Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing Report
Looks like we are in for a decent weekend, not too windy and not too wet, so if you have the time it would be a good one to get out there. Fishing has been what I would call classic winter chinook action. Put in your time, find the bait, fish the tide change, and you will get your chances. If you are regular reader of this report, you have heard this many times. Don’t wait for the hot report for these feeder chinook. They move around a lot, so you just have to get out there and expect each day to be unique. This is probably why I love this fishery so much; every day is a hunt for the bait and the fish and you have to fish structure and work the downriggers. It feels more like fishing as opposed to just trolling off into the sunset.
As you can see from the above picture, there are some decent fish around and the prawning has been consistent as well.
These fish were taken on spoons and today I am going to focus on one of my favourite spoons, the Gibbs G-Force. This spoon is one of my winter go-to’s. It is a little heavier than other spoons and this is a good thing, as it won’t start to do a full rotation at higher trolling speeds. Spoons are most effective when they flutter erratically side to side and sometimes do a full rotation to mix it up. What you don’t want is your spoon to constantly do full rotations or spin. This can happen with light weight spoons if trolled too fast. We tend to troll on the faster side for winter chinook as we want to cover water and these fish are aggressively feeding and respond well to a faster presentation. The G-Force spoons are perfect for this. The 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and larger are all excellent producers but this time of year I use mostly the 3.0 because the bait is smaller. I will move up to a 3.5 or 4.0 as the size of the bait changes later in the season. In terms of colours, there are a lot of good ones, but we are fishing 150-300 on the downriggers so spoons with some glow on them seem to work the best for the most part. Here are some of my favourites.
Fish these spoons with a 5 to 6 foot leader of 25 to 30 pound test line and keep track of which colours are producing best for you at different depths, water colour, and sunlight and you will see some patterns. I am not going to tell you that, some things you do have to figure out on your own (smile). So, give these spoons a try this winter and you won’t be disappointed, they are proven producers and should be in your line-up. They have certainly found a place in mine.
See you in the shop or on the water,