Fishing Report for March 22, 2016

Bob Meyer

Tuesday, March 22 2016

I attended my biannual SFAC (Sport Fisheries Advisory Committee) meeting last night. Chinook runs this year should remain consistent with those of the past few years. Cowichan returns were good, with 6,200 adult fish entering the system. Coho returns were terrible last year, after rebounding in 2014. Ocean survival is staying very low with this species, and the Thompson run was down to about 13,000 fish, after producing 30,000 fish in 2014. So there will be no wild fish retention until those coho stocks have passed through into the Fraser, and maybe not at all. The Fraser sockeye run looks to be low, while the Stamp/Somass run could total as high as 750,000 fish. The 2016 tidal licences will be available online about one week before they are due on April 1. 

There looks to have been a light herring spawn around Gabriola, with some of the fish already moving back into deep water. We fished Grande to Waterfall and offshore last week and, for the first time in months, there was lots of bait showing on the sounder. Unfortunately, still no salmon. Clyde is out jigging herring off Nanaimo for use as this year’s bait. It’s kind of a fun process, catching multiples on small yarn jigs.

Prawning is still worthwhile off the Flat Tops. Try tuna cat food fished on the 350 foot ledge. 

Good fishing!    

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