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Vancouver Salmon Fishing report Sept 11th 2018

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     Well hard to say anything else except August and so far in September the fishing can’t get much better.  The Sockeye run off the Fraser was incredible as was the Coho fishing in English bay with a few Spring salmon mixed in.  
     As i write this both fisheries are still good but will start to tail off soon and we will be switching over for our last real good fishery of returning fish on the West vancouver shoreline or on full day trips the South arm of the Fraser river can be an option.  
    We have a few dates remaining in September and the start of October.  For the West Vancouver fishery we only fish the flood tides as the fish get pushed toward the Capilano river so a lot of days it does not mean early mornings it is when the tide is right.  This last fishery is keying on Spring, Coho and in later September the Chum salmon.  To book a charter or ask questions feel free to give us a call and i can answer any questions you have and get you out on the right tide.  Enjoy the pictures of some of our happy charter customers over the last month with there catch. 

    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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Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report August 28, 2017

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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. 


Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report May 18, 2017

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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!

Salmon Fishing Report – Vancouver, BC August 11, 2015

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      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.IMG_20150807_170216 IMG_20150807_171636 FullSizeRender_0 IMG_20150807_173304

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 IMG_20150728_084330Point 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.

IMG_20150721_120334In 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.



Big Spring Salmon

July 25th Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report

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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.


First Salmon

All smiles after her first salmon ever, for a wet and rough day she was a champ. Reeled in a few of them herself.

Morning Charter Results

Great catch from morning charter. Kept 3 nice springs, lost 2, kept 5 pinks and lost a bunch.

Couple more springs from this morning, Rhys Davis Heads and watermark flashers rocking it at 40-60ft

Couple more springs from this morning, Rhys Davis Heads and watermark flashers rocking it at 40-60ft

Nice Big Spring Salmon

Real Nice Spring to start a morning charter, caught on gibbs watermark flasher and Rhys Davis head with an anchovie.


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.


Gibbs watermark flashers or chartreuse glow with Rhys Davis heads and a yamashita pink uv squirt.

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



24.5lb Spring Salmon at Hole in The Wall

First Fishing Report of 2015

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With the arrival of Spring in the Vancouver area, it’s fishing charter time!  It’s time to start hitting the water in pursuit of the many different runs of salmon heading to the coast of British Columbia (specifically Vancouver and its vicinity) for the next 6 months.  Last year was a banner charter season, one of the best in 20 years.  We saw record numbers of Sockeye salmon returning to the Fraser River in addition to other very strong runs in our river systems.  This year we have seen plentiful bait in our area.  It looks like we will have another great fishery mid-April through June for Spring salmon fishing in Howe Sound.  The south end of Bowen Island and the Gulf Islands are already showing promise to deliver excellent results.  We are expecting a massive pink run, another strong Sockeye season and Coho and Spring fishing through to the end of September and if the weather remains dry, we have been known to fish all the way to Halloween.  Watermark Charters finished it’s 2014 season with fish caught on October 10.  A great way to end a great charter season!

The Watermark is a 31’ Pursuit Express which is owner run to ensure quality every trip out on the water.  We leave from beautiful West Vancouver which is consistently one of the closest points to prime fishing grounds.  Why ride an extra 20 or 30 minutes when your lines can be in the water catching salmon?  The Watermark will be kicking off its charter season in the next week.  She’s cleaned up, tackle is ready, new cushions arriving shortly.  All we need is the weather to start cooperating a bit more and she is ready to go!  Equipment and amenities on the  Watermark are high end and deliver the creature comforts to satisfy the most discerning customer.  Last year the Watermark logged 80% repeat customers or referrals.  Watermark Charters strives for customer service excellence and this track record reinforces that people are enjoying their time on the water.  Many of these customers have not only become repeats but friends.

24.5lb Spring Salmon at Hole in The Wall

24.5lb Spring Salmon at Hole in The Wall

The fishing season is just starting to ramp up.  So far this spring, there have been some great fishing days.  With so much feed around, there have been more good days than bad.  This inconsistency is normal for this time of year but we have seen some excellent results which leads us to believe we’re in for a great season.  Many of our successes have been up Howe Sound – Defense Island, Hole in the Wall and Tunstall Bay on the west side of Bowen Island.  In addition, the third marker off Hutt Island, Grace Island and Gambier have all begun to produce.  The largest confirmed catch to date has been a 24.5lb Spring off Hole in the Wall, luckly by me with friends on their boat.  Others have come close in the high teens and low 20s, also large for this time of year.  Most of these fish have been caught on Gibbsdelta G force spoons, Gibbsdelta flashers and as of late Rhys Davis heads with anchovies.  It feels like an exciting season ahead!

We will be publishing fishing reports more often when we start hitting the water consistently.  For the fishermen out there, Gibbsdelta tackle has some great products to stock your tackle box.  Some of my favourites are the Gforce spoon, Silver horde, Coho killer and Gypsy spoons.  Flashers I exclusively use Gibbsdelta guide series flashers; a couple of my favourites are the Watermark and the chartreuse glow but I use far too many to list.  Rhys Davis heads are my go to when using anchovies and herring.  It’s also a great time of year for Dungeness Crab.  After a day on the water it’s great to check the crab traps and add a couple crabs to your catch at the end of your charter.  It’s a great way to spend a day!

Charters are starting to book up on the Watermark, beginning April 9.  If interested in booking a charter or have general questions about lodging, restaurants and other amenities when not on the water please feel free to call or email anytime.  Until next time, good luck and I look forward to hearing from you.  It’s going to be a great season!

You can follow us on our webpage or on Facebook at WatermarkFishing Charters or on Twitter @salmoncharter for daily reports!  Give us a call 604.816.8944 for info and to book a charter.  I am happy to help in any way I can.

Have a great day,


Fishing Report May 16th.

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Another great week in the Vancouver salmon charter season. This week had a mixed bag but turned out to be great for us with limits of Spring salmon and with a surprising amount of Coho showing up here and there across the Strait of Georgia that we released. If you want to know what’s going on up to the minute follow @salmoncharter on twitter or like watermark fishing charters on Facebook.

The Gulf islands were great again this week with lots of Springs and some days a lot of Coho which is a great sign to see them at this time of year. We mainly fished off Thrasher rock and the gear that works best was Gibbs Highliner flashers chartreuse glow. At the start of the week hotchies were best but in the last few days SilverHorde 3.5in spoons were the best and mainly Homeland security, Irish cream and the Kitchen sink rocked. Check out my twitter to see pictures of the fish we were getting.

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This side of the straight there was some good fishing. ‎ Today guys did well in Tunstal bay and throughout the week fish have been caught off the QA, point Atkinson, the south end of Bowen island, and a few at hole in the wall. A mixture of spoons, hootchies and bait seem to be working best.

To do a charter to the Gulf islands a full day charter is required while local fishing we advise a 5 or 6hour trip. Crabbing remains great with Dungeness crab caught in Howe sound. Give us a call for any questions and to book a charter with the weather supposed to be nice next week it’s a great time to book a charter.   ‎With the numbers of Coho showing up in the straight already it looks like we will have a great fishery for them in the upcoming months.  Until next time good luck. Watermark

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Fishing Report July 31st

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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!


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Fishing Report July 25th

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Fishing was alot better today with Sockeye, Pink, Coho, and some Springs showing up on the West Van shoreline. On the flood this morning quite a few fish were taken from the Pink apartment down to the marker off the Capilano River. There also later in the day a few Pinkis were taken off the Fishery Station. In the last couple days these fish have moved in this is what we’ve been waiting for the last couple weeks it should get better every day. The Gulf islands The Grande and Thrasher rock some good fishing for Springs continues when the water lets us get over to that side. Howe Sound a few Pinks have shown up any day now we should get a big push off them up the Sound to the Defense Islands, and Furry Creek area. Things are looking very positive for the next month for Coho, Pink and Sockeye with a few Springs mixed in. Crabbing remains very good with lots off big dungeness crab. Until next time good luck

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Fishing Report July9th

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The weather finally sounds like it’s going to stop raining and dry out. The Gulf islands fishing has been good one day spotty the next. Fishing the Grande dragging bottom has been producing there also have been 3 or 4 halibut caught in the last 2 weeks in the Gulf islands. T10 south has been producing one here one there but with the water and weather changing should start to get back to where it was a couple weeks ago. The West van shoreline is still producing a Coho here and there and a few undersize Springs with the odd legal Spring. This area should get better after a few days of no rain and the fish will start to stack up again. Howe Sound has started to produce some nice Springs Hole in the Wall has produced some nice Springs up to 30lbs with a few Jack Springs mixed in. Other places that has produced fish in Howe Sound Salmon Rock, West side of Bowen, and Grace Islands and the Hole in the Wall area up past Sunset marina. Sounds like the weather is going to be sunny with no rain so things should look better in a few days. Only a couple more weeks till the Pink salmon hit Howe sound.

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Fishing Report July 6th

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The fishing in the Vancouver area over the weekend had some good results. The West van shoreline has slowed down there’re a few schools of Coho down there so if you hit one you can do well and a few nice Springs were hit. T10 to the South arm some boats did quite qell this weekend for Springs but it was you were a hero or a zero. It looks like the Squamish fish have started to arrive into Howe Sound. There’ve been fish caught at Salmon Rock, the west side of Bowen, and Hole in the Wall to Sunset marina. Hole in the Wall yesterday had a fresh run off Springs come in the biggest I know off was 33lbs and one boat kept 3 Springs another kept 2 and about another half dozen were caught in the last say or so. They were all white Springs so definetly Squamish fish. If this is the start of the Squamish fish coming in the next couple weeks in Howe Sound will be the place to be. Nothing like a 5 minute run to the fishing grounds. Crabbing is still good with lots of large dungeness crab should stay this way for most of the summer.

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Fishing Report July 3rd

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Well finally after a week of North west wind it has died down abit can’t remember the last time it blew for a week. Boats could finally fish the West van shoreline again. There were a few schools of Coho down there and an odd Spring hopefully it calms down and the fishing will get back to how it was a couple weeks ago. There still are fish in the Gulf Islands off Thrasher and the Grande but the water has not let anybody fish over there except the few that are docked in Silver Bay. In Howe Sound a few nice Springs have been caught at Hole In the wall, and off Sunset marina with a few Jack Springs also which are just undersize mature Spring salmon. The West side off Bowen island has produced some real nice Springs in the last week again the North West hits there so limited time fishing there so if it stays calm we will get a good read on all these spots in the next day or so. Crabbing is still great and should stay that way.

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Fathers Day Gift – Book a salmon charter.

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Get your dad the gift he won’t forget, a [[father’s day]] salmon fishing charter! Book a guided salmon fishing charter by Watermark. Let Watermark Salmon Fishing Charters take care of the bait, boat, and gear. All you need to do is have your father show up with some food and drinks; he will be ready for a day out on the water around Vancouver. This is something that he will cherish and remember, be able to tell his friends about the huge Spring he landed. Call (604) 816-8944 or contact us now before we are booked. Check out our picture gallery for recent photos from our charters.