This past week has been a good one for the local Vancouver fishing scene. The Vancouver harbour has finally perked up a bit with a few legal winter chinook being caught.
The Vancouver weather forecast is calling for cloudy conditions with periods of rain throughout the weekend and into next week. The daily high temperatures will range from 6 to 10 degrees Celsius, while the daily low temperatures will range from -1 to 6 degrees Celsius. One word can be used to describe February, dry.
The marine weather forecast for Straight of Georgia is calling for northwest winds over the weekend. You can expect some stronger winds on Saturday (25 to 30 knots) but then backing down on Sunday and then turning to a southeast wind. If you are going out fishing this weekend definitely make sure to check the latest reports as conditions can change rapidly on the ocean.
There is still lots of bait in Vancouver Harbour and in the last few days there have been some fish being caught on the flood tide, finally! It is not red hot but I was glad to hear of a few fish the other day on the morning flood.
The water is still clear and anglers are using small spoons in 3.0 inch size in a variety of green, black, and glow colours, like Irish Cream, Cookies Cream, Green Glow, and Flaming Hans. We had a few days “on the other side” this past week that were a lot of fun. Mostly small fish but lots of bites and a few nice ones that we kept. The action died off over the weekend and some colleagues headed towards Thrasher in search of fish as well, but not much too report. Such is winter chinook fishing, hear one day, gone the next!
We haven’t heard too much from Howe Sound either, a few fish here and there for the anglers willing to put in the time. Crabbing has picked up, there are some nice ones in the traps these days. Prawning has also been decent. The winds don’t look too bad this weekend and there is a nice high slack in the morning so it would be a good bet to try local waters and set some crab traps.
– Jason Tonelli
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On behalf of the Pacific Angler staff we wish you the best in your fishing endeavors and we hope to see you either at the shop or on the water.
Jason, Dave, and Eddie