Sockeye, sockeye, sockeye and… Chinook? It is quite amazing really, not that we are catching lots of Sockeye north of Seymour Narrows, but that we are still catching lots of Chinook south of town. Surprisingly the Green Can and the Hump are still producing springs in large quantities and it makes the decision of where to fish that much more difficult. Flashers and hoochies are the name of the game south of town and the good old purple army truck continues to be the lure of choice. This time of year can also be very productive in the shallows out in front of Hidden Harbor as some of the big local fish will stage there before heading up the river. Try a big tomic plug in about 50 feet of water and you may hook into a nice Tyee sized fish.
If you decide to head north, you may want to focus on the 45 to 90 foot depths as this seems to be where the guides are getting the most action. Pink hoochies rule the day here and there have been many tides when you might encounter four different species of salmon. Don’t let the number of commercial boats in the area disappoint you, as there would appears to be plenty of fish for everyone. But one word of warning, keep your eyes open and reduce your speed when you are travelling near commercial boats, especially gill netters. Very often the floats on the nets are hard to see and running over a net will spoil everyone’s day. Not only are you liable for the repairs to the net, but you could be liable for any lost revenue while the net is being repaired and that could add up quickly.
On a brighter note, Plumper, Brown’s and Deepwater Bays have all been producing fish so you don’t have to run very far.
Until next week,
Tight lines and keep on fishin’