Welcome to the Pacific Angler “Guide Journal”. We are proud to offer you the most up-to-date local Vancouver salmon fishing information available. Lets start off with a recap of this past weekend, written by Jason Tonelli, Pacific Angler saltwater salmon guide.
“West Vancouver shoreline has been fairly slow in comparison to that last two weeks. There have been a few coho in the 3lb to 6lb range being caught from the Pink Apartment area and also west of that towards Pt. Atkinson. Coho have been caught in 60 to 100 ft. of water with downriggers set at 25-55 feet. The coho are fairly shallow. The best lures have been white hootchies on a 28”-32” leader behind a flasher.
Small Apexes in 1.0 or 1.5 in red/white have also been working well. You can fish these without a flasher. The good news is that the Capilano River has been fairly low for the last week. This is important because it causes the coho salmon to stack up around the West Vancouver shoreline.
Over on the other side of the bay (Bell Buoy), the chinook fishing has been fairly tough. There have been a few chinook taken around the Bell Buoy marker, just off Pt. Grey in 90-120 feet of water. Our guides have been running their downriggers between 45 and 75 ft. In this area the most productive setup has been a flasher with a 6 ft. leader and an anchovy. The exciting part of this fishery is that when you do hook up it is usually into a big Fraser River chinook salmon that goes on a big run straight away.
On our charter yesterday we hooked a few big chinooks up Howe Sound. The fishing hasn’t been red hot over there, but we are hooking a few springs each tide change. Most of the fish have been hit with the downriggers set at 35 to 75 ft on downriggers. The best setup is bait, so a flasher and a 6 foot leader to an anchovy or herring. Our guides have been hooking some decent chinook up to 25 lbs. in this region but there is a seal in the area that is causing some havoc! Eddie’s guest was fighting a good sized salmon yesterday but got sealed. The guest was fighting the seal for well over 30 minutes and almost won the battle.”
The Vancouver forecast starting tomorrow is looking much better with sun, some clouds and daily temperatures ranging from 21 to 24 degrees Celsius. The marine forecast for the Straight of Georgia is looking quite standard for this time of year. Winds will be variable ranging from 5 to 15 knots.
“Today Tonight and Tuesday – Wind southwest 15 knots backing to southeast 10 to 15 early this afternoon then diminishing to light after midnight. Wind becoming northwest 10 to 15 near noon Tuesday.”
“Wednesday – Wind northwest 5 to 15 knots.”
“Thursday – Wind northwest 5 to 15 knots.”
“Friday – Wind southeast 10 to 15 knots.”
If you are looking to book a Vancouver salmon charter or would simply like more information please do not hesitate to contact Pacific Angler Booking Manager, Dave, at 604-872-2204.
Keep those lines in the water!