Fishing Report for April 11, 2017
My boat was out of the water all week, so I don’t have any firsthand fishing news. The chinook fishing had slowed last weekend, with most boats getting skunked or releasing undersized fish. The good news is that it generally starts to solidify as the herring start to school up, and the first of the big chinook migration starts coming through.
Most years the chinook migrate offshore, in 600 to 800 feet of water. Last year they stayed inshore from Grande to Whalebone. Offshore downrigger depths are generally 120 to 220 feet. Inshore fishing is done in the 150 to 200 foot water depths. Downrigger depths are similar at 120 to 180 feet. Lures of choice remain the same - Rhys Davis teasers in green/chartreuse, the Evil Eye or Killy McGee spoons, or the T-Rex hoochie.
Ling and rockfish open May 1. Prawning is relatively good off the Flat Tops. Try tuna cat food fished on the 350 foot contour. Don’t forget to get your 2017 tidal licence.
Bob Meyer is the owner/operator of Silver Blue Charters. 250-247-8807,