from some of the BEST PLACES TO FISH !
13th August, 2010: 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
summer months are quickly moving on. It seems that it was only mid June and here
it is already mid-August, the time of year when fishermen really get excited
about some of those big Chinook and Coho that are lingering below. Time has
probably blown by only because of the great sport fishing that has occurred up
to this time. The sport Sockeye fishing in the Port Alberni Inlet has not let
up. The fishing on the west coast has been very good for salmon and halibut. Of
course there have been a few quiet days on the coast inshore and offshore but
for the most part it has been very good. Limits of clean and fresh sockeye have
been ongoing in the Inlet. There has been a very extensive commercial fishery
going on that has depleted the Sockeye numbers but this has not completely
destroyed the sport fishing to this date as new salmon are entering the system
daily. The sport sockeye fishing could very well last another good week. We are
expecting catch limits to continue.
The Department of Fisheries and
Oceans has announced that there will no longer continue to be updates on Sockeye
forecasts. The last and final forecast still is at 1.1 million salmon. It is
thought that the full return will informally be 1.3 million. Escapement to date
is 460,000 salmon. Great Central Lake has received 220,000 fish and Sproat Lake
240,000. The returns into the river have slowed as conditions have changed. The
Somass River water temperatures have gone over twenty degrees Celsius which has
impeded the migration of the salmon into the two lakes. With weekend
temperatures being on the cool side and with some rain in the forecast the
migration should increase during the next few days.
Port Alberni Inlet
/ Barkley Sound
fishing has now been unbelievable for two full months. Fisher people who are
local, those who have come as visitors with their own boats, and those who have
used guides have had a remarkable time fishing the pristine quiet waters of the
Port Alberni Inlet. The salmon are currently in 80 to 110 feet of water with the
best fishing around China Creek and out as far as the Franklin Wall. The area
around Bilton Point has also been good. Nahmint is now closed for any
fin-fishing. The closures date is August 1st through October 31st. The sockeye
are still hitting mp hoothies in pink, pink and blue, pink and black, various
small spoons and black hooks. Leader lengths vary with boat speed but should be
22 to 27 inches in length. We are expecting Chinook to begin to show by the 15th
of August. Returns are forecast to be about 45,000 with only a nine to ten
thousand fish surplus for the Inlet and the sound. There will not be a
commercial fishery this year for Chinook or Coho in the Alberni Inlet.
in Barkley Sound areas was very good just a week ago but has dramatically slowed
down. The next big push of migratory salmon swimming to watersheds to the south
which should be the late summer run of Chinook should move into Barkley Sound as
they swim the inshore and offshore waters of Vancouver Island. The local salmon
that are headed for various creeks, streams and rivers in the Sound and also
Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery located very close to Port Alberni should also
arrive in decent numbers. This should make the mid of August through mid
September a very exciting time for anglers in the very quiet protected waters of
Barkley Sound. The best salmon fishing of late has still been the surf line
areas. Meares, Austin Island, and Cree have had some great fishing as has Edward
King and Whittlestone and Beale just up from Bamfield toward the open water.
Beale has been very good first thing in the morning and on the tide changes.
Chinook from 25 to 33 pounds have been landed by various sport fisher people and
guests of guides. Anchovy in the army truck, UV green, and purple haze teaser
head, with five feet of leader have been working well as have various coyote
spoons in the four and five inch size. One fortunate angler landed four big
Chinook using a four inch cop car and the cop car flasher. Guide Doug of Slivers
Charters Salmon Sport Fishing entertained guests with two double headers of mid
twenty pound sized Chinook between Whittlestone and Beale. All of these fish
were landed on bait. Look for big Chinook and Coho to move into the Sound by mid
salmon fishing out of Ucluelet has been a little spotty the last few days. The
best fishing for big fish in the thirty and even forty pound range has been the
south-west corner. Guide Al has had a few fish for guests in the forty to
forty-three pound range using 7 inch plugs and big tomic spoons.
He has found these fish in
forty-seven to sixty feet of water. The inside lighthouse bank, south bank
locations, and the big bank have all been good fishing areas most of the summer.
There have been report of a few Coho in the mix but most have not been hatchery
fish. Halibut have been best out at the Big Bank with most ranging in the twenty
to thirty pound range. Some have also been at The Wreck and the best method has
been on the troll. Guides have fished halibut on the bottom and fished for
salmon in the mid-water. There should be plenty of late summer run Columbia
River Salmon showing on the west coast of Vancouver Island soon. Also the mix of
local salmon returning to various spawning grounds will have the Ucluelet area
into some great August and September salmon fishing.
The Ucluelet ladder Derby
continues for the month of August and also on August 14th, 15th and 16th there
is the Ucluelet Salmon Fishing Derby with a first place prize of $10,000. The
salmon deby for this coming weekend has an entry per person OF $20 PER DAY or
$50 for all three days. All proceeds go toward the salmon enhancement society.
Tickets can be bought at the Columbia Fuel Dock.
Fall fishing for Coho and Chinook
and fly fishing for summer steelhead will be amazing beginning in mid-September.
Organize and call soon for this great opportunity.
For more information
Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing
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888 214 7206