Submitted by Lee Mac
The weather on the coast has been getting warmer and so has the fishing! As always, the ground fish have been cooperating and we have seen some very nice ling, snapper and halibut landed over the past week. While on the Douglas channel this weekend we got reports of good halibut fishing around Fishtrap and Staniforth Bank. A whole herring on a circle hook, attached to a spreader bar was working well and there was a couple of fish landed on Mudraker Jigs. The Mudraker Jigs have a special soaker pad in the bottom end of the weight that can be filled with a scent of your choice. The halibut seem to love these jigs and I never leave the dock without a few of them in my box.
The chinook fishing has been good and we have reports of fishermen limiting out around Edye Pass in Prince Rupert this weekend. All fish were between 12-18 lbs, perfect for the BBQ. This time of year I like to run spoons and hoochies when fishing for chinook. We generally run 4 rods stacked between 40-80ft and mix it up a bit when it comes to gear. Hoochies need a flasher to fish well but putting a spoon on a flasher gives it fantastic action! Oscar's has a few new brands of spoons this year and we've found that the AP Tacklework spoons seem to be some of the best. Try the Sandlance or Herring spoons on a 4-5 ft leader behind a flasher.
Oscars also has a brand new Peetz selection and the spoons definitely look "fishy"! Can't wait to try them on the water. I find that green and chartreuse spoons and hoochies work well for the resident chinooks that are around this time of year. We are hoping to see the big migratory fish coming in soon and will likely start seeing things heat up around Dundas over the next few weeks.
The prawning on the coast has still been excellent with some great sets this past weekend. We are still seeing BIG prawns and this will most likely continue until the commercial opening that gets underway in early May.
Crabbing for Dungeness has been good as always with the King Crab fishing pretty much wrapped up for the season. We had reports of one party getting a king this past weekend but the numbers are very low.
We should be back on the water in a few weeks to see about getting into those big chinooks but until then we will keep you up to date about whats going on out on the coast. Until next week, tight lines......
Lake fishing is off to a great start! Ross and Call lakes have been fishing really good. Some beautiful Brook Trout have been caught in both of these local lakes. At last report lakes at higher elevation still have ice on them (Irrigation Lake, Babine Lake) but that should change very quickly now. Lakes in the Burns Lake area are also starting to be ice free.
Fishing for rainbow trout and lake trout can be terrific at this time of year! Make sure to come check out our Best Lure CO plugs handmade in the Okanagan. Some crazy colours in stock at Oscar's!