Pacific Angler Outlook
For all of you who have forgotten what a sunny day looks like… get ready! The forecast this week looks awesome! Sun, Sun and more Sun with temperatures hitting consistent 20s in Vancouver…FINALLY!
With the warm weather we hope to see a more consistent snow melt and we expect a number of the local dams to hold back water to drop levels into fish-able ranges. This may slow the gear fishing on the Capilano River but it will help the fly fisherman on the river, the beach fishermen, and saltwater coho fishing off the mouth of the river.
Please read below for the most recent marine forecast. This is a great resource to check the conditions before you head out on the salt chuck.
Environment Canada – Georgia Basin Marine Report
The Georgia Basin is forecasting light winds from the west diminishing in the evening. Saturday morning we will see a 5-15 knots northwesterly and it looks as though we can expect similar conditions well into next week.
This is awesome for fishing the salt – Immediately after I finish this report I plan to sort through Jason’s desk for the keys to the Grady White. He is heading up to the West Coast Fishing Club for a few days of fishing – what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him. I will see you all on the water… just don’t tell Jason when he gets back!
Note: Remember that the marine reports can change quickly so check before you head out on the water.
Vancouver Saltwater Fishing Report:
With great conditions forecast for this week, hitting the salt is a great way to spend the day. Thrasher rock is still worth looking at though it has died down over the last few days. With no rain in the forecast we expect the Capilano River level to drop. This will cause the coho to start stacking up along the shoreline of West Vancouver.
To target these fish run small spoons and hoochies. Our favorite colors/styles are the flaming hands spoon, Coho Killers, kingfisher 3.0 (#618), wonder bread 3.5, and cop cars 3.0 & 3.5. For hoochies our guides have had success with the Yamashita double skirt in white and Casper hoochies. Productive flashers are the purple haze and purple onion.
When trolling for coho you want to fish relatively shallow, running your gear 15 – 35 ft in 50-70 ft of water. The key is to troll at a good speed. Look to the angle of your downrigger cable to be pushing the 60 degree mark. We have also heard reports of some big chinooks being caught off shoreline of West Vancouver. Fishing an anchovy a little deeper than the coho gear is a good idea when trolling multiple rods.
We are also expecting a Chinook opening off the mouth of the Fraser River. Sub areas 29-11 to 29-17: on July 16-July 27, will open with a daily limit for wild or hatchery marked chinook salmon for (1) per day with a minimum length of 30 cm and a maximum length of 77 cm.
With the Fraser still very dirty, fish large spoon and herring with glow teaser heads. We just received some Glow Green Chartreuse teaser heads, which all the guides are drooling over. Thanks Brian for the hot lure.
If you have any questions about our fishing reports please do not hesitate to drop by our store at 78 East Broadway or give us a call at 604-872-2204.
Enjoy the amazing weather this weekend, tight lines and I’ll see you out there,