The big boys are back! At least in Rupert they are..
This week on the coast has kind of been a mixed bag of hot/cold fishing. Out of Rupert, we have seen some excellent fishing over the past week. The guides have reported that the big summer run chinook are making their way back down the coast. We've seen some nice fish in the 30+lb range being taken all around Rupert especially up around the Dundas area. Indian Head at the mouth of the Work channel should be fishing really well right now and should only get better as the fish make their way south. Cut plugs are working really well right now as we've seen a bunch of big herring balls cruising around. If you are fortunate enough to find a herring ball, get on it, and stay on it. Trolling a cut plug or spoon though a herring ball can produce fantastic results. Something we've started doing is getting on top of a bait ball and jigging a 2-4oz lure up and down through the bait. This has produced great fish as the salmon tend to cruise around under these balls, pushing them to the surface. This can be a ton of fun and the big chinook like to smash these jigs.
We had reports of anglers doing well down the Portland canal over the long weekend. While down the Portland Canal, you have the option to purchase a US fishing licence and try for a big halibut. There is no slot limit when fishing american waters so you have the ability to retain fish over the 126cm Canadian slot limit.
Fishing was a little slow out of Kitimat over the long weekend. We saw quite a few anglers out with not alot to show for it. We hooked into a few feeder chinook in the 10-15lb range but are still looking for those bigger chinook to roll in. Closer to the mouth of the Kitimat river is a good area to fish as the big Kitimat river fish make their way into the estuary. Places like south Sue channel or in front of Jesse Falls can produce great results.
Groundfishing has been good over the past week with some nice fish being caught up and down the coast. An XL herring on a spreader bar is my go-to setup with some scent added to the herring for some extra smell. Jigging a Gibbs swimbait has produced well for us and I'll typicall drop one to the bottom when going after groundfish.
Unfortunately the commercial prawners are out in full force right now which has left the prawning opportunities a little scarce. The commercial guys tend to wipe out the stock and it typically takes a little while to rebound. Its still definitely worth it to drop a prawn set while out fishing for the day as there are still areas that the commercial guys overlook. Oscars has a good supply of traps and bait for going after these tasty little bottom dwellers.
Now is a great time to be on the water chasing those big chinook that are rolling in so get out there and try it out. Chances are good that you'll hook into a fish of a lifetime!
Until next time, tight lines