Lakes in the Burns Lake area are starting to produce char and rainbows! Char fishing in particular should be really hot this weekend as they should still be close to the water surface. Try the new Best Lure CO cedar plugs for both rainbows and char. Super awesome colours available. We also have worms in the fridge!
Lake fishing has started on Babine Lake. Rainbow Alley is happening. Use a dry line with a long leader and a minnow pattern or a slow sink tip with a muddler type pattern. If nothing is happening try a Doc Spratley or a Carey Special to mix it up a little bit.
Report submitted by Lee Mac
The weather on the coast has made it a little difficult to fish over the past week. In Rupert, the wind has been up and most fisherman haven't left the harbour. There have been some very nice springs caught right in Prince Rupert Harbour. If your staying in the harbour then you might as well drop some prawn traps as there is very good prawning just north of the marina as well. Hopefully the wind will die down a little and guys will be able to get back on the water this week. The Douglas channel should be heating up right about now with the big Kitimat River springs moving into the channel making their way home. The Sue channel can be very productive when trolling a flasher and hoochie/spoon or dragging some bait. I find that Anchovies in a Rhys Davis teaser head can be lights out when in the Douglas. Another good option is trolling along the north side of the channel from Moon Bay to Bish creek as the fish tend to stack up there before heading up the river and is very close to the marina so its easily accessible. The wind tends to come up in the afternoon on the Douglas so just watch the water around 2PM. It can get pretty gnarly close to the river as the wind tends to howl down the channel and can build seas in the 4-5 ft range by the time it reaches Kitimat.
With the weather wreaking havoc on the water, ground fishing opportunities have been limited over the past week. There have been a few days where guys have been able to get out across Chatham Sound in Rupert and the guys who have done it have been rewarded with some nice Halibut.
When the weather gets like this, being safe is the name of the game. While most boats will handle much rougher water than the operator will, unexpected things can happen on the water and its important to be prepared. Obviously the first and most important thing to have on board is life jackets. While on board, you can typically find me wearing my Mustang self inflating vest. These are low profile collar type vests that do not get in the way while fishing. Talk to folks at Oscar's and they can get you set up with one. It's also important to have a bailing bucket, paddle, bright flashlight and a means of signaling other crafts such as a whistle or air horn. Marine flares are also a good idea as they can be seen from a very long way away. Always make a plan and tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back. If you have an onboard radio then monitor channel 16 just in case you need to call for help quickly or if another boat in your area runs into trouble. One of the most important items to remember when being safe on the water is to check your fuel. Make sure that you know the range of your boat and how much fuel you are carrying. Also make sure you check where fuel is available and what time the fuel docks are open at the marina of choice if your boat is staying in the water. This seems like common sense but every year I hear guys on the radio who are calling the Coast Guard because they have run out of fuel and need some assistance.
We are getting back on the water Saturday morning for the long weekend and will have another report for you early new week. Hopefully the wind is better this week and the fleet can get off the dock and get into some fish. Tight lines......