Esperanza Inlet and Nootka Sound
On July 15, changes in Salmon Regulation helped move boats around in Area 25/125. Catching remains strong.
Conuma River hatchery have showed up in good numbers. Large schools of Chinook & cohos/silvers are feeding on needle fish off every point & structure from outer Bajo Reef all the way in to Coopte Point./Hoiss Point. At Bajo, fish deep (100-150ft) right off the bottom. Not only will you catch salmon but you will hook halibut & lingcod. Further into the sound, 50ft seems to be the depth to set the lines. Anchovies or your favorite hoochie are working best. If you have a white or glow oil slick hoochie try it—you will like the results
The Pinnacles are on fire. Esperanza (Four Mile) Reef & the Highway are all producing BIG Chinook (25-38lbs) in good numbers. Fish with 5½-inch anchovy, hoochie hook/tailwagger spoons, “Green Spatter-Cream” or a 5-inch Glow Green Chartreuse Coyote spoon all work well. The magic depth to set your downrigger lines at is in and around 145ft.
While you are out there, after fishing for salmon, drop down your halibut gear—they are in the same areas. Fishing with a spreader bar and extra-large herring is producing the best results.
All around Catala Island are hot fisheries for coho/silvers and under 77cm/30in Chinook. Setting lines at 42ft. is producing the best.
For more up to date reports and GPS coordinates for off shore hot spots stop by Westview Marina & Lodge Tackle Shop in Tahsis.