Vancouver Winter Salmon Fishing Update Mid November 2017

It looks like we are going to have another productive winter chinook salmon season. Like last year, we have had another encouraging start to our winter fishery in Vancouver Harbour, Howe Sound and the Gulf Island’s. There seems to be decent numbers of fish in most of the normal winter haunts. We have spent quite a few days on the water over the last few weeks, including and highlighted by an excellent 4 day Bowen Island Trip with a great couple (JT and Shannon)!

Over the last few weeks, we have had our fair share of varied weather conditions. We have enjoyed summer like sunshine and battled through Arctic winds and even a few snow flurries. As we move into December, the weather will likely be a little more consistent as winter sets in for a few months. We have covered lots of water in recent weeks and found quite a few undersized and some nice legal fish into the mid teens. Interestingly enough, the ratio for legals to undersized was actually higher in October than in November. The last couple weeks has provided better action, but some days you have to weed through the undersized to get a legal.

We have spent most of our time in Howe Sound, but we did take advantage of some calm weather to head to the Gulf Islands and further up the Sunshine Coast last week. We found pretty good action in both areas, with good numbers of undersized and a few legals. As usual, we are fishing smaller spoons and hootchies fairly close to the bottom. Look for bait and there will be fish around it at some point.

In the winter months, we don’t change things up all that much in terms of our fishing gear. Over the years we have found a handful of set ups that work exceptionally well in our Vancouver winter salmon fishery. Here is a list of our go to spoons/hootchies/flashers in the winter:

Gibbs Delta- G Force: Bon Chovy and Trailhead (3.0 or 3.5) Gibbs Delta – Skinny Gs: Outfitter and Bon Chovy
Silver Horde Kingfisher: Irish Cream, Herring Aide and Homeland Security Silver Horde Coho Killer: Irish Cream
Yamashita Hootchies: Green and Chartreuse Spackleback and plain glow
Gibbs Delta Guide Series Flashers: Madi, STS, Lemon Lime and Bon Chovy

Winter is truly a spectacular time to fish in the Vancouver area. It is not just the consistent fishing, it is also about where we travel to get to the fishing grounds and what we see while trolling and traveling to the fishing grounds. We are often spoiled with a post card like backdrop and frequent wild life sightings!

Give us a call to set up a winter chinook charter! Better yet, check out our Bowen Island winter fishing packages! Great accommodation, amazing scenery and consistent salmon fishing, crabbing and prawning!

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We are looking forward to winter and winter fishing salmon fishing in Vancouver, BC. Check out our latest video below!

Late September Fishing Report for Vancouver

September was a pretty good month for fishing in Vancouver. We enjoyed fairly consistent waves of big chinook salmon and over the last week we have seen improved numbers of coho salmon. We have roughly one more month left to target migrating salmon before we shift our focus to winter chinook salmon in late October.

Over the last month we have spent the majority of our time off the Fraser RIver Mouth and near Capilano RIver Mouth. As usual, these fish are coming in waves as they prepare to enter the river. We have had some days where we have hooked over a dozen big fish on a charter and some days where we have to work for a hook up or two. For the most part, most trips did well with some decent fish averaging in the 10 to 20 pound range!

Looking forward to the next month we will focus on two local fisheries. The Capilano Mouth fishery should be productive for chinook salmon in the 10 to 30 pound range until the fall rains slow things down around the 15th of October. There will also be some coho around as well. The Mouth of the Fraser should heat up for coho and chum salmon in October and we should have some good fishing up until the last week of October. Last year we had pretty good action for chum and coho until October 27th or so. A longer 6 or 8 hour charter on the flood tide is a good bet in October. If you can line up a good long flood tide and a calm day in October the Fraser Mouth can be a very good bet.

We have been running a mixture of anchovies and herring while targeting our late run chinook and coho salmon. We have been very successfully running Gibbs Delta Madi, Lemon Lime, Slurpee and Bon Chovy Flashers recently. As we progress into October we will likely start to run a few more Skinny G’s, glow hootchies, and G Force Spoons for returning coho to the Fraser River.

Last year we had our winter chinook salmon start very early and we enjoyed some very active fishing by late October/early Novermber in Howe Sound. With the abundance of bait in local waters, we are optimistic that we will be in for another strong early start. Our winter chinook fishery seems to be getting year by year as local ocean conditions seem to be improving.

Sturgeon fishing has been quite good in the Fraser River and will continue for the next couple months. As more and more salmon pour into the Fraser River fishing sturgeon fishing should continue to be productive for the next couple months!

Give us a call or an email if you would like to get out on the water!

Late August Vancouver Fishing Report

Right on schedule our first major pulse of chinook salmon arrived in local waters in the middle of August. We have seen some very good waves of chinook salmon in the 10 to 30 pound range roll into local waters over the last couple weeks. These fish are coming in with the tides and some pulses have been more significant than others resulting in the odd slow tide. Overall, fishing has been quite good for some excellent quality chinook salmon. A significant improved from a slower than normal July!!!

We have been having our success all along the Fraser RIver mouth. Depending on the day, tides and weather there have been fish from the Mile Markers all the way down the shelf to Sandheads. Mixed in with the adult chinook have been some pinks, the odd coho and quite a few jack chinook. We are expecting continued pulses of Fraser bound chinook for the the next 4 weeks. The majority of the chinook we are landing are red chinook, but this will change in the next 10 to 15 days as the big white chinook enter local waters. September is typically the month that the biggest chinook of the year are in local waters! We are looking forward to big September bites! In addition to the chinook, we should see a mixed fishery for pinks, hatchery coho and chum in September.

We have been running primarily anchovies while targeting these Fraser bound chinook. Having said that there are days where Skinny Gs and Glow Hootchies have been very productive. With the often silty Fraser River mouth water, we rely on flashers with UV blades as they kick up a lot of light down in the water. Our favourites are the Gibbs Delta Guide Series STS, Lemon LIme, Madi, Bon Chovy, Slurpee, and T 10 flashers. You can’t go wrong with a selection of these flashers in local waters. Our favourite teaser heads have been anything with green, glow and chartreuse. Stop by our charter and tackle shop on Granville Island, we have all the right tackle and bait for local waters.

We made a great addition to our fleet this month!!!! We added “Bob Dolphin” to our charter roster. The boat is a 25 Foot Grady White Dolphin. The boat has one of the best fishing layouts that we have found with lots of deck space. The boat is decked out with all the goodies needed for a first class charter boat! We got a fresh re-power and got taken care by River City Marine with an impressive set of twin 200 Mercury Verados and a 9.9hp Trolling Motor. This boat moves in comfort and style! Looking forward to some fishy seasons to come! Check out the video below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh9z0Y7YQZI.

Sturgeon fishing has also been decent in the Fraser River. Putting your time in has resulted in some great fish being landed. The next few months are typically solid months to target sturgeon in the Fraser.

Give us a call or an email if you would like to get out on the water, September is typically provides good weather and good salmon opportunity in local waters!!

Vancouver Fishing Update, June 29th 2017

Over the last week, our best fishing has been on the far side of Georgia Strait. We have had some productive full day charters to the eastern shoreline of Gabriola Island when the winds have cooperated. Locally, the fishing has been scratchy with the odd legal and a few undersized fish being hooked on our half day trips. This should change very soon though as our West Vancouver fishery for coho, pink and chinook salmon will perk up any day and provide good opportunity on our half day trips.

Our best success on our full day trips to the Gulf Island’s have been fishing close to the bottom in 140 to 200 feet of water. We have been focusing our efforts near the entrance to Silva Bay and up the Bluffs towards Entrance Island. The fish seem to be keying in on small herring so we have been running hootchies, smaller G Force and Silver Horde spoons and Skinny G’s. The Gulf Island’s will continue to produce chinook depending on the day for the next couple months. Gulf Island trips require a 10 hour charter and good weather.

In local Vancouver waters, there is the odd fish coming out of Vancouver Harbour, Cowan Point, Cape Roger Curtis and Hole in the Wall. Most days you really have to work for them, but there has been some nice fish around.

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As we progress into this next week, we anticipate some better numbers of coho to be caught off the West Vancouver Shoreline. We should also start to see some early pink salmon start to show, likely in second of week July. These pink salmon that will show along the West Vancouver shoreline in July and August are bound for the Indian, Seymour, Capilano and Squamish Rivers. The Fraser River pinks return later and will be in local waters in late August and September. Chinook salmon numbers will also start to increase along the West Vancouver shoreline in July. It is quite common to hook chinook in the 15 to 30 pound range while targeting coho and pink salmon in Vancouver Harbour. We find running a mixture of anchovies, spoons and hootchies is an effective way to target all 3 species of salmon along the West Vancouver shoreline. A white yamashita hootchie can be deadly behind a Guide Series Flasher with a UV Blade. (Bon Chovy, STS, Madi, Slurpee)

Check out “Pinky and the Whale” ! A short film by www.coribiefieldwalker.com where we spent the day casting Gibbs Delta Minnows and Blizzards for pink salmon in early August 2015!

The Fraser River is now starting to recede and we have had a couple successful sturgeon fishing trips this week. As the river continues to drop, fishing should only get better!

Give us a call to get out on the water.. Summer is finally here!

Vancouver Saltwater Fishing Update, Mid June

After a good week of local and Gulf Fishing in the first part of June, things have tapered off over the last week. We are still hooking some nice chinook and even some early hatchery coho, but we have had to work for them this week. Things should hopefully rebound this week we some very good tides coming up and some nice calm weather forecasted.

In local waters, we have continued to focus most of our effort in the deep water from Cowan Point all the way up towards Gibsons. For the most part we have been trolling in the deep water in 200 to 400 feet of water. Looking for tide lines has seemed to help to locate the feeding fish. The fish have been reasonably shallow with 40 to 120 being a pretty good depth range while trolling in offshore waters.

The Gulf Island’s have been slow over the last week. Could be a result of the big tides and the recent full moon. We should see the Gulf Island’s rebound this week with the mellow tides coming up. June is usually a good month to fish for chinook over there. One very encouraging sign is the numbers of early coho being hooked. Everyday is different, but on some days we have hooked up to 10 coho while searching for chinook salmon. Hopefully a sign of things to come!

We have been sticking to spoons and hootchies over the last week. We have found that they have been producing better than anchovies. Some of our productive spoons have been the Gibbs Delta Outfitter and Bon Chovy Skinny G and the Silver Horde Irish Cream, Killy Mcgee, and Herring Aide. The green and chartreuse Yamashita Splatterback hootchies have also been good. If you are looking for the right gear for local waters, stop by our charter/tackle shop on Granville Island.

Sturgeon fishing has been slow on the Fraser River as a result of the high water. We should start to see the waters recede over the next few weeks and fishing will pick up. Sturgeon fishing is a great bet in the summer months.

Give us a call to get on the water! Summer is right around the corner! Tight lines!

Vancouver Salmon Fishing Update, Late May

We have enjoyed fantastic weather and consistent salmon fishing in local Vancouver waters and the Gulf Island’s over the last couple weeks. The fish have not been huge, but there is healthy numbers of feeding chinook in the 8 to 15 pound range. We are also very excited that the first coho have shown near Bowen , Gabriola and Galiano Island’s! A very encouraging sign for coming months.

In local waters, we have been spending most of our time fishing the deep waters searching for feeding chinook. Depending on the day, we have had good success off the QA Marker, the Hump, Cape Roger Curtis, Hole in the Wall and Cowan Point. The local chinook are chasing the schools of anchovy that seem to be one of their main food sources in the spring now. It is very interesting how the emergence of the anchovy schools has now changed our spring chinook fishery…..for the better!! Because of the abundance of anchovy, especially near Bowen Island, we have had really good success on Gibbs Delta Skinny G spoons. The normal productive patterns like the Outfitter, Bon Chovy and Irish cream seem to be working well as usual. Silver Horde Irish Cream, Killy Mcgee and Herring Aide Spoons also seems to be working very well. We have been running a bit of bait, but spoons have been just as good if not better.

The fishing in the Gulf Island’s has also been very good. Depending on the day anywhere from Active Pass up to Nanaimo has seen good numbers of chinook and increasing numbers of early coho salmon. The fish have been tight to structure and also in the deep water. Spoons, bait and hootchies have all been working. Some days they are as shallow as 50 feet down and other days we have had success dragging bottom in 150 to 200 feet.

Our local guides association, “The Vancouver Sport Fishing Guides”, with support from the Capilano Hatchery, has recently completed another successful chinook net pen project in Vancouver. Spearheaded by Phil Grassi, for the 10th year in a row, 100,000 chinook smolts have been released into the waters near Point Atkinson. The chinook smolts are transferred from the Capilano Hatchery to a net pen at the West Vancouver DFO labs. For a couple weeks our group of volunteers feed the young chinook daily to give them a bit of a jump start in life. Check out this video we put together with www.corbiefieldwalker.com, it shows the net pen in action and explains things in a little more detail.

Sturgeon fishing has been pretty tough on the Fraser River due to the high water. As we get into July, the water levels will improve and the sturgeon fishing will get better.

If you are looking to get out on the water, it is looking like we should have continued good fishing for chinook salmon. While there is often good opportunity on our 5 hour trips, our longer 8 hour and 10 hour trips are very good bets in June. It allows to run a little further and catch that extra tide change. On 10 hour trips, we can run over to the Gulf Island’s if the fishing and weather conditions permit. Give us a call or an email to get out on the water!

Tight lines!

Vancouver Fishing report – March 27, 2014

 

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:

Salmon Fishing:

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.

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Sturgeon Fishing

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.

Fly Fishing

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.

Squamish steelhead March chum salmon Squamish River

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Tight Lines!