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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

October 14, 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):

October 14, 2014

The first big blow of the fall is hitting Westport and we all seemed to be realizing that, as much as we hate it, Summer is over. We have reached that time of year where the windows of fishing opportunity become small and spread out but, we do still have them. 

Right now the hottest fishing in Westport is right on the docks. This fish was caught right out in front of our store on Float 12. Rick Ruggles now leads the derby at 14.3 pounds. Yes off the dock. The bait of choice is the Mepps Flying C spinner or the Vibrax #4 spinner with the Pink or Orange body. Check with us when you get into town for the latest.

The Grays Harbor river fishery is slow but people are catching fish. This is one of those "between the Cold Front opportunities" This is a tidal fishery with the best fishing coming around the high slack water. Herring or Anchovies behind an in-line Flasher work the best.

As many of you have heard and read this summer was absolutely off the charts. The Fish were plentiful and the town had a lot to offer. This was the best year Westport has had in 20 years and all the early signs point to a repeat in 2015. 

We had a number of successes in 2014. Silver Horde Cookies and Cream spoon continues to produce fish after fish for us. This behind a QCove Polar Orange Flasher is the most product set up I have ever used. Bait was a close second. Fished behind an In-Line Flasher and a Diver proved again to to be a true fish catcher. We caught more fish Really deep this year. A lot of days we were fishing 230 to 250 on our Scotty Downriggers. Most of the fish we caught this year were full of Crab Spawn or Shrimp. We were able to fish the beach longer this year because the Jelly fish seemed to be in smaller numbers than in years past.

The most important thing I accomplished this year was getting my Captains License. Not necessarily for the licenses itself but for the education that I received. Skip Anderson at Flagship Maritime Training Center in Tacoma does a phenomenal job teaching you the knowledge and skills required to be a very safe boater. I highly recommend it to all of you if you want to know more.

Lastly it was great to see all of you that stopped in and said Hello this summer. I really enjoy getting to know the Salmon U readers and I look forward to meeting more of you in 2015. We hope to have a Chapter of PSA going down here by next summer. PSA Ocean Angler. Our kick off meeting is Saturday night October 25th at the Islander restaurant from 5 to 7pm
This is just an information gathering meeting to see what the interest level is. You will still have time to go clamming afterwards at 8:30

Clamming opened this past week and turned out to be a Great opener. We headed out on Saturday and got 6 limits in 1 1/2 hrs. Was a little tough at first but then they started to show. There was a mixed bag of small and big clams.The next clam opener is the week of October 22. Check the WDFW Website for details. When Clamming at night, Please use caution and pay attention to the surf.

Have Fun, Be Safe, and Visit Westport this winter 

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

We're into the "late season" as we call it for PNW Albacore and it's nothing
short of what we would expect. Large grade tuna, extremely high numbers of
tuna, wide open live bait fishing, and a short 30nm due west run to the grounds.  This fishery is one of the finest IN THE WORLD!!! Please treat yourself and experience it. 

All seats for the remainder of the season (approx 1st week of November) will be the lowest you will see...$325/pp. Reg $395/pp. 

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


La Push (Marine Area 3 & Forks):

October 14, 2014






No report this week


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


Neah Bay (Marine Area 4):

October 14, 2014

No report this week

Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

October 14, 2014


Hot Coho fishing is still happening in the Sekiu area, although very few anglers are there to enjoy it. 

Most Coho are being caught in the top 30-50 feet of water but don’t be afraid to go deeper.  The Ace Hi  Fly with a herring teaser seems to be the most effective lure, although spoons are working well also.

Submitted by Leo Wagner

No report this week


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


Marine Area 6:

October 14, 2014

No report this week

Submitted by Crabaholic, Rick Derrick, Sequim, WA

Marine Area 7:

October 14, 2014

No report this week


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

Marine Area 8.1:

October 14, 2014


No report this week

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

Marine Area 8.2:

October 14, 2014


Open For Coho Salmon

No report this week

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


Marine Area 9:

October 14, 2014

"It's not over!" , I kept telling myself after the first hour of nothing while trolling off South Possession this weekend.  No sooner did that thought occur and the rod slammed down with our first Coho of the day about an hour before the tide change.  Only one other made it to the box after that but the weather was awesome and the water flat.  85 to 125 feet on the wire and pulling white hootchies at a fast clip around the tide rips.  
The reports have been spotty but still coming in from Browns Bay to Double Bluff.  Maybe one more weekend for us and then we will begin the banging the bottom Blackmouth fishing.

Our good friend "Chef Kent" from Woodinville picked up this great afternoon meal with us on an A + Fall day ! 

See you on the water !

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

Open for Coho Salmon

No report this week

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


No report this week


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

Seattle area (Marine Area 10):

October 14, 2014

No report this week


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


Open for Coho Salmon.

No report this week

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


 Marine Area 11:

October 14, 2014

The harvest report in area 11, again, almost did not exist.   Will any more Coho be coming? I want to believe so, but I feel probably the bulk of Coho have come and gone. The fishermen reports from area north of 11 show there seems to be no new coming.  I would like to believe the coming rain would bring in more Coho.  Christmas is coming but more Coho, I am not so sure.

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

Light pressure this week. Anglers out of Point Defiance Marina have been
targeting Blackmouth Chinook for the most part and have had some success. It
seems like the bite is later in the mornings and around the tide changes. We
still have a few Coho coming in with blackmouth chinook being the primary target by anglers.

Pictured above is a 7 pound Coho that came in from the Clay Banks while fishing bait balls trilling the surface.

Also we had a few bright chums come in off the Clay Banks being caught with trolled herring down deep. Anglers have been trolling flasher and squid at 120-160 feet of water from the Slag Pile to Point Defiance right off bottom. We have live herring available as well as frozen.

Squid jigging is beginning to kick in with anglers fishing off Vashon Island, in
front of Pt Defiance Marina in boats and off the Les Davis Pier. The best time
is when high tide coincides with dusk. 

For up to date fishing reports call (253)591-5325.

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

Hood Canal (Marine Area 12):

October 14, 2014

No reports this week


Marine Area 13:

October 14, 2014




Lake Washington:

October 14, 2014



No report this week


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



Lake Chelan:

October 14, 2014



What continues hot is trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan.  Heating up is fishing Mill Bay and other near shore areas for rainbow trout and big Northern Pikeminnow. 

We are looking for lakers from 165 to 205 feet deep early in the mornings.  Later in the day, trolling tight to the bottom in depths of 210 to 250 feet works best.  Counter to conventional thought the later morning / mid-day bite has been the strongest.  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 continue to be 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. This pattern has held strong for more than a month. 

Those Rainbow trout are averaging a chunky 15 inches.  They can be caught from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig.  Use the trout entrails on the same slip sinker rigs to catch Pikeminnow up to 4 pounds. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to build in time at the end of the trip to re-organize for the next trip.  I think that we all scatter stuff around as we switch rigs, change baits or change rod & reel combos.  You compound your beginning of trip frustrations if you start the next trip with everything in disarray.  Take the time when you are putting the boat to bed to throw away the garbage and put your rigs back in their place and re-rig your rod & reels with your #1 set up.  Getting that old bait taken care of is a big deal to prevent it from becoming a science project and requiring you to call a decontamination team prior to taking the boat out again.  It will help make you a better angler.  I know you are tired at the end of a long day on the water… 

The kid’s tip of the week is to remember they are all different.  I have grandkids that I have to put on the sergeant persona to get their attention.  There are others that would be crushed by that approach.  Sometimes to get the content of the message heard, I avoid direct eye contact and almost whisper the correction in their ear.  The idea is to be effective.  Being a good actor can help.  

The safety tip of the week is to get that spare set of clothes ready to go with you now that the weather is cooling.  Getting wet in cold weather can be miserable and lead to hypothermia.

Pictured above on 10-6-14, Sara and Gabe Nesbitt of Moses Lake with their catch of the morning.

Pictured above on 10-7-14, Jeff's catch of Pikeminnow after playing water taxi.

Pictured on 10-11-14, The old man himself with a Kinnakeet pond caught Sheepshead...  Hi from Avon, NC. 

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

October 14, 2014


As we continue to enjoy magnificent weather in Central-Eastern Washington, our fishers are reporting wonderful success trolling for walleye and jumbo perch (many limits).  We are already seeing limits of walleye taken with blade baits, jigging in water 8-35 feet deep.  These conditions theoretically will only improve with cooler temperatures.  Bank fishing at Medicare Beach has been producing rainbow trout to 5.5 pounds using power bait.  Smallmouth bass continue to be readily available along the face of O’Sullivan Dam.  With the water-level still relatively low, in its typical fall posture, the sand dunes are challenging to navigate for boaters.  Largemouth bass are being caught simply fishing the points of sand dunes on the main body of Potholes Reservoir.  Tom Regney, longtime customer of MarDon, had one of his best bass fishing days on the reservoir in 20 years.  He caught and released over 50 largemouth bass fishing the points off the sand dunes.  The MarDon Fishing Dock has been really great for Perch Fishing all day.  The crappie have been showing early and late in the day mainly with our recent full moon.  We have had one angler catch and release a limit of walleye off the dock this week.

Jeff and Jerry of Seattle, hadn’t enjoyed fishing Potholes Reservoir for over 22 years.  They heard the walleye action was great so they came back to their old fishing hole to give it another try.  Trolling spinners and crawlers they found some quality walleye on the face of the sand dunes.

Gregory and April Boyce and Andrea and Jesiah Pipkin, of Peshastin, enjoyed a wonderful walleye trip guided by Shelby Ross of Ross Outdoor Adventures.  Here they show walleye up to 24 inches.

To book a walleye trip with Shelby call (509) 750-7763.

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


River Reports

October 14, 2014


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With the temperatures you wouldn't think it's Fall out there but salmon fishing says Fall all the way. Lots of salmon both Chinook and Coho are making their way up our rivers and in many rivers it is some of the best salmon fishing we've seen in a few years. This is just the start, we're in for a real treat over the next several weeks. Good ocean conditions made for high survival rates and in return we are seeing the bounty return. Rivers to focus on are still the Columbia and it's tributaries where Chinook returns are incredible. The Cowlitz is putting out lots of fresh fish daily from the Barrier dam all way to the Columbia. It's pretty dang good fishing and you can catch them any way you want. I prefer either Side drifting small globs of eggs but back trolling bait or plugs will get you into fish. Tossing spinners or plugs is also putting a lot of fish in coolers. Lewis river is low and as soon as we get a little more water it will be very good there as well. Coastal streams saw a good batch of fish enter them after that last rain but we need a little rain to get those streams full of fresh fish. It's a great start to one heck of a season, get out and get busy.

A few fish picture from the Cowlitz this last several days. 

Mystical Legends Guide Service
Phil Stephens






October 14, 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

October 14, 2014



Ucluelet, BC:

October 14, 2014

We had a slow end of September and the Coho didn't show up in close to
shore like normal in early October.  Reports from the Commercial fleet were
great, fishing 30 miles offshore, though we didn't want to go out that far
offshore.  Lingcod fishing picked up  in late Sept and we had some great
ling cod fishing around Sail Rock. The weather has been quite nasty the
past week and we decided to pull the boats for the season. For all who
love lingcod, now is a good time to go get them. Lingcod are my favorite
white meat fish and just a little flour and butter will get your taste
buds in an orgasm of delight. I would choose the ones under 15 lbs, they
definitely seem to be the best.

A picture of some of our lingcod


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


October 14, 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

October 14, 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 – Coho fishing is GOOD in most areas with the fish running up to 15 lbs in size. A few winter springs up to 12 lbs have also been caught, but the mature spring salmon run is over. Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend.

There are new openings for halibut and coho starting September 1st. 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 

Also Lingcod and Rockfish close October 1st, check here for additional info, http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint/rca-acs-eng.htm


Sooke, BC:

October 14, 2014


Sooke, BC                                         October 14, 2014

Coho salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. The coho numbers have been strong but the schools are more scattered than in previous weeks. 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 can locate the fish, you will catch a bunch, but it is important to try and stay with the school.. Spring fishing is virtually over and the winter springs have not moved in yet in any numbers. Choice of lures has stayed very similar to last week; Anchovies are working well with Green and Bloody Nose teaser heads being good colors choices. G-Force spoons in Irish Cream and No Bananas have been catching their fair number of fish. The most popular flashers recently have been the Gibbs Madi, the Outfitter and the Jellyfish UV.

Becher Bay                                       October 14, 2014

Salmon fishing has been GOOD in East Sooke. Coho salmon are being caught in good numbers and Harvey Fairfield brought in a 15 lb coho.  Successful anglers are going to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th tide lines to find the fish and fishing at 90-110 feet on the downriggers. Most of the coho have been wild, unmarked fish but there are enough hatchery fish that you can get your limit if you release the wild ones. Most anglers are having their best results fishing anchovies. Some winter springs up to 13 lbs have been caught, but not too many. The most productive teaser heads for anchovies were the Green and the 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, both in Cop Car or Glow/Green.

Pedder Bay                                      October 14, 2014

Coho fishing has been VERY GOOD out in the strait in 450 to 660 feet of water. Most anglers have been trolling at 90 – 130 foot depths, but we’ve also heard of fish taken at 30 feet. Te majority of coho have been unclipped ones. Spring salmon fishing was SLOW for winters, but a few as large as 12 lbs have been caught. Anchovies were productive for springs UV Green and Purple Haze teaser heads being top choices in teaser heads. Anglers are getting coho while trolling 3” to 3.5” spoons. Coho Killers and G-force spoons with both glow and green have been working the best. Squirts are working too with Yellow, Purple Haze and Gray Ghost the best patterns. The best flashers have been the Silver Betsey, Green/Silver Hot Spot and Jellyfish UV.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was GOOD over the weekend.. 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:

October 14, 2014

Fishing has been FAIR off Victoria.  A few days saw good numbers of coho being caught out by the Yellow Marker buoy and in 200-300 feet of water.  Anchovies have been working well in green and Purple Haze colors. 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 GOOD 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
                                            October 14, 2014

Salmon fishing was SLOW for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap.  There were very few winter springs being caught 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 Pickle Green, J-79 and Jellyfish. Good flashers have been the Purple Onion, Green/silver or Green Jellyfish.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week. 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                                              October 14, 2014

Salmon fishing was FAIR near Sidney this past week. Coho have been caught near the Pender Island Bluffs. Hambley Point and the Sidney Channel have slowed down for springs. 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, Glow Below and Electric Chair. Coho Killer spoons have also been working well, especially in double glow and 50/50 colors.

Notable Catches 
Harvey Fairfield brought in a 15 lb coho at Becher Bay.  The Royal Canadian anglers’ Association held their annual coho derby this past Saturday. First place went to Bob Sibbald for a 7 lb 6 oz coho. Second place went to Tracy Barton for a 6 lb 14 oz coho. Third place went to Ryan Arsenych for a 6 lb 8 oz coho.


Cover water! Most of the time when you hit one Coho, you hit another Coho, and then another. This is because Coho usually travel in schools in search of baitfish. In order to locate some Coho, it is important to continue covering different water and depths until you have found a school. Try spreading your lines all at different depths and try not to get stuck sitting in one spot against the tide




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



OVERVIEW – Fishing is FAIR 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 still  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  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.

BASSBass fishing is GOOD. There have been good reports of 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.

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                        October 14, 2014

No report this week

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

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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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