THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORT WAS SUBMITTED BY WESTVIEW MARINA AND LODGE,
Alaskan Winter Chinook/King Troll Fishery scheduled to close EARLY-because the fishing has been so good they have caught their allocation.
Alaskan winter & early spring Commercial Chinook troll fishery is a good yardstick to measure expectations for the upcoming West Coast Vancouver Island (WCVI) Sport Fishing/Catching.
Alaskan troll will be closing at least two weeks early because of the significant upturn in Chinook abundance.
Grant Hagerman, Fish and Game’s assistant troll biologist for Southeast Alaska, said:
“Looking back, it’s the highest fall catch we’ve seen for 20 years, basically, since the 93-94 winter season, so it’s pretty significant.”
WEST COAST VANCOUVER ISLAND (WCVI)
CHINOOK/Springs/Kings – On an average year, a 2.5% to 3.5% return of mature salmon to the hatcheries, rivers, and streams is the norm. The normal math is 1 million fry in the water = Avg. returns of 30,000 Chinook. 5% is the best we have seen over the last 10 years.
Recent Department of Fisheries (DFO) reports have announced that they are projecting a 10%+ return this year. That translates to a serious upturn in returning Chinook. 1.2+ million Chinook passing and returning to WCVI. That is very good news, and it correlates with the Alaskan increase in Chinook abundance reported above.
ESPERANZA INLET/NOOTKA SOUND– Will see at least 100,000 of these Chinook returning to its rivers, stream and Volunteer/Federal Hatcheries in Area 25. In addition, these stocks are going to be 88%+ four-and-five year old salmon. That translates into much larger Chinook this 2016 season. 25-35lb.Tyees will be a regular occurrence on the Marina Daily leader board. Salmon fishing in our local area in 2016 will be the BEST it has been in 20 years.
Come join the Fun and Fishing/Catching!
Local Coho/Silver Salmon- Area 25/125 OPENS JUNE 1, 2016 -Stocks remain moderately strong, which means limits of two per day of hatchery marked or wild Coho on inside waters (Area 25) with possession of four. Same goes for outside waters (Area 125) except only hatchery marked fish can be retained. Still a Great and fun fishery on calm inside water here in Espernza Inlet and Nootka Sound.
Ling Cod- “One of the best-tasting, ugliest fish you ever wanted to catch.”
Stocks continue to remain very strong and abundant in our area. One small regulation change: minimum size now 65cm/26in. No big deal, it is hard to find a Ling in our area under the 65cm/26in limit. That change brings Area 25/125 in line with other WCVI areas on Minimum Size.
Limits still 3 per day, 6 possession of these delicious white-meated fish.
Ling are great fun to catch, and there are LOTS around in our local waters!
BILL FROM WASHINGTON WITH HIS BIGGEST LING OF THE DAY, CAUGHT APRIL 1ST 2016
ANOTHER GROUP OF ANGLERS’ SUCCESSFUL CATCH A FEW DAYS LATER
Paula’s Favorite Ling Cod Recipe
- 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon cornmeal
- 4(3 ounce) cod fillets
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 egg white , lightly beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
- In a small shallow bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, cheese, cornmeal, oil, italian seasoning, garlic powder and pepper; set aside. Coat the rack of a broiling pan with cooking spray. Place the cod on the rack, folding under any thin edges of the filets. Brush with the egg white, then spoon the crumb mixture evenly on top. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork and is opaque all the way through
Halibut- More Good News
International Halibut Commission scientists are reporting the size and quantity are on a steady increase for the West Coast of Vancouver Island Halibut. Yes that means Hali fishing is now April, May, and early June. Fishing will remain very good on inside waters and close in shore.
Because we’ve had an excellent Herring spawn in the mouth of both Esperanza Inlet and Nootka Sound. These huge spawns draw the Halibut inside and close off-shore to feast on the Herring. Catching Hali in 90ft of water is the norm through mid-April, May, and early June.
As summer rolls in, the abundant Halibut move out further off shore to the summer feeding and breeding grounds. They are very catchable off shore, too. Come to Westview’s Tackle Shop & we can use the chart to ID inshore Hali Hot Spots & GPS locations off-shore.
“A HAPPY FISHER IS A FISHER WHO IS CATCHING FISH-WE WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY”
DAVID KIMBLE’S EARLY SEASON CATCH 2015
YESTERDAYS SUCCESSFUL CATCH BY 6 ALBERTA ANGLERS. CHECK OUT THE LARGE SPRING IN THE CENTER. THE LARGEST HALIBUT IS 52LBS
Late April, All of May and Early June is some of the BEST Fishing/Catching of the Season.
We get the first shot at the thousands of Chinook that are headed south to the USA. They are already starting to pass and stop in our local inlets and sounds, gorging themselves on the huge school of bait fish that are here now. Limits are already attainable for Chinook, Hali, and Ling! Fishing/Catching is over-the-top GOOD.
SEE YOU SOON!
Special rates on Spring All Inclusive Packages, Moorage, and Lodging.
Book what services you need. Pub, gas dock, tackle shop and Island Attitude Coffee/Breakfast shop are ALL open NOW! Marina Grillhouse Restaurant opens May 8th for lunch and dinner. See the “Best Kept Secret on the West Coast of Vancouver Island” fishing pkgs. above.
Call 250-934 -7672 for moorage & lodging reservation.
John and Cathy Falavolito www.westviewmarina.com
(250) 934-7992, Owner Operators Westview Marina & Lodge
Serving the Cruising and Fishing Public for 24 Years