2019 Port Hardy Reports

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  1. SFBC

    SFBC Admin Staff Member

    Post your 2019 fishing reports here!
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  2. Mike1266

    Mike1266 Member

    Hi guys, Planning a trip by end of April into May, is there any good fishing up there in that time?

    It's my first time going up there this early in the year, and I'm hoping to hook into some Salmon, Rockfish, Lingcod and REALLY HOPEFULLY some Halibut.
    Is it too early for hali's at that time?

    Also, how are the water conditions and the weather in April-May usually?

    Thanks a lot
  3. bottom feeder

    bottom feeder Active Member

    Serrengeti is fantastic were going in first week june lotsa everything water nice - they have never cancelled a charter
  4. BearCove

    BearCove Crew Member


    If weather cooperates you should have no problem catching some fish. Salmon will be the toughest as you will be a bit early for any solid numbers. That being said there should be some winter feeders around.

    Lots of places to catch some rock fish and Lings, have a look at your charts and start bouncing some rock piles.

    Should be some halibut in the area, not a ton of them but if you put in your time I don’t see why you would be able to find a couple

    Best of luck!
  5. Mike1266

    Mike1266 Member

    Thank you BearCove,

    I've done a little searching and it looks like Rockfish and Lingcod are closed until May, which made me a bit sad, but I guess that gives me time to focus on some salmon and halibut.

    I read on many sites that the sand flats off the airport are a good place to fish for halibut. Does this mean they are in shallower water? or is it very far out from the airport? My boat isn't too big, so I'm wondering if it will

    be a good idea to go too far.
  6. Mike1266

    Mike1266 Member

    So it looks like I won't be fishing for any salmon while there.... coho is closed until June 1st and now chinook is closed as well. rocks and lings also closed until May. Looks like we can only try for halibut until the start of May.
  7. wildmanyeah

    wildmanyeah Crew Member

    anyone know if nahwitti is open? hard to tell from the regs
  8. bottom feeder

    bottom feeder Active Member

    yes it is - talked to my guide all areas 12 are closed - north of that is open
  9. Bordeau

    Bordeau Active Member

    How is lingcod and halibut fishing this spring? Is it worth making the long trip up island?
  10. BearCove

    BearCove Crew Member

    I don’t know if many that have been out yet with the non retention of Chinook it makes it tougher heading out for 1 long, 1 cod and 1 halibut.

    My boats are still on trailers, most likely till early June.

    That being said, there should be some fish to be had as it just opened up.
  11. Bordeau

    Bordeau Active Member

    Yes that's what my crew and I are debating.

    Waiting after July 15 will make more economic sense.
  12. bottom feeder

    bottom feeder Active Member

    How is the fishing been up there coming up in a couple weeks thanks
  13. SerengetiGuide

    SerengetiGuide Well-Known Member

    Brutal weather lately. Been at the dock for most part but c n r 2 Chinook in 2 hours other day.
  14. wildmanyeah

    wildmanyeah Crew Member

    my dad and bro are going up next week, is it to early to go out to Nahwitti?
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  15. Cuba Libre

    Cuba Libre Well-Known Member

    I have hit fish there this time of year... But I have also been skunked!
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  16. Fitzy

    Fitzy New Member

    Anyone willing to pass on some hali spots around the hardy or north area please PM me. I am Making the trip up from Sidney with a buddy for a couple days and haven’t fished the area much. Thought I would check in and see if I could get some tips. I know people usually hold these spots tight but thought I would check. Thanks

  17. bottom feeder

    bottom feeder Active Member

    just back from 2 days in Hardy what a blast !!!! went for salmon first thing after an 1.5 hr drive to the top of the island !!!! 3 beauties in a row . then went for halis off the top of the island towards the charlottes 4 beauties funny- that far out only 140 feet water !!!!! so back to get our salmon to same spot - bang bionic bite !! neeeded 5 caught and lost about 12 but got our 8 for the day !!! nice fish 15 to 20 lbs - second day to strong wind so 1 hour drive across strait to a place on the mainland - Stunningly beautiful - fished right beside the shore in big swells got 4 beauties in a row bite died - went for lings lots of smalls but got a few nice mediums - all in all a great trip scenery unreal !!!!!! only problem my buddy ended up chumming the seas both days but ended up both days recovering to enjoy his " refreshments" !!!! on the sea !! an impressive feat lol
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2019
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  18. Fitzy

    Fitzy New Member

    Sounds like a great trip
  19. Drink

    Drink Well-Known Member

    Just back from a 12 day adventure Prince Rupert, Port Hardy and finishing up in Port McNeill. Fish PR in am at low slack, 4 salmon pretty quick. Cookie cutters in the 12-15 pd range. Headed to Rivers Inlet, feeder springs to 26 pd, across to PH, low slack again 26 pd largest, 6" spoons. Limited out pretty quick in area 111 that was open. PH Charter business pretty much non existent do to closures. No Hali for us which was a disappointment. Weather was typical West Coast good and bad. Our 150 mile longest travel day was mostly pleasurable but tons of debris everywhere with isolated showers. Excellent trip over all with a $2500 Yamy 350 fuel bill ranging from $1.97 to $1.45 per litre in PM. PR Cow Bay was steep long with Shearwater and Dawson Landing.
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  20. walleyes

    walleyes Crew Member

    My dream trip.

    So did you guys trailer up to P.R. if so how did you get your trailers back down.
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