from some of the BEST PLACES TO FISH !
12th February, 2015: 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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888 214 7206
again a New Year for sport salt water fishing and many sport fishermen, guides
and potential guests are beginning to think about the many sport fishing
opportunities that await them in 2015.
2014 was a fairly memorable year on the scenic West Coast of Vancouver Island.
Chinook fishing for migratory salmon headed to distant southern watersheds began
in late April and continued through the late spring and summer. Salmon returning
to local streams and rivers arrived in August and continued in relatively good
numbers into September. In the Alberni Inlet Sockeye returns were not as high as
forecast but returns were still over 1.2 million. The 2015 West Coast Vancouver
Island sport fishing season which will begin in the late spring and continue
into the summer and early fall months looks to be very similar to that of the
2014 season. The Sockeye season in the Alberni Inlet will again once again be
fairly good with numbers hopefully reaching 600,000. The Inlet is a great spot
to sport fish as the Alberni Inlet water is fairly quiet and pristine. Barkley
Sound and offshore Ucluelet should be strong as good numbers of Chinook and Coho
migrate to those distant watersheds.
Island is a destination on both coastlines of all five salmon species (Chinook,
Coho, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum). This gives all avid sport fishermen an
opportunity to sport fish a choice of salmon he/she might enjoy to target. Of
course these species do arrive at certain times of the summer or fall and each
species also peak at specific times. This often means that fisher persons can
fish the inlets, sounds and offshore waters for Chinook and Coho and also
Sockeye and have opportunity to fish river mouths and various Vancouver Island
beaches for Pinks and Coho.
Winter fishing for Winter Steelhead in the Stamp River has been steady and
winter (feeder) Chinook fishing in Barkley Sound and around the quiet hamlet of
Bamfield and also the Ucluelet Harbor has been off and on with some reasonable
fishing opportunities on those days that the winter season offers. The Stamp
River had excellent returns in terms of the summer run of Steelhead and to date
returns of winter Steelhead have been good with the peak of the current season
expected in February. There has been some good sized hatchery Winter Steelhead
in the mid teens with a few reaching the Upper teens to date.
Port Alberni Inlet
/ Barkley Sound
times during the winter months a few schools of Winter Chinook will make their
way up into the inlet and feed on bait fish in the Bells Bay and Nahmint-Franklin
areas. This happens periodically but most years the Alberni Inlet has the best
sport fishing from mid June to mid September. The Somass River Sockeye begin
migrating into the river in May and usually begin to school in good numbers
around the 10th of June. When the Sockeye build up in big numbers the sport
fishing action for the number one commercial salmon really heats up and is a lot
of fun for all fisher persons young and old.
Sockeye fishing often can continue into the first ten days of August. It is then
that the first few Chinook salmon appear in the Inlet. Chinook fishing is
followed by Coho with the peak of the Chinook season often occurring around the
Labor Day Weekend when the Port Alberni three day Labor Day Weekend fishing
derby occurs. The Port Alberni Inlet is a wonderful and very easy area to fish.
Many people worry about rough water but the Inlet waters for the most part are
very calm. The best fishing time for Sockeye is in the morning hours and the
last two hours before dark.
Sockeye salmon do seem to be active at any time of the day which makes this
sport fishery a very popular opportunity for everyone.
Barkley Sound waters are very much like the Port Alberni Inlet. The Sound is
protected on both the east and west coastlines. Fishing in the Sound could occur
every month of the year without fear of experiencing the big waters often found
offshore in the winter and even during the summer months. Winter Chinook fishing
has been off and on. Recently the Bamfield Wall and Samatao Bay has had some
very good Winter Chinook fishing. The 2015 mid winter months have had some good
weather patterns and fairly productive fishing days. The best fishing areas as
mentioned have been the Bamfield Harbor mouth, the Bamfield Wall, Samatao Bay as
well as Swale Rock, Vernon Bay, and the Canoe Pass outside entry points. Pill
Point, Sarita Bay and the Poett Nook area are also other spots worthwhile to
fish in February and March. The last few weeks has had some anglers fishing the
Bamfield Wall. Anglers have had opportunity to land a few Winter Chinook in the
Fifteen pound range. There have been several feeders in the seven to nine pound
range and many undersize salmon in the mix. The feeders have been hitting cop
car coyote spoons in the three and a half and four inch size. Other coyote
spoons that have worked are nasty boy the cop car glow and blue and green
nickel. Green Spatter back hootchies have been working as well. Anchovy in
Chartreuse Rhys Davis Teaser Heads are good but with lots of undersize feeders
in the mix one can go through a lot of bait.
Springs are in deep water. It is not uncommon to find them in most areas of
Barkley Sound from 100 to 145 feet. The Winter Chinook will always be found
where one finds go sized bait balls. As mentioned Coyote Spoons in the three and
a half to four inch size have been working. Other great spoons to have on board
are glow cop car, nasty boy, Green glow, and green and blue nickel. These are
good choices for fisher persons to have in the tackle box. Hootchies are popular
but use a shorter leader length than in the summer. Leader lengths from 34 to 38
inches behind a glow green or glow red hotspot flasher are a good choice. The
Purple Haze hootchie as well as various whites and greens are also excellent
choices. Anchovy is also something all sport fisher persons should have on
board. There are days when the salmon will touch nothing else but anchovy.
Anchovy in chartreuse or a green glow Rhys Davis Teaser Head is a good choice.
Most of the current feeder Chinook landed has been in the 100 to 130 foot level.
The first salmon fishing derby on Vancouver Island’s West Coast will once again
occur in Barkley Sound and is based out of Poett Nook. The Sproat Loggers Derby
will take place the first Saturday and Sunday of March. The Derby is very
popular and offers some great prizes and often some great weather and fishing.
The derby surprisingly has some good sized feeders landed. It is not uncommon to
have fish over twenty pounds entered.
Summer fishing in Barkley Sound especially on the surf line most years occurs
from late May to early September and is expected in 2015 to be relatively good
due to the migratory movement of salmon along the west coast. Good numbers of
Chinook, Coho and Pink Salmon will be moving to watersheds to the South. The
migratory flow of Chinook should predominately be 4 year olds. The vast amounts
of rich resources of bait fish in the Barkley Sound area during the summer
months often bring the salmon into feed and rest before they continue their
journey. Some world class fishing usually occurs at Meares, Cree, Edward King,
Beale and as far in as Kirby Point and Swale Rock. We are really excited about
the great sport salmon fishing opportunity we should have this summer in both
the Sound and the Port Alberni Inlet.
Ucluelet (West Coast)
is fairly difficult to go offshore during the winter months. There have however
been some reasonably nice days on the water where the swell and water lump has
been low. The best winter Chinook fishing is often fairly close to the Ucluelet
Harbor and well into the Broken Group of Islands. This year has been no
different. Beg Island, Mara Rock and Big Bear have had some results. As far in a
Mayne Bay has actually had the best results. Needle fish, white hootchies, and
various green hootchies, anchovy, and nasty boy, cop car, green glow, and silver
glow coyote spoons have been the best bets to attract the feeder Chinook. In
late February the feeder Chinook fishing really picks up and gets much better as
the herring spawn gets close and as the herring move toward the beach the salmon
chase. In the early spring we often feature our Seafood Safari. This is a great
trip on the open Pacific where guests can be treated to some excellent winter
Chinook fishing, bottom fishing, prawn and crab fishing. There might even be
opportunity to find some oysters along some of the magnificent beaches of the
west coast. The end of the day often has guests preparing a wonderful gourmet
seafood dinner at a local resort or bed and breakfast. There are spots that the
preparation of the days catch will be prepared for guests.
Summer sport salmon fishing out of Ucluelet looks again very promising. Year
after year Ucluelet has some of British Columbia’s best and most wonderful
fishing opportunities. The outlook for Chinook and Coho migrations look similar
to the past few years. We expect late May into mid September to have some of the
best salmon fishing. For those that enjoy Pink Salmon fishing the odd year is
back and returns of Pinks to various rivers along the west coast should be very
Stamp to date has provided some very good winter Steelhead fishing. The fishing
in one simple word has been “consistent”. The fish are beginning to spread out
and can be found in the upper and lower river. Water conditions up to this past
mid week were excellent until the last Pacific Pineapple Express hit the West
Coast with a vengeance. With the previous water levels being relatively ideal
the migration of Winter Steelhead has been good with some good fishing in both
the Upper and Lower Stamp River. Guided trips on average have been hooking into
five to seven fish per guest group each day. The mix of hatchery Steelhead
compared to wild have been almost 50-50 on a percentage basis. For those on foot
the most popular area is the falls pool which over the past few weeks has been
very congested with sport anglers, especially on weekend days. The Sproat has
also had some great fishing days as of late. Those individuals on guided and
non-guided trips fishing with a float and below “the bucket” have had good
success using natural bait in roe, roe bags, and shrimp. Lures in artificial are
allowed only from “the bucket” up river. In the “no bait zone” corkies,
spin’n’glows in rocket red and peach are working very well. Below “the bucket”
if not using bait pink worms, blades and gooey bobs are all working very well.
One sport angler fishing close to the confluence was using a pink jig which like
pink worms, for the most part, works best in the Upper River, had an
unbelievably successful day during the past week by hooking into five or six
Steelhead. The Winter Steelhead have been good sized fish into the mid teens.
We are expecting the February and March Stamp River winter Steelhead fishing to
be very good right through until the end of March.
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