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Nov 17, 2013 3:44PM Post #1
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whats the seen like for coho lately? im going wednesday and im wondering if there are any chromers left. Anyone fished here lately?

Just wondering what its been like and what pools have been good!
Thanks!
Nov 17, 2013 6:48PM Post #2
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River has been low and as a result bank fishing has been tough. Driftboat fishing has been good but not spectacular. Lots of fish still moving through. Chums seem to be getting cleared out so if we get a bit of rain it should pick up.
Nov 18, 2013 6:23PM Post #3
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Fished 7 days since the river opened. Just smoked 5 of each. Started in Lake Cowichan today. Just down from the Road Pool were at least 100 spawning coho. Within 300ft. downstream were hundreds of bows and browns. Next stop the 70.2 trestle. We walked from the end of Hudgrove. Lots more spawners. Buddy got a 5lb. brown at Fairservice Creek. Bear Creek next. Still not flowing. Fabulous back eddy during high water. Stoltz still has a lot of stinky chums. Then Robertson Pool, from the north side. Fresh coho. Lastly the stretch from the Allenby bridge to the Black bridge. Buddy kept a lice covered coho about 11 lbs. Despite doing more walking than fishing, we caught 5 coho, 5 browns and too many rainbows. A very wet, wonderful day.
Nov 18, 2013 7:14PM Post #4
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Thanks a bunch for the report :) Im trying wednesday.. looking for a nice silver coho.
Nov 18, 2013 7:16PM Post #5
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what pool had the most fish lofty?
Nov 18, 2013 8:32PM Post #6
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Hi Brands. Most of the coho above mid river are spawning, so I don't target them. I target the trout feeding off the eggs. The fresher fish are in the lower third of the river. They tend to hold in the calmer water.(back eddies and undercut banks) I use a centrepin, float, and a chrome Colorado blade for holding fish. I use a Spey rod with a minnow pattern for the fish on the move. They tend to scoot quickly from one calm place to the next. If you can see 2 likely holding spots....the fish will move in a fairly direct line between them. To answer your question, coho don't usually hang in pools. They look for calm water then move on. Me too! I don't stay in one spot for more than 20-60 Mins unless I'm catching fish. With the low clear water, you can see the fish. If you don't, move on.
Nov 18, 2013 9:36PM Post #7
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thanks so much! ill let you know how i do wednesday, tight lines.
Nov 20, 2013 11:13AM Post #8
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any updates on the river? i plan to fish tomorrow.

thanks
Nov 22, 2013 12:41PM Post #9
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Lots of chum for me on wednesday, and suprisingly, they werent to bad in color. I still threw them back but the color wasnt bad and they were good fighters. Struggled to catch coho though, managed to get a jack and a big red one all at the train track bridge. Saw a few coho retained, and 1 nice chum retainec. I was using gibbs croc spinners.

Good luck!
Nov 27, 2013 10:45AM Post #10
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Lofty1 wrote:
Then Robertson Pool, from the north side. Fresh coho.


I think I fished Robertson Pool a week or so ago, but from the south side and I had to cast across the river to hit the pool. (I've only been on the Cowichan a couple of times.) I accessed from the Glenora Riverside Trailhead on the south side -- there's a bit of a park and playground there -- that hooks up with the Cowichan River Trail. If the link to this video works, you might recognize where I was from the first few seconds:

http://youtu.be/13gSty4jbEc

Anyway, how do you access Robertson Pool from the north side? Do you think there are still some decent coho in the river? Also, is the Cowichan strictly catch-and-release for steelhead and trout or are there some stocked/hatchery fish?

Best regards.

Nov 27, 2013 1:16PM Post #11
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First, I accessed the pool from the bottom of Sunrise Rd. There is a long, steep stairway down to a little regional park. I bushwhacked up and down river from the stairway a couple of hundred metres. The bush is very dense. I used a Spey rod first, but it's very difficult in most spots. (great from the Stairway tho) A bait caster, short rod and a float did well tho. There are 2 large back eddies here. The float and spinner go round and round in the vortex. Don't go in the water here. It's deeper than it looks and has a mud bottom. I got stuck in the mud a couple of years ago and a friend had to help me out. Where I was fishing may be private property. I'm not sure. It's pretty wild.
Jan 14, 2015 8:23PM Post #12
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Curious to know if anyone's ever had success with jigs on the cowie?? More specifically in December-feb in the cold of winter??
Jan 15, 2015 9:51AM Post #13
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hambone9 wrote:
Curious to know if anyone's ever had success with jigs on the cowie?? More specifically in December-feb in the cold of winter??


Yes they work. A few years ago I had curmudgeon test my jig prototypes on the Cowichan and they caught fish.
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Feb 2, 2015 9:57PM Post #14
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Question:

Last weekend I broke out the steelhead gear and tried the cowichan, I was unsuccessful for the metal heads, but I did find something very strange. I was fishing a run a bit above stolz, and as i waded out and found a spot to cast from, a chrome, and I mean chrome Coho salmon bumped into my legs and eventually washed up onto the bank beside me. This fish looked like it must have been in the river for a few days tops, was probally only about 5 pounds, and nothing looked wrong with it, however it was dead. Unfortunately I don't have a picture (yes my camera was in the truck) but I was just curious as to why a coho was running so late? It is february? I found it shocking.
Feb 3, 2015 12:24PM Post #15
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Not too surprising. I have caught chrome coho on a few systems in late January.
Feb 12, 2015 3:52PM Post #16
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Was out in the highwater yesterday. Crossed a side channel at the powerline that only exists in 2 meters or more.

Much to my surprise, I spooked about a dozen or so dark Coho. Nothing of great size but nice to see this late in the season.
Nov 4, 2015 10:56AM Post #17
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Any idea when the river will open for salmon?
Nov 6, 2015 7:23PM Post #18
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Cowichan open two Chum per day theirs some Coho in the river too but no fishing for them at this time.

Fishery Notice
Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN1248-RECREATIONAL - Salmon: Freshwater Region 1 - Cowichan River - Chum Retention


Assessment of the Cowichan River indicates that the return of chum salmon to
the system is sufficient to support a recreational fishery.

Effective immediately until December 31, 2015 the daily limit for chum salmon
is two (2) adults in the following portion of the Cowichan River:

Downstream from the Mile 66 Trestle Bridge to the Highway No. 1 Bridge (Silver
Bridge).

Anglers are reminded that coho retention remains closed at this time.

Variation Order 2015-543


Notes:

Single barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in all Region 1
rivers and streams.
Nov 8, 2015 9:57AM Post #19
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Unfortunately as of now, there has been no change in the provincial fishing closure on the lower river which ends Nov. 15. The river is under provincial jurisdiction. Hopefully soon.
Nov 8, 2015 10:06AM Post #20
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I believe the same thing happened last year; there was a lag of several days between the DFO announcement and the provincial in-season change. I guess co-ordinating things is just too much of a challenge.
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