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Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: May 7, 2021

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Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing Report  May 7th, chinook all around, no opportunity for hatchery retention in Vancouver.  Absolutely criminal.  To make matters more offensive, on recent trips I have been catching a lot of hatchery chinook.  To me it feels like more than previous years, which would make sense as WA did have increased hatchery production these last few years and I think we are seeing the effects of that.  As Chair of the Lower Fraser Valley Sport Fish Advisory Committee to DFO, I have been in almost daily contact with decision makers.  They are working on it.  I was hoping for an announcement this week yet was told last night there are delays, from unrelated issues, and we won’t see anything till next Wed at the…

Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: April 23, 2021

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Vancouver Saltwater Fishing Report  Well, right on cue, mid-April, the chinook fishing picked up dramatically in our local waters.  We have been out in the few locations where you can fish for chinook, non-retention, like further up Howe Sound and over around Gabriola and up to Nanaimo.     Unfortunately, we have not heard from the Fisheries Minister, which is extremely frustrating, as this time of year we always have excellent local chinook fishing and a good number of hatchery fish.  Will we get an announcement this afternoon?  Nobody really knows, but DFO does like to make announcements late on Friday afternoon and then run for cover.  If they don’t open it they will be ducking for cover from the public fishery and marine sector.  If they do…

Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: April 09, 2021

Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing Report  Not a whole lot to report on the fishing front these days with the April 1st announcement closing the best of our local April chinook spots with a “no fishing for chinook regulation.”  Some areas are open for “non-retention of chinook” but not much close to Vancouver proper.  If you didn’t see our special chinook update last week, which includes a map of the regulations to make it easier, I would recommend you check it out.  Chinook Update 2021  I have been in recent meetings with DFO, as recent as yesterday, with my role as Chair of the Sport Fish Advisory Committee to DFO for the Vancouver area, Management Areas 28/29.  In these meetings, I have stressed the very low impact the Sport Fish Advisory Board chinook…

Important Chinook Update

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 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 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 A SOUTH COAST CHINOOK DECISION While…

Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: March 26, 2021

Vancouver Saltwater Fishing Report Well, the question on everyone’s mind these days is what is going to happen April 1st?   The truth is I don’t think anyone really knows.  What I can tell you is that there has been considerable effort to get some sort of chinook opening for April 1st in many areas along our coast, Vancouver included.   Here is a great summary from the Sport Fishing Institute in a recent update.  MSF & Data Supported Fisheries  The SFI and the Public Fisheries Alliance (PFA) have both been extremely active in pushing for the Sport Fish Advisory Board proposals to be accepted by DFO.  It certainly has gotten political, with 25 MP recently signing a letter in favor of the science-based proposals put forward…

Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: March 12, 2021

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Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing Report We’re Hiring – Saltwater Fishing Guides The saltwater season is just around the corner and we are looking to add to our guiding team for the 2021 season.   Check out the full job posting here! Spring is definitely in the air and that means 2 things.  The start of some suspended fish and fisheries management decisions for April 1.  Let’s start with the fishing.  There have been some good catches of winter chinook, aka feeder chinook, in Vancouver Harbour in spots like the Cap Mouth, the Freighters and QB and out by the Belly Buoy.  We usually do see some more chinook hang out in the harbour this time of year as more and more herring start to show up in…

Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: February 26, 2020

Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing Report, February 26, 2021  Fishing has been pretty decent since the last report.  Wind has been a challenge, which is normal for this time of year.  Those with flexible schedules who have been able to get out on the calm days have generally had some pretty good fishing by winter standards.  Keep in mind winter chinook fishing is similar to steelhead fishing.  Some days it seems pretty easy, other days you work all day for one shot at a good fish, and some days, no matter how hard you try, you aren’t going to get a thing.   That’s what keeps it interesting.  There have been some fish caught in the harbour amongst the freighters, as the herring numbers continue to build.  There has also been a few fish…

Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: February 19, 2021

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SALTWATER FISHING REPORTS   Jason will tune in next week with a full saltwater report.  Today we wanted to share an update on the halibut fishery as well as a video from our friends at Reel West Coast and Simrad Yachting!  If you missed the announcement earlier this week DFO announces the opening of the BC public halibut fishery on February 15th.  The official announcement can be found here.  Until April 1st, the halibut regulations will be the same as 2020, either 1 halibut per day and 1 halibut in possession between 90cm and 126 cm, or 2 per day with a total of 2 in possession under 90cm. There is an annual limit of 6 halibut in effect that is also based on the 2020 season.  The 2021…

Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: February 12, 2021

SALTWATER FISHING REPORT  Vancouver Saltwater Fishing Report  Not a whole of new information to report this week.  With sub-zero temperatures and strong outflow winds in Howe Sound we have been staying warm in the shop.  It looks like a bit of a SE is moving in and with it some moisture in the form of snow.  That combined with some lingering outflow winds in Howe Sound will make for a chilly one if you are going to attempt to head out this weekend.  Prior to the cold and windy weather, we did make it out a few times and fishing is typical for this time of year.  Put in the effort and you will get shots at few legal fish.  Seals continue to be a…

Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: January 29, 2021

Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing Reports I wish had better news for the weekend angler, but the good old SE is coming and with it, a low-pressure system and some rain.  It looks like we have 15-20 mm on the horizon for both Saturday and Sunday.   The winds actually don’t look too bad, especially a litter further up Howe Sound, so if you don’t the mind the liquid sunshine it might be worth chasing some winters this weekend.    Not a whole lot of juicy info to dish out on the fishing side of things.  We are about midway through the winter season as February approaches and so far, I would give this season a grade of average.  I have seen better, and I have seen worse. …

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