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Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: May 29, 2020


Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing Report

Fishing has been pretty good this past week, as is usual for this time of year.  There are lots of places producing fish, like Howe Sound, South Bowen, and Thrasher Rock.  Sometimes it is hard to say where to go or which spot is producing the best, but this week it was pretty clear that Thrasher was the place to be.  There were still some good amounts of fishing being caught locally, and some big ones, but Thrasher has been on fire for about 2 weeks now.  Hard to say what it will be like this weekend, it can go from hot to cold in a tide change, but chances are it will still be good for a few more weeks.

If you are going to head across, check out Thrasher and check out Porlier.  Both are usually good this time of year.  Productive depth depends on water colour.  If the dirty Fraser water pushes over to that side, the fish are shallow, 60-140 on the riggers is usually good.  If the water is clear the fish are usually a lot deeper, 130-200 on the riggers.  It all depends on the tides, currents, and how that Fraser water gets pushed around.  Usually the most productive setup is a flasher and hootchy.  You can’t go wrong with a chartreuse glow flasher like a Chartreuse Glow Herring Aid, Lemon Lime, STS, BC, or Salty Dawg.  Put on a chartreuse or green splatter back hootchy with a 32-40 inch leader and hang on.  I like the Yamashita versions of these hootchies and we have some at the shop if you are in need.


Doubled up off Thrasher Rock!

If you are sticking closer to home, the same can be said about water colour and depths.  Shallower in the dirty water and deeper in the clear water.  There have been some fish caught off South Bowen from Cowan to Roger Curtis and Hole in the Wall is worth checking out this time of year as well.  The setup mentioned above is also extremely productive over here.  Spoons will also work, like Irish Cream, Homeland Security, and Trailhead.  Bait is always a good choice this time of year too, matched with some of the brighter teaser heads like glow green or variations of that.


There are some big boys around these days!  This fish was caught in Howe Sound, DNA was sampled for the Avid Angler Program, then it was carefully released.

Crabbing has been good lately and should continue to be good until the commercial effort increases later in June.


Crabbing has been excellent!

If you are looking to get some fresh air and do battle with some of the season’s hottest chinook, we are happy to announce we are now taking bookings.  We are starting our season with locals, just like you, and we have our Covid plan in place to keep you safe.  If you would like to get out on the water, give us a call at 778-788-8582.

See you in the shop or on the water,

Jason Tonelli