Well finally it looks like the rain is gone until late next week and with the sun comes the NW winds. If the winds aren’t as strong as forecast, you might want to take a look down at the South Arm. There are still some of the larger white springs pushing through, and right about now we will see some good numbers of coho starting to show up. You can keep 2 hatchery coho a day and the odds are pretty good you will find some clipped fish. There are large hatchery coho programs on the Vedder/Chilliwack River and Chehalis River. Most of these fish seem to stage off the South Arm in the next couple of weeks before they head up the Fraser and onto their parental stream. Usually we catch these fish while using herring or anchovy while fishing for chinook, but if you want to target them, try trolling with white hootchies and picking up your speed a little bit. In the past I have down well with this technique and productive depths are generally in the 30-75 zone on your downriggers.
If the winds are too much for you to get to the South Arm, the Cap Mouth can be a good place to hide. So far I would say the fishing off the Cap Mouth this year has been pretty consistent, especially with all the rain we had this September. A lot of fish did make it up the river on 3 separate high water events, but despite this, we have had some pretty good days. If we didn’t have such a wet September I think we would have had some of the better Cap Mouth chinook fishing we have seen in a number of years. This is pretty congruent with what we have seen all spring and summer, chinook fishing has been good to great. As we finish September and go into the first week of October, the Cap should be decent. There are no large rain events in the forecast and there will be more chinook showing up this coming week. So it’s not over yet!
Earlier this week I was over in Sooke at Vancouver Island Lodge where I attended some Sport Fishing Institute meetings. We were lucky enough to squeeze in a quick morning coho fish and I am glad we did! We got into all sorts of coho and there was a good number of hatchery ones in the mix. There is a lot going on at SFI leading up to the election. Expect some hard hitting messages to be coming out soon. This organization is on the front lines everyday, working for your right to have access to our fisheries and promoting sustainable management of our ocean resources for all Canadians. Here is the latest SFI Member Update and if you would like these emailed to you directly, head to the Home Page and scroll to the bottom and sign up. If you want to support this organization, please come to the Big Splash Gala and Fundraiser on November 15th. This is our main fundraiser and your support is needed and greatly appreciated!
See you in the shop or on the water,