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July, 2009: FISHING REPORT: Port Alberni
Inlet, Barkley Sound, Ucluelet (West Coast), Somas-Stamp River System.
by Doug Lindores of
Salmon Sport Fishing
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2009 has not only been a sensational weather month but the salmon fishing has
been incredible in the Port Alberni Inlet, Ucluelet and Barkley Sound. People
visiting the Port Alberni Valley and salmon fishing with salmon fishing charter
guides have been treated with some unbelievable Sockeye Salmon Fishing. The same
holds true for those fishing out on the West Coast and Barkley Sound and salmon
fishing or sport fishing on guided salmon-halibut combo trips. West coast salmon
fishing has not targeted Sockeye but targets Coho and Chinook and halibut.
Guests have had great success and have returned back to the Ucluelet Harbor with
limits. The Coho are thick and some days it is difficult to get below the Coho
to the Chinook.
Sockeye returns to date to Sproat
and Great Central Lakes have been generally good. Total escapement to June the
22nd to Great Central Lake is 20,000 Sockeye. The daily count through the Great
Central fish way has been from 560 to 2,252 fish per day. The return to Sproat
Lake to date is 14,680 Sockeye. Daily Counts have been 225 to 1,480 Sockeye per
day through the Sproat fish way. The river flow has been very moderate for this
time of year and temperature of the water at the fish way has been from 18 to 19
Port Alberni Inlet
Port Alberni Inlet has had some wonderful Sockeye fishing. Since opening day,
June 15th, the sport fishery has seen most anglers get their limit of two
sockeye per day. The Sport Fishing advisory board made a decision that with the
forecast of close to 400,000 Sockeye to the Somass River that limits should
begin at two per day with a two day possession limit of four sockeye. There is a
possibility the DFO will upgrade the run and if that happens the sport anglers
possession limit per day would move up to four salmon.
The fishing has been very good in
most areas of the Port Alberni Inlet. However it seems that the Nahmint-Franklin
area has been the best. The last few days the action has been unbelievable with
many fishermen using just black hooks on a 17 to 26 foot leader behind a green
or red hotspot flasher. Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing guides Mel, John
and Doug have been limiting for guests each morning. There has been some good
sized Coho in the mix. Guide Mel has picked up a whopping 9 pound Sockeye for
guests from Prince George B.C. The best depths for the Sockeye have been from 45
to 65 feet. Besides black hooks tied in tandem the mp 15 or small bubblegum
hootchie has been working well as have the black-pink and blue-pink hootchies.
We are expecting good sockeye fishing through July and we are hoping that the
run size may be upgraded. Chinook and Coho fishing in the Port Alberni Inlet
usually gets underway by the 10th of August.
has been some continued good salmon fishing in various areas of Barkley Sound.
Coho have been in good numbers. The Coho are getting bigger and there seems to
be big schools of them on the surf line and in as far as Swale Rock and Kirby
and Sanford Points. The Coho have been in water from 25 to 80 feet and have been
hitting hootchies preferably white and purple haze and also the four inch
silver-glow and blue and green nickel coyote spoons. It seems that the Coho will
hit any lure but the lure colors may change depending on the bait that the Coho
are feeding on. If the Coho are feeding on squid then the hootchie colors that
are purple and white are working and if the Coho are feeding on needlefish than
change to greens and white. Guide Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing
has led guests to a couple of 11 pound Coho near Swale Rock. However most of the
Coho have averaged 5 to 7 pounds. Coho outside a line from Coaster Channel to
Sanford must be hatchery. Any Coho inside the line can be either wild or
hatchery with a daily possession limit of two.
Chinook Fishing has been best
around Edward King, Ship Island, Cape Beale, and Meares and Austin Island.
During the past few days there has been some great fishing at Holford Bay and
Alan Point. Both of these spots are usually best in August. Chinook up to 24
pounds have been picked up by guides and sport fishermen during the past weekend
and early days of the new week (June 29th) Anchovy has been working very well in
a UV green Rhys Davis Teaser Head, a purple haze Teaser Head, and an army truck
Teaser Head. Chinook have also been hitting the blue-nickel and silver glow four
inch coyote spoon. Leader length using anchovy has been up to five feet and
Coyote spoon leader length can vary from 42 inches to 55 inches. Guide John of
Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing seems to have his best success on a cop
car coyote at a leader length of 42 inches.
We are expecting the Barkley
Sound sport fishery to be very good in the months to come. Migratory flows are
very high. Chinook, Coho, Sockeye and Pink Salmon numbers are extremely high.
Pink and Sockeye Salmon have returns going down the Vancouver Island Coastline
of up to 17 million pieces. Anyone fishing the surf line and in towards various
areas of the Sound should not have trouble picking up a salmon on the troll.
Look for unbelievable Barkley Sound Salmon fishing in July, August and
Vancouver West Coast (Ucluelet)
usual Ucluelet has had fabulous inshore and offshore fishing. Inshore areas such
as Mara Rock, The Lighthouse Bank, Sail Rock and most importantly Great Bear
have been very good. Great Bear has by far been the best for Chinook. Guide Mike
has had one of the biggest fish of the year for guests from Portland Oregon at
35 pounds picked up on a green-glow four inch coyote spoon at 75 feet. There
have been several fish in the 30 pound range as well as numerous fish in the
twenties at Great Bear. South Bank has had a lot of smaller Chinook. Sport
fishermen have had a ball on the smaller fish but sometimes when eight to ten, 6
to 7 pound Chinook hit every twenty minutes it can become very frustrating
especially when using bait. The same has been true for the Coho which have been
very thick especially at South Bank and Big Bank. On Saturday guide Al picked up
twelve hatchery Coho for guests from Vancouver. The group also had three Chinook
and five halibut. It was almost impossible to get to the Chinook which have been
sitting in 160 to 170 feet of water. The Coho are at all depths starting at 25
feet. Of course the halibut are on the bottom. Al has been using a hootchie or
lure known as a Turd as well as the green and glow coyote spoon and a T-Rex
cuttle fish with 44 inches of leader. The Turd has been unbelievable for all
salmon and also the halibut. The halibut have seemed to really like the
green-glow coyote spoon and also the green-nickel. When the tides are good out
on the bank guides Al and Mike have been using spreader bars with bait in the
180 to 200 foot levels. Trolling off the bottom seems to be the best method at
the moment for Chinook and halibut.
The fishing since late May off of
Ucluelet and the waters of inner and outer Barkley Sound has been amazing. We
have been fishing for salmon that are migrating down the coastline of Vancouver
Island and really are not fully mature. With Chinook already at 30 pounds and a
few in the 40s one can see that there definitely has been a change in the ocean
and that there has been very strong ocean survival for Coho and Chinook. There
has been plenty natural food for the salmon to help each species make a
Somass - Stamp River
Sport fishermen on the banks of
the Somass River have had wonderful days also. Guide Nick has been entertaining
guests aboard his jet goat and have been having a ball on light tackle. Those
fishing from the shoreline often have to find their favorite spots early in the
morning. Fall fishing dates for Coho and Summer Steelhead are filling fast.
Accommodation-fly-fishing packages are available.
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