Nootka Sound 2014 Fishing Reports

Discussion in '2014 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by pescador, May 9, 2014.

  1. Fish on John

    Fish on John Member

    Lots of GOOD News-

    Even though streams & rivers are at record lows flows for this time of year the staff at the Conuma Hatchery have already gathered the necessary brood stock to meet next years fry release. Way to go Mike Austin, Chris & the entire hatchery staff!!!!

    Once we finally get a good amount of rain folks are keeping their fingers crossed that the balance of the thousands of fish waiting in the lower river will have a decent nature spawn.

    Lots of fly fisher are enjoying (catch & release)on the loads of fish, both Chinook as well Coho that are stacked up at the bridge on the Canton River as well as in the Conuma lower pools.

    Not many fishers left in the Nootka area some fishers who are still around are up in Esperanza catching nice Coho. These fish are NOT in the traditional location that they were in three weeks ago. They have moved in most are being caught From Salty to
    Cee Pee Cee . By this time on a normal year there would have been lots of rain which would have moved the fish to the rivers.
    But , not this year everything is late & that has changed a lot of where & how to catch these holding fish.

    Another piece of GOOD NEWS - DFO Science is sticking to their abundance number on both Chinook & Coho for all of Area 25. That means when the these rains get here there will be lots of late arriving fish to fill the spawning grounds.

    Make it a Great Day FOJ
     
  2. Littlescoop

    Littlescoop Member

    HIGH All, been fishing Conuma river for 20 yrs ***Looks around*** and man have I seen her go down...and the Hatchery is her only saving grace and I Thank them for everything they do!!!

    Going out this weekend with the boat to find what I have been missing in the river and with some coming rain ***Well*** hope what I have been missing is hanging around the estuary and not too dark.

    I Feel so much for this river it hurts to see where she is today!!!
     
  3. bigdogeh

    bigdogeh Well-Known Member

    I was near the estuary a couple weeks ago. lots of chinooks hanging around but getting pretty dark. the seals are taking their share. should be getting better for coho's. weather was incredible but that isn't good for the river level....
     
  4. Fish on John

    Fish on John Member

    GOOD NEWS--for the fish for all of Esperanza & Nootka (Area 25)
    According to all the weather sites we have a MAJOR rain event on its way in.
    Monday 25mm, Tuesday 35mm, Wednesday. 40+mm, Thursday 90+mm = 190mm
    If it happens all will be well for the spawning fish!!!!
     
  5. bigbruce

    bigbruce Well-Known Member

    Sure hope so John - and not just for the Nootka fish. Most of the rivers and creeks in the Comox Valley are bone dry!
     
  6. fshnfnatic

    fshnfnatic Well-Known Member

    The Cowichan down the south end here could use a whack of rain too.Good news for the northern rivers for sure.Just hope we get a bit of the same down here as well!
     
  7. Squid Row

    Squid Row Member


    Yes that is great news!!!
     
  8. Fishtech1

    Fishtech1 Member

    Just got back, fished Thur to Sat did not touch a coho had one small blackmouth released another. The worst Sept fishing I have ever had up there. The water was warm, brown algae, lots of kelp and grass. Saw some bait around the light house. Talked to a local at the ramp who said the same thing. I guess there`s always next time.
     
  9. bones

    bones Well-Known Member

    Yup, was there for 5 days back on long weekend. One Coho, 3springs

    Wasn't that happy this year with the amount of fish from nootka and I thought the avg fish weight was lower this year than the last few years.
     
  10. Littlescoop

    Littlescoop Member

    Same here...lots of dark coho and springs going around in Circles waiting for the rain and the seals and sea lions having a hayday...caught a few lings which were put back to grow bigger. The staff at Moutcha Bay Resort were Great...Thanks for putting up with us and we will be back.
     
  11. Fish on John

    Fish on John Member

    The last 2014 season's Nootka / Esperanza youfish.tv fishing report
    Click Here!
     
  12. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    Nice report John!!! Have fun down south this winter,looking forward to next spring.
     
  13. Fish on John

    Fish on John Member

    Thanks Bullwinkle!
    It is raining buckets here. We are seeing lots of late Chinook, Coho & Chum entering the rivers & streams. That is very GOOD for nature spawning. The Volunteer & Conuma hatchery already have their eggs. Looking forward to a busy spring 2015. Lots of fishers are planning to fish April & early May for PRAWNS, Winter Springs & Hali that are inside the mouth of the inlet feeding on spawning herring. Commercial prawning usually starts the 2nd week of May. FOJ
     
  14. Fish on John

    Fish on John Member

    Word is the rivers & streams of all Nootka & Esperanza are at full flood stage
     
  15. islander55

    islander55 Well-Known Member

    that was a wicked summer
     
  16. saanauk

    saanauk Active Member

    Went up last weekend and there were lots of prawns around. Only a couple had eggs.
     
  17. bigdogeh

    bigdogeh Well-Known Member

    where were you finding prawns? tahsis inlet?
     

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