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Spring Fishing Report

It"s that time of year to look for spawning herring in our area. Look to Trail Bay, Bargain Harbour, Secret Cove and Halfmoon Bay on the outside waters, Snake Bay, Sechlet Inlet, Narrows Inlet and up in Hotham Sound (Freil Falls) and Delta Rock, Jervis Inlet on the inside waters. Once the herring spawn they will move on as will the springs, so it's best to get out before they move. Last year we saw herring spawn in Salmon Inlet in early May.

We will also see improvements from all areas of the Sunshine 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. Another positive for the 2015 season is the return of pink salmon in mid July. Two years ago our area had historical record numbers of pinks salmon returning.

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 see's throughout the year, 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 spring salmon 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 catch them!

Crabbing picks up and look to 80-120ft off Davis Bay, Sergeants Bay and Sechelt Inlet for some nice big keepers. Prawning will improve as the little guys grow fast, so look to the 270ft - 300ft as a starting point. Also, it is time to get out before the commercial prawn fishery starts in the first wseek of May. 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, 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.

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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