AUGUST 2016 FISHING REPORT
I write this having just returned from an early fishing trip to Campbell River to chase the first run of Pink salmon that I heard had come into the river. In the same week last year I had found fish and this was the same. Not huge numbers but fresh silver fish and larger than normal. Locals are talking about fish in the 6-7lb range. On this occasion this fish were not receptive to a vast range of flies that I put in front of them! However the larger run will start soon and these prolific fish give fantastic sport on a light fly or gear rod.
With nearly every other river closed to fishing south of Campbell River, apart from the Quinsam, Puntledge and Big Qualicum, fly fishermen will be chasing Pinks off the beaches where they will be found close to the river of their birth 2 years ago.
I have written before about the large number of fish at Nile Creek in Bowser. This successful enhancement program at the hatchery ensures that fish return in vast numbers every year. Unfortunately it also, arguably, brings too many anglers as well, shoulder to shoulder they stand desperate to get into a fish.
Search out less popular spots and look for fish that are showing by jumping or head and tailing in relatively shallow water. And don’t be tempted to wade too deep too soon, as the fish will come in really close if you allow them to!
If you fish the fly the general mantra is Pink Salmon like pink flies, but other colors work well. Green, blue and purple are other favorites.
For those who use gear a popular method is to use a fly or spinner under a water float. Obviously Buzz bombs, Zingers and small Deadly Dicks can be very effective especially when the fish are a long way out!
Contrary to some, Pink Salmon make excellent eating. Grill the fillets in butter for a few minutes. They are absolutely delicious
With water temperatures so high trout action has slowed with the hot weather. Best fishing will always be early and late when fish are likely to be feeding more actively.
The salt chuck has continued to be fairly productive and reasonable numbers of Chinook and lots of early Coho have been taken both trolling and jigging. Ballenas Island seems to be a hot spot at the moment and the favorite spoon the Titan Water Melon
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