July 25, 2014
2014/15 Fishing Tidal Water Licences are now available online at: www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm
This past week we have seen some great fisihng at the Hole in the Wall and along the West Vancouver shoreline. We have seen Chinook to 30lbs and some really nice Coho!!
Hole In the Wall - This is the section of coast between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay. Troll at 60-110' feet.
West Van Shoreline - Trolling around the Pink apartment building and West toward Point Atkinson. Target depth - 60'-90'.
What to use: Small spoons and hootchies have been the ticket this year. Anchovies are as always, the best bait option for June, but the artificial lures have been working really well - always trolled behind a flasher at 2-2.5kn...
The outlook for Sockeye fishing in August is looking really good for the recreational fishers. This is not always the case, but the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is predicting a Sockeye return of 50-70million... an average year is usually in the 5-10million ranges with some years under 1 million, depending the the run. We are watching the test fisheries in Johnstone Straits, and up to Tuesday July 22, the early Stuart Sockeye were tapering off and no increase in catches has been seen indicating the start of the summer run.
At this time, although the return is forecast to be HUGE, targetting these species remains closed until the opening is announced. We will await the word that we can target and fish for Sockeye. But until that time we will continue to fish for Chinook. Sockeye is a beautiful salmon, they are not large in size and are not particularly thrilling to catch - BUT it can be a lot of fun for the whole family and Sockeye with there bright red flesh; are delicious to eat!!
Please note for the latest updates on closures and restrictions please visit: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/opportunities-possibilites/tidal-maree-eng.htm
Remember to obtain your tidal waters sport fishing license and to follow the regulations in the sport fishing guide when angling.
If you would like the expertise of a professional salmon fishing guide, please contact Sewell's Marina at 604-921-3474.