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Vancouver Chinook Report: August 27, 2021

Chinook Report

Special Chinook Report With opening day of September 1st fast approaching, it’s time to talk chinook.  Although the announcement hasn’t come out yet, the Integrated Fisheries Management Plan does show an expected opening as of September 1st, 2021, for 2 chinook a day, min size 62 cm, no max size, clipped or unclipped (hatchery or wild), in our local waters.  So, in short, you can fish the Fraser mouth area again and keep chinook on the morning of September 1st. Here is your Vancouver Chinook report for August 27, 2021 The bulk of the red fleshed fish, aka red springs, has passed.  Numbers usually peak later in the third week of August.   There will still be some around on Sep 1 and there will be a few white fleshed chinook, aka white springs in the mix. …

Important Chinook Update

Chinook update 2021 May

CHINOOK UPDATE 2021    As of April 1st, we are under some very restrictive interim chinook fishing regulations in the Vancouver area.  In this update I am going to talk about the chinook update for regulations, proposals on the table, what we might see in the coming weeks, and what you can do about it.  Here is great video from Public Fishery Alliance on the importance of the SFAB proposals DFO is currently considering.     The Sport Fish Advisory Board (SFAB) has put forward chinook update recommendations to DFO to have some hatchery chinook retention areas in Howe Sound and over at Gabriola Island as of April 1st, 2021.    I can’t sum it up any better than the Sport Fishing Institute did in a recent update, so here is what they have to say:  AWAITING…

2020 Chinook Measures – Our Response

2020 CHINOOK MEASURES Response

2020 Chinook Measures 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, who are creating these new chinook measures.  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,…

Special Chinook Report

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 is your special chinook report for April 16, 2020 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…

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…

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