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Winter Chinook Fishing is ON!


Checking in on the weather forecast for this weekend and the long range we will give you Vancouver & Squamish 14day forecasts.  While we have a snowfall warning for this weekend in the GVRD but don’t let than dampen your shopping spirits!!

The winter chinook salmon fishing is in full swing now so don’t hesitate to book your saltwater salmon charter with us or if you are on your own boat, come on in and stock up on the flashers, spoons and bait you will need.  Check out the saltwater reports below to see what’s working and where the guys are hooking up.  Prawning and crabbing has been productive as well!

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Saltwater Reports

Eddie Matthei –

More reports are trickling in from a few of the die hard anglers looking for winter chinook. As expected there is some nice fish are out there now!  A couple of days ago on a trip I finally had a rod bouncing hard which indicated a very decent sized fish. Unfortunately it was a hit and run and it got away. We waited patiently as we were about an hour an a half before the slack. After a while we had another serious smack on the rod. Initially it looked like it got away but a couple of seconds later the rod started bouncing again. This time the outcome was much better and my guest got a very plump winter chinook just shy of 12lbs in the box. We looked at the time and we were right at slack tide.

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We hooked a couple more fish that were just shy of the limit before the bite went off and we headed back to the barn. The undersized fish are a good size and it won’t be too long before they’re legal too. It looks like a promising start to our winter fishery! We were fishing along the West Vancouver shoreline. I have not ventured to the freighters but have heard of fish there as well. I also haven’t had a chance to head west of Bowen Island and haven’t heard any recent reports. 3.5″ spoons such as the Irish Cream, Kitchen Sink, Homeland Security, Yellowtail and my favourite at this time of the year the green glo are working at the moment but sometimes the fish change their taste and it’s good to try others like the Ghost Rider, Cop Car, Army Truck, etc. The last fish I cleaned had been dining on 4″-5″ herring so I will try up sizing to some 4′ spoons on my next trip. I have been using various flasher/spoon combinations until I find ones they like. It’s a good idea to keep switching up to see what they are in the mood for that day.

Tight Lines,


Todd Sweet –

Last weekend I made it out for some winter fishing.  I couldn’t resist fishing Ambleside due to the perfect flood tide that was happening.  We dropped our gear in just off the pink apartment and almost right away hit a 22 inch spring on a small irish creme spoon.  Over the next 3 hours we hit a total of 7 fish and got 6 of them to the boat.


One was a nice legal red spring and the other 5 were just under size ranging from 20-23 inches.  All the fish were caught on small spoons both irish creme and kitchen sink with flashers.  All of them were within 10 ft of the bottom in 100-105 feet of water.  These winter fish were really aggressive with all of them popping off the clips on their own.  We finished the day pulling 200+ prawns and four crabs!

Tight Lines,


On behalf of the Pacific Angler staff we wish you the best in your fishing endeavors and we hope to see you either at the shop or on the water. To check out the latest Pacific Angler news view the Pacific Angler Facebook page.

Jason, Matt, Andre, Max, Eddie, Jordan and Bryce