Sockeye on the way

Discussion in '2018 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by capt hook, Jul 15, 2018.

  1. capt hook

    capt hook Well-Known Member

    I was starting to wonder about the soxs....
    but not now after i got a few reports from my commie friends.
    Outside North island they are thick....
    test sets in San Juan were 300....
    that is amazing news as they have not been splitting up and going that way in about 15yrs...
    usually a split means a BIG run.
    upper johnson straits and across from Port Hardy and Blackfish sound they are thick.
    looks like GAME ON !
  2. lordofthesprings

    lordofthesprings Well-Known Member

    thats great news i got lots 4 yrs ago looking forward too it this yr
  3. Chovy1

    Chovy1 Member

    Super stoked for sockeye!!
  4. adrian1991

    adrian1991 Active Member

    Wonder if we could get them outside french creek?
  5. capt hook

    capt hook Well-Known Member

    unfortunately the way DFO manages now , our race , or the non native races wont see a scale until the native fish quotas are all caught.
    means that they will be at river mouth area. and then the bean counters in ottawa start counting
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  6. lordofthesprings

    lordofthesprings Well-Known Member

    yes you can i did 4 yrs back you could see steady schools of them about 70-80' green flashers and pink squirts
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  7. SteelyDan

    SteelyDan Well-Known Member

    If we do get a crack at them get your vacuum bags now because they will be sold out lol
  8. tinboatrobb

    tinboatrobb Well-Known Member

    You will find many in the ditches around Port Alberni. It is a food fishery. You can buy them cheap in most camp grounds on the island when the food fishers drive through...
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  9. capt hook

    capt hook Well-Known Member

    AND , early Stewart are already up river and DFO are happy with spawning returns..
    the mass coming down coast now are probably the main Stewart run...if THEY are coming in this strong we may be in for a bumper Adams run come August.
  10. Tsquared

    Tsquared Well-Known Member

    Good news. I still have a couple of dozen new canning jars from when the Adams all went down the inside in 2014!
  11. Olde School

    Olde School Well-Known Member

    Any updates?
  12. Che

    Che Active Member

    i've been seeing schools of 'something' at about 50-75' out off the humps. could these be sockeye? Maybe i should slow troll some pink squirts to find out... hmmm....
  13. Che

    Che Active Member

    I'll have to dust off the ol' kone zone flasher and rig up some dummies... I found the secret to sockeye (and chum) is a dead slow troll.
  14. Che

    Che Active Member

    Good tip. For you kids playing at home, sockeye mostly feed on zoplankton. Having your flashers all in the same colour makes one big ball of food for them. Find a school, circle around and around... they'll bite
  15. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    So how far back do you run a squirt? Dummy flashers on the ball . How far up from the ball do you put your clip? Making sure all is in order before launch time
  16. RiverBoy

    RiverBoy Well-Known Member

    Chum yes ; sockeye not always the case. 4 years ago in deep water bay i was getting schooled by a guy in a tinny trolling unbelievably fast. he had his limit of sixteen ( four fishers)in half an hour while i was trolling much much slower and worked hard to get my limit for two fishers. he had two dummy’s on the cannon and two flashers inline
  17. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

    Subject: FN0665-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - South Coast - Sockeye Retention in Southern BC Marine Waters

    The current status of the Fraser River sockeye return provides for recreational
    Sockeye retention opportunities in most Southern BC marine waters.

    Effective 00:01 hours Wednesday, August 01, 2018 until further notice, in those
    waters currently open to salmon fishing in the following Areas, the daily limit
    for recreationally caught sockeye is four (4) per day:

    - Areas 11 to 13, and 111 (Queen Charlotte Sound, Queen Charlotte Strait,
    Johnstone Strait and Discovery Passage);

    - Areas 14 to 15, 17 to 19 (Strait of Georgia);

    - Area 20 (Juan de Fuca Strait);

    - Areas 21, 121 and 123 to 127 (West Coast of Vancouver Island) Note that Area
    23 is currently closed to the retention of sockeye targeting Barkley Sound

    - Subareas 28-1, 28-2 and 28-7 (portions of Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet);

    - Subareas 29-1 to 29-5
    Note: Opportunities in the remainder of Area 29 (tidal portions of the Fraser
    River) will be provided by separate fishery notice.

    Sockeye retention is not permitted in the following areas:

    - Area 16: remains closed to sockeye retention in order to protect Sakinaw Lake
    sockeye. It is anticipated that Subareas 16-19 to 16-21 (Sabine Channel) could
    open to sockeye retention in mid-August and will be confirmed by fishery
    notice; and
    - Subarea 29-8 (Boundary Bay).
    As per Fishery Notice FN0428, recreational fishers should be aware of
    conservation measures for Southern BC Chinook salmon and Southern Resident
    Killer Whales that were implemented on June 1, 2018. Additional information can
    be found at
  18. Canso

    Canso Well-Known Member

    Lol. your imitating a school of sockeye, not their food.

    Game on, let’s go fishing.
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  19. Che

    Che Active Member

    It's a debate whether a flasher looks like a school of bait/food or an attacking salmon. Either way, it's a flash of light that gets a fish's attention and has it think "gee there might be food over there"

    Looks like the 2018 sockeye season is GO!
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  20. Mozart

    Mozart Member

    Area 20 test fishery seems to be good. Anyone caught sockeye near sooke or Victoria water front in the past?

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