Fishing Report for Oct. 24, 2017

Bob Meyer

Tuesday, October 24 2017

Sunday was about the only fishable day last week, as autumn is upon us with high winds, and lots of rain! If the fish weren’t up the rivers before, they are now! I was in Vancouver last weekend, but in talking to people, it sounded as if only undersized Chinook were boarded on Sunday. So, back to the waiting game for the true winter fish to arrive! So far this year, Grande to waterfall has been the place to be for the occasional legal fish. Last winter the action was hot from November through February at Thrasher, fishing deep along the Vancouver side of the reef in depths of 180 to 220 feet of water, with the riggers going 200 to 235 feet. Anchovy in Rhys Davis teasers, spoons in Evil Eye, Killy MaGee, or Kitchen Sink, or hoochies in T-Rex, or Blue Meany were top producing lures. There were some nice fish taken, into the mid teens, which is large for winter fish.

There are still some Chum slopping around in front, but catching them is the hard part. Try purple/pink hoochies on short leaders at slow speeds, and bring someone very entertaining to talk to while you wait!

Prawning is still excellent off the Flat Tops. Try tuna cat food on the 350 foot contour. The size has diminished to mostly mediums and smalls, so labour intensive, but worth it!

Don’t forget that the big Nanaimo Hatchery Open House is November 5th! If you have any fishing or boating goods that you don’t need, drop them off at the Harbour Chandler with Dane. Clyde will sell them at the Open House, and donate the money to the hatchery. Ordinarily, he raises $6,00 to $7,000 for tackle sales, which combined with the $5,000 to $6,000 we donate from the Silva Bay Salmon Derby, allows the hatchery to buy some much needed equipment!

Good fishing!

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