It’s our last week of the 2016 season here at The Lodge at Englefield Bay and fortunately enough the reports are the same as they have been all year long. The fishing looks like it will be nothing short of epic moving right into September!
The salmon fishing has been steady at all of the typical hot spots this past week, the Denham Shoals, Denham Bay and Cape Henry continue to produce great numbers of chinook every day with a good mix of coho biting at shallower depths. Bone Point and No Name have offered some great fishing in more comfortable conditions for those afternoons that get a little lumpy, and having that option is definitely something to take note of.
Our big chinook this week tipped the scales at 40 pounds and John Mariella was the lucky angler to haul in the trophy tyee out at the Shoals, nice work John!
Halibut fishing has been a little tougher this week but those who put their time in and work the Shoals hard have managed to go home with their limit of the tasty flatfish. The Rockpile just around the corner from the lodge has also remained steady for smaller, chicken-sized halibut. Yellow eye, rock fish and lingcod have also been abundant out on the Shoals for those anglers that choose to drop their gear down and work hard around all of the pinnacles.
Northwest winds have provided fantastic mornings of sunshine for nearly a week, however the odd afternoon gets a little bit too windy to fish comfortably outside on the open water so anglers typically head back to Bone Point to hide from the wind, target coho, and get a serious tan! South winds are in our forecast so we are looking at scattered showers and overcast skies for the next couple days, but that’s not stopping us from heading out and hitting the fishing grounds hard.
With only seven remaining days of fishing ahead of us this will be my last fishing report for the 2016 season. I’d like to sign off by extending a thank you, on behalf of our entire crew, to every single one of our guests that chose to spend their fishing adventure with us at Englefield Bay. We have enjoyed another incredible season here and that couldn’t happen without our dedicated anglers that choose to come back year after year. For those of you who joined us for the first time this year, we hope to see you return for years and years to come! We strive to meet, and exceed expectations here and we hope that we did just that for all of you. Have a safe and happy off season, we look forward to seeing all of you back next year!
Outside Operations Manager – The Lodge at Englefield Bay