Fishing remains excellent from the light house at Friendly Cove up to Maquinna Point, from Burdwood to Escalante and when the weather permits, out at Beano Creek and Bajo Reef. The majority of the Chinook we are catching have been in the 16 to 25 pound range. At least 50% of these are clipped fish migrating south to rivers in Washington and Oregon. Our top bait producers have been needle-fish hootchies, four inch spoons and anchovies trolled behind flashers that mimic the small needle fish they are feeding on. We have found fish at depths from 30 feet in the mornings, down to 95 feet later in the afternoons. For best results, look for the suspended bait balls and run your gear 10 to 20 feet above them. Smaller Coho are starting to show up in sporadic numbers and have been found in the 45 to 65 foot range and are taking the same gear as the Chinook.
Bottom fishing opportunities remain strong with lots of nice ling cod, yellow eye, and halibut coming hitting our docks on a regular basis. Most anglers have been bottom bouncing with larger baits and jigs, as well as sitting on the anchor just off areas with structure, waiting for fish to come to them well foraging for food.
Glow needle fish, and army truck cuttle fish hootchies, as well as the four inch cop car and live image spoons trolled behind flashers have been the hot ticket tackle choice for our guides the last couple weeks. Anchovies with a six foot leader are always a good bet as well. Try whole or cut plug herring ten feet off the bottom when slow trolling for bottom fish.
We are hosting our second annual salmon derby June 27 & 28 based at Moutcha Bay Resort with over $20,000 in cash and prizes. All monies raised are going to the Nootka Sound Watershed Society for Coho enhancement.
Fresh water fishing has been very good for both resident rainbows and cutthroat trout in most of the streams, rivers and lakes surrounding Nootka Sound.
Fly fisherman and troll anglers have been having success trout fishing in our local lakes during the first four hours of day light and again just after sunset. The trout are targeting migratory salmon fry and early larvae hatches. On your way in or out try your luck on the Elk River, even though we are experiencing low water conditions fishing has been excellent.
Tight Lines, Good Luck, and Safe Fishing,
Marine Operations Manager, Nootka Marine Adventures