BEST KEPT SECRET ON THE WEST COAST OF VANCOUVER ISLAND
2021 January Newsletter - Happy New Year!
Salmon Fishing Report & 2021 Out Look
The Conuma Federal Hatchery & the Volunteer Hatcheries all made or exceeded their egg take for all rivers with the exception of the Burman River near Gold River. Total Egg takes by species for all of Esperanza Inlet & Nootka Sound hatcheries (All Enhanced Rivers):
Chinook/King/Spring – 4,093,477 Coho/Silvers – 253,096 Chum/Dog – 3,538,686 = 7,885,259 total
Expected return from 4 million Chinook eggs approx. 120,000 mature salmon. This is very GOOD news for all of Area 25/125 Fishing/Catching for many seasons ahead.
More Good Local News - The Tahsis & Leiner rivers Volunteer Hatcheries continue to perform well. Once again they had returns of brood stocks that continue to exceed the 8 yr average by more than 125%. Why? The Answer is simple. Tahsis Salmon Enhancement Society (TSES) & Nootka Sound Water Shed Society (NSWS).These two organization provided leadership for volunteers involvement in salmon assessment, enhancement, education, stream/rivers rehabilitation & fundraising. At the local level many of you who are reading this have contributed much to the above efforts. By donation of your time, energy & $$ we have been able to help TSES & NSWS be a shining example of how to take care of the environment and FISH in our backyard.
Yes, Westview Marina & Lodge has taken a local leadership position for the past 16yrs in providing over $500,000 in $$ and resources but, without your efforts none of the above could have been possible.
Thank YOU ALL!
Please continue to support the many ongoing fund raising activities - BBQ contest, VIP Donation Board, Auctions, Prizes for & participation in the Annual Fishing Derby (Fri, Sat Aug 27 & 28, 2021) Thanks!
“It Really is ALL About the FISH”
This yrs Derby will be dedicated to the memory of Frank Collins who has been the president & spoked person for TSES for many yrs.
2020 Salmon Enhancement Derby Winners
Weather is Good & Fishing/Catching is still Great!!!
Vern Bullock, from Sechelt, with his 25 lb Spring/Chinook.
He was fishing with his daughter Leia and son in law Rob Marusic
on a gorgeous September/Labor Day Wkend.
“Happy Fishing trip with Family doesn’t get any better than that”
Halibut, Lingcod, & Crab pictured above are why we open on March 15 ea. yr. Yes, Halibut & Lingcod in good numbers come right into the mouth of Esperanza Inlet in the early season.
Why- Huge schools of Herring spawn on both sides of inlet each spring. Approx. 25% of the schools parish after spawning which makes for a feeding frenzy for ground fish. Yes, Halibut catch in 60-90ft along with Lingcod (after April 1 opening) & other bottom fish.
Prawn & Crab catching improved Greatly in 2020. We expect this to continue in 2021. Our tackle shop crew will be happy to get out the chart and give info on where the hot spots are to drop your Crab traps & Prawn pots. Do not leave your traps/pots at home. With only 50% of the pressure on these species last yr lots were left in the water.
Definition Microsoft Bing:
Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something
YES, We would say that is also the definition of the attitude of most Fishers!!
Yes, with all the national & international talk as well as planning for vaccinating COVID
in North America it seems appropriate to feel and be Optimistic!!
Below are 2 examples of the MANY emails we have received in the past few days.
1 - Hearing some good news that there is movement towards getting the border opened in February or March! That would be great.
Following up with the dates I requested for this Summer in The Grandview, see below, originally sent late September.
Please confirm for me Thanks, Scott Gunning Dec 7, 202
Response: Hello Scott, All 4 trip you have schedule for the summer of 2021 are confirmed at Grandview rental Vacation House. Looking forward to a Great & Busy 2021 Fishing/Catching Season. Make it a Great Day!! John
2 - Dec 4 2020
Good morning, hope things are as good as can be. Just curious if you have started working on the rescheduled calendar. Thank you much, John Wiprud
Response: Hello John, thanks for your email. Yes, we have been working on the 2021 reschedule. We have you penciled in on similar date as last yr.
Your party of 2 is on the reservation calendar for arriving on Sunday August 1, 2021
Fishing/Catching August 2, 3, 4. Departing on Thursday August 5 after breakfast
with your cooler full of fish filets. Do those dates work for you? If they do not work please tell us what will. Please let us know soon! With vaccines becoming available soon we have had lots of Booking activity.
Thank You John at Westview Marina & Lodge
Re-response: Good to hear from you, heck yeah those dates are awesome.
YES - Optimism & Confidence that we will have some normalcy back in our lives is a very Good Thing!!
Having said that, out loud, a yellow caution flag is in order.
“We at Westview will continue with all COVID protocol as defined by the BC Health Authority to ensure the safety of our safe and customers.”
As we proceed through the upcoming months we anticipate changes in the protocol that will make our full service opening on March 15, 2021 more normal than last season.
So if you are planning to Fish/Catch (Charter), Moor you Boat or have
Fish ON John
John Falavolito 250-934-7672 or 800-992-3252
Westview Marina & Lodge/Serving the Vacationing, Cruising and Fishing Public for 27 Years