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October 10 Update: Vancouver Saltwater

Hey there folks! It’s time for the “after the long weekend” fishing report. Over the last 4 days, we’ve been fishing the local area hard and doing our best to  hook fish at the best bet in town, the mouth of the Capilano River.  Since our last Guide Journal entry, things have changed significantly. Significant rainfalls have raised the Capilano River and the fish have followed the cue and headed into the River. Friday and Saturday were very quiet and we did not put a fish on the cleaning table. On Saturday, I did everything except for stand on my head to catch a Chinook, and I doubt that would have made a difference as to my knowledge, there were no Chinook taken after 12 noon. There were a handful of incidental Cohos landed, but no Chinook. On Sunday afternoon I was right back at it and somewhat pessimistic that we would be in for the action we had experienced just a few short days ago. Again, it was tough fishing and there were not many springs hooked by the 2 dozen or so boats out there. However, the Salty Dawg and her guests under my direction managed to land 2 nice Chinook in the high teens on 4 bites. Not bad given the slow fishing. Today, Monday October 10, we were again back at it for the afternoon flood tide. We fished from 1:30pm to 6:30pm in Vancouver’s infamous liquid sunshine  and had only one Chinook bite. We “made it count” and landed a chrome Chinook in the high teens.

Anglers, it’s that time of the year and our days are numbered for the West Vancouver Saltwater Capilano fishery.  The forecast calls for plenty of wet weather over the coming days and while there will be more fish arriving off the mouth, they won’t be sticking around for long. I could see that the Capilano was putting out plenty of coloured fresh water. 

So, for the immediate future, I anticipate that the saltchuck fishing off West Vancouver will be “hit and miss”. There will be the odd Coho (make sure the ones you keep are adipose fin clipped), the incidental Chum, and the odd Chinook around which will bite your bait. We’ll keep you updated the moment anything changes in this fishery.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving,

Captain Andrew for the Pacific Angler Saltwater Guide Team.