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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

April 21, 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):

April 21, 2015

I am amazed at the size of the Ling Cod that have been coming to the docks this past week with quite a few well exceeding 30 pounds. Here are a couple pictured below. The secret to catching these beasts is a little bit of luck and large baits......even things that you did not intend on using as bait. If you hook a Black Rockfish reel it up slowly. These hungry and territorial Lings will follow the Rockfish up and latch on. They are not hooked in most of these cases so, do not lift their heads out of the water and have someone ready with the net or gaff. If you are a little lucky you will have a Beast of a treat!! Angela McCall landed this Giant Ling weighing just over 37 pounds and my friend Buzz holds up a pair of thirties.

Again the best baits for these Ling Cod are live baits....if you can not locate any then a large scampi tail jig or pipe jig will work fine.
Limits of Rockfish also make these day trips very rewarding.

Halibut season begins in Westport in just under 2 weeks on May 3. This is a very short but exciting time. Look for these fish up along the rocks to the north or out on the edges of the canyons straight out from Grays Harbor. I use large herring or sardines to entice a bite. Jigs will also work

I returned this week from the PFMC Salmon season setting meetings. I have to say that it was one of the most frustrating processes I have ever attended. Here in Westport our season begins May 30th with a Hatchery only Chinook fishery. During this fishery you may retain 2 fin clipped Chinook. This runs through June 12th. Beginning June 13th we shift to a 2 Salmon retention only one of which may be a Chinook (which can be clipped or not) and Coho (which must be clipped) this season should run into mid to late September.

With the dismal and short season set for the mid Puget Sound area I would definitely plan ahead if you are coming to the coast because I am sure a lot of folks will be thinking the same thing.

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 425-328-8559


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):

April 21, 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):

April 21, 2015

No report this week

Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

April 21, 2015

No report this week


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


Marine Area 6:

April 21, 2015

No report this week


Marine Area 7:

April 21, 2015


No report this week


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


Marine Area 8.1:

April 21, 2015


Open for Salmon

No report this week

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

Marine Area 8.2:

April 21, 2015


Open For Salmon

No report this week

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


Marine Area 9:

April 21, 2015

No report this week

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):

April 21, 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:

April 21, 2015

The salmon fishing has been slow overall with the large tide changes and frequent Orca visits recently. There have been a couple of decent opportunities at Pt. Evens jigging and out on the shelf area between Pt. Defiance and Pt. Dalco. The tide changes have been best. Later this week the tides will settle down and the salmon fishing should pick up.   Blackmouth season only runs through April 30 in Area 11 so get out in the next 10 days to get in on this action.  June 1 salmon season opens in Area 11.

The new marina hours are 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.  

Basic Fishing Classes Offered at Point Defiance Marina
Monthly classes are offered to youth and adults to prepare you to better take advantage of the fishing at Point Defiance and the local lakes and rivers.  Learn knot tying, tackle, rods and reels, rigging techniques, regulations, and safety.  

Point Defiance Marina Spring Swap Meet - Saturday, May 16, 10:00 am to 3 pm. Booth Space $15.  A great way to clear up your lockers or garages with tackle and gear others may really need.  No firearms, bullets, tobacco, or alcohol products.  Register now for a 10 X 10 Space is limited.   Must register in advance at PDM Boathouse by May 14, 2015

Sails and Trails Camp for Ages 11-15 years old
 Mornings begin with beach side activities, fishing, and hiking at Point Defiance Park, Tacoma.  Afternoons are spent at Tacoma Youth Center learning sailing and kayaking in Foss Waterway with Marine Education at Foss Seaport Center.  Camp Dates :  July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24, 2015  Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm  COST: $250/WEEK

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

Hood Canal (Marine Area 12):

April 21, 2015

No reports this week


Marine Area 13:

April 21, 2015




Lake Washington:

April 21, 2015



No report this week

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

American Lake (Pierce County)                              April 21, 2015
I decided to join a kayak buddy for a day of fishing on American Lake.  We had heard that the kokanee bite had picked up on the lake and what a better way to spend the day.  There were about 8 trailers in the parking lot which I thought was quite a few for a Tuesday.  Just off the launch in about 60 feet of water we started marking large schools of fish hanging between 30 to 60 feet.  My lead core line was just shy of getting into them.  My buddy, Dick, ran a down rigger and picked up a few fish on a wedding ring spinner - but no kokanee. Dick pulled in a few nice sized rainbows.  The lake was recently stoked with rainbow trout.   
I struggled to catch a fish changing up gear several times.  I ended up putting on a small Dick Nite spoon in gold and green.  I pulled it along the top 5 feet from the surface.  I had a tough time keeping the rainbows off my line landing 6 in about 10 minutes.  I'm not sure how all the other boats did as most of them pulled off the lake before 11am.   Better luck next time.   

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



Lake Chelan:

April 21, 2015

Alas, things do eventually change, even on Lake Chelan.  While the Trench and the Barrens have cooled off, trolling for Lake Trout is hot on Lake Chelan in Manson Bay and along Colyar Ledge.  Kokanee Fishing is spotty, but can be quite productive in locations as far flung as Moore Point to Rocky Point.  Roses Lake is still producing relatively easy limits of planter rainbows for shore and boat anglers. 

Laker fishing has been terrific early in the morning along Colyar Ledge.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around 1.2 to 1.4 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.  Our guide Jeff Witkowski has developed a Mack’s Lure Bead and Blade combo that has out produced this old standby. 

Trolling for suspended Kokanee can be hot and cold.  Pull Mack’s Lure’s Mini Cha Cha Squidders in Orange or Pink 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, pink or yellow.  We have caught these dwarfed landlocked sockeye anywhere from 45 to 200 feet deep.  Locations have ranged from Moore Point, to Prince Creek, down to Fields Point, across to Mitchell Creek and all the way down to the Trench out from Rocky Point. 

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 how to “finish the deal” when concluding a fight.  We always advise customers to get the rod tip low so they assist in keeping the fishes head in the water.  Wrenching that head up in the air is begging the fish to shake and increases the odds of the hook pulling out.  Also, it gives you room to take up slack by lifting if the fish makes a last second run right at you.  Then, right at the boat lift a bit and guide the fishes head towards the net.  

The kid’s tip of the week is to encourage those flights of imagination in kids out on the boat.  The most common example of this I see is the 4 to 7 year old kid saying the bubbles they see behind the boat are fish.  Rather than the rational adult explanation that the bubbles come from outboard motor ask them to describe what they see.  There is no harm in letting their imagination a little leeway to see where you end up.  Asking about color, size and other details can get the coolest answers.  Remember, it is supposed to be fun. 

The safety tip of the week is to make sure that your gear is secured as you approach the dock.  Breaking rods, nets and other gear is no fun at the end of the day…

Pictured on 4/18/15, Many time customers John and Sam Arnott out to celebrate Sam's 15th birthday with some Mack fishing!

Pictured on 4/16/15, Jared and Juliet Murphy of Bothell, WA with kids Kellen (7), Ryan (5) and Tyler (18mo) with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan 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

April 21, 2015

This week in the Potholes area, has been a good week for me.  Thursday I fished with Curt Welch and a friend of his that works at Tri State Outfitters in Moses Lake. Pictured is my 5 fish limit, part of a 15 fish limit from Soda Lake. On Saturday evening I fished with my son Scott and granddaughters at Soda with continual fish being caught and most being released. Also son Matt and his future Brother in law fished on Saturday 8 walk in lakes. Sunday all the family fished Sage Lake and limits of rainbow were caught by all.
As fishing goes, timing is everything. Four boats from the senior community fished Soda Lake.  Four hours produced one fish per boat.  This past weekend the Potholes open Bass Tournament was held. It looked like every performance bass boat in our state was there. Water temperatures are in the high 50's and water levels are high in all bodies of water. The fishing seems to be epic so get over here.

Submitted by Tom Pollack, Retired

Fishing on Potholes Reservoir is just beginning.  We have had really good fishing so far this year for walleye and perch anglers.  The spawn is in full swing which will make the fishing take off even more.  The smallmouth bass fishing is starting to show off the O’Sullivan Dam with fish up to 6 pounds.  The water is around 50 degrees, and on a good sunny day you can find water temp close to 56 degrees in the shallows.  The walleye bite should be great from now until July.  The fishers trolling are taking fish in the Crab Creek Area and the Lind Coulee.  Smiley Blades and worms on a slow death hook is the ticket for these fish, but a lot of guys are still blade bait jigging for these fish in 20 to 40 feet of water.  With the water flow opening on Crab Creek the area by the Power Lines Boat launch will be great. 

Alan Beck of Fall City fished the Pillar Widgeon Chain on lakes for these amazing trout.  He used the Berkley Atomic Teaser with a shrimp scent.

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

River Reports

April 21, 2015


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Springers are pouring over Bonneville dam and fishing at the Wind river and Drano lake are getting good. Grab your prawns, herring, Fish Flash and don't forget your Mag Lip 4.5's. I do best when I wrap the 4.5's with sardine or a piece of tuna. Trolling herring or prawns is the main stay at either location after the sun comes up. It's always a good idea to have both on board in-case one is working better than the other. Pay attention to what you see others having success on. This run is shaping up to possibly be one of the biggest in recent times. Are they just early? Who knows but if you want a chance to get a couple don't wait get out there.  Springer fishing in the Cowlitz has been decent and should continue for a few more weeks. Steelhead fishing has slowed although there are a few older fish still around.

Here are few big fat beautiful Spring Kings we caught the last several days.

Mystical Legends Guide Service
Phil Stephens






April 21, 2015



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

April 21, 2015


No report this week

Ucluelet, BC:

April 21, 2015

No report this week

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


April 21, 2015


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

April 21, 2015


The West Coast of Vancouver Island is a wonderful area to visit and spend valued time for many people worldwide when on vacation.   Known for its unique settings and rugged coastlines, Vancouver Islands west coast also better known as the Pacific Rim, not only offers world class salmon fishing but also offers other adventures and unique cultural activities.  The whole of Vancouver Island is located only twenty miles off of British Columbia’s mainland.   On this vast island there exists a majestic geographical area of tall coniferous forests and breath-taking scenic views of rugged terrain and coastlines that have been battered by winter storms.  There is also a display of wonderful exquisite and secluded white sandy beaches located in areas of pristine and calm water.  Those visiting Vancouver Island during the late spring and summer months must take in not only a “fishing adventure” but also explore the great rainforests, beaches, and lakes.  When fishing out in scenic Barkley Sound or offshore one can view wildlife and also whale watch.  When on land and visiting the many local communities, visitors can seek out west coast culture, spa retreats, and of course take in some great west coast cuisine.

Vancouver Islands West Coast has had superb salmon fishing over the years.  Salmon fishing in many of the so called “hot spots” has been nothing better than world class.  The West Coast is also one of the only spots on Canada’s West Coast where one has the opportunity of hooking into a twenty pound salmon twelve months of the year.  Of course every year is not entirely the same because predicted run sizes returning to many of the natal rivers, creeks and streams to West Vancouver Island are not as good as other years.  When fishing the Pacific Rim and many parts of Vancouver Island’s West Coast the opportunities for landing a Chinook or Coho salmon during the late spring or the summer months are very probable.  In the Pacific Rim area we have the opportunity during these fair weather sport fishing months to target the vast quantities of migratory or transient salmon headed for the big watersheds to the south.  

The 2015 sport salmon fishing season is expected to be “Very” good on the west coast surf line and offshore.  Scenic Barkley Sound during the months of June and July and the early part of August should be fabulous.  The expectation of high numbers of transient salmon headed to distant southern watersheds is already looking fantastic.  Salmon fishing around Ucluelet and a few areas of Barkley Sound has been successful for a few avid fishermen.   A few Chinook salmon in the high teens and low twenties have been landed by guides and their guests and also sport anglers fishing in their private boats.   Salmon fishing in Barkley Sound, along the surf line, and also offshore waters will continue from now through mid September or longer.  There will be great opportunities to fish for Chinook and Coho in the waters of Barkley Sound during the months of May, June, and July.  Coho salmon will become predominant in Barkley Sound in August and September with opportunity for Chinook in offshore waters.Look for another banner sport salmon fishing year on British Columbia’s West Coast ---Vancouver Island.

Port Alberni
Barkley Sound

We are expecting the 2015 salmon season to be very good.
Ashley landed this twenty-three pound Chinook in the Alberni Inlet using
anchovy in a green haze teaser head.

Bradley from Blaine Washington did very well fishing with a friend in the Alberni Inlet when fishing for Chinook. These fish were landed using coyote spoons and white and green hootchies

The month of April and May is often quiet in the Alberni Inlet except for those individuals fishing for prawns if and when the opportunity for this sport fishing is available.  The Prawn fishing in the Alberni Inlet during the year when open has been very slow.   Barkley Sound on the other hand has had some good areas for prawn fishing.  Guide boats in the early spring often include in their salmon fishing trips to Barkley Sound, prawn fishing.  Usually the prawn traps are dropped before fishing and then after fishing the traps are picked up to find the great prize coming up from the ocean floor.  Barkley Sound fishing has been fairly consistent over the last few months although one would have to sum up the fishing as being very mediocre.  When fishing for feeder or winter Chinook the rule is often where one finds bait there will be Chinook salmon.   Swale Rock, Vernon Bay, and Alan Point have all produced some nice salmon in the eleven to fifteen pound range.  Austin and Cree Island have also had the odd salmon up to twenty pounds. 

The fish in this photo were all landed very close to the Bamfield Harbor.
Fishing can be very good during the late spring and all of the summer months along the Bamfield Wall

Bob of Oregon salmon fished with daughter Gerri and had a wonderful day of fishing along the Bamfield Wall.

The Bamfield Wall and the Harbor Mouth have also produced some good salmon fishing.  Some of the Chinook as of late have been clipped and the thought is that many of these Chinook are the early run of salmon migrating to rivers to the south.  The salmon have been relatively deep from 85 to 150 feet.  A variety of coyote spoons have been working.  Green glow has been a favorite in the three and a half and four inch size as has the green and blue nickel.  White spoons and white hootchies have also been on and off.  Green glow, chartreuse, and purple glow hotspot flashers seem to be ideal when using spoons.  Needle fish hootchies in army truck and mint tulip have also been working very well.  Fishermen trolling with anchovy have had their best success using a chartreuse Rhys Davis teaser head with a six foot tail behind either a Chartreuse or green glow hotspot flasher.  There are a good number of undersize salmon so at times it is best to fish with spoons, needlefish and hootchies.
We are expecting the fishing during June and July to be terrific.  The mid- summer run of Chinook and Coho which are migrating to the big southerly watersheds historically  begins in mid June and runs into mid July followed by the fall or “late run” with expected large numbers of these transient salmon headed  to the Columbia, Sacramento, and Willamette systems to the south.  Many of the salmon migrating down the Vancouver Island West Coast are forecasted to be four and five year olds which often means some good sized Chinook over thirty pounds.  The surf line areas of Barkley Sound and out to offshore area at three to seven miles should have some great fishing as the rich resources of bait fish come into these areas which bring in the bigger Chinook.

 Ucluelet is one of those spots where it is possible to land a twenty pound salmon every month of the year.  Of course weather plays an important role in terms of getting out onto the water.  During the winter months it seems there are breaks in the weather patterns which make it possible for keen anglers to get out on the water.   Some nice quality fish up to twenty pounds have been landed during the latter part of March and the month of April.  The Chinook have been feeding on sand lance and needle fish.  Great Bear has been relatively good.    The Alley, Forbes, Sail Rock and Beg Island have all produced some nice feeder Chinook.  Most of the feeders are averaging seven to twelve pounds.   With the weather pattern changing and becoming more favorable over the last few weeks guided trips and sports anglers have been periodically able to get further offshore.  April 17th to 20th  were wonderful days on the Pacific with no wind and little swell.  The Inner South Bank as example was perfect with some feeder Chinook and halibut sitting on the bottom feeding on sand lance and needle fish.  Sport Fishermen and a few guided trips have at times had some great fishing with a few Chinook weighing up to seventeen and eighteen pounds.   As mentioned the Inner South has been most favorable for those fishing close to the bottom at 135 to 150 feet. Some fisher people have had success using purple haze and army truck glow hootchies.   However the white Turd and the T-Rex hootchie have been very good for some sport fishermen with both of these lures producing the best catches.  The past few weeks has also produced some of the first halibut of the season.  The five mile (inside south) and the seven mile (outside south) for those offshore have produced relatively well.  Halibut fishing has been best on the ebb tides and using a spreader bar with six inch white grubs.  The Halis have been migrating back to the deep after their spawn and by the third week of May will have migrated back to the shallows.  The white turd for three sport anglers was good for two perfect sized halibut while fishing the Inner South.  May, June, and July should prove to be three very good fishing months with some nice Coho coming into the mix in late June when the big migratory flow of the mid-summer run begins.  Look for some salmon in the mid to high thirties this summer. 

Stamp River
The winter Steelhead season is all but over.  Many of the spawned out fish are heading back down the river and making their way out to the waters of the vast Pacific.  The Fall of 2015 is once expected to be very good with plenty of early Coho and summer Steelhead in the mix.  Those keen on fly fishing should look at booking trips from the 10th of October into the first ten days of November.

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


Chinook fishing was GOOD and halibut fishing was SLOW. The salmon were being found close to bait balls. If you weren’t near the bait, you weren’t catching much.

Effective until 23:59 hours Friday, June 12, 2015 in Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Pt. to Sheringham Pt.), the daily limit is two (2) chinook salmon per day which may be wild or hatchery marked between 45 cm and 67 cm or hatchery marked greater than 67 cm in length.  The minimum size limit in these areas is 45 cm in length.


Sooke, BC:

April 21, 2015


Sooke, BC                                         April 21, 2015

The fishing for winter springs was FAIR this past weekend. Some hatchery springs into the teens, and a few oversize unclipped chinooks, were taken just outside the harbour and near Secretary Island. Bait is now out producing artificial when fishing for the springs. Anchovies are working the best and Green and Bloody Nose teaser heads being the best color 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                                       April 21, 2015

Salmon fishing was SLOW in East Sooke. Most of the salmon were caught between Beechey Head and the Bedfords. The clipped springs were running from 7 to 14 lbs in size and larger unclipped fish were caught and released. The best fish were caught at mid water depths (50 -60 feet) near bait balls. Anchovies were the most productive bait and Blood Nose and Green Glow were the most popular teaser heads. Spoons and plastic baits have also been working well. Spoons such as G-Force in No Bananas or Glow/Green were effective. 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                                      April 21, 2015


Chinook salmon fishing was FAIR this past week. Whirl Bay was the best spot but a little slower than last week. If you could find a bait ball, you could pick up springs by fishing around the edge of the bait ball.  Most of the keepers weighed from 6 to 12 lbs and were caught near the bottom. However, we’ve heard that some larger springs are being caught at 60-80 feet on the downrigger. Anchovy were the most productive lure for springs with Green Chrome, Purple Haze and Bloody Nose being top choices in teaser heads. 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 SLOW this past week with fish up to 50 lbs caught. Most 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:

April 21, 2015

Fishing for winter springs was GOOD off Constance Bank during the week. The fish were concentrated there and fin clipped springs into the low 20s in weight were being caught. The fish were feeding on needlefish that were schooled on the bank. Anglers have been catching fewer chinooks closer to shore. The best location off the waterfront was Brotchie Ledge. If you could find a bait ball, you could pick up springs by fishing around the edge of the bait balls. 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 SLOW this past week.

That said, Eileen Goudy (pictured above) and her brother–in-law spent 30 minutes hauling in a 52 lb halibut. Most 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.

Oak Bay                                            April 21, 2015

Salmon fishing was GOOD for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap. This is the time of year, historically, when this area starts coming into its own, as far a s salmon are concerned. There were lots of needlefish around, keeping the fish in the area. Anglers were using squirts, spoons, or tiny strip. Many of 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 SLOW this past week. 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.

Sidney                                              April 21, 2015

Salmon fishing was FAIR near Sidney this past weekend. There were fish up to 20 lbs coming in from Saanich Inlet, Wain Rock and Satellite Channel. In the Sidney Channel there were some fish into the high teens. Some good sized bait balls were in the channel and the fish were hanging close to the bait. Larry Dalziel hit into several nice springs while fishing the bait balls and took home a 16 lb spring.  Many anglers are fishing using anchovies in Bloody Nose and 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.

Notable Catches  Eileen Goudy and her brother–in-law spent 30 minutes hauling in a 52 lb halibut off the Victoria waterfront (see picture above). 

Larry Dalziel hit into several nice springs while fishing the bait balls near Sidney and took home a 16 lb spring.



Weigh your fish right away if you are in a derby and catch a potential prize winning fish. Every year we hear stories of anglers placing second in derbies that they would have won if only they had weighed the fish in before it lost weight. Heck, it even happened to me one year and I should know better! So, don’t be foolish and wait for another one before hitting the weigh in station. You just never know how large or small a fish will be that will win that derby.

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



Fishing was SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area. Winter run steelhead is basically over and most of the fish remaining in the river are kelts.  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 has been steadily dropping for the secondweek. The water level today is between 0.8-0.9 meters throughout its length. The steelhead fishing is over and what fish there are now are kelts. The trout fishing in the upper river is excellent as insect hatches are becoming common. The rainbows, cutthroats and resident brown trout are actively feeding on these hatches and migrating salmon fry. Bead head nymphs are the top producer there. Good patterns are Prince Nymphs, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ears and Wooly Buggers. A fry imitation or a Wooly Bugger will also work, especially for the brown trout.

TROUT –  Trout fishing was FAIR on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has started their spring releases of catchable rainbow trout from the Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery. On April 8th, Elk Lake received 2,000 trout, Lookout Lake received 175 trout and Ida Anne Lake received 75 trout with an average weight of 208 grams On March 13th, Shawnigan Lake received 2,164 trout averaging 248 grams.  On March 12th, Spectacle Lake received 500 trout with an average size of 239 grams.  On March 10th, Elk Lake received 1,850 trout, Lookout Lake received 200 trout and Ida Anne Lake received 50 trout with an average weight of 240 grams. On March 9th, Thetis Lake received 1,250 trout and Kemp, Matheson, Glen and Dougan Lakes each relieved 500 trout with an average size of 234 grams. So far this spring, 27,317 have been released into Island lakes.

Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing from shore and right on the bottom. Orange Garlic and Pink Garlic have been good choices 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.

BASS - Bass fishing is starting to pick up. Spencer Robbins caught a nice 4 lb smallmouth while fishing in Beaver Lake this past week. At this time of year some of the bass are moving into the shallows while other bass are near deeper drop offs and hard to find. Look for the fish suspended by drop offs close to shore along docks, branches, and any overhanging structure. 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 around 12 feet down 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. 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 

Spencer Robbins (pictured above) caught a nice 4 lb smallmouth while fishing in Beaver Lake this past week.


April 11th.  The 9th Annual Elk Lake Take a Kid Fishing Derby. Tickets are Adults - $25, Children under 16 - $10. All ticket holders are entered into the draw for a new boat and motor package. First place prizes of $1,000 for the largest tout and the largest bass. There are lots of fish prizes and draw prizes. This derby has live release weigh boats and weigh-station located strategically on the lake. For more info contact us at 350-475-4969.

19th Annual Just For the Halibut Derby – April 25th – 26th 2015

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

April 21, 2015



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Winter Harbour, BC

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 Great Lakes

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




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