Hello everyone! – Our 2018 summer fishing season is still going strong, great numbers of Chinook salmon are still showing up with some days the average size being in the 30’s, other days in the high 40’s ++.
“As for the Coho, there seem to be more showing up every day and getting heavier!”
Bravo to Joey of North Carolina by capturing the largest Tyee Chinook Salmon of our season thus far at 50lbs. in August.
JULY SALMON FISHING TIPS
The hot spots around Shearwater are numerous, no matter which direction you point your boat in the morning or afternoon, you’re sure to have success. To the west is in Milbanke sound/Idol Point/Hose Point/Christensen Point/Dryad, to the South is Cultas sound, to the Southeast is Start or White points, to the North is Return channel and “Big Bluff” and close by to Shearwater is “old towns” which has been having a great morning and evening bite with Chinook salmon.
The water temperature is slightly higher than in years past so we’re seeing the fish deeper than normal, between 60 – 100’ down. As for productive lures, light coloured hoochies are working well behind any colour flasher as are various coloured spoons, and cut plug herring trolled naked (no flasher) are also producing many fish.
Bottom fishing is stellar as usual, any type of jig with a piece of salmon belly or herring chunk will do the trick! Just remember that there is a non retention of Yelloweye or commonly called Red Snapper anywhere on the coast and that the halibut size limits have reduced slightly this summer.
Stay up to date and stay informed!
Tight lines and see you on the water!