from some of the BEST PLACES TO FISH !
30th July, 2010: 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
current fishing conditions continue like the weather “HOT”. The Sockeye fishing
in the Port Alberni Inlet has been unbelievable and has benefited the Port
Alberni economy and tourism activity extensively. The current fishing on outside
waters out of Ucluelet and the surf line areas of Barkley Sound have seen record
numbers of Chinook salmon migrating to southern watersheds. The fishing on most
days has been very good especially for three year old Chinook.
The total return of Somass
Sockeye to terminal fishing areas in the Port Alberni Inlet has been reforecast
to 1.1 million salmon. This is a total of 500,000 Sockeye extended from the
original forecast of 600,000. The Adult escapement goal is 449,000 and is
currently at 422,000. Great Central Lake has current return through its fish way
of 182,000 and Sproat Lake 240,000. The Great Central Lake daily returns have
been averaging from a low of 3,000 to a high day of 16,000 salmon, while Sproat
returns have lowered averaging a low on one day of 3,000 to a high day of 9,000.
The Somass River conditions remain very favorable to the migration of the
Sockeye as the flow is moderate and the water temperature in the river is below
the 20 degree Celsius mark.
While the Sport fleet in the Port
Alberni Inlet will continue fishing at a possession limit of four Sockeye per
day a Fin-Fishing Closure came into effect on Saturday July 24th in the tidal
river area from Paper Mill Dam to the Mouth of the Somass River.
Port Alberni Inlet
/ Barkley Sound
Port Alberni Inlet has been alive with migrating Somass Sockeye headed for
spawning grounds and sport fishermen from all over the world taking opportunity
to land the harvestable surplus. Many boat owners have come to the Port Alberni
Valley to fish for the number 1 salmon-----Sockeye while many tourists and
visitors from countries in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the U.S. and many
locations of Canada have hired responsible salmon fishing guides to take
opportunity to sport fish for the great tasting salmon which is the current
highlight at many family barbeques. The Sockeye sport fishery has been one of
the best seasons in years and many individuals have taken advantage in
participating in one of the best family fishing opportunities available.
Children from five years old or younger and adults to age 90 or more can take
part in this fishery. The Port Alberni Inlet invites many individuals to very
pristine and quiet waters in the morning hours and allows for very easy fishing
out of many boat types.
Fishing in the Inlet got under way very close to the middle of June and each day
since has been more than fantastic. The Salmon have been in all of the available
fishing areas of the Inlet with the China Creek and Franklin-Nahmint areas
having the best fishing. Guides from Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing have
entertained guests with limits of salmon on a daily basis. The sockeye are
currently moving to deeper water as the air temperature increases. Lately the
best fishing has been in 70 to 120 feet of water and those that use dummy
flashers have perhaps had better and quicker success than those that have not.
It does seem that the salmon that are biting are in deeper water. The mp
hootchies in black-pink, blue-pink and bubblgum pink continue to work well with
22 to 28 inches of leader. The test fishery boat is out again this week and the
run may or may not be upgraded. Sockeye fishing could very well go into the
first ten days of August.
Barkley Sound fishing has continued to be on a roller coaster. There has been
some good fishing in inside areas like Pill Point and Diplock over the past
couple of weeks with some nice Chinook in the mid twenties and lower thirties.
These fish have come into these inside areas to feed on bait in the area.
Effinghan Island, Austin and Cree Island have been very good on many occasions
with some good fishing lasting three or four days at a time and then cooling off
and then coming on again as new schools of Chinook swim by on their migration to
distant watersheds. Sport fisher persons often have to be in the location on the
days that the Chinook are coming through. As of late the fish in the surf line
areas have been predominately three year olds and have been coming in at 15 to
20 pounds. Slivers Charters Guides have been fishing the area and have done well
on the four inch blue and green nickel coyote spoon, the army truck glow and the
tiger prawn hootchie. Bait has been okay but not as prominent as it has been in
past years. A purple hot spot flasher with a five to six foot leader using an
army truck, chartreuse, purple haze, or UV green Rhys Davis teaser head seem to
be currently working the best for those using bait. A couple of anglers during
the past week have been fortunate in finding the odd halibut in the Sound. Pill
Point over the weekend had one happy group land a 42 pound hali picked up on a
small spoon. Guests from Abbotsford B.C. with guide John fishing off of Meares
Bluff landed a 30 pound halibut using a green nickel coyote on the troll. The
Coho fishing has been almost nil to date. There have been few reports of any
Coho action. August and September should be the usual banner months in Barkley
Sound for Chinook and Coho fishing.
Areas out of Ucluelet continue to be very good. Like any other year not every
day is banner but on most days there is enough area to move to find moving and
feeding salmon. Most guides continue to do well for their guests on a daily
basis for halibut and Chinook which again are predominately in the three year
old category. This is not to say that there have not been any fish picked up
from the mid twenties to low thirty pound category. Those traveling out to fish
in Ucluelet should be prepared for some fog as the warm inland temperatures
reaching 30 to 35 degrees Celsius often mean foggy cool mornings on Ucluelet
waters. The Lighthouse Bank, the outside and inside south and the adipose have
all had some great fishing. The Big Bank has been very good and has really been
the only area that has reported some Coho although there have been reports of a
few landed in inside waters. Some guides are using six and seven inch plugs and
tomic spoons in shallower water because of the many pilchards swimming and
schooling in the area. Often the bigger fish will come after these lures. Other
fishermen are fishing deeper and are using hootchies in the form of the T-Rex
and the Tiger Prawn and various white and green colors. The Ladder Ucluelet
fishing derby continues through until the end of August with the final derby
taking place during the second weekend of September. Each month has some great
cash prizes and the entry is $10 per person. Details are available out in
Ucluelet when arriving for fishing.
The late spring and summer salmon
fishing in this area has been very good if not phenomenal. Many guests and
visitors have gone home very pleased with their catches and have exceeded many
individuals expectations. We are expecting the next two months to be the same.
For more information
Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing
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Toll Free Number: 1-
888 214 7206