from some of the BEST PLACES TO FISH !
18th November, 2008: FISHING REPORT: Port Alberni
Inlet, Barkley Sound, Ucluelet (West Coast), Somas-Stamp River System.
by Doug Lindores of
Salmon Sport Fishing
Toll Free Number: 1-
888 214 7206
The best fishing as usual at this time of year
has been the Somass-Stamp River system. There is currently fresh Fall
Steelhead coming in daily. The Fall Steelhead continue to follow the Coho
which are still continuing to come into the River system daily even though
their numbers are dwindling.
Somas / Stamp River
are still Coho and Chinook coming into the River system daily. When rainfall is
high then the counters have a difficult time counting, as the clarity of the
water can be very poor.
At the moment clarity is almost perfect. But a week ago it was poor and three or
four days of counting was missed. The Chinook return is just over 22,000, which
is 5,000 fish short of the original DFO forecast. However Robertson Creek
Hatchery has its total egg count. Coho returns have been superb with almost
43,000 returning to Robertson Creek Hatchery Both species of salmon have also
been dropping their eggs in the river system.
The Fall Steelhead fishing in the Stamp has been excellent. Guides have been
hitting up to 12 fish per day on average during the last four or five days.
Usually 30 to 45% of the fish caught are Hatchery fish so most boats are keeping
4 fish for guests per trip.
Usually November is the month when the Fall Steelhead go on a feeding frenzy.
They are pounding the gravel beds and eating the freshly dropped eggs so that
they fatten up for their winter stay-over. At the moment the Steelhead fishing
is good in the Upper and Lower River. Since November 1st bait fishing in the
Lower River or bellow “the bucket” has been allowed. Above “the bucket” or in
the Upper River only artificial lures are allowed to be used. The bait ban in
the Upper River is year round. At the moment the guides have been using Jenson
eggs, Alaskan beads, wool, and flies that look like eggs. The Steelhead, that
are in the Upper River, that swim into the hatchery will be taken by the
hatchery staff. These fish will be released back into the bottom part of the
Lower River and they will once again be available for Anglers. In 2007 this
release happened around the 16th of November. Right now it may not matter only
because there are large numbers of steelhead in the system.
At the moment we are organizing guests for fishing and an overnight stay in the
lodge. The boats are set up for two guests per guide per boat. You don not need
experience to fish for Steelhead. The guides who are very courteous will help
you as they are very knowledgeable. Steelhead fishing in the Stamp will continue
into March. Summer or Fall Steelhead can be caught until December 15th. Winter
Steelhead can begin about the 20th of November and will last until the middle or
end of March.
Port Alberni Inlet / Barkley Sound
Port Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound are very quiet. Salmon Fishing Charter boat
operators have basically put away their boats until the new year. Salmon fishing
charters and salmon fishing guides are really hoping that there will be a
sockeye sport fishery in the summer of 2009. The thought is that late June or
the 1st of July that there will be an opening to sport fishing for sockeye. The
sockeye sport fishery is a great opportunity for people to get out and enjoy a
day of fishing in a relaxed and fairly inexpensive setting. Sockeye are the
number one eating salmon. They are fantastic on the barbecue and are a number
one canned salmon and also great for cold smoking. The Port Alberni Inlet should
see a very healthy return of Chinook and Coho in August and September. We are
already gearing up for the 2009 Salmon Derby which takes place in Port Alberni
on Labour Day weekend.
Barkley Sound should see some fairly significant feeder Chinook fishing
beginning in late December and January. the Chinook will be constantly moving
with the bait fish. Usually February is the month when the Herring spawn takes
place. This spawn brings in even more feeders. Barkley Sound should also have
some great fishing in June and July of 2009. The migratory fish going down the
coastline of Vancouver Island is predicted to be very good during this next
summer returns to the Columbia River are forecast to be very good. These fish
usually come into Barkley Sound to rest and feed on the rich bait found in the
Ucluelet (West Coast)
This is the time of year when the weather makes it difficult to fish offshore.
Of course there can be some days that we fish close to the Ucluelet Harbor or
fish in the Sound or in the Mayne Bay area. Currently we are not fishing the
area but will begin fishing feeder Chinook in January. We are also organizing
trips for our famous Seafood Safari which we begin in March. This is a great
time for all. Often there are some wonderful spring days on the open Pacific.
Guests will have opportunity to fish for salmon, bottom fish, prawns, crab, and
For more information
Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing
+1 250 724 2502 (h)
+1 250 731 7389 ©
Toll Free Number: 1-
888 214 7206