Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing Report
We had quite an active week on the charter front with lots of local trips and trips over to Gabriola and Nanaimo. Locally the coho bite has been consistent off West Van and as usual for August, it seems to be a bit of a morning show. White hootchies or UV white hootchies are producing and fish are getting taken on anchovies as well. Productive depths have been 25-45 on the riggers. There have been a few chinook in the mix, so be ready to back that drag off in a hurry when one pops the clip at 35 on the rigger!
The chinook action continues to be consistent over in the Gulf Islands. I am not sure how long this fishery will last as we usually start to focus on fishing off the Fraser late July and by now, we would be in full swing, fishing spots like the Bell Buoy, North Arm, T-10, and South Arm. So, this is fairly uncharted territory for the Vancouver angler and guides alike, who would usually be parked off the Bell Buoy this time of year.
Still a bit in shock that the Fraser Mouth fishery is closed, especially after the epic fishing we saw last year. In the meantime, we are happy to run across to the other side for our guests when winds allow, and we have been doing well on chinook in that 62-80 cm slot limit and some brutes that have been well over. Let’s hope the next few weeks continue to produce and before we know it, we will be down off the South Arm on September 1st for some much deserved chinook, fished shallow, on bait. Until then we have been breaking out the 18 and 20 pound cannonballs, 260-300 feet of cable and glow flashers and glow hootchies. Make sure to follow Gibbs Delta on Instagram for a post that will be coming out soon on some of the gear I have been fishing off West Van and the Gulf Islands.
See you in the shop or on the water,