Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing Report
This time of year, we basically have two options for fishing, the Cap Mouth and the South Arm. Things have been pretty lack luster in both locations for the most part. I think the rain last week, and just the time of year, triggered the migration for a lot of the fish to move up river. Looking back in my journal, there have been some decent days at the Cap and the South Arm in October, each year is different, you just need to get out there and give it a try.
If you want to keep it local, the Cap Mouth does traditionally offer some decent opportunity in the first 2 weeks of October. It is looking pretty dry until late next week, so if some October fish do show up, the river should be low enough that they will stage out front. As usual, a flasher and bait presented close to the bottom is the most productive technique. Our trips there this past week were slow, but we are optimistic there will be more fishing coming in this week on the flood tides.
If the sea conditions are good and you have more time, you might want to head down to the South Arm. The September crowds are gone, and the pressure is relatively light. There are still a few chinook around, coho, and some chum are starting to show up. A reminder that you can only retain hatchery coho with no adipose fin. Fishing from 25-75 on the riggers is a good zone for all of these species. I have done well in October with a UV or chrome flasher and white hootchies for coho. A Herring Aid Betsy and Yamashita white UV hootchy with a shorter leader around 24-30 inches is a good bet. It’s a good idea to run some bait as well as we have hooked chinook well into October at the South Arm.
See you in the shop or on the water,