The last 48 hours have seen a dramatic shift in coho action off W. Vancouver. It seems the strong NW winds helped push some fish into the harbor and we enjoyed some good fishing late this week with some nice coho coming to the boat and a few chinook as well. The coho have been from the mouth of the Capilano all the way down to Point Atkinson with bulk of the fish being just out from the “pink apartment” or just west of that area. The most productive flasher has been the Oki Big Shooter Green Onion. We have been doing well on white and white UV hootchies with short leaders in the 25-28 inch range and a fast troll. We have also been doing well on the 3.5 Pesca Gut Bomb (glow, green, black stripe) and the Kingfisher 3.5 in Kitchen Sink (glow, green, black stripe) with a 5-6 foot leader. With the extended forecast for hot sun and no rain, we expect the coho fishing off W. Van to continue and to get even better as more fish show up over the coming weeks.
There are still a few fish over at Thrasher but it was pretty tough to get over there this week with NW 20-25 knot winds. We were lucky enough to get there last weekend just before the big winds showed up and we landed two nice springs! The ladies had the luck this trip and played these 2 fish expertly. Both fish were off the Grande area right on the bottom and were caught on Oki Big Shooter Double Glow flasher with herring in a glow teaser head.
Victoria and Brittany with 2 nice chinook from the Grande!
The winds look like you might be able to make it over there this weekend, but for the most part anglers are looking to Howe Sound for a few springs or simply waiting for the Fraser Mouth to open on July 16th. The Howe Sound chinook have been caught from Hole in the Wall up to Sunset, usually pretty early in the morning, and from 60-115 on the downriggers depending on light conditions. As usual, bait is key in this fishery and the fish have been getting caught on anchovies and herring, 6 foot leader, behind glow Green Onion and Purple Onion flashers.
We are rapidly booking up in late July for the coho and chinook fishing and August is also booking up so if you are looking to participate in the sockeye fishery, make sure you call us at 778-788-8582 to book a prime time date.