We are now well into the winter chinook season and by most accounts it has been a good one. There has been solid days in the Vancouver Harbour, down south towards Washington, over in the Gulf Islands and up in Howe Sound.
This past week we have fished over in the Gulf Islands as well as Howe Sound. The Gulf Islands definitely have been a little bit more hit and miss these first two weeks in February when compared to January. There are still some nice fish around but it seems to be hot one day and cold the next. Howe Sound has been producing some nice fish into the mid teens now for those willing to explore and put in the time.
We have been using flashers and spoons and flashers and hootchies. Without question there have been a few days where hootchies were hot. In fact there have been 2 days this season where all the fish came on hootchies and you couldn’t buy a fish on a spoon. Other days it seems to be the other way around. We usually lean towards spoons this time of year, but don’t discount the hootchy. Give it a try if you aren’t getting any luck with a spoon. We usually run both rods right on the bottom giving the fish a chance at a spoon and a hootchy. If one seems to be out producing throughout the day we will switch up the slow rod. These chinook like an active presentation so we keep our leader fairly short, usually around 32-24 inches and use 50 LB test line that is stiff so the flasher gives the hootchy some nice action.
Give us a call at 778-788-8582 to book a charter on one of our Grady Whites and get some winter chinook and Dungeness crab for the dinner table! This is also a great time of year to book one of our guides to come out on your own boat and show you some tricks of the trade and how to fish the local waters.