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Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: January 5, 2024


Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing Report

The marine forecast and weather look pretty good this weekend if you are planning on heading out.  I can’t say the same for later next week though.  The big freeze is coming so get out there this weekend if you can, and make sure your boats are ready for some colder temperatures next week from Thursday to Saturday.   Luckily, after that it looks like we are in for some sun and warmer weather.  


Fishing has remained solid this past week.  There are good numbers of chinook throughout Howe Sound and we are starting to see more fish show up in Vancouver Harbour around the Bell Buoy, Freighters and Cap Mouth.  These spots usually fish well in January right up until the end of March as more and more herring start to stage in this area pre-spawn.  Howe Sound will continue to produce, but if the winds are too strong or you want to stay closer to home, make sure to give the Harbour a try in the coming weeks. 


A solid Howe Sound harvest from Thursday last week.  3 nice chinook and a solid haul of prawns! 

Fishing has also been good to excellent in the Gulf Islands.  I was in the Gabriola area over the New Year’s weekend and had excellent fishing.  There certainly is a lot of fish around.  Good to see, and this is a great sign for chinook fishing later this summer. 


It was a quick morning limit on Dec 31st off Gabriola for Jason and Kevin.  The flashers and hootchies were putting them on deck in no time!

Prawning has also been pretty good considering the amount of pressure on the easy to get to spots that are close to Vancouver.  A note to those of you who are fishing and prawning further up Howe Sound.  Area 28-4 is closed to prawning.  This isn’t always the case.  Different areas are closed each winter depending on spawner index abundance.  So, this year it’s 28-4, but other areas in lower Howe Sound that were closed last year are open this year.  Always consult the area 28 and 29 regulations before heading out. 

We are running a winter chinook special right now until March 31, 2024! 

Special Winter Rates (8-hour trips): Salmon Fishing & Prawning
1-4 Guests $1,199.00+GST or 5-6 guests $1,399.00+GST 

If you want to head out and try the awesome winter chinook fishing and prawning, give us a call at 778-788-8582 to book your trip!   

See you in the shop or on the water, 

Jason Tonelli