May 30, 2015 Langara Start of Season fishing report!Last edited on: May 31, 2015 03:28:07 PM by LangaraSuz
So far this season after an easy tow both the fishing and the weather during the pre-season were very favourable.
We’re pleased to report there has been very strong action for Chinook salmon in all of these areas in the weeks prior to our season-opening. On some days it has been peak-season hot, with lots of multiple hookups providing us with some great entertainment over the past few weeks. Overall, the salmon have been as abundant as we have witnessed in many years for this time of the season, and seem to be slightly larger on average compared to the past few seasons.
The first Tyee of 2015: a beautiful 31.5-pound Chinook caught on May 23.
A few Tyees have been caught already, along with several in the mid-20 pound range; a bit smaller than that is the average. The salmon appear well-fed with fat bellies and do not show any signs of being under nourished from the winter. Chinook are obviously the main catch for this time of the year, but we already have a few Coho, Chum and a Sockeye on the board.
Our first guests arrived earlier this week and have enjoyed much of the same, with everything cooperating except for the winds. They have been moderate to strong NW and have kept us fishing the east side of Langara and down to Graham Island, from McPherson Point to Boulder Point. But these waters continue to hold plenty of salmon, with fish being caught in all areas between these two points, and at all depths.
We’re seeing lots of herring around Cohoe and Andrews Points. Yesterday, some bait came rolling through Parry Pass, fueling a good morning bite at Boulder Point on the flood tide. Nearby Bruin Bay has also yielded some nice fish the past two days, around the ebb tide to first of the flood. That news should make Bruin an even more popular area for our Tournament contestants this week, as it typically holds larger salmon.
We haven’t been bottom fishing off the west side yet, but some very nice incidental Halibut have been caught this trip by guests fishing for salmon. Finding Halibut like this has become more and more common the past few seasons, so it’s great to see it picking right back up this season.
Langara’s Humpback whales are also back, with several seen around the east side of Langara, looking for bait. The occasional plume can also be sighted along the horizon, revealing many more in the area.
Overall, it has been a great opening week (or great opening month, from our staff’s perspective). The salmon are plentiful, the bait is abundant, the whales are cruising by, the Bald Eagles are flying overhead, and the weather is dry. We’ll take 3 more months of it, please!
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