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Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report: November 17, 2023

Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing Report

Mid November means it’s all about winter chinook!   As most of you know, the past few years have seen excellent winter chinook fishing from November to March.  This year seems to be following in the footsteps of the past few years.  We have had lots of charters out and the fishing has been excellent.  There are plenty of winter chinook around with a nice mix of hatchery and wild fish, which is always good to see.  The limit is 2 chinook per day, 62cm or greater, no max size limit, and the fish can be hatchery (missing adipose fin) or wild.


          PA Guide, Dezai with a nice hatchery winter chinook from lower Howe Sound

I have a special announcement to make.  I will be doing a detailed Winter Chinook Seminar at the shop!  A lot has changed this past decade when it comes to chinook fishing.  With the summer months being closed and the winter chinook numbers being some of the best in 40 years, the winter is the new summer when it comes to chinook fishing.  This is when we have some of the best chinook fishing and some of the best retention opportunities of the year.  So, I decided it was time to offer a detailed seminar on how to fish for these hard fighting and very tasty chinook in local Vancouver waters and some Gulf Island spots as well.

Details on the Winter Chinook seminar can be found here:

This seminar will be held at Pacific Angler on December 6th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.  Each participant will receive a detailed course booklet.  Space is limited, so make sure to sign up right away by calling the shop at 604-872-2204. 

Where:  Pacific Angler, 78 E Broadway
When:  Wednesday, December 6th
Price:  $75.00+GST 

For those of you heading out now, all the usual spots are fishing well.  We have been doing well on chartreuse or green flashers like the Gibbs Lemon Lime in chartreuse or green and Gibbs STS.  Similar colours for spoons and hootchies have been working.  For spoons, Irish Cream, Trailhead, Homeland Security, and Outfitter colours have all been very good in Skinny G, G-Force 3.0 to 3.5 and Kingfisher 3.0 to 3.5.  Chartreuse spatter back hootchies have also been good.

Time to get out there and catch some feisty winter chinook, and prawning has also been decent.

See you in the shop or on the water,

Jason Tonelli