With blue sky this morning and an abundance of fish in you couldn’t pick a more beautiful or fishy place than right here at Englefield Bay! “The water is calm and the fish are biting” is a phrase that has been resonating throughout the lodge more than ever this season.
August is a special month here on the west side of Haida Gwaii. We see the coho size move up into the double digits, and with a strong run of chinook it really can’t be beat. Average size of our chinook is holding steady with a slight increase to help keep the attention of our anglers. For the week, several tyee class chinook have come into the dock. On the first day of the current trip we have had 2 already. There is opportunity for multiples as well and Jamie Potocnik was graced with beautiful 33 and 37lb springs last trip.
Way to go Jamie! Looking forward to this trend continuing and Haugust delivering more of the same. No Name, Cape Henry and the Shoals all seem to be holding larger fish and as of late, and the north side has been heating up as well.
With waves of coho moving through, anglers can expect the unexpected! From the surface right down to the depths these silver bullets are hitting with a vengeance. It’s not uncommon to be dropping your rigger and not even make it to your depth before, FISH ON!
Bottom dwellers, lingcod, rockfish and halibut continue to fill our fish holds and most of the time you don’t even need to leave the salmon fishing grounds to find them. This makes things a kind of one stop shop for many anglers and can happen fast, helping you to get back to salmon fishing almost right away. The limits on halibut make things quite interesting this year and trying to decide on keeping 2 under 90cm fish or the one over up to 126 can be quite the dilemma. For the unders at around 90 cm they average between 16-20 lbs, a perfect over came in last night weighing a robust 52 lbs. That was a very thick fish, the heaviest of the season and well deserved for Brian Kura!
Whales, eagles, deer and bear sightings are happening with frequency. This adds to the overall experience and is quite the spectacle to see. The wildlife here in our waters and on land is a blessing to behold and as your visit approaches, we can’t wait to share it with you!
If you have been already this year, the memories will never fade. If you are yet to arrive, returning or new to the Englefield experience, we welcome you and look forward spending some time on the water with you.
Until then, tight lines and take care!