May 2023 Fishing ReportMay 24, 2023
June is an exciting time with the arrival of warm summer vibes and fishing enthusiasts preparing for the next 4 months. June is a premier month to fish for Chinook in Area 13; however, we continue to follow catch and release protocol at this point. Up and down the coast stock projections are coming in well above last year’s numbers, so we have something to look forward to on the horizon.
The coho fishery is always a treat as these pound for pound silver bullets will provide a fight to remember. They don’t tire out so be ready as your skills will be tested…I like using lighter gear when targeting these salmon vs, a typical chinook set up. Try a little longer leader 8 – 9ft with the 3.5 kingfisher sliver horde with your favourite charged up uv flasher. This set up has worked well for me in the past and is always in the rotation. Make sure you’re cleaning your lines throughout the day cause the algae bloom can compromise your under-water presentation.
The lingcod fishing should be well underway, prawns and crabbing should remain strong till the end of the month.
June is one of my favourite months for exploring Campbell river and all of Area 13. Follow the shoreline walls from the start of “Deep water bay” and head west. Get the gear down deep 117 – 177 ft for the chance to stir up a beautiful Chinook. Another fun spot that requires a bit further travel is troll from Davis Point NW along Sonora Island. Get your gear down deep to avoid “shaker town” cut plugs, herring, anchovy on bloody nose, teaser head and Hoochies have all worked in seasons past. Make sure to roll through your tackle box and give them what they want. Between the Red & Green can markers within Wilby Shoals is always a good option at any point. Once again get the gear on the bottom and anything can happen.
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