Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing Report
It’s official, the pinks are here. We caught our first ones of the year off South Bowen this week. These pinks are heading to the Squamish as the Fraser fish show up much later, usually early to mid August. Number should build over the coming weeks to the point where you can head up Howe Sound and fly fish for them or cast pink spinners, spoons, and jigs.
Also in the mix this week were some good catches of chinook and coho off S. Bowen. Like the last couple of weeks there seems to be some decent activity most days from Cowan to Roger Curtis. Everyday is a little different, but for the most part the fishing has been pretty consistent as the fish are cruising around these areas feeding on schools of herring and anchovy. The fish are relatively shallow and productive depths on the riggers have been from 40-120. White UV hootchies on the top rods for coho and bait and spoons on the bottom rods seems to be a winning combination. Eddie put in a good amount of time off West Van the other day but only hooked 1 coho. So it doesn’t seem like the fish are stacking up in big numbers just yet. If you look at the extended forecast there is no rain in sight, so eventually we should see some fish stacking up off West Van and our catches of coho in this area will increase. It will depend on how much water they let out of the dam, but with no rain in the forecast I would assume they wont’ be letting much out through July and August
We have a huge selection of spoons and hootchies and just got a bumped up our teaser head selection as well. Come by the shop and our expert staff will show you exactly what productive spoons, hootchies, teaser heads, and flashers our guide boats are using.
See you in the shop or on the water.