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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
VSFC Vancouver Fishing Report – September 11th 2013
It’s that time of year when the days get shorter, nights get cooler and the salmon are occupying our local rivers. September is probably my favourite month. Weather is usually very nice. Sunshine, not too hot, not too cool and the fish are here.
Local salmon fishing has been solid recently. Decent numbers of Chinook and oink salmon are still being caught at the Sand Heads. Glow hootchies and anchovies are not staying in the water very long. These fish are suspended between 20ft and 90ft. Probably a few a little deeper as well, but those depths have been working for us.
September marks the start of Capilano mouth Chinook fishing. “The Cap” is off to a good start with some quality Chinook being caught throughout the flood tide. This fishery should build within the coming weeks. These fish we find focus on bait a lot more than artificial. The first few weeks of September you’ll get suspending fish. It’s been best between 45 ft and 75ft for us. As the month progresses the fish will sit deeper in the water column.
Sturgeon fishing in the lower river has been excellent. There’s a lot of bites to be had and Luke and Eric have been getting on some nice fish. Averaging around 4ft with several being north of 7ft these fish are pulling hard and living up to their reputation. The Fraser River pinks are still shooting in and all this food in the river will keep the sturgeon on the prowl. If you’re looking for an action packed day, with big fish than this is the experience for you. The next couple of months is primetime. We’re in the boat ready to rock within 20 minutes of downtown Vancouver.
The Squamish has an insane amount of pinks in it currently. Pretty much all these fish are either spawning, or have spawned, and to be honest they’re not in the best shape. My advice would be to leave these fish alone to do their thing, but if are going out to target them I suggest the use of circle hooks to eliminate as much foul hooking as possible. Pretty soon the coho and chum salmon will be entering the river opening up new opportunities for fresh fish.
The lower Fraser has been surprisingly slow for pink salmon as of late. Further up river you have a better shot it appears. These fish are still entering the river and are in great shape.
Vancouver Fishing Report – August 1, 2013
Well folks this has been a great back end of July providing lots of action for anglers fishing Vancouver and with weather that has made it all the more enjoyable. Nothing better than calm water, sunshine and a lot of bites. Our Vancouver fishing charters have been great on all fronts from sturgeon fishing through to fly fishing our rivers along with some great people that are really enjoying the experience. Here’s a rundown on our Vancouver charters:
Sturgeon fishing has been solid with a decent number of fish being caught including some fish over seven and eight feet in length. Only 15-20 minutes from downtown our Vancouver sturgeon charters have been covering both the north and south arm of the Fraser River and we’re seeing a lot of promise for the upcoming months. The biggest fish of the year usually are caught between now and November. The fish lately have been battling hard and providing some great acrobatics. It’s always amazing to see fish this size explode out of the water….. We’re looking forward to the road ahead.
Vancouver Salmon Fishing
Good numbers of coho and pink salmon have been in our local waters as of late. We’ve been spending much of our time concentrating on the West Vancouver shoreline though Howe Sound around Porteau Cove and Furry Creek has also been kicking out good numbers of pink salmon. Chinook (king) salmon fishing has been picking up in Burrard inlet with some nice fish up to 20 pounds being hooked closer to Point Atkinson and the down at the mouth of the Capilano. Should start seeing more of these bigger salmon moving in within the next couple weeks to set us up for some excellent Vancouver salmon fishing. Now is a great time to get the kids out there as there’s been a lot of activity!
Vancouver Fly Fishing
Hordes of pinks salmon returning to their home rivers to spawn brings exciting fishing opportunities for the fly fisherman. Our Squamish River fishing report is solid. This past two weeks fish have been trickling in and now it seems that the numbers are getting quite impressive. Any pink, flashy little fly will do but pop into the Squamish fly shop on Main St. to get geared up if you’re going on your own. Their resident pink salmon expert Harrison Perrin personally ties some of the more productive patterns. Come join us for a day on the river! …….
Saltwater fly fishing has picked up as well with all the fish heading up Howe Sound. If you want a great adventure give us a shout and head up the Sound in one of our Grady White Sport fishing boats to remote location that are not accessible to the masses and cast to these aggressive fish. We do full day trips departing right from our location on Granville Island. If you want to fly fish for pinks without the crowds this is the adventure for you.
Tight lines folks!