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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

October 21, 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 21, 2014

Fishing continues from the docks in Westport with a 14.3 pound Coho still leading the Boat Basin derby. Clamming starts again in the Twin Harbors area this week and runs through the weekend but as always check the WDFW website for the latest.

We have had a couple of really good storms roll through the area which have kept all the boats tied to the dock. I know of a few charters that are trying to run trips through the end of the month when the weather allows. Give me a call if you want info on those. For the most part however, the 2014 fishing season in Westport is in the books.

This Saturday October 25th from 5 to 7 I will be hosting an informational meeting on the creation of a PSA chapter here on the coast. PSA Ocean Anglers. This meeting will be held at the Islander's Half Moon Bay Bar & Grill located at 421 Neddie Rose Dr. Westport Wa. 98595. 

There are Clamming opportunities through the end of the year, so don't forget to visit the coast. As always Have Fun, Be Safe, 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 425-328-8558

We're into the "late season" as we call it for PNW Albacore and it's nothing
short of what we would expect. Large grade tuna, extremely high numbers of
tuna, wide open live bait fishing, and a short 30nm due west run to the grounds.  This fishery is one of the finest IN THE WORLD!!! Please treat yourself and experience it. 

All seats for the remainder of the season (approx 1st week of November) will be the lowest you will see...$325/pp. Reg $395/pp. 

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


La Push (Marine Area 3 & Forks):

October 21, 2014






No report this week


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


Neah Bay (Marine Area 4):

October 21, 2014

No report this week

Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

October 21, 2014


Hot Coho fishing is still happening in the Sekiu area, although very few anglers are there to enjoy it. 

Most Coho are being caught in the top 30-50 feet of water but don’t be afraid to go deeper.  The Ace Hi  Fly with a herring teaser seems to be the most effective lure, although spoons are working well also.

Submitted by Leo Wagner

No report this week


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


Marine Area 6:

October 21, 2014

No report this week

Submitted by Crabaholic, Rick Derrick, Sequim, WA

Marine Area 7:

October 21, 2014

No report this week


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

Marine Area 8.1:

October 21, 2014


No report this week

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

Marine Area 8.2:

October 21, 2014


Open For Coho Salmon

No report this week

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


Marine Area 9:

October 21, 2014

High winds and rough water have kept most anglers off the water.  Coho fishing is slow but a few are still being caught.  Chums are starting to arrive in good numbers.  Chums are probably the hardest fighting fish (pound for pound) of all the salmon.  Refresh your chum techniques by reading the article under Breaking News.  Saltwater Chum Fishing

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 21, 2014

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 21, 2014

In area 11 this past there were no salmon reported. In most all marine areas the salmon counts have really dropped off. Still the next arriving chum salmon have not showed. The weather we are getting should bring them in?  Squidding continues to get better each week. Get out your old rain gear and go down to the docks. 

Last week we spent 3 days in Okanogan to see our granddaughter Bridgette fill both doe tags on a special youth hunt.  A happy girl and excited dad and grandparents.

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

The salmon fishing has been very slow this past week but with all the herring in the area it should pick up soon. Try the slag pile area trolling flasher and spoons on the out tide as well as the clay bank area there is also a lot of chum salmon along the Gig Harbor shoreline they are tough to catch though.  

For up to date fishing reports call (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 21, 2014

No reports this week


Marine Area 13:

October 21, 2014




Lake Washington:

October 21, 2014



No report this week


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



Lake Chelan:

October 21, 2014




Continuing hot is trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan.  Pay attention to the WDFW website for fall stockings in Lake Chelan and Roses Lake for their fall plants to get on those Rainbow Trout.  We are looking for lakers from 165 to 205 feet deep early in the mornings.  Later in the day, trolling tight to the bottom in depths of 210 to 250 feet works best.  Counter to conventional thought the later morning / mid-day bite has been the strongest.  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. 

Those Rainbow trout 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. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to check the terminal end of your gear periodically.  When you re-tie your knots, test the heck out of them before getting them wet.  Run your leaders between your lips to check the line for nicks and frays.  Test your hook points on your thumbnail for sharpness.  Or just enjoy telling the “big one that got away” story.   

The kid’s tip of the week is to keep the duration of these colder weather trips short.  More trips of shorter duration will be enjoyed by younger kids.  

The safety tip of the week is to recheck those trailer lights.  With the shorter days of late fall & winter, you will be depending on those lights for safety traveling to and from your favorite fishing hole.

Pictured above on 10/14/14, Steve and Odessa Hall all the way from Zebulon, GA with their mornings fish.

Pictured above on 10/16/14, Rich Neal from Glenns Ferry, ID with brother Rich Neal from Shelton, WA with their mornings fish.  The brothers had a great time getting together to fish and catch up.

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 21, 2014


Cooling weather this week has only helped the walleye, bass and perch bite on Potholes Reservoir.  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.  Our water level continues to rise two to three inches a day.  Sand dune bass fishers are beginning to report 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.  Blade Baits are still producing walleye limits for boaters from many different areas on Potholes Reservoir.

Opening Day of waterfowl season was a duck hunters dream on Potholes Reservoir.  We had winds gusting up to 40 MPH which kept the birds on the move.  All parties that enjoyed hunting with The Duck Taxi on opening day enjoyed many local ducks.  For more information on duck hunting on Potholes Reservoir with The Duck Taxi please visit our website www.ducktaxi.com or call the reservation line at MarDon Resort (509) 346-2651.

Pheasant Hunting opens this Saturday 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.

Chuck Celestine and his wife caught this huge 15 pound walleye tolling the face of the sand dunes.  In addition to this monster they also caught a 6 pound walleye so it turned out to be a very successful fishing day.

After googling walleye fishing in the Pacific Northwest, Bill and Beth Fluelling of Canada chose to give Potholes Reservoir and MarDon Resort a try.  Here is their catch of the day.

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


River Reports

October 21, 2014


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With the temperatures you wouldn't think it's Fall out there but salmon fishing says Fall all the way. Lots of salmon both Chinook and Coho are making their way up our rivers and in many rivers it is some of the best salmon fishing we've seen in a few years. This is just the start, we're in for a real treat over the next several weeks. Good ocean conditions made for high survival rates and in return we are seeing the bounty return. Rivers to focus on are still the Columbia and it's tributaries where Chinook returns are incredible. The Cowlitz is putting out lots of fresh fish daily from the Barrier dam all way to the Columbia. It's pretty dang good fishing and you can catch them any way you want. I prefer either Side drifting small globs of eggs but back trolling bait or plugs will get you into fish. Tossing spinners or plugs is also putting a lot of fish in coolers. Lewis river is low and as soon as we get a little more water it will be very good there as well. Coastal streams saw a good batch of fish enter them after that last rain but we need a little rain to get those streams full of fresh fish. It's a great start to one heck of a season, get out and get busy.

A few fish picture from the Cowlitz this last several days. 

Mystical Legends Guide Service
Phil Stephens






October 21, 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 21, 2014



Ucluelet, BC:

October 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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


A fun day Coho fishing on October 19th.

Coho fishing is. STILL GOOD in most areas with the fish running up to 15 lbs in size.
A few winter springs up to 9 lbs have also been caught, but the mature spring salmon run is over. Some 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 21, 2014


Sooke, BC                                         October 21, 2014

Coho salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. The Coho numbers have been good but the schools are more scattered than in previous weeks. 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. Spring fishing is virtually over and the winter springs have not moved in yet in any sizeable quantity. 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 21, 2014

Salmon fishing remains GOOD in East Sooke. Coho salmon are being caught in good numbers. 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. Most of the Coho have been wild, unmarked fish but there are enough hatchery fish that you can get your limit if you release some of the wild ones. Most anglers are having their best results fishing anchovies. Some winter springs up to 9 lbs have been caught, but not too many. The most productive teaser heads for anchovies were the 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 21, 2014

Coho fishing has been GOOD 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, but there are still come schools of clipped fish coming through. Chum salmon in the 12–16 lb size have also been caught. Spring salmon fishing was SLOW for winters, but a few up to 9 lbs have been caught. Anchovies were productive for springs UV Green and Purple Haze 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 GOOD over the weekend.. Anglers that were fishing were using extra-large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.


Victoria/Sydney, BC:

October 21, 2014

Fishing has been FAIR TO GOOD off Victoria.  A few days saw good numbers of Coho 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 week out at Constance Bank and off Albert Head. 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 21, 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 did well. 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. 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 21, 2014

Salmon fishing was GOOD 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 were staging in the area. 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

Pictured above, Trevor Webb, 16 years of age, caught a 43 pound, 114 cm halibut out by Zero Rock Saturday, October 18th on a herring with a glow hootchie.


It’s time to go out and catch your chums, salmon that is, not your buddies. Chum salmon like black or purple hootchies, and most anglers will switch to using black hooks as well, to catch these hard fighting salmon. Troll very slowly and use a dodger instead of a flasher.



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 on the river are still low. The water level in the river coming out of the lake is only 0.51 meters and downstream near Duncan it is 0.6 meters. 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, but it really stresses the fish to catch and release them now. Most anglers are staying off the river so as to not stress the trout.


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.

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 GOOD. 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 GOOD 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 21, 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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Petersburg, Alaska

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 Great Lakes

October 21, 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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