The last couple weeks have been about as good as it gets for chinook salmon in Southern Georgia Strait. We have experienced some excellent catch and release chinook salmon fishing, especially off the South End of Bowen Island, the Gulf Island’s and up the Sunshine Coast.
We had a couple very successful multi day trips over the last couple weekends that had some of the best chinook fishing we have seen in quite some time. We even landed a nice halibut last weekend!! While we can’t say how long this excellent fishing will continue, there sure seems to be good numbers of chinook salmon around right now!
As we progress into June, our local fishery will transition around the middle of the month, and we will likely start to search out in the deeper water for schools of coho salmon. Last year, in June and early July there were some excellent numbers of coho salmon off the South End of Bowen Island and off the East Side of Gabriola Island. We are hoping for a similar pattern this year. We are currently open for 2 hatchery coho salmon per day.
Smaller spoons like the G Force 3.0s or Silver Horde 3.0s are often good bets for early coho as are glow or white hootchies! For chinook salmon we have been running quite Skinny G’s and Silver Horde Spoons in the Herring Aide and Killy Mcgee Patterns. The Yamashita Chartruese Spackleback hootchie is also one that should always be in the water in the spring and early summer!
We have spent quite a bit of time fishing for salmon in the Gulf Islands over the last couple weeks. The Gulf Island’s will be a very good bet on our longer charters for the next couple months for chinook, coho and ling cod.
The Gulf Island’s are open to the retention of coho salmon (hatchery only) and ling cod. Chinook are open for retention as of July 15th in Area 17. If the weather agrees, the Gulf Island trips are often a very good bet in June, July and Early August.
Wildlife sightings have been abundant on our trips in recent weeks! We have seen Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, Porpoises, Seals, Sea Lions, Bald Eagles and River Otters!
Give us a call to get out on the water, summer is on it’s way!
Over the last number of years, May has definitely proven to be one of the best times for chinook salmon fishing in the Vancouver area, this is May is no different! Despite the regulation changes, we are enjoying solid catch and release fishing for chinook (until July 15th) in all of the usual spring spots. We have been successful sending our guests home with some dungeness crabs and on some of our longer charters ling cod and spot prawns! We have seen the odd early coho salmon as well. The DFO is forecasting a strong return of coho this year, so we are hopeful that we will see excellent coho fishing like we saw last June off the South End of Bowen Island and the Gulf Island’s!
We have been spending the majority of our time along the shoreline from Cowan Point up to Gibson’s. There have been some good pockets of fish holding and feeding. Tides have been playing a roll in our success and when the tide is running hard, the fishing slows, when the tide mellows, the bite picks up! Sometimes when there is big tides, areas like Hole in the Wall and Vancouver Harbour produce well as the current is not as strong. Most of the fish we have been hooking have been from 50 to 130 feet down.
We made a few trips over to the Gulf Island’s this week and found similar salmon fishing to the Vancouver side. The offshore waters off Thrasher Rock and the Flat Tops have been producing well in 300 to 1000 feet of water. For the most part the fishing have been holding and hitting down 100 to 185 feet on the downriggers. There has also been fish tight to Gabriola fishing structure close to bottom.
Gear wise, we have been running spoons and hootchies for the majority of the time. Anchovies are also working, but not any better than the artificials. Skinny G’s have been particularly productive with the Outfitter, Herring Aide, Bon Chovy and Trap Shack patterns being favoured. Hootchies have also taken their fair share of fish with the green and chartreuse spackleback being winners as per usual.
Wildlife sightings have also been abundant! We have seen resident and transient killer whales, sea lions, bald eagles, seals and sea lions! Getting out on the water is a great way to experience what the BC Coast is all about!
We are now transitioning into a spring pattern in our local fishery. After a productive winter fishery in Howe Sound and the inner reaches of English Bay, the offshore fishery has started. Over the last week there has been decent numbers of fish showing up out in the deep! This trend will continue and the fishing should continue to improve in coming weeks.
We have been focusing our efforts around most of the traditional early Spring spots. The Bell Buoy, Cowan Point, Cape Roger Curtis, the Hump and the QA Marker have all had fish depending on the day. This fishery should continue to improve as it is still quite early. This fishery usually peaks between the middle of April and the end of May. We have been spending increasingly less time in Howe Sound as most of the winter fish are now pushing out to the deeper waters.
Now is the time that covering water can be key to success as these fish are roaming in the deep looking for pockets of bait. Pay attention to tide lines, bait on your sounder, and fish the tide changes. Once you hit a fish or two, it is always worth working that area for a bit if you can get a pattern going. Spoons, hootchies and anchovies will all work this time of year. We have had some good results on Skinny G and G Force Spoons. Good patterns have been the Herring Aide, Killy Mcgee, Trailhead, Bon Chovy and Outfitter. The Guide Series Flashers wiith the UV tape have been good in the murkier water. The Madi, Bon Chovy, STS and Lemon Lime have been effective as usual.
Give us a call to get out on the water! The Spring fishery is one of our best of the year.
We have been out quite a bit in recent weeks and have enjoyed some good fishing in Vancouver area waters. Winter fishing for chinook salmon has been fairly consistent in Vancouver Harbour and Howe Sound. We have been dropping traps for Spot prawns and Dungeness Crabs and spot prawns and have had very good results.
We have not ventured too far this winter as most days we have enjoyed consistent fishing in Vancouver Harbour and Howe Sound. In Vancouver Harbour we have found some nice fish deep inside the Freighter Anchorages in 70 to 100 feet and some fish off the Mouth of the Capilano on the flood tide. In Howe Sound, the West Side of Bowen and Gambier Island is where we have found most of our success. We have been fishing deeper in Howe Sound, primarily in 140 to 200 feet of water.
Gear wise we have been running a mixture of spoons and hootchies. Our favourite spoons have been Skinny Gs in the Bon Chovy, Outfitter and Irish Cream patterns and Gibbs G Force 3.0 and 3.5 in the Trailhead and Bon Chovy. We have had very good success on Yamashita Spackleback Hootchies in Green and Chartreuse. Our favourite flashers have been the Green and Chartreuse Blade Lemon Lime Series and the Chartreuse Glow Phantom Flasher by Oki. We have not messed around with any bait yet as the artificials are doing just fine. We will start to run bait once things start to warm up in early April and the plankton bloom starts.
Prawning has been excellent in Howe Sound and crabbing has picked up in Vancouver. We are dropping crab traps on all of our trips and we are dropping prawn traps on our full day trips when weather permits.
Our Winter Chinook Charter Special is running until the end of March. If you are looking to get out on the water at a great rate, our winter charters provide one of the best fishing experiences of the year. Hard to beat the scenery and the seafood! Charter Details.
Our 2019 Winter chinook salmon is here and so is our annual “Winter Chinook Charter Special! Like we do every year, we are offering fully guided winter fishing charters at a great rate from January 15th to March 31st. This year we are offering full day trips (8 hours) for a great price. We have enjoyed good fishing so far this winter and we are hoping and anticipating more productive trips over the next couple months! Winter salmon fishing is truly our favourite fishery of the year. If you have not tried, this is a great way to give it a shot! The amazing scenery is worth the trip alone!
In the past we have offered a half day special as well, but we feel the full day trip offers the best experience in the winter months. These longer fishing trips allows us to fish where we want, work the tides, and have the gear in the water longer to increase the number of hook ups.
In addition to the salmon fishing, we drop prawn and crab traps on the way out to the fishing grounds. The prawning has been very productive over the last couple seasons.
On our Vancouver fishing trips no previous saltwater fishing experience is required and we supply all the fishing equipment. Our boats are rigged are rigged to perfection with new Mercury and Yamaha Outboards, Island Reels, Scotty Downriggers and all the hot winter chinook gear from Gibbs Delta Tackle.
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It has been a wet few days but it looks like it’s supposed to dry up in the near future. We are into our fall season of salmon and sturgeon. Sturgeon fishing has been solid over the past couple of months and it will only get better! Salmon fishing has been a little tougher recently as the rains likely encouraged the salmon to run up river. However it shouldn’t take long to see another push of fish off of the Fraser and in local waters.
We have a great summer sturgeon fishery and to think it only gets better in the fall. With the salmon run upon us, these fish are actively feeding and packing on the pounds for the upcoming winter. Most of our trips are departing from either mission or at the Port Mann boat launch which is only 35 minutes from downtown Vancouver. The average fish is in the 4-6 foot class however on any given day you can hook into a 9+ footer. Now is the time of year that salmon parts and roe really shine, don’t be afraid to use big heads, bellies, etc. Sturgeon fishing will remain solid until things start to cool down into November. Give us a call to get you on the water.
Overall salmon fishing has been good but the past couple of days have been tougher. The rains likely encouraged some fish to head up river bound for there “home” flows. We should see another push of fish any day now. We have seen some encouraging numbers of coho off of the Fraser mouth that are bigger than usually with fish up to 12 pounds. We are expecting a good coho run that could continue into later October.
This time of year these fish are very aggressive and are swimming high in the water column, often between 30-80 feet. Our most productive baits are anchovies, herring and hootchies. We have been have lots of success with the Gibbs Delta Guide Series Flashers(T-10, Bon Chovy & Lemon Lime). Come down to our office to get the most up to date reports and gear for the fall salmon fishery.
It looks like the worst is behind us and the water is shaping up nicely. Conditions are improving and we are looking forward to a killer season. With the appearance from a monster sturgeon this past week everyone’s looking to get out and try their hand. With big fish being caught and an increase in numbers it looks like it will be another long and productive sturgeon season.
We were out on the weekend and the fishing is picking up. We had most of our success on roe and lamprey with a few bites on eulachons. As always we are timing our trips with the tides and continuing to have success. With our boat located only 25 minutes from downtown, it has never been more convenient to get out and try this fishery.
The salmon fishing in the gulf islands remains good as we expect it to. On the slower days it is very important to be patient and to fish the appropriate spots on the flood and ebb. We are running strictly Delta Gibbs Guide Series Flashers (Bon Chovy, STS, Lemon Line, Madi, and No Banana’s) with Hootchies, spoons and bait. Fishing Locally around Vancouver is slowly starting to pick up with a couple of chinooks being caught. As we get closer to the end of the month we should start to see more fish moving in.
The Pit River has been fishing quite well this past week. The water is low right now however the fish are on the move and feeding. With some snow still on the peaks, the fishing should remain good for the rest of the month. Time to dust off the fly gear and get back onto the river.
Sturgeon fishing is still going strong with reports of decent numbers and good fish. Even though we are into the freshet we should see the fishing remain decent for the next few weeks. After that you can expect good, consistent sturgeon fishing throughout the summer months. We are timing our outings with the incoming tides and it is still producing fish for us. With the water being so high and dirty, we are dousing our baits in all kinds of scent and throw in just about anything that stinks. It’s a great time of year to get out and get your hands smelly, a 6 hour sturgeon charter is just what the doctor ordered.
The Gulf Islands is still producing great fishing days. Last week we saw a couple slower days because of the strong currents. If you can find some calmer water then your chances of getting into fish are increased. With the dirtier water from the Fraser River, we are finding yamashita glow hootchies behind Gibbs Delta Guide Series Flashers are a great duo. Fishing locally around Vancouver is a bit of hit and miss right now. We are getting 2-5 hook ups in a half day charter.
We are patiently waiting for the rivers to come back into shape. This normally happens around end of June or July.
Look at this sunshine! We’re fired up over here at VSFC for the sturgeon season. As temperatures rise and the fish starting to get more active it’s time to get out there. Whether you’ve been many times, or thinking about heading out for the first time sturgeon fishing is not only a great time, but something every angler needs to experience. Whether you’re a group of guys/gals out for a fun day, or for a family excursion, it’s always amazing to have an encounter with these amazing fish.
Join us on our perfectly appointed 22′ Thunder Jet and cruise the lower Fraser River in search of North America’s largest freshwater fish. Our boat departs only 15-20 minutes from downtown Vancouver! We do half day full day and multi-day trips that include accommodation. The next 6-8 weeks will offer some excellent fishing before the river rises due to the spring freshet. Now is the time.
Howdy folks. Been an exciting couple weeks of fishing for us. With everything from good winter chinook fishing to steelhead and sturgeon and we even watched a friend of ours land a chum salmon in Squamish River on March 24th. A truly bizarre occurence if you know the lifecycle of Pacific salmon. So here’s what we’ve doing:
The Vancouver Harbour fishery has been up and down but for the most part it’s been slower than normal with the odd legal fish being taken. As usual the Gibbs Lemon Lime flasher with either an Irish Cream and coho killer have been the “go to”. There has been an increase amount of bait showing up in the harbour the last week or so. This could indicate a vast improvement in fishing close to home in the near future. Pretty soon we should start seeing some more quality fish off the mile markers and bell buoy. Then the south Bowen fishery kicks off and we’re a go mission from then on… Good things to come locally for sure. We’re excited.
Definitely the best bang for you buck has been the 8 hour trips to Howe Sound. Prawning has been decent and the fishing has been pretty solid. Some days you have to work a little harder for them and some days it’s very good. Either way that’s where they are feeding on herring and shiners, so that’s where we want to be. Third marker and Grace Islands have both been producing fairly consistently. We’ve been pulling Gibbs Guide series flashers both the Lemon lime and Bonchovy flasher have been the standard with the New G Force Bonchovy spoon and green/glo coho killer.
The season is kicking off on the sturgeon grounds. The next couple months should great sturgeon fishing in the lower river. Conditions are great and we’re ready to go. From now until the spring freshet we’ll be dinosaur hunting. If you haven’t experienced sturgeon fishing it’s a must do.
As always, this time of year sees our annual steelhead run. There’s been some fish around for a couple weeks, but as always with steelhead fishing you have to work for them. Cover water and put the odds in your favour….. and you never know you may find the elusive March chum salmon.
Trout fishing has been ok. There’s a good amount of fry in the river now and this will bring some trout into the usual haunts. Cutthroat, bull trout and rainbows have been caught recently – mainly bulls and they have been healthy. Upper Squamish is a good bet as well as the Mamquam.
With the rain in the forecast we’re hoping, as always, for a fresh push of fish. Please remember proper fish handling and be safe. Regulars in our area lately have been elk, wolves and cougars… and bears inevitably on their way, so keep an eye out and be safe and respectful.
Lots of bright points in the last couple weeks and we have a great stretch ahead. Looking forward to it. Give us a shout, or come on by the shop on Granville Island for more information… or if you’re looking for your local Gibbs/Delta gear.