The fishing season in Barkley Sound is now into full swing, experiencing peak season conditions for Chinook salmon and halibut. The Chinook fishing with combined calm weather has been exceptional lately, both inside of the Sound and 5-7 miles off shore. There has been a huge abundance of large schooling Krill where we’ve been finding cruising Chinook gorging themselves and biting at anything in their path! Chinook have been ranging anywhere from 13-28 pounds and offer plenty of fight, hitting anywhere from bottom depths to mid water 100 feet zones as well. Popular set-ups still include flasher and anchovy combinations as well as a variety of needle-fish hoochies that still provide appropriate immitation of stranded Krill and needle fish action.
Some of the largest halibut of the season have been taken in the month of June as the large ‘roamers’ cruise the shelf in the 7-10 mile zone, ranging in sizes from 40 -60 pounds. With the new regulations in place for release of halibut over 126cm, measuring and ethical release is critical this season, when appropriate, to minimize incidental mortality of the larger female breeders.