Fishing Report for July 17, 2018

Bob Meyer

Tuesday, July 17 2018

Chinook and Coho fishing was great this week, if you could get out between the big Northwesterlies. We fished Entrance Island on Tuesday, and landed a dozen Coho trolling, keeping 5 hatchery fish. We also caught 3 nice Chinook, but threw one back looking for a bigger one. That was a booboo, as we didn’t catch another one. Steve was jigging next to us that same day, and hooked 4 large Chinook, landing one of them. 

We jigged 3 Coho that same day on Perkins, MacDeeps, and Lil Nibbs fished at 30 to 40 feet. Green can at Thrasher was hot on Thursday night, also. 

We hooked a dozen fish in two hours, keeping three nice Chinook. I’ve been trolling plugs in the shallows, 80 to 120 feet of water depth, with the gear at 65 to 85 feet. The Coho are getting bigger, some weighing over 5 pounds. 

The ratio of hatchery fish to wild fish is better this year, running about 30 to 35%.

Ling and rockfish are available at Gabriola and Entrance Reef. Try jigs, plastics, or bait fished on the bottom in 35 to 120 feet of water.

Prawning is slowly coming back. Try tuna cat food fished on the bottom in 350 feet of water off the Flat Tops for best results.

Good fishing!

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