With the amount of boats I've seen rolling through town over the past week, you'd think that the word is out that the fish are back! The truth is that they are.....kind of.
We've seen a good start to the season this year with some pretty decent numbers of chinook rolling through over the past week. Anglers out of Rupert have had lots of success trolling bait and spoons around the Dundas area and over at Indian Head near the mouth of the Work Channel. We have seen a few fish over 20lbs but most are in the 14-18lb range. These fish are great for the BBQ and can put up a heck of a fight for their size. Mixed among these high teen size fish are a few brutes upwards of 30+lbs. These big fish will test the metal of any angler and are quite a trophy once landed. While these fish are amazing to battle, I try and release any fish over 30lbs that we catch. It's important to the health of our runs to have these monsters returning to their natal streams to spawn.
Out of Kitimat we have seen some great fishing over the past week. Again, lots of fish in the 14-18lb range with some bigger ones mixed in. We have seen some mature fish already entering the river so anglers dont have to go far to target these big Kitimat river fish. Ive had fishermen tell me that they believe these Kitimat river fish to be pund for pound, the hardest fighting fish on the coast. True or not, these fish can be a ton of fun once hooked. We have seen a bunch of herring down the channel over the past week so cut plugs and big spoons are working well. We have also seen a ton of Pacific Coast Squid hanging around so a flasher and hoochy combo will be deadly if you happen to get into some squid. Typically when I get into a fish, I'll open it's belly right away to see what it's been feeding on. This information can be invaluable when trying to "match the hatch."
Groundfishing has been really good over the past week. Earlier in the week we saw some pretty heavy winds out of the north but things calmed down and made fishing a little easier. When fishing a spreader bar with bait, I always use some scent as a way to attract more fish. There are a ton of different scents out there and Oscars has a really good selection. I always keep 3 or 4 bottles on board and use it liberally on every bait that goes to the bottom.
Unfortunately the commercial harvest of Prawns has started on the north coast but that dosent mean there isn't some good prawning available out there. Look for some rocky faces that level out to a sandy/gravel bottom and set right on the edge. Prawns like to hide in these rocks and then forage the bottom for food.
We are getting out on the water for the long weekend and hope that you are as well. The fishing is great right now and the folks at Oscars can help make your next trip a success!
Until next time, tight lines.