Experience Your Vancouver Saltwater Fishing

Vancouver’s waters are home to some of the most prolific salmon runs in the world. With millions of salmon returning to local rivers and streams annually, you can catch salmon here any day of the year.


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First Fish Charters is your first choice for catching salmon in Vancouver.  Our flexible packages and unparalleled guiding expertise ensure that you will have the most exciting and successful fishing trip possible! First Fish Charters will have you fishing within minutes of departing from either Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver or Snug Cove on Bowen Island. We provide everything you need, so you can relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery as well as the great fishing.

Captain Warren has been selected to be apart of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans stock assessment program. He takes a selection of DNA samples from Coho and Chinook Salmon. This helps provided scientific data for the migration patterns and growth rates for these two iconic salmon species. This data will help enable fishing opportunities for the future.

Everyone from beginning, to seasoned anglers will benefit from host and guide Warren Barker’s more than 15 years of guiding experience.  Your day’s catch will include seasonal fishing opportunities for Dungeness Crab and succulent B.C. Spot Prawns in addition to our world famous year round Pacific Salmon fishery. Our charters are perfect for tourist, family and corporate trips looking for a quality local fishing experience. Your world class Vancouver salmon fishing Charter begins with First Fish Charters.

Updated JUNE 15th


  • Feeding

    Chinook salmon migrate into Howe Sound to feed on herring that spawn in the sound from December to March. This fishery remains consistent through to the end of March. It is open for a retention of 2 chinook per person.

  • Recovering

    The chinook salmon fishing is very consistent through these months. It is a catch-and-release fishery to protect the early returning Fraser River Chinook population.  We will be performing DNA testing on our trips to better help understand migration and growth rates to allow for future opportunities.

  • Migrating

    These are the months when the majority of salmon are migrating back to their native rivers to spawn. The ocean environment is their last opportunity to feed prior to heading into their freshwater migration. Coho and pink salmon are the first to arrive in local waters, followed by chinook and sockeye. The last to arrive are chum in mid-September.
    2024 is an off cyle year for pink and sockeye.  We will be focusing our fishing efforts on coho and chinook through the summer and fall.

Spot Prawns

In Season

Are available to harvest from April 1st to May 10th and June 15th to December 31st.

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Dungeness Crab

In Season

Is open for retention year-round. The best results are from January through to the end of June.

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Please get in touch with me to book a trip or if you have any questions.

Call or Text 604-202-6522


Captain Warren