Well it is official. The winter chinook season is here. We have had multiple reports of fish from Vancouver Harbour, Howe Sound, Campbell River, and down in Washington. We had a couple of long-range trips planned this last week but wind and weather kept us at the dock. Those that opted for shorter trips in the harbor have also found some fish. The traditional spots off W. Van to the Cap Mouth on the flood tide and out in the “Freighters” on the ebb tide, have both been producing fish. Crabbing has also been decent. Remember the prawning closure for Jan 1st (see last weeks report).
We have been doing well on Oki Tackle Green Onion Glow Flashers and Purple Onion Glow Flashers. These UV flashers have just the right amount of attraction in the clear winter water and the glow stripe gives some added attraction when fishing really deep. For spoons we have been using the Pesca 2.5 and 3.5 spoons. These spoons work extremely well for winter chinook. Why? Because we are fishing deep for these fish, right off the bottom in 100 to 200 feet of water. As you know from previous reports, these spoons glow like crazy and as a result, fish see them from a long ways away and that means more bites for you! Attraction is key for these fish, they are usually pretty eager biters, so the trick is finding them and good flashers and spoons are critical.
If you haven’t tried this fishery, give us a call at 778-788-8582 and get out on the water for some of the most enjoyable fishing of the year and the best eating chinook salmon you will ever have.
The P.A. Saltwater Guide Team: Jason, Eddie, Dimitri