Physicist Niels Bohr once wrote that “prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future.” Very true, but that hasn’t stopped the scientists from Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans from sifting through reams of data to put together their fisheries outlook for 2010. Their results will make any fisherman’s heart sing.
2009 was a fantastic fishing year, so we are really happy to announce that the fishing in 2010 is predicted to be just as good, or better. What does that mean for anglers at our resorts? Read on.
Everywhere we fish—the Queen Charlottes, west, east and southwest Vancouver Island—excellent salmon fishing is predicted. We’re coming off three years of cooler ocean temperatures, during which time salmon stocks were able to thrive. The dividends—more fish—are just starting to pay off. For both Chinook and Coho, the two premier species at our resorts, anglers can expect some of the best action in recent memory in 2010.
The good news isn’t limited to salmon. Halibut populations throughout BC are holding stable at high levels. And ten years of conservation efforts are paying off in spades as Lingcod stocks on the south coast continue to thrive.
As serious anglers, this is all great news. Great fishing means time on the water is that much more enjoyable. But it runs deeper than that. BC’s fisheries are iconic and sportfishing is a defining part of our culture. The resurgence of salmon, halibut and Lingcod in coastal BC is inspiring and exciting, and everyone will experience the benefits.
Beyond fishing, 2010 is shaping up to be a banner year. Painter’s Lodge and April Point will host a slew of great events, from the Women’s Derby to photography getaways and everything in between. The Canadian Princess is gearing up for an action-packed summer against a stunning backdrop of rainforests and pristine wilderness. Our northern resorts crew are up to their elbows in refits, making sure everything is gleaming on opening day. And down at the Cape, guests are already enjoying fantastic weather and the breathtaking beauty of the South Bahamas.
After the uncertainty and the tumult of 2009 we’re all looking forward to getting outside and sharing some exciting adventures and big fish stories in 2010. We hope you’ll join us.
~ The Oak Bay Marine Group Crew