If you are thinking of trying to get them yourself the gear we use is Gibbsdelta flashers the Watermark white, blue or chartreuse, or the trusty reliable chartreuse glow and can’t wait to try the new herring aide flasher they should be great also. This fishery i mainly am a bait guy so using rhys davis heads with a 5 to 8ft leaders but some hootchies and spoons should work great also.
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We have had a great couple weeks of charters in Vancouver. We were fishing in english Bay for Coho and the odd Spring till a week ago and now have been off the Fraser river going after the Sockeye salmon with an odd Spring salmon mixed in. We have a few days open in August still and a few more days in September. This sockeye run should keep going into the first week of August and we will switch over to our West van fishery for the great Coho and Spring run in mid September to early October. We also get a great run of Springs and Coho off the Fraser river which we key on on full day charters. Give us a call and book a trip or ask any questions you would like to have answered. If you are trying to go get them yourself give me a shout and i will help you out anyway i can. The Sockeye have been hitting on Gibbsdelta flashers with Yamashita hootchies the springs like them to. If just keying on Coho and Springs i have been mainly using Watermark Gibbsdelta flashers with rhys davis heads and anchovies. Good luck look forward to talking to you.
Summer in Vancouver has arrived and we’ve had some great fishing charters in the past week! The Coho (Silver salmon) have shown up earlier than normal and in big numbers in the waters around Vancouver including: Bowen Island, English Bay, Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound.We’ve also had some nice Spring salmon (King salmon) mixed in which has resulted in days full of action! We have mainly been fishing the South/South West part of Bowen Island when calm winds allow. On windy days we’ve been looking for the Spring salmon (King salmon) close to Horseshoe Bay at Hole in the Wall (towards Lions Bay). It’s a great time of year to book one of our 5 or 8 hour charters. We recommend an 8 hour to enable us to fish a whole tide.
For those of you wanting to give it a try on your own, we have been using Gibbsdelta tackle: mainly the Watermark flashers with a white, green or red blade or a chartreuse glow flasher. Rhys Davis heads with smaller anchovies seem to be working great for both variety of salmon, Springs or Coho.We’ve also been using a few different Yamashita little squirt hootchies for the Coho (picture attached of gear).This fishing should continue to be great with all the bait (anchovy schools) around. Looking toward August, the success should continue until we hopefully get a chance to fish for some Sockeye off the Fraser River.If that fishery doesn’t open, we are still in great shape with the Capilano Coho and the Springs returning to our rivers.
Feel free to call to book a charter or if you’re trying for yourself, ask a few questions. I’ll help any way I can. Until next time good luck let’s get out and enjoy a day.
It has been a while since my last fishing report. We have had some great Vancouver fishing charters the past month and it should continue till the end of September if the rains stay away. The Howe Sound pink fishery is now done so we are turning our focus to fish returning to the Fraser and Capilano Rivers. Right now, we’re mainly fishing off the Fraser River. In the next week or so, the Capilano River should start to pick up again for the fall fishery. We’ve been successful lately with some great sized Springs mixed with a few Coho and Pink as well. We are mainly fishing the Bell Buoy area to just South of the North arm, 30 to 80ft with Ryhs Davis heads and anchovies as well as Gibbsdelta Watermark flashers with the skinny g homeland security. We have a few days available for charters for the Fraser River fishery as well as some days available later in September for the Capilano fishery which we only fish the flood tide. Call anytime for charter booking or to ask questions if you are going to try yourself. The rest of the year looks great. Come spend a day on the Watermark. Until next time good luck.
With skiing over and what appears to be Spring finally making an appearance, it’s time to start hitting the water and kicking off an epic next 6 months! There has been some good fishing for the past month from the Gulf Islands, off the south end of Bowen Island and up into Howe Sound.
In the Gulf Islands at Thrasher Rock off Gabriola Island, fishing has been very good with the odd slow day to keep things interesting! Most fish have been on the smaller side 8-12 lbs and caught between 120-200 feet. Beware, some days the algae has been terrible so check your lines often to keep them clean! On this side of the Straight of Georgia there are a lot of options: QA marker, South end of Bowen Island, Cowan’s Point, Salmon Rock and Hole in the Wall to name a few. Howe Sound seems to have a lot less algae so we’ve stayed local for the most part. It has been producing some nice fish up to 30+ lbs. Great to see at this time of year! Fish have been showing up in abundance, not just size. We’ve hit our limit on a few occasions which obviously is great for any time of year! The feed at times is surfaced by the acre, you can feel your rods shake as you troll through. I try to locate the feed and stick close by. We’ve mostly been staying just north of Horseshoe Bay up 3 or 4 miles and fishing between 70-120 feet.
Gear we’ve been most consistent with has been Gibbsdelta. Flashers have been the Watermark green or purple blade or chartreuse glow. We’ve been using Skinny G spoons in Irish Cream or Outfitter and also the Silver Horde herring aide. The bigger fish have seemed to hit on Rhys Davis heads in green UV or 2 tone green glow. They haven’t hit huge numbers of fish, but they definitely attract the larger ones!
Hopefully this spring weather continues, the rain stops and the temperatures start to climb so we can enjoy the waters around beautiful Vancouver! Give me a call for charter information. At this time of year we recommend 6-8 hour local trips so we can fish a whole tide or move spots if required. If you’re looking to try your luck on your own, give me a call for some friendly tips and advice! Until next time, good luck!
Happy New Year to everyone! First fishing report of the year. Our winter fishing in Vancouver has launched into full swing over the past month and is yielding some great results! For the first time in over 5 years my marina has iced us in but with warmer temperatures coming next week, we should be able to get out and at her!
Howe Sound has been producing a fair number of legal Spring salmon smattered with a few undersized as well. The usual spots: Tunstall Bay, 3rd Marker, Hutt Island and Grace have all produced. Further up the sound: Defense Islands and Porteau Cove have seen a few nice fish but haven’t been fished as much due to the constant outflow winds. English Bay has had some good days from the freighters to the Capilano River on the flood tide but there seems to be more undersized than legal in English Bay with a lot of grilse at times. Let’s also not forget the prawning and crabbing which we’ve been doing well on our trips as well!
No matter where we’re fishing, we fish the bottom or some forms of structure. It’s important in winter fishing to be very close to the bottom as you troll. For tackle, we’ve been using Gibbsdelta. Flashers we’ve been using the Watermark white, chartreuse blades, chartreuse glow or purple slurpee. We’ve been using a bit of bait. Usually on one of the four rods I troll the UV green Rhys Davis head. In winter, I love spoons. The G force, Skinny G have been great in the colours Irish Cream and the outfitter. The silver horde I’ve been hitting fish in the Irish Cream colour as well.
In the coming weeks, the winter fishing in Vancouver should get better and better. Now is the time we usually start to see it picking up but we’ve had a great month so far which hopefully is a sign of a few spectacular months to come! We are offering a special for the next month on 8hr winter local charters. Give me a call to get out on
the water or if you want some advice to go it alone!
Give me a shout 604.816.8944 happy to help any way I can! Enjoy the start of the new year!
After a few slower days due to wind, rain and choppy water, we’ve seen the fishing picking back up to the normal April fishery. Over the past week we’ve been keying in on fishing the South end of Bowen Island with some good results. We’ve also been in Howe Sound Tunstall Bay, 3rd Marker, Grace or at Hole in the Wall near Horseshoe Bay. Other people have had some good days further up the sound at Defense Islands as well.
We’ve seen fish weighing in the high teens with the biggest marking a whopping 29lbs! A great fish for any time of year!! This fishery is great for charters. Trips start at 5 hours but we would recommend fishing a whole tide so 8 hours is your best bet for seeing results and getting those exciting bites!! Mixed in with the legal fish we have had a quite a few undersized Spring salmon, Grilse salmon and the odd small Coho. Some days we’ve also seen a lot of Hake which is a bit of a pain but usually the salmon are near them.
We’ve been fishing at depths of 80-140 feet at the South end of Bowen Island using Gibbsdelta flashers, the Watermark or Chartreuse Glow. For spoons we’ve been using Gibbsdelta Skinny G, the Outfitter, Irish Cream. Silver Horde the Homeland Security. Bait has turned back on using the same flashers as above with Rhys Davies heads the UV green, the 2 tone green glow, the tiger have also been working well with 5-8 foot leaders. We’ve seen some success on hootchies. White has worked well on a shorter leader.
Crabbing has been OK, but not great lately. The crab near my marina off the West Vancouver coastline have been molting. I’m hopeful it’ll pick up soon. Prawning has been inconsistent – very hit or miss.
Give me a call to book a charter or to ask questions about the different trips we offer Feel free to reach out with questions on gear if you’re going to give it a try on your own. Always happy to help out any way I can.
Until next time, good luck!
Mark – 604-816-8944
Well, it’s that time of year again! Springtime and the Vancouver charter season has kicked off. The early Spring Vancouver fishery has had some unbelievable stretches in and around Vancouver spanning from English Bay, the west side of Bowen Island to the top end of Howe Sound at Defense Islands. The feed (herring and anchovies) has been more abundant than I’ve seen in years and the fish are sticking with it. If the positive trends over the past month continue the fishing at the south end of Bowen Island in April and May is shaping up to be fantastic!
Over the past month, the fishing has been good but the last week has been amazing. There has been a wide area of places that have produced fish and most sports have been good to excellent. Great bets are Defense Islands, Porteau Cove, Grace Island, 3rd marker, Hutt Island, Tunstall Bay, English Bay and the bell buoy. Good bets on gear (and what the Watermark has been using) are Gibbsdelta gear the Watermark flashers, chartreuse glow or blue glow. Behind the flashers, the Gibbsdelta Skinny G, the Irish Cream or the Outfitter have been hot! We haven’t been using much bait, usually fishing 3 spoons and one bait and we have been using the Rhys Davis heads (the 2 tone green glow one) or the UV green head with 5.5 inch anchovies on a 5-7 foot leader. Check the pictures out from the last few days to see our catches!
The Watermark 31ft Pursuit is now ready for charters for another year. I can’t wait to get out there to get people fishing, enjoying the waters, see the wildlife and scenery. Why not enjoy all Vancouver has to offer from the water in style and comfort. Feel free to call to ask about our different fishing charters from 5 hour trips to multi-day trips. Now is a great time to book while the days with the best tides are still available. As always, if you’re going to try your hand at it on your own feel free to contact me with questions about the area and gear to use. It’s always my pleasure to help out.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Mark – 604-816-8944
After another great week of Vancouver fishing and it’s still going strong. The last couple weeks we’ve been mainly keying on the Pink salmon run up Howe Sound the action was nonstop. It’s a great experience for kids and people that like spin casting up beautiful Howe Sound or for those that have never caught a salmon. We had many (50 to 80+) Pink salmon in the mornings, mainly fishing near Camp Potlatch. Those fish have pretty well moved on up to the Squamish River and we are now keying on the Spring run going to the Fraser River. It’s a great time to do a charter if you want to catch the big one.
We have started fishing anywhere from Point Atkinson (Lighthouse Park). Bell Buoy, North Arm to the South Arm of the Fraser River. The fishing most days has been great. In addition to hitting Spring salmon we also have released some Sockeye salmon and hit Pink salmon heading to the Fraser River as well. This fishery will continue till the early part of September. Come that time we will fish the Capilano River on the West Vancouver shoreline for the great run of Springs we get there. The main run of Pink salmon hasn’t hit the Fraser River yet so mix that in with the Spring salmon and we have a great couple weeks ahead of us.
Majority of our Pinks have been caught using light tackle action. Tackle to use is the Gibbs Minnow the 3 quarter ounze pink jig has been producing great results. The last few trips of the Fraser River I’ve mainly been using Rhys Davis heads with the Watermark flasher 40 to 80ft with anchovies with great success.
If you want a chance at a big Spring/King salmon, now is the time to do a fishing charter! September is also a great time to get your chance at a Tyee salmon. If possible,doing charters in the week gets you away from the crowds of the weekend and makes it that much more enjoyable. Call to see avialable days and ask questions about the remaining fisheries we have. If you are trying to catch the big one youself feel free to ask questions also. Until next time good luck.
It’s been roughly another week in the vancouver salmon charter scene with great results all over.
In the last week Howe Sound has really started see big numbers of Pinks showing up. Spin casting for them with Gibbs minnows has been dynamite in the 3 quarter ounce pink color. There are several areas to do this fishery off Furry Creek golf course and Porteau Cove. Keep an eye out when running, there are large schools heading up the shoreline. Stop and fish if you see Pinks finning or jumping! We have been keying on Potlatch which is an area just south of Defense Islands. It’s one of the most beautiful places we fish all year. If you like light tackle action this is a great fishery for you and it’s great for kids with so much activity.
There are several other areas providing the chance of a great day on the water. In the last week Seal Rocks just off the West Vancouver shoreline has been on fire most days. There has been massive schools of Pink salmon and most trips we have had a shot at some nice Springs. Other great trips have been off Point Atkinson (Lighthouse Park) toward Passage Island. We have hit some real nice Springs with a mixture of Pink salmon and have even released some Sockeye salmon. Also seeing great results T10, Bell Buoy, and the West Vancouver shoreline near the mouth of the Capilano River. All have produced Pink salmon, a few Coho salmon and some nice Springs. In all these areas should continue to have great fishing for quite a while.
In the last week I have been spin casting or jigging for the Pink salmon up Howe Sound where I use Gibbs 3 quarter ounce pink jigs. For trolling I use exclusively Gibbs Delta flashers chartruse glow, or the Watermark continues to rock! Rhys Davis heads with anchovies and a small mini hootchie UV with pink splatter has been great for Pinks (see picture to get an idea of the hootchie.)
Call to ask questions or about our different fishing charter options. Feel free to call if you are trying to catch them yourself I have no problem helping you guys out any way I can. Until next time good luck.
This week on the Vancouver fishing charter scene we’ve seen a mix of Coho, Spring and Pinks and some great results across the board!
The Pink salmon have shown up in pretty big numbers with more showing up every day. The shore casters up Howe Sound at Furry Creek have started to do well. The guys that have gone up Howe Sound have done very well wherever they find the schools from Potlatch to Furry Creek. We will start doing this in the next week if not sooner. It’s a great fishery for young kids and people that like light tackle salmon fishing coupled with the scenery of Howe Sound you can’t beat it. The tackle we use for thse pinks is spinning Rods with Gibbs minnow 3/4 ounze pink jigs they drive the pink salmon nuts.
The West Vancouver shoreline has still been producing quite a good number of salmon; a mix of Coho, Pinks and a few Springs. We have been fishing more off of Point Atkinson (Lighthouse Park) over to the QA Marker (Point Grey), to Cowans Point (Bowen Island). As you see in the pictures we have had great days on the water in the last few days. Other areas are good bets are Hole in the Wall just outside Horseshoe Bay, t10 off the middle arm of the Fraser River, and if you’d like a day trip the Gulf Islands off Gabriolla Island which have all had fish caught there in the last week. Back on the West Vancouver shoreline, we’ve landed a couple Springs weighing in the mid-twenties – big fish for this time of year! On one charter we kept 3 springs and lost 2 more. This fishery is fun for everyone. We stand a great chance at getting into a big Spring while catching Pinks or Coho salmon. The gear that has worked has been the Watermark flasher with Rhys Davis heads the two glow green one or the UV one with anchovies and a little Yamachita pink UV squirt hootchie has been great for Pinks.
Call for info on the different fishing charters that we can do or call if you’d like to pick my brain if you are heading out yourself to try your luck and I can help you out. Until next time good luck!
Mark – 604-816-8944
A couple more weeks of some great salmon fishing in Vancouver. Over the last two weeks we have been successfulon every salmon fishing charter we have had. It’s looking good to keep that streak going. The fish will keep showing up for the next few months in the Vancouver area.
The Gulf Islands isn’t producing as much as the local fisheries. The few charters that have made the trip have picked up the odd nice Spring salmon and have hit a few Pinks. It’s still a good call if you want a change of scenery and a full day on the water but with all the salmon locally there’s no reason for us to head that way unless someone wants to see the sights.
The local salmon fishing has been great this last week getting 12 to 20 hits a morning on the West Vancouvershoreline. We have been hitting West Van from off Lighthouse Park (Point Atkinson) to the mouth of the Capilano River. It’s been a mix of Pink salmon, Coho salmon, and Spring salmon. This area will continue to get better in the weeks to come as the salmon head back to their river systems. There are other fisheries coming up in the Vancouver area. We have the Fraser River Sockeye run coming in August as well as Fraser River Springs and then the September Capilano Spring salmon run. Until the big rains in the end of September, or hopefully later, we have great opportunities for Coho, Springs, Pinks, Sockeye (if we get opened for them), and later on Chums.
The most recent fishery that has started is up Howe Sound about 20 min boat ride from Horseshoe Bay. This fishery happens every two years when the Pink salmon swarm back to the Squamish river system and other river systems. This is a great light tackle fishery and great for kids so book now. These are the days when you actually hook up to 50 plus fish a morning. It’s great fun for all and a great way to get your kids into boating and fishing. My key to being successful in this fishery is I use one jig and it seems to do the job over and over. It the Gibbs Minnow 3 quarter ounce pink jig. We cast them or jig them and it drives the Pinks crazy.
Main tackle that’s been working for us on the west vancouver shoreline has been Gibbs Delta flashers the Watermark or Chartruse glow, with Rhys Davis heads. We have had some luck on the Yamishita the Big Ugly but mostly on anchovies.
The crabbing remains strong in Howe Sound and usually stays that way. Call to book a charter or to ask questions about different trips that are available. Don’t think you are bugging me if you are thinking of going out yourself to try your luck. I can help you out with what I use, where, leader lengths, depths and whatever else you need some advice on.
Interesting last few days in the Vancouver charter scene. There has been some mixed fishing from English Bay, Howe Sound to the Gulf Islands.
The Gulf Islands have been mainly slow but some boats have found some pockets of salmon and done well. There have been a few fish caught in The Hook at Thrasher Rock right off Gabriola Island. Entrance Island has been the most consistent spot with small pockets of fish and Spring salmon being caught ranging from 14 to the low 20’s. There was a 35lb halibut caught also this week a great surprise for someone trolling for salmon!
July is upon us in the Vancouver area and fishing in English Bay (West Vancouver shoreline) is going to pick up any day with Coho and Springs. There have been a few good days on the West Van shoreline. A few early schools of Coho are appearing; if you hit them you can do well. Some boats have caught between 2 and 5 Coho in a trip and losing as many which is great for this time of year. More schools will begin showing up each day. With this warm summer and no water in the Capilano River should shape up to be a great month on the West Vancouvershoreline.
Howe Sound has still been steady with some Springs getting caught at Hole in the Wall (just outside Horseshoe Bay) up to past Sunset Marina. We were out Saturday up Howe Sound fishing Hole in the Wall to Lions Bay. We ended up with 5 Pink salmon and had 6 other on or hits. It is very early for Pinks and will be interesting if they stick around. The Spring fishing usually picks up here in the next week and if we have a mix of Pinks in there we have a great July ahead of us between the Howe Sound fishery and the West Vancouver shoreline fishery toward the Capilano River. Crabbing remains very good for Dungeness crab and should continue.
We are out on a great charter today with regular customers and we are in the area we were saturday. We are just outside vancouver up howe sound near horseshoe bay and we have 3 pink in the box lost 3 and a nice spring salmon and there are anchovies all over the surface. A great start to a late morning charter. Another beautiful day in vancouver for a fishing charter.
Tackle that has been working well this week. Gibbs delta flashers the watermark or chartreuse glow. The Irish cream skinny G has been steady also. The best has been rhys davis heads the UV green or the two green glow.
Call to book a charter or ask questions. Feel free to call if you are planning to go out and try and get the big one yourself. Look forward to hearing from you.
Another few days on the Vancouver salmon charter fishing scene. The wind has still been a bit of a pain but there were some decent reports forFriday and the weekend in the Vancouver area and Gulf Islands.
I did a charter on Friday and we went to the Capilano River mouth ( West Vancouver shoreline) for the last little bit of the flood early Fridaymorning. We fished just less than 2hrs before the ebb tide was running too hard. We ended up getting a nice Spring, lost another, got a Coho, lost a Coho and had a mangled bait. Not bad for catching the last little bit of the flood tide. We did see a Coho jump off the beach so it should pick up from here on out. With a full tide to fish, we should start getting a lot better numbers. We left the West Van shoreline and did a pass in Howe Sound at Hole in the Wall. We got a just undersized Spring and then after a good morning we headed to check the crab traps. We only had to check one trap and picked my 3 customers limit of 12 legal Dungeness crab. A great day out and they went home with 12 crab, a Spring and a Coho. Perfect for their barbecue later that evening on Bowen Island.
Through the weekend, other people I know had chances at Coho and there were a few nice Springs caught along the West Van shoreline. There are still some nice Springs getting caught at Hole in the Wall in Howe Sound just outside Horseshoe Bay. It’s always a good bet to do a pass. Some guys in the Gulf Islands that fished the derby out of Silva Bay did well the ones that put the hours in the rough water. The Hook at Thrasher and Entrance Island were producing some good results. Now all we need is the wind to stop blowing! The biggest I know caught over the weekend was close to 25lbs. It should also start to pick up in Howe sound in the next week or so as the start of the Squamish White Springs start heading to Squamish river systems.
Gear I use on the West Vancouver shoreline are Gibbs flashers, Chartreuse Glow or the Watermark with Rhys Davis heads. Or I love using the Coho Killers and can’t wait to start using the Gibbs Skinny G’s.
The crabbing has been unbelievable in Howe sound and should continue for the summer we will put the prawn traps back in now that the commercial guys have finished there season to see how it is and if it’s worth while we will have those out also.
Call to book a charter or ask any questions and if you are going to go out and try and catch your own feel free to call and I can help you out also.
June is usually our slow month for salmon but it looks great for the July fishery onward. August we have our alternate years fishery for Pinks up Howe Sound. It’s a great light tackle fishery for adults and kids and we will have the Pink and Sockeye run off the Fraser River. August is starting to get booked pretty solid so call to book sooner than later.
Another week or so has passed in the Vancouver fishing charter scene. The wind has not been very friendly the last week making fishing tough in a lot of areas.
There have been mixed results for salmon in the last week ranging from the West Vancouver shoreline, Howe Sound, around Bowen Island to the Gulf Islands.
The Gulf Islands (Gabriola island) have been spotty at best. The winds have not helped making it hard to fish. The people that have fished Thrasher Rock, and the Grande have produced a few fish but you need to put in the hours. If the wind cooperates for the fishing derby over there this weekend, we should see some nice fish weighing in.
The West Vancouver fishery has just started and in the next week or so it should start to get pretty consistent for Coho salmon with some Spring salmon mixed in. A few people have started to fish it. I’ve heard recently of one boat who kept two Coho and another boat I know lost 2 Coho a few days ago. Howe Sound has been the most consistent place in the last week partly because most winds don’t effect these spots and usually you are fishing in flat calm water. Up Howe Sound continues to produce some nice fish Defence Islands is a great bet. A boat I know caught a couple of nice fish. One 24lb and another 17lb. Both were caught on a Rhys Davis head with an anchovy. Hole in the Wall near Horseshoe Bay has been very consistent (partly because it’s been calm) with nice fish ranging from low teens to a wopper that weighed in at 35lbs (and a legit 35!) Other places that have produced fish this week is Salmon Rock and Gower Point just outside of Gibsons. This morning as I cleaned my boat a guy from my marina came in with a nice 16lb Spring from the South end of Bowen island.
We have been hitting fish between 60 an 100ft with Gibbs Delta flashers, Chartreuse Glow or the Watermark. There is feed ( herring or anchovies) at Hole in the Wall and as long as that stays, it should continue to produce some nice fish. The July fishery can be great here. Hole in the Wall has always been a favorite spot of mine to try and get the big one especially in the early morning or evening. The main tackle I use on the West Vancouver waterfront is Rhys Davis heads two tone green glow, or UV green with Gibbs Delta, Chartreuse Glow or the Watermark flashers. The 1.5in Gibbs Gypsy, Flaming Hans or the Coho Killer Red Racer spoons are other go to’s.
It looks like the wind might blow a few more days and hopefully we settle into a calm pattern. With July fast approaching fishing should start to pick up pretty quick. If you have any charter questions give me a call and I can help you out or if you are trying to catch the big one yourself feel free to call and ask questions or drop by my boat when I’m there and I can show you what I use and point you in the right direction.
Another week on the Vancouver fishing charter scene with some mixed results. We’ve had some beautiful sunny weather albeit a couple of windy days as well.
The Gulf Islands have been spotty to say the least. The salmon fishing on the Vancouver side of the Straight has been a lot more consistent due to the abundance of feed (herring). This could – and should – change in the coming days. We expect the feed (herring) to return to the Gulf Island side of the Strait of Georgia very soon. Provided this feed migration, the fishery will get back to its usual consistency.
Last week, the Watermark did a two day charter out of Silva Bay. My customers stayed at the quaint Silva Bay Inn. The fishing was quite slow. The first day we mainly fished the Grande and we ended up with 3 nice Springs, a couple undersized, lost one and hit another. The second day was very rough for the first few hours. We ended up with a hit, an undersized and a mid-teen Spring to finish up the charter. The day ended with the Orcas coming through. They stayed within our sight for an hour or so. Great people and good times on the water. We saw very little bait in two days, not the usual Gulf Island fishing but we still did well and brought home some nice fish. During the charter we mainly used Gibbs flashers, the Watermark or chartreuse glow flashers. Spoons we used skinny G Irish Cream, Silver Horde, Homeland Security 4in or the 4in Kitchen Sink. Another good set up was with the Rhys Davis Head, the UV green.
On the Vancouver side of the Georgia Strait we have been keying in on fishing the South end and to the west of Bowen Island. The fishery will continue until the feed disappears. Nearly every fish I’ve gutted this week has had feed in its stomach. The last two days we have done quite well for this time of year. Wednesday we ended up keeping 3 nice Spring salmon from 12-17lbs, 2 undersized, 2 hits that didn’t stick and lost one more. We also kept 11 crab and about 50 prawns – not a bad local fishing charter in Vancouver!
Today we went out into Georgia Strait to the South end of Bowen Island. The water was a bit sloppy for the first couple of hours and the fishing was a bit slower. The trip wasn’t as long as some of our more recents and we still came home with 2 nice Spring salmon – 12 and 15 pounds – and had two others that didn’t stick around to play. We did bring in our limit of Dungeness crab (12). We’ve pulled the prawn traps for the next couple of weeks until the commercial fishery closes in Howe Sound. We did try a morning at Hole in the Wall in Howe Sound to see if there was anything there. It was some great fishing a couple weeks ago but this trip there was minimal feed which meant we only caught one undersized in a few hours. The gear working best off the South end of Bowen Island was mainly Rhys Davis heads 2 green glow heads, the UV green behind the Gibbs Watermark flashers or chartreuse glow. Leaders ranging from 5 to 7 feet.
It’s a great time of year for a Vancouver salmon fishing charter. You stand a good chance of catching some salmon and the crabbing should remain very good to make for a great feast at the end of the day!
Call for any questions about fishing charters or questions about accommodations. If you want some pointers on where to fish yourself, I’m happy to help you out advising what to use and where.
May 21st, another sunny day on the water in Vancouver and more great results! A 5 minute run from the dock (30 minutes from Vancouver) and we dropped our lines in Howe Sound. Fishing was steady the whole morning. The waters in Howe Sound have been abundant with feed (herring) which is why the fishing has been so amazing lately. We ended up keeping 3 springs, all around 14 lbs. We released a couple of undersized and had one in the high 20s that we lost right at the net. We also had a couple more that didn’t stick. As long as the feed sticks around, the salmon should stay as well. On top of the steady fishing action minutes from Horseshoe Bay we saw a pair of ospreys and bald eagles. A great morning on the water fishing in Vancouver.
We were using anchovies on all 4 rods. Today I wasn’t on the water but friends out there were updating me how great it was! One boat kept 6 springs one of which topped out at 31lbs!! Another boat kept 4 nice springs, it could have been more but they’d hit their limit. It sounded like most boats had a shot at a couple nice fish, fishing right at near Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. It’s great when the local waters are producing like this!
Call to book a Vancouver fishing charter or to ask questions about trying it out on your own. Good luck until next time!
Vancouver Salmon Fishing Charters Report May 20, 2015
Now that we’ve got the Watermark back in the water, we’ve seen a couple great days of sun, calm waters and catching fish in Vancouver.
There is a wide area of places to fish in and around Vancouver and the Gulf Islands right now. With this weather, charters will be picking up especially if the local fishing stays good.
A lot of charters are heading over to the Gulf Islands for full day charters. They’re seeing some mixed results – some spotty days and some great days. The killer whales have been over there a lot lately which doesn’t help the fishing! It should start to get more consistently good with great numbers of spring salmon. May and June can be absolutely outstanding in that area! I will be in the Gulf Islands for two or three days next week. With the calm water we’re expecting to have a fantastic time.
In the Gulf Island area most fish have been caught around Silva Bay off Thrasher Rock and up the Straight of Georgia to Five Fingers. Fishing between 120-200 feet using Rhys Davis heads with anchovies, G-Force and Silver Horde spoons with 5-8 foot leaders behind the Gibbs Delta chartreuse glow flashers have been working well. This fishery is just starting and with it being only an hour boat ride away from Vancouver, it’s a great way to spend the day if it’s calm. We do 8+ hour salmon fishing charters and up when head to the Gulf Islands.
On the Vancouver side of the Straight of Georgia, fishing has remained strong most days. Howe Sound seems to have numerous spots in the last few days that have produced fish. Porteau Cove, Defense Island, Salmon Rock, Gower Point, Hole in the Wall and the South end of Bowen Island. The South end of Bowen has produced some really great days from right off Cowan Point to the Hump and west.
We went out yesterday afternoon for a few hours to give the boat a run after it had been out of the water for its yearly clean up. We fished a few hours in the afternoon in flat calm and sunny weather west of Roger Curtis with downtown Vancouver in the distance. We ended up keeping one nice spring about 13lbs, lost one in the mid to high teens and released 3 undersized. We also had one hit that didn’t stick and only saw about 6 cod. A good sign that they may be thinning out.
I had a great morning out with a friend in Howe Sound this morning. We headed just north of Horseshoe Bay. We kept 2 springs around 15lbs and had a shot at 4 more. You’d think two guides would have a better ratio than that! Other than our great morning on the water we saw bald eagles and even saw an osprey within 5 minutes of the marina. We start local fishing charters at 5 hours but it’s great to make a day of it so we can hit a couple of tides and catch the fish as they come through. We are so much closer to the fishing grounds than most marinas – only a 5-15 minute boat ride from local Vancouver salmon fishing charters and we’re only about a 20 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.
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Another couple of weeks have gone by on the Vancouver fishing charter scene and we’ve had some good results around the city. The Watermark has been out of the water this past week getting cleaned up and ready for the upcoming Vancouver fishing charter high season.
Where to go? The South end of Bowen Island near the hump and the West side of the Island have been producing decent results for several charters. Howe Sound, just up from Vancouver, hasn’t been fished much but the few people I know who have chartered there have done well. Porteau Cove has produced also. As usual, local Vancouver hot spots Hole in the Wall, the 3rd Marker and Grace Islands and Salmon Rock have seen some great fishing. The next run of fish we will hit is in the Gulf Islands around Gabriola (due west of Vancouver headed towards Vancouver Island) where we usually fish off Thrasher Rock. Many of my charter customers like to do a full 8 hour charter over to the Gulf Islands as it’s just over an hour run from Vancouver.
What to use and how deep to fish? At the South end of Bowen we’ve been successful using Rhys Davis heads (the two toned green one) behind a Gibbs chartreuse glow flasher dropping between 100-130 feet. At Porteau Cove our charters have used the same tackle set up but fishing at a depth of 80-110 feet. Hole in the Wall, 3rd Marker, Grace Islands and Salmon Rock use bait with a Rhys Davis head behind a Gibbs Delta flasher. Spoons also do well. I use the G-Force, Silver Horde in the Flaming Hans, Homeland Security or Irish Cream colours – to name a few. I generally stick to a 5-7 foot leader. Remember to consistently check your lines as there are abundant cod off the South end of Bowen island and many charters have been plagued with them occupying their salmon lines!
Crabbing is still very good and even with the commercial prawn season opening in Vancouver, prawning has remained steady as well.
It’s a great time to book a salmon fishing charter in Vancouver! If you want to charter in comfort, the Watermark is a 31ft Pursuit Express. Call to book a charter or to ask questions. I’d be happy to help out any way I can during your stay in Vancouver. Until next time good luck!
Another week of good fishing in the Vancouver area. The water hasn’t been cooperative in the past week so I haven’t been out at much as I’d like but when I’ve been out, we’ve seen some results. The other boats that have been braving the conditions and finding the patches of calm water have been garnering some great results.
Watermark got out on Sunday for the North Shore Fish and Game Clubs fishing derby out of Thunderbird Marina. A big thank you to Derek Hardy for putting on another great day and of course thanks to all that helped with the event and donated prizes. There was a bit of a westerly blowing that day which made fishing a bit tough but we were fortunate enough to get some sun. We ended up placing 7th out of over 200 tickets sold! We kept one legal, lost 2 legals, released another 2 and got a good smack that didn’t stick. The cod are also out there and becoming a bit of a nuisance. We had to check our rods every 10 minutes and at one point every line had a cod on. We caught over 20 on Sunday! It’s tough to catch a salmon when you’re dragging cod around! Overall, it was a bit slow with the pressure of the derby and the full moon the night before but we were pretty pleased with our result nonetheless!
The south end of Bowen Island is the place to be right now, weather dependent of course. The most successful gear hasn’t changed much in the past weeks. Anchovies with Rhys Davis heads working best with 6-8 foot leaders or the Silver Horde Homeland 3.5in with the same length leader is working well. I’m pretty much only using 2 flashers right now made by Gibbs Delta tackle – the Watermark or the Chartreuse Glow. In the next week or two the Gulf Islands will heat up. A few boats have started to see some results a bit north of Nanaimo, not far from Thrasher Rock and Gabriolla Island. For these destinations we do full day trips and when it’s on, it’s lights out fishing within an hour of Vancouver. Crabbing and prawning is still very good. Prawning will be ending soon with the start of the commercial season. Soon if you don’t pull your traps from the water, someone else will do it for you!
Now is a great time to book a charter for a local trip, there are lots of fish starting to migrate down the Straight. Until next time, call for more info or to chat strategy if you want to give it a shot on your own!
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