Fishing Report for March 17, 2014

Bob Meyer

Monday, March 17 2014

Well, we have half of the equation now. There’s lots of bait in the area, but the chinook haven’t followed the herring into Gabriola waters yet. Most of the big bait schools are out in the 250 to 300 foot depths off the Flat Tops or Grande. It is interesting that from Samsum Narrows south through Victoria, and Parksville through Campbell River, there was a very good winter fishery. The main herring abundance was from Parksville, north. Our local winter fishery was the poorest I’ve ever seen here, but no food, no fish. 

There’s another good sign on the horizon for this year. The Columbia chinook and coho runs should be substantial. Most of these stay on the outside of Vancouver Island, but some fish do run through the Gulf. It is all lining up really well for the salmon this year.

Prawning is great off the Flat Tops, unless your nickname is Cabezon. Try tuna cat food fished on the 350 foot contour, and expect 125 to 150 per trap.

Good fishing!      

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