Submitted by Lee Mac
And so it begins! The majority of charter operators kicked off their season this week and that can only mean one thing.....the fish are coming! There have been a lot of nice chinook caught over the past week. We haven't seen anything of size yet but there have been a few fish recorded in the high teens which is a good sign. Fishing for salmon out of Rupert has been good with a lot of people getting into a few fish on every trip. Spoons are a good choice for trolling right now with the Luhr Jensen Live Image Coyote spoon in blue or green in the 3.0 and 4.0 size. If there is big herring around then a 5.0 or 6.0 is the size you will want to use. The cop car finish also is a great option. These spoons simulate the baitfish that are native to our coastal waters and are available at Oscar's. A lot of fish have been taken on cut plug herring or anchovy trolled in a bullet head, Oscar's has a good supply of herring and anchovy in the freezer and it's a good idea to be stocked up on both when heading to the coast. We sometimes find that chinook can get fussy and will only hit on either an anchovy or a herring but not both depending on what baitfish is around. Trolling one rod with a flasher and hoochie is a good idea this time of year.
Lake fishing has been really hot as of late. Chironomid fishing on Ross Lake has been very productive! Come see us to stock up on some strike indicators, chironomids etc. If you do not have the patience to chironomids fish troll a bigger style bug or spinner.
Visit the the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC website here to learn about different local lakes. Check out the different stocking reports as well!
PS: We had a tackle test day today and the Best Lure below cleaned up! Awesome lure! Our new go to for any trout!