Coho fishery, just when you think it’s just about finished for the season it lights up again. Catches have been in an average size of 7,8,9,10 pound. These sizes are reminisent of the mooching days and not the 3 pounder we later came to expect. The hatchery program on the Capilano River is working real good. The biggest problem being all the fishing pressure all those boat in a small area, props churning away, downrigger weights bouncing the bottom kicking up the mud exciting all the Flounder and Cod, flashers clanging against the rocks on the bottom. I’ts got to be spooking the Coho, spread out a bit the bite may stay on longer.
Chinook catches are increasing daily with sizes up to 28 pounds. Water temperatures in the rivers and ocean have been alarmingly high, with the harbour temperature being close to room temperature at 65 degrees F. This may explain why the Coho season is longer and the fish are bigger. Sockeye are returning in numbers better than expected but a little late. This trend may continue for the big Chinook season. I will leave the science to the scientists but after years of trying to add 2 plus 2, I suspect the fish and their feed are staying out in deeper cooler water longer. For me this is very alarming in one regard and positive in the fishing and catching regard for the sport fishery. I am anticipating a long and good Chinook fishery. Sharpen those hooks and check those leaders, we are in for some fun.