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Ilwaco (Marine 1):

October 21, 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 21, 2014

Fishing continues from the docks in Westport with a 14.3 pound Coho still leading the Boat Basin derby. Clamming starts again in the Twin Harbors area this week and runs through the weekend but as always check the WDFW website for the latest.

We have had a couple of really good storms roll through the area which have kept all the boats tied to the dock. I know of a few charters that are trying to run trips through the end of the month when the weather allows. Give me a call if you want info on those. For the most part however, the 2014 fishing season in Westport is in the books.

This Saturday October 25th from 5 to 7 I will be hosting an informational meeting on the creation of a PSA chapter here on the coast. PSA Ocean Anglers. This meeting will be held at the Islander's Half Moon Bay Bar & Grill located at 421 Neddie Rose Dr. Westport Wa. 98595. 

There are Clamming opportunities through the end of the year, so don't forget to visit the coast. As always Have Fun, Be Safe, and we will see you in Westport!

Reports submitted by Kevin Lanier,VP PSA State Board, Owner MV Fishin' Luhrs and KC Sportfishing; Photography by Cyndi Lanier, Owner Dockside Art Studio, Westport, WA 425-328-8558

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 21, 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 21, 2014

No report this week

Sekiu (Marine Area 5):

October 21, 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 21, 2014

No report this week

Submitted by Crabaholic, Rick Derrick, Sequim, WA

Marine Area 7:

October 21, 2014

No report this week


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

Marine Area 8.1:

October 21, 2014


No report this week

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

Marine Area 8.2:

October 21, 2014


Open For Coho Salmon

No report this week

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


Marine Area 9:

October 21, 2014

High winds and rough water have kept most anglers off the water.  Coho fishing is slow but a few are still being caught.  Chums are starting to arrive in good numbers.  Chums are probably the hardest fighting fish (pound for pound) of all the salmon.  Refresh your chum techniques by reading the article under Breaking News.  Saltwater Chum Fishing

Submitted by Tom Nelson, Salmon University


No report this week

 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 21, 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 21, 2014

In area 11 this past there were no salmon reported. In most all marine areas the salmon counts have really dropped off. Still the next arriving chum salmon have not showed. The weather we are getting should bring them in?  Squidding continues to get better each week. Get out your old rain gear and go down to the docks. 

Last week we spent 3 days in Okanogan to see our granddaughter Bridgette fill both doe tags on a special youth hunt.  A happy girl and excited dad and grandparents.

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

The salmon fishing has been very slow this past week but with all the herring in the area it should pick up soon. Try the slag pile area trolling flasher and spoons on the out tide as well as the clay bank area there is also a lot of chum salmon along the Gig Harbor shoreline they are tough to catch though.  

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 21, 2014

No reports this week


Marine Area 13:

October 21, 2014




Lake Washington:

October 21, 2014



No report this week


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



Lake Chelan:

October 21, 2014




Continuing hot is trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan.  Pay attention to the WDFW website for fall stockings in Lake Chelan and Roses Lake for their fall plants to get on those Rainbow Trout.  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 1.3 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 4 inch needlefish squid rig by Silver Horde, bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish. 

Those Rainbow trout can be caught by a variety of methods.  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. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to check the terminal end of your gear periodically.  When you re-tie your knots, test the heck out of them before getting them wet.  Run your leaders between your lips to check the line for nicks and frays.  Test your hook points on your thumbnail for sharpness.  Or just enjoy telling the “big one that got away” story.   

The kid’s tip of the week is to keep the duration of these colder weather trips short.  More trips of shorter duration will be enjoyed by younger kids.  

The safety tip of the week is to recheck those trailer lights.  With the shorter days of late fall & winter, you will be depending on those lights for safety traveling to and from your favorite fishing hole.

Pictured above on 10/14/14, Steve and Odessa Hall all the way from Zebulon, GA with their mornings fish.

Pictured above on 10/16/14, Rich Neal from Glenns Ferry, ID with brother Rich Neal from Shelton, WA with their mornings fish.  The brothers had a great time getting together to fish and catch 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

October 21, 2014


Cooling weather this week has only helped the walleye, bass and perch bite on Potholes Reservoir.  Jumbo crappie 12 inches and larger have been caught by many fishers trolling at the mouth of Crab Creek and the face of the sand dunes.  Our water level continues to rise two to three inches a day.  Sand dune bass fishers are beginning to report good largemouth action from the Crab Creek Area, Goose Island, and the face of O’Sullivan Dam.  The Lind Coulee is also showing some nice smallmouth bass action.  Blade Baits are still producing walleye limits for boaters from many different areas on Potholes Reservoir.

Opening Day of waterfowl season was a duck hunters dream on Potholes Reservoir.  We had winds gusting up to 40 MPH which kept the birds on the move.  All parties that enjoyed hunting with The Duck Taxi on opening day enjoyed many local ducks.  For more information on duck hunting on Potholes Reservoir with The Duck Taxi please visit our website www.ducktaxi.com or call the reservation line at MarDon Resort (509) 346-2651.

Pheasant Hunting opens this Saturday and if you are looking for some land access for a fee you might consider joining the Royal Hunt Club.  It offers 28,000 acres of farm land donated for fee hunting options.  This land runs along the Royal Slope area and you can look at a map by stopping by the MarDon Office during 9am-6pm daily.  You can either purchase a season pass or you can purchase a 3 day pass, the price for a season pass is $300 for the year and a 3 day pass will run you $120.  For more information please call (509) 346-2651.

Chuck Celestine and his wife caught this huge 15 pound walleye tolling the face of the sand dunes.  In addition to this monster they also caught a 6 pound walleye so it turned out to be a very successful fishing day.

After googling walleye fishing in the Pacific Northwest, Bill and Beth Fluelling of Canada chose to give Potholes Reservoir and MarDon Resort a try.  Here is their catch of the day.

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


River Reports

October 21, 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 21, 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 21, 2014



Ucluelet, BC:

October 21, 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 21, 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 21, 2014


Port Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, Ucleuelet (West Coast), Somass-Stamp River System 

Fall Salmon landed in Barkley Sound by guest Brannick from Utah. Brannick
landed this salmon close to Austin Island and Meares in late September using
a dark green spatterback hootchie

The 2014 summer sport fishing season has pretty well come to an end for most of the saltwater sport fishing locations around British Columbia. The weather in many of the Pacific Rim areas was unbelievable until the early part of October.  However conditions have changed and heavy rains have hit coastal British Columbia with severity.  Some avid sport fishermen who had not put their boat to sleep for the winter took advantage of the early great fall weather and spent some wonderful sunny days with gorgeous warm afternoons in Barkley Sound up to the tenth of October in an attempt to land one or two big Coho that were late returning to their natal streams. Coho beach fishing continued on the East Coast of Vancouver Island until this week.   Areas such as Browns Bay, located close to Campbell River and Sarita Bay situated in beautiful Barkley Sound still both have some great Chum sport fishing.  Chum salmon are a wonderful sport fish and put up a great battle.  They are also great on the barbeque.  The Browns Bay Chum Run usually peaks just after the middle of October.  This year the Brown’s Bay Charity Chum Derby took place on October 17th, 18th and 19th.  This is often one of the last fishing derbies on Vancouver Island each year.

Chinook and Coho returns to many of the streams, creeks, and rivers have been very good to date.  The return of Somass River Chinook salmon stocks are clearly at what was forecast to return.  Chinook swimming through Stamp Falls to October 20th have exceeded just over sixteen thousand in number.   Adult Coho migrating through Stamp falls are at approximately thirty-seven thousand.  The Sproat Lake Chinook returns are only at one hundred and twenty-seven.  The Adult Coho returns on the other hand have been excellent at twelve thousand.  The numbers of Chinook and Coho salmon passing through the counters are currently quite high.  The peak numbers per day usually occur at this time of year.  It is fantastic to see that the Chinook returns are excellent which helps develop a natural spawn in the river system.   The drop in the river water temperature and the high discharge of water has definitely helped the migration of the salmon to their natural spawning grounds.

The heavy rains in October have put an end to any late Coho salmon fishing on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.  The Coho and Chinook have quickly migrated to the many rivers and streams as the various water systems have filled with water.  A few areas in Barkley Sound continued to have some mediocre fishing into early October especially along the Bamfield Wall, the backside of Fleming Island, Pill Point and Swale Rock.  The offshore fishing continued to be quite good with some great Coho and feeder Chinook fishing out at the Rats Nose and Big Bank.  This fishing continued relatively good to the end of September.  Coho on the outside waters definitely dominated.  The Chinook were on the small size in the late sport fishing year. 

Tuna Fishing
For some sport fishermen and many guide and charter companies the fishing on the west coast has been extended with a new type of fishing.  Many guides are now beginning to take guests out on tuna runs.  Many sport fisher persons are also using their boats with members of family or friends and are making the run offshore.  The travel time is long and it is important that those motoring out to the tuna grounds have good offshore boats that can be iced up with plenty of sea ice as the tuna need to be bled and iced immediately.  Most fishermen making the venture offshore travel with two or three other boats.  This of course is a safety measure.  All the boats that are guided have the safety equipment needed for these trips.  Sport fishermen (not guiding) should make sure that they have all of the transport Canada specified equipment. From early September to the first few days of October the warmer Pacific currents come within 35 to 75 miles off of West Vancouver Island.   The most popular area is just off the Barkley Canyon which is approximately 50 miles off of the Vancouver Island coastline.  The Albacore Tuna are found in what is termed the blue water.  The Tuna are on the warm water side or on the border where the warm current and cold water meet.  The favorable water temperatures for the Tuna are anywhere from 14 to 17 degrees Celsius (58 to 64 F).   Many of the guided trips often have three or four lines out on each side of the boat.  Some have up to five lines out on each side.  It does seem that the more gear out the better the results.  The limits per person are 20 meaning there is a lot of work during each excursion.  It is too late this year but tuna fishing is something that one may want to mull over for the 2015 season.  Of course weather is an important factor.  The fourth annual Bamfield Tuna Shootout took place from September 12th to September 20th 2014.  The first few days of fishing were slow but it did pickup.  The tournament when first initiated had three boats.   This year almost fifty boats took part.  The biggest Albacore Tuna after properly bled and iced came in at thirty-five point eight pounds.  Pai Lolo was the winner and had a payday of twelve thousand dollars.  Breakers marine of Bamfield and also Port Alberni were one of the main sponsors of the tournament and report that the proceeds go to non government organizations dedicated to conservation and restoration of pacific fisheries.

 Now that we are well past mid October most sport fisher persons are looking forward to the 2015 angling season.  Early predictions and indicators are looking very favorable for next year.   In the Port Alberni Inlet for example the returning Jack Sockeye during June and July of 2014 to the Somass system has been relatively high.  The high returns of Jacks often reflect the following years run size.   It is felt that Sockeye returns in 2015 will be well in the seven hundred and fifty thousand range which will create hopefully a wonderful sport fishery for the number one commercial Pacific salmon.  Ocean conditions have been very favorable for all five salmon species.  The mortality rates have been low.  The food sources for the salmon stocks in the North Pacific Ocean have been relatively good.  The sport fishing season in 2015 on the British Columbia West Coast should be very exciting with plenty of opportunity for everyone.
Stamp River

Steelhead fishing in the Stamp has picked up during the past weeks.  The river has now gone up a lot due to heavy rain.  Steelhead and Coho fishing will continue strong into November

Jim from Portland with Coho salmon in the Stamp River.

For those people that know the Stamp the sport fishing for Coho and Chinook during the fall has been relatively good.   Guides have been doing a great job to date for most of their guests.  The Stamp was a little tricky to fish until the end of September and even the beginning of October only because the water levels were at record lows making the salmon migration a great concern.  The heavy October rain has dramatically changed this.  Many of the guides have changed over from salmon fishing to Fall Steelhead.  This is the time of year that the fly fishing for fall Steelhead is fantastic.    The very high water that we are now experiencing can be detrimental to fly fishing and many will fish with conventional gear for Steelhead.   The fly fishing most years occurs from the mid of October into the first ten days of November.  Guides are hoping to salvage some of that great fly fishing for later in the month.  The best fishing for those fisher people in jet boats on guided trips or for those walking has been in the Lower and Upper River.  Entering the river at the rifle range is often a good choice for many.  Also driving out to Service Road and walking the river too Dolan’s pit is another excellent fishing spot when the Water levels are not high.   One needs to find an area where the water is slow and any area that the water is low.  The river has already had close to 50,000 Coho migrate into the system.  There should be a continued migration of Coho right into December. 

The Coho in the lower river have been fresh and still very bright.  Most of the Coho landed for guests, who have been averaging limits on a daily basis, are from 8 to 12 pounds.   The best method of fishing coho has been conventional using spinners, blades, and the Gibbs Coho spoon.  If and when the levels of the water drop the Steelhead in the system should become once again very active as they search for loose eggs during the natural spawn.  Fly fishermen can of course use flies of their choice but anglers who are wishing to fish conventionally can use gooey bobs, or wool that is white, pink, or orange. 

When the water does come down other areas to fish are Stamp Falls Park, Eagle Rock, Black Rock, Moneys Pool, and the Slide Pool.  The Stamp is a very healthy river system and is fishable 12 months of the year.  There is still plenty of time for Coho salmon fishing and also Fall Steelhead.  Winter Steelhead fishing begins in December and continues into late April. 

Port Alberni Inlet Barkley Sound

The fishing for Chinook in the Alberni Inlet in the late summer was rather
spectacular on various days. Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing guide John
MacDonald had opportunity to guide former Cincinnati catcher Johnny Bench (left) on a guided fishing trip in the Alberni Inlet

The sport fishing in the Alberni Inlet was very sporadic in 2014.  Sockeye were high in numbers but there were only a handful of days that had good sport fishing.  The Chinook and Coho fishing up to the Labor Day Weekend Derby was quite good.  After that time things slowed as the salmon coming into the inlet were interested in hitting the river.  The Inlet does have a few lingering Coho and a few Chum salmon in the system but no one is currently targeting them.  The 2015 season looks very promising.  The indicators for early season projections of Sockeye salmon are good.   Sockeye fishing many years last for mid June into the first week of August.  It is a wonderful family fishing trip and is a wonderful sport fishery for those from five years of age to ninety-five.  The Chinook returns in 2015 could very well be much higher as Chinook Jack returns have been quite high.  Most years the Chinook fishing gets underway by the 15th of August and limits per angler per day is two.  We will be looking forward to that sport fishery as well as Coho next August and September.

There have been some wonderful fall days on the water in Barkley Sound right through to the Thanksgiving weekend.  The afternoons, especially, have been gorgeous with great warmth from the autumn sun and water that was just magically smooth.  The sport season has dramatically slowed down but with some perseverance up to just over a week ago a few anglers have had opportunity to land the last stragglers of the incoming or migrating Coho.  Two anglers had a great time also in the Sarita Bay area with Chum salmon up to seventeen pounds.  The Coho that have been late arriving have been found at Swale Rock, where there continues to be a lot of bait fish, the backside of Fleming Island, and the Bamfield Wall.    The Coho have been hitting shorter hootchie lengths from 32 to 38 inches.  The best colors have been purple haze, jelly fish, AORL12 and the green spatterback.  Bait throughout this sport fishing season was very good. There have been a few feeder Chinook showing up. 

The Feeder Chinook have been predominately hitting anchovy in clear and green teaser heads.   The 2014 season in the sound was very good.  Late June to mid July was quite good.  The last week of August into late September was also very good with some unbelievable sport fishing.   T  The migratory salmon headed to southerly watersheds were average or just below normal for Chinook but the WCVI Coho salmon were just phenomenal the late summer and fall of 2014 which dramatically helped the sport fishing.   With some great lodge accommodation we are looking at extended trips into Barkley Sound for the summer of 2015.  Take advantage and organize your fishing trip into Barkley Sound and offshore early for a 2015 sport fishing adventure. 

Ucluelet (West Coast)
Ucluelet is one of those areas along the British Columbia West Coast that has opportunity every month of the year to get out on the water inshore, or offshore, or into Barkley Sound and fish for salmon and bottom fish.  For many months of the spring summer and early fall there are huge numbers of migratory salmon swimming their way to natal streams, creeks and rivers to the south.  These salmon are right outside Ucluelets’ backdoor and they stop on the various banks to rest and feast on herring and sardines.  The salmon are usually in relatively big numbers and create a great sport fishing opportunity throughout the years more favorable months for anglers.   There is also a good number of local salmon that feed close to the beach on the rich resources of bait fish.   Each and every year there is a return of different salmon species to local streams and rivers that extends from mid August until early November.  The fishing out of Ucluelet this year did not disappoint.  The best fishing was out at the Big Bank, the Rats Nose and Long Beach.  The salmon fishing out in these locations was very good.  There is also the new tuna sport fishery which has been going on for a few years now.   We are expecting the summer of 2015 to once again be very good out on the various banks and also inshore outside of the Ucluelet Harbor mouth.

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


A fun day Coho fishing on October 19th.

Coho fishing is. STILL GOOD in most areas with the fish running up to 15 lbs in size.
A few winter springs up to 9 lbs have also been caught, but the mature spring salmon run is over. Some chum salmon are also showing up in anglers’ catches. 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 21, 2014


Sooke, BC                                         October 21, 2014

Coho salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. The Coho numbers have been good 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. That said, a few Coho are also being caught close to the shore line, but not in large numbers. Spring fishing is virtually over and the winter springs have not moved in yet in any sizeable quantity. 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 21, 2014

Salmon fishing remains GOOD in East Sooke. Coho salmon are being caught in good numbers. Successful anglers are going out into depths as deep as 500 feet to find the fish. Most of the Coho are being caught 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 some of the wild ones. Most anglers are having their best results fishing anchovies. Some winter springs up to 9 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 21, 2014

Coho fishing has been GOOD out in the strait in 450 to 600 feet of water. Most anglers have been trolling at 90 – 130 foot depths, but we’ve also heard of fish taken as shallow as 30 feet. The majority of Coho have been unclipped ones, but there are still come schools of clipped fish coming through. Chum salmon in the 12–16 lb size have also been caught. Spring salmon fishing was SLOW for winters, but a few up to 9 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 21, 2014

Fishing has been FAIR TO GOOD off Victoria.  A few days saw good numbers of Coho being caught out by the Yellow Marker buoy and in 250-300 feet of water.  Anchovies have been working well in green and UV Chart/Flash 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 and off Albert Head. 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 21, 2014

Salmon fishing was SLOW for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap. Those anglers who went out to the banks for Coho did well. 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. 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 21, 2014

Salmon fishing was GOOD near Sidney this past week. Coho are being in good numbers near the Pender Island Bluffs. Most anglers are fishing here and there have been reports that a good numbers of fin clipped Coho were staging in the area. 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

Pictured above, Trevor Webb, 16 years of age, caught a 43 pound, 114 cm halibut out by Zero Rock Saturday, October 18th on a herring with a glow hootchie.


It’s time to go out and catch your chums, salmon that is, not your buddies. Chum salmon like black or purple hootchies, and most anglers will switch to using black hooks as well, to catch these hard fighting salmon. Troll very slowly and use a dodger instead of a flasher.



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



OVERVIEW – Fishing is GOOD 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 low. The water level in the river coming out of the lake is only 0.51 meters and downstream near Duncan it is 0.6 meters. 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, 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 fishing was GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area this past week The Vancouver Island Fish hatchery has started its fall stocking program and has so far released 32,688 catchable rainbow trout. On October 8th, Durrance Lake received 2,000, Elk Lake 2,000 and Spectacle lake 250 catchable rainbow trout. On October 14h, Kemp Lake received 500, Matheson Lake 500, Lookout Lake 250, Prior Lake 500, Thetis Lake 1,000 and Glen Lake 500 catchable rainbow trout. On October 15th, Prospect Lake received 2,000 catchable rainbow trout.

Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing from shore and right on the bottom. Yellow and Bubblegum have been good colours recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are fishing Pumpkinheads, Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Micro Leech patterns on full sink fly lines. Trollers have been doing well with a variety of lures. The Rhys Davis Baitrix Trout lures and UV Mini Strip Teasers work well for larger fish too. Other good trolling lures are the Apex Trout Killers with the police car one of the best and the black with silver glitter spots taking second place. Flatfish and/or Kwikfish have also been effective in sizes 5 to 7 in Frog, Black with Silver Flake or Rainbow Pattern. Smaller Rapalas in Rainbow Trout or Brown Trout patterns also work well; the jointed Rapalas have also been great for larger fish. Larger Willow Leaf Lake trolls with a size 6 hook tipped with a small 1-2″ piece of worm always produce fish. The biggest trout usually come from Langford Lake and Elk Lake.

BASS Bass fishing is GOOD. 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.
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 21, 2014

No report this week

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

Nootka Sound

October 21, 2014



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Winter Harbour, BC

October 21, 2014


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Queen Charlotte Islands

October 21, 2014

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 Oregon Coast

October 21, 2014

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Petersburg, Alaska

October 21, 2014


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 Great Lakes

October 21, 2014521


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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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