August 17, 2016
August has seen another amazing hatch of anchovy larval. Schools can be seen close to shore and around marinas throughout Howe Sound and into Burrard Inlet. This bodes well for salmon, birds and mammals that enjoy this species as a food source. Fishing over the past couple of weeks has been decent and the biggest inhibitor has been the strong westerly winds making many lucrative fishing locations difficult to fish. However; Coho and Chinook have been present in lower Howe Sound, off the Fraser River and on the West Vancouver waterfront. Some have ventured across to Thrasher Rock and Entrance Island and found success there as well.
Coho in the 5lb range and Chinook in the 20-30lb range. Anchovies and hootchies are definitely the terminal tackle of choice. Depending on the location fishing 40-200 ft has been the winning formula. Anglers should head to Pt. Atkinson at the bottom of the flood tide and make their way to Capilano at the top of the flood tide.
A reminder that Coho with their adipose fin should be released.
The Sewell’s Team
Remember to get your fishing licenses online at: https://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm
If you wish to retain salmon in any tidal waters:
– You must obtain a complimentary Tidal Water Sport Fishing licence AND purchase a salmon conservation stamp online: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sportfish
– Check daily, possession and size limits and closures online:
– All tidal area closures and recreational fishing limits and restrictions still apply.
– Record your catch on your license if you retain any Chinook.
ALREADY HAVE A LICENCE?
If you already have a valid Tidal Waters Sport Fishing License, you must carry your license with you and record your catch in ink on your license for the species specified in your license conditions (halibut, lingcod, Chinook salmon).