from some of the BEST PLACES TO FISH !
21st April, 2009: 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
West Coast of Vancouver Island and the waters of Barkley Sound have had some
wonderful spring days where temperatures have been close to twenty degrees
Celsius. There still are some cool damp day but as we get closer to May the
weather should provide many more beautiful fishing days than ones that are poor.
The spring season can produce some of the finest saltwater fishing opportunities
along the coastline of Vancouver Island. The salmon, halibut, rockfish, and
lingcod fishing are often very good. The fishery in 2009 in Barkley Sound,
Ucluelet, and areas just offshore will be extremely exciting. Local guides and
salmon charter businesses as well as local sport fishermen are looking forward
to a very productive year of salmon fishing. There will be a tremendous increase
in returns of Chinook and Coho. This is the first year that returns will benefit
from an ocean that cooled dramatically since the spring of 2006. There have been
excellent survival rates. Although the Canadian DFO has not predicted all
returning forecasts we do
that the migratory run of salmon headed to the Columbia River and its
tributaries has been upgraded to almost 700,000 Chinook and 1.5 million Coho. We
are looking forward to some of these fish showing up along the shoreline in May.
The Coho are often in what is called early summer runs and we are expecting some
good fishing off of Ucluelet and in Barkley Sound in late May and all of June.
July will produce Chinook in big numbers and then August and September the area
will be hit by local returns and late migratory summer runs. Coho and Chinook
fishing should be phenomenal for all sport fishermen. Barkley Sound has rich
resources of bait fish and the Coho come into many of the surf line areas to
feed. The Coho feed furiously and often during the summer put on a pound a week.
Mixed in with the Coho and Chinook will be Pink Salmon. Those who enjoy using
light tackle and like staying in tight to the beach in smaller craft along the
Vancouver Island Coast Line will have a riot fishing pinks. Also anyone
interested in fly fishing will also have a wonderful experience as the Pink
Salmon numbers are forecast to be 14 to 17 million. Look for 2009 as being one
of the best fishing years since 1992 along the coast of Vancouver Island,
Ucluelet, and Barkley Sound.
Port Alberni Inlet / Barkley Sound
fishing has once again opened in the upper areas of the Port Alberni Inlet. Many
prawn fishermen have been amazed at the size and numbers of these tasty
creatures of the sea. Crabbing has also picked up dramatically. Fortunately
prawns can be found in most areas of Vancouver Island for almost 12 months of
the year. People prawning at the moment should be choosy. There are still many
egg carrying females and they should be released back into the water. June in
the Alberni Inlet has very heavy commercial prawn fishing. The success rate at
this time of year for the sport prawner usually diminishes but comes back again
in August. Before prawn fishing in the Inlet and down into Barkley Sound
remember to check out the DFO website for regulations in the area.
There is great excitement in Port
Alberni as there will be a sport sockeye fishery. Sockeye fishing was last open
in the summer of 2006. The DFO is recommending that the limit per person is two
with a four fish in possession rule. Sockeye are the number one commercial
salmon and for those in the Port Alberni area who have opportunity to fish
sockeye they are great for canning and wonderful on the barbecue. Sockeye are
targeted in the inlet by sport anglers on a very slow troll. Most sport fishing
salmon guides use small pink hootchies or mp 15ís. They are often referred to as
(bubblegum). Some fishermen use the red mp 16ís or 4ís. Leader lengths can be
from 22 to 28 inches. Hotspots in the Port Alberni Inlet for sockeye are often
Cous Creek, Dunsmuir Point, the slide opposite China Creek, the narrows just
above Mctush, and the Nahmint side of the Franklin-Nahmint area.
can usually continue into the first few days of August followed with a week of
slow action as there is a short waiting period for the first Chinook to show up
in the Inlet. Often by the 10th of August the first Chinook are in the harbor.
Bells Bay can often be the first area where local anglers pick up the first of
these bigger salmon. Usually by the 15th of August there are good numbers in the
area. Look for the summer of 09 to have the same numbers of returning Chinook.
We are hoping that we have a normal August and that torrential rainfall does not
occur like it did last year. Coho number should also be very high.
The Barkley Sound Winter Chinook
fishing has not been that spectacular. We fished Swale and Vernon Bay early last
week. There are fish showing on the sounder from 130 to 180 feet but they have
not been that anxious to bite. Sarita Bay has been the best spot to fish. Over
the past weekend guests with guide Jon picked up five winter Chinook from 9 to
14 pounds. The green spatterback and white hootchie were both working well
behind green and red hotspot flashers. Reports today had fish picked up at
Effingham and reports also show that Tzartus Island had fish and lots of bait
balls. With warmer spring rains the bait will come into the sound in big numbers
which should push in the feeder Chinook. The prawning and crabbing in Barkley
Sound has been fantastic. Some traps are filling up with an estimated 300
prawns. Barkley Sound will have some fabulous fishing this summer. The surf line
areas should have some great Coho and Chinook Fishing. Look for places like
Cree, Meares, Edward King and Beale to have some fabulous angling. If you are
going to the sound on your own make sure you do take some bait as the past few
years bait has out fished hootchies and spoons. If you travel a mile or two
offshore than sometimes it does not matter what you throw out at the salmon.
Vancouver West Coast (Ucluelet)
are currently fishing salmon, salmon-halibut combos and our fantastic SEAFOOD
SAFARI. The seafood safari is a real hit for many tourists. People have
opportunity to bait up and fish prawns and crab and at the same time fish for
bottom fish and salmon. The crabbing and prawning has been just fabulous. Salmon
fishing has been great on the days it is possible to fish. There were a couple
of fantastic days last week on the water. Guide Mike had guests from Grand
Prarie fishing over at Great Bear which has had great fishing for the last
number of weeks. Mike has continued using herring strip in a chartreuse
Herring strip teaser head and also a purple haze hootchie. Both choices have
been working fabulously. The feeder Chinook in the area of Great Bear have been
averaging 12 to 15 pounds. They are in 90 to 130 feed of and are just wonderful
on the barbecue. Guests one day had a seafood barbecue at a local bed and
breakfast and the meal of seafood including scallops and oysters was highlighted
with B.C. White Wine. We have picked up some halibut in the early going. Sail
Rock was good for two 30 pound halibut last week. Often the halibut after
spawning go back to deep water and then by mid-May migrate back into the
shallows. Ucluelet again this summer be a hot bed for fishing. The migratory
runs will be huge and we are expecting some of the best salmon fishing ever.
Somass - Stamp River
We are now booking river fishing charters for next fall. September, October and
November of 09 if like the fall of 08 will be wonderful. There should be ample
Coho and Summer Steelhead in the system. Coho returns look very strong back to
Robertson Creek. One can be a novice in the river as our guides are very good
teachers. Call Doug for more information at 1 877 314 6800
Labor Day Weekend Salmon
Festival and Derby
Remember the summer ends with the Port Alberni Salmon festival and Derby.
The Derby takes place during the three days of the Labour Day weekend. Slivers
Charters will once again fish guests during the Derby. Individuals can choose
their location in either the Port Alberni Inlet or Barkley Sound. Call or email
Doug for further information.
For more information
Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing
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+1 250 731 7389 ©
Toll Free Number: 1-
888 214 7206