SALTWATER FISHING REPORTS
Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report
Well that was quite the windstorm on Wednesday night, but it looks as though things will be back to a more normal SE wind of 10-20 knots by this weekend. SE usually means rain, so if you are heading out this weekend make sure to dress warm and bring the hot coffee as it is going to be cold, wet, and windy.
There haven’t been a lot of boats out lately, as one would expect with the wind and rain, so we don’t have any hot off the press reports. So today we are going to take a look at spoons that are productive for winter chinook. As you likely know, these fish are actively feeding on herring. For the most part the herring are on the bottom and that is where we concentrate most of our fishing pressure. The water is often 160-225 feet deep. At those depths it is pretty dark down there so spoons with some glow on them are generally the most productive. The colour green also seems to work well on the spoons. This makes sense, as green and blue are the last colour spectrums to fade out as you go deep. Colours like red and orange fade out quickly in the water column, as you go deep they become more of a black or gray colour. So that leaves us with spoons that are predominantly green and glow, a common colour combination in our local chinook waters. Size is also worth considering. The bait this time of year is often 3 to 4 inches, so your spoon should be of similar size.
Here is a picture of some productive spoons for local winter chinook waters when fishing deep, just off the bottom. Notice the predominant colour in all these spoons is glow and green and these are all in the 3 to 4 inch size.
Fish these spoons with a 5 to 6 foot leader to your favourite glow flasher. We like to use 25-pound Maxima Ultragreen on our spoon leaders. The 25 is nice as it is not too stiff, so it allows the spoon to wobble more. Don’t use a heavy leader, like 40 or 50 pound, because a heavy monofilament line will actually slow down the action of the spoon.
We are heading out Sunday and Monday if the weather co-operates, so until then I will see you in the shop or on the water.