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FISHING REPORT – March/April 2014
Sharpen those Hooks!! The News Just Keeps Getting Better & Better!!!
If only a portion of what Dept. of Fish & Ocean (DFO) - Canada & Washington State Dept. of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW)- Washington State, are saying come true we are in for the 2014 SALMON FISHING SEASON TO BE THE BEST EVER.
-65,000 Chinook returned to Conuma River/Hatchery 2013. This season the projections are up to 80,000 Chinook. The Burman River is also projected to have a return of 10,000 Chinook.
-2013 West Coast Vancouver Island (WCVI) Coho were at their highest rating (abundant) in over 10 yrs. Result limits were increased from 2 to 4 fish per day- 8 possession on June 1st. This Yr. 2014 same thing on limits but, there is some conversation out there that DFO is considering the possibility of retention of some wild Coho outside the surfline, STAY TUNDED. Inside surfline, same as last year in our area - 4 fish per day & Coho retention can be wild or hatchery marked.
-23 million Sockeye will be returning to the Fraser River this season. For the 1st time in three years we will have a Sockeye opening for WCVI
- Last years Chinook returns were primarily made up of 3yr. old fish (15-25 lbs). 2014 returns are expected to be made up of primarily 4 & 5yr. old stocks (25- 40lbs) Lots of Tyees 30lb+
- 1.8 million Coho will return to the Columbia River & Puget Sound Rivers. This # is up substantially from last yr. Most of which will pass right in front of Esperanza Inlet & Nootka Sound as they move south May – Aug. LOTS will move inside the surfline to feed & rest.
- 1.9 million Chinook will also be returning to the Columbia River & Puget Sound Rivers. This is the largest return to the Columbia since 1938 when records were first started to be kept. Same as Coho Lots of these Chinook will be available at the mouth of our inlets, inside the surfline when they move into feed, especially on flood tides & Outside the surfline May – Aug.
We will continue seeing more winter Chinook/Springs/Kings than in past years. Why? - because as the USA # of hatchery & wild fish continue their UPWARD swing in #s, More & more USA fish come to our food rich inlets of Esperanza & Nootka to winter prior to their migration south in June. How do we know this? Answer 75+% of the winter springs caught in Nootka & Esperanza this time of yr. are hatchery marked fish.
Not only locals but fishers from up & down the Island (Campbell River to Victoria), plus folks from the Vancouver area have discovered that our sheltered inlets can proved excellent calm days of winter spring fishing not found in many other areas. Let’s say it the way it is: “You can fish anywhere around the Island on calm days but, if you want to count on catching salmon in GOOD numbers then Esperanza Inlet & Nootka Sound are your best bet.”
April 1st marks the season start date for prawns, crab, oysters, mussels & clams. It is important to note that many areas within Tahsis Inlet & Hecate Channel, from Esperanza Inlet to Nootka Sound are open year round for prawns. As soon as a high pressure system shows up several boats are out there getting their 200 prawns per day per person. There are boats fishing prawns today as we are writing this report.
APRIL 1ST – is the start of other local openings
Graem Easton- from Victoria BC & Mike Carey- from Hillsboro Oregon enjoying a sunny and productive day of prawn fishing
IF YOU HAVE EVER THOUGHT ABOUT
SPORTS FISHING ADVENTURE – TV Show
Westview Marina & Lodge – will be featured in upcoming episodes of Sports Fishing Adventures throughout the spring. Details on networks which the series will air on, dates and times noted below.
We have been very fortunate to be selected as one of British Columbia’s Best places for CATCHING FISH and providing excellent facilities and services. Thank You BC Outdoors.
Check out the Episode Preview Here