Fishing Report for June 10, 2013

Bob Meyer

Monday, June 10 2013

The 22nd annual Silva Bay Salmon Derby will be held this weekend, June 15th and 16th! It runs dawn until 9 P.M. Saturday, and dawn until noon on Sunday. Tickets are $25 per person, and are available at Silva Bay Marina, and Pages on Gabriola. We have approximately $12,000 in prizes this year, including a $4,000 structure finder from the Harbour Chandler, which will be awarded as a draw prize. We will donate the proceeds to the Nanaimo River Stewardship Society for the hatchery program. Good luck to everyone fishing!

Chinook fishing is generally very good at Thrasher, the Flat Tops, and Orlebar. The only hitch in the ride is the tremendous amount of immature chinook in the area. I have never seen this many small fish around in May and June. On the one hand, they are our future fish, and it will be a amazing fishery next year if these fish stay in the Gulf, as they grow about an inch a month. On the other hand, you can barely get the lines in the water some days, as there are so many small fish. These had tended to be offshore, but they moved into the Flat Top/Grande area on June 6th, and tend to be distributed inshore now, too. Thrasher and Orlebar (yes, Orlebar!) seem to be holding the larger fish over the past week. Depths are variable, 80 to 140 feet. Lures of choice include bait in the Rhys Davis teasers, Coyote or Silver Horde spoons in Kitchen Sink, Bob Marley, Lemon Lime, glow green/silver, or the lime spackleback hoochie. There is the occasional big fish around, 31 and 29 pounds this past week.

People are catching and retaining hatchery coho!  This is so cool! They weigh about 4 pounds, and are being caught while fishing for chinook.

Ling fishing is good off the Flat Tops. Try large bait, jig, or plastics fished on the bottom in 30 to 60 feet of water for best results.

Good fishing! 

Bob Meyer is the owner/operator of Silver Blue Charters based out of Silva Bay, Gabriola. Tel: 247-8807 fax: 247-9700.