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Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report April 24th

As usual for this time of year, we have had to battle the winds from the spring storms and have had our fair share of NW and SE winds in excess of 20 knots.  When we have been able to get out to where the fish are, they have been cooperating nicely.  Things really picked up last Friday, on April 18th and fishing has been pretty good since that date.  We had some strong winds on the weekend, but were able to get out on the Monday and we hooked 5 nice chinook, 2 of which came on a double header.

Lina with a nice chinook taken on a double header.

Lina with a nice chinook taken on a double header aboard the Salty Dawg.


Eddie was has also out this week on his day off and went out fishing with a customer on their boat. They were into some pretty hot action and landed this good size chinook as we came by to say hi.


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Eddie and Ian fishing on Silver Hunter with a good size chinook taken off the “Hump”

The fish in these pictures were taken off S. Bowen Island in area called the “Hump”.  Hot downrigger depths have been from as shallow as 75 feet to as deep as 150 feet, but most of the action seems to be concentrated in the 90-120 range, which is typical for this fishery.  Fish have been taken on spoons, hootchies, and bait.  Some of the hot spoons have been the Pesca RSG in Skid Mark, It’s Not, and Italian Stallion in the 3.5 size.  The Kingfisher spoon in Irish Cream and Homeland Security in size 3.5 and 3.0 has also been good.  For us bait has been king lately.  Of the 5 fish hooked the other day, they were all coming on bait.  Top producing teaser heads have been the Rhys Davis Anchovy Specials in Glow, Glow Green and Bloody Nose.

Without a doubt the hot flasher has been the  Oki Big Shooter “Kinetic UV Jelly Fish Yellow Green Mist” or what I like to call the “flasher with the longest name ever”.  Something about this flasher when fishing rigger depths of 125 feet and up, it seem to work incredibly well.  All our fish were coming on this flasher , nothing on the glow flashers, so we put some more down and then those rods starting hitting fish as well.  If you follow our reports, this won’t be anything new for you, this is one of our go to flashers for the “Hump” and “Thrasher Rock”.  It is also nick named “Club Dub” so you might have heard us call it that before.


The Oki Big Shooter Flasher in the colour known as Kinetic UV Jelly Fish Yellow Green Mist. A must have for fishing this time of year.

I almost forgot to mention the crabbing.  It has been good as well.  Some sets have been a little heavy on females, but overall we have had some great sets and limits of big males.

So in short, the fishing is great right now for chinook and it is only going to get better.  We have been booking lots of trips everyday, so please give us a call and book your trip right away, especially if you need a weekend date.  Call me at 778-788-8582 to book your trip.


See you in the shop or on the water,

Jason Tonelli