Fishing remains excellent from the light house at Friendly Cove to Maquinna Point, also Burdwood, Escalante and when the weather permits Bajo Reef, with most of the Chinooks that we are catching in the 12 to 20 pound range. A good percentage of them are clipped fish migrating south to Washington and Oregon.
We are still using a combination of needle fish hootchies, four inch spoons and flasher with anchovies mimicking the small needle fish they are primarily feeding on. We have been locating fish from 40 feet in the mornings, down to 120 feet later in the afternoons. Find the bait balls and run your gear 10 to 20 feet above them.
Coho are starting to show up in solid numbers and are taking the same gear as the Chinook, and are found most consistently in the 45 to 65 foot range.
Bottom fishing opportunities remain strong with lots of good ling cod, yellow eye, and halibut coming into the docks on daily basis. Most anglers have been bottom bouncing with larger baits and jigs.
Glow needle fish, and army truck cuttle fish hootchies, as well as the four inch cop car and live image spoons all trolled behind flashers have been the hot ticket tackle choice for our guides the last couple weeks. Anchovies with a six foot leader always a good bet as well. Try whole or cut plug herring ten feet off the bottom when doing the slow troll for bottom fish.
Prawning and crabbing opportunities remain good all throughout Nootka Sound and Moutcha Bay.
Fresh water fishing has been very good in our area for both native rainbows and cutthroat trout, in most all the streams, rivers and lakes surrounding Nootka Sound.
All the lakes in our area are producing great trout fishing for the first four hours in the morning and again just after sunset in the evenings primarily targeting migratory salmon fry and early larvae hatches. Both fly fisherman and troll anglers have been enjoying great success for the past couple months.
Tight Lines, Good Luck, and Safe Fishing,
Marine Operations Manager, Nootka Marine Adventures