What a wonderful season we had at Steep Island…Plenty of guests and “buckets” of fish! This year started out in June and fishing was “HOT” south down at the “hump” from the get go. First group brought in a load of fish Chinook and a phenomenal amount of Hatchery Coho! What a treat….this combo continued well into late July when the pinks started up so there were never any really dull moments out on the water…if you were not catching you were catch and releasing.
Always wonderful to see all the return clientele and this year we added a few new groups to our guest list.
We couldn’t have asked for better weather or fishing this year.
Time now to shut it all down….and prepare for 2014! Start booking now as slots are filling up…..Here are some of the best photos of the year….
The lodge is all buttoned down for the season, but we have been experiencing the warmest dryest fall since record keeping…although we are enjoying it immensely the fish trying to get up stream are having a difficult time. We do need some rain…and it will come! Many rivers along the coast are experiencing drought like conditions making it very trying for the salmon to reach their destinations up river….will keep you posted on how they do.
This season started out early in June with a great number of fish out at the hump and down at Bates Beach, although everyone missed going north, no one was dissapointed by the fish productivty down south…..this went on for most of the season as the chinooks seemed to be consentrated in that area for reasons unknown! The fish ranged from 18 to 32 lbs and most groups went home extremely pleased.
A few photos of some nice catches and happy fishers and some delectable food!
A new sign made by Bill Henderson graces the south west shores of Steep Island. It has become a popular site for guests to go and have a photo taken. Of course getting it there was no easy task until we brought in the troops! Helicopters, who easily brought the log over from Campbell River and dropped it ever so gently on the foundations that had been previously built to hold it in place! It was a great site. Later the spectacular carved fish was added.
A very special week on Steep Island as our long time guest and RCMP enthusiast and collector Don Reid and his group were greeted upon their arrival to Steep Island by RCMP officer Constable P. Gaiger of the Quadra Island Detachment in Red Serge. A great moment and one for the history books….especially Don’s!
After a great salutation it was off to the fishing grounds and the group did well over the next couple of days fishing south and went home with buckets of fish with a couple of 28 pounders! All in all another fantastic trip!
Since the beggining of June, the fishing at the south end of Quadra Island has been experiencing a great return of Chinook salmon. The Chinook being caught are legal size to over 30 lbs. Right now the best fishing is at the Lighthouse and the “Hump” on the ebb tide.
Fishing has also had some great returns north of the Narrows. Brown’s Bay, Deepwater Bay, Chatham Point and Greensea Bay have all been producing Chinook.
There is still opportunity to book a stay and fish… looks to be a fantastic fihsing season ahead for us.
The intention was a salmon, but what was on the end of the hook was a 35 lb Halibut! Our guest from Hollister CA was asked by his wife in the morning…please bring back a Halibut! and he delivered. With great guiding by Scotty Anderson in spite of a slow morning at the “hump” (south end of Quadra Island), telling stories of a past halibut catch, no sooner was the story told when the rod bent down hard and there was no mistaking that there was a “flatty” on the end of the rod. After 15 min of hauling it was brought up to the side of the boat with cheers and high fives!!!!! A 35 pound halibut caught and brought up on salmon gear…that was not Scotty’s first! Two years ago for our long time client Pat D. an 85 lb was hooked in the same manner in the same spot….Way to go Scotty and Stan…..
Our first fishing guests of the season have arrived and inaugarated the fish table with a couple of beautiful chinook. Inspite of the poor weather and wind guide Jon Reynolds was able to get fish in the boat, a few good misses and a double header….Great way to start the season and a promising outlook at this years fishery!
We are still taking reservations…..please call or email for rates and dates…