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Fishing report on Queen Charlottes West Coast

It seems like summer is finally here, the fishing has been consistently good all season and the only thing that’s changed is the number of layers you have to wear.  2011 is shaping up to be one of the best starts to a west coast Haida Gwaii fishing season in recent history. By the reports we’ve been getting from the north end its obvious the schools of migrating salmon have chosen to travel down the west side of the islands this year.

Herring, herring and yes more herring are showing up every day it seems, providing excellent food supply and a reason for the schools of Chinook and Coho Salmon to hang out in Cartwright Sound. The Springs (Chinooks) are starting to gain some size as the season progresses with the average weight around 25 pounds and at least one or two chances at a spring over 30 pounds every day.

The Coho are starting to show up in impressive numbers and good size for this time of year. This past week we caught several in the 12 to 14lb range and hooked up to 30 a day! Hopefully this is a sign of good fishing for these acrobatic beauties in the coming weeks.

We’ve experienced favourable weather conditions so far this season with only 3 or 4 days since mid May when we couldn’t access our Halibut fishing grounds. Flat water and lots of feed in the area have kept guests busy winching good numbers of “chicken” Halibut (20 to 80lbs) from the pinnacles around Marble Island and several big Hali’s from 80 to 150lbs

 Abundance of baitfish also means abundance of wildlife, Orca, Humpback whales, Porpoises and Sea Lions have been putting on quite a show in the last 2 weeks so make sure you clear your memory cards before you come fishing with us.

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Neil Goodwin