2019 Winter Harbour Reports

Discussion in '2019 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by SFBC, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. norman oliver

    norman oliver Member

    Good report, keep em coming. Thanks.
  2. norman oliver

    norman oliver Member

    I thought I replied to this, but maybe it was an email. Either way, Team Deplorable as we got nick named last year while there. ( yeah we all voted for Trump!) Hahahaha just too funny. We will be there on the 14th and hope to see some fishing. But half the fun is some of the folks we met last year and if we can find fish, that will be the icing.
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  3. robertg

    robertg Crew Member

    just got back from WH. best fishing for springs was Grants Bay, 50 to 70 feet, best hootchie was the Trex, similar to a spackleback, but white needlefish fish also worked, springs were full of squid, cohos were scarce,
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  4. Cuttplugin97

    Cuttplugin97 New Member

    Heading up on Friday how has the fishing been?
  5. oilslick

    oilslick Active Member

    Just got back tonight with a couple other fellas, got to Winter Harbour at 8 am Thursday, fished Thurs, Fri and Sat.
    Got our limits of Spring and Hali, few lings and the odd coho. Biggest spring was 26lbs and smallest 18. Some big fish were caught by some of the guides, a few in the mid 30’s.
    Few fish were caught at Grants and just outside of it and 1 or 2 at Kains and the rest were caught at Cliff.
    The amount of bait that we saw was amazing, the most I’ve seen in the last 15 years of going up there.
    We tried anchovies, and just bombed through the rest of the tackle box but the real winner by far was 5” herring.
    At Cliff all bait was small herring, at Grants it was all squid. One of the fish at Grants had 21 squid inside its belly, it was quite the site.
    All in all a good trip, it slowed on Saturday so we had to grind it out but we were successful.
    Good luck.
  6. Brian Reiber

    Brian Reiber Active Member

    Great to hear that fishing is going so well up there. Three more weeks until our WH trip. We can't wait. Hopefully the weather cooperates and with any luck there will be a fresh wave of fish waiting for us.
  7. Lee Richards

    Lee Richards New Member

    Thanks for the report oilslick. I am en-route starting today. Should be on the water by Thursday (I am taking my time to cover the 1100 miles from my home in Montana). My wife and I are very excited to see a new part of Canada and meet some new people. We are mostly C&R fishers but we really like to eat Cabezone anybody catch any up WH way?
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  8. Busterbrown

    Busterbrown Active Member

    We just returned from 5 days in Winter Harbour . Weather was not great , and it made getting offshore a real challenge. Ended up with 2 person limit of Springs, Halibut and Ling cod. We did not fish much in Grants Bay but did manage a few springs from there. All were at 42 ft on a White Turd the fish there were stuffed with squid.
    Not much for us at Kains Island but did get one coho and a handful of springs tight to the kelp. Very few boats there the whole week.

    The place to be was at Cliff Point and Gooding Cove. No big fish for us but had a blast catching and releasing. Interesting that all our fish were wild, no hatchery marked except the coho . Best morning for me was 7 springs with only one rod in the water. White turd was the ticket. Cant wait for to get back in a couple of weeks
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  9. oilslick

    oilslick Active Member

    Good luck up there, just heard from my buddy up there today that Cliff is on fire right now, all boats with limits by 9am. I knew it would be with all that dam bait we saw.
    Safe travels and enjoy the west coast...
  10. Enniberg

    Enniberg Active Member

    Easy limits today. Biggest fish in the low 20's. A lot of shakers in between.
  11. oilslick

    oilslick Active Member

    Well I guess with all commercial fishing shut down in Alaska it’s definitely helping the west coast out....
  12. Cuttplugin97

    Cuttplugin97 New Member

    Can you still get ice at qualicum river
  13. oilslick

    oilslick Active Member

    Nope, no ice until summer.
    Outpost has flaked ice in bags.
  14. Almar22

    Almar22 Member

    Not to be a smart ass, but isn't it summer already?
  15. oilslick

    oilslick Active Member

    You would friggen think so..... I was pissed about that when I was up there. Not only about the ice but the fuel dock and store are only open from 3:30 - 5:30 each week day and 2:30 - 5:30 on weekends.
    They say they will change it to normal hours around July 12....go figure...
  16. SerengetiGuide

    SerengetiGuide Well-Known Member

    Restrictions end July 15...
  17. Enniberg

    Enniberg Active Member

    Anyone here fish WH yesterday or today? We did really well last Monday and Wednesday, but Thursday, Friday we struggled. Wanting to go again, but hesitating unless the fishing has improved.
  18. big rock

    big rock Active Member

    We just got back from WH yesterday. Chinook fishing was pretty slow lots of boats at cliff and Grants but not much happening. There are a few Coho starting show and there was a small bite in late afternoon at grants so hopefully a new wave of fishing starting to roll in.

    Good luck Enniberg
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  19. Tyson Berkenstock

    Tyson Berkenstock New Member

    We fished WH Friday-Monday. Fishing was definitely slow. We kept 6 chinook and 3 coho. We hit ~12 salmon the whole trip ranging from 6-20lbs.

    The best fishing was Cliffe pt Sunday morning when we caught 3 springs in ~20 minutes first thing. We went back to Cliffe Monday morning and didn't hit anything. We also had some luck fishing around Kains island midday. Guys were doing ok at Grant Bay first thing in the morning with white hoochie combinations but fishing seemed to die after 7:00am.

    All the fish we caught were full of squid and small (~2-3") needlefish.

    We fished hard - 12-14 hours/day Saturday/Sunday fishing bait, assortments of spoons and hoochies at all depths at most of the classic spots. The most productive hoochie was a green spatterback needlefish and the most productive spoon was a 3.5" watermelon.

    Although the fishing was slow, the weather was decent and people were friendly. Like anywhere this time of year, the fishing could turn on like a switch.
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  20. big rock

    big rock Active Member

    Heading back to WH on Monday. Wondering if anyone has any recent reports.

    Thx Scott

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