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Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: July 7, 2023


Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing Report

It was a sporty weekend and early part of this week with the full moon, big tides and strong NW winds. Luckily, our guests over the weekend and this week were game for some larger seas and the coho rewarded their efforts.  Once again, the fishing was good to just plain unreal.  The days it was a touch slower, if I dare use that word, was not due to lack of fish, just perhaps the fact it was a bit too rough to reach them consistently.  Either way, we got into a lot of fish on all our charters this past week and it is good to see the coho are still around. 

I’m not sure how long these fish are going to be here or exactly where they are all from and where they are going.  We won’t know exact details until the results from the hatchery head program are distributed next year.  In the meantime, if you haven’t been out there, you need to.  It has been 3 weeks of excellent fishing.  I am hopeful as long as the bait is around the fish will be around.  It will be interesting to see how it plays out in July, but in the meantime, we are certainly enjoying it and I don’t see any reasons why it won’t continue!  


It’s been all smiles on the PA docks these days with the awesome coho fishing!

I have covered the flasher and lure choice in detail in the past 4 weeks, so check back on those reports for details on what has been working and make sure to follow us on Instagram @pacificanglersportfishing for mid-week posts on what is going on. 

Time to talk about chinook.  My sources tell me the DFO should be finalizing the IFMP (Integrated Fisheries Management Plan) early next week and once that is done some fisheries notices should be released.   

The one we are waiting for is the confirmation of the July 15th chinook opening in Area 17 and Area 29-1 and 29-2.  This has been the case the last 3 seasons and we are expecting the same this year.   As soon as it is announced, we will post about it on social media and in the Friday Fishing Report.  If for some reason, we don’t get the opening you can bet we will be posting about that as well and organizing some protest actions.  For now, positive vibes only and looking forward to chinook retention on July 15th! 

To book a trip, check out our saltwater guiding site Vancouver Salmon Fishing for details.  Fishing has been awesome, so book now! 

Jason Tonelli