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2020 Chinook Measures – Our Response

As many of you know, I have taken it upon myself to be involved in the management of our public fisheries as best I can.  I am currently a Director at the Sport Fishing Institute of BC, I am President of the Vancouver Sport Fishing Guides Association, and I am Chair of the Lower Fraser Valley Sport Fish Advisory Committee which is part of the Sport Fish Advisory Board process to DFO.  At this time, I am taking all those hats off and writing to you as a fellow Canadian who is deeply concerned by the DFO 2020 fisheries management measures to protect Fraser chinook, announced yesterday afternoon.  These are my views and mine alone, and it is time someone said something, because enough is…

Special Chinook Report

SPECIAL CHINOOK REPORT Well here we are again.  It’s the middle of April with excellent chinook fishing in our local waters and no opportunity to retain a chinook, not even a hatchery fish. Here are the facts.  Yes, there are some chinook stocks that are in trouble.  Primarily the ones that go in the upper reaches of the Fraser and enter the river in April, May, June, and July.  They spend 2 years in their natal streams.  These stocks are called 4.2 and 5.2.  The first number is their mature age, the second refers to how long they stay in the river before out migrating.  Are these stocks in trouble, you bet.  Their spawning habitat has been severely degraded by forest fires and subsequent flooding…

Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: July 8, 2016

Beach Fishing Overview The Capilano river levels play a huge effect on the beach fishing scenario.The river has been really low for a while so we will have to see if this rain is going to rise the river level or not, however the tides are not in our favor to fish off the beach until Thursday when the tide goes lower than 6 feet again. If you are fishing terminal tackle you can always fish off the jetty or fish off a boat in the bay. Also the full moon will help the coho navigate themselves to there native river so expect to see the numbers of salmon increase after this moon cycle. The biggest tip I can give you is to change your…

Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: July 1, 2016

SALTWATER REPORTS Beach Fishing Report It is that time again to get your beach fishing tackle ready as the coho salmon will start accumulating in our estuary at the mouth of the Capilano River. The river is low and will probably stay like that as there is no rain in the forecast. Some coho have been caught already with gear, so as more fish start milling around the chance of catching them on the fly increases. The low tides are in our favour this week so take advantage of this if you can and get on the water. I have the beach flies in the store and if you like to have a better understanding of this intense fishery join me in our Fly Fishing…

Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: June 24, 2016

VANCOUVER SALTWATER REPORT There is a lot to talk about this week so let’s just jump right into it.  The bait continues to move around the South Bowen and Gibson area.  Where you find bait you find chinook and coho.  It is pretty much that simple.  Now being in the right place at the right time, not so much!  Add some orcas into the mix and you have a recipe for some highly variable fishing.  When the whales haven’t crashed the party and the bait is around, the fishing sure has been good.  Lots of chinook and some nice size coho as well.  The fact the bait is shallow and the salmon are shallow has also made it a lot fun to work the gear….

Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: June 17, 2016

Well the fishing on South Bowen from Cowan Point to Roger Curtis continued to be good this past week.  Saturday in particular was very good, Sunday was slow, but then it picked up again mid week.  The chinook, and now plentiful coho, seem to be full of anchovies for the most part.  The bait has been fairly shallow and so are the salmon.  Hot depths have been 20-80 on the riggers with 35, 45, 55, 65 being hot.  Try shallower when it is overcast and deeper when it is sunny.  Productive flashers have been the gold or silver Betsy or Super Betsy, Green Onion or Green Onion Glow, Purple Onion or Purple Onion Glow, UV Jelly Fish Yellow Green Kinetic Mist aka Club Dub or…

Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: June 10, 2016

Chinook fishing in the spring season

  Well you know it is starting to get warm out when the NW winds show up!  Just like last year, the NW winds have often gotten in the way of the run across the pond to Gabriola and Nanaimo.  Those that have been across have had some good fishing, but for the most part this past week was average at best.  This will often change when the winds die down and more anglers get over and the fleet gets a bead on where the fish are.  By no means is it time to not be heading over.  June is often the best month at Thrasher so if you are heading over on your own or you want to book a trip now is the…

Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: June 3, 2016

This salmon was hefty

  Our boats have been out on the water a ton lately and things have been interesting. We had some amazing shallow water fishing off Bowen island last week with guys catching fish 20 ft below the boat! This is super rare for our local fishery and a result of lots of bait. Another nice surprise has been the number of coho in the local waters. We have caught them on a number of charters and there have even been a few big ones!  Their stomachs have been packed with anchovies so bait works but spoons like the 3 and 3.5″ Irish cream, homeland securities and skinny G’s have been top producers. Though 20 feet is the shallowest we have caught fish, the hot depths…

Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: May 27, 2016

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It has been an interesting week of fishing with a number of good reports. We heard of a couple really big fish, great number days, and a few tough reports mixed in. We would like to see more big number days but we have been seeing lots of bait everywhere and the general consensus is that it is spreading the fish out. Good levels of bait should be a good thing for the future of the fishery but it might make dialing in the spots a little more challenging. Anglers have been finding decent numbers of fish at Thrasher but with weather concerns yesterday, all our boats headed up Howe Sound. We had very solid fishing and also heard a numbers of reports just south…

Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: May 20, 2016

VANCOUVER SALTWATER FISHING REPORT Well the big news this week is Thrasher Rock! If you have been waiting to book a Thrasher Rock trip do not hold off any longer! The fish are in and we expect things to be awesome for the next 4-6 weeks. Call now to book because dates fill up very fast whenever we start getting good reports! Here is the Report! We had to do some searching to find fish but when the bite came on we put up some epic numbers. Dimitri, Edie, Mike and Jason had some awesome days this week. Fish were found at a number of different depths. Look to the clarity of the water to help make the call. If it is a little dirty…

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