Summer definitely arrived over the last few days! It looks like we are now into a summer pattern now with warm temperatures and clear skies for the next couple weeks. This arrival of this hot weather brought some strong Northwest winds and tough fishing this past weekend, but things look like they are going to stabilize nicely this week with calm winds returning. Fishing has been productive on the Gulf Islands side with some nice chinook salmon up to 22 pounds and a few coho now in the mix. Locally, things have been tough over the last week and we have been working hard to hook a good fish or two on our half days charters. We are looking forward to more coho pushing into Vancouver Harbour over the next couple weeks and our West Vancouver fishery starting.
Thrasher Rock, Porlier Pass, Entrance Island and the east side of Gabriola Island have been the most productive areas on our full day trips over the last two weeks. We have had some pretty solid charters and most trips are hooking 5 to 10 good chinook a trip. Most of the chinook salmon are coming right off bottom and hootchies and the new Gibbs Wee Gees are by far the most consistent producers right now. Blue, Chartreuse and Green Spacklebacks have been our best hootchie colours as usual. We should continue to see decent waves of chinook in the coming weeks. In addition to the chinook, we have been getting a few coho and some nice ling cod. On a very interesting note, we know of 4 confirmed halibut caught over the last 2 weeks off Gabriola and Galiano Island’s…..good sign!
In local waters we have been working the South End of Bowen Island for the most part. Seems like the majority of the good fish are coming between Cowan Point and Cape Roger Curtis. We are finding them pretty close to the shoreline in 200 to 400 feet of water. Cowan Point is often a good bet on the flood tide. We are using larger G Force and Silver Horde Spoons between 50 and 130 feet on the downrigger. The G Force Bon Chovy, Trailhead and Outfitter pattern has been good. In Silver Horde the Cop Car, Irish Cream and the Kitchen sink are good producers as usual. As we move into late June and July we will anticipate our first waves of coho pushing into Vancouver Harbour. This is a favourite local fishery as it is only 10 minutes from the dock. We will start scouting things out over the next week. We have seen them show as early as June 15th and as late as late July in the past. We will see what this year brings. It seems that survival has been good as there is quite a few in Georgia Strait.
We are hoping to see a good return of sockeye salmon this summer. This is the big cycle for Fraser River Sockeye and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is forecasting 14 million sockeye to return. The forecasting for sockeye in recent years has not been very good and we will have a better idea of run strength in late July and early August once test fisheries start in the approach areas. We are crossing our fingers!
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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!
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The last couple weeks have provided us with some good chinook salmon fishing on our full day trips to the Gulf Island’s. Our local fishing has been very hit or miss. We should be seeing good numbers of pink salmon in Vancouver Harbour right now, but it has been very slow. Local fishing should pick up as we should see a push of coho soon and Fraser Chinook will start to build in numbers in coming weeks.
When weather has allowed, we have been making the run across the Strait to fish the east side of Gabriola Island. Fishing has been consistent on most days with some nice fish up to 25 pounds. The fish are deep and dragging bottom in 100 to 220 feet seems to be the most productive. Last year, we enjoyed good chinook fishing in the Gulf Island’s well into August.
Local fishing has been pretty tough overall. We have seen a few ok days off the West Vancouver shoreline and off the Bell Boy, but we have not found much consistency. There is a few pinks around, the odd coho, and increasing numbers of chinooks. It seems as though most of our half day trips are now getting a shot or two at mature chinooks each trip. We are excepting chinook numbers to start to increase in coming weeks as the Fraser River Summer Chinook run starts to enter local waters in August. Peak time for summer red chinook in Vancouver is from August 12th or so into early September. As the red chinook numbers slow in early September, the big white chinook are there to replace them. Even though things are unseasonably slow now in local waters, we are anticipating a good August chinook fishery.
We have been running mostly hootchies and spoons over on the Gulf Island side for chinook. Our go to set ups over on the Gulf Islands have been glow Yamashita Hootchies (white glow and spacklebacks in blue, green and chartreuse) and Guide Series Gibbs Delta Flashers (Lemon lime, STS, Bon Chovy, Madi) Skinny G’s in Blue/Chrome and the Outfitter have also been effective. On the Vancouver Side we have been running primarily anchovies and the odd glow hootchie thrown in the mix. Our charter shop has all the right gear for local waters, stop by if you are on Granville Island.
Sturgeon fishing has been pretty good on the Fraser RIver. Now that the river has dropped the fishing has been more consistent with some great fish up to 8 feet being hooked up. The next few months presents very good opportunity for sturgeon.
August is just around the corner and we are looking forward to the Fraser River Chinook run that will be entering local waters in coming weeks!
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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.
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!
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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.
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