Good reports from along the BC coast continue to roll in. In general, from Campbell River down to Puget Sound, the winter chinook has been good to excellent with some saying the best they have seen in decades.
This past week we had some local trips and some trips to the Gulf Islands as well. On the local trips we had some tough fishing over the weekend. There didn’t seem to be many fish around on Saturday or Sunday off the Cap Mouth or towards the Freighters. This can be frustrating, as the fish are here one day and gone the next when it comes to winter chinook fishing. Even though we had some tough fishing this past weekend, it is still worth heading out in the harbor this coming weekend. The fishing really does change daily in this fishery and can even turn around in one tide change.
On the days when the wind co-operated we headed over to the Gulf Islands and had truly exceptional fishing. There is a lot of bait around in this area and the winter chinook are in hot pursuit! On our last trip across we were hooking multiple chinook in the 6-15lb range and even had a double header! We are catching fish primarily on spoons, but we have been experimenting the last couple of trips with hoothcies and bait as well. We have had fish on herring with no flashers, dummy flashers with spoons or bait behind them, and flashers with hoothcies. The standout setup on the last trip was definitely the Oki Tackle Green Onion Glow flasher with a 5 foot leader to a Kingfisher “Homeland Security” spoon in the 3.5 size. This handily out produced the other setups we were trying.
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