This past week has been a roller coaster for weather. The 23rd-25th featured 25-30 knot winds coming from the south, which in turn brought periods of heavy rainfall. We have had very little precipitation so far in the month of June and the creek, which we draw our fresh water from for the lodge from, was a mere trickle. So in this case the rain turned out to be not so bad!
The last 4 days on Dundas have felt like fishing in Mexico! The 5-15 knot variable winds and blazing heat made for some scorching hot days on the water. I can’t remember the last time I was in just a shirt at 7:15 am on the water! Yesterday it was so hot on the back dock the guests went for a swim off the front dock before dinner to cool off.
Now to the fishing…
The weekday trip anglers toughed it out in some snotty weather and got rewarded with great salmon fishing. Hats-off to first time guest, Biyue, who reeled in the 36lb derby winner – his personal best! Chinook fishing tapered off slightly towards the end of the trip, however guests went home with heavy fish boxes and big smiles.
The weekend trip started out with a decent evening bite and 8 Chinooks ranging from 12-20lbs hit the dock. Group leader, Jeff, had a beauty on in the 30s which did some crazy acrobatics and managed to free itself. Turned out to be another “big one that got away story”…. The average Chinook fishing we are experiencing at the moment can be attributed to the clear water and the tropical weather we’ve been having. The herring have been tough to find in these conditions as well, but the weather is changing and things are turning around. For the first time this year we had to break out the “TV Dinners”!
More and more Coho continue to enter our waters they are a blast to catch in-between Chinook bites. The average size continues to increase as they are heavily feeding on the juvenile herring which have arrived early this year. 6-9lbers are frequently being caught with the occasional chunky one over 10lbs. The fish are hard fighting and aggressive.
Just heard the float plane flying overhead, got to go! Looking forward to a great week of fishing with the Matcon boys!