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2015 Summer Fishing Report

Over the past couple month we seen as good as it gets', red hot fishing off Epsom Point, Texada Island, Lasquetti Island, Sangster Island and around Pender Harbour. The inside waters was also very good off Nine Mile Point, Narrow Inlet and Egmont. As we enter more into the summer months Epsom Point, Trail Islands, Davis Bay, Trail Bay, Camp Bing, Narrows Inlet and Sechelt Inlet will continue to hold fish. These are the favorite spots for locals to fish chinook, coho and pink salmon.

We are seeing the first signs of coho starting to show in Sechelt Inlet and the Salish Sea formerly known as the Georgia Strait which should excite the beach fishermen who like to throw buzz bombs, rooster tails and flies at them. 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.

August is a great months for springs and coho, good numbers feed around our local waters during this time of year. As we transaction from spring to summer the weather on the Sunshine Coast fishing only gets better. The water temperature will rise and the cold blooded salmon's metabolism will increase, and the morning and evening bites can be very productive for the maturing adult salmon. They will need to eat to generate fat for their eggs and for their journey back to the spawning grounds. This 'need to feed' makes for active, aggressive fish.

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 teaser heads. With all the new head teaser colours you can mix colours with your bait and flashers 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.

A flasher will call fish into the area of your lures, but with the water being clear the fish may be spooked when they get up close to the flasher. Another good fishing method is to attach the flasher on five foot leader directly to the cannon ball and the lure ten feet up the cable. This allows your line to be free of the flasher. This method gives you the best of both - the flasher is attracting fish to the area, but not spooking them away as they get close to your lure. Also try fishing for salmon on sandy bottoms, 150ft army/truck, black/white spoons with no flasher, it doesn't get much simpler if you're a troller. Rule of thumb for lure colors is dark on the over cast dull days and bright and shinny on the clear sunny days

The pinks are starting to show in great numbers in Trail Bay, Davis Bay, Texda Island, Jervis Inlet, Sechelt Inlet, Egmont, Porpoise Bay, Sandy Hook, Salmon and Narrows Inlet. We are start to get numerous reports of fish jumping since mid July in these areas and make sure your ready, as these are easy to catch and a lot of fun.

When your fishing for returning hatchery coho and pinks work the early morning and late evening tides with rooster tails in pink, yellow or orange. Cast out in front of the schools as they swim by the boat. If the jumpers won't take them then try trolling 20-40ft deep with spoons or white hootchies at a fast pace. Lastly, lets not forget the fly fishing as they are some of the most productive fishers at this time of year. It is an even year and that means the pinks will return in great numbers to the Maclean Bay, Sargents Bay, Bonnie Brook, and the Chapman Creek hatcheries from mid to late July and then peak in August. Make sure you are watching for returning fish in Tillicum Bay, Sandy Hook and Snake Bay in Sechelt Inlet. If your adventerous try the mouth of Deserted River, Tzoonie River and Sechelt Creek. These areas stack up incredibly with large schools of pink salmon.

The pinks have best been fished early in the morning on the fly, pink colors with silver have been good, and if you don't fly cast simply tie a fly on your spinning rod and a spilt shot or two, then cast away. Coho also love live bait; you can simply mooch them off the side of the boat or use a bobber to hold them up. This method works off Davis Bay as well, along with casting spinners, spoons, and buzz bombs. Coho are keen to take a fly as well.

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.

Crabbing has picked up look to 50-120ft off Davis Bay, Poise Island or Sargeants Bay for some nice big keepers. The commercial vessels are finished Prawning. 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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