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.
Lets get straight to it!
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.
A quick recap of what’s going on.
We are starting to see the Fraser river rise and that is expected around this time of year. The snow is melting and the river is on the rise. We will likely see it get even higher through the remainder of the week as the warmer temperatures stick around. We should continue to see good sturgeon fishing for the next couple months.
We are having success with the staples of sturgeon baits, eulachons, roe and lamprey. It varies from day to day but we throw all of them down and they tell us what they want. As always we are timing our trips with the tides and consistently hooking 4-8 fish a trip.
The last week has provided us with some great fishing with quite a few days hooking 15 to 20 chinook. These fish have been deep in 600-1200 feet of water and are hitting almost anything. We are searching for them in anywhere from 70-160 feet but once you find them, get ready. We are using anchovies, G Force Spoons, Silver Horde Spoons and hootchies with most of our success coming from Gibbs Delta Guide Series UV Lemon Lime as well the Bon Chovy Flasher paired up with a UV Yamashit Double Skirt Hootchie.
Fishing locally is ok, hooking 2-5 fish on a 5 hour charter. Vancouver is still decent however your best bet is a full day trip over to the Gulf Islands. They are a blast and tough to beat.
Traditionally this time of year is very poor conditions for fly fishing because of the melt. If you do decide to head out please be very careful and everything is high and fast, which makes for nasty wading conditions.
Our local report:
The sturgeon fishing has been consistent over the last 10 days, the river is rising but we have been doing well when we we plan our departures around the tides. With the lower than normal snow pack we should see some good opportunities for sturgeon over the next couple months through the spring melt…
Fishing is pretty consistent with 4-8 hookups in a half day trip. We are getting bites on both roe, lamprey and eulachons. With the water warming and the river being dirty every bit of scent helps these dinosaurs sniff out a meal.
May is an exciting month as there is good numbers of fish locally and over on the Gulf Islands. As we progress into May, we recommend full day trips to the Gulf Islands. We were there on the weekend and had good success when the weather cooperated. Fish ranging from 80-180ft being caught on anchovies and spoons. We are running the Gibbs Delta Guide Series flashers because they’ve worked very well for us (UV Lemon Line, STS and Bon Chovy). A couple of spoons we never leave the slip without are Irish cream, homeland security, cop car and the kitchen sink.
With the high temperatures late last week, we saw many rivers rise and blow out. This time of year your options are very limited with most rivers running high and dirty.
Well it’s been a big week for us. Lots going on with our crew in terms of saltwater, sturgeon and fly fishing. Some great times at Cast and Blast in Squamish with the VSFC sponsored Homegrown Film Fest. Big congrats to Patrick Neylon for his winning film “Fat Lips”. We’re looking forward to getting you out there buddy. Special thanks to all entries from Tightline Films, Stephan Dombaj, Ben Paull, Gregg Lauder and Joshua Blasman. And especially a big thanks to Brian Niska for putting on the event. Really enjoyed all the films and we’re looking forward to next year!
Here’s the local report:
It’s been a great week overall with some solid days in Howe Sound for winter chinook salmon. We’re hearing good reports from the Gulf Islands and other nearby areas for bigger fish. The mature chinooks are on their way! As usual with this time of year we’re expecting the bell buoy/mile markers along Point Grey to start kicking out some bigger fish. This is a good structure fishery and just keep working it and it’ll happen. The “hump”/ South Bowen fishery will be in full swing here in the immediate future. This can be an excellent fishery. It is a little random being that you’re fishing very deep water so the main thing is to cover water and work your depths until you find something that works. The most consistent depths are usually between 80-135 ft, but they have been known to be caught more shallow and deeper. Just keep at it and you’ll find them. Start pulling Rhys Davies anchovies behind Gibbs Guide Series flashers. Or spoons of course are a great choice. The new Gibbs G force series are a good call. The Bonchovy spoon has been the ticket.
Sturgeon Fishing has been pretty good this week. Luke and Eric found some sunny day sturgeon this week and we’re looking forward to the coming weeks. The wintering fish are waking up and getting active and the next 5 -7 weeks are the time to hit it.
Squamish was bombarded this weekend with some of the best anglers across North America due to the Cast and Blast event put on at Sunwolf Resort. Was great to see everyone up here and it’s great to show off our amazing homewater. There are some steelhead around predominately in the upper River and the Cheakamus with a few scooting through the lower reaches.
Trout fishing has been solid. With all the fry emerging there are active trout scattered all over the river. They will be focused on fry so that’s the pattern to toss out there. Sculpins will still work but cutthroat, rainbows and bulls are gorging on the fry.