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Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: May 19, 2023


Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing Report

We made it over to the Gulf Islands this week for some lingcod fishing and some catch and release chinook fishing. It was a flat calm day, hot and sunny, and the fish were biting. If you are looking to get out on the water, now is a great time as the bottom fishing for lingcod and rockfish is open to retention in Area 17 and crabbing is also producing well. Chinook catch and release fishing in Area 17 has also been good and is a great way to finish off the day. 


                                                                     It didn’t take long for us to get some nice lings!

Locally in Areas 28 & 29 we are fishing for chinook (catch and release) with our DNA permits and we are happy to report there are lots of chinook around, including lots of hatchery fish. Hopefully, this data will eventually result in a hatchery chinook opening. 


A nice hatchery chinook from Monday

When we were crossing the Strait of Georgia this week, we did see some salmon swirling and feeding on the surface. These were very likely coho and that is a good sign of things to come. Coho open June 1st and fishing for them usually picks up around.mid-June. Fingers crossed we get a good coho season this year. 

See you in the shop or on the water, 

Jason Tonelli