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from some of the BEST PLACES TO FISH !

20th November, 2010: FISHING REPORT:  Port Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, Ucluelet (West Coast), Somas-Stamp River System.

by Doug Lindores of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing 
Toll Free Number
:  1- 888 214 7206

We are expecting the summer of 2011 to be good for Chinook especially in Barkley Sound, the surf line and also just offshore Ucluelet. In this Picture Ashley is happy about her 25 pound Chinook landed in the Port Alberni InletIt is mid-November and rather than thinking about the past summer of fishing and the many great days all sport anglers had on local bodies of water we are now preparing for the summer of 2011. Pre seasonal 2011 forecasts for local Sockeye and migratory salmon runs migrating to southern watersheds look rather promising. There will be more information about 2011 summer salmon runs in the early part of the New Year.

November has been not a month of wind and rain but in truth there have been some great sunny and rather warm days. This is not to say that there have not been a few heavy rains. The Stamp River has had high water and at the moment is at an average level. There have been times that fishing the Stamp for Fall-Summer Steelhead has been difficult because of the water abundance but it looks like with cooler weather on its way the Stamp will stay lower and allow for some great Steelhead fishing for the better part of the last half of November.

Summer Sockeye fishing in 2011 is expected to be very good.  Guests this summer had Remarkable trips in the Port Alberni Inlet. Sockeye fishing is fun for the whole family as everyone Can land the best commercial salmon of all. In this picture The Brannick family of Utah show there Sockeye catch from the Alberni Inlet. The retention level for sockeye is normally four per person in the Port Alberni Inlet   Salmon returns to the Somass system have not been high in number this fall. November the 5th was the last count for the Somass River Escapement Bulletin. The Somass system is a key stream for Sockeye, Chinook, and Coho. In 2010 the summer Somass River Sockeye returns were well over 1.1 million which was well over the 600,000 projected number. However Chinook at 27,000 and Coho around 22,000 were very low in returns. The Chinook numbers in terms of return still allowed for the necessary 57 million egg count at Robertson Creek Hatchery. Fisheries and Oceans Canada in partnership with Hupacasath First Nations facilitate a counting operation from late May to early November. The fish way is open daily and the salmon are counted by trained observers. The salmon migration is also videotaped and with this observations and counts are better than 95% accurate.

Stamp River

Water levels in the Stamp are currently at an average level for mid-November. The Summer-Fall Steelhead fishing for the past few weeks could be described in one word as “mediocre”. There have been some better than average days but most guide boats are averaging 5 to 8 hookups in terms of Steelhead and 5 to 6 trout hookups per day. With water levels decreasing we are expecting some good fishing over the next few weeks. The Chinook wild spawn has thinned out and the Coho spawn is taking place. Local Guide Carey Evans with a 7lb hatchery Doe picked up on the Stamp River.   Winter Steelhead fishing should continue well into March.The best fishing is in the Upper River with boat pressure on weekends being quite high in fishing areas below or above the hatchery. Weekdays in terms of fishing pressure has been quite low. Fishing above the Ash has been very good. The bridge area of Great Central has been good for those sport anglers not operating a drift or jet boat. The Lower River has seen little fishing but expectations are that in the next few weeks there will be some late Fall and Winter Steelhead will begin to show which will move some of the weekend pressure to other areas.

With the Coho spawn, anglers are using or mimicking what the Steelhead are feeding on. A bait ban is in effect from “the bucket” so fish egg imitations are a must. Guides are using single egg imitations. Jensen eggs are the most popular. Also gorkies, and spin-n-glows are doing well. Most individuals are float fishing and only a few are bouncing off the river bottom which is currently because of river conditions an unsuccessful type of fishing.

When the fishing in the Lower River picks up bait can and should be used (below the bucket) as well as gooey-bobs, pink worms, and spin-n-glows in bc orange and regular orange colors. We are expecting the Stamp River which is British Columbia’s premiere fishing destination river to have some terrific Steelhead fishing right through March of 2011.


Alberni Inlet | Barkley Sound | Ucluelet

There was some great fishing this past summer just outside of the Ucluelet Harbor. It is expected that the summer of 2011 will be very similar. Taja Steve Mark and Leigh show their catch of salmon caught out at the Big Bank off of Ucluelet Guide was Alan.   This was the first trip for this Vancouver B.C. groupSport prawn fishing reopened on the 15th of November in the Alberni Inlet. The opening will be for 15 days. Please check all DFO regulations and openings. Most individuals at this time of year will prawn close to China Creek, the narrows and Cous Creek. Currently salmon fishing is Nil but often Winter Chinook will travel up as far as China Creek if there is bait in the area. We are expecting a healthy return of Sockeye salmon in June, July and early August of 2011. Of course all fisher people are hoping that returns next summer will be similar to this past year which was well over 1.1 million. Sockeye usually begin schooling in big numbers by mid June as the water in the Somass River begins to warm up. Those individuals who have summer plans to come to Port Alberni and are planning on using a guide should arrange their trip fairly soon as boats and guides may very well be sparse.

Barkley Sound is one area on the west coast that is protected on the east and west shorelines. It is an area that can often be comfortable for winter fishing. Winter or Feeder Chinook fishing usually picks up in December and carries on well into early April. The rule is often where one finds the bait the salmon will Rob of Vancouver caught his 7 pound hatchery Summer Steelhead on Jensen eggs in the Upper Stamp river close to Port Alberni B.C.be there. The Chinook are usually in deep water from 115 to 140 feet. Good areas of the Sound to fish are areas close to Poett Nook and Sarita Bay. Vernon Bay, Swale Rock, Mayne Bay, and the back end of Canoe Pass can also be excellent areas to fish. Often hootchies in blue, green, various whites and blue-green colors are the best lures. Of course there are days when the fish will touch nothing but anchovy. Winter Chinook trips also include some prawn and crab fishing.

Ucluelet has already been experiencing some good Feeder Chinook fishing. The Inner and Outer South Bank have allowed sport fishermen to have success on salmon up to 17 and 18 pounds. Earlier the T-Rex hootchie was good but recently those fishing offshore, on good days, and those fishing close to the Ucluelet Harbor at the “red can” Mara Rock, and The Lighthouse Bank have been using white hootchies and also a green needlefish hootchie. A four inch cop car and a four inch nasty boy coyote spoon have also been good lures all fished behind a green or red hotspot flasher. During the winter Ucluelet offers some of the west coasts best prawn and crab fishing. The father and son combination show off this Steelhead picked up in the Stamp River.  The two men from Nanaimo B.C. had a great fall day hooking into 9 Steelhead in which three were hatchery fish.  All of the fish were hooked on imitation single eggsBottom fishing is also very good. We have a great Seafood Safari in the spring. One must remember that the Pacific Ocean during the winter can have some magnificent storms but also there are superb days for fishing as the ocean can be completely flat. Winter fishing is often very close to the harbour. Safety of course is always a priority. Ucluelet will once again be a fisherman’s paradise in the summer of 2011 as preseason predictions are showing a very healthy return of four year old migratory salmon swimming the coast and destined to watersheds to the south. These fish swim as early, mid, and late summer fish. If things remain true to past years the best fishing is from the second week of June through to mid August.


For more information


Doug Lindores
Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing
[email protected]
+1 250 724 2502 (h)
+1 250 731 7389 ©
Toll Free Number:  1- 888 214 7206




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