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!
Give us a call to get out on the water.. Summer is finally here!
It’s a great time of year for fishing…especially this year. We are seeing some good sturgeon fishing and there’s salmon in our local waters. The weather has been quite pleasant and it looks like we will get some rain next week. The best thing is you don’t need to go very far to find some productive fishing. We have boats within 5 minutes from downtown Vancouver and plenty of options to get you on the water.
Sturgeon fishing is off to a good start this year. We have been on the water a couple of times this week and boated a few nice fish in the 5-6 foot range. With the Fraser being dirty we are adding lots of scent to all of our baits. We have been running mostly lamprey and eulachon but when the fishing gets slow we like to get some roe on bottom. We are averaging 3-10 bites on our half day charters and this should continue to get better as it gets warmer. Give us a call to discuss your options to get you on the water.
Salmon fishing continues to be quite good with some bigger fish kicking around. We have been spending most of our time around the hump, in the harbor and in Howe Sound. We are running a mix of spoons, UV and Glow hootchies and anchovies with Gibbs guide series flashers. We are hooking 3-12 fish on our full day charters. Come by our office on Granville Island for all of your fishing gear for the upcoming season.
Sturgeon fishing has remained very good and this should continue until the water temps drop in November/December. These fish are very aggressive and feeding on all of the dead salmon carcasses floating down the river. We have been using mostly salmon parts, i.e. bellies, gills, hearts, roe, etc. as this is a main part of their diet this time of year. On average we are getting 6-15 bites an outing with an average length of sturgeon being 4-7 feet in length. This can be a very consistent fishery this time of year and is recommended for everyone. Give us a shout to talk about our fall sturgeon options and outtings.
Such a unique fishery!
Salmon fishing has been quite productive for chinook and coho off the mouth of the Capilano, in the Harbour and off of the Fraser Mouth. We have had some great days where we had double digits of fish mixed with some slower days with a few bites. With the rain we just got over the past few days some of these fish have pushed into the river. But we have seen some new, fresh fish take their place. This fishery should continue to produce fish into mid October
Sturgeon Fishing has been very good over the past Month. Luke and Eric have been busy on the water and have lots to show for it. We are seeing a good quantity and quality of fish, averaging 4-7 feet in length. We are hooking 6-15 fish on our half day charters. These fish are quite aggressive now as they are packing on the pounds for winter. We are having our success on salmon roe, salmon parts and Lamprey. We are coming into our peak fishing months for sturgeon on the Fraser River so give us a shout to discuss your options.
We are well into sockeye season and the fishing is quite good right now. We have had some great days but a few where there seemed to be no fish on the sounder. We have seen schools moving in daily but they haven’t been stacking up very well. This should change shortly as these late fish tend to stage better. We are having our best luck with the T-10, Bon Chovy and STS Delta Gibbs Guide Series Flashers with pink hootchies. As for springs, we are having some luck around the bell buoy, T-10 and down at sandheads. This is the time of year to target some big Fraser river Chinook. Come by the office on Granville to get geared up for the rest of the season.
The Thompson River has provided some good fishing for trout. This will likely change when the sockeye move in and push the trout out of there preferred fishing lanes. September is right around the corner and this marks the beginning of salmon season on our local rivers. We are very excited for the Squamish River to come back to life.
We have a very busy week ahead and looking forward to lots of time on the water. Sturgeon fishing is good hooking 4-10 fish in a half day charter. This fishery is almost in its prime and is going to produce some solid and consistent numbers over the next few months. We have been getting most of our bites on lamprey and roe. We are timing our outings with the tides and that has been the key to our success. Our boat is located only 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver so give us a shout to discuss your options for sturgeon fishing.
Salmon fishing locally has been a little inconsistent so far, hooking 10-15 fish one day and struggling for a couple bites the next. With the rain we got mid-week we saw some coho in west Van move up into the river. We have been getting some coho in deeper water so they are still out there. There are a decent number of springs kicking around and they should grow with each day that passes. We are almost into August and are getting excited for the sockeye opening. We still have some availability during the week so give us a call to chat about getting on the water.
The Pitt River is still fishing well for bull trout. The rain helped bump up the water levels and brought in some chinooks and sockeyes. This system is coming to an end shortly for the summer as the water will get really low and unproductive during the sunny days ahead. We are hoping that the Squamish will cooperate and we can think about heading out in early fall.
The summer is here and things are heating up quickly…..and not just the weather. The Fraser is still on the drop and fishing has picked up. With the flow starting to ease up, less debris and clearer water we are enjoying our time on the water with some good fish. We are getting most of our hits on roe and lamprey. We are averaging 4-8 bites an outing and this should continue as things start to heat up in the fall. We are located only 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver and is an unforgettable experience.
Salmon fishing in the Gulf islands is still producing fish however you don’t need to travel that far to find them. We toughed it out in Howe Sound a couple of days and were rewarded with some nice fish in the 15-25lb range. We recently saw a push of coho into West Vancouver and with it a lot of anglers both from boats and shore. Swing by the office for all your salmon tackle and talk.
The Pitt River is still going strong and we are enjoying everyday. This fishery is producing fish in the 1-5lb range and is a blast on the fly. We are having most of our luck on streamer and minnow patterns. This river will continue to fish well for a few more weeks until the water gets low and less productive. Shoot us an email to talk about your options for this beautiful river.
The water conditions continue to improve this week with better clarity, lower water levels and less debris. Fishing the tides has been an integral part of our success. We are getting most of our bites when fishing slower water out of the main flow. Lamprey and roe have been producing good fish, with some interest in eulichons. A sturgeon half day trip is a great way to spend some time on the water searching for that big fish.
Salmon fishing has been a bit slower the past few days in the Gulf Islands. We should start to see some fish making a push into local waters. We have had better luck when fishing deeper in the water column. We are still getting fish on Delta Gibbs Guide Series Flashers (Bon Chovy, STS, Lemon Line, Madi, and No Banana’s) with hootchies, spoons and bait. We have heard reports of local fishing for chinooks starting to pick up and a few fish caught in Howe sound. We should see conditions improve over the next couple of weeks and expect to be fishing West Vancouver very shortly.
The Pitt River is still fishing well, with fish weighing 1-4 pounds. It is a unique fishery and can find yourself getting lost in its beauty. June and July are some of the best months to fish the Pitt River. We have been having good success with leech and minnow patterns. With more opportunities for fly fishing becoming available, give us a call to discuss your options.
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.
The freshet usually makes for tougher fishing and this year is no exception. Sturgeon fishing has improved over the last couple of days and has been pretty steady this past week. The countdown is on and it should be about 3 weeks until the Fraser comes back into shape. After that you can expect good sturgeon fishing well into the fall. We were out yesterday and we were able to boat a few fish. Roe, lamprey and eulachons have still been producing fish with lots of added scent.
The winds have kept us from crossing the strait but it didn’t stop some people. The boats that snuck out during breaks in the wind managed a couple fish. The fishing should continue to be good for the next month. Then we start to focus our efforts closer to home. Fishing locally has been slow but we are getting reports of a few fish being caught. This should start to pick up towards the end of the month where we should see fish starting to push in.
Fly Fishing Report
We are still playing the waiting game and we are probably not the only ones. We are hoping for things to change by the end of the month.
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.