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Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing Report: September 15, 2023


Well, it’s mid-September and we are right in the middle of peak migration for the larger “white springs” that are headed to the Harrison and Chilliwack Rivers as well as the Capilano.

Typically, most of these fish go up the South Arm of the Fraser, so if you can access those waters you will usually have the best fishing. The T-10 and Bell Buoy will also produce fish, but they usually start to slow down a bit this week as most of the “red springs” have pushed up the river and there just aren’t the same number of fish in those spots anymore.


Some big white springs from the South Arm!

We are also seeing quite a few coho around, which is normal for this time of year as waves of coho will show up over the next 4 weeks, headed to the Fraser tributaries like the Chehalis and Chilliwack, among many others. You can retain 2 hatchery coho per day and all wild coho must be carefully released.

The pinks are around, but I was out on Thursday and didn’t find them to be too plentiful, in fact we only hooked one, so I suspect most of them are in the Fraser now and the seine boats are scooping up the rest.

The most productive depths for us have been 35-65 on the riggers and bait always works very well this time of year.

We haven’t spent much time at the Cap Mouth yet, so don’t have much to report there. This fishery usually picks up right about now as chinook start to show up on the flood tides pretty much daily. If you are looking for a quick fish close to home, it’s time to start fishing here.

A reminder if you are looking for a deal on some tackle, we have a sale this weekend!

See you in the shop or on the water,

Jason Tonelli