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salmon, trout, halibut, steelhead, bass fishing report

Vancouver Island Fishing Reports: For August 2014

From: Victoria, Oak Bay, Sidney, Langford, Elk Lake, Prospect Lake, Sooke, Pedder Bay, Lake Cowichan Area, Port Renfrew, Nitinat Lake, Nitinat River, Harris Creek, Cowichan Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Duncan, Chemainus Lake, Salt Spring Island, St. Mary Lake, Cusheon Lake, Nanaimo, French Creek, Parksville,Qualicum,  Spider Lake, Cameron Lake, Nile Creek, Courtenay / Comox, Oyster River, Campbell River, Gold River, Oyster River, Salmon River, Port Alberni,  Bamfield,Ucluelet, Tofino, Barkley Sound, Nootka Sound, Moutcha Bay, Port Hardy.

OPENINGS

ROCKFISH CONSERVATION AREAS are closed to all fin fishing. Descriptions of these closures, and other recreational fishing information, can be found on the Internet at: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish

SHELLFISH SANITARY CLOSURES - Over the summer shellfish sanitary closures are common in Island waters due to warmer temperatures leading to blooms of dangerous micobal life. Detailed bivalve shellfish closure information and maps are available at: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/psp

Contact the Department of Fisheries and Oceans For fishing regulations, to report violations, or just give your opinion: Website: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish/Tidal/coastalmap_e.htm Phone: Port Hardy 250-949-6422, Campbell River 250-850-5701, Comox 250-339-2031, Port Alberni 250-720-4440, Tofino 250- 725-3500, Nanaimo 250-754-0230 , Duncan 250-746-6221, Victoria 250-363-3252. \

CURRENT RIVER CONDITIONS

Find out river conditions, water levels, volume, temperatures, etc, before you leave home.

www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/text_search/search_e.html?search_by=p&region=BC

 

SOUTH ISLAND FISHING REPORT - Victoria, West Shore, Sidney, Saanich

Salt Water - Good weather brought out lots of anglers, and lots of salmon success. Currents were decent for halibut, but dogfish made for tough fishing.

For the latest updates in DFO regulations go to http://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm?pg=search_results&lang=en&ID=recreational&Year=2014

BECHER BAY - A few big springs have been caught, but mostly teens and 20s. Near Beechey Head and the Trap Shack anglers were finding success in early mornings on the flood current, catching salmon in depths of 40-90 feet on the downrigger. Best results were with anchovies in blue/green chrome or Bloody Nose teaser heads. For flashers Madi and Purple Onion have been good lately. G-Force spoons in smaller sizes have been working as well.

PEDDER BAY - In the Pedder Bay and in Whirl Bay lots of small springs and small coho have started to show up, which has made it tough to keep your bait down to catch that big one. The springs are mostly 8-14 lb., many caught between 60-80 feet on the downrigger. Anchovies were productive with Chrome Joanne, UV green and Purple Haze teaser heads. Anglers are still getting some fish trolling Coho Killers and G-force spoons in glow and green. Squirts are working in UV colours like the Jellyfish, Purple Haze and Electric Chair. The best flashers have been the Silver Betsey, green/silver Hot Spot and Purple Haze.

Halibut - The large numbers of dogfish made for tough fishing. Find a spot with less dogfish. Anglers were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs to stay away from the dogfish.

VICTORIA - Constance bank has seen a large amount of shakers and some coho. Anglers were finding decent 9-15 lb. fish. The better springs were close to the bottom and biting more frequently on the flood tide. Closer in, springs to 20 lb. were caught between Brotchie ledge and Clover Point. Fish were out a bit from shore and 60-80 feet on the downrigger. With little bait holding, they seem to be passing through and not stopping to feed. Anglers at Constance are using Coho Killer (yellowtail or green/glow) or G-Force spoons in Outfitters or No Bananas. Good plastic baits are Electric Chair, Purple Haze and Glo Below. Closer in, anchovies are the best choice.

Halibut - Halibut fishing was slow, although the currents were decent, dogfish made the fishing difficult.

OAK BAY - On the Flats and in the Gap salmon have been in the 8-12 lb range. Most anglers were trolling with a few boats jigging, both reporting slow fishing. Anglers were using squirts, spoons, or tiny strip. Trollers caught fish on Coho Killer spoons and 3"-4" G-Force and Gypsy spoons. Good squirts were the Electric Chair, Pickle Green, J-79 and Jellyfish. Good flashers were Purple Onion, green/silver or green Jellyfish.

Halibut - Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics, a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs.

SIDNEY- Salmon seem to be scattered, but all the popular spots have a few fish. Many anglers have been using anchovies in UV green teaser heads. Squirts have been out producing hootchies. Coho Killer spoons have also been working well, in double glow and 50/50 colours.

Fresh Water - Trout fishing was good on most lakes in the South Island. The total Island trout release this spring was 57,305 Fraser Valley strain rainbow trout.

Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms right on the bottom. Fly anglers are using Pumpkinheads, Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Micro Leech patterns on full sink fly lines. Trollers are doing well with Baitrix Trout lures and UV Mini Strip Teasers. Other good trolling lures are Apex Trout Killers and Flatfish or Kwikfish. Smaller Rapalas in Rainbow Trout or Brown Trout patterns also work well. Larger Willow Leaf Lake trolls with a size 6 hook tipped with a small 1-2? piece of worm always produce fish. The biggest trout usually come from Langford Lake and Elk Lake.

BASS - This time of year bass are shallow in the mornings and evenings. There has been good early morning fishing with spinner baits in chartreuse, white and black. During the day, soft plastics rigged Carolina style work well and crank baits can work. Crank baits have been effective when fished with a fast retrieve. Soft plastics rigged Carolina Style is also good when fishing drop offs and docks. Surface lures have been producing well in the evenings and mornings. Langford Lake, Shawnigan Lake, Prospect Lake and Elk and Beaver Lakes are the best local bass lakes. St. Marys Lake on Salt Spring Island is also a great lake for bass fishing.

Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas St.,  Victoria, ph: 475-4969

 

SOOKE FISHING REPORT

Spring salmon fishing has been on fire the past month and should continue all summer. All the local hot spots have been producing nice fish; average weight has been around 20 lb. There has been a fair number of 30 pounders being weighed in at local marinas also.

Best fishing depths have been 50 ft. to 90 ft. Anchovies trolled in various teaser heads: Purple Haze, Bloody Nose, Glow, Frog Glow, Tiger Prawn, Glow and Chrome Purple have been working great. I have been using a 52 to a 54 inch leader. For flashers Silver Betsy, Super Betsy, purple Hot Spot, Purple Haze, green glow and red have been working great. Also if you are interested in venturing out to the second and third tide line, there seems to be quite a few bluebacks around. Coho Killers are working good for these guys.

On the halibut side Jordan River and Muir Creek are still pretty good for 15 to 40 lb. halibut. There’s still lots of dogfish around so you might like to take some Powerbait and jigs to keep away from the dogfish.

Until next time happy faces and tight lines.

Al Kennedy, Reel Excitement Salmon Charters www.salmonexcitement.com email: fishing@salmonexcitement.com 250-642-3410

 

LAKE COWICHAN AREA FISHING REPORT

Salt Water - ort Renfrew: Halibut fishing is excellent. Top baits XL herring, mackerel, octopus. Top artificials are Berkley 8" Power Grubs or large Tomic or Wonder Spoons. Fish these off your spreader bars as you drift. Bouncing the bottom periodically is like ringing a dinner bell. When jerk fishing try adding strips of octopus off your large jigs. Octopus is extremely tough and will add scent to your jig.

Fish showing at Port Renfrew 8 to 40 lb. chinook. Lots of coho to 12 lb. Best lures: Gold Betsy Purple Onion or Purple Haze flashers. New Green Onion flasher and chrome Jo-Anne Mint Pearl head Rhys Davis is a hot colour this year.

Cowichan Bay - Sansun Narrows: Jerkers doing well on new Holographic Jigs of P-line at the 60’ to 80' depth. Fish up to 25 lb. Trolling with a purple glow flasher and small anchovies.

Nitinat - By mid-month should be going strong for cut pluggers on the bar. The lake should kick into high gear around the end of the month.

Beach fishing Salmon Point, mouth of Oyster River, Nile creek mouth, Departure Bay, Cowichan Bay. Pinks will be staging and ready to play. We carry a large selection of beach flies. Pinks are great fun on light tackle and excellent eating. (Dress fish and put on ice right away.)

Fresh Water - Cowichan Lake: Fishing good. Fish holding 30-60’ level. Top producers are large 50/50 Gang Trolls with a red Wedding Band tipped with a worm. Also try F7 Flatfish or a K7 Kwikfish in frog patterns or Silver Coho Blue, trolled well behind your boat (100') doing an S pattern over the drop off paralleling the shoreline.

Cowichan River - Fly fishing: river low and warm. Take lots of time reviving fish. Best hatches in the evening. Work the riffles with bead head nymphs - Princes the main stay, Rubber Leg Pheasant Tails when May flies are hatching, Hare’s Ear when Caddis hatching. Best dries American March Brown or Caddis in sizes 10/12/14. For larger browns #6 to #10 Bead Head Rubber Legged Golden Stone Nymphs dead drifted over shoals into drop offs. Rolled Mudlers or large Wooley Buggers stripped through deeper holes.

Nitinat River - By mid month chinook should be entering lower river and going strong by month end.

May your rod bend to the butt and your smile go from ear to ear.

Our store is closing on December 31, 2014. Serious clearance prices.

Reduced hours Friday & Saturday 8:00 to 4:00

Gord March, Cowichan Fly & Tackle, 98 South Shore Road, Lake Cowichan BC 250-749-4964 www.cowichanflyandtackle.ca

 

PORT RENFREW FISHING REPORT

Fishing is full on for both salmon and halibut! Both shoreline and off shore fishing is excellent for pelagic chinook to 30 lb. Spoons, hootchies, plugs are all producing quality fish. Halibut fishing is also excellent. Sockeye are starting to flop around on the surface. We should have a sockeye fishery in full swing when the test fishery announces our opening in Juan De Fuca.

Swiftsure Bank is alive, there are plenty of Orcas, humpbacks and grey whales around. We are now in the foggy season, with lots of freighter traffic. If you are planning a trip off shore, go prepared with the proper navigation equipment! There's lots going on out there. Better yet, hire a professional guide and focus on cranking in the fish, and let us get you there and back safely. Have an awesome fishing season!

If you want a guaranteed west coast fishing adventure phone me at number below or please visit on line at: pacificsportfishing.ca

Dan Harvey, Pacific Sport Fishing Charters, Port Renfrew, 1-866-537-2838

 

NANAIMO FISHING REPORT

SALT WATER - There’s springs off the waterfront, and more and more coho. As we get closer to a terminal fishery salmon fishing will be more consistent.

It’s still a deep fishery, 150-175 feet on the downrigger. Hot spots include the Fingers, in front of Neck Point, and the outside of Gabriola. Good hootchies and spoons are Irish Cream, Green Splatterback and Pink Sink.

All of August we expect good pink salmon beach fishing at Departure Bay and the Milestone estuary The pink salmon have shown up in big numbers up north but so far we’re still waiting for the big wave of fish to arrive.

Lingcod and bottomfish are still open, and are always out there. Find a good rock pile and jig them up.

Freshwater - There are trout being caught at area lakes, but with hot weather they go deep. Try bottom bouncing floating Powerbait. The bass are the opposite; they come up top when it’s hot. The bass fishing has been good with surface lures.

Gone Fishin’, 600-2980 North Island Hwy. ,Nanaimo, ph: 250-758-7726

 

FRENCH CREEK / PARKSVILLE / QUALICUM FISHING REPORT

Big Chinooks are coming... August truly is the month salt water anglers in local waters await with great anticipation. Mature chinook salmon heading for the Big and Little Qualicum rivers will provide all sorts of excitement for trollers and jiggers alike.

In early to mid August these chinook salmon will move into our area looking for lots of food to store energy for their spawning migration. Out Front, Ballenas and Gerald Islands are good areas to try. A trip over to Lasqueti Island can also be productive, Finnerty and Sangster Islands are also good areas to try. Make sure to check the marine forecast for the day before heading over to Lasqueti Island.

When targeting chinook salmon that are still feeding try an Army Truck hootchie (42" leader) with a red/silver flasher, or a black/white spoon (60" leader) with a green/silver flasher. At this time of year the dogfish have moved in and using bait (anchovie, herring, herring strip) is pretty tough.

In mid to late August things start to really heat up when these mature chinook salmon start to mill around the mouth of the Big and Little Qualicum rivers. These salmon will not be feeding at this time, so the gear choice changes dramatically. Try using a Bubblegum Pink Mini Plankton hootchie (32" leader) with a green/silver flasher. My personal favourite is a Bubble Gum Pink Mini Plankton hootchie inserted into a Purple Haze hootchie with a Purple Haze flasher. Also small 3-1/2" spoons in Bubblegum Pink (36" leader) with a green/silver flasher work well too. You're usually fishing in water depths of under 100' keeping the gear 20'-80' on the downriggers.

Jiggers do well at this time of year too. A 2-1/2 Oz. Mac Deep or Salmon Slayer jig near the bottom should do the trick.

The bite seems to really take off at dusk, so make sure all your navigation lights are working to ensure a safe trip home. I'm happy to announce that as of June 27 until December 31, you may retain 2 coho per angler/day, of which 1 may be wild (adipose fin attached). A special thanks goes out to our Area 14 Sport Fishing Advisory Board (SFAC) for making this positive change happen.

The French Creek Salmon Derby will take place August 22-24 this year. This is a fun event for all ages, with great prizes. All the proceeds from the derby go to the Marion Baker Fish Hatchery (coho enhancement) on French Creek. Early registration available call (250) 248-3713 ext. 21. Hope to see you there!

Darrell Jobb, Western Star Charters, 250-951-5927, westernstar@shaw.ca

& French Creek Harbour Store, 5 - 1025 Lee Rd., Parksville, 250-248-8912, www.frenchcreekstore.ca

 

MID-ISLAND RIVERS & BEACH FISHING REPORT

I write this having just returned from an early fishing trip to Campbell River to chase the first run of pink salmon that I had been reliably informed had started to run the river.

And so it proved ! Not massive quantities but bright chrome silver fish mainly concentrated in the lower river in the 2 - 4 lb. range that fought like crazy and jumped several times. Fantastic sport on a light 6 weight fly rod. This is the start of the run and the following weeks will see greater numbers of fish enter many of the east coast rivers on what should be a bumper year for all of the Pacific salmon species. Until then, with little water in many mid-Island rivers, pinks will congregate off the beach where the river of their birth enters the sea.

Nile Creek in Bowser has long been regarded as a local hot spot, but is beginning to be a victim of its own success, with large numbers of anglers concentrated into a small area, shoulder to shoulder. Search out less popular beaches and search for those fish that always show themselves by jumping and head and tailing in relatively shallow water.

If you fish the fly the general mantra is pink salmon like pink flies, although this is perpetuated by the fact that most anglers are using pink ! Sometimes it pays to change colours and try green, chartreuse, purple and blue.

The gear guys will be using Buzzbombs or Zzingers and small Deadly Dicks. They can be amazingly effective especially when the fish are a long way out. Another really popular method is to use a fly or small Blue Fox under a water float. Sometimes the fish will want it almost static and other times retrieved quite fast so if you are not catching fish that you are covering change what you are doing.

This is the start of the season proper for many fishermen which will last right through until the end of October when the chum arrive.

Whether you are fishing fly, gear or saltwater we have all the right equipment and advice to help you whether you are a novice or an experienced angler.

Tight lines !

Keith Hyett, Coast Sportfish,  202 - 891 Island Hwy. West, Parksville,  telephone 250-586-6622,  www.coastsportfish.com

 

PORT ALBERNI / WEST COAST - BARKLEY SOUND FISHING REPORT

Salt Water - Saltwater - The Canal has slowed a bit for sockeye, but we’re still doing well with limit catches despite a commercial opening.

Black hooks (no hootchies) or half black/half pink hootchies are the best sockeye lures. Up past China Creek has been the best area. The run is not quite as big as predicted, but still big. Last year it was all over by now; this year’s sockeye fishing will have petered out by the middle of August.

We’ve had Columbia River fish up 40 lb.+ showing on the edges of Barkley Sound. Springs into the 20s are starting to run inside. Fish at 80-100 feet on the downrigger Best baits have been anchovies, white 4" spoons or chartreuse needlefish hootchies.

Watch for in season regulation changes allowing possession of 4 springs.

The Port Alberni Tyee Club is running a hidden weight derby through until August 29. For details see:

http://albernivalleytyeeclub.org

Bottom fishing for ling cod has slowed down lately in Barkley Sound. The bite might just be off temporarily. Look for rock piles and jig your favourite bottom presentation.

Fresh water - Trout fishing in the smaller lakes just started and now it has slowed down again with the heat. The big lakes, Sproat and Great Central, are still going strong, but fish have gone deeper. Sockeye fishing in the river has been good, but will close at the end of July.

Gone Fishin’,  5069 Johnston, Port Alberni,  ph: 250-723-1172

 

43rd ANNUAL PORT ALBERNI SALMON FESTIVAL, LABOUR DAY WEEKEND, AUGUST 29 - SEPTEMBER 1

The 43rd annual Salmon Fest is announcing an increase in prizes this year! For 2014 the top daily prize has been boosted to $5000 with the winning fish catching a whopping $15,000! With hidden weight and other prizes bringing the total to $50,000 Your chances at catching a winner have gone up this year. Tickets will be $40.00 per rod.

The 43rd Annual Port Alberni Salmon Festival will be held on the Labour Day Weekend, August 29, 30, 31, September 1. There’s lots of fun for the whole family, on the water and in town.

With the high forecast salmon returns for the 2014 season this year’s Salmon Festival could see lots of big fish. The Labour Day Weekend is peak season for chinook salmon running through Alberni waters. The largest ever caught was Art Berlinski’s 60 ln. 8 oz. chinook in the 1982 Festival.

On each of the three fishing days there is a $5,000 first prize for the biggest salmon, $2,000 for the second biggest and $1,000 for third place. The overall largest salmon of the derby will be worth $15,000. Additional draw prizes of all sorts will ensure that this derby has plenty of winners.

Serious anglers with their eyes on the big fish and the prize money have been honing their skills and local knowledge by fishing the hot spots in the Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound. Among the locations that have produced winning fish in past years are Pill Point, Bamfield, Headquarters, and San Mateo Bay.

A Friday night fireworks display sponsored by Quality Foods will open the Salmon Festival. There will be continuous free entertainment on the grounds and a wide range of fun activities and attractions for the whole family, including a bullhead derby for the kids, Bavarian gardens for adults, a dunk tank for the local celebrities, and a fishermen’s breakfast each morning from 5 am -10:30 am.

Clutesi Haven is the weight station for major prizes. Weigh-in stations for hidden weight prizes are at China Creek, Bamfield at Seabeam Marine.

Derby boundaries are Alberni Inlet line, Cape Beale to Amphrite Point. Tickets are $40 per rod. Prize presentations will be at Clutesi Haven Marina at 4 pm, Monday. Tickets can be purchased by calling 250-723-5223. Tickets are available at Alberni Tourist Bureau, Gone Fishin’ stores, Alberni Industrial Marine Supply, A-1 Convenience Store, Breakers Marine, Beaver Creek Market, Parksville Boat House, Canadian Tire, Jax Store.

For more Salmon Festival information visit the official derby website: www.salmonfestival.ca

The action will be updated live on local radio 93.3 FM, the Peak.

Salmon Festival rules are subject to Fisheries and Oceans regulations.

 

WEST COAST - BAMFIELD FISHING REPORT

Fishing was treacherous for a while, but it has picked up now. There’s tons of chinook salmon in Ucluelet Harbour. They’re hitting on glow hootchies at 40-60 feet. Lots of springs around Cree and Meares at 80 feet. The Big Bank is starting to pick up again. In August we’re going to be catching plenty of big chinooks. There’s plenty of coho, and we’re now allowed one wild coho and one hatchery coho outside the "coho line". There’s also lots of nice halibut on the banks.

Dan Bishop, Bish’N’Son Fishing Adventures, Bamfield

250-722-2256, cell (250) 714-5989 www.bishnson.com

 

WEST COAST - UCLUELET

The Hlinas just finished their three day fishing marathon with Big Bear. The sea was nice and calm, they got full limits of salmon. and even spotted some humpback whales. The winning lures on this trip were anchovies and Turds.

The fishing's been killer! Give us a call and get in on it. We still have a limited number of dates available for August so book a trip of a lifetime with Big Bear Salmon Charters.

 Tight Lines, The Crew @ Big Bear

www.bigbearsalmoncharters.com  1-855-9- Salmon

 

Enhancement News - INCREASED COHO SMOLTS COUNTED IN LOST SHOW CREEK

by Danielle Francis

Central Westcoast Forest Society (CWFS), based in Ucluelet, is dedicated to restoring and conducting research in local forest and stream ecosystems. Lost Shoe Creek is within the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District and enters the ocean at Florencia Bay in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

This creek historically supports anadromous and resident populations of coho, chum, pink, Dolly Varden, cutthroat and steelhead. In the late 1960s, 90 per cent of the creek’s riparian corridor was logged. Spawning gravel was removed for road construction and large volumes of wood waste were left in the creek degrading spawning and rearing habitat. Since 1997, CWFS has been restoring Lost Shoe Creek: stabilizing landslides, adding spawning gravel, making an off-channel and removing large wood debris.

In 2007 CWFS began to monitor salmonid populations using a smolt trap to measure the number of juvenile salmon heading out to sea. CWFS happily reported that this year nearly triple the number of coho were counted in Lost Shoe Creek since beginning this monitoring project, with 1,915 coho smolts heading out to sea!

 

WEST COAST - TOFINO

Things are starting to heat up with good numbers of chinook (king) salmon showing up ranging from 18-25 lb. caught off-shore at 60-100 ft. on the rigger. Squid-like hootchies seem to be the weapon of choice now as we are seeing many of our chinook bellies plugged with squid.

In-shore of Clayoquot Sound is also fishing well. We are now seeing more chinook and the coho are coming in at the 7-9 lb. range. Bucktails and Coho Killer spoons are great choices to tow.

Anglers are catching halibut on the bottom close to the beach and around 3 to 7 miles out. For the best results fish around gravel beds with power bait grubs and herring and squid.

For more info on the hot spots fuel, bait and your weapons of choice visit Method Marine Supply. They are always happy to point you in the right direction and are keen to get you on the fish.

Shawn Counts, General Manager - Method Marine Supply Ltd., 219, 380 Main St., Tofino 250-725-3251, 250-266-2384

 

WEST COAST - NOOTKA SOUND / MOUTCHA BAY

Salt Water - The fishing and weather remain excellent as we continue to enjoy one of the best angling seasons on record. Both the inside fishery for local mature Conuma River chinook, and the outside at Bajo Reef and beyond remain steady and hot for all runs of wild Pacific salmon and all species of bottom fish. As the daylight hours begin to decrease and the smaller more mellow tides of summer settle in, boaters are enjoying easier and more consistent access to the outside bounty. Coho, chinook, halibut, lingcod, and rockfish are all readily available to those willing to put in the time and effort to target them.

Local Conuma fish are holding in all the traditional spots: Hoiss Point, Strange Island, Beer Can Bay, Camel Rock, Three Bay, and The Wall are all producing fish. Early mornings until 10 a.m.-ish, and again in the late afternoon till early evening are the best times for inside fishing. 4 to 6 inch spoons, 5 to 6 inch Tomic plugs, flasher with glow cuttlefish hootchies, and flasher and anchovy are all working both inside and on the outer reef. When targeting bottom fish try to utilize the high slack through the first two hours of the ebb. Look for structure where the depth is inconstant, with rock and gravel up-croppings. With all the migratory coho and pink salmon heading by, bottom fish will come out of the deeper water to feed on the smaller weaker salmon, so there is no need to look for these fish in any water deeper than 120 to 180 feet.

Fresh Water - There are some early chinook and coho opportunities in the lower staging pools of the Conuma River at first light and in the late afternoons. Both spoon and fly fisherman have been sharing some limited success until we get more rain to push these fish further up into the system. However the same staging fish in the Moutcha Bay estuary are being readily taken on the same gear from small pontoon boats on a daily basis.

Tight Lines, Good Luck, and Safe Fishing

Gibran White, Marine Operations , Manager, Nootka Marine Adventures 1-877-377-5464  www.nootkamarineadventures.com

 

COURTENAY / COMOX VALLEY

ribune Bay, Denman Island and Kitty Coleman are fantastic right now for coho and springs. Jigging with Point Wilson Darts or trolling with Cop Car spoons has been working well. Blue Meanie or Oil Slick hootchies have also been great producers.

There are also some great spots for lingcod in the Tribune Bay area. Glow/silver Darts work great for ling in all areas.

We are starting to see some pink salmon showing up around the shorelines and river mouths. The Oyster River is always a good spot to fly fish or spin cast for pinks. Make sure to use pink Buzz Bombs, Lil Nibs, Zzingers, or pink fly patterns.

All of the local lakes have been great this year. Troll with blue, green, or red Wedding Bands and a worm (check for bait bans). Casting with Crocs, Panther Martins, or Blue Fox in the early morning or evenings is usually the most productive. Muddler Minnows, Doc Spratley, Carry Specials and leach patterns can be used for trolling or fly casting.

Don’t forget that Tyee Marine is hosting its 6th annual "FREE Customer Appreciation Salmon Derby" from May 15 until September 15.

Kerry Amos, Tyee Marine (Peter’s Sport Shop), 870 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay, 334-2942

 

CAMPBELL RIVER AREA

Salt water - The Green Can and the Hump have been hot spots this year. Many springs in the 30-40 lb. range are being caught.

Vancouver Island made Tomic Plugs are catching these monster fish as well as Disco or Michael Jackson hootchies with a green or UV flasher. The New King Kandy Trolling Lure by The Point Wilson Dart Co. has also been a winner.

Coho are showing at the Green Can as well as Brown’s Bay. DFO has changed the coho regs this year, which allows fishermen to keep one wild and one hatchery. Don’t forget that as of July 15, our normal restrictions are in affect for the Campbell River area as well as the Lighthouse Closure and Tyee Pool restrictions.

Keep an eye on the regs for any other potential openings or closures and for Campbell River restrictions and maps. You can use the website below or simply Google "Area 13 Regulations" and it will be the first site to pop up.

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/tidal-maree/a-s13-eng.htm

Pink salmon have always been one of the easiest of the salmon family to catch. The returning numbers are typically quite huge, and they’re are fun to fish for. In the past, the Brown’s Bay area has been a fantastic area to fish for pinks. But the best part is that you can fish for this species of salmon from shore, the river mouths as well as Discovery Pier (no boat needed). Make sure to stock up on pink lures and flies.

Halibut is open however, the regulations have changed. If you are thinking about hali fishing, use tackle such as Mudrakers, Powerbait with a 16-24 oz. jig head or frozen bait on a spreader bar.

Fresh Water - Many of the local lake have been stocked with cutthroats which can make a great day at the lake with the family. You can target the larger trout by trolling deep with Leo’s Wedding Bands, Wiggle Wood Lures or Flatfish and a bit of weight. Muddler, ant and leach patterns work great in all of our local lakes.

Thanks, Kerry, Tyee Marine, 880 Island Hwy., Campbell River, 250-287-2641

 

PORT HARDY

Spring salmon are averaging 20-30 lb., and a few over 30 are now coming in. Into early August we’ll see more chinooks in the 30s, 40s and 50s.

The new Durabait and Coho Killer spoons are taking their share of big springs. Fishing depths up here are only 40-50 feet. These salmon are feeding on needlefish.

There’s lots of coho. The biggest so far was 11 lb. Expect 18-20 pounders by the third week of August. Fish for those coho right on the surface down to 40 feet. There’s also big schools of sockeye finning and jumping. We’re waiting on an opening. There’s tons of pink salmon too. There must be 100,000 or more inside Hardy Bay and kids are having a blast catching them right from shore.

Halibut fishing has been good with lots of 20-40 lb. fish. They’re shallower now in 200-260 feet of water and jigs have been working best on bigger fish.

Jim’s Castle Point Charters & The Bait Shack, 250-949-9294, cell 250-949-1982

 

                                                                                                                                                    

CHECK CURRENT RIVER CONDITIONS

Find out river conditions, water levels, volume, temperatures, etc, before you leave home.

www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/text_search/search_e.html?search_by=p&region=BC

                                                                                                                                                      

2014 TIDAL WATERS FISHING LICENSES ONLY ON-LINE

In the spring when it’s time to buy your fishing licenses there will be some changes. Non-tidal licenses will remain available from your fishing tackle store as well as the BC government website. Tidal licenses however will no longer be for sale at any store, they will only be available on-line for 2014.

As an attempt to go green by using less paper the federal government will no longer print blank licenses. Anglers, however, will have to print the on-line license and carry it with them when fishing.

The federal government will also stop offering vendors any incentive to sell  licenses. Previously tackle shop owners earned one dollar for each license sold. Not exactly a high profit margin, but a bit of compensation for their time. So the federal government will save money by not printing licenses and also by not sharing proceeds with stores. Also going into extinction are printed tidal waters regulations booklets. The government is banking on anglers carrying smart phones to check regulations wherever they are fishing.

Many tourists will be caught unprepared, and possibly find themselves paying fines for fishing without a license and without a clear idea of fishing regulations.

                                                                                                                                                      

BITUMAN CRUDE OIL PIPELINE THROUGH B.C. BY 2018?

While still awaiting approval from the federal government, site preparations and surveying has begun for the Northern Gateway pipeline proposed to run through B.C. to deliver tar sands oil to fleets of tankers. The heavy crude oil will be refined in China and shipped to markets.

The pipeline will run through some of BC’s most sensitive habitat including prime fish bearing rivers. Chances of an oil spill along BC’s tricky reef studded coast pose another risk.

Enbridge, the Calgary company building the pipeline is confident they will finish the project by 2018.

Enbridge’s massive advertising and lobbying campaign makes it look like a done deal. The federal Harper government is fully behind the project, despite officially awaiting the results of public input and federal enquiry. The decision is expected in 2014. The federal government has added its voice to Enbridge’s cheerleaders with a multi-million dollar advertising campaign promising wealth and a pristine environment. The ads feature fly fishing scenes.

Enbridge V.P., Vern Yu said, "We expect that there would be some appeals to that decision and that would take us into early 2015 and at that point we would be able to start construction.”

The B.C. government initially opposed to the pipeline, but now supports it in exchange for yet to be disclosed benefits. Over 70 First Nations remain against it, and environmental groups are unanimous in their objections. But with the recent flurry of crude oil train disasters there seems to be no winning option.

Enbridge has a dismal history of pipeline spills and a poor record of response and remediation. The Watershed Sentinel tallied Enbridge’s spills since the year 2000 at 132,715 barrels, more than half the Exxon Valdez spill of 257,000 barrels. Spills occurred in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Montana. One spill in Wisconsin resulted in an explosion that killed seven people. A second pipeline explosion killed two people. In yet another incident the company deliberately set fire to 6,000 barrels of spilled crude oil to get rid of the problem. Enbridge’s 2010 Michigan spill was the largest inland oil spill ever on the U.S.A. mainland.

The authors of an online petition (leadnow.ca) say the pipeline will cost  fisheries and tourism jobs in B.C. as well as factory jobs in central Canada, while it will  employs only a few Canadians. In addition the pipeline will bring 200+ super-tankers per year into our challenging and hazardous waters.

See the petition at http://www.leadnow.ca/canadas-interests

                                                                                                                                                      

Be bear aware

A biological drive to put on weight for a long winter has B.C.’s bears on the move, seeking out the calories they need before heading to their dens.

In their desperation to get enough food, bears can get aggressive, especially in areas close to human habitat. That’s when most bear-human conflicts occur. If you’re fishing Island rivers there’s a chance you may encounter bears drawn to the same shores.

Bears have an incredible sense of smell. They can zero in on food from miles away and can be single-minded to get at that food. For a bear, food comes in many forms, including garbage and over-ripe fruit in residential areas.

Every bear encounter is unique so there are no steadfast rules.

If you meet a bear in the wild try to remain calm. Never approach or chase a bear; face the bear without making eye contact, back away slowly. Take the same route out that you came in. Try to keep track of the bear, but again, don't challenge the bear with eye contact.

If the bear makes blowing or snorting noises and then charges and veers off at the last second this is likely defensive behavior so continue to back away.Extend your arms above your head appearing as large as you can, talk in a gruff voice, look for a weapon such as a rock or stick. Drop your pack to distract the bear; only do this if absolutely necessary because the bear could learn to pursue people for their packs.

Climb a tree as a last resort.

If a bear is persistent or aggressive, call the Report Poachers and Polluters hotline 1- 877-952-7277, or surf to www.rapp.bc.ca.

For more information about bears and bear-human conflicts, visit:

www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/bearsmart

/bearsmintro.html.

                                                                                                                                                                       

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