Fishing Reports July /August Steelhead / CohoAugust brought in some of the best coho salmon and steelhead fishing that we have experienced in years. While the steelhead were not as pleniful as in past years the action was steady. Once again the area south and east of the old weather marker in 370’ of water produced consistently all month.Wind and weather did cause a few postponements of scheduled trips but overall it was a great season. Warrior spoons were the most consitent lure for the entire season. July 25th Albert Chan and his US Navy Family landed 26 coho salmon. Fishing was hot and heavy with catch ratio of 60%. The coho were big strong and very unruly. Double triple headers were the order of the day. Great wether and calm seas. A great day! July 26thNext up was Dr. Doug and crew a good Tuesday with some quality steelhead and some of the best coho Fishing we have had in years with 28 landed coho in 6 hours. The weather was perfect, calm seas and a bright warm sun.That night the weather turned and the next day we were beset with some unfavourable wind conditions. We called the day early and scheduled another outing for early September. August 4thSteve's family had a great day landing 13 or so steelhead and coho salmon. Despite being rookies out there the crew did a remarkable job only losing a few steelhead that put on quite an aerial show.
August 9 / 10We headed out again to the same area on the Tueasday, it was choppy but fishable. 15 Coho and steelhead were landed. North of the weather marker water temperatures were warm. |fish were down over 90’. A short mile south the fish depth was 30’ down and the fish fought like crazy.Wednesday we headed out again with Red Fred and his family. Great trip, Fred videoed the entire trip The action was hot and heavy the entire excursion. We did lose count but records indicate that we landed 18 salmon and trout. All the same slice of cool water that was 4 miles long and a mile wide. The best part were we alone, not another fishing boat insight for over 2 weeks.A strong east blow started and we cancelled Thursday as the wind and waves were 8 to 10 feet and building.
August 13thThe wind had dropped but the waves were still 6 to 8’ with a 1’ chop out of the north. Past experience held true as we headed 6 miles east of the US Canada border. We turned the Searay westward and started our troll westward just inside the border heading to the last week’s way points. No turning back on fish way to rough. Jeff had a day his father will remember for a life time. The storm must have put them on the feed, doubles triples constantly for 7 hours.They landed 28 salmon and trout and we lost count on the number of hits. August 14 Am / PMA rare double charter todayThe morning saw a brisk s wind as we motored out to the weather marker (again) Charles Burnett was fulfilling a bucket list item. !0 Coho salmon in the first hour. Busy yes, but more like crazy Hit after hit tangles, juming steelhead,Coho all causing trouble. Great time non the same.Chucks’s crew landed 24 that morning.The afternoon saw Dave R and his 3 pals hook-up time after time. Losing some landing some when the count was completed they had landed 25 fish that afternoon. Obe of the best days so far 1n 22! August 15thWhat a day 25 more Coho and steelhead all morning nonstop action. We did lose a nice 25# king at the back of the boat shame that was quite a fish as it put up a great fight,Best lures were once again that same K44 Lipstick Northport and Warrior 3Days at Sea down 28’. This school was huge we had been pounding it for 2 solid weeks with comparable results each day.I prayed the school didn’t move fishing was that good.
Weather has wreaked havoc the last several days, actually a few weeks now. Heavy winds last weekend kept the entire salmon fishing fleet tied in their respective moorings.
The Friday did provide some excellent fishing on the NY side of the Niagara River for Chinooks salmon. The Chinook salmon weights for the spring are tremendous with 2 salmon weighing in over 32lbs. This bodes well for a season of several trophy Chinooks with projections of some 35 pound salmon hitting the scales.This Monday while exploring the Port Weller area we did land several steelhead trout but the Chinook salmon has eluded our creel. Coho salmon are feeding heavily in the shallows. This shallow water is very tainted from water run-off and makes fishing very tough. Talking to several of the local charter operators fishing is quite slow. We all agree that the extreme wind has not allowed the water to stabilize.
We will be fishing the Niagara area for the next several weeks as that is providing the best opportunity for some quality fish.