Fishing Report for July 21, 2015

Bob Meyer

Tuesday, July 21 2015

Chinook fishing yo-yoed back to its sketchy pattern last week. There were occasional good catches off Grande to Whalebone, and Entrance Reef, but the consistency of the fishery declined. Bottombouncing in 150 to 160 feet off Whalebone, or fishing the outside edge of Entrance Reef in 200 to 220 feet of water provided the best opportunity for chinook. Again, this week, 80 per cent of the fish were of hatchery origin, and had dark, red flesh. Lures of note included whole or strip baits in Rhys Davis clear green scale teasers, Coyote or Silver Horde spoons in Pink Sink, Killy McGee, Bob Marley, the Kripple K spoon or hoochies in glow white or needlefish lime green.

There are some pinks arriving, and they’re in nice shape, 4 to 5 pounds. The coho are getting bigger, 5 to 6 pounds, but finding a hatchery fish is a good trick. Remember that you cannot retain wild coho this year.

Ling fishing is more difficult off Gabriola and Entrance Reef. Try large bait, jigs or plastics at 30 to 70 feet. Prawning is still going to take a while to recover.

Good fishing!

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