We know you have been waiting so patiently for the fish reports. Thanks for that. We’re probably not going to manage weekly reports, but without further ado please let us tell you about the most excellent season opening.
Starting from the day in May when we arrived for set up, the guides that came to help set up and build new docks (YES, new very comfortable docks) were chomping at the bit to get out on the water. After we finished that important dock business, we let them loose.
They had a lot of fun catching and releasing an abundance of feeder springs (12-14 lbs) using the regular tackle we loaded all our boats. Nothing but the best flashers and lures that work so well in our area, Skinny G’s, and bigeye spoons.
First guests into the lodge on June 7 and continuing until now: that abundance of springs that we were catching pre-season have grown up, high teens and 20+ pounds. Rough weather for the first trip kept us inshore, but that first set of guests were NOT disappointed, everyone left with their spring limits and halibut limits and loads of “50lb+ Halibut Certificates” as well as some “100lb+ Halibut Certificates” were handed out.
Mid June as everyone was hunting for their Tyee we jumped right over the 30’s and picked up a 41 pounder! See that one on our Instagram account, along with video of the dock build and also halibut fishing on fire.
From that point, the hunt was really on for the 30 pounders, as the guys were releasing high teens to look for the beast. A dozen or more Tyee’s have been found in the past couple weeks. Some of our favorite spots producing these big springs … Ryan’s Hole, Dark Side, Far Side, Preacher Rock just to name the top dogs. As mentioned, the lures of choice have been Skinny G’s which are in all tackle boxes. Just a heads up if you are looking to go do a little tackle shopping before coming up do not buy Anchovy Teaser heads … Prepare for sad words … There are no Anchovies this year. Sorry.
Coho’s started arriving a week-ish ago and are growing up fast with 5lb to 8lb now. They are being caught in all areas not just the spots we are used to, up at #5 and #13. Quite a few in the Darkside, and Far Side. People have been accidentally catching them using the same gear meant for springs.
Halibut … Well if you’ve seen our Instagram page, you’ve noticed an emphasis on Halibut pictures, due to the size of them this year … MONSTERS from the deep, using Herring (yes, we have loads of Herring) with the 1lb weights and spreader bars. Best part is we haven’t had to go too far for them … Lots have been caught a short 3 minute boat ride away, yes you guessed it right out in the bay. Or IF you want to go further there’s the Pinnacle a whooping 7 minutes away from the lodge.
So far, the season is nothing short of great! Majority of guests so far are bringing home boxes of fish (YES, plural), and majority limiting out on Springs. Seasoned guests, attending for 10 years or more, have said “this was my best trip ever”. Hope this satisfies your hunger for a fishing report and we hope to make your adventure with us as just as good as everyone else’s in the first part of our season. We can’t wait to write about your catch when you get here … or put your photo on Instagram! Tight Lines
- Spring: 41#
- Halibut: 230# (released)
- Lingcod: 36#
- Coho: 10#