July Nootka SoundElle Rowe and her 35 POUNDER! Biggest fish of the season so far!
Nootka Sound is hot!
Fishing is now very good on both the inside and outside of Nootka Sound. Most people are limiting out daily for both mature Conuma river chinook salmon on the inside, and migratory springs and coho on the outside. The inside of Tahsis Inlet from the narrows to Strange Island has been hot at first light through the tide change, and late evening.
Hoiss Point, 3-Bay, and Camel Rock have also been producing nice sized fish at these same times. For those of you who feel the need to venture to the outside Bajo Reef, Esperanza Point, Ferrer Point, and Escalante Point are all firing daily as well, you’ll just need the weather to get out there. Anchovy on a six foot leader, combination flasher and cuttle fish hoochies, Coyote spoons – with and without flashers are all producing nice sized fish. Almost all of the salmon being caught are holding in the 35 to 65 foot range.
**Please check your local regs before fishing these areas, as there are many different limit and harvest regulations that apply to the different sub areas that you may be fishing in. Most of the best bottom fishing opportunities exist on the outside of the reef in the 160 to 200 foot range.
Both fly fishers and gear chuckers have been faring well on all the local streams, rivers, and lakes. Large rainbow and cutthroat opportunities await those anglers that are willing to get up early and fish first light and late evening. The last few days of colder wet weather will help to bring these fish to the surface to actively search for food.
Tight Lines, Good Luck, and Safe Fishing,
Gibran White Onsite manager of: Nootka Marine Adventures