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Vancouver Saltwater Report: December 18, 2015

Well it’s official! We are past the mid point of the month and the winter chinook season has started. On the days where the wind has not been too strong boats have been out and they have been into fish. There are still a lot of undersized fish around, but that is actually a positive sign as these fish grow like weeds! In a couple of months they will be large enough to keep, that means over 62 cm. Amongst all these aggressively feeding smaller fish are some keepers. You may have to weed through the little guys right now, but there are definitely some really nice size fish that have been taken this week.

There have been fish caught in Vancouver Harbour, up Howe Sound, and over in the Gulf Islands as well. Despite the strong winds, the derby down in Washington a few weeks also saw great fishing. So things are looking promising so far. It is still fairly early in the season, so we will see how January is, but for the most part it is potentially shaping up to be a great winter season like last year.

First light and a snowy Stanley Park and Lions Gate Bridge in the back ground.

First light and a snowy Stanley Park and Lions Gate Bridge in the back ground from last  Season.

Hot flashers have been Green Onion Glow, Purple Onion Glow, and if you are fishing really deep, a green or chartreuse flasher with full glow tape on one side. Pesca spoon in 2.0 and 3.5 have been good in the Gut Bomb, Yort, Basket Case, and Clupea colours. Other productive spoons have been Koho Killers and Kingfishers in size 3.0 in Irish Cream, Yellow Tail, Homeland Security, and Kitchen Sink.

Looking for a unique Christmas gift? A lot of people purchase fishing charters for their loved ones. This makes a great gift and we can plan a custom trip for anytime of the year.

If you are interested in getting out this winter, give us a call and book a date for late December and then January as this is when we had some of the best winter chinook fishing last season.

Call us at 778-788-8582.

See you in the shop or on the water,

Jason Tonelli