Vancouver Sturgeon Fishing
The water temperatures have been slowly on the rise over the last week and Vancouver Sturgeon Fishing has started to pick up in the Lower Fraser River. Fishing has been pretty decent for fish in the 2 to 5 foot range with the odd bigger one reported. Luke’s jet boat is geared up and ready to go for the season. As the water continues to warm for the next couple months, sturgeon fishing will really pick up as the sturgeon start feeding heavily after laying low for the winter. April and May are really good months for sturgeon fishing in Fraser River.
Recent rains have brought the water levels up in the Squamish Valley. The higher levels should bring some new fish into the river system. The last couple weeks have been decent for winter run steelhead compared to previous years at this time and should keep improving. Swinging intruder patterns, or something bright with some movement have been getting grabs. Tends to be more finding the fish than what they’ll chomp on. They are quite aggressive by nature. If you are looking for a little more action the bull trout fishing has been solid as it normally is in the winter time. Fry are starting to emerge so those patterns should start to work well in the upcoming month. March and April are some of the better months to drift or walk and wade the Squamish River.
Vancouver Salmon Fishing
We have been on the water a lot over the last couple weeks fishing for winter chinook salmon. Fishing has been consistent, but not great. Each time out we seem to be having a shot at 2 to 4 salmon. We have been fishing primarily in the inner reaches of Vancouver Harbour. The West Vancouver shoreline has been best on the flood tide and deeper in the freighter anchorages has been best on the ebb. Crabbing has been amazing over the last couple weeks with easy limits reached on most trips. April and May are arguably the best months for numbers of chinook in the Vancouver area…we are looking forward to the good salmon fishing coming up!
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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……