Hello everyone. Long time no talk. Been too busy fishing. Sorry about that.
What an incredible summer on the west coast. All the guides were talking of the best salmon fishing in years. The weather was also incredible. I think there was only a half dozen days all summer that we had to hide in the islands. That being said the inside fishing was slow again this year. We’re a little worried about the Robertson Creek run. Hopefully they figure out whats going on. That’s what’s so nice about fishing offshore. There are so many different runs going by at different times there are almost always fish.
It got a little stupid from the middle of July to the first week of Aug. The fish were stacked up at the southwest corner, or the shallows. For the first 3 hours of the morning we’d head out there and load up on salmon. The bite seemed to be best for the first 3 hours of the morning.
It was around mid July when Chad brought up 11 guys for 3 days. They all took turns over the 3 days. The first day out we had a limit of 10 chinook in the boat all over 20 lbs in the first 3 hrs of the morning. Then we went coho and hali fishing. At the end of the day we had 350 lbs of fish in the boat. The second day out was the same idea but a little slower with only 250 lbs in the boat at the end of the day. By day three I was getting a few complaints because we only had 150 lbs. These guys are wrecked for life. I had to give their heads a shake. This was obviously incredible fishing and it doesn’t happen every day, but it shows you how crazy this fishery can be.
By the end of August the big springs had slowed down, but the coho are thick offshore up to 21lbs. I go back on the 10th of Sept. for 11 days of coho fishing. Should be a blast. Noodle rods and fly rods with flies or spoons in the top 60 ft.
Time to start planning for fall Gerrard trips. The way the lakes have been improving over the last two years I expect a great fall fishery.
The Bull Trout fishing has continued to be great for the month of March and will continue into April. Excellent numbers of fish 8 – 14 lbs.
The Gerrards have been very hit and miss, which is normal for March. A few coming in to 15lbs.
The water temp is currently around 37.5 degrees, so the trout will pick up when it gets a few degrees warmer. This usually happens around the middle of April.
Last Sunday, I headed out with a crew. It was blowing hard from the north, so we pounded our way past the spot I wanted to fish, then stoped and came back over it going with the waves. I thought to myself that this was going to be really good, or really bad with this weather system blowing in. I just got out all the lines, and one of the surface lines started peeling line, and we coudn’t stop it for 200 ft. I swore up and down that we had a big Gerrard on, but it turned out to be a 13lb Bull Trout with attitude. Then 15 minutes later the downrigger starts bouncing at 70ft. I grab the rod as it releases, and it starts to pull a bit of line. Halfway up it shakes loose, so we were a bit bummed about that. I set it back up, and 10 minutes later the downrigger at 70 ft starts bouncing again. Dalyn grabs the rod and this fish is putting up a great fight. As it gets close to the back of the boat, all I can see is a chrome bar about 65 cm long. After we slip it into the net, we realize that we have a 6 lb Kokannee.
What a prize catch. Great job Dalyn!! I just hope I get invited to the BBQ. Nothing tastes better than fresh Kokannee.