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Fishing Reports are on hiatus until Tuesday, March 31st.  Please check back then.  Thank you for your patience.


Salmon University is always looking for reliable sources for fishing reports. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in providing on-going fishing reports in a given area, please click here.

This is where you can find out the current fishing conditions in different areas around the Northwest.

IMPORTANT – ALWAYS check the most current regulations before you go out.
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WASHINGTON - SALT WATER REPORTS


 

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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

March 09, 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):

March 09, 2015

Razor Clam digging continues this week and shifts to day time tides later this month. Check WDFW regulations for specifics.

This is the week!   Lingcod season opens in Westport this Saturday March 14th. Charter boats still have seats if you are looking for a ride. Look for rock piles to the north of the inlet as far north as 30 miles. 

The Salmon University Seminar is approaching quickly (March 21st & 22nd.  You must register to attend. I look forward to meeting all of you who will be there.

Crabbing continues to produce decent catches for the recreational crab fisherman; however, the commercial crab season has produced low numbers of crab.

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



 

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):

March 09, 2015

 

See Olympic Peninsula Rivers under “Rivers Report”

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

 

Neah Bay (Marine Area 4):

March 09, 2015

No report this week

Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

March 09, 2015

No report this week

 

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

 

Marine Area 6:

March 09, 2015

No report this week

 

Marine Area 7:

March 09, 2015

 

No report this week

 

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


 

Marine Area 8.1:

March 09, 2015

 

Open for Salmon

No report this week

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

Marine Area 8.2:

March 09, 2015

 

Open For Salmon

No report this week

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

 

Marine Area 9:

March 09, 2015

"Herring moving in !".... That is the good news for Area 9 this week.  The salmon "catching" from Port Townsend to Edmonds still is very slow with only a few reports coming in from Skunk Bay and Point No Point.  The firecracker size herring are starting to show up and that should bring the fishies in to feed.   Keep an eye out for big bait balls, adjust your Scotty accordingly, and stay on that bait for as long as you can.  When a bait ball is spotted, we start to run a tight figure eight over the area.
 
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


No report this week

 

Submitted by Tom Nelson, Salmon University

 

Seattle area (Marine Area 10):

March 09, 2015


Closed for Salmon

No report this week

 

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


 

Closed for Salmon.

No reports this week

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


 

 

 Marine Area 11:

March 09, 2015

 

The salmon fishing has picked up a little with some salmon to almost 13 lbs.
Bill Combs caught a 12 pound 7 once Blackmouth.  Blackmouth Salmon are being caught off Quartermaster Harbor and the Shelf area between Pt. Defiance to Pt Dalco in 120-150 feet of water; 10 feet off the bottom with flasher and squid or spoon. There is bait but it is primarily in over 225 feet of water. So far in
March we have seen more salmon caught than in all of February. As the weather improves and winds drop down we expect to see more anglers on the water catching salmon.

The Basic Boating Courses are the traditional civic service of the United States Power Squadrons. The courses are designed as an introduction to legal and safe power and sail boating.  The instruction given in our basic public boating course is the best way to learn the basics of safe boating and meet the requirements for mandatory Washington State Boaters Education card.  There is a charge to cover costs, including a student workbook, chart and other materials.  Many insurance companies will give a discount to boat owners who have successfully completed the course.  Instructors are knowledgeable volunteer members of USPS who have taken advanced squadron courses.                  
Instructor:    Stanley Wolfe,
Tacoma Power Squadron/Tacoma Yacht Club
Dates:            Thursdays 7 – 9 pm on March 26, April 2, April 9, April 16
Location:      Point Defiance Marina
5912 North Waterfront Drive, Tacoma, WA 98407
Cost:             $50.00 Pre-Registration Required by March 20, 2015 (03670831-347600) (Includes a student manual, CD, and an introductory navigation software CD from RosePoint Navigation)

Boat Trailering Class Saturday, April 18, 2015 10 am to 12 noon @ Point
Defiance Marina Complex. Cost $20 -Must Pre-register. Learn the basic
fundaments of care, proper and safe trailer connections, towing, launching,
docking, and returning the boat to the trailer and the trip home. 

The new marina hours are 6:30 am to 6 pm.


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


Hood Canal (Marine Area 12):

March 09, 2015

No reports this week

 

Marine Area 13:

March 09, 2015

 


FRESH-WATER REPORTS - WASHINGTON


 

Lake Washington:

March 09, 2015

 

While fishing for cutthroat trout in the lake has been slower than previous years, we did manage to find a few early hungry smallmouth bass in the 3.5 to 5lb range.  Small Rapalas in a variety of different patterns while dragging lead core line close to the bottom (20 to 25 feet of water) seemed to get their attention.  
Fishing was off the following day - perhaps from the full moon.  The lake temperatures are slowly climbing to almost 50 degrees so look for some early spring fishing action.

Submitted by Brad Hole, Kayak Fishing Washington, 206-313-5567
www.kayakfishingwashington.com 

 

Lake Chelan:

March 09, 2015

Lake Chelan continues to be hot, trolling for Mackinaw in the Barrens and Kokanee on Colyar Ledge.  Roses Lake is still producing relatively easy limits of planter rainbows for shore and boat anglers. 

Trolling for suspended Kokanee continues 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 landlocked sockeye anywhere from 45 to 200 feet deep. 

Laker fishing has been terrific in the Trench.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to .9 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 being caught on Roses Lake from the shore.  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. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to remember the key component of your presentation.  On Lake Chelan it is vibration for lakers and visual for Kokanee.  There are other aspects to every presentation, but in almost every fishery, there is one key component to the presentation.  On the Columbia in winter for Steelhead it is visual.  On the Columbia in the summer for Salmon, it is vibration (although scent is a pretty close second).  Focus on that and you will be on your way into the 10% of the fishermen that catch 90% of the fish. 

The kid’s tip of the week is to use the time that fishing provides to shape competency.  You’ve got to love farm kids that know how to do useful stuff by the time they are teenagers.  They can drive, handle stock, manage the irrigation of a field and fix a lot of things around the ranch or home.  In fishing, using that quiet time to teach them a knot or the tricks in managing the motor trim or throttle, discussing how the clouds help you predict the weather are a few of the things that can be more easily accomplished during a fishing trip. 

The safety tip of the week is to watch for black ice on our sloping docks early in the morning.  I’ve encountered it when my phone told me the air temp in Manson was 41.

Pictured above on 2/24/15, Pepe' loves his Kokanee fresh!

Pictured on 3/6/15 - Dennis, Angel and Kellen Park of Kennewick, WA with their days catch of Mackinaw and one nice Chinook.

Pictured on 3/7/15, Danny Webb of Olympia with his days catch.  He needed Jeff to help hold them up.

 

For more info call Anton & Sandra Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service; darrellanddads.com; antonj@aol.com or call (509)687-0709 or toll free at (866)360-1523

Potholes Resevoir

March 09, 2015

No report this week


              
Submitted by Tom Pollack, Retired


Spring weather comes and goes many times in Central Washington before we are lucky to have stable springtime weather.  The first complete weekend in March looks to be beautiful with the sun shining and temperatures into the low 60’s.  If you are having a little cabin fever this will be a great weekend to get out and go for a drive or maybe do a little fishing.  The seep lakes below O’Sullivan Dam can be a great place to spend a day, whether you are fishing, hiking or birdwatching just get outside and enjoy the fresh spring air.  The Potholes Canal is officially open!  This will create some good fishing activity in Soda Lake, Long Lake and Crescent Lake for early Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye.


Speaking of Walleye, now is the time for Walleye Anglers to hit Potholes Reservoir for some early March Madness.  To locate walleye this time of year you need to start at the mouth of Crab Creek where it enters the main body of Potholes Reservoir.  Look for the humps, shallow sand mountains below the surface, start there by putting your line in the water.  Then try the mouth of Frenchman’s Waste-way and the Lind Coulee arm of Potholes Reservoir.  Fishing on a windy day is possible by launching at the M Street Boat Launch and fishing the sheltered Lind Coulee Waters.  This week the fish have been caught in 17’ to 42’ of water.  As the water warms and the moon darkens our walleye bite will only improve.  Our hard core anglers are also reporting perch with their walleye.
Call the MarDon Tackle Shop and talk to Rob or Kevin Friday, Saturday or Sunday for a fishing report, or swing by and say hi.



Several Burbot (fresh water lin-cod) have been reported on Potholes Reservoir.   Pictured here are Steve and Barb Brady and their daughter Nicole Smith.  Sunday, March 1st these three had an active day of fishing on Potholes Reservoir.


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


Lake Cle Elum                                                         March 10, 2015

Lake Cle Elum is stunning this time of year.  Before the jet skis and seasonal weekend warriors hit the shores, the lake is peaceful for paddling. 

We worked much of the lake over the past couple of weeks.  The kokanee are running pretty deep and much too deep for us to target without downriggers.  With WDFW attempting to develop a sockeye fishery in the lake, they are going to have trouble with the Mackinaw Lake Trout introduced to the lake in the 1920s.  We picked up a couple lakers while trolling.  It's now obvious that the Kokanee are a big part of their diet.

Submitted by Brad Hole, Kayak Fishing Washington, 206-313-5567
www.kayakfishingwashington.com

River Reports

March 09, 2015

 

See Steelhead University

Columbia River at PDX/Vancouver

The first signs on spring chinook are showing in the big river.  With a strong run forecast and exceptional river conditions we're set to have an outstanding fishery by late March!!!

How to: With river flows and clarity expected to be optimal the go-to technique will most certainly be down-river trolling plug cut herring.  I typically use smaller green label year in, year out.  Trolling 15-40' of water is ideal and remember to go with the flow (down-trolling).  Use a 6-10oz cannonball lead on an 18" dropper and adjust your line out so that your ticking bottom every few seconds.  You can use a medium Yakima Bait Big Al's fish flash to create a little bling in your spread.  I use chartreuse, red, or a combo of the two.  

If you like to book a day with us and see a little more please feel free, no secrets while on our trips.  Otherwise good luck!

Pics from previous years with similar run size and conditions...

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


 

 


WOW! With a lack of rain we have had some strange water conditions for late February and early March.  Low, clear water has made things a little on the tough side but there have been a few fish around if you work hard at them. Down sizing our baits and using a little stealth has went a long way this last week. Fishing on the larger rivers with more water in them has helped as well. Even in the low water fish are still moving in and we have been getting some really nice fish most days. There are a good number of wild fish around but if you want to keep fish no worries there are some decent number of nice hatchery brats around. All the streams still have lots of fish on the way and a few will only get better as March unfolds. Springers are making their way up the Columbia and the tribs are starting to see more and more of them and fishing for them will only get better and better over the next several weeks. 

Here are a few fish from the last few days, no Springers yet for me but they are around.. If your looking for a Springer trip I have a few days in April and May that I would love to fill.

Thanks

Mystical Legends Guide Service
Phil Stephens
206.940.0052
www.riverfishin.com


 

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA – SALT WATER REPORTS


 

CITY OF VANCOUVER - SALMON REPORT

March 09, 2015

 

 

No report this week

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


Barkley Sound

March 09, 2015

 

 

Ucluelet, BC:

March 09, 2015

No report this week

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

Bamfield

March 09, 2015

The Salmon fishing has been great for winter Chinook. Lots of fish right near Bamfield and most areas of Barkley Sound. Most of the keeper size are between 6 - 10 pounds but there are some nice ones in the teen's. Small spoons like a Silver Horde cop car or small needle fish hootchies are working well. As always with these fish, find the feed and you will find the fish.

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

March 09, 2015

 

No report this week

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 

Winter chinook fishing was FAIR and fish up to mid teens were caught this past week. Halibut fishing was FAIR as well. The full moon and the large tide swings did not help the anglers.

Sooke, BC:

March 09, 2015

 

Sooke, BC                                         March 09, 2015

The fishing for winter springs was SLOW this past weekend. Most fish that were caught were taken in the afternoon. Choice of lures has stayed very similar to last week; Anchovies are working best with Green and Bloody Nose teaser heads being the best 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 FAIR this past weekend. Dog fish were a bit of a problem.

Becher Bay                                       March 09, 2015

Salmon fishing was FAIR in East Sooke. Once again, most of the fish were caught either in Whirl Bay or off the east side of Becher Bay. The bite was best in the afternoon. Most fish were caught trolling in 130 feet to 160 of water. Anchovies were the most productive bait and Purple Haze and Green Glow were the most productive teaser heads. 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 No Bananas 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                                      March 09, 2015

Chinook salmon fishing was FAIR and William Head was the best spot on the weekend. The fish are following the bait and you had to find the bait to get consistent results. Most of the keepers weighed from 6 to 11 lbs were weighed at Pedder Bay Marina. Anchovies were the most productive lure for springs with Purple Haze and Bloody Nose being top choices in teaser heads. Trolling with 3” and 3.5” spoons have been effective for catching springs these past few weeks. Coho Killers and G-force spoons with both glow and green have been working the best. Flashers that remain popular include the Madi and the Purple Onion.
Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR over the early part of the week. 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:

March 09, 2015

Fishing for winter springs was FAIR off Victoria. Anglers have been catching chinooks both close to shore and out at Constance Bank. During the week the bank produced lots of nice springs ranging from 6 – 16 lbs. Although there were nice fish caught, seals remained a big problem this week. Esquimalt, Brotchie and Clover Point also produced fish this week. 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. 


Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR over the week. Halibut up to 40 lbs were caught off the waterfront, mostly at Constance Bank. Halibut were biting at the changing tide and dog fish were a bit of an issue. 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                                            March 09, 2015
Salmon fishing remained SLOW for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap. A few springs of to 10 lbs were being caught but anglers reported fewer fish on the flats. Anglers were using squirts, spoons, or tiny strip. The fish that were being caught trolling were caught on Coho Killer spoons and 3” to 4” G-Force & Gypsy spoons. Good squirts were the Pickle Green, J-79 and Jellyfish. Good flashers have been the Purple Onion, Green/silver or Green Jellyfish.


Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week. 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                                              March 09, 2015

Salmon fishing was GOOD near Sidney this past weekend. Fish in the 5- 12 lb range were being caught in the south end of the Channel, near the Powder Wharf and by Saanichton Spit. 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. Crabbing has been excellent off the Spit!

Notable Catches

Baxter caught a 120 cm, 50 lb halibut near Pender Island on Sunday, March 1st

FISH TIP OF THE WEEK

Get a jump on your fishing season by getting all your gear in order now, before you start fishing in earnest. Service your rods, reels, lures and downriggers so that you can get a jump on repairs and replacements before the stores get busy and the fish beckon. There will be some big spring sales soon and if you know what you need, you can really take advantage of them, buying what you need at bargain prices.

 

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


BRITISH COLUMBIA – FRESH WATER REPORTS

 


Fishing is FAIR on most lakes in the South Island area. The weather has gotten warmer so fishing is slowly improving. Although not many fish are being caught, some of those are big ones. Winter run steelhead has been GOOD.  Remember that ALL wild trout (steelhead included) 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 – The water level is still dropping and is at 0.9–1.0 meters throughout the system. This is a good level for anglers who fish from the bank and/or wade the river. The steelhead fishing has been good and some large fish were caught and released. The Riverbottom area has remained the best area to fish, but there are steelies in all parts of the river now. For steelhead, good lures to fish are Spin ‘n Glo’s, Corkies, Gooey Bobs, Jigs and the always reliable Pink Worm. Many anglers have been successful catching winter runs on flies recently but most anglers chose to use floats and gear. The trout fishing in the upper river is excellent. The rainbows, cutthroats and resident brown trout are actively feeding on salmon and steelhead eggs. Salmon egg imitations are the go to lures for trout.

TROUT –  Trout fishing was SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. That said, some big trout have been caught this past month. 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 Gibbs Gang Trolls and Gibbs Wedding Bands. Other good trolling lures are the Apex Trout Killers in green or black and white patterns. Flatfish and/or Kwikfish have also been effective in sizes 5 to 7 in Frog, Black with Silver Flake or Rainbow Pattern. The biggest trout usually come from Langford Lake and Elk Lake. Bryan Barter caught a 4.7 lb rainbow trout at Fuller Lake this past Sunday and takes over first place on our leader board.

BASS - Bass fishing is SLOW. Bass fishigni is picking up as the weather becomes warmer. 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.

Notable Catches – Bryan Barter caught a 4.7 lb rainbow trout at Fuller Lake this past Sunday and takes over first place 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

March 09, 2015

 

 

No report this week
 

 

Winter Harbour, BC

March 09, 2015


No report this week

Queen Charlotte Islands

March 09, 2015

No report this week


OREGON 


 Oregon Coast

March 09, 2015

No report this week

 


ALASKA

 

Wrangell

March 09, 2015

No report this week

Petersburg, Alaska

March 09, 2015

No report this week

Montana

March 09, 2015

No report this week

 


 

GREAT LAKES

 Great Lakes

March 09, 2015


 



No report this week

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

 

 

 

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