This past week have had a few reports of the first winter chinook being caught. Don’t go rushing down to the dock and blow the leaves of your boat and race out there though! It is still early for this fishery and the best fishing will be from late December to early April. There are always a few guides and anglers searching for the first winter chinook of the year in November and our sources who have been out have indeed caught a few, but they have also been skunked just as many days as they have caught fish. In November we are usually concentrating on our river fishing guiding but very soon we will be heading down to the Gradys to start preparing for our first winter chinook trips of the year. One interesting thing to note is that we have some customers down in Washington who buy Pesca spoons from us and they are reporting some excellent winter chinook fishing already. We have also heard of some good fishing from N. Vancouver Island. Let’s hope this means we are in for a good winter chinook season in our local waters. As usual, for these fish you want to be right on the bottom because that is where the bait is. Anglers often do well on spoons with a 6 foot leader attached to their favourite flasher. In the clear water this time of year we often do well with a Green Onion or Purple Onion flasher, 6 foot leader and a smaller Pesca spoon or Kingfisher spoon. Prawning has also been off to a good start. In fact it never really ended as the prawning has been good to great almost all year except for a brief slow period when the commercial fleet was out.
- Winter chinook spoons for our local waters and beyond
If you would like to book a trip for winter chinook, some BC spot prawns, and some dungeness crab, give us a call at the shop and book some prime dates for late December and all of January, February, and March.
The P.A. Saltwater Guide Team: Jason, Eddie, Dimitri
Give us a call on our charter phone at 778-788-8582 to book a charter or come by the shop for all the right gear and some friendly advice. The shop number is 604-872-2204.
On behalf of the Pacific Angler staff we wish you the best in your fishing endeavors and we hope to see you either at the shop or on the water. To check out the latest Pacific Angler news view the Pacific Angler Facebook page.
Jason, Matt, Max, Andre, Sam, Eddie, Dimitri, Kathryn