Fishing Report for June 7, 2016

Bob Meyer

Tuesday, June 7 2016

The Silva Bay Salmon Derby will be held Father’s Day weekend, June 18 and 19. It is open from dawn until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, and dawn until noon on Sunday. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Silva Bay Marina, Page’s, North Road Sports, Island Home and Garden, Harbour Chandler, and Gone Fishin’. There are about $12,000 worth of prizes, with first prize being a 9.9 hp Yamaha donated by Parker Marine, and a draw prize of a $3,500 structure finder donated by the Harbour Chandler. All proceeds will go to local fishing projects, primarily the Nanaimo River Hatchery. This is a fabulous derby; definitely old-friends week for me. 

Chinook fishing was topped off this week by a 36 pounder taken by Hasse Marthinson. This is an absolute trophy fish for these waters. Then a 52 pound halibut was weighed in after being taken off Thrasher Rock on June 3. Should have saved them for the derby, boys. Chinook fishing has been productive, with trips producing one to four nice chinook. Grande to waterfall, and the hook at Thrasher are both worthwhile, fishing 140 feet to the bottom. The Evil Eye, Watermelon, Killy McGee, and Kitchen Sink have been the go-to spoons, and the green spackleback and T-Rex have been the hoochies of choice.

Lings are semi-cooperative off Gabriola and Entrance Reefs. Try large baits, plastics, or jigs in 35 to 70 feet of water for best results.

Good fishing!

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