FISHING REPORT FOR NOOTKA SOUND AREAS 125/25 From Nootka Marine Adventures
June 19 2017
Fishing remains consistent from the light house at Friendly Cove up to Maquinna Point, and across from Burdwood up to Escalante point. When the weather permits; Bajo Reef and beyond to the 350 foot contour has also been excellent. The majority of the Chinook we are catching have been in the 16 to 23 pound range. At least 60% 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 which they are primarily feeding on at this time of year. We have found fish at depths from 30 feet in the mornings down to 95 feet and just off the bottom later in the afternoons. For the best results, look for suspended bait balls and run your gear 15 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 good with lots of nice ling cod, yellow eye, and halibut being caught for those who put in the time. Most anglers have been bottom bouncing with larger baits and jigs, as well as sitting on the anchor just off areas with structure and waiting for the fish to come to them. Check local regulations for changes to Coho, Halibut, and Yellow Eye before angling in area 25 and 26 this 2017 season.
Glow needle fish, and army truck hootchies, as well as four inch cop car and live image spoons trolled behind flashers have been the hot tackle choice for the last couple of weeks. Anchovies with a six foot leader is 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 3rd annual enhancement salmon derby this June 25th & 26th 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 and habitat restoration. All the details are listed on our web site under Fishing Derbies.
Trout fishing has been very good for both resident rainbows and cutthroat in most of the streams, rivers and lakes surrounding Nootka Sound.
Fly fisherman and troll anglers have been having success fishing during the first four hours of day light and again just after sunset. These trout are targeting migratory salmon fry and early larvae hatches.
Tight Lines, Good Luck, and Safe Fishing,
Marine Operations Manager, Nootka Marine Adventures