If you are the type to keep your eyes on the waters of Discovery Passage, you may have noticed the numbers of commercial fishing boats headed northbound. Gill netters, trollers, seiners, they’re all headed to the happy hunting grounds of Johnstone Strait and North Discovery Passage. You may have also noticed the commercial boats headed southbound, to market. These ones chug along slowly, deep in the water with their holds full to bursting with sockeye. Yes, this year’s predicted spectacular sockeye run has materialized and the massive schools are now arriving in our waters.
Just north of Seymour Narrows in Plumper Bay and Deepwater Bay, the sockeye fishing now borders on being ridiculous. The fish are there in such numbers that you don’t even have to worry about being in the honeyhole because you can barely get your second rod down before the first one gets a strike. Play these fish with a firm hand because they wriggle and thrash like nobody’s business and are very adept at getting off the hook – which shouldn’t be too much of an issue considering the numbers of fish.
Oh, and, Psssst, the Chinook fishing south of town is still as crazy as it has been all summer, especially on the flood tide at the Hump. So pick your pleasure and get out there because seasons like this don’t happen every year.
Until next week, tight lines and keep on fishin’