Fishing Report for March 29, 2016

Bob Meyer

Wednesday, March 30 2016

The West Coast herring have come into our shores and spawned. The commercial gillnetters have not yet filled their quotas, and I hope they are not headed this way. There was a major commercial fishery outside Departure Bay and, ironically, there were three freighters anchored up just outside them. My two least favourite things intermingled. Wish I would have asked Clyde to take a good picture, could have put the black voodoo on the whole mess. Clyde did have fun jigging herring before the commercials came in. He was nice enough to give me a 40 pound bucketful for future use as bait. Thanks Mr. Wicks. 

Salmon fishing is still slow locally. The herring are moving into deep water, and there are schools of herring and hake offshore. I did hear one good report, of five chinook being taken in one trip bottombouncing off the Grande in 200 to 250 feet of water, but I think that may have been an aberration as no one else has given me a positive fish report. Porlier is still producing lots of undersized, French Creek and Hornby have good fishing, as does Vancouver. Soon, soon, soon is the mantra.

Prawning is slow, but Ron Springer said that the prawns are actually up in 80 to 90 feet of water, feeding on the herring eggs. I haven’t ever fished that shallow for the sea bugs, but it may be worth a try.

Good fishing!

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