Vancouver Saltwater Report
Winter chinook fishing has continued to be productive overall this past week. It seemed things slowed down a lot up in Howe Sound but perhaps this was due to the full moon and the lower pressure system we had about 4 or 5 days ago. Mother Nature never leaves the good fisherman without some creative excuses as to why the fishing was slow!
There have been some decent catches of winter chinook in the Harbour at the usual spots like the W. Van shoreline, Cap mouth and the freighters. We are continuing to hear good reports from our neighbors down in Washington as well as Vancouver Island along the east coast shoreline all the way up to Campbell River and we also hear some good reports up towards Powell River. There has been some good to excellent fishing for those who have timed the wind and weather right and made the trip across the Strait of Georgia and fished from Nanaimo down towards Victoria. The overall consensus from those of us who have been searching around the last few weeks is there is a lot bait in the Strait and a lot of chinook as well, including plenty of juveniles and some larger “keepers”. This is good news and bodes well for the next few months of winter fishing and if you have been thinking about booking a charter, the time is now.
The weather looks favorable for this weekend if you want to fish locally or if you want to do some exploring up Howe Sound or over on Vancouver Island. The forecast is for variable winds and a mix of sun and clouds and perhaps a touch of rain on Saturday. Do keep an eye out for the fog though. It has been pretty thick this week, so don’t be venturing too far from home if you don’t have good a good chart plotter and radar.
For gear we have been doing very well with Purple Onion Glow and Green Onion Glow flashers. These flashers are both UV and work well in the clear winter water. The glow stripe helps if you are fishing deep as well. The Pesca spoons continue to be producing well in 3.5 and 2.5 sizes as well as the Kingfisher spoons in 3.5 and the Coho Killer. The best colors have had some green and some glow in them. We are using a 5 to 6 foot leader to the flasher. We have also been doing well with hootchies. The best colors have been UV White, White Glow, MOP (mother of pearl) White Glow and UV White MOP. For leader length try 32 to 36 inches.
See you on the water or in the shop,
Give us a call at 778-788-8582 if you want to get out on the water with us on a guided trip or call the shop at 604-872-2204 for any questions about the report.