2017 summer in the Northern Strait of Georgia was a good season for Chinook. This will make a solid 6 years of consistent Spring fishing! Not so good for coho though, but there seems to be more and more Halibut getting caught every season!
I had a late start this season do to boat re-power taking longer than expected. Didn't get going until mid May. We had some decent fishing but things really got going early June with big numbers of springs! South end of Quadra Island had incredible amounts of herring all season. In June the bite came at random times but as long as you were around the bait it was worth the wait! I was running large 6" spoon's a lot early season with great success.
South Quadra is a very consistent area to fish. The Light house/Hump on the later part of the ebb tide can be alive with springs, lings and some nice Halibut! Green can, between the red/green cans and up to Fransisco Pt and Dogfish bay all hold nice fish. If your willing to battle the tides and watch your sounder for bait, the fish will come!
The southern reefs, Grants and Bates, were off and on throughout June and July, but for the second year in a row we had some awesome mid/late August action in these areas! The Chinook season seemed to run strong until the second week of Sept this year!
Late season in these areas I like to run a glow cuttlefish hoochy and either a green gater or blue meenie type non glow on the other side in the morning then switch out to plugs late morning and afternoon.
Halibut....I seem to get more and more hally's every season. All these fish are taken trolling with a majority of these fish taken on plugs trolling fast on the bottom. Next season, before the millions of Dogfish show up, I plan on spending some quality time on the anchor "targeting" Halibut.
2018 season I will be on the reports much more frequently staring in April.
As always, thank you to all my new and long time guests for coming out and making 2017 a fun a and successful season!
Have a great winter!
The northern strait of Georgia is the place to be right now! Huge schools of large herring are keeping the salmon well fed. I was watching 6 Humpback whales feeding last week around Campbell River, it takes a lot of herring to keep them happy!
The fishing last week was a little slower do to the big tides, but if you were patient and fished around the tide changes it was good.
The Campbell River hump to the light house tack an hour before and after tide change has been really good lately. The deeper water, 200ft plus, around the Green can has produced well also. A few halibut from these areas are coming in too. I put a 38LB on the boat recently and my buddy had a 50LB just trolling deep for salmon! Still a lot of legal Ling Cod to be had in this area to. Trolling hootchy's in green/glow or 6" spoons in the same colors is the ticket!
Bates beach or "Kitty Coleman Hump" has been fairly consistent this season for springs. Fishing the 200ft contour and finding schools of herring is the program. Later in the day the deeper water to the east 220-250Ft is a good place to find fish.
Grants Reef is another really consistent spot this year so far. Most boats fish the mid to south reef on the west side and have been filling the tubs. All gear seems to work here when the baits in. Hootchy's, plugs, spoons and no dog fish yet so anchovies are a solid bet!
See you on the water this weekend!
Good June day in Campbell River!
Its mid May and things are looking good for another busy season!
I was out yesterday (May17) just to target Lingcod which opened up May 1 in our area. One of the best spots around here for Lings is the south end of Campbell River. I like to slow troll the hump to the Lighthouse the last hour before slack tide.
I run a large glow cuttlefish hootchie with a short 3' leader, I tie up a leader of 60LB test with tandom 6/0 hooks, leaving the trailing hook a inch back from the end of the hootchie.This combo is irresistible for lings, and you can pick up the odd spring like we did yesterday!
The last few weeks have been a bit of a battle with weather and algae blooms in the Strait of Georgia. A few nice springs have been coming in off the south end of Quadra and Cortez Islands.
Sentry Shoals has been fishing well on the south end of the reef in 160-200Ft of water. The fish have full belly's of large herring so 5" spoons and large green spatter back hootchies are the ticket!
Bates beach is fairly consistent this year so far. Running standard gear on the bottom and an anchovie 40' off bottom works well.
Grants reef has been another good spot this spring. I like fishing the west side in 140-180Ft working the contours north to south. Grants has a mix of different bait fish around so mixing up your gear and colors is a good idea!
The weather is finally looking good, just in time for the long weekend!
See you on the water!
Happy Canada Day!!!
June ended with some fantastic fishing all over the northern strait of Georgia.
Yesterday, June 30th was non stop Chinook action off the Green can in Campbell River!
The bait (extra large herring) was over 100ft thick on the sonar in places!
Fishing the bottom under the bait with plugs or BIG spoons is the way to get them.
Early morning the bait is closer to the surface and in shallower water. Green hootchy's and spoons work best then.
The Ling cod around the Campbell River hump are plentiful this year and some really good size as well. Last week my guests hooked a double header in 180ft of water on Gibbs Delta Tackle Purple Onion flashers with glow hootchy's, ended up being a 20LB Ling and 60LB Halibut!
Bates Beach/Kitty Coleman hump is producing well the last few weeks with Chinook in the 8-20 pound range hitting all gear including flasher/hoochy's in green and white/glow. Plugs in all colors are working well also.
Spoons like the Silver Horde and Gold Star Fishing Lures KingFisher 940 are working well for Coho.
Coho is open for hatchery marked fish!
Grants reef is always a good bet this time of year also!
I like the North West end of the reef trolling the 160-220 FT contours.
The same gear we use around Bates beach works well here .
Up in the shallows of the reef you will find a lot of coho feeding, these fish are very easy to catch and great for beginners!
A few nice halibut have been trolled up lately on Grants to!
July is shaping up to be another great Chinook month in our waters. Larger fish are starting to come through now and should only get better with time!
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We are in the second week of May and things are looking good for 2016 salmon season!
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The south end of Campbell River starting with the "Hump" has had a lot of bait and some decent fishing on the slower ebb tides. 4" Silver Horde spoons with a short 42" leader behind the flasher have been working well.
Wilby Shoals between the red and green can in the 180-220ft contours are also worth trying right now.
Shelter point down to Salmon point is also a productive tack. Again the spoon including my favorite Gibbs Skinny G gold nugget with a short leader will do the trick. Spring is also a good time for towing around bait, I use 5-6" anchovies with a 4-6ft leader behind the Gibbs Purple Onion flasher. I usually run my bait 40ft or more off the bottom to avoid
rock fish/P-cod and the rest!
Sentry Shoals and Grants reef have had some good fishing the last month, but the fish seem to move fast from these spots, good one day, slow the next!
Kitty Coleman (Bates beach) has had some good fishing the last few weeks. Lots of bait stacks up on the flood tides and the springs follow it in.
I have had some nice fish caught on Yamishita hootchies in the OGL239R color, but changing around the gear is a must. I have had a few days this week when fish are on the hootchies for a few hours then nothing, switch to a spoon and bang, fish on!
Also with the thick plankton bloom this week, the bait and fish have been higher up in the water column, most of the fish have been caught in the 120-140ft when fishing in 200-220ft
Hornby Island to the south has been producing some nice fish into the 20 lb range the last week! Fishing the 160-200ft contours on the west side of Norris rock with the spoons mentioned above and anchovies behind a Gibbs Purple Onion or any Glow/moon jelly flasher have been producing well.
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It has been a very busy summer so far this year! The south end of Quadra Island has been the place to be for months now and shows no sign of slowing down!
In between the red and green can working the 180-260ft contour has been a consistent producer for nice springs! Along with the green can to Fransisco Pt tack . There are huge schools of herring all over which keep the springs around.
Bates Beach(Kitty Coleman) has been hot and cold this year.That said,I have had some nice full limit days there the last few weeks!
I am just talking about catching spring salmon in this report,there are piles of pink salmon and coho around in all areas also!
Watching your sounder and always moving your gear so you are fishing below the bait balls is key to success for spring salmon!
The gear of choice for me changes day to day for springs,but Silver Horde plugs and Yamashita hoochies and Gibbs flashers are doing the job most days!
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Another June has come and gone!
The salmon this year so far seem to be concentrated at or near the south end of Quadra Island and Campbell River shore line.
The traditional June "hot spots" like Bates beach and Grants reef just haven't been producing good numbers of springs this season.
There seems to be plenty of bait (herring) around all over the Strait of Georgia,so I'm sure these other spots will turn on soon!
Some bigger fish have been coming in the last few weeks,many in the mid to high twenty's along with a few tyee's!
Fishing the Green Can to Fransisco point has been producing big time on both tides the last week.I have had good action on hoochies and plugs in all colors.I seem to be changing gear every few hours to keep these fish biting!
There is some good tides this week for fishing "the hump" and the light house area's.The first few weeks of July usually has some awesome fishing!
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Its the third week of May and the Chinook fishing is looking very promising for the 2015 season!
Sometimes you need to search around for these fish in May, but when you find them the action and size of fish can be great! A good example of this was the Monday of the long weekend, fishing was awesome at the Campbell River hump with lots of fish up to 20 pounds! Then the next day was slow, same place, same tide and gear!
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I have been using a lot of the Silver Horde 4 inch King Fisher"lite"spoons and anchovies in Rhys Davis "Bullet roll heads" the last few months with great results.
Most important is finding the bait and you will find the fish!
Bates Beach(Kitty Coleman hump) has been hot and cold the last few weeks,it's due to turn on soon I would guess.This spot is very easy to fish,great spot if your new to the area! There is lots of Pacific cod at Bates beach so trolling fast and avoiding glow gear will help to keep these fish off your line.
Campbell River hump and the Green can are producing well.We have some nice morning tides coming this week(May 22 on) so it should be great out there!
Also a lot of nice Ling Cod around this season,trolling close to bottom while salmon fishing gets these fish along with drift jigging when the tide slows down.
Sentry Shoals and Grants Reef are producing a few fish,but no good numbers yet.
Spring time on the Island is great,there is no better place to be! Salmon are getting bigger and prawn season is open!
Locally in and around the Comox area most of the herring have moved on and fishing is picking up for spring salmon.Kitty Coleman hump has a lot of under size with some nice bigger fish mixed in.There is lots of Pacific cod around the hump,so i find avoiding glow hootchy's and speeding up a bit helps to keep these fish off your gear.Spoons and 5" plugs are a good bet!
Around Campbell River the usual spots keep producing nice fish! The 200' contour off Shelter Pt and the hump seem to be holding some bait,putting your time in and covering ground looking for bait is key to success.
The big schools of dog fish have moved on,so running hole herring and anchovies has been working well,along with the Gibbs G-force spoons. Lots of good size Ling cod around the hump and Shelter,it should be good when they open for these fun tasty fish!
Salmon and prawn fishing in April is good on the east side of the strait of Georgia also.
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The winter chinook fishing hasn't slowed down since October,it just keeps getting better!
Large schools of herring are starting to show up for their big spawn,and that's what the spring salmon are after.
All the fish I have cleaned the last few weeks have full stomach of large herring.
All gear seems to be working out there from Campbell River down to Comox. I have been using a 5" Coyote spoon silver/blue 20-30ft off the bottom trolling fast with awesome results!
The usual winter spots off Shelter point in 200ft of water,or the CR hump on the end of a ebb tide are producing lots.
In between Salmon Pt and the Oyster river out in 180-220ft can be great this time of year also!
Bates beach hump is fishing well also with lots of bait and fish around.
2015 is shaping up to be another great chinook salmon year for the Strait of Georgia! With lots of fish in the mid to high teens around now,I think we are in for some big fish come summer!
Happy new year!