August Fishing report for Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet, Areas 25 and 125
By Nootka Marine Adventures
The fishing and weather remain excellent this August as we continue to enjoy consistent angling opportunities. The inside fishery for local mature Conuma River Chinook is booming, and the outside remains steady and hot for all runs of wild Pacific salmon and all species of bottom fish.
As the daylight hours begin to decrease and the smaller more mellow tides of the summer settle in, boaters are enjoying easier and more consistent access to the outside waters. Coho, Chinook, Halibut, Lingcod, and Rockfish are all readily available to those willing to put in the time and effort to target them.
The local Conuma fish are holding in all the traditional spots; Hoiss Point, Strange Island, Beer Can Bay, Camel Rock, Three Bay, and “The Wall” are all producing fish daily. Early mornings until 10 am-ish, and then again in the late afternoon until early evening are the most opportunistic times for inside fishing. 4 to 6-inch spoons (Luhr Jensen live image and cop car), 5 to 6 inch 602 and 158 Tomic plugs, flasher with glow needlefish hootchies, and flasher and anchovy are all working well both on the inside and on the outside waters.
When targeting bottom fish try to utilize the high slack through the first two hours of the ebb, look for areas with a structure where the bottom is inconsistent in-depth, with rock and gravel out-croppings. With all the migratory Coho heading by, bottom fish will come out of the deeper water to feed on the smaller weaker salmon, so there is no need to look for these fish in any water deeper than 120 to 180 feet.
Coho limits are now four a day, 2 of which must be hatchery clipped, from the 1-mile surf line outside of Maquinna Point and in. From Strange Island and Camel rock into Moutcha Bay, you can retain 4 wild Coho per day, but this counts as part of your 4 salmon per day limit. We are excited about this return as this will be the second year of the extra abundant Coho we’ve been funding to raise through the Conuma hatchery and NSWS. Last season’s returns were outstanding right through the month of September.
We have been into the Tuna once already this August and will be hunting them again soon!
Don’t forget about our up-coming kayak derby at Moutcha Bay, check our website for details.
There are some early Chinook opportunities in the lower staging pools of the Conuma River, at first light and in the late afternoons. Both spoon and fly fishermen have been sharing some limited success until we get more rain to push these fish further up into the system.
Tight Lines, Good Luck, and Safe Fishing,
- Gibran White, Marine Operations Manager.