Fishing and Marine Supplies - 5504 Trail Avenue, Box 678
Sechelt, B.C. (604) 885-2512
2016 Trail Bay Source for Sports Summer Fishing Report
These past couple of months turned out very good springs
of good size, and continued to move through our area following the local
herring stock that are just finishing spawning. We have had steady fishing
off Gibsons, Trail Islands, Epsom Point, and the blueback have been spotted
off Mary Island and Thornamby Island. We also have some reports of Chinook
caught off Nine Mile Point, Epsom and Pender Harbour and the crabbing
has been great. Fisher should also get out before the prawn season opening
in the first week of May. The tides have also been great to get a feed
of clams and oysters.
We are seeing the first signs of coho (blueback) starting
to show off Mary Island and Thornamby Island in the Salish Sea formerly
known as the Georgia Strait which should excite the fishermen who like
to throw buzz bombs, rooster tails and flies for them. Pender Harbour,
Jervis Inlet, Narrows Inlet, Texada Island, Lasquetti Island, Seal Reef
and Sangster Island will continue to produce good numbers of salmon as
the areas are known to hold large concentrations of fish during the summer
months. Another hotspot is the mouth of Secret Cove and Halfmoon Bay.
This area allows you to hide from the southeast wind and you can get into
some pretty good fishing close by.
The springs are known to move in the Inlet in early August
and in front of Davis Bay and this has been the best kept fishing secret
on the coast. We spend so much time casting to coho and we miss out on
some of the best opportunities to nail some big spring salmon. Trolling
60-120ft with white or blood and bones hootchies or coyote spoons in black/white,
green/silver or green/white will work well. Early morning tides are the
best or late in the evening, but unlike the coho the springs do turn on
during some of the day time tides. The Chapman Creek releases chinook
and coho annually.
The hatchery coho open June 1 so check out the old holes
such as Sangster, Upwood, Epsom, Pirate Rock, Merry Island, Trail Island
and Camp Bing. They should all see some good coho fishing in August. Find
the feed and you will find coho no matter what depth.
Fishing 2 hours before the low water slack with hootchies and coyote spoons have been working well in Army Truck, Blood/Bones, Green/White. It pays to mix up the colours and find the hot colour for the day. Of course you are not giving your all, if you are not trolling bait. With all the new head teaser colours you can mix colours with your bait as well. You may find that as the water gets murky, you will probably do better with dull or darker colours other than bright greens.
Don't for get your flasher, line colour and leader length
has a lot to do with your success as well. A lot of the fish have been
holding from 60' -100', and you will find fish deeper but a good starting
point is from 80' -120'. Then look for bait balls and move your lures
to that level. Fish a little higher in the evenings between 40'- 80'.
At this time of year fish can be holding or traveling in 30-50ft of water
so when you check your line it's a good practice to pop it off the downrigger
clip and let it float up to the surface. This will change the action of
your lure and allow you to fish a variety of depth all the way to the
surface. Vary the time you check your bait. It is also very important
to clean the jelly fish off your line and flashers, and make sure that
you give them wipe. It doesn't hurt once in awhile to give them a soak
with warm soapy water.
Lure choice will also depend on the water color, of late
it has stayed murky, and thus the reason olive green (army/truck) or dark
green have been a good producers. We can expect the water to clear and
then lean towards the lighter and brighter greens, or blue.
Bite times are important; of late the low tide bite has come on two to three hours before the slack and has stayed steady for an hour past the tide. On the other hand the high tide bite has come on hot near the high slack and then over, don't get caught running off to find fish at another spot while missing the bite. Depths, fish around Secret Cove, Epsom Point are best at 120-150ft.
Live bait mooching with herring in depths of over 160ft is a great way
to relax and catch a few winter spring salmon. Another trick is to pick
out the biggest herring first and only use one #10 hook with a 10-12'
leader and a 3 oz grey beaded weight. Using light tackle while mooching
is also a great way to present your bait, 15lb main with 12lb leader.
Don't be to anxious to set your hook, set your drag just to prevent free
spooling while in the rod holder. Wait until your reel is going out at
a good pace works well a a good rule of thumb of when to set your hook.
You still want to make sure that the bait fish are showing well on your
sounder, that you are out a couple of hours before the tide change and
your fishing some bottom structures.
Play safe, make sure you have all your safety gear and have done your maintenance. Check the marine weather reports before going out, leave a note at home so your family knows when you plan to return, and where you are going to be fishing!.
Some hot spots will be:
Pender Harbour Area - (Quarry Bay, Bargain Harbour, Bjerre Shoal, Agamemnon Channel, A-Frame)
Secret Cove- (Red House, Mouth of the Cove, Thormanby Island - Epsom Pt)
Sechelt - (Trail Islands, Davis Bay, Halfmoon Bay)
Sechelt Inlet - (Snake Bay, Sandy Hook, Tillicum Bay, Nine Mile Point, Maclean Bay, Narrows Inlet)
Gibsons - (Twin Island, Bowen Island, Cape Roger Curtis, Worlcombe Island, Pt. Cowan, PoPham)
Clams - prior to harvesting clams always check to make sure you are not digging when there is a PSP Closure by checking out DFO's Fishery Notice on PSP levels at: DFO Red Tide Closures for area 16 or call (604) 666-2828.
Crabbing has been great 50-120ft off Davis Bay, Poise Island or Sergeant Bay for some nice big keepers. The commercial prawn vessels will be starting the first week off May so you should get your trap's dusted off and start Prawn fishing. The little prawns grow fast, so look to the 270ft - 300ft as a starting point. Please check the areas you are prawning in to see if there have been closures in place.
To view DFO Management Area maps in order to ensure you know where the
boundaries are for various areas or sub-areas that you are interested
in fishing, check out their website at:
Management Areas Pacific Region.
You won't get better fishing information for the Sunshine Coast.
We hope to see you soon!!!!
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