The Wilson is still in decent shape, but is dropping and may be … Doug Lindores       Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing. This is a beautiful time of year to be out on the water. Many anglers were more than delighted to get out on the local water to sport fish. Trout Fishing on a variety of lakes in the area has been reasonable. Tomic spoons and plugs in the six and seven inch size with no flasher also produce some great results. Returning Chinook and Coho to this area should Pre-season forecasts are showing well above average returns of Chinook returning to the terminal area of the Inlet. Current sport fishing regulations provided by the DFO will allow sport fishing for Chinook salmon within one nautical mile of the coastline until the fifteenth of July. At the beginning of May the summer run steelhead will start showing up in small numbers. More data will be provided in April of 2020 which will be a good indicator of Sockeye returns. There will be many boaters on the water. Coho returns have remained at a very “Low Status” with a total of 15,644 Coho returning with 12,013 to Stamp Falls and 3,632 to the Sproat River. The Alberni Inlet will fill with Chinook salmon during the last ten days of August and into the first half of September. Anglers who are wishing to fish conventionally can use gooey bobs, or wool that is white, pink, or orange. Fishing Report    Doug Lindores   Slivers Charters. On June 6th it was reported that approximately 2,500 Sockeye have gone through the counters with most of those fish going into Sproat Lake. WE ALSO OFFER FANTASTIC lodge accommodation where people take opportunity to experience extended trips in Barkley Sound, West Coast, and offshore for sport fishing. We are looking forward to a fantastic month of fishing on the West Coast of Vancouver Island especially in the Barkley Sound and Alberni Inlet areas. This historically occurs when the water temperature in the Somass River and Alberni Inlet hits eighteen degrees Celsius. Four are often dummy flashers and the other four with hootchies of choice. The river has had just over 15,000 Coho migrate into the system. Great Fishing Outlook For 2013/2014! The fish are on time and already ticking their way through the counters. There were more Sockeye that returned to the Stamp River than originally forecast. Fresh Chinook and Coho are moving into Barkley Sound daily. Coho returns are looking extremely good and Chinook returns are expected to be well above average. There has been ample rainfall to help the migration of the returning salmon to their spawning grounds. Most of the fish landed are hatchery clipped salmon and are found from sixty to one hundred and fifty feet deep into the water. If using Anchovy the best teaser head colors are chartreuse, cop car, army truck glow, and green haze. Sockeye hit short leader lengths from eighteen to twenty-five inches in length behind a variety of hotspot flashers. in length, From the confluence of the Ash River upstream to the Great Central Lake Dam, Between fishing boundary signs approximately 200m upstream of and 500m downstream of Stamp Falls, Hatchery Lagoon - from boundary signs on either side of the Stamp River located at the inlet of the Stamp River hatchery lagoon continuing downstream approx. For more detailed information call the store at (605) 336-9132. We are expecting Barkley Sound to have fabulous sport fishing as returns of Chinook salmon to West Coast Vancouver Island are forecast to be between eighty to one hundred and ten thousand. To date the sport fishing season in Barkley Sound and the inshore waters of Ucluelet is best described as “inconsistent”. Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet which will have some excellent fishing during the second half of August will have wonderful salt water sport fishing opportunities in 2020 for those that enjoy fishing in calm, pristine and relatively scenic water. The sunset of course is much earlier in the evening than what it was in late June and early July but the weather pattern on the west coast creates a sense of peace. Spoons behind a flasher can vary from forty-two inches to five feet. Some of the early West Coast Vancouver Island Chinook have been showing up during the last week of July on the outer edges of the sound and also in locations such as Kirby, Fleming, and Swale Rock. Areas close to the Ucluelet Harbor that have had a few fantastic fishing days are Florencia, Great Bear and Sail Rock. The remaining memory for many Downstream of signs at "Girl Guide Falls" approximately 250m upstream of the mouth of Beaver Creek. There were many wonderful afternoons that were gorgeous with great warmth from the sun and water that was magically smooth. September is upon us and it is that time of year when some of the largest Chinook and Coho are migrating in the waters of the Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound. August in the Sound is often the month when Anchovy in a variety of teaser head colors work well. Freshwater fishing takes place in the Somass Stamp River system for summer and winter steelhead and salmon in September and October. Starting in late July and right into September migrating Chinook and Coho swim through the waters of Barkley Sound where they stop and feed heavily before completing their long journey into the Alberni Inlet and finally into the Somass River system or Sarita, Nahmint and Franklin. After this date anglers will be permitted to fish offshore waters for Chinook salmon. The Stamp is still referred to as a very healthy river system and is fishable twelve months of the year. All contending derby fish are to be weighed in at Tyee Landing. The salmon fishing in Barkley Sound and close to Ucluelet over the past week has been very good. The run size was slightly increased and over a ten-day period in June the return into the Stamp and Sproat Rivers increased dramatically. The salmon fishing in Barkley Sound and the West Coast out of Ucluelet and Bamfield for Chinook and Coho has been extremely good. The chinook run began at the end of August, but Braker says the DFO has yet to sign an EO agreement that would let Tseshaht First Nation fish for chinook. The Somass-Stamp River system has also picked up dramatically with plenty of Coho and Chinook salmon i n the river system as the fish are migrating to their spawning grounds. June is a wonderful month for salmon sport fishing in Barkley Sound and “most” years the Alberni Inlet. We are expecting the local salmon to begin to show in higher numbers in early August and peak during the last ten days of the month. Saltwater The Worst Kept Secret in Striper Fishing: The Musky Mania Doc. The largest salmon landed is valued at $15,000. The best salmon fishing currently is in Barkley Sound. The best fishing has been out on surf line areas and up coast from the Ucluelet Harbor. The best lures in the Alberni Inlet are the O-2, 0-15, 0-16, spatter-back and AORL 12 hootchies. Fly Fisher persons can of course use a variety of flies of choice. Great Central Lake has been better fishing from shore using power bait and worms. The spring and the summer months of 2020 should definitely be a year when all anglers will have an opportunity to land a beautiful salmon in one of the most wonderful and scenic places in the world which is the West Coast of Vancouver Island. It is a great family fish and is fantastic for all ages. In late July and the full month of August forecasts of returning salmon to West Coast Vancouver Island are forecast to be very “GOOD”. Silver Bow Fly Shop reports excellent fly fishing for Grande Ronde steelhead both up and down river from Boggan’s Oasis. During the week days September is like the month of June with very few people out on the water fishing. The surf line areas and inshore areas along the Bamfield Wall,  Austin, and Cree Island and Swale Rock are excellent locations for some of those chrome Chinook which are making their long journey to their natal rivers and streams. Nymphing eggs is the ticket. Many sport fishermen will often have eight flashers behind their boat. He was a great teacher, cheerleader and just a good guy to hang out with for 8 hours! There are currently plenty of Chinook and Coho Salmon in the system. The Coho as they migrate toward their natal streams and rivers put on almost a pound per week. Get the latest fishing conditions, water flows, weather, maps, guides, and fishing access in Moses Lake, Washington Gang Trolls can also be a great choice. The first weekend of March often triggers the beginning of the sport salt water fishing season with the Sproat Loggers Derby hosted out of Poett Nook located at the far end of the Bamfield Wall and Sarita Bay. The salmon close to Bamfield have been feeding heavily on squid and bigger herring. The ample Chinook and Coho at Swale Rock, Harbor Entrance, Pill Point, and the Bamfield Wall should continue as new salmon come in from the ocean. With the late summer run of migratory salmon and local salmon returning to their natural streams and creeks there should be some “First Class” sport salmon fishing right into mid-September in all of Barkley Sound. Weekend Salmon Derby. The Alberni Inlet should experience some excellent sport fishing in August. There were a few fish caught, including some very large fish! Alberni Chamber of Commerce - The Voice of Business for the Alberni Valley Those on the river will likely continue to fish for the late Chinook and Coho coming into the system but will also begin to fish for Fall Steelhead. Weather conditions are forecast to continue to be warm but there is a chance of a bit of rainfall. The Bamfield Harbor mouth, Scotch Bay, Whistle Buoy, and Fleming Island close to Sanford are fantastic winter and early spring locations to salmon fish for feeder Chinook. Sproat River : All: May 1 to Oct 31: Bait ban: All: Apr 1 to Mar 31: No retention of salmon. August however is the time when the mature local fish begin swimming to their natal rivers and streams to complete their lifecycle. The fish in Barkley Sound have been from sixty-five to one hundred feet. We now look forward to the 2020 sport fishing These areas are fantastic sport fishing locations. The fresh Chinook and Coho will continue to be eager to bite the variety of lures put out by many anglers in the sound. Areas just outside the Ucluelet Harbor with good salmon fishing are Sail Rock, Mara Rock, Big Bear, The Alley, and Beg Island. Unfortunately the Alberni Inlet Sport Fishing for Sockeye during the second half of June and the month of July was uneventful as the returns to the Somass River were very low. The Chinook fishing in the Alberni Inlet often begins in early August. The best fishing was during the fall. Many areas in China Creek and the Alberni Harbor will be heavily fished by many anglers world-wide. To date Sail Rock, Great Bear, The Alley, which are all close to Ucluelet and Barkley Sound locations such as Cree Island, Meares, Kirby, Bamfield Wall, and Swale Rock have experienced tremendous sport fishing. The Stamp count was on this date was approximately 61,300 pieces and the Sproat 79,700. The Chum fishery is very popular and the nineteenth annual derby was held and was termed the “Covid-19 non derby”. Sockeye are the number one commercial salmon. magnificent angling weekend and for many closes out the salt water season. Beg Island, the red can, Sail Rock, Great Bear, Mara Rock, and Mayne Bay provide for some great fishing. The islands close to the Ucluelet Harbor Mouth, Meares, Austin, Cree Island, Kirby Point, Edward King and the Bamfield Wall To Cape Beale have all had times during the past few weeks with some hot Chinook and Coho sport fishing. An "adult chinook" in Region 1 is defined as being over 50 cm. Anglers have targeted transient Chinook salmon headed to the big watersheds to the south and also local feeder Chinook. The Alberni Inlet over the last TEN DAYS has also had some very good days of sport salmon fishing. David and Marilyn do an excellent job. The East Coast of Vancouver Island has had some excellent beach Coho fishing. by Ron Powers. better than returns in 2019 and 2018. We look forward to another Fantastic Sport Salmon season in 2021. The Alberni Inlet is also expected to have a very large return of Chinook and Coho as these salmon migrate into the Somass River system. July was a fabulous month in Barkley Sound as there were plenty of Chinook and Coho coming into the sound and feeding heavily before continuing their long journey to their Natal streams and rivers. This Derby has attracted well over four hundred entrants over the past few years. This trend will continue in July and will likely improve two-fold in late July and into early September when the West Coast Vancouver Island salmon begin returning to their natal streams and rivers. Small spoons in Irish Cream, TKO cookies and cream, the three-inch coyote sardine, and a variety of Skinny G spoons are effective. The annual Sproat Lake Derby held out of Poett Nook took place with 500 entrants taking part in a weekend with great weather and some very good salmon fishing. Pre-season estimates of returning Chinook to the area are similar and perhaps even better than the last two years to the Somass River (Robertson Creek Hatchery) and the many other streams and rivers of West Coast Vancouver Island. In late July, August and September we will target returning West Coast Chinook and Coho. Hotspots in the Inlet and Harbor are Lone Tree Point and Coulson Mill. Migrating salmon to the vast Columbia River system and even Puget Sound come into the islands close to the Ucluelet Harbor mouth and much of Barkley Sound and feed on the very rich resources of bait fish. The fishing season on the Stamp River practically runs all year long. fisher people in this area targeting Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon. Disability parking spots … The Derby for 2019 should be a great success. Ken has more than 60 anglers all over the state guiding and fishing these lakes. resident Jim Boorman who landed a thirty-two-pound four-ounce Chinook salmon in From this $50 there is a donation of $10 given to local enhancement. The top three fish came in at 19.6, 19.2, and 18 pounds with Betty Bodaly, Jason Belyou, and Colin East in order being the first, second and third place finishers. The Stamp River September and October salmon fishing should be unbelievable again this fall. The sport fishing can be very eventful and provide for what can be termed “first class sport fishing”. The number of tickets sold were just over 1,700. 1 Night Lodging & 1 Day fully guided fishing. Sport fishermen using anchovy often have the best success. The sport fishing season in 2021 on British Columbia’s West Coast should be very exciting with plenty of opportunity for everyone. The Coho have been in twenty-five to eighty feet of water and are gorging themselves putting on a pound a week and are currently averaging a whopping eight to ten pounds. If jigging try a Gibbs Hali Hawg tipped with salmon belly. Fishermen have had opportunity to fish up to one mile offshore and have a retention of two Chinook and Two Coho. The Bamfield Wall also provides some terrific sport fishing. Fishing reports in Moses Lake, Washington. Coho follow the Chinook migration and during September both species will be in a good mix as they migrate to the Somass River system. The Alberni Valley and all of Barkley Sound has experienced relatively warm weather conditions during the summer months. The China Creek Wall, the Narrows, and Underwood Cove often hold a good number of Chinook salmon as well. With the projected outlook for Sockeye returns to be relatively low, as mentioned, the fishing for sport to date has been very slow. The Sockeye sport angling season in the Alberni Inlet in 2018 and 2019 was limited and hindered by poorer than expected returns. When there are lots of undersized salmon in any area it is best not to use anchovy. In Coyote spoons, silver glow, lime green, green and blue nickel, watermelon, and cop car have all been working. The summer months are quickly moving by and the salmon fishing in many areas of Vancouver Island just seems to be getting better as we move into the month of August. Contact:Doug Lindores 1 888 214 72061 250 731 7389 (cell)www.catchsalmon-ca.comdlindy@shaw.ca e mail. Approximately 200 meters above and 150 metres below the island near the boat launch at Somass Park near Service Road. conditions to improve and allow for some early productive angling days on the Anchovy on the troll with a six -foot leader with a variety of glow teaser heads work very well. Winter Chinook fishing in Barkley Sound has been slow in early January but should improve dramatically as we get closer to the Herring spawn. Sockeye, Summer Steelhead, Salmon and Fall Steelhead Guided River Charters! Upstream of signs located at Girl Guide Falls approximately 250m upstream of the Beaver Creek and Stamp River confluence. The best method of fishing Coho salmon has been conventional using roe, spinners, blades, and the Gibbs Coho spoon. I WILL be back next year. This is always a September is the month that has the final migration or “push” of salmon that are headed to their original streams, creeks and rivers. These were good sized fish but definitely did not beat out some past years when winning derby salmon weighed in at the mid-twenty- pound range. Now that we are into the month of November most sport fisher persons only have fond memories of the 2020 season and look forward to the 2021 sport angling season. The salmon come into Barkley Sound and Gorge themselves and rest before continuing their long journey to their spawning grounds. The Bamfield Wall, Swale Rock and even as far in as the Pill Point area can have fantastic fishing opportunities for Chinook and Coho that average six to eight pounds. The Big Bank, South Bank and Long Beach can have some spectacular action for both Chinook and Coho. How ever it is important that a good descending device is on board as any yellow-eye rockfish are to be released. Hootchies and cuttlefish however in white and green have been by far the best lure. Spoons in a variety of colors (cookies and cream and herring aid) in the three to four-inch size are also a wonderful choice. This is definitely a much lower number than what was previously forecast. The Labor Day Weekend Salmon festival was cancelled in April. Somass River tributaries : All : May 01 to Oct 31 : Bait ban. The Alberni Inlet for many anglers offered a huge surprise in July as Sockeye returns were a little higher than previously expected. The top producers in the Inlet are anchovy in an army truck or green haze teaser head behind a green-gold, purple-gold or chartreuse glow hotspot flasher. 2 per day, 1 of which may be more than 77cm in length. In August the returning salmon often school and feed heavily at Cree and Austin Island as well as Whittlestone, Fleming Island, the Bamfield Wall, Gilbraltor, Swale Rock and Pill Point. The AORL 12 hootchie and the spatter back and purple haze hootchies with 38 to 42 inches of leader behind a burgundy and gold flasher or a kinetic flasher is ideal for Coho in Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet. About Three hundred and thirty Thousand Sockeye was an upgraded number of returning Sockeye to the Somass River with Two Hundred and Thirty-five Thousand making their way into the Stamp and Sproat systems. 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