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With the rains we have been getting not too many fisherman are going out and bringing me in fishing reports.
The last I heard the Coho and Chum were still around the Fingers, but I expect this rain will move them towards the river.
The good news is the first winter or feeder springs are already showing up off the Fingers.
The key techniques for these tasty fish are to fish deep with glow lures. Typically right off the bottom in around 200 ft of water. The East side of Gabriola is a good place to fish for winters.
I find small glow chartreuse spoons are best. Try Mongoose, Yellowtail, or Yellow Splatter patters. We have a custom designed spoon called Sprite that we had made for winter springs.

Also, prawning and crabbing reports are very, very good. I always try to get some prawns at this time of year for my family’s traditional west coast Christmas Eve meal of prawns sautéed in garlic and olive oil, served with fresh French bread and a salad.

So get out there, drop some traps, and catch a salmon while you wait to pull your traps.
Tips up,
Steve V.
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