Sandlance?

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by fishboy1120, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. fishboy1120

    fishboy1120 Go Hawks!

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2010
    Messages:
    33
    Media:
    23
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    University Place, WA
    So I was at the beach yesterday and I it had been raining all day, and towards the end of the day I saw small splashes in the water. it was just out of the corner of my eye so I initially thought it was just harder rain. Then I saw that they were fish about 1 1/2" long or so kind of flopping around. Could these be sandlance? If so is it too early to fish top water patterns?
     
  2. Preston

    Preston Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2004
    Messages:
    2,564
    Likes Received:
    547
    Location:
    .
    At this time of the year they might well be chum fry. Sandlance spawn from November through January and the young hatch in about four weeks. The larvae are very small and take several months to grow to post-larval size and begin to develop their adult coloration.
     
  3. miyawaki

    miyawaki Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2002
    Messages:
    3,285
    Likes Received:
    967
    Location:
    Kent, Washington, USA.
    It's never too early nor is it ever too late to fish topwater.

    Leland.
     
  4. Roger Stephens

    Roger Stephens Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2003
    Messages:
    1,237
    Likes Received:
    392
    Location:
    .
    I doubt that you saw sand lance this early.

    Sand lance usually spawn in Feb. and emerge a few weeks afterwards. Sand lance are transparent until they are about 1 1/2 inches long and develop their silvery belly/olive-gray back coloration by the end of April. They grow about a 1/2 inch per month. Early May through mid Nov. they are readily available as a food source for sea-run cutthroat or coho. It is the best time to have success using top water sand lance patterns.

    Roger
     
  5. fishboy1120

    fishboy1120 Go Hawks!

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2010
    Messages:
    33
    Media:
    23
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    University Place, WA
    Thanks for the info guys, im really stating to love the saltwater and how challenging it can be.
     
  6. Chester Allen

    Chester Allen Fishing addict and scribbler

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2009
    Messages:
    435
    Likes Received:
    35
    Location:
    Olympia, WA
    Home Page:
    Welcome to the club! This is a very happy addiction.
     
    Bob Triggs likes this.

Share This Page