June 2019 Fishing Report for Nootka Sound & Esperanza Inlet – Areas 25 and 125
By Nootka Marine Adventures
Fishing remains consistent from the light house at Friendly Cove up to Maquinna Point, and across from Burdwood up to Escalante point (please remember we are confined to stay within the one-mile surf-line boundary until July 15th). Most of the Chinook we are catching are in the 16 to 21-pound range, with least 70% of these being hatchery clipped migrating fish south bound 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 smaller bait 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 best results, look for suspended bait balls and run your gear 15 to 20 feet above them. Smaller Coho are just starting to show up in sporadic numbers and have been found in the 45 to 65-foot range and are aggressively taking the same gear as the Chinook.
Bottom fishing opportunities remain consistent with lots of nice ling cod, halibut, and all species of rock fish being caught for those who are willing to put in the time. Most anglers have been bottom bouncing with bait and scented jigs or sitting on anchor just off areas with structure and waiting for the fish to come to them.
Be sure to check local regulations for changes to Coho, and Halibut before angling in areas 25, 125, 26 and 126 this 2019 season.
Glow needle fish, army truck hootchies, as well as the 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 annual Salmon Enhancement Derby, 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, this has allowed us to double our Coho limits for inside waters later in the season too 2 and 4 per day. Visit the Salmon Enhancement Derby page for more information on how to participate.
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 Ltd.