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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

August 27, 2014

Salmon Update:

The salmon fishing off Long Beach remains hot!  Focus your efforts in the 30’-50’ range between the North Head Lighthouse and the Condo’s off Long Beach.  I know, that’s a big area but the fish will move up and down the beach following the big schools of anchovies.  If you don’t seen birds or bait, keep running north.  Trolling whole anchovies behind a diver, 10-15 pulls has been the most productive method.

Mason Seal, smiling ear to ear, had one heck of a day reeling in salmon with his dad Stephen and Kevin Royal last week. 

Albacore Update:

There are a lot of albacore just west of Ilwaco right now and they are hungry!  Fish were caught all along the 40 line west which is approximately 28 miles off the tips of the jetties; that’s pretty close in.  High catch rates were very common over the weekend, mostly being caught on live bait and vertical iron jigs.  Head west and look for the green/blue line and keep a close eye on your sonar.  It’s getting later in the season so think swimbaits and smaller trolling gear. 

 Gourmet Fishing – Sea to Plate™
Anthony Warren
Team “Bad to the Bone”
CCA Member & PSA Sno-King Member

Marine Area 1 (Columbia River – Buoy 10)

The Friday Harbor crew made the annual long haul down to Buoy 10 to fish on the predicted big return for the Columbia River. With fishing slow in Marine Area 7, we had to saddle the horses and hitch the wagons to go find some Kangs. The first couple days didn't disappoint, as previous shots of rain sent a jag of fish up the river. We got on limits of Chinook and Coho right out of the gate. The super-hot fishing we were hoping for never really materialized however. The next couple days we had to grind to find 'em. A hot bite would come and go as the fish moved. Some nice fish hit the deck, but not what you'd call easy limits. Sounds like that was the norm for most.  The fishing out in the Ocean off Long Beach and elsewhere is still on fire. I think a big mass of fish will push up the river after September 1st. My guess is that we'll see dam counts skyrocket, when some are lamenting a low return.

Kevin Klein hoists a Chunker. Lots of big hatchery brutes in the mix. Almost all the Chinook we caught the first couple days were clipped. With hatcheries under fire, it's nice to see them proving their worth with tangible results. And tangible it is. Besides looking at a beautiful, bright, hard fighting fish...and they fought hard this year... looking at the amount of dollars in boats, fuel, gear, tackle, lodging, groceries, dining and everything else that goes into this fishery is staggering. What a much needed boon to the local economies in the area. More fish is a good thing.

Andy Holman and family on the Slayride 2. Cut plug Herring on the bottom was the go to for our boats. Spinners on the third rod out the back took their toll on the Kings, yielding massive, rod flattening takedowns. What a rush!

We also found a secret weapon of sorts. I had tried the Point Wilson King Kandy Cutplug in Glow up in the 'Juan's with good results. We stopped by Holiday Sports in Burlington on the way down to pick some more up, as they looked about the same size as the Blue Label Herring we were going to be using. Sure enough, a lil' Anchovy scent packed in the cavity, and they produced. A good third alternative to bait and spinners in the spread.

Three generations of Holman's (Holmen?), Dave, Floyd, and Andy, get together for a grip and grin.

Andy, Floyd, and Alex hold up a pair of nice Chinook. 5 year old Floyd reeled in the big one by all himself, with a net job from Dad. Alex also brought her good fish to the boat herself. "Get the net Dad...I got a big one!".

Our friends Bill, Jeff and Greg hold up their fish back at fish camp. Grab a cold one boys, them's good Kangs!

My family has been putting fish on the beach during extended fish camps for years, since before the dams were built. I've got a great post-war picture somewhere of my Grandma with a 54lb and a 48lb Chinook, caught on the same morning. They would harvest what they needed from the massive runs to smoke and can for the Winter.  It's good to see the tradition continue.  Fall is just stirring in the air already...and Winter is coming.


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

No report this week

Steve Burress
Pacific Salmon Charters


Westport (Marine 2):

August 27, 2014

Fishing in General in Westport just continues to amaze all of us. Week after week the numbers and quality of fish are just very impressive. I had one Charter Boat Captain say to me the other day that he had never seen it this good for this long. Consistent day after day. 

Salmon are being found mainly in 280 to 300 feet of water. That is about 15 to 18 miles from the jetties. Fish are also being found just north of the north jetty in 30 to 45 feet of water. The closer in fish are not as numerous but can still make for a fantastic day. Fish offshore are deep. 150 to 250 feet on the downriggers. Our most productive lures have been a Blue shaded Hoochie form Goldstar and My all time favorite C&C spoon from Silver Horde. The Hoochie was fish 36 inches behind a Killer Crush Flasher and the spoon of course was behind the Polar Orange Flasher by Q-Cove. Here is Ken with one of our Deep water Kings

Fish on the Beach are just Slamming Divers and bait or spoons. 10 to 25 pulls behind the boat is all you need. Just leave the downriggers off for this. We ran out for an evening of fishing last Wednesday and easily limited on Coho. Here is Carla with one of those fish.

Tuna fishing is amazing but they are about 45 to 55 miles out right now. Those who can reach them are making easy work of loading the boat.

Salmon fishing is scheduled to remain open until the end of September OR, until the Quota is filled, whichever comes first. So head on down to the coast. Watch the WDFW website for updates before coming. You can now retain 2 Chinook as part of your 2 Salmon per day limit.

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

A lot has transpired since my last report...

Team All Rivers & Saltwater Charters won the WTC, we caught a 45lb Albacore, a Yellowtail, and so much more. 

The tuna bite has been like we'd expect, masses of fish, 35-50 mile runs
(likedysplit in our Defiance Guadalupe's), nooner fishing for tuna (yes we did it), stuff like that, and some exotic catch in the mix. 

The best fishing is on the outer break in 64 degree water which fish tails up
the coast along the 125/05 line. We will fish there and also on the inner break around the 55 line. Good quantities of albacore all around. 

See you out there!

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

No report this week


Zac Koehn, Owner, Chinookie Custom Rods in Mountlake Terrace, WA, (916) 402-7969   Chinookie Custom Rods


La Push (Marine Area 3 & Forks):

August 27, 2014


Fuel is available at the marina. There have been continued steady limits fishing for a few kings early in the a.m., and then fill up on Coho later on. Most
consistent areas are the edge of the canyon at the Shark Fin and at the SW Corner of the C.  The Rockpile and Old man have been producing a higher average of Kings but are a little inconsistent.

Bottom fish limits are a norm here with nice grade of Ling Cod lately. 

The Tuna have been here today gone tomorrow, but should be more consistent into September.  There will be a Tuna Classic held out of La Push on Aug 30th

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


Neah Bay (Marine Area 4):

August 27, 2014

No report this week

Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

August 27, 2014

After a relatively slow Chinook season in area 5 it is very nice to see the Coho fishing start to pick up. Fishing over the last few days has been good out of Sekiu with a lot of rod action. We have been working the deeper water from 300-600 feet and drifting with the current. The best action has been in the top 60 feet of the water column, with most of our fish coming on dodger and hootchie combinations. The standard diver and herring rig has also produced a few fish on the surface, especially early on in the mornings. While the primary catch is coho be sure to brush up on your salmon ID skills as there is the odd sockeye being caught. These are a bonus fish in this area. We managed to get one over the weekend and another was weighed in for the derby as well. To all who are making the trip up to Sekiu, remember that there is no fuel in Sekiu, so fill up first or plan on fueling in Neah Bay.  Feel free to contact me about getting in on this fishery at any time. Good luck guys and see you out there!

Miranda with a nice Sockeye!

Casey and Nathan with a couple hatchery keepers!

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


Marine Area 6:

August 27, 2014

No report this week

Submitted by Crabaholic, Rick Derrick, Sequim, WA

Marine Area 7:

August 27, 2014

I've been down at Buoy 10, slugging it out with the masses, so not much to report from the Islands personally. By most accounts, the fishing for Kings has been pretty darn slow. Some nice fish in the 20's are being caught, but it's sparse. I've heard of a select few sporties getting Sockeye, while not specifically targeting them. The Seiners were out in force up and down the West side of San Juan, and finally got on some Sockeye, while corking everyone in the process, inlcuding the Killer Whales. Sounds like a big warm water blob is out in the Pacific, forcing most of the Fraser fish around the inside of Vancouver Island. If this continues, we won't see a big push come through here.

September could heat up for Coho, and hopefully some big late Chinook will make an appearance. Fingers crossed.

See Marine Area 1 Columbia River (Buoy 10)

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


Crabbing at Guemes Island and Blakely Island.  Still catching lots of crabs but they are deeper now.  The shallow crabs are all fished out.  We’re fishing from 75 ft deep to 110 ft deep, which is 3 times deeper than 2 month ago.  We’re using chicken or turkey parts .  The Safeway Store in Anacortes has 10 lb pks of Salmon carcasses frozen solid for $10.00. 

Submitted by Wayne Heinz, MV Merlin, Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes


Marine Area 8.1:

August 27, 2014


No report this week  

Marine Area 8.2:

August 27, 2014


No report this week


Marine Area 9:

August 27, 2014

"THE COHO ARE COMING !.....THE COHO ARE COMING !!"   Yes, the Silver Sliders of the Sound are starting to move into AREA 9.  Each day the reports are getting better from Lagoon Point to
the Shipwreck.   They are coming in hungry, so find the bait jumping in the rips and stay on them.  Thirty to fifty feet in the early morning on your Scotty's and easing down to eighty to one hundred feet as the sun rises.
Break out the Ace-Hi flies and put a good angle on the downrigger lines trolling past that 3mph speed.
We hit the San Juans this weekend for a bit more King Kong action out of Friday Harbor.  My great nephew came up from Southern California after wrestling with fat yellowtails and bonked a high teener.  "In the mud !", he exclaimed as he lowered the ball to 200 feet and slammed the beast with a white lightning coho killer .
The Fishtale 2 will not be only focusing on the Area 9 Coho and getting ready for the Edmonds Coho Derby on September 6th.  Make sure to get your derby tickets sooner than later !!

Luke Campbell hefts his prize San Juan King.  Don't worry about the Angels hat, he is now converted to a Mariner !  

See you on the water !

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

Seattle area (Marine Area 10):

August 27, 2014

Fishing in Marine Area 11 this week….please see Marine Area 11 (below).


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


 Marine Area 11:

August 27, 2014

This past week the fishing in Area 11 remains good with 70 kings being counted by the ramp checkers. Any number of customers have reported to me of their successes. Doug Riggers for one proudly showed me a picture of a 21# Chinook he caught Saturday while using a 4" green and white Kingfisher lite spoon.

Everyone mentioned a different secret hole in Area 11, from 3 Tree Point to Point Robinson and as always the Clay Banks to Point Richmond.
Still the tide change seems to be the key. The mature kings are turning to a gray color and the eggs are ripe. There have also been a small number of Coho that have been caught. 

With the 3 day weekend coming,  get out there before the rain comes and drives the spawning fish into the rivers.

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

With marine areas 9 and 10 closed for Chinook, we have been traveling a little South into Marine Area 11.  We've had great success since the 16th. The Chinook have been very deep for me. Fishing on the bottom with flashers and hootchies, spoon, and 4" tomic plugs. 130'-220' on the bottom.

Paul, Dave, Clayson, and Joey got some nice ones at Dolphin on 8/16

Chris, Amanda, and Don hit it rite on 8/17


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

The salmon fishing has been a little slow the last few days but there have  been
some nice chinook being caught out in front of the PDMC from the Slag area to
Owen's beach on the tide changes with most of the salmon being caught in the 40' to 80' depth range early then later in the day from120' to 160' range and a
variety of gear has been used such as flasher and spoon, artificial squid and
herring, salmon plugs are working as well. The other areas like Pt. Dalco, Girl
Scout Camp, Gig Harbor shore line are producing fish too but very inconsistent.  There have been a few Coho caught this week which is a good indicator of a decent run this year. This weekend will be the last chance to crab in area 11 8/28/14 through 9/01/14 then it closes as of 9/02/14. 

Jim Minor with Frank Baker and Mike Colito at our August "Take a Wounded Warrior Fishing" event  -  Jim's salmon was 9 1/2 #, Mike's was just under 20#.

Pier to Pier Date Night on the Docks September 27, 2014 6:30 pm - 9 pm
Bring that special someone to enjoy wine and dessert at Anthony's followed by an Adult Only Pier to Pier at Point Defiance Marina. Cost $25 per person (21 and
Up Only) Register Online at www.metroparks.org/pier-peer.  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. 

Point Defiance Marina Fall Swap Meet – Saturday, October 4, 2014 – For More Information Click Here

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

Vicki Wagner’s  first King, caught August 21st in  Area 11 just 1/4 mile North of Gig Harbor in  front of the green cabin, 70 ft of water.  We were dragging the bottom, 1.5 hours after the low.

Submitted by Jim Wagner, Auburn


Hood Canal (Marine Area 12):

August 27, 2014

No reports this week


Marine Area 13:

August 27, 2014




Lake Washington:

August 27, 2014



No report this week

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


Lake Chelan:

August 27, 2014


What’s hot is the emerging morning pattern of fishing the Bar at first light for an hour, move to the tip of Wapato Pt. for an hour or two then transition to the face of Manson Bay as the morning ripens. 

We have moved to fishing baited squid rigs almost exclusively.  The front of those squid rigs are a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade, usually in glow.  Then we invert a small Action Disk by wigglefin.com.  A couple of beads act as a bearing to allow the blade and disk to rotate without twisting the line.  Then glow squids from 2.5 to 3.5 inches are used.  We put a Worden Lures corky behind that then tie a tandem Matzuo 2/0 sickle hooks about 2” apart to complete the ensemble.  We bait the front hook with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice mixed with petroleum jelly as a cover scent. 

With it still being pretty dark for our 5:30 AM morning starts, the Bar has been good to great for the first hour of light.  Depths in the 120’s to 140’s work best.  Then moving to the tip of Wapato Pt. seems to produce pretty well from about 6:30 to 8AM.  This is all in the 120’s.  Then, sliding over into Manson Bay works until 9 or 10 AM.  Depths vary all the way from 130 to 270 there.  With these squid rigs your target speed should be 1.3 mph.  As always the key is maintaining proximity to the bottom. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to use Sam’s Pro Release by Silver Horde for your downrigger release.  This very simple “set tension” release is simple to use and will help eliminate time wasting false releases.  

The kid’s tip of the week is to give them air time when they are interrupting groups of adults.  A quick “wait your turn” reprimand is in order, but you must come back to them rather quickly so they can say their piece.  It is important in the long, sometimes painful process of civilizing small children.  

The safety tip of the week is to remember to keep safe distances when traveling with another boat.  I’ve watched a number of boats running parallel courses at the same speed this summer.  I cringe to think what would have happened if someone made a quick swerve because of a bee or because a log was in front.  Give yourself time to react if something unexpected happens!  Enjoy the last of summer as Labor Day approaches…

Pictured above on 8/25/14, the Youngberg clan from Anacortes with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.


Pictured above on 8/21/14, Brian Riseland with son Evan (13) and Steve Schwartz with son Zach (6) from Woodinville with their mornings catch of Lakers.


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

August 27, 2014

Late August with a relatively low water level on Potholes Reservoir the fishing is simply great!!!  Our fishery has shown real repair from the devastation caused on May 18, 1980 when the Mt. St. Helens eruption deposited four inches of ash all over the area.  The ash covered the spawning areas and stopped fish production.  Now, the fish are finally back!  Perch up to 10 inches have been common and bluegill 6 inches and longer are showing up in limit numbers off the MarDon Dock.  We have also been seeing 14 inch crappie since May off the dock and also being caught in the Lind Coulee arm of Potholes Reservoir and all over the sand dune area.  Bass fishing on Potholes Reservoir is still very active.  We are seeing limits of smallmouth bass and hearing about lots of nice evening catches of largemouth bass on top-water lures. 

Granpa Mike Jones caught this 29 inch 10 pound walleye trolling on the face of the sand dunes. 

Loren and Kaye Woodward caught these walleye fishing on Potholes Reservoir.  The Woodwards enjoy summer living on the Royal Slope and return home to Main for the rest of the year.

August 30, 2014
Annual Yard Sale at MarDon Resort opens at 9am-2pm on Saturday.  Everything in the sale is 50% off and there is lots of tackle and clothing mainly.  Not returns accepted, all sales are final.

September 12-14, 2014
Dock Fishing Tournament and Pie Social
This is a really fun weekend fishing event.  The cost is $40 per person and it is a dock fishing tournament that starts Friday evening and does not end until 11am on Sunday.  We pay out for 9 different species of fish for the top two weights and end the weekend with an awards ceremony and potluck style meal at noon on Sunday.  We do limit this tournament to 200 fishers and we are 25% filled at this date, so if you are interested in joining please call the MarDon Office (509)346-2651 or go to mardonresort.com and download an application.

September 13, 2014
Old Farts Fishing Tournament
This is a 1 day bass tournament and to be eligible one team member does have to be 40 or older.  The entry fee is $100 per team with a $25 big fish and a $25 big stringer option.  Only prop driven outboard motors are allowed in this tourney. 

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


River Reports

August 27, 2014


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No report this week


Mystical Legends Guide Service
Phil Stephens






August 27, 2014



Fishing has been EXCELLENT over the last few days.  We have seen very good numbers of sockeye and increasing numbers of big Fraser bound chinook salmon.  

Sturgeon fishing has also been top notch!

We have seen some very good pulses of sockeye make their way towards and into the Fraser River.  There have been some really good periods of activity off the North Arm Jetty, Iona, T 10 and Sandheads.   Keep your eye on the sounder as well as keep your eyes peeled for jumpers to locate the schools.  Sockeye can be finicky biters at times and a direction change can quite often result in more action.  Pay attention to which directions you are getting your hits and try and establish a pattern.  Test set ups in Johnstone Straits have continued to be promising so this great sockeye fishing should continue for 2 to 3 more weeks. If you are looking to get out sockeye fishing we have a few slots available over the next few weeks!

Productive depths have varied from 30 to 90 feet on the downrigger. We have been mixing things up running UV Moon Jelly, STS, Bon Chovy and T 10 Flashers.  It is interesting how certain days certain flashers perform better than others.  We have really done well on the UV Moon Jelly over the last few days.

Chinook fishing has started to perk up as well and we have had some beautiful chinook in the 22 to 27 pound range back to the dock over the last couple days.  Most of the chinook that were hooked were hooked while fishing for sockeye using pink hootchies.   We have sadly neglected chinook fishing this August with all the sockeye around.  We will likely start putting a little more time in for chinook as the next 6 weeks are prime for the biggest salmon of the year.

 Sturgeon fishing has been very consistent on the Lower Fraser River with fishing in the 5 to 7 foot range being landed on a daily basis.  With all the sockeye salmon in the Fraser River the sturgeon are gorging on salmon. Salmon roe and salmon parts have been the baits of choice.  

Luke has also strapped his downriggers on the jet boat for the sockeye season.  He has had a couple amazing days fishing for sockeye in the ocean and sturgeon in the river.  If you want an ultimate day trip, you have to try this combination trip- Trolling for salmon in the ocean and sturgeon fishing in the river!  The trip needs to be 8 to 10 hours in length and is limited to 3 guests a trip.  
Our Gibbs Delta Pro Shop is open daily and we have all the right gear for our local fishery!  Shop hours are from 11am to 630pm.  Give us a call if you are looking for gear outside shop hours and we can quite often accommodate you.

We are looking forward to some exciting fishing for the next couple months!!


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

Barkley Sound

August 27, 2014



Ucluelet, BC:

August 27, 2014

No report this week


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


August 27, 2014

The fishing is great on the offshore banks.  All of the banks are fishing well, but some days are better than others with the fish moving all the time. It's important to remember that we are chasing migrating Salmon. These fish are always on the move heading to their home rivers, and a spot that fishes good for a day or two may not fish good the next. Be prepared to move around.

Halibut and Salmon from the Big Bank

Jake, Tommy, and Mathew from Washington helped pull in a nice catch this week.

The Salmon fishing has really picked up inside Barkley Sound this past week. Lots of nice Chinook and a few Coho are being taken all around the sound and Alberni Cannel. It's that time of year when you want to be trolling the top 30-50 feet of water. White or glow hootchie, or Anchovy will do the trick.

Rick, Randy and Morris. I think the smiles say it all.

The Albertans with a bunch of 15 - 30 pound Chinook from near Bamfield

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

August 27, 2014


It is now past mid-June and as expected the salmon fishing in all of the Alberni, Barkley Sound and Pacific Rim areas has really picked up.  Halibut and Chinook fishing on the west coast has been very consistent with most days producing some very good results for those on guided trips or fishing in privately owned sport boats.  Barkley Sound especially along surf line locations has been fantastic with some great Chinook catches in the mid to high teens and low twenties.  The Port Alberni Inlet has also picked up with some excellent sockeye fishing.  The Somass River and Alberni Inlet water temperatures have warmed up with the afternoon surface temperatures sitting at 16 to 18 degrees Celsius.  The warmer water provides for a much better sport fishery as the Sockeye will school up in good numbers.  There has been an abundance of early Sockeye moving into the Inlet and then the Somass River which has produced some early Sockeye schooling and some great results for sport anglers.  Escapement to date to Sproat Lake and Great Central Lake is over 30,000.  The 2014 summer sport salmon fishing should once again be fantastic along Vancouver Islands west coast inshore and offshore and inland waters close to Port Alberni.  Sport Salmon fishing results to date have proven pre-season forecasts to be very accurate.

Port Alberni Inlet
Barkley Sound

The Port Alberni Inlet is forecast to see a good return of Sockeye Salmon in 2014.  The Department of Fisheries is still estimating a return of 1.6 million pieces to the Somass River.  This forecast if estimates are correct is a record return of Sockeye Salmon.  With this in mind the estimated catch for sport, commercial, and first nations is approximately 500,000 to 600,000.  For the sport fisherman the current daily possession is four salmon with a two day possession limit of eight.  Many believe that returns will be much higher than what is being forecast..  The early run of Sockeye to date is proving day after day that this thought by many anglers could very well hold true.  With water temperatures gradually warming the Somass River and the two major lake conditions have been perfect for good migratory flow.  The counters have well over 30,000 escaped Sockeye already moving into Sproat and Great Central Lakes.  The week of June 16th was the beginning of some good Sockeye Fishing out in the Alberni Inlet.  Some anglers reported some good fishing by mid-week with limits of eight and twelve fish per boat but without any real consistency as some anglers had a much less success rate.  By the end of the week and into this past weekend limits in sport boats were very common.  The Sockeye fishing during the last few days has improved even more and has been simply sensational.  As mentioned the Inlet water is warming up and the fish are beginning to school in various spots.  The best fishing has been from Ten Mile Point right to Dunsmuir Point which is straight across from the China Creek Marina and Campground.  The magical depth range for fishing has been from twenty-five to fifty feet with thirty to forty feet being a perfect depth.  As we get closer to July and the waters warm up the Sockeye will go deeper into the water. 

Brian of Victoria B.C. shows a couple of Sockeye landed in the Alberni Inlet.

Regan had a great Sockeye Salmon fishing day with Doug of Slivers Charters
in the Alberni Inlet.

The normal Sockeye gear is currently working well as long as plenty of color is out the back of the boat.  The MP 2 and 15 (bubblegum) hootchies are working, as are the pink and blue and pink and black hootchies and a variety of other pinkish to orange and red colors.  We are expecting the Sockeye fishing to stay relatively good well into August.  There will be Seine testing going on weekly with updates on numbers.  The first in season forecast will be on June 26th.  Expect some commercial fishing in the Inlet and also to outer areas but there will always be plenty of good areas for the sport fishermen.  It will not be a surprise if well over two million Sockeye return to the Somass system this summer.
 Barkley Sound fishing has been fairly good for the last week.  Generally the surf line areas have produced some nice fish but some great catches have also come out of more inshore areas like Pill Point, Vernon Bay, and Swale Rock.  The inland areas have produced some salmon just like the surf line spots up to fifteen and twenty pounds.  There have been reports of a few Coho catches especially close to Swale Rock.  The Chinook have been in deeper water.  There has been some decent fishing at Austin Island, Cree Island and Ship Island.  Anchovy, needle fish hootchies in green colors and a few coyote spoons in green and blue nickel and the silver glow have been working fairly well.  

Leo from Vancouver B.C. fished with Doug of Slivers Charters and landed this
Chinook at Austin Island on the Surf line of Barkley Sound on June 21st
2014. This fish hit a needle fish hootchie

Generally the surf line locations have produced the best results using anchovy in either a green haze or glow army truck Rhys Davis Teaser Head behind a glow hotspot flasher.  Needle fish hootchies in green with forty two inches of leader behind a green glow or chartreuse hotspot flasher are working well also.  Good depth locations on the surf line have ranged from ninety to one hundred and twenty-five feet.   We are expecting more and more Coho to move into the mix.  There have been a few small migratory Coho but to date they have not been as consistent as the Chinook.  Coho catches have been good up the Vancouver Island coastline and will move into the direction of the Sound over the next two weeks.  The Coho are big feeders at this time of year and often put on as much as a pound per week.  We are expecting some great fishing in the Sound through July and August.  One of the biggest returns of Chinook and Coho Salmon to the Columbia River system is forecast for 2014.  The Bonneville Dam which has been keeping records since 1938 is expecting up to 1.6 million Chinook and over one million Coho.  This will be the biggest return in record history is forecasts are correct.  The early migratory Chinook and Coho often stay relatively close to the beach of Vancouver Island and will move into Barkley Sound to feed on the rich resources of bait fish.  Summer fishing in the scenic, calm and pristine waters of Barkley Sound will be wonderful in 2014.


One of the most consistent areas to fish year after year for salmon and halibut has been Ucluelet B.C.  Ucluelet is a small town located on the west coast of British Columbia with a relatively small year round population.  However in the summer months the population size does swell with many visitors who come to fish the inshore and offshore waters.  Many come on guided trips while others brave the waters of the Pacific Ocean using their private sport boats.  The fishing has been very good for Chinook and there have been some good Coho numbers recently and of course like most years the halibut fishing is really picking up.  The best spots to fish have been Long Beach, Lighthouse Bank, and the Big Bank.  South Bank to date has not been that consistent.  The salmon like the halibut have been very close to the sandy bottom and on tide changes do move up to the mid-water to feed on the needle fish and other bait fish.  The Big Bank has had the best fishing.  The fish are actively feeding much of the day but on the tide change it can become crazy and it often seems that whatever one offers as a lure it will work.  For most fisher persons coyote spoons and hootchies seem to be the way to go.  The green nickel and blue nickel four inch coyote spoon has been good as have several glow hootchies and also the green spatterback and T-Rex hootchie.  Both of these hootchies have done well picking up Chinook and the odd Coho that are now beginning to show.  Most of the Chinook landed out on the Big Bank have weighed from ten pounds to the mid and upper teens.  There have been a few early Chinook in the high twenties and low thirties but to date most of the Chinook are in the teens,  We are really expecting the fishing to improve as we move into late June and then July and August.  Chinook returns for west coast of Vancouver Island are expected to be average. Coho returns to West Coast Vancouver Island are termed abundant and will be in record numbers. Remember that when out on the water fishing to be sure the lines are in the water at the magical hour of the tide change.  Remember to stay safe out on the west coast and have all of the necessary equipment for foggy days and watch the winds.

Stamp-Somass River

Those fishing Sockeye in the Somass River should do very well.  The Fall River fishing is expected to be very good.   Coho and summer run Steelhead should be sensational with good numbers forecast to return.   Good fishing will occur in September using conventional methods with the best fishing on the fly usually in October when the natural spawn takes place.  If you are interested in guided river trips don’t wait too long as much of the available room is quickly disappearing.


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


Salmon fishing is PICKING UP SLOWLY. The best location for salmon is still Swiftsure Bank near Port Renfrew. Salmon and halibut fishing there was GOOD, but as you traveled east the catching really dropped off. It has picked up a little bit near Victoria and Oak Bay and Sidney but it’s still SLOW.  Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend.

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:

August 27, 2014


Port Renfrew                                   August 26, 2014

Fishing has been GOOD for springs out at Swiftsure Bank. The springs are very deep, from 120 to 220 feet on the downrigger. Most of the springs are cookie cutters and weigh15-20 lbs. The top producers are spoons. Along the “beach” it’s been hot and cold with some good days and some fruitless days.

Sooke, BC                                         August 26, 2014


Salmon fishing was SPOTTY this past week. There would be fish in one area one day, and the next day they would have moved on to another area. If you could locate the fish, you could catch a few. The most consistent spots were Sheringham Point, Muir Creek and Otter Point. The springs were running into the mid 20’s, but most were in the teens. Sockeye anglers were having limited success out in the strait in 400 to 500 feet of water and near the tide lines. We heard that the boats out the farthest produced the most sockeye. There are some coho too, but not many hatchery ones that can be retained. As with the sockeye, the further out you are the better your chances. Choice of lures has stayed very similar to last week; Anchovies are working well with Blue Green Chrome 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 Oki’s Super Betsey. Halibut anglers are having best success out west towards Jordan River and Sombrio Point.

Becher Bay                                       August 26, 2014

Salmon fishing has been SPOTTY in East Sooke, very similar to last week. Some springs are being caught, with most fish weighing in the teens to low twenties. The best salmon fishing was near Beechey Head, Aldridge Point and the Trap Shack. Anglers have been catching springs between depths of 40 to 90 feet on the downrigger. There are a few coho and sockeye being caught, especially out farther into the strait, close to the US border. Most of the coho have been wild, unmarked fish. Dan Webb caught a 25 lb spring on Friday the 22nd at 10am in 500' of water off the Trap while fishing for Sockeye.  Most anglers are having their best results fishing anchovies. The most productive teaser heads for anchovies were the Blue Green Chrome and 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.


Pedder Bay                                      August 26, 2014

Salmon fishing was SPOTTY both in the Pedder Bay and in Whirl Bay, just like last week. The springs are mostly between 8 to 20 lbs in size.  Many of the springs are being caught between 100 to 120 feet on the downrigger at the mouth of Pedder Bay. A few anglers have had good success trolling cut plug herring at 60 feet. Anchovies were productive with Chrome Joanne, UV Green and Purple Haze teaser heads being top choices in teaser heads. Anglers are still getting some fish while trolling 3.5” spoons. Coho Killers and G-force spoons with both glow and green have been working the best. Squirts are working too with UV colors like the Jellyfish, Purple Haze and Electric Chair the best patterns. The best flashers have been the Silver Betsey, Green/Silver Hot Spot and Purple Haze.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR over the weekend. We also heard that there weren’t as many dogfish around. 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:

August 27, 2014

Fishing has been SLOW off Victoria.  Constance Bank was pretty quiet this past week.  Anglers were finding few decent fish in the 9-15lb range.  The better springs that were getting caught were close to the bottom and biting most frequently on the tide change. Closer in, the salmon fishing was SLOW and the vast majority of boats are still catching nothing. Although some big springs up to 32+ lbs have been caught in close, most of the fish are in the low teens in size. The salmon seem to be passing through quickly and not stopping to feed. The odd sockeye and pink salmon have been caught as well. Most anglers fishing Constance are using artificial lures, usually with Coho Killer (yellowtail or green/glow). G-Force spoons in Outfitters or No Bananas colors. 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. Closer in, anchovies are the best choice with green, Purple Haze or Bloody Nose popular choices. Good flashers have been the Green Onion and the HOT SPOT Silver Fever.

The Esquimalt Anglers’ Association held their Annual Salmon Derby this past Sunday. There were a total of 28 salmon entered - 21 Chinook, 4 sockeye and 3 coho weighed in at the derby. The winning fish was a 32 lb 11 oz spring caught by Cao Nguyen. Second place went to Mark Turner for a 24 lb spring. Third place winner was Mark Salter with a 20 lb 15 oz spring. Fourth place went to Then Nguyen for a 19 lb 12 oz spring. Fifth place went to Liz Jatkowski for a 19 lb 9 oz spring.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week. Angler’s that were going out 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
                                            August 26, 2014

Salmon fishing was VERY, VERY SLOW for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap.  Can’t honestly say if anyone caught any fish there this past week. Most the anglers were trolling this past week with a few boats jigging and both were reporting slow fishing.   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 Electric Chair, 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. Paul Gessler managed to land a 49 inch, 56lb halibut using a spreader bar with a large pink hootchy and herring, while fishing near Discovery Island. 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                                              August 26, 2014
Salmon fishing was SLOW near Sidney this past week. We’ve heard that the channel has a lot of smaller, undersize chinooks holding in the deeper water, but no good keepers. Some sockeye have been caught near Moresby Island, but not many. Many anglers are fishing for springs 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 
The Esquimalt Anglers’ Association held their Annual Salmon Derby this past Sunday. The winning fish was a 32 lb 11 oz spring caught by Cao Nguyen. Second place went to Mark Turner for a 24 lb spring. Third place winner was Mark Salter with a 20 lb 15 oz spring. Fourth place went to Then Nguyen for a 19 lb 12 oz spring. Fifth place went to Liz Jatkowski for a 19 lb 9 oz spring.

Pictured above, Dan Webb caught a 25 lb spring in 500' of water off the Trap while fishing for Sockeye.  


Be alert and courteous to the boats around you! When boats are fishing close together and one boat hooks a big spring, well that fish is going to make a big run (usually straight back). You should always move away from the boat that’s fighting a fish or get your gear up and away from the fish. You’ll appreciate it when you’ve hooked that slab and other boats keep out of your way.


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



OVERVIEWFishing is SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area due to the hot weather and warmer water temperatures. 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 very, very low. 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, especially very early in the morning and late in the day, but it really stresses the fish to catch and release them now. There are rainbows as well as resident brown and cutthroat trout that are active in the top end right now. Bead head nymphs are the top producer there and our favorites are the Prince Nymphs, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ears and Pheasant tails. There are lots of insect hatches during the day now and the dry fly fishing can be excellent if you match the hatch.

TROUT –  Trout fishing was GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. The total Island trout release this spring is 57,305 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.

BASSBass fishing is GOOD. At this time of year the bass are shallow in the mornings and evenings.. There have been good reports of early morning 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                        August 27, 2014

Our team of five just returned from a fantastic fishing trip to Milbanke Sound.   West Sport Fishing Lodge (a new lodge) is on Milbanke Sound, west of Bella Bella BC.  It is run by experienced owners/managers who acquired the best boats on the coast from Good Hope Cannery (Rivers Inlet) that has gone "private".  One of the many great features is the location....the best salmon fishing is only 5 or 10 minutes from the lodge which is totally protected from bad weather (we had perfect weather, a little fog but no wind and no rain).  There were 22 guests, some guided and some self-guided like us.  Everyone limited (8 salmon).  We released probably 20 salmon per each angler in our boat.  Kings were 50, 40 and and several over 30.  I'm guessing that the silvers ran 8 to 13 with a few around 15.  We got a few lings and saw only a couple small halibut (everyone was targeting salmon) although guides talk about halibut a bit farther from the lodge. The rooms and the food were 5 star as was the staff.  I'm excited to return.

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

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 Great Lakes

August 27, 2014


Chinooks and Coho moving in Milwaukee! 
Quick update!!  A huge swing in activity out of Milwaukee. This update is to let you know the big King Salmon are turning on.  Coho Salmon fishing is also improving. Badger Tackle Reaper or Vulcan spoons getting it done.

How Chinook 
Chinook are coming on Reaper Magnum Big Joe Silver spoons run long behind the downrigger ball or on five color lead cores. Vulcan Magnum spoons in blue/green or silver/ green on the long lead cores are also taking Chinooks.

How Lake Trout
Beat the bottom with long lead spoons and SWR rigs. Best action has been 85 feet and out to 150 feet.  Rainbows are reliable.  Run 2,3,4,5,6 color lead cores with orange, red or green spoons. Best action in 100 to 200 feet of water.

This is the hot location. Water temperatures near shore are warm. This is no problem for mature salmon. The Kings have moved in as they do late August and September. They can be caught on high presentations. Fish the entire water column in 50 to 60 feet of water for the best action. Our best speed was 2.0 to 2.2 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider. 

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





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