake received 1,000 trout, Glen, Kemp and Matheson Lakes received 500 trout each, Colwood Lake received 250 trout, Lookout Lake received 200 trout and Ida Anne Lake received 75 trout. On March 19th, 1,800 trout were released at Shawnigan Lake, 200 trout at Lookout Lake and 75 trout at Ida Anne Lake. On March 18th, Dougan Lake received 640 trout and Somenos Lake received 500 trout.  On March 11, Prospect Lake received 1,725 trout, Thetis Lake 1,000 trout and Spectacle Lake relieved 500 trout. On March 7th, Elk Lake received 1,800 catchable rainbows averaging 226 grams and Langford Lake received 1,900 trout. On March 6th, stocking of 2 year old brood stock rainbows averaging 619 grams occurred with Durrance Lake getting 225 fish, and Chemainus and Fuller lakes each receiving 133 fish. On March 4th, Shawnigan Lake received 1,800 catchable rainbow trout, Fuller Lake received 1,200 catchable rainbow trout, and Chemainus Lake received 600 catchable rainbow trout. These trout averaged 232 grams in size. The total Island trout release this spring is 36,734 Fraser Valley strain rainbow trout.

Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing from shore and right on the bottom. Yellow and Bubblegum have been good colours recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are fishing Pumpkinheads, Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Micro Leech patterns on full sink fly lines. Trollers have been doing well with a variety of lures. The Rhys Davis Baitrix Trout lures and UV Mini Strip Teasers work well for larger fish too. Other good trolling lures are the Apex Trout Killers with the police car one of the best and the black with silver glitter spots taking second place. Flatfish and/or Kwikfish have also been effective in sizes 5 to 7 in Frog, Black with Silver Flake or Rainbow Pattern. Smaller Rapalas in Rainbow Trout or Brown Trout patterns also work well; the jointed Rapalas have also been great for larger fish. Larger Willow Leaf Lake trolls with a size 6 hook tipped with a small 1-2″ piece of worm always produce fish. The biggest trout usually come from Langford Lake and Elk Lake. John Redlick weighed in a 4 lb 10 oz rainbow trout that he caught trolling a 3” rainbow floating Rapala plug using his fly rod near Duncan. Wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in Cowichan Lake.

BASSBass fishing is PICKING UP as water temperatures increase. At this time of year the bass are still near drop offs but some are moving in closer to shore.  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.

CARP – Carp fishing is PICKING UP at Elk Lake. Jeffrey Head pulled in 10 lb 4 oz and 5 lb 14 oz carp from Elk Lake on Friday.


Island Outfitters starts and ends the year with the free for fun and prizes Salmon, Trout, Carp and Halibut Leader Boards. Simply weigh your catch in at Island Outfitters and the top five fish in each category on December 31st wins a special prize. Everybody who enters a fish gets a prize! To enter, just bring in your catch to be weighed at our store.

April 26th and 27th is our 20th Anniversary Sale May 2nd and 3rd - Sidney Salmon Derby
May 10th and 11th – “Just For the Halibut Derby”
 June 14th and 15th – Port Renfrew Fathers Day Derby
Fly Fishing Film Tour, F3T – Lots of great prizes again – spring 2014

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

April 15, 2014



No report this week

Submitted by Captain Don Dybeck, Port Townsend, WA


Winter Harbour, BC

April 15, 2014



March brings home the herring, and as such the big Lingcod, Hali and Winter Springs are never far behind. Right on schedule the herring are piling into Winter Harbour and Quatsino Sound, and every form of predator are following them in.

Fishing inshore at the mouth of Quatsino Sound, all around Cains Island and into Grant Bay is excellent at the moment, as the big Lings and Halis, along with plenty of feeder Springs follow the herring shoals into the near shore waters. Just like last year, we are getting great action in less than 75 ft of water in the sand flats inside Cains and Pinnacle Islands and right up near the beach in Grant Bay. Most of the fish are coming on large herring pattern spoons or green/silver/blue Cuttlefish behind a flasher trolled just off the bottom.

Great to get the season rolling again, it’s looking like we are in for another bumper year. Understanding how many of the fish we catch in the Winter Harbour area are ultimately travelling into the Fraser and Columbia River basins, you only need to read the following to get VERY excited!

U.S. V Oregon Technical Advisory Committee subgroup and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is predicting that an almost unfathomable number of adult fall chinook salmon will return to the mouth of the Columbia River this year – 1.6 million.

Such a total would be by far the most returning fish on a record dating back to 1938. The current record is a return to the Columbia River of 1.27 million adult fall chinook last year. The fall chinook forecasts include returns to lower Columbia (downstream of Bonneville Dam) tributaries, but are heavily weighted toward expected upriver spawners.

“It’s basically the upriver brights that are driving the forecast,” said the WDFW’s Joe Hymer. “It’s off the charts.”

If forecasts pan out, fishers will have the opportunity of a lifetime. During the late summer-fall time frame the lower Columbia should be brimming with fall chinook salmon as well as coho salmon spawners. Ocean abundance (before any fisheries) of Columbia River-origin early and late run coho is expected to be more than three times larger in 2014 than in 2013. A forecast released earlier this month by TAC says ocean abundance this year should total 964,100 adult fish as compared to a final estimate of 301,500 for the 2013 run.

Greg Vance with a 47 lb Winter Harbor salmon taken in a prior season.

If you have never been to Winter Harbour, you should know we have both "guided charter packages" and "bring your own boat and camper" options. It’s a very special place, all within a day’s travel from the lower mainland by ferry/road.

This year we are running some great promos, including half price camping ($16 per night for full hookups) for a one week stay any time in the first two weeks of July. Come and see what the excitement is all about.

Greg Vance
The Outpost at Winter Harbour

Queen Charlotte Islands

April 15, 2014

No report this week





 Oregon Coast

April 15, 2014

No report this week





April 15, 2014

No report this week


Petersburg, Alaska

April 15, 2014


No report this week



April 15, 2014


The fishing on Flathead Lake remains to be steady. We have been averaging 4-10 fish per trip. Typically this time of year the fish are on the move. One day you might find them at 80ft. of water and the next day in 200ft. of water. Be flexible and move around until you find large concentration of fish and then concentrate on that depth. The runoff is going to be the unknown for the next couple months. Depending on the temperature and the amount of rain mix will determine how much runoff we will have day to day. The east side of the center bar in 140ft. of water has been working good.

What to use:

This time of year I try and cover as much area as I can. I usually will fish a
dodger or a flasher with a hoochie combo, that way I can troll at 1.8 – 2.3
mph. When I find fish then I can try different lures to figure out what they
want at that given day.  Also Brad’s Super Baits have been catching fish.
I have been having good results using the Cha Cha 4” Salmon Squidder rigs from Mack’s lure #60063 has been a great color, also try #60062.

Also the electronic Prochip 8 series from pro-troll has been working good with a mother of pearl houchie tipped with a piece of cut bait is a good go to setup.

Tip of the Day:

In the spring time the weather in NW Montana can be very unpredictable. Keep an eye on the weather; a good rule to follow is that if you think it is to rough it probably is, get off the lake so you can fish another day. Be safe!

“No Bad Days”

Capt. Bob Orsua, Mo Fisch Charters, (406) 755-4414   www.mofisch.com  Cannon Downrigger Authorized Service Center





 Great Lakes

April 15, 2014


No report this week

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





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