If the amount of boat traffic headed west is any indication, the fishing season has started! Fishing on the coast over the past week has been lights out! We have seen some great chinook being caught all the all the way from Stewart to the mouth of the Douglas channel. As always, the hot spots have been in the Rupert area where the big Skeena bruisers are rolling through. Indian Head and Dundas area have been very productive over the past week. We've also seen lots of fish caught in the Squtarie and Edye pass areas. Cut plugging herring has been effective and trolling artificials are always good if your not into using bait. Brads Super Bait cut plug is a great option if you'd rather troll a lure and Oscars also has a great selection of spoons for those of you into dragging metal.
The Douglas channel picked back up this week with some good numbers of chinook being caught. We've seen some nice fish caught close to town with the Kitimat River fish stacking up in the estuary getting ready for their run up the river. These fish will be looking to add that last bit of mass to their bodies before heading up the river so trolling big spoons out in front of MK Bay marina can produce great success. These Kitimat River fish are going to be found all the way down the channel right now so Sue channel, Fishtrap area, Money Point and Hartley Bay areas are great places to chase these Kitimat nooks.
Groundfishing has been good over the past week. Lingcod fishing has been steady and we've seen a good supply of them to start the season. When targeting ling, find a rocky pinnacle and get over top of it. Let the current and wind slowly blow you off the pinnacle and jig from shallow to deep as you drift. Ling are ambush predators and will often times smash a lure without hooking up. Be patient, most of the time it will come back and smash it again so be ready. The Gibbs swimbaits work really well for bouncing these pinnacles. The hook is on top which makes it easier to jig down a rocky slope without getting hooked on the bottom.
Westerly winds have made it difficult to get out on the halibut grounds but that hasn't stopped anglers from targeting them inshore. I've caught halibut in as shallow as 50' of water and as deep as 400'. When the winds are keeping you in shore, have a look at your charts and find a bit of a flat spot and give hali fishing a try. You never know where your going to hook into one.
Crabbing has been great all season. Oscar's has a great supply of traps, baskets and bait for the next time your out on the water.
Oscar's Source For Adventure is having a sale on saltwater gear this Friday and Saturday and I'll be in the shop from 10-4 both days to answer any questions you may have about getting on the water. Come down and say hi and I'll help you get geared up for your next trip to the ocean.
Until next time....Tight lines.
Rainbow Alley is happening! A fair number of fish have been caught over the last week or so. Heat is an issue for sure - try avoiding fishing mid - day. The fish are there but they are so not willing to play. Believe me. So if possible fish early mornings or late afternoons for best results.
Using a floating line with a fairly long fluorocarbon leader seems to work really well at the moment. Rolled muddler (gold bead) or an epoxy minnow should do the trick as well.
The water is fairly low for this time of year. Also be aware that there are 2 juvenile grizzlies hanging around the Fort Babine area.
We would be more than happy to show you what is working at the Alley. Drop by the shop.
One more note: it seems like work has begun to renovate / move the cabins at Fort Babine. This is so encouraging. Hopefully all the work will be completed by the end of summer and we are good to go for the 2020 season.