Well the chinook salmon has perked up a bit from the slow month of angling in July. Lots of bait around and waves of fresh chinook showing up daily. We are seeing descent There fishing off the Bell Buoy, T-10 and the north arm but nothing as exciting as last summer yet. We have been having some good bites on the low slack tide when the whales are not around. Big numbers of killer whales trolling the fraser mouth and turning the fishing off. We are expecting some good numbers of chinook over the next few weeks to show up between the north and south arm of the Fraser.
The usual herring and anchovy in teaser heads will be your best bet but don’t discount how effective a big white or glow hoochie behind a flasher can be in August.
Remember to check/change your main line on your reels and constantly check the condition of your leaders through out the day. August chinook can get up to 50lbs and you don’t want to miss the biggest fish of the summer because your line is old or nicked.
Gabriola and Entrance Island have been quite productive the last 3 weeks for chinook on the other side on our longer 10 hour charters. Fishing deep (180-250′) in the sand with glow hoochies is key and if you can find the deep reefs and structure around Entrance Island you will find chinook.
No sockeye retention this year so all of the focus will be on the large Fraser river chinook returning for August and September.