Got back from holidays around February 20. Before we left we had some great
days. I was looking forward to getting back out on the water when I got
home. However it was tough fishing. I guess the moody days of march arrived
a bit early this year. I’ll be laying low for another week or so getting
caught up on some other work and going to a couple of trade shows. Prime
time spring fishing will be starting mid April, so looking forward to that.
If your wanting to shake the winter cobwebs off, the time is now to book for
spring fishing. Also doing well on the salmon / halibut bookings for July
and August in Ucluelet, however I still havent heard from some of you yet!!
All forecasts are looking to another great summer of fishing.
The halibut rules have changed again. Only one halibut over 83 cm , which
is the same as last year, but none over 60 lbs. I guess they will give us a
length measurement to go by. Two possession is the same as before. If the
halibut stocks are decreasing, I guess the best way to replenish them is to
throw back the big females. As long as the commercial guys have the same
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am posting more up to date reports on there.
I look forward to hearing from you soon. Take care and …
Still pulling in some real nice rainbows. The rainbows are moody at this
time of year but when we get em they are big. Seems to be two or three days
per week when the rainbows are turned on. Fortunately the Bull Trout are
kicking into high gear to fill in the blanks. January to March are my
favorite Bull Trout months. Pull in some real nice fatties.
Hard to keep up to where they are. One day on top and the next day down
deep,but with a bit of work we can find out what they want, and where they
As far as gear is concerned, I’m using a bit of everything. Lyman’s, flies,
and billies. Just going by water conditions etc. Let them tell you what they
want that day.Speed most days is 2 – 2.5mph
Already 50% booked for 2013 salmon/halibut season, so please drop me a line
so we can get you in the calendar. Looking to be a banner year by all
forcasts.I am booking for July and August.
If you haven’t signed up on our facebook page yet, please do so, as I’m
going to do more updates and photo’s on there. Should be a little easier,
and I can send out reports from the boat.I can also post more pictures. The
email list is getting long, and its hard to send out a lot of pictures on a
The weather has been awesome.Been above freezing a lot of days in January.
Beautiful to be out on the water, and if you get a bit chilly, the Espar
furnace warms you up in the cab. Lots of great fishing days left this
winter. Hope to hear from you soon!!
The last week to 10 days has been tough fishing. Low numbers and working
hard to get our big one for the day. Not typical of this time of year.
Hopefully it changes soon !! Have tried most everything, and nothing makes a
big difference. Just have to wait patiently for the short bite time, and
your chance at a big one. Even the bull trout went moody for awhile here.
Seems to be lots of fish stacked up at 100 – 150 ft, but they seem to be in
hybernation mode. Water temp is good at 43 degrees. Patience seems to be the
order of the day, but I don’t have any in November December as the fishing
should be hot for the most part.
Having said all that we are getting some beautiful rainbows. Having an
opportunity at a big one most days. Ralph got a big male that was 35 inches
long. Most fish at this length should be well over 23 lbs, but this one was
17lbs. Big head and long, but very thin in the belly. Gorgeous fish none the
less. Like I said they seem to be in hybernation mode and not feeding. Most
of the fish we have kept have nothing in their stomachs. One 13 lber we kept
had lots of fat inside it, but its stomach was shrunk tight. Not sure if it
could have fit a kokanee in it. Shows that they are not feeding heavily.
I’ve been using everything. The 215 has been the most consistant, but I have
also hooked big fish on Lyman plugs and Billies. Most fish have been caught
below 3 mph. 2.2- 2.8 mph seems to be best.
The good news is that they should be off their diet soon, and start feeding
hard. Some little change in water temp or weather will turn them on. We’ll
be out there when it happens!!