The Vancouver salmon fishing season is in full swing. The last 2 weeks have been nothing but excellent. We’ve been fishing mainly up Howe Sound near Furry creek. Most days have been easy to catch limits of Pink salmon casting at them in the shallows with Gibbs pink jigs. There also has been some decent fishing on the West van shoreline. There have been some real nice Springs, Coho, and Pink salmon caught all the way from the fisheries station to right at the light at the Capilano river. The main run of Pink and Socheye salmon are still to come to the Fraser river which should arrive any day and it sounds like they could open us for Socheye any day. If you’re thinking of a trip book soon we’re nearlly booked up for all of August and September is getting there also. If you have anymore questions feel free to call I will help you any way I can if i’m booked i will recomend a few people to you. Crabbing remains okay, although we’ve not been doing it often and prawning is good. Till next time good luck. Mark
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Sorry for the long periods betweeen reports. The fishing over the last few days there were mixed with some great but some with not so great days. We’re still waiting for summer to arrive so we can get started with the Vancouver salmon fishing season. The Gulf islands around the area of Thrasher still report red hot or for some people cold. I know a lot of boats that were limited out with one boat catching 8 with several others with 4 or 6 but there were also a lot of boats with 1. They were in pockets and if you hit one of the pockets you did great. Most of the springs were betweeen 12 and 18 pounds. This side of the strait closer to down town Vancouver has had mixed reports also. The Capilano river has a bunch of Coho in it in the next week or so if it doesn’t rain there will be good fishing on the West van shoreline for Coho and a few Spring salmon. Howe Sound over the last few days has been producing also with Grace islands, hole in the wall and Defence islands producing some nice Springs up to 20lbs. One boat at Defence got 4 nice ones on Saturday, the biggest being 19lbs. A good week over all if the water stays nice and calm and we fianlly get some summer weather it’s looking like a good month in front of us. Until next time good luck if you need any questions asked feel free to call and i will help you out any way i can.
Today was not a very nice day on the water on the South end of Bowen island. It was howling south east, we headed out for a few hours anyway to see if we could get lucky. We got lucky and hit a nice 15 or 16lb Spring at 123ft on bait, we hit nothing else for the rest of the day, but it was not easy fishing when it was blowing over 20 knots. The few boats that did get out mainly got a crack at one. We didn’t stay out long as it looked like the wind was only getting worse. Did well prawning again, hopefully the wind comes down which it’s supposed to and we should get back to doing what we were a few days ago. Nobody fished the Gulf islands as it was too rough. Good luck till next time we’re out quite abit in the next week so should have some great pics and reports to come.
This weekend we can finally say the Springs showed up in a big way off the South end of Bowen island. It’s better late than never the fish showed up just in time for the North Shore Fish and Game fishing derby on Sunday. There were over a hundred people entered into the derby and with the water flat calm and sunny everyone could get off into the Strait of Georgia and fish the south end of Bowen Island. The weigh in was at 2pm and there was an even 50 Springs weighed in, with the winning fish weighing 21lb 3oz. A great start and it should only get better for the next month. Good luck till next time hope for sunny calm water people now will be fishing alot more since this run has showed up and we will know where the fish are.
Beautiful on the water the last few days when the wind wasn’t up. Fishing was a bit slow around Vancouver this weekend, but very few people were out fishing. I haven’t herd of anyone seeing the dolphins in Howe sound in the last week. If it’s like last year the fishing started to pick up pretty quickly after the dolphins left. There were fish caught here and there in the last few days with a nice 17lb Spring caught at 3rd marker on the West side of Bowen. Other places worth giving a shot include: Grace islands, Tunstal Bay (a few fish caught there), Vancouver harbour closer to the Capilano river seem to be good on the flood tide as there were a few smaller keepers caught. Defence islands tends to be where the bigger fish have been getting caught with a 21lber on friday and a 33lb caught a week ago. With the wind up on Sunday we couldn’t go very far, so we did a couple hours at Hole in the Wall and enjoyed the first run in the boat for this year. We did great on crab and prawns with the weather looking better this week. We should get out for some fishing in Vancouver. In the next few weeks with the weather improving more people will be out on the water and we will be getting alot more fishing reports and start to get busy doing charters in early April. Ended up taking some photos while we were out this weekend, check them out below or in the gallery. Good luck.
Welcome to 2011 it’s that time of year to start hitting the water. This year i have a new boat and have moved up to a 31ft pursuit. In the last month there has been some good fishing in the vancouver area. In English bay, at the Capilano river, has been the most productive fishing. From Dundarave to the Marker right off the Capilano river has produced some nice winter Springs with a few undersize Springs as well. The Gulf islands have produced some nice fish also at Thrasher and at the Grande with someone getting 4 legal at Porlier pass a few days ago. The west side of Bowen has been a bit slower than usual, but in the last month there have been 300 Dolphin in Howe Sound, a great sight to see but not so good for catching fish. Defence islands in Howe sound has had some good days with the biggest fish being 33lbs to date. The weather hasn’t been that great but with the forcast looking to be better. A lot more people will be hitting the water in the next few weeks and if we have fishing like we did last spring, it will be a great couple of months. By mid April we should be off the south end of Bowen island and if it’s half as good as last year there will be fun for everyone. Most fish have been hit on spoons and a few on bait. The crabbing and prawning remain very good and should continue. Tight lines, give me a call if you’d like any info on anything be glad to help you out in any way i can. Looking forward to a great 2011
The fishing in the last week has really started to pick up off the South end of Bowen island and Defence islands. There have been some great days out there with quite a few boats getting limits while most boats tending to get at least a couple nice Springs. The water hasn’t been that nice but the weather seems to be settling down. Most fish seem to be getting caught between 70ft and 110ft on anchovie, spoons, or hootchies. There have been a few good days up at Defence islands up near the top end of Howe Sound. Looks like the fishing will just get better if we gat a few days in a row of calm water. Crabbing remains very good and will continue. The commercial prawning starts soon but until they do prawning is awsome. Until next time good luck. If you have any questions feel free to give me a call I will help you out anyway I can to make your trip the best it can be. Look out for more reports from future Vancouver, BC salmon fishing charters. Cheers Mark
Some pictures from todays Charter :
Well the weather this weekend was not on our side. Not many people went out. The algae bloom seems to have arrived in parts of Howe Sound already. The salmon fishing seemed to have slowed down abit on thursday and friday last week at Grace, 3rd marker, and Tunstal but the water was very brown with the algae bloom. There was a boat that got out for awhile on sunday and fished Tunstal bay for a few hours. He did end up with one legal Spring and 2 undersize not bad for a few hours. The south end of Bowen island should start to pick up here in the next week or two. There is the odd Spring getting caught on the flood at the Capilano river off the marker. There will be alot more activity on the water if the weather gets back to being nice including myself just waiting for calm winds and flat water. Crabbing and prawning remain very good and should continue untill the commercial prawn fishery is opened. Good luck till then give me a call if you need any questions answered.
Well Spring time seems to be here. Fishing this winter was decent one day then slow the next day. There wasn’t that much feed around this winter if you found feed you usually picked up a few nice winter Springs. The Crabbing and Prawning this winter has been nothing short of amazing this should continue for both till the comercial prawning starts usually some time in June. This is the time of year in Vancouver we start to get a good number of Spring salmon showing up in the Straight of Georgia, Off the Fraser River, in Howe Sound, and for full day trips the Gulf Islands. The Herring have moved into the Straight to spawn in good numbers and the Spring salmon are usually not far behind. In the last week or so there have been a few Springs caught off Point Grey to the North Arm mostly just undersize with a few nice ones mixed in. The West side of Bowen seem to have bigger fish with some nice fish getting caught at Hutt Island, 3rd Marker, and Tunstall Bay. The South end of Bowen island starts to heat up at the end of March and goes till May. The crabbing in Howe Sound remains great all year round there’s no commercial fishery for them at any time in this area. This is the time of year everybody puts there boats back in the water and the marinas turn from ghost towns to full of boaters. They’ll be alot more people out fishing in the next few weeks so we’ll get a lot better idea of where the fish are and what they’re eating better having 100 boats spread out everywhere fishing to 10 or so boats fishing in the winter. Till next time good luck and if you have any questions email me and i’ll be glad to help you out the best i can. Should be a great year lets all hope the summer was as nice as the winter.
The Winter Spring fishery has started to get better and with this nice warm weather what a great way to spend a day on the water. Fishing in English Bay on the flood tide from the Capilano river to 25th street seems to be producing a few undersize and legal fish. The west side of Bowen island Tunstall, 3rd marker, and Hutt island have produced some nice fish in the last week. The fishing usually heats up at this time of year as the Herring start to move into the area. Crabbing has been great for Dungeness crab. Prawning has been great also. For fishing at this time of year a 6hr charter is perfect it’s just the right amount of time to explore Howe Sound. If the weather stays this nice we should have a great couple of weeks on the water over the Olympic games.
The last few days on the water since the Killer whales went through on Monday has been abit slower. Thursday and Friday this week were windy in the morning and was not helping fishing out. In the past few days in English Bay to the Bell Buoy there has been the odd Spring taken and there are a few schools of Pinks and Sockeye. The main run off Pinks for the Fraser are still coming and in the next week the Spring fishing off the Bell Buoy to T10 should heat up and if it’s anything like last year we’ll all have fun. The Capilano is still a couple weeks away for that Spring run and that’ll run till the start off October and longer if the rain stays away. The last few days for my boat had mixed results. Thusday afternoon we fished for just over an hour and we released 2 Sockeye lost 1 and had a couple grills. Friday late morning we fished and had a few grills, fished for 3hrs there was a nice 20lbs Spring caught but very slow everywhere and the water was windy and had a couple feet chop. This morning we released an undersize Spring, had a shot at a nice Spring, released 2 Sockeye lost a Sockeye, and kept a Pink. It was slow overall most boats had a shot at a pink or Sockeye but slow. The fishing should pick up very soon if it’s like previous years. Best time to do charters at this time of year is in the week if possible the weekends get very crouded when these fish get here. Crabbing remains very good lots of big Dungeness crab.
The last few days had mixed results. Aug. 11th was the first day after the real big rain we had the day before. The harbour remains slow (English Bay, West Van shoreline). There were a few fish caught but most boats went home empty handed. We went up Howe Sound with our fingers crossed that the Pinks were still there. The fishing was quite good but nothing like it had been. We got our limit of 8 Pinks lost a bunch and released about half a dozen. Aug. 12th a few more fish got hit in English Bay near the Bell Buoy. One boat ended up with a near 30lb and a 20lb Spring. In Howe Sound we crossed our fingers and headed up Howe Sound again to try our luck at Pinks. The first hour was pretty good fishing we ended up with 5 Pinks fed 3 to a seal and lost 5 or 6. After that first hour it went dead we didn’t see very many fish at all fin or jump after that. We hope that this is a one day event and that they haven’t gone up the Squamish River. There’re a lot of fish still coming down we’ll just have to see where these fish end up. The weather sounds like after the next day or so it’s going to get better hopefully the fish stack up like they did before that rain.
A fabulous day on the water! The fishing was great again today around vancouver. A few nice Spring were caught near the high tide in English Bay and on the West van shoreline near the Capilano River. The Bell Buoy was again the main place most people fished this morning, with most boats getting a chance at a couple Springs. The biggest Spring landed today was 31lbs. Also at the Bell buoy today, a few pinks and sockeye were caught. We went up Howe Sound once again and were successful. We limited out on Pinks quite quickly, and realeased 22 more throughout the morning. Crabbing remains fabulous and prawning is just around the corner!
Another couple days on the water with mixed results. Thursday we headed up Howe Sound in the morning and fished for Pinks. We ended up with 3 Pinks had a few more hits and lost 4 or 5. When we arrived the Pinks were schooling around we got a couple right away and then the seal moved in took one off our line and scattered the schools and they never came back. Not a bad morning but could off been alot better if the seals had not bothered us. The morning in English bay on the West Van shoreline was very slow. A few boats moved over to the Bell Buoy later in the morning and caught some Sockeye that had to be released, a few Pinks and a couple boats got a Spring. The afternoon we headed down to the West Van shoreline to fish the flood tide that had produced the last few days. The fishing was very slow I saw one boat get a small Coho or Pink. Later in the evening a few Springs got hit at the Bell Buoy a friend of mine got a 15 and 20lb right near the high slack. This morning was a different story quite a few boats at the Bell Buoy did well with a few boats getting 4 or 5 Springs all high teens to mid twenty’s. We went up Howe Sound again this morning and it was the complete difference from the morning before. We limited out on Pinks in a very short time and realeased 28 over the next couple hours and lost a bunch more. A great day on the water all around Vancouver. Crabbing remains great with alot of 7 inch Dungeness crab.
The fishing for Pink Salmon in Howe Sound has remained unstable. One day appears successful and the next day is potentially a bit slower than normal. They still have not arrived in huge numbers yet, although every day is more promising, with increasing numbers of schools fining about. One of the main problems off of Potlatch is the numerous seals that we have encountered. It appears as though the schools that tend to come into the shallows are being scared off by these predators. Without a doubt, the best fishing is when the seals do not seem to be around. A few days ago, the Gulf Islands produced another Halibut off of Thrasher Rock. This is great news, and hopefully it continues! Some well sized Springs, the biggest one weighing 35lbs, have been caught off of the Fraser River from T10 down to the South Arm. The West Van shoreline has picked up within the last few days with regards to the Spring, Coho, and Pink Salmon. The most action and success seems to be on the flood tide where Springs into the low thirties have been caught, however most averaging into the high teens. It is great to see that fishing is continuing to improve everywhere. We still look forward to the main run of Pinks still to come in the near future. As per usual, the crabbing remains fabulous! This is a great time to book your charter and enjoy a day of fishing in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia!
Another great hot day on the water! Up Howe Sound, the Pinks were thicker than they were the day before. In the morning, on charter, we limited out very easily and also released a bunch. It will only get better from here. Two years ago, when we last had Pink Salmon, they arrived August 4th. There are great signs that they are here in these numbers already. The West Van shoreline is still producing a few fish on the right tide. Down at the T10 marker to the south arm, off of the Fraser River, there are some big Springs that have been caught. The odd Sockeye has been caught and released as well. We are booking up quick for August, so this is a great time to book your vancouver salmon fishing trip! Crabbing for Dungeness still remains great!
It’s time to get out and try Vancouver Salmon Fishing the Pinks have started to show up Howe Sound in some good numbers. Some boats today limited out on Pinks a great sign these fish are here usually they show up in the first week of August. Furry Creek and just South of Defence islands is where the fish have been hit. The West van shoreline is still producing the odd fish on the right tide but for the next 3 weeks the place to be will be up Howe Sound for some light tackle Pink Salmon Fishing.
Vancouver Salmon Fishing is continuing to get better after weeks of being slow. The West Van shoreline is producing Pinks, Coho, Springs and evan getting an odd Sockeye. The Pinks and Sockeye have started to show up in the last week. The start of over 20 million returning to the Vancouver area and the river systems. Howe Sound the start off the Squamish Pinks have started to show up not in huge numbers yet but by August Howe Sound will be stacked with them. The Gulf Islands are still producing some very nice Springs and surprisingly a few more Halibut were hit this week. Things look great for August and September. Crabbing remains great, lots of big dungeness crab nothing like a crab and salmon barbeque after a day on the water. August is filling up book now for a great day on the water Vancouver Salmon Fishing.
The past few days some fish have started to show up. In Howe Sound there has been a few Pink salmon hit and some Springs. It’s nice to see the Pinks salmon it’s a bit early for them but when the first few show up it’s not long before Furry Creek, and Porteau Cove get hit by the thousands and limits happen every day. English Bay and the West Van shoreline not much seems to be happening on the Ebb. The big tides this week blows those fish out into the Strait Off Georgia. The Flood tide had been not bad some days with a boat yesterday getting 2 15lbs Springs and losing another one while another boat got a couple Coho and a Spring with a few more hits. Not many boats have been fishing off the Fraser River this week but the few boats that have gone down to the lightship which is off the South arm of the river have caught some nice Springs. There’re a few Sockeye in the river so very soon we should be catching and keying on them (waiting for them to open them for us). The Gulf islands, Thrasher rock, and the Grande if you put in the time through a tide has not been bad with a couple Springs up to 30lbs have been caught in the last few days. We fished today and headed up Howe Sound to try and see if we could find Pinks. We checked out the usual spots that we cast for them and nothing was there we saw a couple flip but no big schools to key on. We only picked up one Pink today but a beautiful day on the water flat calm and hot. The test sets up north have been great not long till we have more fish than we know what to do with. Call now for charters August is booking up quick.