It’s been a wet start to the fall. Bamfield has been deluged by rain over the last few days but the good news is the wet weather seems to have called in the fish. It’s been a very good last few days on the water. Offshore has been a no go as wind and waves have kept all boats inside the safer reaches of Barclay Sound, but the fishing inshore has been great. Flemming, both the upper and lower ends, have been very good as has the Wall and Kirby Point. Anchovies have been the main go to but don’t sell glow white hootchies short as they have produced as well. 25 to 40 feet on the rigger have been the most consistent depths. Coho are beginning to show and they will only come thicker as September progresses. What a great time to fish in Barclay Sound!
Great news from DFO. Effective immediately (September 1st) , the daily limit for Chinook (Spring) salmon is one over 77cm and one under 77cm with a daily quota of 2. This applies to Area 23 and Area 123.
This weekend’s Port Alberni Salmon Festival and Derby will see the biggest fish take home the prize money. DFO is allowing sports fisherman to take a 1 over 1 under deal with spring salmon. That means as of the weekend you will be legally able to retain 1 chinook salmon over 77 cms. Your second chinook must be 77cms or under. So it’s on! Get your boat out to Harbourside or book a charter. Let’s give it one more go round before the fall really sets in!
Aussie John, Tom and myself will all be around this weekend. The lodge will close up after the 20th of this month so there is still time to get some quality fishing in. Ice, bait and tackle are all well stocked in the shop and of course we will have boat gas and diesel available all during the day.
Come by and say hi!
Johno, Tom and Coach (aka Jonathan)