Fishing Report for June 5, 2019

Bob Meyer  

Wednesday, June 5 2019

Chinook fishing has been electric over the past week. I had the best Chinook fishing trip I’ve ever experienced on Gabriola on May 28th. We were literally getting hits when the lures had been in the water for one or two minutes. Siegfried Penner is usually my big fish good luck charm, but it looks like he’s good for numbers of fish, too! We had a similar trip on June 1st, with outstanding action off of the waterfall. Trolling Grande to Whalebone in water depths of 180 to 230 feet has been the “go to” method this week. Downrigger depths range 180 to 220 feet. Small spoons in Evil Eye or Killy Magee have been the ticket lure wise. Approximately half of the fish are of hatchery origin, and 70% are of legal length in times of retention. There is no scientific reason for not retaining hatchery fish, but the rules are the rules. So, please, release all Chinook gently! Hopefully next year, we will at least have a hatchery Chinook retention fishery!

Due to a very fortuitous radio call, we chased Coho in the 600 foot depths off Thrasher on June 1st. We caught 4 in about 45 minutes, two of which were hatchery. This is terrific news! You can actually keep some salmon, finally! And, Coho are delicious! Try small spoons at 85 to 120 feet for the Coho. The limit is two per person per day, and they must be adipose clipped hatchery fish.

Ling fishing is ongoing at Thrasher and Entrance. Try large bait, jigs, or plastics at 35 to 125 feet for best results.

The commercial prawners are fishing Thrasher in 150 to 200 feet of water. Beware their lines while fishing the structure!

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