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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

September 16, 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):

September 16, 2014

"This is the best Salmon season Westport has had in over 20 years" this statement was made this week to me by a long time Charter Boat guy. As Chinook fishing is winding down Coho fishing is running at a fast pace toward the season closure at the end of September. The fishery inside bouy 13 opens on 9/16, its known as the John's River fishery. The Boat Basin fishing is in full swing....catch Coho right off the docks in the Marina in Westport. Check on the Boat Basin Derby when you get here. I have seen some nice fish come up the ramps. 
You have to love the September mornings. I am watching the sunrise while we are setting the gear....Love my Silver Horde hoodie and spoons on mornings like this.

The Tuna fishing is still good but they have moved south and out from Westport. Most are running 50 to 60 miles to get them. Check on a charter for these distances because it exceeds most of our boats ranges considering the weight you have to hall.

The last weekend in September is the 3rd Annual Salmon Tales Festival. See the link on the home page here at Salmon University. It is a fun time for everyone and especially if you like fishing or the history of fishing in Westport.
Stop by and see us, I will be judging the Smoke Salmon contest and we will have a booth at the event. As the Ocean season is winding down there are still opportunities here in Westport......I even heard a rumor that we might get an early October Razor clam dig. Check the WDFW web site for info on that.

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


The Washington offshore tuna fishery continues to be world class this month.  We're seeing big, big fish and high numbers of fish.  

Two bluefin tuna were caught this week also and we've been sighting other pelagics like yellowtail.  

In the last three days the best fishing comes have moved 20mn closer so we're looking at a 35nm run at this point.  That about 1.25-1.5 hoira in our Defiance Guadalupe pilothouse boats.  

This fishery is really something to experience.  

We have open space again starting in October.  

Contact asap.  

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):

September 16, 2014


Great ocean condition this past week along with near shore Kings and Coho made for some big smiles this week. From the mouth of the river out to the Rock Pile has been all the further needed for limits. Most are trolling now.
With a Hotspot flasher or Fish Flash in chartreuse or red.
Green label herring behind these , as well as the standard spoons and hoochies.

The bottom fishing near the needles and closer in has been getting even better. With quick limits there.

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


Neah Bay (Marine Area 4):

September 16, 2014

No report this week

Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

September 16, 2014

We're well into September now and the coho fishing in the Straits is in full swing. This last week fishing out of Sekiu has been great! Although we have been running out of Sekiu, we have been mainly fishing to the West in area 4 where the retention of un-clipped coho is now legal. Be sure to check the regulations before you head out though as this could change at any time when the quota is used up. All of the standard coho rigs seem to be producing fish, with green hootchies and the Brad's cutplug being at the top of my list. The majority of our fish have come from 30-60 feet on the wire. I have a select few dates left open to get out before this awesome fishery comes to a close, so get ahold of me if you want to come out and chase some of these beautiful silvers! Good luck out there!

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


Marine Area 6:

September 16, 2014

No report this week

Submitted by Crabaholic, Rick Derrick, Sequim, WA

Marine Area 7:

September 16, 2014

Salmon fishing has picked up in the San Juans for Chinook and Coho. Hootchies, spoons and bait all seem to be drawing strikes. Fish the tide changes for Kings, and haunt the tide rips out deeper for Silvers. The fish in Marine Area 7 will either be East, looking to head up the Samish, Skagit or Nooksack, or West, headed for the Fraser. Prawns are now closed, but Crab remains open. Remember to get those Crab catch record cards in after Oct. 1st.

This large hatchery Silver hit a Silver Horde Kingfisher Lite spoon in Irish Cream. I marked fish around a big bait ball at 160' down in 240' of water. Figured there were some big Kangs down thar. Dropped one side down to 175' on the 'rigger, and Bam! Coho show! They are where you find 'em. These Silvers are really pounding the lure or bait off the 'rigger. I sink my line deep in the Scotty downrigger clip, and the fish are just ripping it off. No doubts.

Erol Turanciol with a couple nice white Kings. We are seeing more Chinook show up for sure. From now until the end of September, some bigger fish may come cruisin' through. It was 2004 that the top ten fish in the now defunct Nielsen Derby were all over 30 lbs, with a 38 taking top honors by mere ounces. That tournament was usually the third week in September. Sometimes the run is just late. May be due to higher water temps. It would be interesting to go back and look at Ocean conditions from ten years ago. Good reason to keep a journal...and/or just Google it!

Peter Schmidt holds an upper 20's King. He knows that the fishing can be good in latter September. It was his daughter that landed the 38 to take that 2004 Derby. Lots of history there. The story of Einar Nielsen is awesome.

Joe Crisanti landed this 12lber for the BBQ. Perfect size to cut into steaks, which you don't see much anymore.

"Turn out the lights, the party's over!" Matt Minnis holds up a dandy 26lber at sunset.

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

Marine Area 8.1:

September 16, 2014


Beach fishing by Deception pass for Coho has been good.

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

Marine Area 8.2:

September 16, 2014


Open For Coho Salmon

Good Coho salmon fishing from Mukilteo south to the shipwreck.
Start out early morning 30 to 40 feet down and go down as the sunlight gets higher in the sky.
Squid 26 to 30 inches behind a Gibbs Flasher works great for these Coho.

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


Marine Area 9:

September 16, 2014

"Salmon for Soldiers !"  This Saturday was all about "Our Mission is Fishin" and saying Thank You to all the veterans we could by getting on the water in search of the schools of coho taking over the Puget Sound.  We had over 130 boats captains and their crews take out 240 veterans/companions in a fishing for fun extravaganza out of Everett Marina.   We followed it up with an outstanding BBQ for all and ceremony of "Thanks" .   I would like to thank all the recreational anglers and all the volunteers who made this years Salmon For Soldiers an epic day for everyone.
A special thanks from Team Fishtale 2 goes out to TJ and Robbo on the ESPN  Outdoor Line  boat.  We had an early electrical issue and they somehow got the word and picked our crew up at the dock to save the day......and catch limits of fish for the veterans on board .  That IS the spirit of the Northwest angler.
The Coho fishing is yet to reach its peak and the fish are all over it seems staging until the heavy rains lead them to the rivers.  Once you get on 'em.....stay on 'em.

All the flags were waving high on the Fishtale 2

Our Outdoor Line team with our Marines and lab companion "DUKE" !          

See you on the water soon !

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

Fishing report for Saturday, September 13, 2014:  The white Hoochie with an Ace High Fly Silver skirt was the hot bait this morning  in Area 9 just off Richmond Beach South of Edmonds.  We had two in the cooler before the sun was on the water and limited out with four right about 7:30am.  Gordy Fields tried out his new rod and reel that proved blessed with luck as he had the first two fish on the table.   Leader length was 32”, speed at 3 mph, at 50 feet.    It should be good like this for the next week.

Michael Toomey
Ranten Raven

Open for Coho Salmon

Coho Salmon are in now and most days they have been cooperating with the fish boxes getting bloody.
Browns Bay, Possession Bar to Edmonds has been the triangle to fish.
Troll a light green or white Squid 26 to 30 inches behind a Gibbs green or purple haze flasher.
Fishing from 30 to 50 feet early in the morning and going deeper as the day progresses.

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):

September 16, 2014

Good fishing continues in the Ma 10 area.  Larger fish showing over the past week. 30-70' hootchies and hot spots have been best.


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


Open for Coho Salmon.

Coho are biting From West Point north to the Edmonds area 9 line and beyond.
Water depth has not been a factor, but lure dept has been from 30 to 50 feet early and then on down to 70 to 90 later in the day.
Purple haze flasher and purple haze squid with a 26 to 30 inch leader fishing 20 to 30 feet behind the downrigger has been good.

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

Fished main area 10 Thursday thru Sunday, was able to pull out 7 fish 4-7lbs.  Fishing in the morning at 35 ft, after 7am dropping down to 60 ft.  Ultra violet flasher, green hoochi 20” back.  Main area in front of Elliot Bay Yacht Club.  Caught 3 of the 7 at Duwamish Head.




 Marine Area 11:

September 16, 2014

In area 11 the best fishing is for Coho entering area 11 down the East side of Vashion Island. Very specific the area off of Redondo and down to Browns Point.  Each morning there is a bite. Most are fishing with riggers and puling flashers and spoons like the coho killer and or the Kingfisher Lite. Depths seen to e 40 to 60 feet down. I might be trying what is call Ace in the Hole. This is running a flasher off the ball about 6 feet and then stacking above this a red label herring up 10 feet from the flasher and back about 10 feet. Drop this slowly while speeding up to keep the gear separated and then slow down to your desired trolling speed. Also remember that speed kills, especially for Coho.

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

The salmon fishing has been very slow the last few days with a Coho caught here and there trolling flasher and bait, spoons and artificial squid.
A few coho have been brought in from the Brown’s Point Area .
Some areas to try would be in front of the Puyallup River and off of the Pt. Dalco area on the out tide there is usually some good tidal rips to fish there.
There should be a few immature Chinook showing any day try a little deeper for them 100’ to 150’ similar gear.   

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<http://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

Hood Canal (Marine Area 12):

September 16, 2014

No reports this week


Marine Area 13:

September 16, 2014




Lake Washington:

September 16, 2014



No report this week


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

Lake Sammamish

Last Sunday morning, I had only a couple of hours to fish and so I took a very quick trip to Lake Sammamish to try my luck for Kings.  I launched at the State Park about 8:00am.  I had already missed the dawn bite and the sun was already fully on the water, so I had two strikes against me.

A beautiful morning on Lake Sammamish!

However, it was beautiful morning and the ramp was not crowded, so I maintained a positive attitude and sometimes that means everything.  I started by out trying bare red hooks and subdued colors on my flashers.  That did not produced for me.  Plus, I talked to a number of anglers and they also were using similar gear without success.

I decided to make a radical change and put on the brightest flasher I had with me.  It is an all Chrome Pro-Troll 11 inch Pro-Chip flasher with the Agitator Fin.  The Agitator Fin allowed me to troll down to 1.0 MPH and still get a rotation and I think that was the key.  The other thing I did was to put a Brad’s Super Bait Mini Cut Plug in the Black Jack pattern behind the flasher on a 41 inch fluorocarbon leader. I filled the Mini Cut Plug with liquid krill and dropped it down to 31 feet.  I had already fished for an hour and that depth seemed to be where most of the fish were suspended. 

15 minutes later, my rod buried and the battle was on.  Fortunately, it was not too crowded and the other anglers were very courteous and gave me plenty of room.  This is because the fish was so strong; I just not control it at all.  It gave a great fight but after several attempts I was able to get it into the net. 

Fish in the Net just after being caught!

This 18-pound fish was dark but it sure did not reduce the fight the fish gave.   While I was marking my card, one of the other anglers came to see what I was using.  I was happily showed him my gear as it is completion between the angler and fish and not between anglers.  Additionally, I told him to try the gear because the exact same set-up has worked very well for me in eastern Washington over the years.  He said he would because he had been fishing there for 3 days and that was first king he had seen landed.

My Pro-Troll and Brad’s Rig!

After I reset my gear, I only had about 20 minutes left in my time for fishing and had a “drive-by” but was unable to make it another hookup.


Lots of Kings on the Sonar and the surface!

There were a lot kings both on the surface and on the depth finder, plus many were much bigger than the one I caught.   So if you have some time, give it a try!  FYI: Over the years, I have been successful there in the evenings as well, so it might be worth a stop after work as the fishing area is less than five minutes from the launch. 

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


Lake Chelan:

September 16, 2014



What’s hot is trolling the face of the State Park Bay in the morning for pre-spawn lakers.  The face of Manson Bay continues to provide ample action in the evenings.  The fringes of the Bar and the tip of Wapato Pt. have also been productive at times. 

Mature Lakers are beginning to stack into the State Park Bay for their fall spawning ritual.  We look for fish from 130 to 185 feet deep.  Until they turn their activities to spawning, they are really putting on the feed bag.  Likewise, fishing evenings along Manson Bay catches those feeder Mackinaw chowing down on scads of Mysis Shrimp.  They will almost all have very bright red flesh and provide succulent fare on the grill.  Jeff has done really well pounding the fringes of the Bar early and then fading into the Barrens to get his fish.  We have also found those piles of fish located off the tip of Wapato Point to be susceptible to a well presented squid rig. 

As always, fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around 1.2 mph.  Glow in the dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure are the go to attractor here on Lake Chelan.  Put those in front of a 3 to 4 inch squid rig, bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to use a couple of beads between the Mack’s Lure Smile Blade and the squid rig.  This allows the blade to turn freely to do it’s job as an attractor.  Remember that Lake trout in this ultra deep fishery find our lures by vibration using their lateral line.  The Smile Blade’s enticing action can bring them in from far away if it can turn freely. 

The kid’s tip of the week is to use purposefully ignoring some things to extinguish the behavior.  It is a judgment call.  Obviously if safety is at issue you have to intervene.  However, I have seen a lot of children, particular pre-school thru primary grades that are attention starved.  They will try anything to get attention.  Even negative attention reinforces this behavior.  If the behavior is not reinforced, it will extinguish.  Sometimes it increases in frequency and duration before it ceases, but ignoring does work if you have the persistence for it.   

The safety tip of the week is to make sure your navigation lights are in order before needing them.  These shorter days put us out there in fading light.  Be safe!

Pictured:  8/31/14  -  Spencer, Chris (18) & Andrew (13) Braden of Fife, WA with their mornings catch of Lakers

Also Pictured:  9/13/14  -  Ken, Lily and Dylan (5) Neault of Renton, WA with their evenings catch of Mackinaw.


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

September 16, 2014


No report this week

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


River Reports

September 16, 2014


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There are still a good amount of Summer Steelhead around if you want to chase them but most of us are fishing for salmon. Cowlitz river at Blue Creek is where you want to be for the Steelhead. A good number of fish are still there. Side drifting eggs has been tops. A few salmon in the area as well. Salmon fishing has been pretty good in the lower river and will only get better in the next few weeks. Kings and Coho are both in the river and are being taken by the guys pulling plugs, diver fishing bait, Hover fishing and Side drifting.  Everything will work so whatever way you like to fish is what you should do. Look for all our streams and rivers to get a lot better as soon as we get a little rain. This is turning out to be one heck of a salmon season already and it is just the beginning.

Mystical Legends Guide Service
Phil Stephens






September 16, 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

September 16, 2014



Ucluelet, BC:

September 16, 2014

No report this week


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


September 16, 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

September 16, 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

OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing is FAIR to GOOD in most areas as the fish are heading towards their home rivers. Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT 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:

September 16, 2014


PORT RENFREW – Fishing has been slower out at Swiftsure Bank, both for salmon and for halibut. Along the “beach” it’s been hot and cold with some good days and slow fruitless days. Most of the springs weigh between 10 to 20 lbs with an occasional fish in the high twenties. Logan Creek has been a hotspot. Anchovies have been the best bet with the fish which are down between 35 to 45 feet.

SOOKE – Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. The coho numbers have been increasing but there are very few sockeyes around now. 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 could locate the fish, you could catch a few. Spring fishing has been slow and the most consistent spots were Sheringham Point, Muir Creek and Otter Point. The springs were mostly in the teens with the occasional larger fish. Some springs are being caught while fishing for coho on the tide lines. 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 the Ok’i Super Betsey.

BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing has been GOOD in East Sooke. Some springs are being caught, with most fish weighing in the teens to low twenties. The best salmon fishing was near Beechey Head and the Trap Shack. Anglers have been catching springs close in to shore between depths of 40 to 90 feet on the downrigger. Most of the salmon being caught now are coho. Successful anglers are going to 200 foot or more depths and fishing at 100-110 feet on the downriggers. If you go farther into the strait, close to the US border, the coho fishing has been hot.. Most of the coho have been wild, unmarked fish. 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 –Coho fishing has been GOOD way out in the strait near the US border. Out in the strait the fish have been between 90 – 160 depths. Spring salmon fishing was FAIR 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. Anchovies were productive for springs with Chrome Joanne, UV Green and Purple Haze teaser heads being top choices in teaser heads. Anglers are getting coho 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 EXCELLENT 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:

September 16, 2014

VICTORIA – Fishing has been FAIRoff Victoria.  A few days saw good numbers of salmon being caught along the waterfront from Ross Bay to Esquimalt.  On the other days it was very slow with very few fish taken for the large number of boats out fishing. Although some big springs 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. Some coho salmon have been caught as well, both close to shore and out at Constance Bank. The better springs that were getting caught were close to the bottom and biting most frequently on the tide change. That said, some sprigs have been taken as shallow as 25 feet on the downrigger. 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.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT this past week out at Constance Bank. Anglers are using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait with octopus being the most productive bait this past weekend. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

OAK BAY Salmon fishing was SLOW for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap.  There were some springs caught this past week, but not lots of them. Most anglers were trolling 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 Electric Chair, Pickle Green, J-79 and Jellyfish. Good flashers have been the Purple Onion, Green/silver or Green Jellyfish.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT this past week. Thomas Thiele reported catching a 42 pound (118 cm) Halibut near Discovery Island. 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- Salmon fishing was GOOD near Sidney this past week. Some springs up to 30 lbs and some coho and sockeye have been caught near the Pender Island Bluffs. Hambley Point has slowed down for springs. Many anglers are fishing for springs using anchovies in UV Green teaser heads. We’ve heard that the channel has a lot of smaller, undersize chinooks holding in the deeper water, but no good keepers. 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. Bob Bentham caught this 30.2 lb spring in Sidney on his 70th birthday while fishing with his sons. He caught the fish early in the morning on anchovy with a purple haze teaser head and a Gibbs green Madi flasher.

Notable Catches Bob Bentham a 30.2 lb spring in Sidney on his 70th birthday while fishing with his sons. Nine year old Sawyer Nottelman caught a 20 lb ling cod, baiting , hooking and olaing it on his own. Thomas Thiele reported catching a 42 pound (118 cm) Halibut near Discovery Island.


Brine your salmon bait! It’s a fact that many top salmon anglers brine their anchovies or sardines in salt before going fishing for the day.  This makes the bait tougher, last longer, and retain its shape better while trolling.  Some anglers prefer liquid brine while others just heavily salt the bait. And still others add scents and oils or other scent to the brine to add that extra attractant.


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



OVERVIEW – Fishing is PICKING UP 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 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. Most anglers are staying off the river so as to not stress the trout.

TROUT – Trout fishing was FAIR to GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. Ryan Rock weighed in a 3lbs 14 oz rainbow trout caught on a fly in the Duncan area on Saturday the 6th.
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. 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. Bernard Schedler caught a 4.5 lb smallmouth bass while fly fishing at Thetis Lake.

CARP – Carp fishing is GOOD at Elk Lake. Corn and carp Boilies have been the best bait recently.

Notable Catches – Ryan Rock weighed in a 3lbs 14 oz rainbow trout caught on a fly in the Duncan area on Saturday the 6th.

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                        September 16, 2014

No report this week

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

Nootka Sound

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Winter Harbour, BC

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Queen Charlotte Islands

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 Oregon Coast

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Petersburg, Alaska

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 Great Lakes

September 16, 2014


Chinooks, Lake and Rainbow Trout Milwaukee!

Harbor Chinook are coming on Vulcan Magnum combinations of green/silver, all silver and blue/silver. My first choice is first light with magnum glow spoons. The Reaper or Vulcan glow spoons best when run 100 feet behind the downrigger ball and 6 feet down.

Lake Trout
Cold water is in and action out deep is slow. Try long lead spoons and SWR rigs. High lead cores are also a good choice. Best action has been 30 feet and out to 70 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.

Good numbers of fish have moved in. Cold water has driven the fish to shallow water. They can be caught on high presentations. Fish the entire water column in 25 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.
Have a great fishing season.

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





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