Fishing Report for January 10, 2017

Bob Meyer

Tuesday, January 10 2017

Chinook fishing is still very good off Thrasher in the 150 to 170 foot water depths. The majority of the fish are of hatchery origin, and probably are from Washington State. The U.S. has dramatically pumped up their hatchery programs, while we continue to cut funding to our hatcheries. Some of our scientists believe in the “wild fish only” theory, believing that the hatchery fish dilute the vibrancy of the wild stocks. In the case of the East Coast Vancouver Island stocks, this line of reasoning doesn’t ring true, as the stocks have become so decimated through ocean mortality and other factors, that the hatcheries are keeping the stocks at reasonable levels. We will continue to contribute to the Nanaimo Hatchery, and its’ wonderful crew to insure the stocks remain stable.

Anchovy in green Rhys Davis teasers, the Evil Eye or Killy MaGee spoons, or the T-Rex hoochie are primary baits for the Chinook right now. Some of the fish are ranging 12 to 15 pounds, which is tremendous for the winter fishery. Tent Island is continuing to pump out some nice fish in the shallows, 80 to 100 feet.

Prawning remains good off the Flat Tops. Try tuna cat food at 350 feet for the “sea bugs.”

Good fishing!

Bob Meyer is the owner/operator of Silver Blue Charters. 250-247-8807,