Fishing Report for July 12, 2016

Bob Meyer

Tuesday, July 12 2016

Well, this is probably the best fishing news since 1993. There is an abundance of Coho in the area, in numbers not seen since the “good old days”. Remarkably, about 60% of these fish are of hatchery origin, and may be retained. You can keep two hatchery Coho per day per person. Outside Entrance Island and off the Fingers/Neck Point are hot spots. I’m using the 3 inch Bob Marley or Evil Eye spoons, and the fish are distributed from 100 to 200 feet in depth. Some of the Coho are already up to five pounds, and could reach weights of seven or eight pounds in September. I am praying these fish stay in the area, as they entered from the Juan De Fuca, and are working their way North.

Chinook fishing is still good off Entrance Reef, and Thrasher. Lures of interest include the T-Rex or Blue Meany hoochie, the Evil Eye or Bob Marley spoon, or bait in clear green scale Rhys Davis teasers. The stocks have transitioned from 70% hatchery fish to 80% wild fish in the past couple of weeks. We are seeing more marbleds in the mix, so obviously of different river origins than last month. There are some nice sized fish in the area, some weighing 15 to 20 pounds.

Ling fishing is productive off Gabriola and Entrance Reef. Try large bait, jigs or plastics in 35 to 65 feet of water for best results.

Prawning sucks.

Good fishing!

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