|Predator's Pen - Saltwater Fishing Report - March 20th, 2015Last edited on: Mar 20, 2015 04:52:52 PM by Predator Charters
Hello Fellow Anglers
Over the past few weeks our winter fishery has remained very strong in Howe Sound, though the popular fishing locations in the southern portion of the Sound have not been as good as they were earlier in the winter. What has happened in the last month or so is that location in upper Howe Sound have been VERY good. The best I have seen since the 1990's. The past few weeks have seen very consistent catches of "teenager" Chinook with the odd one weighing up into the mid-20's. On the better days anglers have been boating 3 or 4 of these prime eating fish, and even on the slower ones you seem to still get a crack at a fish or two.
This is likely due to the Chinook following the herring schools further up into Howe Sound as they migrate into the Squamish area in order to spawn. This means that we should see the fishing perk up significantly in the lower portion of Howe Sound and out off South Bowen as the herring spawning season ends and they migrate back out of Howe Sound with the Chinook hot on their tails. Hopefully this will translate into some good fishing in the coming weeks in the lower part of Howe Sound, and in early April off South Bowen when that location traditionally produces well.
The Gulf Island fishery definitely slowed down over the past few weeks, though on some days decent numbers of fish can be located. This area will really begin to turn on down off Galiano Island and Porlier Pass by late April, and by May 1st (if not sooner) we should see excellent numbers located in the Thrasher Rock area again. Lingcod open up again on May 1st as well, so this fishery will be available again at that time. We have seen quite a few more Halibut get taken so far this year both at the Robert's Bank coal Ports and off Galiano Island by anglers trolling for Chinook. Numbers now seem to be at a level where it may definitely be worth the effort of actively targeting these fish. Some patience will be required as locating concentrations of them may require some time and exploring, but just anchoring with a scent trail may be enough to draw them in. Full day and/or overnight charters would be best for this option as they would provide the time necessary while still allowing the usual Chinook and/or Lingcod fishing beforehand.
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