May 15, 2016 Fishing Report

The salmon fishing continues to be good in both the Vancouver area and across the Straight on the Vancouver Island side.   5 and 7 hour trips are good for local fishing. If you would like to venture across to the other side there is a great fishery that takes place from mid May through Mid June off of Gabriola Island. It’s about an hour crossing from Vancouver, weather permitting.  8-10 hour trips are recommended.

 

4 Chinook Salmon Caught off of Gabriola Island on May 12.
4 Chinook Salmon Caught off of Gabriola Island on May 12.
20 & 10 Pound Chinook caught in Howe Sound May 6.
20 & 10 Pound Chinook caught in Howe Sound May 6.

Most of the Chinook we have been catching are on anchovy with a ‘dummy flasher’.  The flasher is attached to the down rigger line instead of the fishing line.  You still get the advantage of the flasher without the drag it creates.  The result is a much more lively fight from the salmon.  It also is less stress on the juvenile fish that need to released.

Looking forward we have already started to catch some wild coho in the 2 pound range. I see this as a good sign moving towards the end of June when we start to see the Capilano River hatchery fish showing up.

Eyes on the rod tip,

Warren

May 1 2016 Fishing Report

May is a great time of year to get out fishing.  The Chinook fishing has become more consistent over the past week. Lots of herring and anchovies in the area to keep them feeding.  The best spots right now are off of Pt.  Grey,  South End of Bowen Island and Howe Sound.  The wind over the past week has pushed us into the protected waters of Howe Sound.  The biggest we’ve had in the boat is 17lbs.

Fishing, Prawning, and Crabbing all on the schedule.
Fishing, Prawning, and Crabbing all on the schedule.
Yummy Spot Prawns and Chinook Salmon.
Yummy Spot Prawns and Chinook Salmon.

 

The prawning and crabbing are also excellent this time of year.  Commercial prawning starts the third week of May and commercial crabbing starts in late June.  Once their season gets going we see a sharp decline in our catches.  For now there is lots to be had. On a 7 hour trip we are averaging 50 spot prawns and 5 legal sized crab.

The most productive gear we have been running is anchovies, 3 feet above and 5 feet behind a daisy chain flasher.  Green glow teaser heads for the final touch.

Eyes on the rod tip,

Warren

Owner & Guide

Spring Fishing Report 2016

Winter Chinook fishing  has come to an end.  The fishing continues to be good off of Spanish Banks in Vancouver Harbour. Lots of undersized Chinook in the 3-5 pound range with some legal sized in the mix.   Some days have seen schools of larger fish come in and feed on the herring.

Young fisher lands his first salmon.
Young fisher lands his first salmon.

Howe Sound has been consistent since late December and will continue to see good fishing through the end of May.  As we approach the middle of April we will be shifting our fishing focus to the Hump.  Which is located off the South end of Bowen Island about 5 miles offshore.   It’s about a 30 minute ride from downtown to get to the fishing grounds.  This fishery lasts through to mid May.

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Chinook Salmon and a bag of spot prawns.

Our early season booking discount runs until the end of April.   Give us a call or send an email to book your summer fishing trip.

Eyes on the rod tip,

Warren

C 604.202.6522  warren@firstfishcharters.com

 

2016 Salmon Fishing Outlook

The start of new fishing year has now arrived.  We are a month into our winter Chinook fishery which has been an average start for the Vancouver Harbour.  Howe Sound and Gulf Islands have been yielding some good results as well.  Dungeness crabbing has been good lately, we had 10 legal sized yesterday, January 4.  Spot prawning  has also been excellent.

We will continue to focus our fishing efforts in Burrard Inlet, Howe Sound and Gulf Islands through to mid April.  Lots of times weather will dictate where we end up fishing.  Outflow winds in Howe Sound have been Gale force for much of the past week while Burrard Inlet has been calm.  Always check marine forecasts and current conditions on the weather.gc.ca site when planning your next fishing trip.

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Starting in mid April we will focus our fishing efforts on the south end of Bowen and offshore about 3 miles from there.  Migrating Chinook will be feeding on the herring in this area for about a month.   They are in the 12 to 17lb range

From there we move across to the gulf islands from mid May to the end of June.   The migrating salmon push a across to the other side of the Georgia Straight as the Fraser River freshet moves into the ocean.

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At the end of June we will start to see the first of the early Capilano River Coho arrive.  With the coho there will  be Chinook salmon moving into Burrard inlet looking to feed for about a month prior to moving towards their home river systems. The coho fishing is usually pretty consistent through mid August and then we will shift to mostly Chinook fishing.

Chinook fishing  will continue to be strong until mid October.  Both the mouth of the Fraser and the Capilano Rivers are good bets for landing the largest of the salmon species.  This is the time of year that the big ones arrive.  Lots of days with multiple fish over 20lbs to be enjoyed

Last year was an excellent year for Chinook fishing.  With lots of forage fish like herring, anchovy and needlefish in the gulf we will hopefully have another strong year of this fishery.

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Note, for our area, South Coast, this is an off year for pink salmon.  We typically see strong pink runs on the odd years.  In season test fisheries will determine whether there will be a sockeye opening.  If there is an opening for sockeye it will be in the month of August.

 

October Fishing Report

September was an amazing month for Chinook fishing. There was great fishing off the mouth of the Fraser River from  Sand Heads, T-10 and the North Arm.  The Bell Bouy to the Freighters near the Mile markers also saw some good fishing days.   Lots of action and quite a few in the high twenties.  As the month came to a close things really started to slow down. Some heavy rains brought the salmon into the rivers.

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October has been hit and miss off the Capilano River. Some days there were some big waves coming through and others your happy just to get one hit.  There have also been quite a few coho around.   Most of the Coho and Chinook are being caught within 5 feet of bottom.  This could be from 65 – 120 feet of water. The key is to keep adjusting your lines so they are right there. Working the whole stretch of beach from the Ambelside marker to the apartments is also key in finding the salmon.  There have been some large schools of bait from the flats, off of Dundarave down to Cypress Creek.  On the ebb tide we have hit some coho around the 90 foot mark about 80 feet down

Most of the salmon we landed came on anchovy with the green splatter glow head and a green uv/glow flasher or the green uv red stripe/ prism. The other successful lure was the 3.5 inch gold tko spoon with the same flasher combinations.

Looking forward, we will continue to see Chum returning until the end of October and Coho salmon returning right into December. Many of our local streams can see coho returning as late as January.  These are relatively small numbers compared to the larger river systems. As long as you are willing to put the time in there is a chance you’ll find one on the end your line.

December will also mark the start of the winter Chinook fishery.  Local salmon in the 7-15 pounwill be in search of forage fish.  The West Vancouver shoreline and the Bell Bouy through the freighters and near the Mile Markers are all good spots to find these hard fighting and aggressively feeding salmon.

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Eyes on the rod tip,

Warren,

September 10, Chinook Fishing Heats Up

We are at the mid way point of what’s been an excellent Chinook run.  The Fraser River Chinook fishing has been going strong for a month now.  The Capilano run has just started to gain momentum in the last three days.

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Fishing for the Fraser River bound Chinook has been strong from the Bell Bouy off of Pt. Grey down to Sandheads near Steveston.  These large migrating salmon are holding near the river mouths waiting for the right timing to move into the river. Looking for changes in water colour and tidal rips that form due to converging currents are key when fishing anywhere along the mouth of the Fraser River.  Salmon will naturally hold in these areas where there is less current and forage fish like herring and anchovy get pushed into these areas. The biggest we’ve had in the last week is 25 pounds.

25 pound Chinook
25 pound Chinook

The Capilano run of Chinook salmon is has started getting going.  The salmon seem to be quite close to bottom and moving up in the water column as light conditions get lower in the morning and evening .  The incoming flood tide and the first hour of the ebb has been traditionally the best fishing for this fishing.  Try different depths and keep an eye on the depth sounder as these salmon move through.

First Two Chinook off the Mouth of the Capilano River.
First Two Chinook off the Mouth of the Capilano River.

In all areas our gear of choice has been anchovies in a chrome or glow teaser head.   My preference is to use glow on bright days and chrome on cloudy days.  Try mixing it up to see what’s going to exite the bite.  The go to flashers have been green/glow/moonjelly and moon jelly prism, again depending on light conditions.

We have lots of dates open for the last half of September.  Give me a call and I can help you plan the right fishing trip for you.

Eyes on the rod tip,

Warren

C 604.202.6522

warren@firstfishcharters.com

 

 

 

Fishing Report August 29

The salmon fishing for the month of August has been amazing.   Waves of migrating Chinook, Coho and Pink salmon continue to move through the area and hold for 2-3 weeks before moving into the rivers to spawn.

I have been primarily targeting Chinook salmon and also catching pink and coho as well.  Earlier this week on one trip we played 15 Chinook and landed 8.  We also got 8 pinks and two coho.

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The two hot spots this week have been off the mouths of the Fraser River.  The North Arm on the last half of the flood tide  and  the T-10(off the airport) on the end of the ebb and start of the flood.

Anchovies with a chrome head and a glow/moon jelly flasher have been fishing the best. The Irish cream #4 TKO has also been getting lots of action too.

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Looking forward into September, the Fraser River salmon fishing should continue to be strong until the middle of the month.  In the next week the mouth of the Capilano River in West Vancouver will start to see its productive Chinook Salmon fishery heat up.

We still have lots of open spots in the month of September.  Book your trip today.

Eyes on the rod tip,

Warren

August 18 Fishing Report

Despite all the media attention around low water levels in the rivers and the impact it may have on salmon, saltwater fishing remains open.   The fishing is excellent right now.

The first half of this month has brought some amazing fishing.  The salmon have been schooling up along the West Vancouver and Vancouver shorelines.  The pink fishing is starting to see signs of slowing as we enter the last half of the month.   Pt. Atkinson was great for both pinks and Chinook up until about the 12th of August.

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Things have slowed on that side now and we have moved our efforts to the freighters outside of English Bay all the way down to the QA marker.  Here the Chinook fishing has really heated up.  We are averaging 4 played Chinook per trip landing two or more on most trips.  The Chinook are averaging 15 lbs with the biggest coming in at 22lbs in the past week. We are also seeing some large wild coho as well the biggest we’ve landed so far is 10lbs.

The north arm of the Fraser and outside of T10 remains open.  Check the Department of Fisheries website for the latest openings and closures.

Looking forward to the rest of the month we will be starting to see more Chinook school up along the West Vancouver shoreline from the end of August right the way through the end of October.  Fishing off of Pt. Grey should continue to be consistent through mid September.

Eyes on the rod tip,

Warren

 

July 31 Fishing Report

The West Vancouver shoreline continues to produce excellent fishing.  Over the month of July we had over 10 trips with over 6 salmon landed. Lots of coho earlier in the month and in the second half the pink fishing really came on strong.  Chinook salmon were also in the mix with a few days where we landed two or more.

Anchovies with the red stripe and moonjelly uv flasher have been the most consistent producers for pink, coho and Chinook..  Pink hootchies with an 18 inch leader have been good good for pinks as well.

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Over the past week we’ve been mostly fishing between West Bay and Pt Atkinson.  Last weekend’s rain seemed to move the salmon off of Ambelside and the apartments.  Most of those pinks have moved Indian Arm, I’ve been seeing lots of them jumping off of Barnett Marine Park near Port Moody.  Fresh waves and some Fraser pinks can be found off of Pt Atkinson.  There are a few Chinook out there as well so we are fishing anchovies on the deep rods and pink hootchies stacked above

Looking forward to August,  the Chinook fishing will continue to improve as the migration of these large salmon will peak in early to mid September.  From mid August on the last half of the flood tide off the mouth of the Capilano River is the place to find Chinook as they will hold off the river mouth for two to three weeks before heading up the river.  During the month of August we will also see more coho arrive as the late August Capilano run starts to build up along West Vancouver.  The pink salmon fishing will continue to be strong through the middle of the month.

 

 

 

 

Salmon Fishing Report July 14

The fishing along the West Vancouver shoreline continues to produce good results.  All of our trips over the past two weeks have been focused in this large area.  The six mile stretch from Ambelside down to the Pt. Atkinson Lighthouse has been holding large quantities of Coho, Chinook and Pink salmon.

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On the outgoing tide the salmon seem to be holding west of Dundarave. On the incoming tide they are moving further east towards Ambleside.  Anchovies are getting the most hits, then spoons with uv.   There are definitley some good size Chinook in there as well.  Most morning trips we are hooking 2 Chinook and 5-10  coho and pink salmon .  Afternoon trips have been slower lately.    We are hooking up 2-5 salmon on the afternoon trips.

 

Be sure to check the regulations for size, quantity and gear before you head out .   No word on a sockeye opening yet.  last year they opened sockeye the first weekend of August.   The last report I heard was that they are expecting 8 million back to the Fraser River.  Keep your fingers crossed for an opening.

I still have a few trips available for July and August.  Let me know when you are interested in going and I can make some recommendations of when the best times to fish are .

 

Two of my best results fishing this year were July  trips booked in December and January.  Looking ahead at the tides and choosing a trip based on the best ones greatly improve your odds of catching salmon. Salmon actively feed at different stages of the tide. A typical tide change is 10 -15 feet.  Knowing where and when  the salmon will be at different times is critical in ensuring success.

Eyes on the rod tip,

Warren