Fishing Report for May 20, 2020

Bob Meyer  

Wednesday, May 20 2020

The Chinook salmon are just flooding through our waters! There are good reports from The Fingers, Entrance Reef, Grande to Whalebone, and Thrasher. People aren’t even bothering going offshore, where the bulk of the the fish generally locate this time of year, as there are so many fish close in. 

We fished Friday in high SouthEasterly winds from the Grande past the waterfall. In an hour we hooked 10 Chinook, and released the 7 Chinook that we brought to the boat. These were taken bottom bouncing in 150 to 180 feet of water with the Cookies and Cream spoon, and T-Rex hoochie. It was kind of a gong show with only two of us fishing, so we picked up the gear and left. 

Clyde and Regan and Sylvie are D.N.A. testing right now, to provide more irrefutable proof that we’re not impacting the upper Fraser stocks. It is so frustrating to know that we should be open for one a day Chinook retention, some fisheries managers at the Pacific Biological Station acknowledge this, yet Ottawa has the final say and denies us this fishery.  Politics rule, science loses!

 Apparently S.F.I, the Ministry of Health,  WCB, and Destination B.C. are colluding to formulate the new guidelines to reopen charter fishing.  I investigated many websites over the weekend to see if I could indeed charter fish. All the intel was so subjective, that I am just awaiting specific instructions before reopening. The Silva Bay Fishing Derby is temporarily on hold too, as gatherings of over 50 people are illegal, and we typically have 150 people at the awards ceremony. Like everyone, all you can do is roll with the times, and try to keep everyone safe! Clyde is also targeting Coho for D.N.A. samples, and there appears to be quite a few Coho off the Fingers. Hatchery Coho retention starts June 1st, with a limit of two per day per person. Clyde has been running the downriggers at 35 to 50 feet, with small pink Apex or spoons for bait.

The Cabezon reports good numbers of undersized 4 to 5 pound Ling off Gabriola Reef. This is great news, as stocks seemed to be diminishing in recent years. The Ling grow at a rapid rate, unlike Rockfish, so hopefully we’ll see some recovery in their numbers.

Prawning is slow, and the commercial season probably will not open now, until early June.

Good fishing! 

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