2016 Lodge Records

Chinook Salmon -53 pounds, NKL Girls

Coho Salmon - 18.5 pounds, Chris Davies

Halibut - 150 pounds, Jerry Vander Pol

 

 

 

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2016 FISHING SEASON-FINALE

The fishing season has sadly come to an end and on behalf of North King Lodge staff, we would like to thank everyone who joined us in 2016.  Sorry we had some technical difficulties with updating the fish report towards the end of August.

The season as a whole went very well, but it was far from a regular year.  Maybe due to weather, maybe due to forage preference, maybe due to water temperature....only the fish know for sure.  What we did find this year is that it was probably the most technical fishing year we have seen on record.  The salmon were very specific on the sizing of bait tehy were feeding on, which for the most part was herring fry(never seen before in our area in such huge quantities). To match the the size of bait(2-3"), anglers found themselves using much smaller gear then in all the years they have been coming and this trend lasted the whole season.  Small spoons and running flashers with anchovies, was by far the best approach in getting the fish to bite, a big change from the usual use of herring and bigger spoons which is typical in any given year. 

The Chinook fishing as a whole was well above average both for size and quantity.  June was incredible for sheer numbers of Chinook caught.  The bites however were fierce and very concentrated to certain parts of our area.  Borrowman Bay and the Farside were the most consistant areas for the better part of the start of the season, depending on tide the small bait fish would pour into these areas and shortly behind them a multitude of nice Chinook averaging 18-28 pounds.  The weather for most of the first month was wetter then usual, but with every rain more fish came into the area.

July was a little different.  By mid July the weather patterns changed and went very dry, the North Coast for the better part of the season from mid July through almost the end of August experienced extreme drought conditions.  With these dry conditions came some heavy westerly winds due to high pressure ridges located over the area.  This completely changed the water conditions and actually cooled the water by more then 10 fahrenheit which in turn changed the location of bait and fish in the area.  It took a day or two to find fish as most of the bites had disappeared from the June spots, but we did find them and boy did we put a hurt on the Chinook runs coming through Caamano Sound.  A new spot never fished before, Area 51 was the go to spot for all salmon fishing.  The spot was very dependant on weather for access, but the amount of big Chinook coming through the spot was amazing.  Most of the fish were in the high 20's with at least a few Tyee a day being caught all the way upto 48 pounds.  By third week of July we started catching more and more in our regular area, the Honey Hole and #5 started putting up some big fish, the quantity of fish was nowhere near what was being caught at area 51 but there was a 1 in 3 chance if you did hit a Chinook it would be over 30 pounds.

August was about the most untypical of months of all, fishing remained steady for Chinook throughout, especially in comparison to past years but what was extremely noticable was the lack of Coho in our area.  Given we had some good returns in mid July of big Coho, the expectation for August was very high.  Weather conditions played a big part in our success with the salmon fishing, no fog and windy conditions persisted throughout the last couple of weeks in August.  Really put a damper on the fishing, instead of catching Coho just off the surface we were going down depths of upto 150 feet to get them to bite.  The size of Coho that were being brought in were huge, more 15 plus pound Coho caught this year over any other.  The last trip of the year, the weather switched and we did get some rain and the fishing turned around completely.  A new flood of salmon worked it's way through and we were able to get offshore for probably the best fishing of the summer.

Halibut fishing this year can only be defined as amazing.  For the most part people had no problem landing one in the 40-60 pound mark.  The fishing spots were constantly changing from week to week but the supply never changed the entire season.  Groundfishing for Snapper was amazing, lingcod was slower for the majority of the season, leaving us to think that we got em all, but the last trip proved us wrong.  Nice big lingcod were caught all over the place in the spots we had been fishing for the previous weeks.

That's the jist of 2016.  We would also like to give a big "high 5" and congradulate everyone who participated in our 20th Anniversary catch and release derby.  A dozen big hogs were sent back to the depths which hopefully will make it back to their breeding grounds.

Winners for the derby were awarded a free trip in 2017 and are as follows:

July - Michael Fung  42 pounds

August- Jack Ivester 40.2 pounds

 

Thanks again for being part of another phenomenal season at North King.  Only 8 months to go before we get fishing again, please look out for our Newsletters throughout the season.

Tight Lines,

 

Clint and NKL Crew

 

2017 - June

June 24-2017 - 36lbs. - 100lbs.
June 20-2017 - 36lbs. - 230lbs.
June 16-2017 - 37lbs. - 150lbs.
June 5-2017 - 26lbs. - 12lbs.

2016 - August

August 12-2016 - 40lbs. - 121lbs.
August 8-2016 - 48lbs. - 100lbs.
August 5-2016 - 53lbs. - 55lbs.

2016 - July

July 29-2016 - 38lbs. - 90lbs.
July 25-2016 - 42lbs. - 140lbs.
July 25-2016 - 42lbs. - 140lbs.
July 25-2016 - 42lbs. - 140lbs.
July 20-2016 - 39lbs. - 100lbs.
July 17-2016 - 32lbs. - 100lbs.
July 11-2016 - 38lbs. - 40lbs.
July 7-2016 - 38lbs. - 100lbs.
July 1-2016 - 31lbs. - 74lbs.

2016 - June

June 24-2016 - 33lbs. - 45lbs.
June 23-2016 - 33lbs. - 115lbs.
June 17-2016 - 30lbs. - 150lbs.
June 13-2016 - 28lbs. - 115lbs.
June 8-2016 - 31lbs. - 34lbs.
June 3-2016 - 30lbs. - 25lbs.

2015 - August

August 28-2015 - 34lbs. - 55lbs.
August 21-2015 - 45lbs. - 45lbs.
August 18-2015 - 43lbs. - 80lbs.
August 16-2015 - 45lbs. - 100lbs.
August 10-2015 - 54lbs. - 35lbs.
August 8-2015 - 61lbs. - 47lbs.
August 3-2015 - 54lbs. - 100lbs.
August 2-2015 - 51lbs. - 54lbs.

2015 - July

July 29-2015 - 47lbs. - 80lbs.
July 25-2015 - 38lbs. - 215lbs.
July 20-2015 - 40lbs. - 40lbs.
July 20-2015 - 40lbs. - 40lbs.
July 18-2015 - 36lbs. - 120lbs.
July 14-2015 - 38lbs. - 90lbs.
July 11-2015 - 34lbs. - 90lbs.
July 6-2015 - 50lbs. - 110lbs.

2015 - June

June 29-2015 - 32lbs. - 120lbs.
June 26-2015 - 29lbs. - 50lbs.
June 22-2015 - 27lbs. - 50lbs.
June 19-2015 - 36lbs. - 100lbs.
June 15-2015 - 30lbs. - 40lbs.
June 13-2015 - 33lbs. - 50lbs.
June 9-2015 - 33lbs. - 130lbs.
June 6-2015 - 29lbs.
June 1-2015 - 28lbs. - 65lbs.

2014 - August

August 26-2014 - 23lbs. - 90lbs.
August 22-2014 - 42lbs. - 100lbs.
August 18-2014 - 28lbs. - 100lbs.
August 15-2014 - 47lbs. - 66lbs.
August 11-2014 - 36lbs. - 38lbs.
August 8-2014 - 51lbs. - 90lbs.
August 4-2014 - 44lbs. - 50lbs.
August 2-2014 - 40lbs. - 200lbs.

2014 - July

July 28-2014 - 41lbs. - 125lbs.
July 25-2014 - 47lbs. - 120lbs.
July 22-2014 - 37lbs. - 100lbs.
July 18-2014 - 46lbs. - 62lbs.
July 16-2014 - 45lbs. - 63lbs.
July 11-2014 - 45lbs. - 68lbs.
July 9-2014 - 28lbs. - 70lbs.
July 4-2014 - 34lbs. - 71lbs.

2014 - June

June 30-2014 - 34lbs. - 39lbs.
June 27-2014 - 34lbs. - 80lbs.
June 23-2014 - 32lbs. - 36lbs.
June 20-2014 - 42lbs. - 50lbs.
June 16-2014 - 32lbs. - 65lbs.
June 13-2014 - 43lbs. - 64lbs.
June 10-2014 - 33lbs. - 100lbs.
June 4-2014 - 40lbs. - 25lbs.
June 2-2014 - 28lbs. - 30lbs.

2014 - May

May 26-2014 - 25lbs. - 20lbs.
May 26-2014 - 25lbs. - 20lbs.

2013 - August

August 23-2013 - 32lbs. - 250lbs.
August 19-2013 - 40lbs. - 55lbs.
August 14-2013 - 43lbs. - 100lbs.
August 11-2013 - 50lbs. - 45lbs.
August 8-2013 - 44lbs. - 68lbs.
August 2-2013 - 38lbs. - 65lbs.

2013 - July

July 27-2013 - 54lbs. - 140lbs.
July 23-2013 - 38lbs. - 70lbs.
July 20-2013 - 42lbs. - 90lbs.
July 15-2013 - 37lbs. - 49lbs.
July 13-2013 - 42lbs. - 59lbs.
July 10-2013 - 37lbs. - 50lbs.
July 6-2013 - 31lbs. - 70lbs.
July 1-2013 - 33lbs. - 50lbs.

2013 - June

June 28-2013 - 44lbs. - 67lbs.
June 24-2013 - 31lbs. - 44lbs.
June 21-2013 - 37lbs. - 56lbs.
June 18-2013 - 36lbs. - 110lbs.
June 15-2013 - 35lbs. - 120lbs.
June 10-2013 - 36lbs. - 60lbs.
June 5-2013 - 24lbs. - 50lbs.
June 1-2013 - 26lbs.

2013 - May

May 29-2013 - 22lbs. - 35lbs.

2012 - August

August 21-2012 - 38lbs. - 89lbs.
August 17-2012 - 40lbs. - 88lbs.
August 14-2012 - 65lbs. - 78lbs.
August 10-2012 - 59lbs. - 78lbs.
August 6-2012 - 46lbs. - 109lbs.
August 4-2012 - 61lbs. - 71lbs.

2012 - July

July 31-2012 - 36lbs. - 90lbs.
July 27-2012 - 49lbs. - 70lbs.
July 24-2012 - 26lbs. - 80lbs.
July 20-2012 - 32lbs. - 129lbs.
July 16-2012 - 36lbs. - 88lbs.
July 13-2012 - 46lbs. - 48lbs.
July 9-2012 - 36lbs. - 45lbs.
July 6-2012 - 33lbs. - 67lbs.
July 3-2012 - 31lbs. - 83lbs.

2012 - June

June 29-2012 - 40lbs. - 56lbs.
June 26-2012 - 37lbs. - 54lbs.
June 20-2012 - 39lbs. - 116lbs.
June 16-2012 - 46lbs. - 72lbs.
June 12-2012 - 32lbs. - 54lbs.
June 10-2012 - 28lbs. - 54lbs.
June 5-2012 - 25lbs. - 35lbs.

2012 - May

May 29-2012 - 22lbs.

2011 - September

September 6-2011 - 30lbs. - 80lbs.

2011 - August

August 22-2011 - 51lbs. - 85lbs.
August 16-2011 - 44lbs. - 72lbs.
August 12-2011 - 42lbs. - 50lbs.
August 9-2011 - 40lbs. - 104lbs.
August 7-2011 - 38lbs. - 60lbs.
August 2-2011 - 45lbs. - 48lbs.

2011 - July

July 30-2011 - 40lbs. - 93lbs.
July 27-2011 - 47lbs. - 85lbs.
July 22-2011 - 29lbs. - 147lbs.
July 19-2011 - 34lbs. - 71lbs.
July 16-2011 - 36lbs. - 60lbs.
July 12-2011 - 47lbs. - 78lbs.
July 9-2011 - 36lbs. - 76lbs.
July 4-2011 - 41lbs. - 88lbs.

2011 - June

June 28-2011 - 38lbs. - 79lbs.
June 25-2011 - 37lbs. - 78lbs.
June 22-2011 - 34lbs. - 78lbs.
June 17-2011 - 37lbs. - 98lbs.
June 14-2011 - 44lbs. - 99lbs.
June 10-2011 - 32lbs. - 40lbs.
June 5-2011 - 22lbs. - 35lbs.
June 2-2011 - 24lbs.

2011 - May

May 31-2011 - 28lbs. - 80lbs.

2010 - August

August 23-2010 - 36lbs. - 30lbs.
August 20-2010 - 38lbs. - 65lbs.
August 18-2010 - 48lbs. - 46lbs.
August 14-2010 - 55lbs. - 67lbs.
August 9-2010 - 41lbs. - 79lbs.
August 7-2010 - 48lbs. - 65lbs.
August 3-2010 - 60lbs. - 58lbs.
August 1-2010 - 55lbs. - 68lbs.

2010 - July

July 28-2010 - 50lbs. - 40lbs.
July 24-2010 - 44lbs. - 69lbs.
July 21-2010 - 48lbs. - 60lbs.
July 17-2010 - 39lbs. - 66lbs.
July 12-2010 - 32lbs. - 25lbs.
July 9-2010 - 32lbs. - 105lbs.
July 6-2010 - 36lbs. - 40lbs.
July 2-2010 - 32lbs. - 99lbs.

2010 - June

June 29-2010 - 32lbs. - 48lbs.
June 25-2010 - 38lbs. - 54lbs.
June 21-2010 - 42lbs. - 76lbs.
June 18-2010 - 45lbs. - 50lbs.
June 14-2010 - 38lbs. - 113lbs.
June 9-2010 - 39lbs. - 45lbs.

2009 - August

August 24-2009 - 34lbs.
August 21-2009 - 55lbs.

2009 - July

July 31-2009 - 49lbs.
July 11-2009 - 38lbs.
July 9-2009 - 42lbs.
July 3-2009 - 49lbs.

2009 - June

June 28-2009 - 43lbs.
June 16-2009 - 39lbs.
June 11-2009 - 35lbs.
June 3-2009 - 31lbs.
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