August 10.2016 Fishing Report

The salmon fishing locally has been good for big coho and challenging at the same time. The salmon are there there one day and gone the next. There have been some really large coho off West Vancouver and off the Bell Bouy on the Point Grey side. Our largest to date is a 10lb hatchery coho. Our average size coho is 5lbs. 
We have seen the coho start to stack up on the West Vancouver only to have the Orca’s show up two days in a row to have a feed. We have been seeing a large amount of herring and anchovy in the area as well. Many of these coho seem to be choosing to stay out in the gulf and feed longer prior to moving into Burrard Inlet. Our most successful set up for coho has been anchovy with a green glow teaser head.
Chinook fishing on the Vancouver Island side has been really good over the past three weeks. On our 7-10 hour trips we are running across when weather permits. We are hooking up 4-8 Chinook per trip between 15 and 25 pounds. Most of these fish are being caught close to bottom in about 200 feet of water. Hootchies with a uv/glow flasher have been working best. Our most productive hootchie has been the green/glow splatter with a uv/glow skirt.
Looking forward, expect the mouth of the Fraser River to get going any day as the migrating Chinook salmon stop to have their last feed prior to heading up the Fraser River. This is a vast area from the Bell Bouy off of Pt. Grey in Vancouver all the way down to Sandheads in Steveston. We are in contact with our network of guides to ensure that we a taking our guests to the right spot.
We still have openings from the last week of August through the end of September. Give us a call or send an email and we can help you book a trip.
Eyes on the rod tip,
Warren
warren@firstfishcharters.com 
| Cell 604-202-6522

July 26 Vancouver Fishing Report

The past three weeks have been all over the place in terms of results. We have had some great chinook fishing off of Gabriola Island (60 minutes from downtown Vancouver). One trip resulted in 3 over 20 pounds.Other days have been quite. Most days we are also catching coho over there as well. There is lots of feed on both sides of the Straight of Georgia. So moving around and finding where salmon are feeding is key to getting results. Lately I’ve been giving a spot an hour to see how the fishing is. If nothing happens we either pick up and move or keep trolling to new areas.

20, 21 & 23 pound Chinook Salmon
20, 21 & 23 pound Chinook Salmon Caught July 19 off of Gabriola Island.

On the Vancouver side chinook fishing is still early and the coho fishing has been at times spectacular and other times really quiet. The south end of Bowen Island continues to be our most consistent fishing. On one trip we hooked 20 coho in two hours. There has been a lot more food fish like anchovies than in the past and this has the effect of either spreading the fish out or concentrating them in a specific area. On the Vancouver side of the straight we are starting to see some decent size fish in the 20 pound range arriving. The chinook fishing will continue to improve as the majority of the migrating fish arrive from early August through mid September.

Eyes on the rod tip,

Warren

June 21 2016 Fishing Report

Coho and Chinook Salmon fishing has been good for this time of year. Consistent fishing off the south end of Bowen Island, about 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Large schools of anchovies have kept these fish in the area for the past couple of weeks. The fish can be quite shallow at times catching them between 20 and 65 feet. Bait and spoons have both been producing fish. The crabbing has been ok this spring we have been getting between 2 to 8 legal size crab per trip. The prawning is also all over the place for results we have been getting anywhere from 5 to 100 per trip.

Coho Fishing Gets Going
Coho Fishing Gets Going

As we look forward to July and August we will first see the coho stack up along the West Vancouver shoreline through the month of July with some chinook in the mix as well. When August arrives this is when things really get rolling for the big ones between 15 and 25 pounds. Both sides of Burrard Inlet during this month. Lots of the chinook are Fraser River fish. They are aggressively feeding prior to heading up river on their migration. Both the coho and chinook salmon put on lots of weight in the month prior moving into the rivers. This aggressive feeding is what makes fishing in Vancouver so exciting.

We still have dates open in July and August. Give us a call or send an email. We would be happy to take you out fishing.

Eyes on the rod tip,

Warren
C 604.202.6522
warren@firstfishcharters.com