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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

October 28, 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):

October 28, 2014

The Boat Basin Salmon Derby continues until the end of October. Coho are still being caught is good numbers and I am seeing fish over 10 pounds being caught daily. The lures of choice are Mepps Flying C spinners or Vibrax #4 spinners in Pink or Orange. You can pick them up when you get to Westport if you need one. 

Razor Clamming was good this week. Saturday was a bust because of the wind storm but good limits were reached the rest of the week. The next Clam tides are tentatively scheduled for November 4th - 11th.  Check the WDFW web site for firm dates. Always check the weather and surf reports before you head out Clamming. 

See you in Westport!

Reports submitted by Kevin Lanier,VP PSA State Board, Owner MV Fishin' Luhrs and KC Sportfishing; Photography by Cyndi Lanier, Owner Dockside Art Studio, Westport, WA 425-328-8558

Grays Harbor Systems...

Ok we're starting to transition out of the saltwater and into the rivers this

There's certainly no shortage of Coho available in all the systems this fall,
especially with all the high water we're seeing. If you're willing to be at the
ready and make the call on short notice you can get some fishing done in-between rain storms. The days that we've been able to get out have been outstanding!!!

Chinook fishing on the Humptulips will close after Friday, October 31st but Coho retention will roll on through the new year and beyond. 

We fish a lot of "hardware" for these aggressive Coho but occasionally drift
eggs for them as well. That opens up a greater possibility of catching
Steelhead and Chinook too. 

As far as hardware goes...it's hard to beat the #4 and #5 Vibrax spinner,
1/4-1/2oz feather jigs or hoochies, and small wiggle wart style plugs. 

Our team will be guiding the central coast and grays harbor systems through mid
April with salmon now, moving into hatchery steelhead/winter Coho, and then
finishing with the legendary wild steelhead season. 

Give us a call or email for our latest availability and fishing report!

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


La Push (Marine Area 3 & Forks):

October 28, 2014


See Report Under Washington Rivers (below)


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


Neah Bay (Marine Area 4):

October 28, 2014

No report this week

Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

October 28, 2014

No report this week


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


Marine Area 6:

October 28, 2014

No report this week


Marine Area 7:

October 28, 2014

Well, that's a wrap for Summer/Fall fishing in Marine Area 7. October 31st is the last day for Salmon, although Crabbing is still open. We had some bursts of catching, but overall, not as good as in recent years. Most of the fish, especially from the Fraser River, went East around Vancouver Island coming down from Alaska. When that happens, we just won't get a bunch of fish through the Islands. There were a lot of late Coho around until the end, however. Now, time to haul the boat out for maintenance, and get ready for the upcoming Winter Chinook season.

 Vicki Telford of Friday Harbor with an early Winter Chinook from 2014. A fish like this might have you thinkin' 'bout runnin' for the scales! Derby scales, that is.

Blackmouth season starts December 1st in Marine Area 7, and the 5th annual Resurrection Derby isn't far behind. Get your tickets for the December 5th and 6th event by going to Resurrectionderby.com. With a $10,000 first prize, this has traditionally been one of the highliner tournaments on the Northwest Salmon Derby Series. 100 teams of top saltwater anglers from the Northwest, Canada, and Alaska will show up in Friday Harbor to throw down. It's truly the best of the best. Step right up if you and your crew think you've got what it takes to take home the money and braggin' rights.

All proceeds from this Puget Sound Anglers, Fidalgo-San Juan Islands Chapter event go to Salmon enhancement and recovery projects in the San Juan's.


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

Marine Area 8.1:

October 28, 2014


No report this week

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

Marine Area 8.2:

October 28, 2014


Open For Coho Salmon

No report this week

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


Marine Area 9:

October 28, 2014

Again, high winds and rough water have kept most anglers off the water. 
The Chum run is coming through in big numbers now and along with that run comes a steady stream of gillnetters and purse seiners working the water south of Pt. No Pt.   Along with the Chums, that the commercial fishermen are catching primarily for eggs to sell to China, they are also having a high incidental catch of late-run Coho.  Should the winds ever calm down, target your fishing for the late-run Coho to areas such as Double Bluff, north of Pt No Pt and west of Skagit Head. 


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 Coho 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):

October 28, 2014

The 70th Tengu Derby will run for 9 Sundays and the dates are; Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014 .

Membership fee is $15 and $5 for children 12 years and under.

Daily start time is daybreak and ends at 11:00 a.m.

Seacrest Boathouse will be open at 6:00 a.m. every Sunday for the Derby.
Rental Boats: 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. is $65 boat, $85 boat and motor.

Rules and boundaries remain the same as 2013.

Tickets are now available at Seacrest Boathouse, Linc's Tackle, and Outdoor Emporium.

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 Coho Salmon.

No report this week

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


 Marine Area 11:

October 28, 2014

It is very hard to report catch results when there have been no fish counted this week in area 11. There have been chum caught in area 13 so I know they have been passing thru area 11. Yes weather has been tough but better days are coming.

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

The weather has limited anglers this past week.  A few got out over the past week and there was some blackmouth and coho action.  Anglers have been trolling flasher and squid at 120-160 feet of water from the Slag Pile to Point Defiance right off bottom.    Chum Salmon have been caught at the west shore of Vashon Island and as far as the Gig Harbor shoreline.   We have live herring available as well as frozen. 

Squid jigging is beginning to kick in at Les Davis and Point Defiance Marina.  The best time is when high tide coincides with dusk. 

For up to date fishing reports call (253)591-5325.

Pier to Pier at Point Defiance Marina - November 8, 2014 7:30-9:00 pm.  Cost $8 per person (8 years old and up with each youth accompanied by an adult chaperone) Register Online at www.metroparks.org
Enjoy up close and touch sea creatures brought up by local divers.  Participate in the touch tanks, scoop netting, on the dock lighted observation of night marine life, and have marine animal staff and volunteers help to identify what you are seeing.   Enjoy Hot Cocoa and Tea/Coffee to warm up in the Marina while watching the Sea life DVD and watch out over the lights on Pont Defiance.  

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.  Classes are scheduled in advance typically on Saturdays from 10 am to 12 noon.

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.  Contact genea@tacomaparks.com or call us at 253-591-5325.

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

Hood Canal (Marine Area 12):

October 28, 2014

No reports this week


Marine Area 13:

October 28, 2014




Lake Washington:

October 28, 2014



No report this week


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



Lake Chelan:

October 28, 2014




Continuing hot is our late fall pattern of trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan.  Also hot is bank fishing and trolling for planter Rainbow Trout on Lake Chelan. 

We troll for lakers from 185 to 245 feet deep.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around 1.3 mph.  Glow in the dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure continue to be the go to attractor here on Lake Chelan.  Put those in front of a 4 inch needlefish squid rig by Silver Horde, bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish. 

WDFW has made it’s annual fall triploid Rainbow trout plant on Lake Chelan.  They can be caught by a variety of methods.  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 make a plan and WORK the plan.  Making those changes when your first presentation or location doesn’t work is the hardest thing to do. You know, “it worked yesterday”…  Maybe something changed.  On Chelan, somewhere between 45 minutes and 1 hour and 15 minutes without a bite is my limit.  Then you have to change something.  Don’t cross over that line from being appropriately persistent and just stubborn. 

The kid’s tip of the week is to get them to those shoreline locations on Lake Chelan for those planter rainbows between school and dinner.  You’ll make memories. 

Your safety tip of the week is to take a minute and check your hose from the gasoline fill to your fuel tank.  Over time it can develop cracks and allow gasoline to pour into your bilge.  Not good…  Enjoy the fall wildlife viewing opportunities in the valley this time of the year.

Pictured above on 10/24/14, Randy Knopp of Moses Lake with kids Josh and Tosha with their days catch of Lake Chelan Lakers

Cindi Doell and Dan Ruckman of San Ramon, CA with their mornings catch of Lakers

Lake Chelan North Shore Bighorn Sheep.  That's a nice ram!

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

October 28, 2014

Irrigation season has come to an end and the Potholes Canal has been shut off.  Now Potholes Reservoir will rise very rapidly.  Giving waterfowl duck hunters and fishers much better access to the sand dune area.  (Always use extreme caution when boating in the sand dunes in Potholes Reservoir.)  We continue to have daily reports of walleye limits.   With our recent rain most eastern Washington residents are hiding inside tying lures and it never ceases to amaze me how fishers from the West Side of our state don’t hesitate to enjoy a day outside rain, wind or shine. 

Jumbo crappie 12 inches and larger have been caught by many fishers trolling at the mouth of Crab Creek and the face of the sand dunes using walleye tactics.  Sand dune bass fishers are reporting good largemouth action from the Crab Creek Area, Goose Island, and the face of O’Sullivan Dam.  The Lind Coulee is also showing some nice smallmouth bass action.  One group of bass anglers enjoyed a catch and release bass trip on Tuesday where they caught and released 62 large-mouth up to 4 pounds. 

Recent storm fronts have provided good waterfowl action in the sand dunes with a good hatch of local birds.  We are beginning to see small numbers of early flights of birds from the North.  Possibly from as far North as Brewster, Washington.  Last weekend hunting was tough on the lake with a calm day with no wind and sunny blue bird conditions.  This week we are experiencing normal temperatures for this time of year with some rain and wind so hunting conditions will only improve from last weekend.  We have witnessed on the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge on Royal Lake, the first of the Northern Migration with arctic Lesser’s and some Northern Canadian Geese beginning to show.  We are also seeing groups of over 50 Snow Geese in the Royal Slope Area.  We have also seen some cacklers that will move out of our area with the first frigid temperatures. 

Pheasant Hunting is now open and if you are looking for some land access for a fee you might consider joining the Royal Hunt Club.  It offers 28,000 acres of farm land donated for fee hunting options.  This land runs along the Royal Slope area and you can look at a map by stopping by the MarDon Office during 9am-6pm daily.  You can either purchase a season pass or you can purchase a 3 day pass, the price for a season pass is $300 for the year and a 3 day pass will run you $120.  For more information please call (509) 346-2651.

10 year old Benjamin Wu of Seattle, Wa enjoyed some excellent Perch and crappie fishing off the MarDon Dock with his parents and grandparents.  Young mister Wu was the most entertaining young man because he kept everyone watching him continually catching fish.  He caught the bug and is a fisherman for life. 

Adam Wyble, 1997 Royal High School Graduate, returned home to Potholes Reservoir after finishing his work on the East Coast and over-seas.  He enjoyed a great couple days of bass fishing with his good friend Levi Meseberg.

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


River Reports

October 28, 2014


See Steelhead University

Quileute River System                                       October 28, 2014

The Quileute River System continues to produce the best catches here with the
Hoh River being washed out and unfishable until our weather moderates. The Sol Duc near the hatchery has been the hot spot. Even in the high flow there are enough fish to make it happen. In the high flows plugging large Kwik Fish in
13-15 size wrapped.  Heavy spinners with a hoochie tail and twitched jigs for the
fish that have set in pocket water.

The rain volumes have been elusive for the weathermen to predict to say the

The “starting point”.  You have to be here and go after them.

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


Columbia River (Vernita Bridge, WA)               October 28, 2014
Would you pay $25 to fish “closed waters” and catch huge Kings like the one pictured below all day long?

A huge “Upriver Bright” approaching 40 Pounds!

Last Friday, my son Patrick and I participated in the “King of the Reach” Salmon Derby which is jointly sponsored by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Tri-Cities Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA).  The purpose of the Derby is the live capture of “unmarked” adult Kings, so that they can become part of the WDFW’s brood stock program.   The goal of the brood stock program is to increase the gene pool used in the production of hatchery Kings.

Derby Poster

However, these are not just any King Salmon; these are the famed “Upriver Brights” (URB’s).    URB’s, are King salmon that predominantly spawn at or above the Hanford Reach area of the Columbia.  These fish are known for their extremely large size, some reaching over 50 pounds!  Additionally, these Kings are extremely strong because they have to fight their way back up the Columbia all the way to their spawning grounds.  Genetically, they have adapted to this long journey from the ocean and while their skin colors up; their meat stays in prime shape into October.

The White Bluffs boat launch is a short 155 mile from our meeting place in North Bend.  Most of the way the speed limit is 70 MPH on the Interstate and 55 MPH on the State Routes (SR), so we were able to make it there in less than 3 hours.  One word of caution is that if you have never been there before, when on SR-24, slow down well in advance of the turn off into the Hanford Reach National Monument.  Watch for Mile Post 63, and the right turn is about two tenths of mile past that.  There is also a small sign on the side of the road.
We arrived after daylight because we stopped and checked out several other spots along the way, including, the Vernita Bridge launches.  This because the “Bridge” area is also part of this Derby and I know that area.  Unfortunately, by getting To White Bluffs late, we missed an outstanding morning bite.   But in the end we made the correct choice because reports from the Derby weigh-station at the “Bridge”, indicted the CATCHING was much better at White Bluffs!
If you have never fished a Derby in eastern Washington before you are in for a real treat.  The people there are really friendly and there was less than a dozen boats fishing there, so the ramp was never crowded. 

Plus, when the CCA members and WDFW staff found out that we were from North Bend and never fished there before, they all bent over backwards to give us tips to help make us successful.  When they saw my gear they became somewhat skeptical. Patrick and I were going to use the Pro-Troll flasher with Agitator Fin (it is called a Pro-Chip -11 flasher) and a Brad’s Super Bait.  Everybody there said that was the standard “go-to” gear on the Reach because the Pro-Chip flasher with the Agitator Fin will rotate at speeds as slow as mile an hour, while other flashers will only rotate at speeds at or above 1.8 MPH.
However, they told that this morning most of “URB’s”, that had been brought in were caught on sardine wrapped Brad’s Killer Fish or jet divers and eggs.  We thanked them for their advice but decided to use our gear as I have had excellent success with it at the “Bridge”.  This proved to be our best decision of the day!

A great URB for the Brood Stock Program!

The White Bluffs launch is paved and it is either a narrow two-lane launch or wide one-lane launch depending on traffic.  When we were there people, used it as a one-lane launch but I suspect that when things are busier, it might become a two-lane launch.  The area of the Columbia River around this launch is extremely easy to navigate with a boat with a prop if you are able to read river water. There is a”deep section” for a couple of miles, but if you want to venture beyond that, you will need a boat with a “Pump”.

After launching, we ran up to the head of the “deep section” and started to back-troll down.  About half-way down the hole, we had our first fish on!   After a very good fight it came off at the net.  It was just one of those things with barbless hooks, but as this is a “live- capture” Derby, barbless hooks are a must.  Besides, barbless hooks are now required in the entire Columbia system.
We had just gotten the gear back in the water, when we had our second fish of the morning hit and it was a beauty!  I do not have a live well in the boat but I brought a 120 quart cooler and the WDFW staff loaned an aerator pump with battery clips.  Each time we caught a fish, we put fresh water in the cooler, turned on the pump and brought it directly to the weigh-station.  There the fish’s sex was determined and it went immediately into the WDFW’s tanked truck for safe keeping until it was time to for the truck to leave for the hatchery.  (Note: The fish were never weighed to keep handling to a minimum.)

“Live well cooler”, turned on the pump

When you figure out the pattern and the bite is on, success after success often follows.  We soon realized that if we started half way down the hole, we would have better luck.  The pattern was, that when we would put one rod in the water and drop it down with the downrigger, we would usually have a hook-up before we could even get the second rod down! So on our second pass, we started a run that lasted for the rest of the day.  I think we turned in 8 URB’s, lost 5 more and released a number of clipped Kings. 

However, during much of this time, the bite was really not on for most people. The key is that you have to the right offering behind the right flasher.  I believe the best bait for this area is Brad’s Original Super Bait.  It was developed especially for the Columbia River and it really worked for us.  Part of the reason that this lure works so well is that you open the lure and fill it with your choice of baits.  In our case it was canned tuna that was packed in oil, fish oil and salt.  Normally, you have to pull your gear and refresh your bait often.  But as we were putting down “refreshed” Super Baits each time, they never were in the water long enough to need refreshing!

All of our fish came on the White Glow, White Super UV or Chartreuse Pro-Chip 11 flasher and the Hot Tamale or Hotter Tamale Brad’s Original Super Bait with a 50 inch leader

“Killer Combination”:  Pro-Troll’s Pro-Chip Flasher and Brad’s Original Super Bait!

As time went by, the CCA members and the WDFW staff noticed we were the boat that was making the most trips to the weigh-station.  We also noted that we were the only boat using the Pro-Chip -11 flasher and a Brad’s Super Bait.  The weigh in station staff noted it too.  They started asking us if we could come back tomorrow because we were making a significant contribution to the number of fish being collected.  They said at the rate we were bringing in fish, that if we had gotten there at daylight, that we would be way ahead of the other boats. 

My Tica Downrigger Rod with a Seaspirit Line Counter Reel.
Alas, we had other plans for Saturday.  Also, for us being from outside of the area, it was not about winning the Derby but rather making a contribution to the brood stock program.  I think most of the other anglers felt this way also.  We never saw any issues on the water and at the end the day, there was kielbasa and beverages where everyone stood around enjoying a friendly conversation comparing notes on the day’s fishing.

You must put this event on your 2015 calendar because you will have a great time and meet a lot of nice people!

Mark Gavin is a Salmon University staff member and an active member of several Puget Sound Angler Chapters.


No report this week

Mystical Legends Guide Service
Phil Stephens






October 28, 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

October 28, 2014



Ucluelet, BC:

October 28, 2014

We had a slow end of September and the Coho didn't show up in close to
shore like normal in early October.  Reports from the Commercial fleet were
great, fishing 30 miles offshore, though we didn't want to go out that far
offshore.  Lingcod fishing picked up  in late Sept and we had some great
ling cod fishing around Sail Rock. The weather has been quite nasty the
past week and we decided to pull the boats for the season. For all who
love lingcod, now is a good time to go get them. Lingcod are my favorite
white meat fish and just a little flour and butter will get your taste
buds in an orgasm of delight. I would choose the ones under 15 lbs, they
definitely seem to be the best.

A picture of some of our lingcod


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


October 28, 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

October 28, 2014


We are now into the month of September and not only has there been some great salmon fishing in the Port Alberni and Pacific Rim regions but the weather is sensational with sunny skies and afternoon temperatures from seventy-five to eighty-five degrees farenheit. These temperatures have made fishing in Barkley Sound and offshore areas out of Ucluelet fairly comfortable and very summerlike for those anglers seeking the big late summer Chinook and the ample Coho found in many of the great fishing spots in the area.  The salmon are currently migrating to their natal rivers, streams and creeks which will create a fantastic fall fishing opportunity in the Stamp, Nahmint, and Sarita River systems.

The first few weeks of September not only includes great Chinook and Coho Salmon fishing but it is also the time of the biggest salmon derby.  The forty-third Port Alberni Labor Day Weekend fishing derby just wrapped up.  Over two to three thousand ticket entrants participated this year with local Port Alberni angler Ray Ursel winning the derby with a thirty-seven pound Chinook which he landed using anchovy in an army truck Rhys Davis Teaser Head on the Saturday morning of the long weekend at Wittlestone which is between the Bamfield Harbor and Cape Beale.  This big fish won Ursel and his group $15,000 for biggest fish of the day and also the prize money for biggest salmon of the derby.  On Sunday the largest Chinook salmon was hooked by Leon Kossabar.  The 25.9 pound salmon won him $5,000.  Bill Goorts of Port Alberni was Monday,s big winner of $5,000 with his 34 pound Chinook.  The biggest fish of each day was worth a cash prize of $5,000.00 while second place was $2,000.00 and third place winners each day won $1,000.00.  The derby also awards several hidden weight awards.

We are looking forward to some great salmon fishing during September.  Barkley Sound and areas close to Ucluelet, China Creek (in the Alberni Inlet), and Bamfield should have some great Chinook and Coho fishing.

Ashley landed this twenty-three pound Chinook in the Alberni Inlet using anchovy in a green haze teaser head.


Port Alberni Inlet
Barkley Sound

The fishing in the Inlet for Chinook and Coho got underway about mid August.  The salmon pushed into the Upper Inlet and Harbor Mouth areas quite quickly but really have not held for long periods of time.  Currently there is a good push of Chinook and Coho headed for the Somass and Stamp River systems and Robertson Creek Hatchery.  The best fishing is now taking place in the China Creek and McTush areas.  The Chinook and Coho from the beginning of the season until this date have been hitting anchovy in a variety of Rhys Davis Teaser Heads.  Army Truck, Green Haze and Purple Haze have been the best teaser heads.  The 0-15 and 16 and the AORL 12 were both working well for the first ten days of the season.  Currently those fisher persons using an mp 16 and also a dark green spaterback hootchie are having some success.  The salmon in the first half of the morning are found in the top forty feet of water with some of the biggest Chinook that are being landed found in the top twenty-five feet.  Most of the Chinook and Coho have been quite bright.  Most sport fisher persons are having the best success on Coho salmon and are having a couple of Chinook salmon hit most mornings.   Every other day there seems to be a new school of salmon moving into the Alberni Inlet that are almost chrome in color.  We are expecting the first half of September to continue to have some good salmon fishing.  Coho are becoming quite dominant for many anglers and guide guests to land.  The weather at this time of year can play a major role.  If early fall rains occur the Chinook and Coho will make their way into the Somass River very quickly which will deteriorate the Port Alberni Inlet fishing.  The weather for the next week is forecast as clear and sunny.

Robert of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing landed this thrity-four and a half pound Chinook using anchovy in the Alberni Inlet.  This fish was landed early in the season on Saturday August 16th

Barkley Sound salmon fishing has been quite consistent over the past few weeks.  Wittlestone, Cape Beale, Assets, and areas along the Bamfield Wall have been producing some great Chinook and Coho catches.  The salmon are running in the top fifty feet of water and are hitting bait in a Rhys Davis Army Truck and Green Haze Teaser Head.  A few hootchies, in green, mainly the spatter back and T Rex plus a few different four and five inch coyote spoons are also working.  The watermelon and cop car four inch coyote has been very prominent along the Bamfield wall for Coho.  Diplock and Pill Point have been off and on.  The Port Alberni salmon Derby had some excellent entrants from the Pill Point area as a few Chinook over thirty pounds were weighed in from this great location.  September salmon fishing in Barkley Sound can often be very good especially for big Coho that are making their way to their spawning grounds.  The Coho are still actively feeding in the sound and can often be swimming in shallower water.  Shortening leader lengths and trolling a little faster can result in better catches.  Weather change in September can often hurry the salmon along to their natal streams and creeks.  The long term forecast is looking extremely good.  

Benny landed this great Chinook salmon fishing with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing.  The Chinook landed on the fourth day of September hit an anchovy in a green haze teaser head along the Bamfield Wall close the Harbor Mouth


Sid from Calgary Alberta fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing.  Sid landed this salmon along the Bamfield Wall.  The twenty-six pound Chinook hit an anchovy is a army truck teaser head.  This Chinook was landed during the first week of September

West Coast fishing has been a little slower over the last week.  It seems some of the big Chinook that are coming to West Coast Vancouver Island areas are coming close to the beach.  Some fishermen are fishing the Red Can and Lighthouse which are both close to the Ucluelet Harbor and are having some success.  The big bank and Rats Nose continues to be very good for Coho and smaller Chinook.  The halibut fishing has also been fairly good up to Long Beach and the inner Lighthouse..  Halibut retention is now two per day.  South Bank and Long Beach over the last week have had some good fishing for Chinook in the high teens and low twenty pound range.  The fish are taking spoons from the four inch coyote to spoons up to six and seven inches.  White hootchies and also halloween and green spatterback are working quite well especially for Coho that are ranging from ten to sixteen pounds.  It should be noted that Coho limits offshore are only at two per day and must one hatchery and one wild. 

Somass-Stamp River

The salmon and steelhead fishing in the Stamp River in September and October will be fabulous.   The best fly fishing will occur from October the second week of October into November.

Salmon fishing got underway on the 26th of August on the Stamp River.  There has already been some excellent catches of bright Chinook and Coho.  The salmon should begin entering the system in very high numbers beginning the week of September 8th.  On the 10th of September water will be released from Elsei Lake which should really help pick the Stamp River fishing up.  The peak is usually sometime during the third week of this month.  Good Chinook and Coho fishing should continue into October.  October is often an excellent month for Coho and fall or summer Steelhead.  For good results anglers should use wool, spinners and spin n glows.   We are expecting some great returns of Chinook and Coho and with fairly high numbers of Steelhead already in the system there should be a fantastic fall fishery in the world famous Stamp River.  The best fly fishing opportunities begin around the 10th day of October.

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


Coho fishing is. SLOWING DOWN in most areas as the fish are now entering the rivers. A few winter springs up to 12 lbs have also been caught and a few chum salmon are also showing up in anglers’ catches. Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend.

There are new openings for halibut and coho starting September 1st. 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 

Also Lingcod and Rockfish close October 1st, check here for additional info, http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint/rca-acs-eng.htm


Sooke, BC:

October 28, 2014


Sooke, BC                                         October 28, 2014

Coho salmon fishing was SLOWER this past week. The schools are more scattered than in previous weeks and there aren’t many fin clipped coho being caught. Anglers were having their best success out in the strait in 500 to 600 feet of water and near the US border. We heard that the boats out the farthest produced the most coho. If you can locate the fish, you will catch a bunch, but it is important to try and stay with the school. That said, a few coho are also being caught close to the shore line, but not in large numbers. The winter springs have not moved in yet in any sizeable quantity although a few have been caught. 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.

Becher Bay                                       October 28, 2014

Salmon fishing was SLOWER in East Sooke. Coho salmon are still being caught, but not as many as in previous weeks. Successful anglers are going out into depths as deep as 500+ feet to find the fish. Most of the coho are being caught at 90-110 feet on the downriggers and have been wild or unmarked fish. Most anglers are having their best results fishing anchovies. Some winter springs up to 9 lbs have been caught, and they have been coming from inside the bay. 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                                      October 28, 2014

Coho fishing has been SLOWER out in the strait in 450 to 600 feet of water. Most anglers have been trolling at 90 – 130 foot depths, but we’ve also heard of fish taken as shallow as 30 feet. The majority of coho have been unclipped ones, with very few fin clipped ones being caught.. Spring salmon fishing was SLOW for winters, but a few up to 12 lbs have been caught. Both whirl Bay and Pedder Bay are holding some winters in the 120 foot depths. 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 Silver Betsey, Green/Silver Hot Spot and Jellyfish UV.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR 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:

October 28, 2014

Fishing has been SLOWER off Victoria.  A few coho were being caught out by the Yellow Marker buoy and in 250-300 feet of water.  Anchovies have been working well in green and UV Chart/Flash colors. 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 weekend out at Constance Bank and off Albert Head. Ken Kirkendale Sr. brought in a 67.8 lb. 132.5 cm halibut from Constance Bank. 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
                                            October 28, 2014

Salmon fishing was SLOW for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap. Those anglers who went out to the banks for coho were finding them along the tide lines The coho have been between 50 to 70 . There were very few winter springs being caught this past week. 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 GOOD this past week. Ken Doskosh landed a nice 38lb Halibut while fishing for flounder with a Buzz Bomb in 150 feet of water. It took 30 minutes to bring in on light spinning gear. 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                                              October 28, 2014

Salmon fishing was FAIR near Sidney this past week. Coho are being in good numbers near the Pender Island Bluffs. Most anglers are fishing here and there have been reports that a good numbers of fin clipped coho still staging in the area. It’s mostly been an early morning bite. A few chum salmon into the mid teens have also been reported. 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, Glow Below and Electric Chair. Coho Killer spoons have also been working well, especially in double glow and 50/50 colors.

Notable Catches 


Ken Kirkendale Sr. brought in a 67.8 lb. 132.5 cm halibut from Constance Bank.

Ken Doskosh landed a nice 38lb Halibut while fishing for flounder with a Buzz Bomb in 150 feet of water. It took 30 minutes to bring in on light spinning gear.


When you’re trout fishing with Powerbait, it pays to try different colors if the action slows down. Trout can be quite color selective and having the right color can trigger a bite. Many anglers will use two contrasting colors, such a red and green, when searching for that hot color.


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



OVERVIEW – Fishing is GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area as the temperature cools. 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. The lower reaches of the Cowichan River have been closed to all recreational uses until further notice.

COWICHAN RIVER – Water levels have increased dramatically. The water level in the river coming out of the lake is 1.5 meters and downstream near Duncan it is 1.5 meters also. Thee is now lots of water for the salmon to enter the river and spawn successfully. The lower reaches of the Cowichan River have been closed to all recreational uses until further notice. The trout fishing in the mid and upper river is good to 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 fishing was GOOD 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 32,688 catchable rainbow trout. On October 8th, Durrance Lake received 2,000, Elk Lake 2,000 and Spectacle lake 250 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 15th, Prospect Lake received 2,000 catchable rainbow trout. On October 16th, Shawnigan Lake received 2,000 catchable rainbow trout. ON October 20th, Ida annw Lake received 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 SLOWER. There have been good reports of fishing with spinner baits in Chartreuse, White and Black.  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 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. Surface lures have been producing well in the evenings and mornings. 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

Milbanke Sound, BC                        October 28, 2014

No report this week

Their website is westsportfishing.com or phone 1855.825.9378.
Submitted by Don Dybeck Port Townsend, WA

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Winter Harbour, BC

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 Great Lakes

October 28, 2014521


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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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