Vancouver Saltwater Fishing Report:
Salmon fishing here in the Vancouver area and the Gulf Islands has been inconsistent most of May. There has been some magical fishing both locally in the Vancouver harbour, around Bowen Island, up Howe Sound and over on the Gulf Islands but, there has been equal amounts of days with head scratching results. The freshet from the Fraser River has caused an algae bloom and the large wind storm we had has added a significant amount of debris to the water over the weeks. Finding clean water has been a challenge for us some days but when we do find it the fishing has been better.
The size of chinook has been between 10 and 25lbs but most fish have been in the 10-14lb range. We have also hooked the odd coho lately and this trend should pick up as the Capilano coho start to show up later in June.
This time of year a mixed bag of tricks will catch these transient chinook. Find the fish and a properly presented 4″-6″ spoon, hoochies in glow and UV shades has put fish in the boat. Anchovy and herring in teaser heads is also working well especially the last few weeks. Depths of 60′-180′ are the key target zone. Most bites have been in the 100′ range but some days the bite is at 150’+.
The trick has been finding clean water, the tide lines as well as the magic depth and sticking with it until you find these moving fish. There is a tremendous amount of anchovy and herring in the water so the fish are eating well but these aggressive fish will rarely pass up a well presented offering.
Fishing should pick up through June for chinook around Bowen Island, mid strait and on the Gulf Islands which will lead us into the Cap coho fishery for July.
Crab fishing has been good but beware the commercial opening has arrived and they like to eliminate any pots in their area if given the chance. Choose a drop spot away from the commercial buoys and keep an eye out for the usual thieves on weekends.
Ucluelet Fishing Report:
The fishing is picking on cue over in Ucluelet for us. Most days the salmon fishing has been very good inside Barkley sound and those days that we can get offshore the fishing for salmon and halibut is getting better. As June rolls along we will see the fishing pick up dramatically every week until late September. Chinook and coho start showing up in massive numbers mid to late June and the size of chinook in July and August gets bigger. World class salmon fishing to say the least.
La Paruse bank and Long beech have been the hot spots the last few weeks but deeper in the sound there are good numbers of smaller chinook still feeding. As usual we have been dragging spoons and hoochies along the bottom of the beaches and on the outer banks but mid water in the sound is better as reefs like to take cannon balls. We have very limited space for July and August but we do have some prime spots for June still available.
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