Fishing Report for June 5, 2018

Bob Meyer

Tuesday, June 5 2018

In order to protect the resident orcas’ favourite food, and limit the catch of some Lower Fraser tributaries chinook, DFO has reduced the daily limit of chinook to one per person starting June 1. Whether this is based on hopeful fantasy or sketchy science, it is now law. I can personally live with this change in order to preserve chinook stocks. 

I think the scant amount that DFO has budgeted for stream restoration (around 10.5 million dollars) is an absolute insult to the fish and those who fish for them. This extremely top heavy bureaucracy always has money for everything but science, habitat and enforcement. Cut the crowd in Ottawa by two thirds, and move the remainder to the two coasts. Spend the rest on the fish! There will be no retention of wild coho again, despite their good numbers. Which means releasing 10 fish to keep every hatchery fish. Hatchery coho retention starts June 1 also.

The extremely fabulous Silva Bay Fishing Derby is coming June 16 and 17. Tickets are $30 per rod, $60 per family, and may be obtained on Gabriola at Silva Bay Marina, Gulf Island Air, Page’s, Island Home and Garden, and North Road Sports. The derby runs from dawn until 9:00 p.m. Saturday, June16, and from dawn until noon Sunday, June 17. 

There will be approximately $18,000 in prizes, with a 9.9 Yamaha outboard donated by Parker Marine, the prize for largest chinook. 

There will again be a draw prize of a $3,500 structure finder donated by Harbour Chandler. Lots of other prizes for a multitude of categories, including downriggers, prawn pullers, Islander reels, etc. 

All proceeds go to the Nanaimo River Hatchery and other local fishing projects. Please come and join the fun.

Chinook fishing has become more sketchy around Thrasher and the Grande this week. Try bottom bouncing Grande to Waterfall in 135 to 160 feet of water, with T-Rex hoochies or Pink Sink spoons. The Money Hole is producing well, and Clyde and the boys are killing it jigging off Hudson Rock. We have to get some good intel by several boats doing some jigging at our end.

Ling and rockfish are present at Gabriola and Entrance Reef. We got a bonus of a couple of nice yelloweye while fishing in the 100 foot depth (shallow for this species) while catching ling at Entrance the other day.

The commercial prawners have their gear out on the structure at Thrasher at 150 to 200 feet. Despite being hundreds of feet away, I got tangled in their gear. The currents really blow through there, creating a hazard for trollers. It is best to avoid their sets by keeping well clear.

Good fishing!

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