Vancouver Fishing Report – May 4th, 2016

It feels more like summer than it does early May! Vancouver set record temps in April which resulted in a high and murky Fraser River. Between the Fraser River run off and algae glooms, most of the local saltwater hotspots are also cloudy. Despite less than ideal fishing conditions, we have seen some productive salmon and sturgeon fishing.

Sturgeon Fishing

This is always a frustrating time of year for the sturgeon fisherman and this year is no exception. With the rise is water levels of the Fraser, we are seeing lots of debris and logs in the main current. We have been looking for any water breaks and seams to get away from the debris and focus on fishing. We have been having most of our success on eulachon and lamprey but salmon roe always seems to have its place on the boat.  We have been hooking 3-8 fish on our half day trips with the average fish being 4-6 foot in length.

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The freshet typically lasts into mid-late June and you can expect the sturgeon fishing to pick up shortly after water levels and clarity become more stable. Give us a call to get you on the water this summer and experience our unique Fraser River sturgeon fishery.

Salmon Fishing

We have seen some good fishing just about everywhere! Over the last 10 days we have seen productive fishing for chinook salmon locally, in Howe Sound and the Gulf Islands. Typically this time of year everyone is fishing off the Hump but with the winds and good fishing everywhere, that hasn’t been the case. Most of the fish are in the 8-15 pound range but we have seen some big boys in the mid-high 20’s kicking around. Now is about the time that everyone starts to head over to the Gulf Islands, it tends to be one of the more productive fisheries of the year. Anchovies and glow hootchies are tough to beat across the Strait and we have still been having a lot of success with the Skinny G Outfitter & Bon Chovy.  Come by our office to get all of your salmon gear for the Gulf Islands and local fishery.

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