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3rd June 2013: 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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is now upon us and the cool damp weather we have experienced on the west coast
of Canada on Vancouver Island is not uncommon for this time of year. The salmon
fishing however has not been affected and the sport fishing especially for
Chinook salmon has been excellent around Ucluelet and many of the surf line and
inner areas Barkley Sound. It has been evident over the last ten days that many
sport fishermen are now travelling on the nearby roads and highways towing a
variety of sport fishing boats destined to fish out of Port Alberni and headed
to the scenic and pristine waters of Barkley Sound or to drive out to Ucluelet
and sport fish the open water offshore. Sockeye Salmon are beginning to show in
the Somass River and there have been a few reports of Sockeye landed by sport
anglers in the McTush-Franklin area of the Port Alberni Inlet. Water
temperatures in the inlet are currently not favourable for the Sockeye to school
in large numbers. The water has cooled over the past ten days. Warmer weather is
needed to warm the river and Inlet water. We do expect the Sockeye fishing to
pickup by mid June. The current Sockeye limits are two per person and on the
15th of June the limit will become four per person per day with a two day limit.
With the 2013 season now here the
saltwater sport fishing forecasts for the inner and outer coastline of Vancouver
Island British Columbiaís west coast look very promising for sport salmon
fishing. These promising seasonal predictions should produce big schools of
migratory salmon swimming the western coastline of Vancouver Island. Most of
these salmon in June, July and early August are headed southward to the big
watersheds of the Columbia River and the Sacramento River systems. These
migratory salmon are just outside Uclueletís back door. This yearly migration of
salmon has made Ucluelet one of B.C.ís most desirable fishing destinations. The
migratory Chinook and Coho salmon also come into Barkley Sound and rest and feed
heavily on the rich resources of bait fish before continuing their long journey.
conditions over the past few years have been favourable for most of the five
salmon species. The mortality rates have been relatively low. These great
conditions have helped create a very high biomass of lipid-rich northern
copepods. These copepods are what support the base of the salmon food chain. In
the early spring year after year one will notice the juvenile salmon leaving
their streams. These juveniles feed on the biomass of copepods which helps give
them a good start on their journey to an unknown area in the North Pacific where
they survive before returning to their natal rivers. This year West Coast
Vancouver Island will see very good return of Coho Salmon. Coho have been
British Columbiaís number one recreational sport fish. Coho are often swimming
close to the beaches of outer Barkley Sound or they come into inner areas and
feed. In June and July many of the Coho are transient and in August local Coho
arrive as they make their way into their original streams, rivers and creeks.
Coho are feeders and often put on a pound per week. Coho in late August and
September can often weigh from twelve to sixteen pounds and are very acrobatic
when on lighter tackle. Expect another banner year of salmon fishing on the west
coast of Vancouver Island, Barkley Sound and parts of the Alberni Inlet.
Port Alberni Inlet | Barkley Sound
Alberni Inlet Sockeye sport fishing officially opened on the first of May.
Possession limits are currently two and on the fifteenth of June will move to
four per person per day with a two day possession limit. There has been the odd
Sockeye salmon landed in the Mctush-Franklin area. The water is now very cool as
huge runoffs, due to heavy rain, over the past week has created a rise in the
water levels of the nearby lakes and the Somass River system. Sockeye should
begin to show in bigger numbers by mid June and will begin to school when the
water warms to eighteen degrees Celsius. The fish will also school out into the
inlet when large numbers begin to build at the river mouth as they wait to move
into the Somass River. Sport anglers coming to Port Alberni and wishing to fish
for Sockeye during the next couple of weeks should fish rather shallow. Fishing
from twenty to thirty feet would be recommended. As the temperatures of the
Alberni Inlet water warm than fishing at deeper depths is recommended. Sockeye
are often attracted to boats by color. Many sport fishermen will have up to
eight flashers right behind the boat. Four of the flashers are referred to as
dummy flashers and the other four will have Sockeye gear spaced twelve to
fifteen feet apart. The most popular gear is mp2 or mp 16 hootchies. The
bubblegum mp 15 hootchie is a must out in the water behind a green or red
hotspot flasher. The hippy hootchie, which is pink and dark blue or others that
are pink and black also work very well. Leader lengths can vary from twenty-two
to twenty-seven inches in length behind a green or red glow hotspot flasher.
Favourable areas to fish will be the Franklin-Nahmint area. Also the narrows,
Mctush, the slide, and Cous Creek will be busy with plenty of Sockeye swimming
these areas. Letís hope the water in the Inlet warms over the next few weeks. If
this develops we will see the Sockeye school in good numbers which often creates
an excellent sport Sockeye fishery. Sockeye fishing is a wonderful family
opportunity as the whole family can take part. Fisher persons for five to
ninety-five can have the opportunity of landing a Pacific salmon.
Sound surf line areas have been relatively consistent over the past ten to
fourteen days. Sail Rock, Meares, Austin, Kirby and even out in front of the
Bamfield Harbour have had some great days. Over the last five or six days Swale
Rock, Allen Point, and Vernon Bay have had some nice sized Chinook with a few
weighing in the low twenty pound range The whales have moved into the Sound and
there has been bait everywhere. There have been plenty of needle fish at Austin
and Meares and also out at Sail Rock. Other areas have had tons of krill and
small herring which the salmon have also been feeding on. Austin has been very
consistent but one often needs to get in tight to the wall and fish down to as
low as 110 feet. Anchovy in an army truck teaser head behind a chartreuse glow
hotspot flasher has been working very well. The fish around Austin and back at
Meares have been gorging themselves on needle fish. Needle fish hootchies in the
115R have been working well as the green spatter back hootchie and a variety of
spoons in three and a half and four inch in various green colors. Glow green and
green-nickel have been two great coyote spoons to date. The other most
consistent area has been out in front of Sail Rock. There has been plenty of
bait in the Sail Rock area. Needle fish hootchies and anchovy seem to be the
trick to land a few nice Chinook. The Chinook at Sail Rock have been hitting
anchovy in a chartreuse Rhys Davis Teaser Head behind a glow chartreuse hotspot
flasher. The Brown Turd on some days has been working very well also. The
Chinook in most Barkley Sound areas are from 85 to 130 feet.
With the month of June now here
we look forward to warmer weather and calmer seas and also bigger Chinook. With
plenty of pilchards, herring, and needlefish moving into Barkley Sound during
the summer months the feeder Chinook gorge themselves and gradually get bigger.
At the same time the large schools of Chinook headed towards the southerly
watersheds gradually increase as they make their long journey to natal rivers.
The outer edges of Barkley Sound will definitely heat up during June with some
great fishing in many surf line locations. Some of the best areas to fish will
be Edward King, Kirby Point, Cree Island and Meares. Often Swale Rock and Vernon
Bay can produce some very good sport fishing. Donít forget Coho as they will
also get into the mix. During the summer months B.C.ís number one sport salmon
can put on up to a pound per week. Most years the month of June is an excellent
time to fish the shorelines and surf line of beautiful Barkley Sound.
Ucluelet (West Coast)
is often referred to as Vancouver Islandís premier salmon and halibut sport
fishing destination. Like Barkley Sound the water inshore and offshore from the
Ucluelet Harbour offers some world class fishing. The water is very rich in bait
fish (sardines and needlefish) which the local and migratory salmon feed on
during the spring and summer months.
Most of the fishing around
Ucluelet from mid April to now has been in the many inshore areas. Sail Rock,
Great Bear and Mara Rock have all had some great days. Long Beach has been very
consistent on a daily basis for the past while for feeder Chinook and halibut.
Sport fishing guides with guests have been limiting on Chinook and Halibut.
There have been many entries included in the Ucluelet Ladder Derby with a few
salmon weighing in the high twenties. Most of these fish have been landed in
many of the inshore areas close to Ucluelet. The Ucluelet Ladder derby is a
summer long fishing derby with monthly prizes and cash prizes. The cost is
either $50 for the year or $10 for each time fishing when entering the derby.
June is the time of year when guides and sport anglers begin to fish many of the
offshore banks. With the summer weather patterns beginning to unfold it is much
easier for sport anglers to head out to offshore locations. During this time of
year there is plenty of bait fish in small herring, pilchards, and needle fish.
Anglers wishing to match up the bait fish remember it is important to remember
that the herring are only four or five inches. Coyote spoons in the four inch
variety behind a hotspot flasher is often the way to go when finding big schools
of bait. Some of the best coyote spoons to use in June are green-nickel,
blue-nickel, and glow green.
Boats will now become more
evident out on the inner and outer south bank. Other areas like the southwest
corner and the turtle head will provide fantastic opportunities for salmon and
halibut. These areas are fairly easy to get to from the Ucluelet Harbour mouth
and also from Barkley Sound.
Halibut Rules for this year are
one per day with the maximum length of 126 cm. which is approximately 60 lbs.
The daily limit is one and the possession limit is two with one halibut less
than 83 cm and one less than 126 cm. The Annual limit is six halibut per license
holder. All must be recorded with the catch measured and dated and recorded in
ink on personal saltwater license.
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