Fishing Reports

Chinook Fall 2012

Chinook Fall 2012

Coming home to the Conuma

Salt Water

A limit of springs from Strange Island A limit of springs from Strange Island

Fishing can only be described as spectacular!!  Both the weather and the angling have been HOT, HOT, and HOTTER.  Since we have gone through last week’s full moon and big tides that followed, new fresh fish have arrived everywhere.  Both the inside and outside fisheries are on, big time! The local mature Conuma River fish are everywhere on the inside with all the popular spots producing large Chinook on a daily basis. Tahsis Inlet, Strange Island, Hoiss Point, Beer Can Bay, and Camel Rock are literally on fire … first light until 10:00 am and again in the late afternoon until dark.  Limits of large Conuma Spring salmon are being caught each and every day now, with some of our guide boats reporting days with double digit hook-ups.

Bottom fish from the reef 2 Bottom fish from the reef 2

The outside fishery remains hot as well, however the winds have been picking up in the late mornings making it crucial that you get out there early if you wish to try the reef for salmon and or bottom fish; because by mid-afternoon it’s been blowing a gale each every day lately.  If you’ve limited out on salmon, it’s our suggestion that you get outside early morning and back to the security of the inside channel, before the winds kick up too badly.

Kevin Georgy with a chrome inside fish Kevin Georgy with a chrome inside fish

Small spoons, glow cuttlefish hootchies, 5 inch 602 & 158 Tomic plugs, well as anchovy and flasher are all producing large Chinook and Coho, both on the inside and the outer reef.

*Always be sure and check your local saltwater sport fishing regulations before fishing the areas of Nootka Sound (area 25/125), as there are many different limit and harvest regulations that apply to the different sub areas that you may be fishing in.

Fresh Water

The small lakes have dropped in depth and warmed up temperature-wise considerably with the hot dry weather we have been enjoying, so first and last light are really your best chances for rising fish.  Small dry flies on light leaders with a medium retrieve will draw the attention of any feeding fish at this time of year.  However with this kind of hot weather the fish will get picky, so maximize your fishing times during the cooler mornings and evenings.

Tight Lines, Good Luck, and Safe Fishing,
Gibran White, Onsite Manager.

July Fever

Salt Water

Brandi Miller & Kennedy White with a Bajo Tyee Brandi Miller & Kennedy White with a Bajo Tyee

Fishing on the outside remains consistent for both Chinook and Coho, with the average Spring salmon now in the 22 to 26 pound range, and the Coho fattening up to an honest 8 to 10 pounds. Early mornings and tide changes have been the most productive as the bait is being pushed high onto the reefs causing a feeding frenzy for fish and birds. Watch for flocks of diving birds and seagulls as a dead giveaway for balls of bait fish being chased to the surface by feeding salmon down below. Small baits and lures are still the go-to magic outside as the bait fish remain on the smaller side; hootchies, anchovies, and small 3 to 4 inch spoons trolled behind flashers will get the action you’re looking for.

Nathan Skidmore with a Camel Rock slab Nathan Skidmore with a Camel Rock slab

The inside fishery is picking up daily, with some real hogs starting to show up this last week. Areas such as Strange Island, Hoiss Point, Camel Rock, Three Bay, and Beer Can Bay are all producing in the early mornings (first light) and late afternoons/early evenings.  6” inch spoons, 5” inch Tomic plugs and anchovy and flasher are proving to be the most productive for these mature spawners.

Bottom fishing remains good outside, with many groups of anglers heading out after limiting on salmon in just a couple of days. As always, look for structure when targeting all species of ground fish, and don’t be afraid to move to different areas while dragging bait and/or jigging the vast bottom fish grounds we have to offer in Nootka Sound.

Bill Sargent with nice spring caught on a 2 inch spoon Bill Sargent with nice spring caught on a 2 inch spoon

Remember to load up with cold drinks, snacks, and ice as well as lathering up with sun screen before heading out….. as the weather is just as hot as the fishing!!!

*Always be sure and check your local Salt Water Sport Fishing regulations before fishing the areas of Nootka Sound (area 25/125), as there are many different limit and harvest regulations that apply to the different sub areas that you may be fishing in.

Fresh Water

The hot weather we have been enjoying has warmed the water temperatures considerably and lowered water levels; the best opportunities are very early mornings (first light) and very late evenings; just before dark for aggressively feeding trout. Trolling and spin casting small spoons and lures, and small dry flies will all attract both Rainbows and Cutthroat.

Tight Lines, Good Luck, and Safe Fishing,
Gibran White, Onsite Manager.

Fishing and Weather? … Both hot!

Salt Water

Young Nicolas with his Tyee Young Nicolas with his Tyee

The big fish have arrived, both on the inside and outside areas of Nootka Sound.  Reports of nice-sized Chinook are coming from areas such as Strange Island, Hoiss Point and Camel Rock as well as excellent inside Coho fishing from the Lighthouse and back throughout the inside channels.  Limits of 4 Coho per day are hitting the docks routinely, with the average Coho now in the 8 to 10 pound range and some fish in the low teens.  Fishing on the outside has never slowed down, and remains excellent with coolers full of all species of salmon and ground fish coming in every day. The average Spring salmon now is in the 22 to 28 pound range; with more fully mature Springs showing up so are the Tyees. Congratulations to young Nicolas Samsom who landed his very first Tyee yesterday a respectable 33 pounder, and to Cindy Kolb who brought in a 14 pound Coho.

Steve, Aaron, Bob, and Dennis loaded up on the Fish Hawg Steve, Aaron, Bob, and Dennis loaded up on the Fish Hawg

Halibut fishing has never been better, with legal limits of 30 to 40 pound halibut weighing in each and every day.  If you wish to keep larger halibut please inquire about our halibut quota program offered at both resorts.  Try fishing gravel piles and rocky outcrops for most productive bottom fish opportunities, with both drifting and jigging or anchoring and bait fishing producing during every tide change. Needle fish hoochies, glow cuttlefish, 3 to 4 inch spoons and anchovies trolled behind flashers are producing salmon as the bait fish they are feeding on are primarily small needlefish and this year’s herring juveniles. Trolling depths for salmon are in the 23 to 33 foot range at first light, and down into the 45 to 65 foot range later in the day. Whole herring, octopus, and a multitude of heavy jigs producing all species of ground fish.

Brent and Cindy Kolb loaded up Brent and Cindy Kolb loaded up

*Always be sure and check your local Saltwater Sport Fishing regulations before fishing the areas of Nootka Sound (areas 25/125), as there are many different limit and harvest regulations that apply to the different sub areas that you may be fishing in. Just a reminder that the inside surf line regulations for retention of large Chinook changes tonight at midnight.

Fresh Water

The hot weather we have been enjoying has warmed the water temperatures considerably; best opportunities are very early mornings (first light) and very late evenings – just before dark – for aggressively feeding trout. Trolling and spin casting small spoons and lures, and small dry flies will all attract both Rainbows and Cutthroat routinely.

Tight Lines, Good Luck, and Safe Fishing,
Gibran White, Marine Manager

They’re Here!

Salt Water

Nootka Marine Adventures guide Bill Sargent with some Maquinna chinooksThey’re here!!  The big fish have arrived, both on the inside and outside areas of Nootka Sound.  Good early reports of nice-sized Chinook are coming from areas such as Strange Island, Hoiss Point and Camel Rock as well as excellent inside Coho fishing from the Lighthouse and back throughout the inside channels.  Limits of 4 Coho per day are on our cleaning tables routinely, with the average Coho now in the 7 to 9 pound range.  Fishing on the outside has never slowed down, and remains excellent with coolers full of all species of salmon and groundfish hitting our docks each and every day. The average Spring salmon now is in the 18 to 28 pound range; with the smaller US clipped Chinook moving out to make way for our larger mature local fish that are just starting to arrive.

Legal-sized chicken halibutHalibut fishing has never been better, with legal limits of 30 to 40 pound halibut weighing in each and every day.  If you wish to keep larger halibut please inquire about our halibut quota program offered at both resorts.  Try fishing gravel piles and rocky outcrops for most productive bottom fish opportunities, with both drifting and jigging or anchoring and bait fishing producing during every tide change. Needle fish hoochies, glow cuttlefish, 3 to 4 inch spoons and anchovies all trolled behind flashers producing salmon as the bait fish they are feeding on is still small. Trolling depths for salmon are in the 23 to 33 foot range at first light, and down into the 45 to 65 foot range later in the day. Whole herring, octopus, and a multitude of heavy jigs producing all species of ground fish.

Time to BBQ! *Always be sure and check your local Saltwater Sport Fishing regulations before fishing the areas of Nootka Sound (areas 25/125), as there are many different limit and harvest regulations that apply to the different sub areas that you may be fishing in.

Fresh Water

The hot weather we have been enjoying has warmed the water temperatures considerably; best opportunities are very early mornings (first light) and very late evenings – just before dark – for aggressively feeding trout. Trolling and spin casting small spoons and lures, and small dry flies will all attract both Rainbows and Cutthroat routinely.

Tight Lines, Good Luck, and Safe Fishing,
Gibran White, Onsite Manager

Canada Day Derby

Salt Water

Steve Cyr with his derby winning chinookSalmon fishing continued very strong this week for our first Canada Day Salmon Derby.  Limits of Coho and Chinook have been hitting our docks everyday with good bottom fishing rounding out the catch. The miserable weather also seems to be moving on and it’s looking more like should be July in Nootka Sound.  The offshore popular areas continue to produce, with Bajo Reef being one of the best spots. Coho fishing has been phenomenal inside and out with some silver bullets in the low teens starting to show up.  There is bait everywhere including inshore of the lighthouse where it is legal to retain wild Coho.

Springs on the outside remain deep at (85 to 115 feet), Coho are anywhere from 35 to 85 feet. We are expecting to see our local Conuma fish to start showing up on the inside any day now. There are no Mackerel anywhere to report and we’re certainly hoping to see this trend continue.  Most of the bait and the best fishing that we are encountering are all out and around the Bajo Reef area.  Chinooks in the high teens to low 20 pound range and some nice lings at just under 10 pounds.  We release anything smaller and immature and encourage all anglers to do the same.  An hour after the high slack and into the ebb is your best time to be out there. Lots of hatchery clipped Chinook are showing up on the dock, thanks to the great hatchery programs south of us in the US.

A combination of Flasher and needle fish hootchies, and or anchovies is producing the best numbers for salmon. However some spoons and plugs are starting to work well. Try the Tomic  5” inch 602, or the new CRVP # 294. For spoons, go with the 4” inch Coyote Watermelon, or the Blue UV.

A good day on the reefHalibut, Lingcod, and Yellow Eye fishing has been very good 3 to 4 miles off of Burdwood to Escalante. Jigging, drifting, or trolling just off the bottom with cut plug herring has been producing steady numbers and varieties of bottom fish species.

We’re pleased to announce that the winner of our Canada Day weekend Salmon derby was Steve Cyr of Yamaha Canada with his 24.6 pound Chinook.  Our generous guests donated nearly $8000 to the Nootka Sound Watershed Society for salmon enhancement in our local area.  Thank you to all of sponsors and everyone who participated. We are already planning next year’s derby to be even bigger and better.


Fresh Water

Local lakes, rivers, and streams remain strong for Cutthroat and Rainbow. Both conventional gear and fly fisherman have been doing very well. We have now had a few different hatches throughout the spring, and feeding fish have diets that have changed from chasing salmon fry to multiple bug hatches. Requiring a change in gear, from hard-wear to fly’s.

Tight Lines, Good Luck, and Safe Fishing,
Gibran White.  Onsite manager

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