Fishing Report for July 15, 2020

Bob Meyer  

Wednesday, July 15 2020

Julember just keeps rolling along. Can someone turn up the heat? The good news is, by the time you read this, you can actually keep a chinook, woohoo! There is an 80cm size limit, but we’ll take what we can get from DFO’s cloudy minds. This year the 80cm maximum lasts right through until September 1.

Chinook fishing picked up dramatically last week. The herring have returned to our inshore waters after a two-week absence. 

We fished Grande to Waterfall Thursday, and boated 13 chinook, six of which weighed approximately 8 to 15 pounds. They were all in good shape and released nicely. The Killy McGee spoon and Blue Meany hoochie have been my baits of choice lately. Most of the fish were taken bottom bouncing in 160 feet of water.

Coho are still in short supply locally. Hopefully, they’ll do their rounds and come back now that the bait has returned.

It was a tough week for fishing ling and rockfish due to big tides and strong winds. I am going to try some more heavily weighted swimmer baits, with integrated leads of 9 to 16 ounces. 

I have been using sliders, with varying sinkers, and 3-ounce plastics. We’ll see if the new method works.

I tried prawning a couple of times, as there is no commercial activity off the Flat Tops. 

We only caught 50 and 30 in two traps. So, it’s still not worth the effort, yet. The commercial prawning ends on July 16, but stocks take about a month to fully recover.

Please, please, please, buy lots of tickets for the Lowrance-HDS-12-live sounder. They are one for $10; three for $20. This is a $4,500 unit, complete with transducer and chart chip. 

Tickets are on sale at Silva Bay Marina, Pages, Island Home and Garden, and Arbutus Home Building Centre. Harbour Chandler donated this prize, and all monies will be donated to the Nanaimo River Hatchery. 

The 2020 Gabriola Pandemic Pro Am Fishing Derby is being held August 8, but in order to keep the entries to under 50 people we have had to do away with the brilliant prize table and barbecue. 

All the entry fees will be given back as four cash prizes. So, the only monies being donated to the hatchery this year will be generated by the raffling of the Lowrance sounder, unlike previous years when all of the proceeds from the derby were donated to the hatchery.

Good fishing!

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