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2017 Trail Bay Source for Sports Winter Fishing Report

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January had some good reports of fish being caught in Halfmoon Bay, Secret Cove and in the Gibsons area. There was the cold and snow to deal with and then wind and rain that made it hard to get motivated to go out there and get'em. Look for Davis Bay and Trail Islands to pick up mid month and and it should continue if weather allows you to get out.. Hot gear has been army/truck spoons and hootchies, blue or purple flashers. The fish have not been too deep and most fish have been taken around 100-120ft.

The key for this time of year is to hug the bottom, many of the productive areas have sand bottoms so let those cannon balls get down and tap so you know you are getting down to the hot zone. Clear winter water drives bait fish and feeders down to 140-200ft during mid-day, and if you mark feed on your sounder get your gear in the same zone. Shiners are a likely prey for salmon, they hug the sandy bottoms and don't school up like herring, you will see them as a yellow line along the bottom if you have a colored sounder, get your lures down where the shiners are. Army/truck patterns work well when shiners are around, also the Trapper coyote spoon is a good shiner imitation. With the short winter days the evenings just before dark is a productive time for big fish. They move into shallower depths to hunt, give Sargents or Halfmoon Bay a go, I like around the 80ft depth just as and just after the sun goes down.

Halfmoon Bay, Fraser Rock, Secret Cove and Bargain Harbor will all be good areas to mooch. Mature spawning herring will start to arrive by the end of the month and this should bring some of the mature springs with them. Trolling both Buccaneer Bay and Epsom's Point should also prove productive.

Crabbing depth starts at 40ft-80ft and you can don't hesitate to try 120ft if your not having success. Prawning will improve as the little guys grow fast in February, so look to the 270' to 300ft as a good starting point. Please check the areas you are prawning in, there have been closures in winters past and they may be in place now.

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. Same with your flasher colors stick with what has been working on one side and play with different colors on the other, especially when the water clarity or color changes, or is different than the last time you were on the water. 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.

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. 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.

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