We are now into mid February and spring is just around the corner. With the warmer temps and longer days we have been out in Georgia Strait trolling for winter chinook salmon and fly fishing the rivers around Squamish and Whistler. We haven’t been out on the Fraser River fishing for sturgeon, but have heard some decent reports!
Salmon- We have had the bulk of our recent success fishing the Gulf Island’s over the last few weeks. There has been very good numbers of winter chinook salmon in the 5 – 15 pound range. The eastern shorelines of Galiano and Valdez Islands have been the hot spots. We have been fishing spoons right off the bottom in 100 to 160 feet. There has not been a lot of bait around, but the fish are there. We have been averaging 6 to 12 hook ups on a full day trip. Most of the fish are just below the legal size limit, but there are legal fish in the mix. Vancouver Harbour has perked up a little bit over the last few days. There was a decent bite off the West Vancouver shoreline on Monday afternoon where there was a dozen fish hooked between 3 or 4 boats. Crabbing has been very good in Vancouver Harbour and we are dropping traps on every charter!
Steelhead/Trout- The Squamish system has been really slow for steelhead with only a couple fish reported amongst local anglers. Fishing for bull trout on the other hand has been pretty decent with some nice fish up to 6 pounds kicking around. Egg and sculpin patterns have been the ticket. As we progress in to March and April expect better numbers of steelhead to enter the system.
Sturgeon- We are getting ready to kick off our sturgeon season in the next few weeks. With warmer temperatures and the arrival of the Fraser River eaulachon run in late March sturgeon will become active and get out of their over wintering holes. Vancouver Sport Fishing Center has the most convenient sturgeon fishing in the city with lower Fraser River departures. Some of the best sturgeon fishing of the year is in the Lower Fraser River in the spring. Give us a call to get out on a sturgeon trip….our trips depart a mere 20 minute drive from downtown Vancouver!
Eagerly awaiting the arrival of the winter steelhead is an understatement. The boys have been out nearly everyday waiting for the steelhead to arrrive and though there’s been a couple fish this week it hasn’t quite started up yet. Rest assured we’ll be out there when it happens. On a brighter note the bull trout fishing has been incredible so if you’re looking to find a few on the fly tie on a sculpin and start swinging. The upper Cheakamus has been the zone for bulls. Also, on a bright note the Vedder has been quite decent this week for winter steel. We’ll keep you posted……..They’re coming……
It’s raining! Finally river levels are on the rise as we desperately await the arrival of our winter steelhead run. Hoping it’ll be a good year. Meanwhile the trout fishing has been incredible! Bull trout up to 8lbs have been caught this week. Sculpin and flesh flies are still producing the majority of the fish. As for steelhead I’ll be out tomorrow in the hunt. Still a little early, but anytime now we should start seeing some fish.