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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

April 22, 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 22, 2014

Mother Nature has been quite less than accommodating over the last few weeks out of Westport. Most of the weekend trips out for bottom fish have been cancelled but, when everyone is able to get out the score has been really big! Spring weather is very unpredictable

Ling Cod limits and Black Rockfish limits are pretty easy to come by and most boats are returning early in the afternoon. Shrimp flies, soft tail jigs, and bait work well for any of these critters

Razor Clamming has been off the charts in the area with limits coming in as little as 20 minutes. Always remember to keep your face to the surf when digging. This is a safety thing so no one gets knocked over by a wave. 

Halibut season in area 1 & 2 opens Sunday May 4th. Only SUNDAY and TUESDAY's are opened for this fishery. This season is only scheduled to last for 3 weeks but might close early if the Quota is reached sooner. That's right -  it is only a 6 day season in the deep water areas.

The 2014 Salmon season for Westport has been set and it is the Largest forecast of fish since 1938. With over 60,000 Coho and 26,000 Chinook available it should be a Great season!!! It will also be open 7 days per week all summer. This is a first since 1984. Get your gear ready because it opens here May 31st.

Next week I will start going over gear suggestions to make your trips more productive.

We have made some major changes ourselves in Westport for 2014. We are now full time residents.  We have moved our boat to Float 12 slip A, and we have opened Dockside Art Studio and KC Sport fishing Gear right there on the Docks near Float 12.  So, stop by and see us this summer when you visit Westport.

As always be safe, have fun, and we will see you in Westport

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

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 22, 2014

No report this week

Neah Bay (Marine Area 4):

April 22, 2014

No report this week


Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

April 22, 2014

No report this week


Marine Area 6:

April 22, 2014

No salmon report for area 6,but some good rainbow fishing at lake leland near Quilcene  Try trolling a wedding ring with a worm. This lake is open year round.

Submitted by Crabaholic, Rick Derrick, Sequim

Marine Area 7:

April 22, 2014


Some verrry nice Chinook hit the docks in the Islands last weekend. Fish came
in from all over Area 7.

All hatchery Salmon pushing legit weights of 25,22,21,20 and an 18lber that I
know of. Noice Feesh!

Vicki Telford shows off a purty 'lil Blackmouth. As you can see, we've had
some beautiful weather lately in the Islands. Fishing should be good through the last week of the season. April 30th is the scheduled closure.

Greg Gorder with an 18lb Chinook. This is a fun time in the season. Your next
bite could always be big.

Or bigger. Lance Rhinehart hefts an almost 22lb Sprang Kang a Lang. That's an
Easter Feaster, Measter!


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


Marine Area 8.1:

April 22, 2014


Open for salmon Winter Kings (Blackmouth)
Closes to salmon April 30
Opens on May 1 for lingcod

The derby winning fish came from Area 8.1 at over 20 lbs so there are some great ones to catch.


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

Marine Area 8.2:

April 22, 2014

Open for salmon Winter Kings (Blackmouth)
Closes to salmon April 30
Opens on May 1 for lingcod

Hat Island off the south side is producing some nice fish and could continue thru the 30th.

Best lure has been the gold star Coho killer uv spoon or the kingfisher lite red racer spoon trailed 38 inches behind a Gibbs moon glow or Gibbs white flasher.

We have been fishing close to bottom in 85 to 115 feet of water.

The Grey whales are showing around the Island daily also.

There was a great showing of a couple Killer whales attacking a Seal on Sunday off the North East side of Hat.


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


Marine Area 9:

April 22, 2014

No report this week

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


Closed to salmon fishing
Opens on May 1 for lingcod.

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


Seattle area (Marine Area 10):

April 22, 2014


No report this week


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

Closed to Salmon fishing.
Opens on May 1 for lingcod


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 22, 2014


No report this week

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

Most salmon are 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. Tom Matthews and John Grady used jigs just off the bottom at Dalco Point on the in tide in 120-160 feet of water on Friday around 3 pm. Nice weather and a slow tide brought Tom
Matthews an 11 pounder and John Grady a 7 1/2 pound fish. 

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 22, 2014


No report this week


Submitted by Tom Nelson, Salmon University

No report this week

Submitted by Bret Steck, Dewatto 


Marine Area 13:

April 22, 2014

No report this week




Lake Washington:

April 22, 2014


No report this week

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


Lake Chelan:

April 22, 2014



What is continuing 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.  Spring plants of rainbows have gone in at both Lake Chelan and Roses Lake making for some nice fishing. 

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. 

Fishing from the bank and docks on Lake Chelan and Roses Lake with slip sinker rigs should be very good for at least a few weeks.  Fish Pautzke’s Fire Bait in American Wildfire on a 30” leader to get these mostly 11 to 14 inch fish. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to keep good presentations in front of those Kokanee.  The Kokanee bite has been spotty.  If you find a school that you get bit in, you really need to turn quickly and go right back through there with your entire spread at the depth you got bit at.  These “bites” may last only a few minutes or 20 minutes at the most.  If you miss that opportunity, you too can be one those people that fish all day for one little Kokanee. 

The kid’s tip of the week is to get them out of doors to observe all the natural acts that are happening all around us.  The Osprey hunting fish for their young at Roses Lake, The Lesser Scaup’s swimming underwater to scavenge fish carcasses at Mill Bay and the Mallard drakes competing for breeding rights.  Those Scaup’s swimming underwater in a crystal clear lake is cooler than anything you could see on Discovery Channel. 

Your safety tip of the week is to check your fire extinguishers to make sure they are in the green.  Then pray that you will never need them.  

Pictured above on 4/13/14, "Monk" of Vancouver, WA with a 16# 9oz Mackinaw.  His buddies and he were taking a break from dam work.

Pictured above on 4/16/14, Leo Stashivige with Randy Palmer of Wenatchee with their mornings catch of Mackinaw.  It was Leo's birthday present trip. 

Pictured on 4/19/14, McKinley Widman (12) of Wenatchee and Darrell & Dad's "deckhand in training" with a brace of her Roses Rainbow limit.      


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 22, 2014


Kevin Reccia, of MarDon, shows this nice bass caught back in the sand dunes. 

Quality walleye action has been reported from both blade bait fishers and people trolling using mono-Filament spinners, Mac’s Lures double whammy’s and many others).  The Medicare Beach area has been better than ever for walleyes up to 21 inches.  The Crab Creek area where it flows through the sand dunes has produced walleye up to 6lbs this past week using Wally Pops.  Any day now Upper Crab Creek and the Lind Coulee Arm of Potholes Reservoir east of the “M” Street Bridge will be showing 25 inch plus Jumbo Walleye. 

Now the spring pattern is in place on Potholes Reservoir.  Smallmouth Bass up to 4lb 10oz have been reported from the Goose Island area on Jerk Baits.  Surface water temps have been reported up to 57 degrees in the sand dunes in shallow water with a southern exposure after 5pm.  We are excited for the 35th year of the Potholes Open Bass Tournament this upcoming weekend.  Fishing will take place on Saturday and Sunday April 19 and 20.  For weigh in times please call (509) 346-2651.

Good trout action can be expected at Upper Goose Lake trolling and bank fishing.  And we have the Warden Lake opener coming up Saturday, April 26.

Looking for something fun to do the weekend of April 26 and 27?  CWFAC has purchased some Triploid’s and Rainbow Trout to release in Corral Lake.  We have purchased 800 Rainbow Trout 9”-11” and 256 Triploid Trout 9”-11” from Troutlodge.  You must have a valid fishing license and either the WDFW Car Pass that comes with a seasonal fishing license or a Discover Pass to drive to this lake, which is just across the street from MarDon Resort.  This lake is open to the public.  Please call (509) 346-2651 for more information. 

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 22, 2014


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Cowlitz River                                                       April 22, 2014

The Cowlitz has been seeing some very interesting flow fluctuations. The Spring run Chinook have been showing up in better numbers and the Steelhead run seems to be slowing down just a little bit. We are going to switch to Springer fishing on the Cowlitz until the Summer run Steelhead start showing in good numbers. Good eggs back trolled have worked for us in the past for Springers, as well as lures.

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


Springers, Springers, Springers seems to be on everyone's  mind these days. Fishing hasn't been too bad this last week and things are looking great for the rest of the season. A decent push of fish has hit the Columbia and tributaries and Chinook counts going over Bonneville dam continue to increase daily. The Wind River and Drano lake areas will be producing some decent numbers this next week for those trolling these two spots. Cowlitz continues to produce fish from the Barrier dam down to the Columbia.  Trolling will be best at both Drano and the Wind with sardine wrapped Mag Lip plugs being the top producer.  Trolling these plugs early in the morning are my go to method. Bait trolled behind a Big Als Fish Flash with either herring or prawns will catch a lot of fish at both these places, which one is best changes daily so bring both. The Cowlitz is pretty much a Back trolling game and most of the guys will fish baits, either eggs or herring behind a jet diver. We have been doing pretty good down stream of the Barrier dam while the bank guys are doing good throwing float and eggs at the dam.  

Steelhead fishing is all but over anywhere on the Cowlitz other than the area around Blue Creek and the Barrier dam. The guys fishing from the bank have been doing really good for Steelhead in the channel that Blue Creek feeds. A few Summer Steelhead have shown up but they are for sure few and far between.The numbers of Summer Steel will build as we get closer to June. 

We caught some great fish this last week and this next week should be even better as numbers of these great eating fish build.


Mystical Legends Guide Service
Phil Stephens






April 22, 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

April 22, 2014



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Ucluelet, BC:

April 22, 2014

No report this week

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


April 22, 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 22, 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 22, 2014


No report this week


Pedder Bay, BC:

April 22, 2014

No report this week


OVERVIEW –Salmon fishing remains FAIR to GOOD with mostly smaller size fish. That said, nice hatchery chinooks in the teens are becoming more common. Halibut fishing was FAIR 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 22, 2014


Salmon fishing remains FAIR with the best fishing near the Bluffs in 100 to 120 feet depths and westward towards Sherringham Point. There were fin lipped salmon running up to 20 lbs in size but most were smaller than that. 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 FAIR for winter springs. The best fishing has been on the outside from Whirl Bay to Beechey Head. Hatchery springs in the 10 – 20 lb size were being caught this past week, so the size of fish is improving. 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 Black/White, Cloverleaf and Purple haze have been good color patterns. Artificial spoons such as Coho killers and G-Force spoons have been working well also.


Pedder Bay

Salmon fishing was NOT TOO BAD, especially in Whirl Bay and near Church Rock. The springs are still mostly between 6 to 8 lbs in size, but there have been some bigger ones up to 20 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 FAIR on the weekend. 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 22, 2014

Fishing has been 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. Ben Wright pulled in a 57.3 lb (128cm) halibut while trolling a 3.5” Outfitters G-force spoon for salmon at Constance Bank. 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 SLOW for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap.
The big runs of late spring salmon have not arrived yet. The most popular method for catching springs here 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 many boats getting fish there. Bob Haney did real well there catching a 22.5 lb spring on Tiny Strip and a 8 lb spring on a spoon.  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 – 

Ben Wright pulled in a 57.3 lb (128cm) halibut while trolling a 3.5” Outfitters G-force spoon for salmon at Constance Bank.

Bob Haney did real well while fishing near Coal Island, catching a 22.5 lb spring on Tiny Strip and a 8 lb spring on a spoon. 


Double up for halibut! When you bait up a herring for halibut, add a small piece of octopus to the trailing hook. That way, if a halibut steals your herring, you can leave the bait down and get the fish when it comes back for the octopus a few minutes later.

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, many lakes are “turning over” so the fishing is still fairly slow on those lakes

The water level has increased with the latest rain and it is just over 1.26 meters near the lake and 1.14 meters near Duncan. The steelhead season is over for all practical purposes. The trout fishing in the upper river is good to excellent. There are rainbows that have dropped down from the lake as well as resident brown and cutthroat trout that are active right now. Bead head nymphs are the top producer there. Although a fry imitation will work now too. Other good flies are Prince Nymphs, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ears and Wooly Buggers.
 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.

Pictured above, Brandon Boudewyn with one of two carp caugh on Monday.

Notable Catches – Brandon Boudewyn caught a 15.5 lb carp and a 14.2 lb carp from Elk Lake on Monday.


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 22, 2014



No report this week

Submitted by Captain Don Dybeck, Port Townsend, WA


Winter Harbour, BC

April 22, 2014


No report this week


Greg Vance
The Outpost at Winter Harbour

Queen Charlotte Islands

April 22, 2014

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 Oregon Coast

April 22, 2014

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April 22, 2014

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Petersburg, Alaska

April 22, 2014


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April 22, 2014


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

No report this week





 Great Lakes

April 22, 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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