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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

January 20, 2015

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):

December 02, 2014


The Razor Clams have not taken any time off and have started 2015 just as strong as they ended 2014. Clamming runs through this Saturday in the Twin Harbors area. Friday and Saturday tides are late evening ones so please be careful. I do not do it myself but there have been a lot of people Surf Perch fishing along the area beaches also. You might give that a try during the winter months or while you are killing time waiting for the Clam tide. 

The time of year for seminars and learning is upon us. Look for many of the Salmon University guys at the Sportsmans Show in Puyallup and the Seattle Boat Show over the next few weeks. The Big show comes March 21st & 22nd, when the annual Salmon University Seminar is held. Check on the site here for more information and how to register. This fills up very quickly so go ahead and get signed up. You will get a lot of time with each of the instructors including myself to ask questions and really learn how we do things. Probably the best money you can spend to become more productive on the water.

Everyone 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


No report this week – See River Reports - Below


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


La Push (Marine Area 3 & Forks):

December 02, 2014


No report this week – See River Reports - Below

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


Neah Bay (Marine Area 4):

December 02, 2014

No report this week

Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

December 02, 2014

No report this week


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


Marine Area 6:

December 02, 2014

No report this week


Marine Area 7:

December 02, 2014

Salmon fishing has been steady in the San Juans.  Hootchies have been good producers. The fish seem to be biting a bit more suspended than most winters.
The bait that's around right now seems to be a mixed bag. Probably why the old school hootchies are working. They look like all sorts of bait to a following fish. 

Joining clubs like Puget Sound Anglers and Coastal Conservation Association is a great way to get involved in sport fishing, meet new fisher folk, and let your voice be heard on issues that involve angling and resource issues.

CCA North sound and PSA Bellingham have a combined meeting Wednesday June 21st at 6:30 p.m., at Nicki's Bella Harbor Marina in Bellingham. IFGA “Hall of Famer”,  Gary Loomis will be the guest speaker. This would be a great event to attend, for newbies or old salts alike.

We've got the 36th annual Orcas Legion Derby coming up this weekend. It will be interesting to see what wins.
As the Seahawks showed on Sunday, as long as you keep trying (fishing), there's always a chance. Go Hawks!

The sun rises silently on a new day, while the twin sparking hammers
drive us forward, slicing through the stillness with their bright thunder. Forward into a new beginning, and an everlasting covenant that this day could be a day... The Day...of good fishing. That's why we come back. That's why it's always on our minds. Those who are drawn to the river, and those who are drawn to the Sea. 

Karen Rhinehart with a chromega 3.


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


Marine Area 8.1:

January 20, 2015


Open for Salmon

No report this week

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

Marine Area 8.2:

January 20, 2015


Open For Salmon

No report this week

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


Marine Area 9:

January 20, 2015


No bait....No fish........ That is the majority of the report info collected from most anglers for the Area 9 opener.  Sporadic catches of fish from Mid-Channel and PNP but the majority of anglers are striking out.  We managed a couple of "barely" legals off of Possession but had to put in a lot of time to find them.
Hopefully it will pick up soon!

See You On the Water!
Submitted by Nelson "Spud" Goodsell,  FISHTALE 2, PSA Sno-King Chapter, IGFA Lifetime Member, 2015 President “Salmon For Soldiers, SalmonforSoldiers.com


Open for 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):

January 20, 2015

Happy New Year!

For a good time, great food and an outstanding raffle, check out the 70th Tengu Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 24th, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at Sun Ya Restaurant, 625 7th Avenue S. Cost is only $17 for adults, $12 for children 12 years and under. Please RSVP to Irene Kiga; ikiga@comcast.net , or home phone, 425-228-5394 before January 17th. Make checks payable to Irene Kiga or pay cash at the door.

Doug Hanada, Tengu Club President, dhanada@aol.com......

No report this week


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


Open for Salmon.

No reports this week

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



 Marine Area 11:

January 20, 2015

Area 11 is currently closed for salmon fishing but will reopen Feb. 1st However, Areas 10 and 13 are open and I have had reports of fair black mouth fishing around Fox Island mostly from the Pt. Gibson area.  The anglers are mostly trolling in this area with flasher and spoons or artificial squid in depths of 120' to 150'and about 10' off of bottom.  This area is also good for mooching mostly on the outgoing tide.  

The new marina hours are 7 am to 5:30 pm.   On the February 1 opener for Area 11 and Super Bowl Sunday the tackle shop is closed at 3 pm .  See everyone at the Washington State Sportsmen’s Show at the Puyallup Fair Grounds January 21-25, 2015.

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

Hood Canal (Marine Area 12):

January 20, 2015

No reports this week


Marine Area 13:

January 20, 2015




Lake Washington:

January 20, 2015



No report this week

Submitted by Brad Hole, Kayak Fishing Washington, 206-313-5567

No report this week


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


Lake Chelan:

January 20, 2015

Lake Chelan is hot, trolling for Mackinaw in the Barrens, Kokanee on Colyar Ledge and Rainbow in Mill Bay. 

Trolling for suspended Kokanee is terrific.  Pull Mack’s Lure’s Mini Cha Cha Squidders in Orange on a short leader behind their Double D Dodgers in 00 to 0000 sizes. Bait the Mini Cha Cha’s with Pautzke’s Fire Corn in natural or yellow.  We have caught these incredibly delicious fish anywhere from 45 to 200 feet deep. 

Laker fishing has been terrific in the Barrens and the Trench.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to 1.3 mph.  Silver Horde 3.5” Needlefish Squid rigs in glow colors fronted with a Mack’s Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has been our best pattern. 

Rainbow trout are still being caught on Lake Chelan from the shore and trolling.  Catch them from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig.  You can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger.  Bait those mini cha cha’s with a piece of worm or a small nugget of Pautzke’s Fire Bait. 

Remember that unclipped Cutthroat Trout must be immediately released, unharmed. 

Pautzke’s Fire Bait will also work well from the shore on Roses Lake for planter sized Rainbow Trout until the freeze up is complete. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to be very active when trolling for Lakers and Kokanee on Chelan.  With the Lakers you must be constantly working to keep your gear tight to the bottom.  If you drag you will either snag or foul your terminal gear up with bottom debris.  For every 10 feet you are off the bottom you cut your bite rate in half.  You have to keep moving your gear for Kokanee right above their heads.  They are anywhere from 45 feet to over 200.  Keep your head in the game! 

The kid’s tip of the week is to teach negotiation as a strategy to avoid worse behaviors.  A lot of the time you can avoid pouting, tantrums and “shutting down” by using your adult brain and negotiating a solution.  It not only avoids the whole disciplinary cycle, but also models an alternative strategy.  To excess, it can “create a monster”, but all in all, modeling negotiations to get what you want gives kids another more acceptable tool in their people skills tool box. 

The safety tip of the week is to watch the dock on Chelan before the sun hits them.  Falling down is only funny on TV. 

Pictured on 1/13/15, Pepe' of Blueberry Hills and Gilbert of El Porton in East Wenatchee with their days catch of Kokanee.  One of the Kokanee got a bit close to the lense...

Pictured on 1/19/15, Norm and Tyler Johnson of Index, WA with their days catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.

Pictured on 1/19/15, One of the Johnson's again with a 24" Rainbow caught from Mill Bay while Jeff was cleaning their Mackinaw!

Don’t forget that our Winter Special runs through February 15th.  This is a great time to cure cabin fever with a fishing trip to beautiful Lake Chelan.


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

January 20, 2015

This week has seen almost spring like weather with morning temperatures just at freezing and during day hours into the high 40's and occasionally low 50's. As a result most all launches and shorelines are clear of ice. We had our weekly drive to Moses Lake and all launches are clear of ice except the M street launch. There were fair numbers of trailers at launches with fishermen chasing Walleye or Perch. Also the beach fishermen at Medicare are fishing and catching some nice rainbow. I will be at the Puyallup Sportsmen show Thursday thru Sunday working at the Sportco booth.

Submitted by Tom Pollack, Retired

Mid-January 2015 brings great optimism for outdoor enthusiasts due to an increase in waterfowl activity in Central Washington.  Yesterday good Perch and Walleye action was reported from two retired fishermen from Yakima that launched at the MarDon Resort Boat Launch ($7 for a day launch pass unless a registered overnight guest) and fished the Medicare Beach area in 22 to 35 feet of water using blade baits.  Some Jumbo Walleye have been caught off the face of O’Sullivan Dam using 6” Swim Jigs.

Hunter Fray of Buckley, Wa caught this beautiful walleye off the MarDon Fishing Dock.  This fish weighed 16.1 lbs.


MarDon Resort Dock Marshal/Security Guard caught this beautiful Walleye off
the MarDon Dock late Wednesday Evening.

The MarDon Dock is open for day use fishers for a fee (Friday is free dock fishing all day, you must still stop by the store and get a pass).  Overnight registered guests may fish all night if they choose.  The fee if you are not staying at MarDon Resort is $4 for kids and seniors and $7 for adults.  You may purchase a pass from 9am-6pm this time of year. 
Ice conditions are covering most of the sand dunes stopping access into traditional hunting areas.  The Frenchman’s Wasteway, Winchester Wasteway, and the Lind Coulee arm of Potholes Reservoir have been great hunting for waterfowl hunters. .  Corn field duck hunting has been showing great hunts in Central Washington. 

Levi enjoyed taking his father-in-law and brother-in-law hunting on the Royal Slope and harvested 20 geese

Our goose hunters are limiting many days with more winter like weather temperatures.  Duck and Goose Hunting Season is winding down with a little more than a week left in the season.  If you are interested in getting in a last minute hunt give us a call and remember goose hunting is open for the whole last week of the season, not just its regular Wednesday, Saturday & Sundays.

Submitted by Mardon Resort 8198 Hwy 262 SE, Othello, WA 99344  www.mardonresort.com   509-346-2651


River Reports

January 20, 2015


See Steelhead University


No report this week


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



No report this week


Mystical Legends Guide Service
Phil Stephens






January 20, 2015



Bryn and Colin with a few nice fish!


Costa and Barb with a pair of Gulf Island Chinook



What a great start to 2015…   The winter Chinook salmon season is now in full swing!  We have had a number of trips out over the last week with some pretty solid results.  On our shorter trips we have found some good fish in Vancouver Harbour and on our longer full day trips we have had some excellent fishing on the far side of Georgia Strait.   There has been a mix of undersize and legal fish up to 15 pounds.

We had a couple full day charters over to the far side of Georgia Strait and we experienced some very lively winter Chinook fishing.  There was a stunning amount of bait fish in the area we were fishing and the ocean was alive with herring, salmon, marine mammals and birds.  Needless to say, hits were frequent and the action was great.  Hopefully the bait sticks around as surely the presence of feed was the big reason why there was so much activity.  If the feed moves off, the fish and marine life will likely follow.   This is a great time to do a longer trip or a multi day trip across the Strait… it looks like we should be in for some great fishing as long as the bait sticks around.  There has been a mix of undersize and legal fish around.

Closer to home, fishing was productive in English Bay and Howe Sound prior to the full moon over the weekend.  We had a couple solid trips in Vancouver Harbour with some decent 8 to 10 pound legal winter chinook salmon landed.   There was fish in the freighters and the West Van shoreline.  We should see things improve later this week as the tide and moon cycle changes.

Our favourite winter chinook gear has been working as usual…  The spoons we have been having our luck on are the G Force Trailhead and Bon Chovy, Green Glow Coho Killers, and the Silver Horde Irish Cream and Homeland Security.  As always the Gibbs Delta Guide Series have been our go to flashers ( Bon Chovy, STS, Madi, Lemon Lime).

Sturgeon fishing has also still been productive and we had a couple good trips on the Lower Fraser River recently.  Our sturgeon trips are only 25 minutes from Vancouver.

Give us a call to get out on a winter charter or stop by the shop for your saltwater tackle needs.  The shop is open in January and we will have some good things going on for the Vancouver Boat Show that is on Granville Island later this month.  Details to come in a couple weeks.

Happy New Year!!



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

Barkley Sound

January 20, 2015



Ucluelet, BC:

January 20, 2015

2014 Recap for Salmon and Halibut
This past summer had people all excited with expectations of  record
returns of Chinook headed through Ucluelet for the Columbia River. While
the Columbia River did get a record return, a little just over last years
numbers, we didn't see all these fish pass in front of us as expected.

There was a big silver lining to the season however. July was one of the
most fun months I have had as a fishing guide with the whole month spent
fishing within 15 minutes from the harbour in a semi protected/protected
bay. We started the month trolling as we normally do but ended up fishing
live squid near the end. Not only did we get protection from the weather,
but we got what I think is the most sporty way to catch a salmon. While
downriggers are efficient ways to catch salmon, many people would
rather have a more hands-on way to start the battle of the scrappy Chinook.
The Good news is that I think squid fishing is here to stay. We hadn't
done it in years previous and learned a ton about it this past summer. If
squid numbers stay up as they are expected to, than we very well could
have a repeat of last season. There is just one for thing to say about the
fishery here during July: I must say our guides did an incredible job
figuring out what the salmon were feeding on we ended up getting an average
larger weight size per day than in 2012 and 13.

So what happened in May, June, August and September?

As not all of you came in July, we had some good fishing in all of these
months. June was not quite as good as it was in 2013, but we still managed
to get some good fish. I would say the larger runs of Chinook were a
little late coming through and it didn't really pick up until the last few
days of June. During August the hotspots changed almost daily and we had
to be ready to pick up and move or else get really good at guessing.
The Chinook moved in close to shore near the end of the month and we
mostly fished Little Beach near the end with just a couple runs to Big
Bank. The inshore fishing in 2014 was much better, however it did keep us
moving quite often as the fish didn't stay long in each spot. We did have
some good days at Big Bank but only ran out there a handful of times when
fishing in close went slow.

Halibut Fishing 2014

Halibut fishing seemed to be on and off. One day we would get lots and the
next it would be slow or two days hot and two days cold. We did get them
consistently throughout the summer starting in late May right up to mid-September. We mostly bottom bounced for them in July about 2 miles from
our salmon fishing spot and trolled for them in August when fishing 5-10
miles offshore.

Coho Fishing 2014
The Coho mostly stayed way offshore, however we did get some good days
with Coho during late June to early September. Our best Coho days were in
early September and we also go a few Chinook in the mix as well. Since we
were fishing in close to shore in early September, if we caught a Chinook
while Coho fishing it usually was a nice one.


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


January 20, 2015


Happy New Year
We are on the water and fishing as much as our winter schedule and weather permits.  There are lots of Salmon in the Bamfield area and fishing has been good. Mostly these are winter Chinook feeders that range from 5 - 10 pounds along with a few larger ones. Our best this past week was 12 pounds. This fish hit a Coyote 3.5 inch Cop car spoon trolled behind a purple/gold Hot Spot flasher, right on the bottom. Silver Hordes Irish Cream and Cookies & Cream spoons as well as a variety of hootchies have done well also.  There are lots of small undersize Chinook and Coho around so be careful to gently release our future fish.

A couple of 7-8 pound Chinook and a few spot prawns from a January 3rd morning fish.

Spot Prawn and Crab fishing is open. Halibut is closed at this time.

We are looking forward to a great 2015 on the water.
Tight Lines,

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

January 20, 2015


Winter is almost upon us in British Columbia, Canada.  In fact, we do know that when the first day of winter arrives, we are only a few days away from Christmas.  We are definitely hoping that the many Pacific storms that hit the west coast with a vengeance are come and gone.  The Pacific North West can often have some incredible wind and rain storms during the latter part of the fall season in which there have been some very major storms.  The past week on the Vancouver Island, British Columbia west coast and inland areas there has been up to eight inches of rain in under forty-eight hours.  The vast amount of precipitation also brought very warm conditions which created a snow melt at the higher levels.  The storm from this past week created incredible flood conditions in most lakes, rivers and creeks.   The autumn season has been remarkably wet and windy but there has also been some remarkably outstanding good weather with very cool conditions.  This type of weather condition did provide some fall opportunities for avid fresh water and salt water fisher persons.

The summer of 2014 seems so long ago.  The saltwater fishing on the West Coast (offshore waters), Barkley Sound, and the Port Alberni Inlet was relatively good during the 2014 summer sport fishing season.  All of the seasonal forecasts were pretty much correct as Chinook and Coho numbers migrating down the west coast waters of Vancouver Island were very high in numbers.  The local West Coast Vancouver Island Sockeye and Coho numbers returning to nearby watersheds were also very good.  The summer of 2015 should witness another great year of salmon fishing.  The Pacific Northwest had been in a La Nina weather pattern for a few years.  This pattern is ideal for salmon survival in the North Pacific.  With La Nina the water stays relatively cold and the rich food sources the salmon feed on are very good which means salmon survival is quite high.  We have recently come into an El Nino weather pattern.  The recent heavy storms along the west coast are very typical of this condition.  El Nino does warm Pacific waters.  The more mature fish which are expected to return to their Natal stream and rivers in 2015 should have low mortality levels due to the fact that most of their life span to date has been under the La Nina effect.  With this in mind we are looking forward to some of the pre-season forecasts that will come forward early in the New Year.  We are predicting the 2015 season to being like the past summer.  There should be some excellent salmon sport fishing on West Coast Vancouver Island.

Locally there has been a little early winter Chinook fishing.  A few keen sport fishermen have had some success.   Areas of Barkley Sound especially around Swale Rock and Vernon Bay have had a few decent days with a few feeders weighing in from seven to ten pounds.  The Fall Fishing season for summer run Steelhead in the Upper and Lower Stamp had been quite consistent to the end of November.  Some guides have said the summer run Steelhead mixed in with good Coho returns provided one of the best seasons ever.  The Winter Steelhead have been arriving in reasonably good numbers and with water levels coming down over the past four or five days (after the huge storm) the Winter Steelhead fishing in the Lower River should improve dramatically.  However this may take a few more days as Debris is still considered a danger.  December is the month that usually has big schools of Steelhead moving into the river on a daily basis.  There should be some great fishing in the days to come on the Stamp River which is close to Port Alberni located in central Vancouver Island.

Stamp River

The Fall Steelhead fishing on the Stamp River was very good.  The Fall Steelhead were very active when the natural spawn was occurring and eggs were rolling through the gravel.  Fly and conventional gear worked very well right into late November.  Fall Steelhead are still in the system mixed with Winter Steelhead.

Besides the heavy wet and windy storms that the west coast of Vancouver Island has witnessed there have also been some remarkable cool days with dustings of snow.   Kelly has a great Steelhead he landed fishing the Stamp in November.

The Winter Steelhead fishing is now underway in the Stamp.  With the huge storm witnessed during the December 8th week the Stamp has been pretty much non fishable.  At its peak last week the Somass River was at the highest levels ever.  Not since the 1964 tidal wave has the Somass River ever been as high.  Since last week’s major storm the river flood waters have receded at least six to eight vertical feet.  All guided trips on the river have been cancelled and hopefully during the December 15th week things can again get back to normal.  With the river at flood levels there continues to be major debris making it very unsafe to be out on the water.  The Upper River will definitely clear up much quicker that the lower.  Areas above the Ash will be the first area that fishing opportunities will be a possibility.  There is actually still a fairly decent mix of winter and summer run Steelhead in the whole system.  Fresh winter Steelhead entering the system are currently from the falls down.  The bulk of the Summer Run fish are in the Upper River well above the falls.  The fishing hopefully very soon be accessible by boat in the upper and lower river.  Those anglers who would like to walk the banks may have opportunity by Christmas week to fish from the falls down to the rifle club if there is little precipitation over the next six to seven days.  The river has really declined over the past five to six days.  Hopefully this pattern will continue and levels will be back to normal winter levels with good clarity.  Guides and their guests and those on their own have prior to the past storm been fishing below the bucket and fishing traditionally on the float and casting roe and roe bags.  Bait can be used below girl guide falls signs and artificial only used above this area .  The odd person is bottom bouncing but not having anywhere near the same success as those casting and on the float into the faster water.  Those using artificials lures are doing best with medium sized to large pink worms, spin-n-glos and gooey bobs.  The fish that had been landed are coming in at an average of five to eight pounds.  During the winter season the Winter Steelhead often peak close to the end of January or early to mid-February.  At this time of year there are often Steelhead weighing up to and over fifteen pounds.

During the winter months there are many days where the weather is perfect for fishing on the river.  Those individuals wanting to fish in the Upper River can continue fishing the Ash Confluence until December 31st.  All fresh water fisher persons need to check all DFO rules.  It is important to remember that only hatchery Steelhead can be tagged and with this in mind it is important to have a Steelhead tag if one is planning to retain a hatchery fish.

Port Alberni, Barkley Sound

Barkley Sound and the inside waters of Ucluelet most years have decent winter Chinook fishing from December until April.  Barkley Sound boasts one of the best winter fishing derbies which takes place in early March.  The Sproat Loggers derby based out of Poett Nook takes place the first weekend of March every year.   Some of the past derbies have weighed in salmon over twenty-five pounds.  There have been a few reports of feeder Chinook fishing in the Sound.  Areas close to the Bamfield Harbor and also Swale Rock and Vernon Bay have had reports of feeder Chinook up to eight pounds.  There will be opportunity for guided trips beginning in mid-February through mid-April.  These trips will have opportunity for guests to do some winter Chinook salmon, crab, and prawn fishing.  The salmon are currently in fairly deep water with the salmon around Swale Rock and Vernon Bay in 120 to 135 feet.  Anchovy in a chartreuse teaser head with six to seven feet of leader line behind a variety of glow hotspot flashers have been working the best. Various blue and green and opaque hootchies with 42 to 46 inches of leader are also working.  Also working well is glow green, green nickel, and cop car four inch coyote spoons.  The feeder Chinook will always swim where there are rich sources of bait fish.  When one can find the bait in the Sound during the winter months the feeder Chinook will also be found. 

The Ucluelet Harbor close to Mara Rock, Great Bear, the lighthouse, and inner lighthouse bank has provided some decent winter fishing for feeder Chinook.  Of Course the water outside the Ucluelet Harbor is not protected like Barkley Sound.  During the autumn months there has been some very nice weather and the water has been very fishable.  One group of guests got into some nice fish with the opportunity of landing up to ten salmon on one trip near Scotch Bay.  This particular trip had wonderful weather in the afternoons.  The group was able to land five of the ten salmon which weighed eight to twelve pounds.  Most of the fish were in tight to land with both Mara Rock and the back of Great Bear producing the fish.  Coyote spoons in the four and three and a half inch were working.  Glow and green glow, cop car, silver glow, and blue nickel have all worked relatively well for feeders.

We are looking forward to some wonderful days out on the water during the winter months.  A small heater does wonders and keeps everyone fairly warm.  The salmon are bright and very tasty and yes, during our winter trips we also include some crabbing and prawn fishing for guests.  

We are looking forward to the spring and summer sport fishing season in 2015.  Indicators look good for a very good healthy amount of salmon migrating to the watersheds to the distant south and also returns back to West Coast Vancouver Island look very reasonable. 

Summer fishing in 2015 should once again be very good on the west coast.
Jay from Idaho shows this Chinook he landed at Long Beach. This fish was
landed using a green hootchie

Chinook landed by Mike who fished with Slivers Charters Salmon Sport
fishing. The 2015 season is fast approaching. 

Those individuals that enjoy fishing in scenic and calm waters should organize trips in the Port Alberni Inlet from mid-June through the end of August.  The Sockeye fishery is a fun family oriented activity.  This usually begins about the middle of June and continues right into early August.


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


Winter chinook fishing has been FAIR and fish up to 12 lbs were caught this past week. Weather continued to be a problem, especially that wind storm on the weekend, and very few, if any, anglers were out fishing. Halibut fishing is CLOSED

Sooke, BC:

January 20, 2015


Sooke, BC                                         January 20, 2015

The fishing for winter springs was FAIR this past weekend. Not too boats went out due to the weather but some nice springs up to 8 lbs were caught anyway. Most boats were fishing from the harbour entrance and over by the Sooke Bluffs. 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. Halibut fishing was slow this past weekend.

Becher Bay                                       January 20, 2015

Salmon fishing was GOOD in East Sooke. Over the weekend, chinooks as large as 8 lbs were brought in at Cheanuh marina. Most of the fish were caught either in Whirl Bay, off the Bedfords or from inside Becher Bay not far form the marina. The flag pole that was a known landmark has been removed, but if you remember where it used to be, well the fish are in front of that spot. Most fish were caught trolling 140 feet in 160 of water. The most productive teaser heads for anchovies were the Bloody Nose and the Purple Haze. That said, spoons and plastic baits have also been working well. Spoons such as G-Force in the smaller sizes have been working as well, both in Cop Car or Glow/Green. Squirts are working too with Pistachio, Purple Haze and Glow white the best patterns. For flashers, the Madi and the Purple Onion have been very good lately.

Pedder Bay                                      January 20, 2015

Chinook salmon fishing was FAIR in Whirl Bay and near the Can Buoy at the entrance to the bay. Most of the keepers weighed from 6 to 8 lbs. Anchovies were the most productive lure for springs with Purple Haze and Bloody Nose teaser heads being top choices in teaser heads. Anglers are also getting springs 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 Pistachio, Purple Haze and Glow white the best patterns. The best flashers have been the Purple Onion, Green/Silver Hot Spot and Jellyfish UV.


Victoria/Sydney, BC:

January 20, 2015

Fishing for winter springs was FAIR off Victoria. Anglers have been catching chinooks both close into shore and out at Constance Bank. However, the bank has been more consistent when the currents aren’t too strong. The bait is being pushed around by the tides and the salmon are following the bait. Most of the fish were less than 10 lbs in size this past week but there were some bigger ones. Anchovies have been working well in glow colors outside the harbour. 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.  Seals are still a problem, but their location has been changing from day to day.

Oak Bay
                                            January 20, 2015

Salmon fishing was GOOD for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap. Winter springs up to 10 lbs are being caught on a regular basis. 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 is CLOSED.

Sidney                                              January 20, 2015

Salmon fishing was GOOD near Sidney this past week. Many of the springs have been in the 8 - 12 lb size this past week. Moses Point, Coal Island, Sidney Spit and the middle section of the Sidney Channel were good again this past week. 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, J-79 and Electric Chair. Coho Killer spoons have also been working well, especially in double glow and 50/50 colors.

Notable Catches

Mark Parker brought in a 24.3 lb spring from off the waterfront on Tuesday, the first fish on our ladder board this year! Nice catch, Mark.


Don’t get lazy about checking your gear while trolling for winter springs. Although most of these fish aren’t real large, there can be some real tackle busters waiting to take your bait. Check your leader for nicks and frays after every fish and change them at the slightest sign of wear. We hear way too many stories of anglers breaking off on big, feisty salmon because the angler didn’t check for any weak links in their gear.

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



Fishing is SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area due to the cold weather. Winter run steelhead are now showing up in many rivers and streams.  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. Only single barb less hooks are allowed for all fishing on island streams and rivers.

COWICHAN RIVER - Rains yesterday caused the water levels in river to rise once again.. As of today, it is at 1.44 meters by the lake and 1.55 meters downstream near Duncan. We’ve heard of increasing numbers of steelhead being caught and released in the river recently, mostly in the Riverbottom area. The Riverbottom and Bible Camp area has been the best area to fish. For steelhead, good lures to fish are Spin ‘n Glo’s, Corkies, Gooey Bobs and the always reliable Pink Worm. Although many anglers are successful catching winter runs on flies, most anglers chose to use floats and gear. The trout fishing in the mid and upper river is excellent. There are rainbows, cutthroats and resident brown trout that are actively feeding on salmon eggs. Salmon egg imitations are the way go to lures for trout.

TROUT –  Trout fishing was SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. 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. Paul Tilley weighed in a 4.3 lb rainbow trout from Langford Lake to have the first trout of the year on our leader board.

BASS - Bass fishing is VERY SLOW. Fishing drop shot style is your best bet now. Soft plastics rigged “Carolina Style “are also a good choice when fishing drop offs and reefs, and have been most productive in 4” Yum bait colors Smoke or Pumpkinseed. 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 DEAD SLOW at Elk Lake. Corn and carp Boilies have been the best bait recently.

Notable Catches 

Paul Tilley weighed in a 4.3 lb rainbow trout from Langford Lake to have the first trout of the year on our leader board.

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

January 20, 2015



No report this week


Winter Harbour, BC

January 20, 2015


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 Great Lakes

December 02, 2014521


Done for the season!

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





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