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February, 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
is almost the end of February and the saltwater fishing season is closing in on
us very quickly. Winter Spring sport fishing out of Ucluelet and Barkley Sound
has been on for almost a month. The weather has been absolutely unbelievable. We
have had more hours of sunshine this year on the West Coast and the Alberni
Valley than any other year that can be remembered (at least it seems that way)
One problem with having the great
weather that we have had is that for this time of year there is very little
snowpack which is not good for the summer.
The preseason forecast for
returning salmon to this area in August and September is quite good. The
migratory fish swimming down the coastline of Vancouver Island is forecast to be
one of the best years ever. According to various Fisheries officers in Canada
and the US the return of salmon to the Fraser River and the Columbia River is
very high. Many of these fish come into Barkley Sound during June, July, August
and September to feed on the rich resources of bait fish. We are very excited
about the fishing opportunities in June and July in Barkley Sound. In August
Chinook and Coho returning to the Robertson Creek Hatchery in Port Alberni and
salmon returning to the various rivers and creeks in the Sound area will also
provide unbelievable fishing opportunities.
Areas Sport Fishing Advisory Board has recently made a public announcement that
there will be a sockeye opening in the Port Alberni Inlet this summer. This is
great news as this will be the first opportunity to fish sockeye since the
summer of 2006. There has been no formal announcement on run size, limits, or
when the actual season will open but the news is fantastic for the sport
fisherman, fishing charter guides, and the community as a whole in terms of
Port Alberni Inlet / Barkley Sound
February a few local sport fishermen and also local sport fishing charter guides
fish the Inlet around Nahmint and Franklin River. This year is no different and
with so many gorgeous days on the water some local sport fisher people have been
out on the water. Finding bait in the Nahmint area local sport fishermen decided
to troll the area with anchovy and hootchies. One local sport fisherman picked
up one of the largest Winter Chinook of the season. In an area known s Bells Bay
this sport fishing enthusiast hit a 22 pound fish that just did not want to come
into the boat. This fish battled for well over twenty minutes until finally
giving up. This fish and other feeder Chinook ranging in the 8 to 12 pound range
hit an anchovy in a chartreuse Rhys Davis Teaser head. Leader length was five
and a half feet. There has been a few other Winter Chinook in the area reported
to be in the 20 to 22 pound range in the Bells Bay Nahmint-Franklin area. Most
of the fish in the Inlet have been in 80 to 100 feet of water. The Barkley Sound
area has many good areas to fish Winter Chinook. The weekend of FEBRUARY 28th
and March 1st is the 21st annual Sproat Loggers Winter Spring Fishing Derby.
This Derby is based out of Poett Nook which is just on the other side of Sarita.
(travelling toward Bamfield) This Derby has a cost of $15 per person. It is not
$15 per rod. There are a lot of fantastic prizes that will be awarded on Sunday
at 12 noon. There are only 500 tickets printed which can be picked up at the
Port Alberni and Nanaimo Gone Fishing Stores and also Port Boat House. Launching
and moorage etc. on this derby weekend at the Nook is free of charge. Sarita
Bay, the mouth of the Bamfield Harbor, Samatao Bay, Pill Point and Diplock,
Vernon Bay, Canoe Pass area, and Swale Rock to name a few can all be hotspots
for feeder spring fishing. Of course these salmon are always found in good
numbers in areas where there is bait. This past Saturday 3 guests from Alberta
enjoyed a beautiful day on the water with Slivers Charters guide Al. Pill Point
showed a few fish in the 100 to 130 foot depth but showed no interest to bite.
There were fish around Diplock that were not that deep and there seemed to be
quite a few shallow fish off of Swiss Boy. However Vernon Bay and the area just
out from Canoe Pass had bait showing and salmon that were interested in biting.
From noon to about 2 pm eight fish hit and four were taken at the boat. Anchovy
in a green Rhys Davis Teaser head and hootchies in green and blue and white were
also working well behind a green hotspot flasher. Guide Ken has been fishing the
area of Samatao over the last couple of weeks had has found some smaller fish in
the eight to ten pound range. The fish in Samatao have not been deep and have
been hitting white hootchies (AORL12) with 40 to 44 inches of leader behind
various flasher colors.
Those people interested in coming
to Vancouver Island should be making their plans. Slivers Charters Salmon Sport
Fishing is currently booking summer trips for the Port Alberni Inlet, Barkley
Sound and the West Coast.
West Coast (Ucluelet)
Most of our trips for Winter
Chinook to date have been into Barkley Sound.
We have fished Mayne Bay where quite a bit of bait has been found. Many of the
feeders in the area are 6 to 8 pounds. The back area of Swale Rock has had some
good days. Any fishing close to Ucluelet has been just outside the Harbor and
close to Beg Island and the lighthouse. The Herring spawn is getting close and
the herring should be headed toward the beach which should really pick up our
fishing over the next couple of weeks. Do not miss out on our SEAFOOD SAFARI
which features Salmon, Rock Fish, Prawns and Crab. We are also encouraging
people to do some whale watching in March and April and at the same time enjoy
some fishing opportunities. Late March and April is often beautiful with quiet
water on the open Pacific Ocean.
We are still in the midst of
steelhead fishing on the upper and lower Stamp. The guides are on the water
everyday and have a bit of an advantage because of this. We usually have one or
two boats in either area. Some days have been fantastic where guides are hitting
up to 8 or 9 fish. Other days are slower where only 2 or 3 hit. The water levels
have been low which can make it very difficult to fish. One of the guides
recently hit a 15 pound Winter Steelhead for guests from Italy. The biggest fish
of the season is still 18 pounds. We are hoping for some rain to bring water
levels up. If this occurs the fishing will really improve. We have been happy to
date with our results however. It does help to be on the river on a daily basis.
Many who are just coming on their own have gone home fairly flustered and
frustrated. We are expecting the Winter Steelhead fishing to continue right
until the end of March.
We are expecting some great
continued winter fishing. On the horizon it looks like a very good year for
summer salmon fishing especially on the west coast and Barkley Sound. Port
Alberni Inlet fishing should and will be much better than last year. Sockeye
numbers are good enough to have an announced Sport fish opening. Chinook and
Coho returns should be very strong.
For more information
Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing
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888 214 7206