Haven't been to Echo Bay but I stayed at Double Bay Resort on Hanson Island several times...and fished Blackfish Sound, the mouth of the Nimpkish River, Blackney Passage, Johnstone Strait, etc. Every other year the big runs of pinks/humpys overwhelm the place...but the commercial seiners have "openings" for 36-48 hours once or twice a week and thin them out quite efficiently. There are some huge Chinook (the Canucks call them "springs", eh?) caught around there...trolling slow & deep. You have to supply your own bait so a herring jig setup is a must...finding schools of herring in eddies around narrow passages is usually easy. Not as many dogfish as in Puget Sound...and, due to the livefish fishery, not as many bottom fish either. There are some large halibut caught here & there...get a chart and target the seamounts and isolated reefs. Don't let the pods of killer whales scare you...they rarely capsize any boats and if they do, usually don't eat the overboard fishermen. :wink:
That's a wonderful area...when the weather is good. When the weather is bad, it's still a wonderful area (take raingear)...and the Canadian beer ain't bad, either. :cheers: Take lots of money with you...US greenbacks are welcomed in most places...nothing is cheap up there :shocked: .
I've stayed there several times in recent years. I continue to go to that general area every year with a group of friends and take at least a day to go to the resort, say hi to Bob and Nancy, the owners, and fish for BIG halibut on their doorstep.
If you're interested in going there, it is definately a beautiful place to spend some time exploring, fishing, wildlife viewing and relaxing. There are some great folks who go to Echo Bay every year and they are worth meeting and getting to know while you're there.
The only thing that Echo Bay doesn't have is perfect weather. Summertime can be sunny and warm or it can be cold and wet. Even in the worst conditions there's always a place to fish and the water is never rough.
You are thinking of going at the right time of year (late July or early August). Echo Bay also makes for a very affordable vacation.
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