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.


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 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, 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 for the Mid-May

The last couple weeks have continued to provide some very good fishing over on the eastern shoreline of the Gulf Island’s. The fishing is not as crazy as it was in the last 10 days of April and the first week of May, but there definitely have been some periods of good, often expolosive activity. There have been some good pockets of fish on the Vancouver side as well depending on the day, tides, and weather.

On most of our full day trips, we have been concentrating on the eastern shoreline of Gabriola Island. For the most part, we have been out in the deep water in 300 to 1000 feet water doing long tacks searching for feeding chinook. Most of the chinook salmon have been taken trolling from 90 to 180 feet down depending on the day. As we progress into May, we will likely see more fish start to show a little tighter to structure in 150 to 300 feet.

The Vancouver side has also had some good pockets of fish. Hole in the Wall was quite productive last week, but really slowed over the weekend with only the odd fish landed. Cowan Point up to Roger Curtis in a little tighter has had some nice fish the last few days. The outer reaches of Vancouver Harbour and out off Point Grey have also been good at times over the last few days. The fishing has been better around the tide changes and days with smaller tides.

We have been sticking to spoons and hootchies so far this spring. We are getting the odd fish on anchovies, but Skinny G’s have been out producing bait on the Vancouver Side. The Outfitter, Bon Chovy and the new Nickel and Green Skinny G’s have been our go to lures in Vancouver waters. Over on the Gulf Island side, we have been running a mix of spoons and hootchies. Our favourite spoons have been the Silver Horde Irish Cream and Kitchen Sink, G Force Trailhead and Bon Chovy and the same Skinny G’s as the Vancouver sides. We have been running a lot of hootchies too, especially in the strong currents. Yamashita spacklebacks in green and chartruese and a basic glow have been very effective as usual.

Sturgeon fishing has been ok this week despite the rising levels of the Fraser River. Sturgeon fishing is always a good freshwater option, especially once the river levels subside in a couple months!

We have continued to explore and capture the Salish Sea with our friend and talented film maker Corbie Fieldwalker ( this spring! We have recently returned from a multi day trip fishing and cruising the offshore waters of Georgia Strait and transiting the protected passages of the Gulf Island’s. We are looking forward to the release of this video next month! Check out our past fishy video projects on our Youtube channel

If you are looking to get out on the water, we are recommending full day trips right now if you have the time! This gives us the option to run over to the Gulf Island’s if the fishing and weather conditions permit! It is looking like it is going to be a productive spring and early summer season!

Tight Lines!

Spring Fishing Report – April 20th 2017

Spring is here and our offshore chinook fishery is now in full swing! We have enjoyed some very good fishing over the last few days. We are hoping that things will continue! Areas like the Bell Buoy, Cowan Point, Cape Roger Curtis and the Hump, the Gulf Island’s, and the QA have all seen good periods of activity. This offshore fishery in local waters should continue for the next 5 to 6 weeks. After that we will likely focus most of our efforts over on the Gulf Island side!

Now is the time of year to start we start running a bit more bait and hootchies in addition to our spoons. We usually run 4 rods and mix things up a bit to find the depth the fish are feeding and biting at. Usually the fish will be between 75 to 150 feet, but there are years where we get them as shallow as 40 feet and as deep as 200 feet (especially on the Gulf Island’s side). Good bets for spoons are the G Force No Bananas, Bon Chovy, Trailhead and Outfitter. Skinny G’s will also work in the same patterns. Glow Yamashita hootchies like the Blood and Bones, Chartreuse and Green Spackleback, and the plain glow are good ones as well. The Guide Series Flashers will also be key in the murky water with the UV and Glow really making a difference.

When fishing out on the deep water it is often necessary to cover some area to find the fish and the bait. Once you hit a fish or two, it is often a good idea to keep on working that area to see if you can keep hitting them. Pay attention to the way the currents are going as the fish will often move with the current. Quite often you will get more bites going with the current than against it. Looking for tide lines is also a good idea. The deep sea fishing in Vancouver in the spring can often involve a lot of searching but it can frequently result in some fast and explosive action if things come together!

As we progress into May and June, we will likely see our Gulf Island’s fishery really heat up! In fact, we have already seen some very encouraging fishing over there already. Because of the often excellent fishing over on the Gulf Island’s in May and June, we recommend booking full day charters for the next 2 months as it is possible to make the run across the if weather and fishing conditions permit!


Sturgeon fishing has also been very good on the Fraser River. The cool spring we have had so far has kept the river in excellent shape and the fishing productive. Most of the fish are in the 3 to 6 foot range, but there is some larger ones being caught, and always the chance at a monster!
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Give us a call or send us an email to get out on the water! There will be the odd slow day, but there should be lot’s of good ones based on what we have seen over the last few days!

Tight lines!

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.


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.


Vancouver Fishing Report – April 20th, 2016

We have seen some beautiful weather over the past few weeks. It looks like spring is here and freshet is just around the corner. We have had some good salmon fishing and even better sturgeon fishing. This should continue into May until we are into full freshet conditions.

Sturgeon Fishing

Sturgeon fishing has been solid over the past month. With the rising river, these fish are moving around and trying to stay out of the main current. We have been having most of our luck on Eulachon and lamprey but we always like to throw some salmon roe in the mix. We have seen a bit of a higher average of fish in the 5-6 foot range with a few 7-8 footers finding our lines. It looks like next week is going to cool down a bit prolonging the freshet for another week. Give us a call to talk about options for getting you on the water.

Salmon Fishing

Salmon fishing has been decent over the last couple of weeks. We are off of our winter routine and fish are suspended in the water column. We are still seeing a lot of shakers but recently we have seen a few big fish in the 20’s. This is a great sign of what’s to come in the very near future. We have been having success on the Gibbs Skinny G’s Outfitter and Bon Chovy spoons behind the Guide Series flashers(Bon Chovy, Lemon Lime and STS).

We are now in late April and we should start to hear whispers of the Gulf Islands any day now. Typically early May is good for chinook in the 10-25 pound range. We have some availability left over the next 10 days so give us an email or come by the shop for all of your gear.

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Vancouver Fishing Report – January 9th, 2016

We have started off 2016 with some decent numbers of chinook around and this will continue to grow as we get later into the season. Sturgeon fishing is slower in the winter months, so if you’re looking to get out on the water then winter spring fishing is a good option to consider.

Sturgeon Fishing

Sturgeon fishing is typically slow during the winter months. These fish get very lethargic and don’t tend to eat or move around very much. So if you are heading out to try your luck, it is key to target deeper holes and experiment with some different scents. Salmon roe is a great bait for this time of year.


We should see the sturgeon fishing start to pick up in March or April when the water temperatures rise and before the freshet occurs. Until then, winter chinook fishing is your best bet.

Salmon Fishing

We are well into our winter chinook fishery and we had some very promising outings. Most of our charters are hooking 3-6 fish on our half day trips with a mixture of undersized and legal fish. These fish are feeding and aggressive, so if you can find some bait then there should be some fish around. We are focusing most of our efforts in the Gulf Islands, Howe Sound and in Vancouver Harbor. Typically we are running 3” and 3.5” spoons behind Gibbs Delta Lemon Lime Guide Series Flashers. This is a great time to experiment with different scents; we have found anchovy and herring to work well for us.


Winter is a great time to get out for these chrome feeders. So give us a call to discuss some options to get you on the water

Vancouver Fishing Report – May 22nd, 2015

We have had a good week on the water, great weather and the fish were cooperation.  With these warm temps we have seen the beginning of the freshet.  With the lower snow pack this year it will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next month or so.

Sturgeon Fishing

Sturgeon fishing has been good in the lower section of the Fraser. We are now starting to see a lot of debris floating downstream so keep an eye out in front of you. Try to position the boat out of the main flow to keep your path clear and lines in the water. With the dirtier water we are adding lots of scent to all of our baits. We always keep a couple on board and mix things up to see what works on any given day. We are hooking 3-10 fish on our half day trips which average 3-5 feet with some bigger fish brought to the boat. We have been getting most of our bites on eulachon but roe and lamprey have also put fish in the boat. Give us a call to discuss your options to get you on the water.


Salmon fishing

Salmon Fishing has been kind of sporadic everywhere this week. The Hump fishery tends to slow down towards the end of May and this is exactly what’s happening right now. This week the Gulf Islands saw some big tides and whales which lead to some mixed days of fishing. This is the place to be over the next month or so. We are fishing deep in the 120-220 feet range and using mostly spoons and hootchies. When fishing gets slow we like to throw on some bait to switch things up. We are hooking 5-12 fish on our full day trips. Come by our office on Granville Island for all of your salmon gear for the season.


Vancouver Fishing Report – April 30th, 2015

It has been a unique year with the warm winter and low snow pack. It will be interesting to see how it plays out during the freshet and into the summer. But in the mean time we have some good weather and fishing to be enjoyed by all.

Sturgeon Fishing

Sturgeon fishing has been decent over the past week. We are seeing some higher water levels with all of the rain but that hasn’t affected the bite too much. We are hooking an average of 3-8 fish on our half day trips. These fish are in the 4-5 foot range and with a few big boys in the area. We have been getting most of our bites on eulachon but we always like to mix things up with some roe and lamprey. We have plenty of options to get you on the water. Give us a call or email us to discuss getting you on the water.


Salmon Fishing

We have seen some good salmon fishing over the past couple of weeks. We are spending most of our time at the south end of Bowen and at the hump. We are getting most of our bites in the 100 to 140 foot range but can be quite scattered at times. We are running mostly bait and spoons as is typical for this time of year. The hump should continue to be productive until mid-late May when we switch focus to our longer trips in the Gulf Islands. Come by our shop on Granville lsland for all of your salmon gear and up to date reports.