2020 Nootka Sound/Esperanza Inlet Reports

Discussion in '2020 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by SFBC, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. pacemaker

    pacemaker Member

    Headed back out to Critter July 12 - July 19 for trip # 2... Will post results upon my return....It’s always good at this time, no shortage of fish, and the weather forecast looks favourable...Life is good...
     
  2. Rayc

    Rayc New Member

    I was all packed and half way there on July 1 and the my truck crapped out on me. Had to be towed back to CR...ever see a F150 on a flat bed and a grady being towed...not fun.
    Going to try again on later this month and hopefully get out there. It was the first time to Nootka or was supposed to be. Although I heard the weather was a bit rough. Hopefully better later into July
     
  3. bigbruce

    bigbruce Well-Known Member

    Will be at Critter next week. The “Finntastic”...2101 Striper. My first trip there. Looking forward to getting the boat wet for the first time this season!
     
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  4. RiverBoy

    RiverBoy Well-Known Member

    Anyone know if there is cell reception out towards the light house? i heard Gold River added a cell tower recently. i just want to be able to check the weather reports
     
  5. Dan The Man

    Dan The Man Active Member

    Gold river now has cell service . no cell service out there. I did hit a spot out at the ammo dump when i started receiving texts... ill be in 232 grady "Rox-ley"
     
  6. bpsuls

    bpsuls Active Member

    Tahsis has cell service now as well. Can anyone tell me the minimum tide height to launch a boat out of Tahsis? I've looked on the forum but cant find a specific number. Thank you!
     
  7. cohochinook

    cohochinook Well-Known Member

    Good news about the cell phone coverage. If you don't like putting your truck tires in the water best not to launch near the low tide at Tahsis. It is a good ramp though.
     
  8. pacemaker

    pacemaker Member

    As Dan the Man says, no proper cell service out at the light....BUT, I have been lucky a few times over the years and can very seldom receive a cell signal when I'm a million miles offshore with the cruise ships...Very sporadic, and don't plan on it...However, for an extremely detailed and accurate marine weather forecast, you can pull up the following site to get the Nootka Weather....Bajo Reef Weather.yr.no.. It is very accurate, and will give you about a 10 day weather window including wind speed and direction. Good luck on your trip, may see you out there, will be there all next week too.
     
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  9. capman

    capman Active Member

    Pacemaker, which site are you referring to?
     
  10. pacemaker

    pacemaker Member

    Bajo Reef Weather.yr.no. Very accurate marine weather forecast, which is what we all want when we are out there...
     
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  11. Stoisy

    Stoisy Active Member

    Ferrer closure announced as expected, but early... https://notices.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm?pg=view_notice&DOC_ID=234278&ID=all

    Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

    Subject: FN0660-RECREATIONAL - Chinook - Northwest Vancouver Island - Areas 25 to 27 and 125 to 127 - West Coast Vancouver Island Chinook Management Measures

    The following is a description of July 15 until December 31, 2020 Chinook management measures, which include finfish closures, salmon non-retention areas and Chinook
    non-retention areas for Area 25 (Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet), Area 26 (Kyuquot Sound), Area 27 (Quatsino Sound) and associated offshore waters in Areas 125 to
    127.

    That portion of Subareas 25-13, 125-1, 125-2 and 125-3 shoreward of a line drawn from Belmont Point located at 49 degrees 47.528’N and 126 degrees 55.605’W to a point
    located at 49 degrees 44.965’N and 127 degrees 01.823’W (located approximately 1.9 nautical miles west of Ferrer Point), then southeasterly approximately 13 nautical
    miles to a point located at 49 degrees 37.900’N and 126 degrees 52.600’W, then southwesterly to a point at 49 degrees 33.500’N and 126 degrees 52.600’W, then to the
    Red Can Buoy located at 49 degrees 33.806’N and 126 degrees 49.976’W then to a point located approximately 2 nautical miles east at 49 degrees 34.125’N and 126 degrees
    46.942’W, then to the Nootka Island shoreline at a point located near Beano Creek at 49 degrees 36.341’N and 126 degrees 45.141’W. The Bajo Reef RCA is located
    adjacent to this closed area;

    Cheers
     
  12. Chasin' Dreams

    Chasin' Dreams Well-Known Member


    Category(s):
    RECREATIONAL - Salmon


    Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

    Subject: FN0660-RECREATIONAL - Chinook - Northwest Vancouver Island - Areas 25 to 27 and 125 to 127 - West Coast Vancouver Island Chinook Management Measures

    The following is a description of July 15 until December 31, 2020 Chinook management measures, which include finfish closures, salmon non-retention areas and Chinook
    non-retention areas for Area 25 (Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet), Area 26 (Kyuquot Sound), Area 27 (Quatsino Sound) and associated offshore waters in Areas 125 to
    127.

    Unless otherwise specified below the daily limit for Chinook salmon is two (2) per day with a minimum size limit of 45 cm in Areas 25 to 27 and 125 to 127.

    PLEASE NOTE THE NEW FINFISH CLOSURE BOUNDARY IN SUBAREA 25-1 IN MATCHLEE INLET. ALL OTHER CLOSURE BOUNDARIES REMAIN THE SAME FOR 2020.

    AREA 25:

    FINFISH CLOSURES:

    Effective July 15 until October 15, 2020 the following areas are closed to fishing for all fin-fish (Fin-fish closure):

    That portion of Subarea 25-1 located westerly of a line drawn from a point located at 49 degrees 40.264’N and 126 degrees 10.955’W near McCurdy Creek across Muchalat
    Inlet to the light on Victor Island then to a point located at 49 degrees 39.496’N and 126 degrees 08.581’W;

    That portion of Subarea 25-1 located southerly of a line drawn from Gauquina point at 49°39.449’N and 126°06.040’W to a point located north of Black Creek at 49°
    39.369’N and 126°05.165’W;

    That portion of Subarea 25-1 located northerly of a line drawn from a point at 49 degrees 40.500’N and 126 degrees 07.654’W at the green flashing light to a point
    located on the opposite side of the Gold River located at 49 degrees 40.694’N and 126 degrees 06.377’W;

    Subareas 25-2 and 25-3;

    That portion of Subarea 25-4 located southerly of a line drawn from a point located at 49 degrees 39.752’N and 126 degrees 28.795’W located on Concepcion Point across
    Hanna Channel to a point located at 49 degrees 40.175’N and 126 degrees 28.161’W;

    That portion of Subarea 25-4 inside Hisnit Inlet northwesterly of a line beginning at 49 degrees 43.903’N and 126 degrees 29.639’W, then drawn southwesterly across the
    inlet to a point located at 49 degrees 43.680’N and 126 degrees 30.322’W. Boundary signs near these locations may be erected;

    That portion of Subarea 25-5 inside Nesook Bay easterly of a line beginning at 49 degrees 46.205’N and 126 degrees 24.997’W, then drawn southerly across the bay to a
    point located at 49 degrees 45.594’N and 126 degrees 25.018’W. Boundary signs near these locations may be erected;

    That portion of Subarea 25-5 northwesterly of a line drawn between square white fishing boundary signs on the opposite sides of the entrance to Head Bay;

    That portion of Subarea 25-8, Tahsis Inlet, north of a line beginning at the northeastern tip of Strange Island located at 49 degrees 43.314’N and 126 degrees
    37.486’W, then drawn easterly across the inlet to a point located at 49 degrees 43.315’N and 126 degrees 36.817’W;
    Subareas 25-9, 25-10, 25-11, and 25-12;

    Subarea 25-14;

    That portion of Subarea 25-15 located easterly of a line drawn from a point located at 49° 38.640’N and 126° 29.877’W across Zuciarte Channel to a point located at 49°
    38.319’N and 126° 28.867’W;

    Subarea 25-16;

    That portion of Subareas 25-13, 125-1, 125-2 and 125-3 shoreward of a line drawn from Belmont Point located at 49 degrees 47.528’N and 126 degrees 55.605’W to a point
    located at 49 degrees 44.965’N and 127 degrees 01.823’W (located approximately 1.9 nautical miles west of Ferrer Point), then southeasterly approximately 13 nautical
    miles to a point located at 49 degrees 37.900’N and 126 degrees 52.600’W, then southwesterly to a point at 49 degrees 33.500’N and 126 degrees 52.600’W, then to the
    Red Can Buoy located at 49 degrees 33.806’N and 126 degrees 49.976’W then to a point located approximately 2 nautical miles east at 49 degrees 34.125’N and 126 degrees
    46.942’W, then to the Nootka Island shoreline at a point located near Beano Creek at 49 degrees 36.341’N and 126 degrees 45.141’W. The Bajo Reef RCA is located
    adjacent to this closed area;

    That portion of Subareas 25-7, 125-1 and 125-2 inside a line beginning at a point on Vancouver Island at 49 degrees 33.445’N and 126 degrees 33.845’W (north of
    Escalante Point), then westerly to a point approximately 1 nautical mile offshore located at 49 degrees 33.445’N and 126 degrees 35.967’W, then southerly approximately
    8.8 nautical miles to a point intersecting the Estevan Point RCA boundary located at 49 degrees 24.688’N and 126 degrees 35.593’W, then to a point on Vancouver Island
    (on Hesquiat Peninsula) at 49 degrees 25.067’N and 126 degrees 34.598’W;
     
  13. Chasin' Dreams

    Chasin' Dreams Well-Known Member

    THE REST OF THE FISHERIES NOTICE (WOULDN'T ALLOW TO POST THE FULL NOTICE DUE TO LENGTH) :


    AREA 125:

    DAILY QUOTA AND SIZE RESTRICTION:

    Effective July 15 until July 31, 2020 in that portion of Area 125 seaward of the 1 nm Boundary Line, the daily limit is two (2) Chinook, with a minimum size limit of
    45 cm, and a maximum size limit of 80 cm, excluding the finfish closures listed above. The Boundary Line is approximately 1nm seaward of the surf line. For full
    definition of the Boundary Line please see the bottom of this fisheries notice.
    AREA 26:

    FINFISH CLOSURES:

    Effective July 15 until October 15, 2020 the following areas are closed to fishing for all fin-fish (Fin-fish Closure):

    That portion of Subareas 26-1 and 26-6 shoreward of a line drawn from the Rugged Point shoreline beginning at 49 degrees 57.618’N and 127 degrees 15.077’W to a point
    approximately 0.8 nautical miles south located at 49 degrees 56.904’N 127 degrees 15.677’W, then continuing approximately 5.2 nautical miles northwest to the light
    on Amos Island located at 50 degrees 00.768’N and 127 degrees 21.173’W, then from the northwest tip of Amos Island at 50 degrees 01.153’N and 127 degrees 21.554’W,
    then to the Vancouver Island shoreline to a point located at 50 degrees 01.368’N and 127 degrees 21.529’W;

    Subareas 26-2 to 26-5;

    That portion of Subareas 26-7 and 26-10 shoreward of a line drawn from a point on Vancouver Island located at 50 degrees 02.149’N and 127 degrees 25.637’W, then to a
    point on McLean Island located at 50 degrees 01.790’N and 127 degrees 25.556’W, then to a green navigational marker located approximately 3 nautical miles west at 50
    degrees 02.587’N and 127 degrees 29.916’W, then continuing northwest approximately 3.2 nautical miles to Cautious Point in the Bunsby Islands Group located at 50
    degrees 04.960’N and 127 degrees 33.310’W, then continuing northwest approximately 2.5 nautical miles to the boundary of the Checleset Bay RCA located at 50 degrees
    06.097’N and 127 degrees 36.868’W;
    Subareas 26-8 and 26-9.

    SALMON NON-RETENTION:

    Effective July 15 to October 15, 2020 the following areas are salmon non-retention:

    That portion of Subareas 26-11 and 126-4 shoreward of a line drawn from Clerke Point on Vancouver Island located at 50 degrees 04.870’N and 127 degrees 48.856’W, then
    to a point along the Checleset Bay RCA boundary approximately 1 nautical mile from shore located at 50 degrees 04.059’N and 127 degrees 49.949’W, then to a point
    approximately 5.4 nautical miles to the northwest located at 50 degrees 06.079’N and 127 degrees 57.696’W, then to Solander Island light at 50 degrees 06.662’N and 127
    degrees 56.434’W, then north-easterly approximately 0.8 nautical miles to a point on Vancouver Island (Brooks Peninsula) located at 50 degrees 06.840’N and 127 degrees
    54.980’W.

    AREA 126:

    DAILY QUOTA AND SIZE RESTRICTION:

    Effective July 15 to July 31, 2020, in that portion of Area 126 seaward of the 1 nm Boundary Line, the daily limit is two (2) Chinook, with a minimum size limit of 45
    cm, and a maximum size limit of 80 cm, excluding the finfish closures listed above. The Boundary Line is approximately 1nm seaward of the surf line. For full
    definition of the Boundary Line please see the bottom of this fisheries notice.

    AREA 27:

    FINFISH CLOSURES:

    Effective July 1 to December 31, 2020 the following area is closed to fishing for all fin-fish (Fin-fish Closure):

    That portion of Subarea 27-10, from the Marble River tidal boundary downstream to the fishing boundary signs at the entrance to Varney Bay.

    DAILY QUOTA AND SIZE RESTRICTION:

    Effective July 15 to September 30, 2020 the daily limit is one (1) Chinook, with a maximum size limit of 77cm in the following areas:

    Subareas 27-7 to 27-11 (Quatsino Sound east of the Cliffe Point Light)

    SALMON NON-RETENTION:

    Effective July 15 until September 30, 2020 the following areas are salmon non-retention:

    That portion of 27-3 in Winter Harbour north of a line drawn from Hazard Point at 50 degrees 30.055’N and 128 degrees 01.866’W west to the opposite shore at 50 degrees
    30.060’N and 128 degrees 02.510’W;

    That portion of Subarea 27-11 west of the Holberg Inlet RCA;

    That portion of 27-8 southeast of a line drawn from a point located at 50 degrees 24.201’N and 127 degrees 29.979’W to a point on the opposite shore of Neroutsos Inlet
    located at 50 degrees 24.477’N and 127 degrees 29.138’W.

    AREA 127:

    DAILY QUOTA AND SIZE RESTRICTION:

    Effective July 15 until July 31, 2020 in that portion of Area 127 seaward of the 1 nm Boundary Line, the daily limit is two (2) Chinook, with a minimum size limit of
    45 cm, and a maximum size limit of 80 cm.. The Boundary Line is approximately 1 nm seaward of the surf line.

    Full Description of the one (1) nautical mile boundary seaward of the surf line for Areas 125 to 127:

    The Boundary Line is approximately 1nm seaward of the surf line and is defined as follows:

    A line that begins at Estevan Point, then to 49 degrees 23.869’ N 126 degrees 35.333’ W seaward of Homais Cove, then to 49 degrees 27.766’ N 126 degrees 35.971’ W
    seaward of Split Cape, then to 49 degrees 31.494’ N 126 degrees 35.669’ W seaward of Escalante Point, then to 49 degrees 34.042’ N 126 degrees 41.611’ W seaward of
    Maquinna Point, then to 49 degrees 36.254’ N 126 degrees 50.538’ W seaward of Bajo Point, then to 49 degrees 39.892’ N 126 degrees 55.125’ W seaward of Skuna Bay, then
    to 49 degrees 44.400’ N 127 degrees 00.289’ W seaward of Ferrer Point, then to 49 degrees 50.767’ N 127 degrees 10.151’ W seaward of Tatchu Point, then to 49 degrees
    59.142’ N 127 degrees 28.125’ W seaward of Lookout Island, then to 50 degrees 06.948’ N 127 degrees 41.617’ W seaward of Jackobson Point, then to 50 degrees 03.599’ N
    127 degrees 47.722’ W seaward of Clerke Point, then to 50 degrees 05.868’ N 127 degrees 57.906’ W seaward of Solander Island, then to 50 degrees 19.284’ N 128
    degrees 00.130’ W seaward of Lawn Point, then to 50 degrees 31.501’ N 128 degrees 14.238’ W seaward of Topknot Point, then to 50 degrees 35.683’ N 128 degrees
    19.249’ W seaward of Cape Palmerston, then to 50 degrees 39.280’ N 128 degrees 23.459’ W seaward of Winifred Island, then to 50 degrees 41.116’ N 128 degrees 24.166’
    W seaward of Cape Russell, then to 50 degrees 44.137’ N 128 degrees 26.559’ W seaward of Strange Rock, then to 50 degrees 47.926’ N 128 degrees 27.363’ W seaward of
    Cape Scott, then to Frederiksen Point.

    Variation Orders: 2020-RCT-360 and 2020-RFQ-346.

    7. FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

    Notes:

    Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia.

    The term "hatchery marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

    Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped Chinook and Coho
    salmon. Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program toll free at (866)
    483-9994 for further information.

    Rockfish Conservation Areas that are currently in effect and are closed to all fin fishing. Descriptions of these closures, and other recreational fishing
    information, can be found on the Internet at:

    www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish
     
  14. MacDuff

    MacDuff Member

    I like at least a 6 foot tide. You will want to launch and load in the am. The afternoon thermals can make loading especially interesting.
     
  15. Sir Reel

    Sir Reel Well-Known Member

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  16. Heading to moucha from the 15-20. Any reports of springs on the inside in decent numbers? Fishing with the family and would prefer to avoid the bigger water if possible.
     
  17. blindmonkey

    blindmonkey Well-Known Member

    Usually good in that timeframe. First light is often the key at the usual spots and shallow 25-40’.
     
  18. sawbill

    sawbill Member

    Can’t miss with the last week of july and the first week of August. Commies usually start around the 12th.
     
  19. pescador

    pescador Well-Known Member

    Just back after spending 5 days up at Nootka. Man, slow. Very slow. Never seen it so slow. I heard people were catching but I didn’t see much action and the cleaning station was not experiencing the usual action I’m accustomed to. We went multiple days without fish. Finally yesterday we picked up two decent Springs so maybe things are picking up. Tried all the usual spots sans luck; Escalante, Wash, Beano et al. I’m sure others produced some results, but most people I talked to experienced what we did. We may have been early. We stuck with what we know. Chovies at 39-50 ft. Back up Monday will report after that trip.
     
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  20. Crali2014

    Crali2014 Crew Member

    Im starting to think the late start or lack of a start to summer is playing into this. Need a hot spell that will flip a switch to the fish on the outside signalling that its time to start the journey home? Wish the fish would say something before we bonk them LOL
     

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