Sorry for the long time without a report just enjoying the summer fishing and enjoying the water. Over the last couple weeks there have been ups and downs in the fishing. The weather has been great and generally calm. In late August the South arm off the Fraser river was loaded with pinks, a long run but was well worth it. The Bell Buoy has had it’s good days and some slower days with a few Springs, Pink, Sockeye, and the odd Coho being caught. The last week the West van shoreline has started to heat up for those September Springs. Fishing from the Pink apartment to the Marker off the Capilano River on the flood is the tide to fish. We’ve been doing well on Jack Springs and our biggest Spring weighed in at 31lbs. If you have to fish the ebb tide there has been some good fishing at the Bell buoy. The biggest I’ve herd about was a 36lb Spring with a few more in the 20lb range. From now till the end off September or if the rains hold off into october is when we get our biggest fish of the year in English Bay to the Capilano river. It’s a Great time to try and catch your tyee to end the year off on a great note after a great summer of fun on the water. Untill the next report good luck hope to see you out there. The crabbing remains great and we’ll start prawning soon when a few less people are on the water.
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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 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.
Wow, was it ever a rainy day on the water! I had a group of guys that wanted to brave the rain so off we headed up Howe Sound to Camp Potlatch. We fished for 3 hours in the downpour and with a little luck we caught a Pink. We also lost one and had another hit. We then got a call that there were a little school of Pinks off of Furry creek. We got there and fished for about 15 minutes and limited out. They then disappeared. The Pinks are starting to hump up and are definately moving up towards Squamish river. In the harbour there were a few Springs taken for those who braved the rain. Friday was alot nicer of a day. We headed up the Sound in the afternoon. The people that fished the morning in English Bay at the Bell Buoy, had a few Springs and an odd Pink. We went and looked at Furry and saw nothing, so we headed up to Potlatch. At first we saw nothing, however, just before we left, we saw a little school of Pinks off of the creek. We ended up with 6 Pinks and we released a couple again. Some of them had very big roe in them already. They are definately headed up to the Squamish river. The next fishery should be very soon if we don`t get any more fresh Pinks up Howe Sound. There are still the Fraser Pinks to come also, and then we have our Springs still to come. These should be showing up at the Bell Buoy and then the Capilano Springs. Alot off great fishing ahead still just need things to dry up for us.
Well the rain came and was it ever a downpour. For the few brave people that went fishing today up the Howe Sound, were they ever rewarded. There were Pink salmon everywhere! The 4 boats that I saw at the Spot where I was fishing, all limited out very quickly. We all released a alot of salmon as well. Today, we kept our 8 Pinks and released over 20 more in the morning. Hopefully this fishing continues!
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!
Another warm and sunny day on the waters around vancouver. Very calm and hot today on the water. The West Van shoreline produced a few fish today. We fished for a few hours today kept 1 Pink and lost 3 Pinks and realeased 4 little Lingcod. Another boat near the Fishery Station hit a Coho, and a Pink. The Gulf Isalnds produced again with a boat getting a 15lb Halibut and 2 Springs around 20lbs each and lost 2 others at Thrasher Rock. It’s very surprising that a Halibut keeps getting hit every few days a great sign if they stick around. Howe Sound a few more Pinks showed up at Furry Creek with a few of the beach casters getting a few more today early in the morning. Crabbing remains very good for Dungeness Crab. Getting close to August a few more fish showing up every day looks great for August.
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.
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
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.
Nice calm day on the water around the Vancouver area today. The Gulf islands produced some nice Springs they were hitting near the high slack in the morning. Seems like there’re a few more schools of Coho in English Bay on the West Van shoreline and a few nice Springs. Fishing has perked up abit in the last few days everywhere lets hope the rain stays away. August is booking up pretty quick with the antisapation of the big return of the Pink and Sockeye salmon book now.
It’s been a nice sunny weekend on the water around Vancouver. The Gulf islands off of Thrasher rock and the Grande have produced some very nice Springs. It’s still hit and miss but well worth it when you hit. One boat got 3 very nice Springs weighing 34, 26, and 20lbs, but a boat beside him had one hit and did not get it in. This side of the Straight of Georgia has been alike, hit or miss. T10 and South has had some nice Springs and a few Jack Spings mixed in. There has been the odd Spring and Coho hit on the West Van shoreline, but this has slowed down. In Howe Sound, a few Springs and Jack Springs have been caught in certain areas such as: Salmon Rock, Grace islands, and Hole in the Wall. Crabbing still remains successful. On the last trip out to the traps, we got 15 legal Dungeness Crab. Looking forward to the next couple of weeks when we should begin to see the Pinks and Sockeye arrive. Hurry and book your August charters now!
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.
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.
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.
After that bad weather a few days ago that brought all that rain things have seemed to have settled down to sunny with a few clouds. The West van shoreline there’re are a few nice Coho getting caught with a Spring salmon mixed in there. The Capilano River is back down to a trickle after that rain which is great the fish will start to stack up on the West van shoreline again every flood tide a few more should arrive. T10 and South a few nice Springs got caught this morning with a few Jack Springs mixed in. Howe Sound looks good again with one boat this morning getting a 31lb, 22lb and a few Jack Springs all on the West side of Bowen island. Hole in the Wall right outside Horeshoe Bay a few nice Springs have been taken the last few days with a 25lb being the biggest i’ve herd of. Up Howe sound Defence islands has produced some nice Springs so it looks like the Squamish fish have started to come into Howe Sound making there way up. The Gulf islands with the water being abit rough the last few days not many people have been fishing them the water should calm down in the next few days and people will be heading back over there. The crabbing has been great as usual with lots of bid Dungeness crab.
Today was the first not so good day in quite some time. It rained real hard on wednesday and the weather is changing back to sun so it’s not surprising it was slow everywhere today. The Gulf islands were slow but with the weather changing back to steady sun should be back in the next few days when the weather settles down. I was on the West van shoreline today in English Bay and it was very slow. A few nice Coho were taken in the early morning and that’s about all i herd. I fished in the afternoon and i did not hear or see a fish caught but with that rain those fish check the river out when it dries up in the next day or to the fish will start to stack up again it will just take a day or so. The Dungeness crabbing is still great 17 legal crab out of one trap yesterday. Big North west supposed to blow tomorrow should bring the sun back and should evan blow some Coho back to the West van shorline.