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Fall Salmon Fishing

Fall is here and that brings in the big push of fall chinook and coho to our local waters, most notably West Vancouver and specifically the mouth of the Capilano River.  This fishery is literally only 5 minutes from our dock so it is a favorite for the locals and guides as the fishing grounds are close to home, almost always flat calm water, and you can hook up some big chinook and some nice coho.  We headed out earlier this week to take advantage of the early morning flood tide which usually brings these fish in off the mouth of the “Cap”.  Right off the hop Dimitri landed a beauty that he hooked at 20 feet just getting the first rod of the day out.  Immediately after Jason landed a smaller buck.

The action was fast and furious most of the morning until the ebb tide kicked in later that day.  The final count was 9 springs hooked up, 4 jacks (small immature springs), and 3 coho.


In a typical year we will see waves of chinook and coho hitting the W. Vancouver shoreline on the flood tides through the back end of September and the first two weeks of October.  These fish respond well to a trolled bait so most anglers prefer to troll a herring or anchovy in a teaser head with a 6 foot leader behind a flasher.  Although this particular day we hooked fish at 20 feet, 55 feet, 75 feet, and on the bottom (80-95 feet), the most consistent fishing is usually had by fishing fairly close to the bottom as these fish stack up at the river mouth waiting for the fall rains.

We typically book our clients on a flood tide for this fishery so give Dave Fauquier a call at 604-872-2204 to book a trip and he will set you up on the best tides.

If you are heading out on your own boat stop by the shop for the latest report.  We also have good stock on anchovies and herring, including a variety of sizes.

See you on the water, on a charter, or at the shop.

Jason Tonelli