Happy New Year to everyone! First fishing report of the year. Our winter fishing in Vancouver has launched into full swing over the past month and is yielding some great results! For the first time in over 5 years my marina has iced us in but with warmer temperatures coming next week, we should be able to get out and at her!
Howe Sound has been producing a fair number of legal Spring salmon smattered with a few undersized as well. The usual spots: Tunstall Bay, 3rd Marker, Hutt Island and Grace have all produced. Further up the sound: Defense Islands and Porteau Cove have seen a few nice fish but haven’t been fished as much due to the constant outflow winds. English Bay has had some good days from the freighters to the Capilano River on the flood tide but there seems to be more undersized than legal in English Bay with a lot of grilse at times. Let’s also not forget the prawning and crabbing which we’ve been doing well on our trips as well!
No matter where we’re fishing, we fish the bottom or some forms of structure. It’s important in winter fishing to be very close to the bottom as you troll. For tackle, we’ve been using Gibbsdelta. Flashers we’ve been using the Watermark white, chartreuse blades, chartreuse glow or purple slurpee. We’ve been using a bit of bait. Usually on one of the four rods I troll the UV green Rhys Davis head. In winter, I love spoons. The G force, Skinny G have been great in the colours Irish Cream and the outfitter. The silver horde I’ve been hitting fish in the Irish Cream colour as well.
In the coming weeks, the winter fishing in Vancouver should get better and better. Now is the time we usually start to see it picking up but we’ve had a great month so far which hopefully is a sign of a few spectacular months to come! We are offering a special for the next month on 8hr winter local charters. Give me a call to get out on
the water or if you want some advice to go it alone!
Give me a shout 604.816.8944 happy to help any way I can! Enjoy the start of the new year!