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Winter FishingMarch 27th 2017

As we move into the end of March and exit the winter season, we find ourselves entering the early spring Chinook salmon fishery with some very good results. Our company specializes in the winter fishery and we have continued getting out on a regular bases even though the weather has been a bit challenging at times – we do love this season! Currently, the weather pattern in Vancouver looks like it is going to warm up with some sunshine in the forecast.
    The herring spawn has been in full swing for over a month and this has brought the feeder Chinook into the bays and reefs along the Pacific south coast. These salmon are aggressive in their feeding patterns and are great fighters when hooked. We have been lucky enough to have some charters lately that have hooked up over twenty times. Double and even a few triple headers have been on menu. Many of our charters have seen between 4 and 12 hook ups per trip. Our keeper size fish have been between 8 and 12 pounds. Some of our guests have landed fish in the mid-teens and we have had a few in the twenty-pound range.
     Our guides have been running a few combinations of gear. Spoons have been our favorite like Army Truck, Green/Glow, Night Rider and some new glow spoons (from various companies) working well. Our flashers are also of the glow variety but do not be afraid to run the original green/silver flashers as the herring bait schools are silver as well. We have also been successful with some hootchies like glow-green spackle back, straight glow and chartreuse-spackle back.
Depths have varied depending on where we are fishing. In English Bay, we are fishing the entrance to the bay and off the mile markers and the Bell Buoy. In these areas, we are running gear from 80 feet right down to !50 feet -- staying close to the bottom. Fishing up Howe Sound, we are near the bottom targeting depths of 100 feet to 200 feet. If you are fishing ‘Hole in the Wall’ or Defence Island, you may be in water depths of 300 or 400 feet so In these cases try fishing at 80 to 140 feet.
Lately, the salmon are starting to move a lot more so we are running gear up higher on some days. Soon we will see the first push of Spring spawning salmon. Stay tuned for an update on this front. Prawning and crabbing have both been good as this time of year brings the most bountiful Dungeness crab harvest well through Spring.

Tight Lines - Kevin Addie

 

 

Winter FishingJanuary 30th 2017

We are approaching the end of January and the salmon fishing has been steady. The bait balls of herring have been on the move lately so we have been fishing a number of our favorite winter haunts in order to find the fish. Locate the bait and there is a very good chance that you will find the salmon. Coupled with this the tides will push the salmon to certain areas, especially on the reefs, so you have to couple the two together.
   Our boats have been fishing near the bottom in depth of 80 to 140 feet in English Bay and 100 to 200 feet at Bowen Island and up Howe Sound. Spoons are still our favorite choice, as they always are in the winter. Hootchies are starting come on outside English Bay and bait is starting to produce although we do not run it a lot of bait till later in the spring. Our company has been using some new spoons this winter, although we tend to use our old favorites we have been running spoons from two new companies. Stop in to our tackle shop on Granville Island and we can show you some of our favorites.
   Areas such as English Bay; the Capilano side has been better then the freighters lately; Bowen Island and the last few weeks Howe Sound right up to Defense Island, have all been good on certain days. In the next few weeks we will see the Herring spawn start and this will see things change. We are already starting to see bait balls in column formation up near the surface. This is the start to this epic migration of millions of herring massing together to spawn. This tends to bring the bigger fish into the bays. There has already been salmon in the high teens and a few in the mid to high 20 pound range caught in the last week. Stay tuned for an up date on the herring spawn!
   Our winter special is now on so enjoy some great salmon fishing at a great price. This is one of our favorite times of the to fish with little pressure on the fishery. We set crab traps with all our charters and can set prawn traps with our eight-hour trips. Both crabbing and prawning have been good!

Tight Lines - Kevin Addie

 

Winter FishingDecember 22th 2016

Our winter salmon fishery continues to be strong with keeper size salmon between 7 and 14 pounds. Along with these keepers we are releasing a lot of under size salmon that are under the 24 1/2 inch slot limit. We have been targeting both English Bay and the Bowen Island areas. The schools of bait, which have been predominately herring, have been moving around a lot more in the last few weeks. This has meant that we have been moving around more targeting where the salmon are feeding. If you find the bait schools chances are you will find the fish.
    We have been using mainly spoons with flashers. All our gear is of the glow variety. Try spoons such as 3 1/2 to 4 inch Midnight Rider, Green Glow, Trailhead, Skinny Gees, and Herring Aid. Fish close to the bottom. Depths of 80 to 150 feet in the Bay and 120 to 200 feet around Bowen Island. We are also seeing a few fish that are suspended 20 to 40 feet off the bottom. These suspended fish will tend to rise to those levels more at slack tides. 
   Prawning has been good with catches varying depending on the areas that we are targeting. Crabbing has picked up a lot with the annual closure of the commercial crab season. This improvement trend will continue as we move into the spring. Our company offers a steamer on the dock so if you can eat some of your crab catch when you come in from your charter. We can also pack your catch to travel. Give us a call for some great winter action.

Tight Lines - Kevin Addie

 

Fall FishingNovember 18th 2016



October and November have proven to be a very productive start to our winter season. Our charters have seen good numbers of Chinook salmon on almost all our trips. These salmon have been bigger then they normally are this time of the year. We have seen very few fish under the 20-inch size. The majority of our salmon have been between 22 and 24 inches with keeper size fish being caught on most charters. The biggest salmon of the year, for our staff, has been a pair of 30-inch (12 pound) winter Chinook.
    There seems to be a large amount of baitfish around this winter season. These schools consist of both Anchovy and Herring. Most of the bait that we are seeing in the salmon when we clean them are of the four to six inch range. This is a good size for this time of the year. The quantity of baitfish that we are seeing is consistent with what we have seen for a last few years. There has been a concerted effort to restock Herring in both Howe Sound and False Creek. Thanks to the efforts the of many people that have strived to make this happen. These endeavors have definitely produced results. There has also been large schools of Anchovy in our local waters. Some of these bait schools that we have seen over the last year have gone on for hundreds of meters. The salmon that we have around this time of the year are looking to feed and grow. More bait means more salmon and they will stay around and feed.
      Our charter boats have been fishing both English Bay and Bowen Island. The English Bay charter is five hours and has seen 6 to 12 hook ups per charter. These fish have been in the 20 to 25 inch range or 3 to 9 pounds. Bowen Island is a six to eight hour charter and has seen 2 to 7 hook ups per trip. Some of these fish have been into the 30 inch or 12 pound range. The salmon will just continue to get bigger in the weeks to come. We set crab traps on all our charters. If you do a six to eight hour charter then you have the option of setting prawn traps.
    Our staff has been running gear that consists of glow spoons and glow flashers. Green has been the colour to use when running spoons. Although four-inch spoons will work everything we have been using are in the 3 to 31/2 inch spoons. Trail Head, Glow Green, Skinny Gees, and if you want to run a different colour try a Midnight Rider. We have run most of our gear on the bottom.

Tight Lines - Kevin Addie
                                                        

 

Spring FishingJune 1st 2016

Well it is the end of May and fishing has been good but on fishing grounds that we normally do not have as our main targets this time of the year. Our charter boats are normally off the south side of Bowen Island on an area called the Hump. This year that area has not started to produce yet. On a normal spring fishery we would start fishing the Hump at the beginning of May and stay on it for more than a month. There are some good reports of salmon starting to move down from up the Georgia Strait so the Hump may still start to produce. The next week or so will tell. Most of the Chinook salmon runs have been holding closer to the islands and reefs. The one area that has been a big surprise has been the Howe Sound area. Defense Island at the top of the sound has been good especially for some bigger fish. This is common for this time of the year and should continue with the Squamish run of Chinook salmon still to come. The Hole-in-the-Wall area is the big surprise with good fishing for a month and a half now. We have had many days with multiple keepers in the 8 to 25 pound range. Along with these fish we are also releasing a lot of under size Chinook. This area is a beautiful region to fish with snow capped mountains and usually calm waters. The depths that our staff has been fishing have been between 35 feet and 110 feet. Bait and spoons have both worked well.
   
Another area that has been producing well lately has been the Roger Curtis and Tunstall Bay region. This is an area that our company fishes a lot in the winter time but this spring it has produced right through the spring fishery. Lately this has been one of the best areas to fish. Also try fishing in close to Bowen Island on the Cowen Point and Seymour Bay areas. If you're fishing Bowen Island stay in tight to the island, as the salmon seem to be concentrating more on structure this year. Fish depth of 40 to 100 feet. The Bell Buoy area has been another fishery that has been consistent for months. We have been running our gear at depth of 40 to 120 feet. The Thrasher Rock area to Grande has had some excellent days in the last few weeks but the trick is to find the fish and on some days this has been easier said then done. I still thing that this area will start to produce well in the next few weeks.
 
To sum things up we have had some great days on the water lately but we have had to search a little more for our fish this year. Most of our gear that we are running has been of the glow variety. Spoons such as trailhead, midnight rider, mongoose, herring aid, Irish cream, and homeland security have all worked well. When we run bait we are using 5 1/2 inch anchovy in Ryhs Davis head holders. We have been running some hootchies but only on the Gulf Island side of the strait or in the middle of the strait.
   
Crabbing as been excellent and we have a steamer on the dock if you want to cook some of your catch when you come back in. We are not prawning right now as the commercial prawn season has now started.

 

Tight Lines - Kevin Addie

 

Spring FishingMarch 20th 2016

This winter and early spring has proven to be one of best fisheries we have seen in many years. Our company likes the winter Chinook season and our guests have been treated to some very active charters. So far, the month of March saw a push of larger Chinook salmon come into the bays and straits as they chased the large herring schools that are amassing to spawn. We have been targeting Chinook in Howe Sound, Bowen Island and English Bay. The Howe Sound area has produced some nice big salmon in the high teens range. Areas up the Sound such as Tunstill Bay, Water Fall, Grace, Salmon Rock, Cotton Point, and all the way to Defense Island are producing Chinook salmon at this time of the year. The trick up the Sound is to pay attention to the varying tides and know the fish are on the move and change areas.

In English Bay, we were fishing deeper inside the bay as the baitfish were in shallower waters. Recently, the salmon have moved to the outer reaches of the Bay, at Point Atkinson and especially the Bell Buoy. We have had some incredible charters lately with 15-20 plus hookups being the norm. The Chinook salmon have ranged from undersized, which we catch and release, to keeper salmon (8-20 lbs). As we move through the next month, we will start to concentrate on areas further off shore into the Straight Of Georgia.
 
Our staff has been running mostly spoons with flashers and bait is also working. Spoons such as nightrider, glow/green, trailhead, mongoose, and homeland security have given us good action. We use glow-in-the-dark style gear on all our spoons and flashers. Lately, our team is also starting to fish higher in the water column. Depths of 80 feet to 120 feet (in a 150 feet of water) is now typical but it depends on the day as the salmon will move up and down in the water column. We are starting to move away from 3 ½ inch spoons to the 4 inch spoons.

Dungeness Crabbing has been good and we set pots on all our charters. Prawning has also remained strong as we set prawn traps on longer 8-hour charters up Howe Sound. We have enjoyed chartering angers from all over the world and we invite you to join us to see what the West Coast has to offer!

Tight Lines - Kevin Addie

 

Winter FishingFebruary 20th 2016

The fishing this winter started to improve a lot in late November and just seemed to keep rolling. We are now at the end of February and the Chinook Salmon have followed the herring that are spawning right into the bays and reefs up and down the south coast. We have harbor seals that hang out around our docks on a daily bases and they have been covered in herring spawn from eating it for almost two weeks. The commercial herring fleet has been running in and out of the harbor for weeks now. This event marks the start of the spring runs of salmon that are feeding on them. This event also marks a more consistent fishery for bigger salmon. Our company has moved to fishing a lot more in English Bay as the number of fish boated lately has been impressive. Most of our charters lately have been boating over twenty fish. Pretty well all these salmon have been under size therefore catch and release. A few of them have been keepers in the 7 to 11 pound range with the odd one in the mid teens. We have been fishing mid harbor to the Bell Buoy. The Capilano River to the Pink Apartment building has also produced some nice keeper sized fish.

Howe Sound has also been steady but we have had to chase the salmon around a little bit more. The bays from Tunstall to Grace Island To Defense Island have all been good on different days. The trick is to know where they will be on which tides.

Our chose of gear has started to change a little. We have not used bait all winter and some boats are starting to run bait now with the herring spawn starting. We have also started to run more 4-inch spoons where before it was all 31/2 inch. We are still running the same flashers and spoons that we have talked about in all our winter reports. Prawning has been good and although we had to search a little the crabbing has been good also.

Tight Lines - Kevin Addie

 

Winter FishingJanuary 20th 2016

The mid winter fishery in both English Bay and Howe Sound has been producing very well. We have seen some keeper size fish in the 15 to 18 pound size range on our charters. There has been a 28-pound fish caught up Howe Sound by another company and this is the biggest size salmon of the winter season so far. The Howe Sound region has been where we have seen most of our charters travel to lately. The Water Fall, Tunstall Bay, and Grace Island have been our main areas up the sound. We have been hooking 4 to 8 times per charter. Our boats have been bringing back keepers on all our trips. The Howe Sound charter is 8 hours and has great scenery with lots of mountains and islands around you.
   
The English Bay trips have also been steady with some smaller fish and keepers into the mid teens. In this area we have been fishing mainly the QB marker and the Capilano River to the Pink Apartment building. We have been running all our gear near the bottom in depth of 80 feet to 210 feet depending on where we are fishing. 
   
Our boats are using spoons and flashers. All our gear is of the glow in the dark variety. We have been using 31/2 inches spoons such as green glow, nightrider, cookies and cream, and homeland security. Prawning and crabbing sets have been excellent.

Tight Lines - Kevin Addie

 


Fall FishingNovember 20th 2015

It's the 3rd week in November and we are starting to see a definite improvement in our winter Chinook fishery. Last year the Chinook salmon were moving into the bays in early November. This year we are about a week and half behind that schedule. The weather has been sunny, cool and calm. This makes it much more pleasant when we are out fishing on the water.

Our company is targeting mainly English Bay, as the bait balls of herring have been impressive in the bay again this year. More bait means more salmon. These Chinook salmon are looking to grow and they grow at a very fast rate at this stage in their life. The bait this season seems to not only be on the bottom, as it usually is, but we're also seeing nice bait balls that are higher in the water column; sometimes 30 to 80 feet deep in 120 feet of water. This could be because of water temperature and other ocean conditions.  Because of this factor we are seeing some success higher up in the water column. Usually this time of year we fish on the bottom, whether it is 100 or 200 feet deep. The salmon this time of year tend to move a lot. They can change their areas of feeding from one tide to the next and we have four tides a day in this area.  Bonnie Lee Charters specializes in the winter fishery and we have been doing this for 35 years. This factor tends to give our staff an edge in tracking down the fish on different tides.  English Bay, Howe Sound, Tunstall Bay, Hutt Island, Grace Island, these are all areas that we target this time of the year.  English Bay has been the area that we have seen most of our action in lately. We have experienced 5 to 10 fish per charter with 12 to 25 inches being the main size group. Tunstall Bay and Hutt Island have produced some fish but have not fully turned on yet.

Wintertime means clear water and for us, flashers and spoons are our main choice of gear. Most of our tackle is of the glow variety, spoons, such as glow-green, knightrider, small sliver Tom Macs, army truck and chartreuse colours have all worked. In this early season, 3.5-inch spoons work better than 4 inch, as the bait tends to be smaller. Come and see us in our Granville Island office and tackle shop for more precise day-today fishing information.

Crabbing this winter has been fairly good as the commercial crab boat activity has been lighter than normal in English Bay. The commercial crab season is finished on December 1st and this will see our recreational fishing greatly improve. Prawning has been excellent and we have seen catches of over 500 prawns per set. We have had one set of 9 traps produce over 800 spot prawns. Most of the prawns have been of jumbo size.  Give us a call or email if you want a charter. We can accommodate you on short notice.

Tight Lines - Kevin Addie

 

Fall FishingOctober 10th 2015

We have had exceptional fishing this year. This fall season has been very productive for us with a lot of charters producing fish in the 15 to 35 pound range. The run has lasted longer than it has in the last 5 years. Ten years ago the runs lasted into November and it may be the same this year, only time will tell. 

The Capilano River has been where we have focused most of our attention. The Capilano fishery is a very technical fishery and our staff are really skilled in this area. Anchovy bait has been our main producer. We have been fishing on the bottom as a lot of the salmon are holding deep while they wait to run the river to spawn.  Chinook salmon has been the main fish that we are catching with some Coho and chum salmon mixed in. Fish the green marker in front of the river on the flood tides and the bay and western end of the pool on the ebb tides. Slack tides will definitely work best.

Other areas that have been producing salmon have been the Bell Buoy, north arm jetty, and T-10. The south arm of the Fraser River has also been very good. The main catch has been Coho and chum salmon with some Chinook still around. Some of our charters down at the south arm of the Fraser have produced a dozen or more hook ups. We are fishing depths of 40 to 90 feet. The depths have varied from day to day and on different tides.

We have started to set crab traps with some of our charters and have had some good results with keeper size crab. The commercial crab season will end Dec 1st and this will signal a much more productive fishery for the recreational fishers. Our company specializes in the winter salmon season and we are now starting to target winter Chinook. Stay tuned.

Tight Lines - Kevin Addie

 

Fall FishingSeptember 5th 2015

After an excellent summer of salmon fishing it looks like the fall fishery is going to be exceptional. The number of Chinook salmon that we have being seeing lately have been very good, with 10 to 25 pound fish being quite common. DFO has predicted a very strong run of Chinook salmon this fall and from what we have been experiencing this looks to be the case. In late August and early September we tend to be at the Bell Buoy area right down to the Sand Heads region. This whole area will produce as the salmon are staging to run the Fraser River to spawn. Along with Chinook salmon we are also catching Coho and late run pinks.

Our guides are using mostly anchovy and glow teaser heads. Hootchies have been working with straight glow and white being our favourites. We are fishing depths of 40 to 90 feet. As we move further into September we will concentrate more on the Capilano River region to target the big white Chinook salmon.

Tight Lines - Kevin Addie

 

Summer FishingAugust 1st 2015

Lately we have been having great success with the pink and Chinook salmon fisheries. The pink salmon run has been exceptionally good this year with multiple large schools of fish. Many of our trips have been hooking up 10 to 20 fish per charter. We have also seen a decent number of Fraser River red Chinook salmon in the 10 to 20 pound range. Our target area has been mainly the English Bay. In this region West Van, Point Atkinson, and the lower reaches of Howe Sound have been the best places. The Bell Buoy is also starting to produce.

Our staff has been using mainly anchovy and glow teaser heads. Hootchies have also been working with white and straight glow being the main producers. Our staff has been setting their gear in the 30 to 80 foot range. If you want to catch salmon now is the time to go.

Tight Lines - Kevin Addie

 

Spring FishingMay 1st. 2015

The Chinook salmon fishing continues to be excellent. The Hump area off the south side of Bowen Island has been the place to fish. This fishery has been outstanding with most days seeing hook-ups of 6 to 12 fish per charter. We have also experienced some slower days but these have been few and far between. The tides are important when fishing The Hump. Flood tides tend to push the fish north or east and ebb tides seem to see most of the salmon on the west end or south side of The Hump. Depths have ranged from 65ft to 130ft with 90ft to 120ft being the norm. Run your gear at different depths to find the fish, and then fish those depths. Possibly dropping down as you get later into the day. Being on the water daily helps us follow these trends to determine our guests’ best chances of catch salmon.

Our staff is running a variety of gear. This includes anchovy and herring in glow teasers heads. Hootchies in the green splatter back and white double skirt colours. We are running all 4” spoons such as; Homeland Security, Nightrider, Green-glow and Mongoose. Flashers such as; STS, Matti, Chili Pepper, Purple Onion glow and Green Onion glow are all working.

Tight Lines - Kevin Addie

 

Spring FishingApril 15th. 2015

Looking back at our winter fishery, it was one of the best we have seen in a decade. Now we are transitioning into the spring season and so far it looks to be exceptional. Our guides have moved out of the English Bay area and have been targeting areas up Howe Sound and the south side of Bowen Island. As of now, we are having a lot of success fishing these locations. The average size of Chinook salmon that we are catching has been larger than normal for this time of year. We are bringing back salmon in the 12lbs to 25lbs range. The average fish has weighed in between 12lbs to 15lbs. These salmon are some of the best fighting and eating salmon of the year. Areas up Howe Sound that are producing are, Defense Island, Hutt Island, Grace Island and Tunstall Bay. The salmon are now on the move, so searching for their location is key. The south side of Bowen Island has come on in a big way. Our staff has been concentrating on The Hump area on the south side of Bowen Island. We have seen some spectacular days with 10 hook-ups per trip being quite normal. The key to The Hump is to find the fish. The ebb tide will push them to certain areas and the flood tide will bring them back. The other main factor that affects this area is that the salmon tend to move through in waves. Some days you hit the wave just right. Depths have been mainly between 70ft and 130ft. We are using 4” spoons such as; Homeland Security, Nightrider, Green-glow and Mongoose. Hootchies that are working are; Green Spackle back and white double skirt. Anchovy and herring have also been producing and we’re running them in glow teaser-heads.  We are still crabbing outside English Bay and it has been very good. The prawning has been exceptional as the closed areas are now open.

Tight Lines - Kevin Addie

 

Spring FishingApril 1st. 2015

The herring spawn is on the move and so are we. Our guides are still fishing English Bay but we are also concentrating on Bowen Island and the upper parts of Howe Sound. In English Bay, the freighters are still holding fish but we are now fishing mile-markers, Bell Buoy and the entrance to English Bay in much deeper waters. The top of Howe Sound, around Defense Island, produced very well in mid March and there are still some fish there. Tunstall Bay, Hutt Island, Salmon Rocks and the areas around these fishing spots have been the hot spots lately. This requires an 8-hour charter but it is well worth it. Close in on Roger Curtis point has also been good; we are about two weeks away from fishing the waters off   the south side of Bowen.  The key to all these fishing spots is finding the herring bait balls.  We are still fishing mostly near the bottom but the salmon are on the move so they will start to rise in the water column. Our guides are using spoons and hootchies but bait has been our main choice lately. The water is starting to colour so we are using glow patterns in all our gear.

Crabbing is on fire. Traps are set on all our charters. It's April 1st and prawning is now open on all the previously closed areas on the south coast.

 

Spring FishingMarch 2nd. 2015

Our excellent winter season has continued with stellar salmon fishing. We have experienced consistent catches of Chinook salmon in the 10lbs to 20lbs range. Our water conditions have been exceptional for the fish that frequent our Pacific Northwest waters. The amount of herring this winter has been outstanding and this has brought some of the larger Chinooks into our area. Water temperatures have been around 4c/40f, this is a cold current and the thinking at the DFO is that this cold water has pushed a lot of the larger salmon that normally go on the Westside of Vancouver Island to the inside waters of the Island. These inner waters are on a route that goes right past Vancouver.

Our fleet has mostly been concentrating in English Bay, the Westside of the Bowen Islands (Tunstall and Hutt Island), we will start to go up Howe Sound shortly. The herring are still in full bloom in English Bay. Everything seems to be a month ahead of schedule this year so we will probably start to move off into further waters sooner than expected. The herring spawn will determine our course of action.

In English Bay we are fishing mid-bay to the entrance of English Bay. The mile-markers and the Bell Buoy will start to produce as we move towards April.  Run your gear near the bottom, in depths of 90ft to 165ft.

Tunstall Bay and Hutt Island have both been producing well on the right tides, the Gulf Islands have slowed but this will change as the herring spawn moves. We are starting to run some bait but are using mostly 3.5 to 4 inch spoons. The midnight rider, green glow, and Irish Cream Coho killers will all work well for you. Run everything with flashers.

Crabbing has been off the charts with limits filled on almost every charter. We will start to prawn more starting April 1st, as DFO will open up all the areas that have been closed. This will allow more choice of fishing grounds to target.

Tight Lines - Kevin Addie

 

Winter FishingFebuary 6th. 2015

We have been lucky so far as our winter has been excellent for both warm, calm weather and the number of Chinook salmon. Throughout January and this first week in February, our boats have been catching numerous keeper size salmon, mainly but not restricted to the 9 lbs. to 15 lbs. range. Last week there was a fish caught in English Bay that was approximately 22lbs, so there is a chance of bigger fish. Along with these larger sized salmon, we are also catching many undersized fish. We catch and release these but they are fun fish to fight. The New Year saw us doing charters in English Bay and over to the Gulf Islands. The area around the Gulf Islands has been producing good catches, with a slight downturn in the numbers as we moved into late January. Both Thrasher Rock and Porlier Pass have been the spots to target. We’re fishing the reefs and concentrating on fishing the bottom (depths of 120’ to 220’). Bait and 4” spoons with a flasher have both been working well.

Lately, English Bay has been the area that our guides have been concentrating on. We have seen some of the best salmon fishing for larger keepers in a decade. These fish are in concentrated groupings and the tides will move them around. It has been a steady winter season, as we fish many days per week so we have been able to stay in touch with the movement of salmon. Look for the shoals of bait and when you find them, stay on them for better results-an ebbed tide will move them westward (freighters area) and flood tides will move them eastward (Capilano area or tight in on Stanley Park). Depending on the depth of water that you are in, set your gear from 90’ to 150’.

Gear to use has varied a little, with 3.5” spoons in English Bay. We are running flashers with everything and glow flashers such as Green Onion, Purple Haze and the original green-sliver flashers are all working well.  Spoons to try are Nightrider, Green-Glow, Kitchen Sink, Homeland Security and Mongoose Striker.

Early February has seen another large push of herring into English Bay. The bait situation has been increasing throughout the winter, with large and early spawning. Harbour seals are popping up, covered in herring spawn from eating it. This phenomenon officially starts the local herring spawn for us. The salmon follow them into the bays and reefs along the coast and this means bigger and more Chinook to catch.

Crabbing has been excellent with full limits on most every charter. We are still prawning even though there are areas that are closed until March 31st. While this has forced us into different spots, we are still finding stellar catches of 300 to 500 prawns per trip.

Come and see us in our tackle shop on Granville Island for more fishing information. We are located on the waterfront across from the G.I. public market.

Tight Lines - Kevin Addie

 

Winter FishingJanuary 2nd 2015

December turned out to be a great month to fish. The fish seemed to roll in at the beginning of December and have just kept coming. This time of year we usually see a lot of undersized Chinook salmon that are mainly catch and release, but this winter most of the fish have been keeper size. We are seeing fish in the 9lbs to 14lbs range. Howe Sound and Bowen Island have been producing well. English Bay has been the most consistent, so this is the area where our charters are mostly concentrating. In the Bay, both the Capilano River to the Pink Apartments and the Freighters have been the most active. We're still fishing mostly on the bottom, at depths of 90 to 150 feet. Lately we're getting salmon higher in the water column, at depths of 70 to 80 feet. The bait balls have been herring in the 4 to 5 inch size, most of the salmon that we have been cleaning have been full of this size of herring.  As we have stated in past reports, the amount of bait that we have been seeing is impressive. More bait means more fish!

We are running flashers with all our gear, 3½ to 4-inch spoons have produced the best. Green/glow, Midnight Rider, Army Truck, Irish Cream and Mongoose (green/sliver) have produced well.

Crabbing continues to improve a lot since the closing of the commercial season. Prawning has been very productive with sets producing 200 to 500.

Tight Lines - Kevin Addie