Summer fishing can often bring a slowing down in the action on our interior lakes. Hot weather and warm water temperatures usually requires a change of tactics when fishing for trout. Your best fishing will be before the light hits the water or on cloudy days. Trout, not born with sunglasses, shun the bright light and will come into the shallows to feed only in the early morning and late evening. Mid day should be reserved for a nap or exploring. Hit the water early and come in for breakfast when everybody else is just setting out.
There are not many situations that can quicken an anglers pulse more than being on one of our Northwestern rivers when the salmon are in. The sights of salmon rolling, yells of "Fish On", the expletive deleted of fish lost, and the excitement up and down the river is hard to beat. This weekend the waters of the Nass, Kitimat and Skeena drainage will host some of the biggest Spring/Chinook Salmon in the world and their hopeful anglers. Each angler feeling like they are in the final few of a lottery and their time has come.
Want to watch a pretty good angler? Watch a Great Blue Heron. They move slowly and quietly, and are very observant. All the qualities an angler should possess. All the really good anglers I know are keenly aware of their surroundings, in other words they don't miss much.
The second week of June really gets things going for the saltwater angler bound for either Kitimat's Douglas Channel or Prince Rupert area waters. Now the bigger runs are approaching our coasts and reports are becoming much more consistent from all reporting areas. We are so lucky here in Northern BC that our Salmon runs haven't suffered the diminishing returns of our fisheries to the south where some of their returns are a shadow of their former status. We still have salmon up here that can reach the 60+ pound mark and usually with fewer anglers competing for those fish.
Do you remember your first fishing trip?
I sure do. It was back in Southern Ontario, we lived in Welland, right on the Welland Canal and just a couple of miles from Lake Erie and Niagara Falls. My Dad was just out of the RCAF. He was a pilot/photographer and like most guys coming back from the war was struggling, and trying to make a go of his new photography studio. We didn't have much money and certainly couldn't afford a vehicle. I remember vividly riding on the handlebars of his bike as we visited the various small ponds and lakes close to town. The fish were small, various sunfish and perch but to this little three year old they were monsters. I waited eagerly for the weekends and another fishing trip. A pillow tied to the handlebars was a welcome addition as the trips ventured further afield. Some weekends my Dad would make trips with his fishing buddies, Big Boy trips that I wasn't allowed on, but I would sneak out just to listen to them planning the trip for the big Pike, Muskies or Lake Trout in the area. I dreamed of one day going on a Big Boy trip but unfortunately my Mom and Dad parted company when I was seven years old.
I heard a swish and looked up just in time to see the yellowish cloud. It caught me full in the face. I dropped gasping to the ground, eyes and throat on fire, struggling for air. My buddies thought I was playing around. Not so.
In the journey of life we sometimes have to make some tough choices. This weekend is one of them. Should I tackle the "honey do" list or go fishing? My choice is easier than most. My partner has gone down to see her nephew so my choice is simply where to fish. Considerable less guilt attached to this. So many lakes to fish, and so little time.
Spring has sprung, the grass is ris, and it is time to find where the fishin is. Sorry, for the lame attempt at poetry but it is May and it is time for the fishing reports and tips on the Oscar's web site. We will try to keep you posted each Wednesday on fishing opportunities in our area so you can plan your weekends and trips.
As mentioned in an earlier story there are many methods, presentations, lures and flies that will take Steelhead. Your favourite is guaranteed to catch more fish because it spends more time in the water. On any given day an anglers survey will show a wide variety of gear that has tempted those beautiful fish. When you hear what other anglers have caught fish on we sometimes think that they will take anything. We have all had those days when they seemed to take a wide variety of offerings. However, some days, we call them "humility days" when they have lockjaw. They are still there they just aren't hungry. Frustrating yes, but no time on the river is ever wasted.