FISHING REPORT: PORT ALBERI INLET, BARKLEY SOUND, UCLUELET
(WEST COAST) SOMASS-STAMP RIVER SYSTEM
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Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing
We are now into the month of September and not only has there been some great
salmon fishing in the Port Alberni and Pacific Rim regions but the weather is sensational
with sunny skies and afternoon temperatures from eighty to eighty-four degrees farenheit.
These temperatures have made fishing in Barkley Sound and offshore areas out of
Ucluelet fairly comfortable and very summerlike for those anglers seeking the big late
summer Chinook and the ample Coho found in many of this regions areas. The salmon
are currently migrating to their natal rivers, streams and creeks which will create a
fantastic fall fishing opportunity in the Stamp, Nahmint, and Sarita River systems.
The first few weeks of September not only includes great Chinook and Coho
Salmon fishing but is also the time of this areas two biggest salmon derbies. The
forty-first Port Alberni Labour Day Weekend fishing derby just wrapped up. Over
two thousand ticket entrants participated this year with local Port Alberni angler Alice
Kempton winning the derby with a thirty-four pound Chinook which she landed using
a white AORL 12 hootchie on the Saturday morning of the long weekend in the Port
Alberni Inlet close to Polly Point. This big fish won Kempton $3,000.00 for biggest
fish of the day and also the $7,000.00 prize money for biggest fish of the Derby. Alice
fished with husband Walter and while she was playing her big fish he was busy bringing
in a seventeen pound Chinook. Other local winners in the derby were Glen Wallman
with a (32.8) and Doug Croxen with a (30.8) both landed for second and third place on
Saturday. On Sunday Roland Goehl and Paul Wagner finished first and second with 33.6
and 33.5 pound fish respectively. On Monday there were not any local fishermen in the
top three fish. The biggest fish of each day was worth a cash prize of $3,000.00 while
second place was $2,000.00 and third place winners each day won $1,000.00. The derby
also awards several hidden weight awards.
The Ucluelet Ladder Derby runs from May 1st until the Labour Day Weekend
and awards mothly cash prizes and gifts. All of the net proceeds of this ongoing four
month derby goes to local Ucluelet enhancement projects. The FISH OFF will occur
on September 7th and 8th. The top 15 fish of each month along with the next top 65 fish
are invited to the final derby. This derby also awards big money and gift prizes with
all awards being given out on Sunday September 9th. The biggest fish of the year was
landed in August out on the Starfish and weighed just over thirty-eight pounds. Good
Luck to all participants and guides this weekend.
Port Alberni Inlet
The fishing in the Inlet for Chinook and Coho got underway about mid August.
The salmon pushed into the Inlet quite quickly but really have not held for long periods
of time. Currently there is a good push of Chinook and Coho headed for the Somass
and Stamp River systems and also Robertson Creek Hatchery. The early Chinook in the
the first ten days of the season were hitting anchovy in various Rhys Davis teaser heads
and a now seem to be more interested in the white AORL12 hootchie and the big O-15,
O-2 and O-16 hootchies. A variety of Four inch Coyote spoons are also working quite
well. The salmon in the first half of the morning are found in the top forty feet of water
with some of the biggest Chinook that are being landed found in the top twenty-five feet.
Most of the Chinook and Coho have been quite bright. As mentioned the fish are not
holding and are heading right to the river mouth. This means that every other day there
seems to be a new school of salmon moving in that are almost chrome in color. This is a
bit odd as the salmon often hang in various locations of Barkley Sound and feed heavily
on bait fish before finishing their long journey to their spawning grounds. The salmon in
Barkley Sound are there one day and gone the next as they quickly make their way up the
Port Alberni Inlet migrating to the Somass River Mouth. We are expecting the first half
of September to continue to have some good salmon fishing. Coho are becoming quite
dominant for many anglers and guide guests to land. The weather at this time of year can
play a major role. If early fall rains occur the Chinook and Coho will make their way
into the Somass River very quickly which will deteriorate the Port Alberni Inlet fishing.
Barkley Sound salmon fishing has picked up over the last week. Wittlestone,
Cape Beale, Assets, and areas along the Bamfield Wall have been producing some great
Chinook and Coho catches. The salmon are running in the top eighty feet of water and
are hitting bait, white hootchies and green hootchies plus a variety of different four and
five inch coyote spoons. The watermelon four inch coyote has been very prominent
along the Bamfield wall for Coho. Diplock and Pill Point have been off and on. The
Port Alberni salmon Derby had some excellent entrants from the Diplock area as a few
Chinook over thirty pounds were weighed in from this great location. September salmon
fishing in Barkley Sound can often be very good especially for big Coho that are making
their way to their spawning grounds. The Coho are still actively feeding in the sound
and can often be swimming in shallower water. Shortening leader lengths and trolling
a little faster can result in better catches. Weather change in September can often hurry
the salmon along to their natal streams and creeks. The long term forecast is looking
extremely good with the only possiblility of a small amount of rain early in the week of
The Ucluelet Ladder Derby finishes this weekend with the annual fish off.
Derby finalists will be fishing for great cash and gift prizes. Awards will take place on
Sunday September 11th. West Coast fishing has been rather slow the last few weeks. It
seems some of the big Chinook have travelled a much different route than what they do
most years. Many are blaming the warm water current that has moved into the offshore
and inshore area. Mackeral are very high in numbers and water temperatures that are
normally in the summer from 53 to 58 degrees farenhiet are above 60 farenheit degrees.
The big bank continues to be very good for Coho and smaller Chinook. The halibut
fishing has also been excellent. Halibut fishing on the west coast does close on Sunday
September 9th. South Bank and Long Beach over the last week have had some good
fishing for Chinook in the high teens and low twenty pound range. The fish are taking
spoons from the four inch coyote to spoons up to six and seven inches. White hootchies
and also halloween and green spatterback are working quite well especially for Coho that
are ranging from ten to sixteen pounds. It should be noted that Coho limits offshore are
only at two per day and must be hatchery fish. All wild Coho are to be released.
Salmon fishing got underway on the 26th of August on the Stamp River. Their
has already been some excellent catches of bright Chinook and Coho. The salmon should
begin entering the system in very high numbers beginning the week of September 10th.
The peak is usually sometime during the third week of September. Good Chinook and
Coho fishing should continue into October. October is often an excellent month for Coho
and fall or summer Steelhead. For good results anglers should use wool, spinners and
spin n glows. Bait can be used beginning the 15th of September. We are expecting some
great returns of Chinook and Coho and with fairly high numbers of Steelhead already in
the system there should be a fantastic fall fishery in the world reknown Stamp River.
For more information
Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing
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