Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing Report
Here is your Vancouver salmon fishing report for May 8, 2014. The time to go after chinook is now! I could end the report right there, but that would be pretty boring. In short though, the fishing has been red hot over on the other side of the Strait of Georgia with excellent reports from Nanaimo down to Thrasher, down to Porlier. Anglers have been fishing from 200 feet to 1500 feet offshore and getting fish as shallow as 40 and as deep as 180. So what does this all mean? It means there are a huge amount of chinook in the Strait right now and you should be booking a charter ASAP or getting out on your own boat. The fishing is usually good this time of year, but it seems to be better than normal for the time of year, and we think the best is yet to come!
On this side we are continuing to do pretty good out on the Hump off S. Bowen when the winds haven’t allowed us to cross over to Thrasher or when customers have opted for shorter trips. We haven’t had the epic days that some have had on the other side, but we have had some pretty good fishing, definitely worth heading out there. As per usual, the Hump can be hit or miss due to the shear size of the amount of water to cover. I was out last Saturday and put in a full shift and did not get a bite! The very next day we had 7 good hits, hooked 5 of these and put some nice fish in the box. You really do have to cover some water in this fishery and when you find them, mark some waypoints and do all you can to stay on top of them.
A nice chinook taken out on the Hump last Sunday.
The productive flashers have been the Oki Tackle Big Shooter in Kinetic UV Jelly Fish Yellow Green Mist aka “Club Dub” and an Oki Double Glow with a green or chartreuse blade. We have been Vancouver salmon fishing the Club Dub on our lines shallower than 120-140 and going with the double glow on the lines that are down deep in the 140-180 range. It should be noted the fish have been pretty shallow this week with most of the action on the Hump occurring from 70 to 100 feet so the UV flashers have been pretty productive. The fish haven’t even been that deep over at Thrasher with lots of fish being taken from 90 to 140 so far.
On the Hump we have been fishing the above pictured flashers (in particular Club Dub) with anchovies in a glow green/chartreuse teaser head or with spoons. Productive spoons have been the Pesca 3.5 in It’s Not, Leprechaun, and Gut Bomb and Kingfisher 3.5 in Irish Cream and Homeland Security. Over at Thrasher we tend to fish a lot of hootchies, in particular the spatter back series from Yamashita in glow yellow, green and blue shades. Below are the top producers and we have good inventory on them right now. We like about a 32 inch leader for these hootchies and a fairly fast troll. The previously mentioned spoons are also working very well.
Crabbing has also been very good in the harbour. We continue to drop some traps on each trip and are starting to pull up some big ones.
So the time to go chinook fishing is now! Call us at 778-788-8582 to book your charter. If you have your own boat, come by the shop for the right gear and some friendly advice on how to set it up and where to go get some of these awesome chinook.
See you on the water or in the shop,
On behalf of the Pacific Angler staff we wish you the best in your fishing endeavors and we hope to see you either at the shop or on the water. To check out the latest Pacific Angler news view the Pacific Angler Facebook page.
-Jason, Matt, Max, Andre, and Jordan