Oscars, Smithers BC Canada - Letter 7
Good news! DFO has decided to open coho and pink salmon fishing on the Skeena Watershed.
Please see the latest DFO Notice here. Remember to check DFO's website before going fishing. Rules and regulations can change anytime.
At the present moment the limit for coho salmon is 1 fish over 50cm and 1 fish under 50cm per day. The limit for pinks is 2 per day.
Chinook fishing is closed. Sockeye fishing on the Skeena and Babine is also closed.
The Bulkley is in great shape (we are getting a bit of rain which is good). Coho have been caught at Trout Creek and Telkwa.
Pink fishing has also been decent in Telkwa thus far. Use Blue Fox spinners, Colorado Blades for best results for coho fishing.
Pink Crocs are the weapon of choice to catch pinks. Some steelhead have been caught on the Bulkley as well.
Reports of early Steelhead being caught west of Smithers as well.
Lots of pinks and coho entering the system. The river was at .85 this morning (Sunday morning) and went up to 1.1 this afternoon.
Went from very low and clear too dirty. we need the water so we will take it!
More and more coho entering the Kitimat. The Douglas Chanel is loaded with coho this year. Good news...
Ocean Report By LeeMac
Forgive me for my absence with the salt water report as of late. Ive been on the ocean where it's tough to get a cell signal, let alone send an email! The reason i've been out on the water so much is that the fishing is still really hot on the ocean.
We've seen some great salmon action over the past couple of weeks with Hogust in full swing. There are lots of coho around and you can still get into those late season BIG springs. I've had reports of lots of 30+ springs taken from Dundas all the way down to the end of the Douglas Channel.
Right now is a great time to get the kids on the water as the weather and wind conditions favoralble.
They can have tons of fun reeling in these 8-12lb coho that are hanging around. When targeting these coho, bait can be very effective and spoons can be deadly too.
Alot of anglers are also fishing green flasher and hoochie combo right now and having great success.
The offshore hali and ling spots have been very accessible over the past couple of week with the wind being light so anglers have been having great suceess. Over the past
weekend we saw some amazing fishing using the P-Line hali drop jigs. Within an hour, we boated half a dozen different species of fish using these jigs and most of the time our jigs wouldn't even hit the bottom before we had a fish on.
Prawning and crabbing has slowed down a bit. These bottom dwellers have been hammered hard all summer and are getting tougher to find.
They are still available and it dosen't hurt to try new spots when things get a little slow. You never know, you could be pleasantly surprised by a new spot.
We are back on the water next week and will have a fresh fishing report to let you know what's happening on the coast.
Until then.....tight lines