Fishing and Marine Supplies - 5504 Trail Avenue, Box 678
Sechelt, B.C. (604) 885-2512
2014 Spring Fishing Report
We will also see improvements from all areas of the Coast as winter salmon grow and will be able to keep more fish. They are joined by the beginning of the mature salmon migrating back home to their rivers of origin. Howe Sound sees early returning fish at Grace Islands, Gambier, Hutt, Tunstall Bay, and the Paisley Islands will all be good spots to run your favorite lure.
Epsom, Sargents Bay, Trail and Davis Bay will start to see improvement as we get near the season progresses. All spoons and hootchies will work well making sure one of them is in the lime green or chartruce color. Green teaser heads for herring or anchovies. Keep your eyes open, it's the time of year we see the killer whales move by.
Looking back we have seen Narrows Inlet/Strom Bay produce towards the end of April and starts to get really good in May with some of the best fishing the Coast will see, including off Nine Mile Point, Tillicum Bay and Snake Bay we have always see some hot action with fish coming in between 15-20 lbs. Look for their offspring to return to the Inlet on the same schedule. Fish feeding in the Sechelt Inlet at times can be found down deep 180-200ft, so if you're not marking feed or hooking fish between 120-150ft move out and go down, this can occur during some of the day time tides. All lures work up the Inlet but make sure you take along the old stand byes, green/white and army/truck hootchies. As for outside waters it's hootchie time, purple haze, green/white , blood/bones, army/truck, and were sure you have your favorite never fail, its' time to pull them out. Coyotes and Gypsy spoons, black/white, army/truck, green/white, green/chrome, and lime/chrome as well as bait.
Big mature fish have a hint of purple down their side, so keep one rod
with a purple flasher, on the other side blue or green, or cover all the
bases with one that has all the colors of the rainbow. Fish can be at
any depth during the month, always a good idea to keep some gear hugging
the bottom, but if you mark feed up move gear up under the bait balls.
Sandy bottoms are areas to key in on, bounce those balls along the bottom
kicking up sand brings aggressive fish to your hootchies, just make sure
you known your bottom is sand before you try this method. April and May
is one of our areas most productive months, get the boats in the water
and get at them, we call them "springs" cause that's when we
Crabbing will get better and look to 50-120ft off Porpoise Bay and Davis
Bay for some nice big keepers. Prawning will improve once it opens again
as the little guys grow fast, so look to the 270ft - 300ft as a starting
point. Please check the areas you are prawning in, there have been closures
in winters past and they may be in place now.
Play safe and 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 )
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.
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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