Dwayne Mustard's Weekly Fishing Report (Aug 22nd)

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - August 22, 2014

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’


Dwayne Mustard's Weekly Fishing Report (Aug 19th)

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - August 19, 2014

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’


Our August Heat Derby is heating up!

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - August 15, 2014

Guest Ranjit Baboolal with his 30.4 lb. Tyee and guide Richard Breaukers 

While there is tons of buzz this year surrounding the much anticipated Sockeye run, we can’t forget about our annual August Heat Derby, which is a month-long event where we record the weights for every Chinook brought onto the docks at Painter's Lodge and at April Point. It’s been a pretty exciting race so far, each day consistently delivering Springs in their twenties, and even a couple in the thirties. And with the Tyee Pool growing more fruitful by the day, we're expecting some more Tyee to come our way over the next couple of weeks.

Let’s have a look at some of the largest fish so far:

1st - Ranjit Baboolal – 30.4 lbs. guided by Richard Breaukers

2nd – Alessia Sevastiamo – 30.3 lbs. guided by Richard Breaukers

3rd – Dave Hoover – 26.1 lbs. guided by Ben Pickering

While lucky angler Ranjit Baboolal currently holds the lead and is eligible for our Grand Prize for the largest fish—a 3-Day 2-Night Fishing Package at Painter’s Lodge—every Chinook is eligible for our daily prize for the largest fish. So keep those lines tight, and you could be our winner!  

Until next time,