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Chinook Fishing is HOT!

The chinook fishing continues to be good to outstanding at the Bell Buoy, North Arm, T-10 and South Arm.  If you have some time to get out fishing or book a charter with us, I suggest  you do it now.  The big chinook are here with more on the way in the next two weeks.

I was out on a charter the other day, one of my favourites, the father and son charter!  I love watching kids get so excited about fishing.  Dad, Ben, and Tyler, had a great trip with us.  It is fun as a guide when the kids keep asking Dad how much time they have left on the charter because they don’t want it to end.  Even better when they start making Dad promise to take them out one more time before the summer is over!

Ben & Tyler with an 18lb, 20lb, 22lb chinook salmon caught on the Salty Dawg

Ben & Tyler with an 18lb, 20lb, 22lb chinook salmon caught on the Salty Dawg

We have been getting these fish from 35 to 75 on the downriggers with 63 being the hot depth most days.  The water has been fairly clear, so we have been running non glow flashers on the shallow rods and glow flashers on the bottom rods.  In particular, these Gibbs Flashers have been very productive for us.

These Gibbs flashers have been great.  The one on the left has glow tape and is working well on the deeper rods, model #GRGLRS.  The one on the right has "moon jelly tape" on it and has been working well on the shallower rods, model #UVGRMJRS.  We have these flashers in stock at Pacific Angler.

These Gibbs flashers have been great. The one on the left has glow tape and is working well on the deeper rods, model #GRGLRS. The one on the right has “moon jelly tape” on it and has been working well on the shallower rods, model #UVGRMJRS. We have these flashers in stock at Pacific Angler.

We have been using glow green/chartreuse teaser heads with anchovies or herring and a 6 foot leader to the above mentioned flashers.

There have been days when the dog fish are impossibly thick.  When this happens a good trick is to troll faster and/or switch to hootchies.  We have been doing well on these Yamashita hootchies when the dog fish are too thick to run bait.

These glow hootchies, with a 32 inch leader, and a fast troll will get you big chinook and keep the dog fish away.  On the left is a Double Skirt model #DG355.  On the right is a Octopus model #OGL55R.  In stock at Pacific Angler.

These glow hootchies, with a 32 inch leader, and a fast troll will get you big chinook and keep the dog fish away. On the left is a Double Skirt model #DG5355. On the right is a Octopus model #OGL55R.

There have been some red springs around but we are also starting to see lots of big white springs around.  Just as I am writing this report I received a text about a fish north of 30lbs caught off the Bell Buoy.  Some of the biggest fish of the season are going to get caught in the next two weeks as the big Harrison River white springs show up.

To book a charter please call Bryce at 778-788-8582 or stop by Pacific Angler for the latest gear and reports.

Jason Tonelli