Monday, January 28, 2013

2013 Trade Shows and Events Nootka Island Lodge will be Attending

Phoenix International Sportsman Expo, February 21 to 24. Location: University Of Phoenix Stadium. Booth# 630

SCI Flint Regional Chapter Annual Fundraiser, March 8 Outfitters Expo. March 9 Fundraiser Banquet in Flint Michigan.

SCI Lake Superior Chapter 15 TH Annual Hunter Banquet, April 5 & 6. Location: Grand Casino in Hinckley MN

Chinook – Abundance of WCVI (West Coast Vancouver Is.) fish has not changed much. The good news with these stocks is that we are expecting large numbers of 4 & 5 yr. old fish, so a season in our area much like 2011, but with lots of tyees (Chinook over 30lb ).

The BIG bonus for Nootka Sound, especially with the easy of access to the 1.7 million Chinook that are expected to return to United States West Coast Rivers. The American hatchery systems have once again produced recorded numbers of Chinook. As per normal, the salmon are moving down the WCVI in late May/early June. They will be moving  to the feeding grounds at the mouth & offshore of Nootka Sound. These fish are in such large numbers we see many of them well inside Nootka Sound. These fish tend to run well into late July when they blend into the WCVI Chinook moving south.
Conclusion – Lots of early run USA Chinook & larger size in general for our WCVI fish

Coho – Great news - DFO has reported that the WCVI coho will be in abundance, in the dept. of fishery lingo that means we will be treated to the largest volume of coho that we have seen in many years. Over the past two seasons we have had 2 waves of fish come during the season. The 1st run comes mid-June -these coho run in the 5-12 lb. size they continue right into late July when the big fish start arriving. When we say BIG we mean it, Coho 20 pounds plus.
Conclusion - There will be more coho around than you can shake a stick at. You may even be cursing them as you try to get your downrigger down to catch Chinook, NICE PROBLEM!!!
Halibut – We are only sure about a few things at the time of this printing but, on the whole it’s GOOD. There is a strong effort to eliminate the 1 over 1 under reg. from last year also there is clear recognition from all parties involved in the process that it is essential to keep the season open at least until Sept 30 , 2013. Having said that Hali stocks continue to remain strong & we anticipate another excellent Halibut season.

Conclusion – We will see lots of slabs on the scale, which usually mean lots of smiles & pictures.

Lingcod & other Ground fish – . Last year we saw plenty of very successful fishing on these species.

Conclusion – Do not miss this opportunity.

Want to go fishing? Contact Nootka Island Lodge to book your fishing adventure.

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