With skiing over and what appears to be Spring finally making an appearance, it’s time to start hitting the water and kicking off an epic next 6 months! There has been some good fishing for the past month from the Gulf Islands, off the south end of Bowen Island and up into Howe Sound.
In the Gulf Islands at Thrasher Rock off Gabriola Island, fishing has been very good with the odd slow day to keep things interesting! Most fish have been on the smaller side 8-12 lbs and caught between 120-200 feet. Beware, some days the algae has been terrible so check your lines often to keep them clean! On this side of the Straight of Georgia there are a lot of options: QA marker, South end of Bowen Island, Cowan’s Point, Salmon Rock and Hole in the Wall to name a few. Howe Sound seems to have a lot less algae so we’ve stayed local for the most part. It has been producing some nice fish up to 30+ lbs. Great to see at this time of year! Fish have been showing up in abundance, not just size. We’ve hit our limit on a few occasions which obviously is great for any time of year! The feed at times is surfaced by the acre, you can feel your rods shake as you troll through. I try to locate the feed and stick close by. We’ve mostly been staying just north of Horseshoe Bay up 3 or 4 miles and fishing between 70-120 feet.
Gear we’ve been most consistent with has been Gibbsdelta. Flashers have been the Watermark green or purple blade or chartreuse glow. We’ve been using Skinny G spoons in Irish Cream or Outfitter and also the Silver Horde herring aide. The bigger fish have seemed to hit on Rhys Davis heads in green UV or 2 tone green glow. They haven’t hit huge numbers of fish, but they definitely attract the larger ones!
Hopefully this spring weather continues, the rain stops and the temperatures start to climb so we can enjoy the waters around beautiful Vancouver! Give me a call for charter information. At this time of year we recommend 6-8 hour local trips so we can fish a whole tide or move spots if required. If you’re looking to try your luck on your own, give me a call for some friendly tips and advice! Until next time, good luck!