There here, the big fish have arrived, both on the inside and outside of Nootka Sound. Reports of nice sized Chinook are coming from areas such as Strange Island, Tahsis Inlet, Hoiss Point, and Camel Rock. Fishing on the outside has not slowed down and remains excellent with coolers full of salmon and ground fish hitting our docks each and every day. The average Spring salmon is now in the 20 to 28 pound range, mixed in with the smaller U.S. clipped Chinook moving out to make way for our larger mature local fish that are just arriving to the inside waters. We are also seeing nice Coho mixed in with all the other fish and are optimistic this will remain strong. If the current water conditions remain consistent we expect to see Albacore Tuna opportunities earlier than last summer as well.
Halibut fishing has never been better, with legal limits of 20 to 50 pound halibut weighing in each and every day. Try fishing gravel piles and rocky up-crops for most productive bottom fish opportunities, with both drifting and jigging or anchoring and bait fishing producing each and every tide change. Needle fish hootchies, glow cuttle fish, 3 to 4 inch spoons, and anchovies all trolled behind flashers producing salmon as the bait fish they are feeding on is still small. Trolling depths for salmon are in the 23 to 33 foot range at first light, and down into the 45 to 65 foot range later in the day. Whole herring, octopus, and a multitude of heavy jigs producing all species of ground fish.
*Always be sure and check your local Salt Water Sport Fishing regulations before fishing the areas of Nootka Sound (area 25/125), as there are many different limit and harvest regulations that apply to the different sub areas that you may be fishing in. DFO has been checking and issuing tickets to anglers who are not in compliance with these in season regulation slot size changes.
The warmer weather we are now experiencing has also warmed the water temperatures considerably, best opportunities are very early mornings (first light) and very late evenings (just before) dark for feeding trout. Trolling and spin casting small spoons and lures, and small dry flies will all attract both Rainbows and Cutthroat routinely.
Tight Lines, Good Luck, and Safe Fishing,
Gibran White, Marine Operations Manager.