July 2018 Fishing Report for Nootka Sound & Esperanza Inlet – Areas 25 and 125
By Nootka Marine Adventures.
They’re here! The big fish have arrived, both on the inside and outside of Nootka Sound. Reports of nice-sized Chinook are coming in from areas such as Wash Rock, 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 26-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 some nice early Coho mixed in with all the other fish and we are optimistic this will remain strong with the average size increasing over the next six weeks. If the current water conditions continue, we are optimistic that we may have some early opportunities to search for Albacore tuna schools within our range.
Halibut fishing has never been better, with legal limits of 20- to 45-pound halibut weighing in very consistently now. Try fishing gravel bars and rocky up-crop structures for the most productive bottom fish opportunities, with both drifting and jigging, or anchoring and bait fishing being the choice of our guide fleet.
Needle fish hootchies, glow cuttle fish, 3 to 4-inch spoons and anchovies all trolled behind flashers are producing salmon as the bait fish they are feeding on are still small. Trolling depths for salmon are in the 23 to 33 feet range at first light, and down into the 45 to 65 feet range later in the day.
Whole herring, octopus, and a multitude of heavy jigs are producing all species of ground fish.
*Always be sure and check your local Salt Water Sport Fishing regulations before fishing 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 changes and closures.
We are hosting our 3rd annual Tuna/Coho Fishing Derby this August 25 – 29, based at Newton Cove Resort with all monies raised going to the Nootka Sound Watershed Society and Pacific Salmon Foundation for salmon enhancement and habitat restoration projects. All the details for coming 2018 events are listed on our Events page.
The warmer weather we are now experiencing has also warmed the water temperatures considerably. The 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,
Marine Operations Manager, Nootka Marine Adventures Ltd.