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.
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,
Chinook fishing has been consistent over the past couple of weeks. We’ve been fishing Howe Sound, Bowen Island and the South side of Vancouver Harbour. Most trips we are hooking 5-10 salmon. Lots of undersized Chinook out there. Most of the legal size Chinook are in the 8-15 pound range.
We are also starting to consistently catch coho off the south end of Bowen Island. Coho numbers will continue to improve as migrating fish continue to arrive and feed in the area prior to moving into the local rivers in July and August. We are only allowed to retain hatchery coho. They are identified by a clipped adipose fin behind their dorsal fin.
For the month of June 7 – 10 hour trips are most productive. This enables us to extend our range to find the salmon. They do move around a lot in search of herring and anchovies this time of year. One place might be really good one day and quiet the next. It also has a lot to do with the tides and where they will be active at certain stages. A 10 hour trip allows us to travel (weather permitting) over to Vancouver Island and fish that area. Fishing will be excellent over there until the third week of June.
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.
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.