Fishing Report for September 19, 2019

Bob Meyer  

Thursday, September 19 2019

Well, the big rains have probably pushed the last of the adult chinook up the rivers to spawn. This is a good thing for the smaller east coast of Vancouver Island rivers as the higher water levels give them some protection from poachers.

The chinook runs in the Fraser look to be very good, and the fishing has been fantastic off the mouth of the Fraser for a month. The irony here is that DFO will probably say, “Look, it worked! Non-retention in the spring produced more homecoming fish.”

In fact, this was an extraordinary year for chinook returns locally. I literally have not seen spring chinook fishing that good since 1993. And, yes, there were more fish out there because there was no retention in May June and half of July. But, even if people were keeping one fish per person per day, it would have been an incredibly abundant year. Way, way, beyond normal. 

So, DFO, your solution to getting more chinook to the upper Fraser tributaries and to feed the local orcas is to curtail sport fishing, and shrink the commercial take? 

Our solution is to produce more chinook everywhere for First Nations, the sporties, the orcas and the commercial fishers. Fund the hatcheries, do some stream rehabilitation, hire some enforcement officers, do the science. Believe your DNA evidence that we gathered for you that we are affecting those troubled upper Fraser chinook stocks at a rate of 0.68% in Area 17. Don’t play politics with our lives.

There are still some feeder chinook off the Grande, Thrasher and Entrance in the 8 to 10 pound class. Bottom bouncing in 160 feet of water with the T-Rex hoochie or Cookies and Cream spoon is the best approach.

The coho are off Entrance in small numbers. Trolling at 60 to 80 feet off the yellow can with small spoons is the best method. Prawning is still excellent off the Flat Tops.

Good fishing!  

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