Fishing Report for Oct. 17, 2017

Bob Meyer

Tuesday, October 17 2017

Over the past month we have had small waves of legal chinook showing in amongst the constant flow of immature coho and chinook. Last week we had trips where we boated up to 10 chinook, but they were all 3 to 5 pounds and had to be released. Yesterday we fished, and kept a 6 and a 12 pound chinook, and lost a huge screamer that was probably a late running Harrison fish. So, hopefully, hopefully, this is the start of the winter fishing, which was fantastic last year. 

Check your lines frequently (10 minutes) when fishing the downriggers, or you risk towing 8 to 12 inch salmon to their deaths. Grande to the waterfall has been the best bet, bottom bouncing in 130 to 140 feet of water. A spoon I’ve been using is silver/blue in colour, and it’s been the hot one. That one is close to my heart.

There are some chum showing, look for them to jump on their sides. They take hoochies in purple/pink, pink, or occasionally spoons. They fight like crazy. Clyde caught a 15 pounder this week that fought like a 20 pound chinook. They are not tasty fresh, you have to smoke them for eating purposes. Prawning is still excellent, but the average size has diminished. They are almost all mediums and smalls. Labour intensive, but worth the trouble.

Good fishing!

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