Fishing Reports

AREA REPORT: PORT ALBERNI/PACIFIC RIM/BARKLEY SOUND (JULY 4th 2021)

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JULY 4th 2021      DOUG LINDORES     SLIVERS CHARTERS SALMON SPORT FISHING

Sockeye Salmon Sport Fishing Opens in The Alberni Inlet—–“BREAKING NEWS”

June Chinook land by Rob of Fort St. John B.C. fishing with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing close to Meares

         As we embrace July of 2021 most anglers in this area are excited about the return of Sockeye salmon to the Somass River system and the migration of Chinook salmon and Coho along the surf line of Barkley Sound and areas close to the Ucluelet Harbor Mouth.  Sport Fishing opportunities should be incredible during this wonderful summer month.  Sockeye returns are predicted to be approximately 500,000 fish.  This number should provide for sport fishing opportunity of up to four salmon per day.   The runs of migrating mature Chinook combined with decent schools of Coho travelling the Vancouver Island West Coast surf line to the large southerly watersheds should give endless opportunities to sport fishing enthusiasts fishing Barkley Sound and areas close to Ucluelet.   Sockeye fishing is a great opportunity for everyone and is a very comfortable angling opportunity for people of all ages.   The best fishing areas for Sockeye in the Alberni Inlet are from Hocking Point to Lone Tree.  Underwood, the Narrows and Cous Creek will provide for some excellent angling.

Angela and Carol fished with John of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing. They had a terrific day fishing for Sockeye salmon. The return to the Alberni Inlet has been upgraded to 500,000 to 550,000 pieces

         Current sport fishing regulations, at the time of this writing, provided by the DFO will allow sport fishing for Chinook salmon within one nautical mile of the coastline until the fifteenth of July.  After this date anglers will be permitted to fish offshore waters for Chinook.  Pacific Rim areas are often a feeding station to these transient salmon.  The islands close to the Ucluelet Harbor mouth and up the coastline to Wya Point and Florencia and the many areas of Barkley Sound often hold vast quantities of bait fish in herring, anchovy, squid and needlefish.  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 some very good sport fishing.  This trend will continue and become stronger 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.

        Historically the most common gear and consistent salmon producer when fishing Barkley Sound has been trolling with anchovy behind a variety of colored flashers.  How ever that trend has changed over the past couple of years with fish hitting various Herring Aid spoons as well as Skinny G’s, Coho Killer spoons, and a variety of octopus, cuttlefish, and needle fish hootchies.   Anchovy teaser head colors that work well are Green Haze, Glow Army Truck, Herring Aid, and Cop Car.  Flashers in blue, green glow, chartreuse, and even red with at least a six-foot leader are best.   Spoons behind a flasher can vary from forty-two inches to five feet.  Hootchie leader lengths behind a flasher are thirty-eight to forty-two inches.  Favorite hootchies are the AORL 12, J-79, Jack Smith, and Purple Haze.   The salmon have been feeding on large mature herring, needlefish, and small immature herring around Meares, Austin-Cree, Swale Rock and Edward King.  Smaller Spoons if the bait is small have been working very well.   In areas around Beale, Whittlestone and The Bamfield Wall there have been mature squid meaning Octopus hootchies and cuttle fish are working best.   The best cuttle fish have been tiger prawn UV, army truck and a variety of white cuttle fish colors.    

Beautiful 19 pound Chinook landed by Kat of the Chilcoltin area of B.C.

          Halibut fishing in July is in full swing.  Many sport-fisher people will either drift, jig or anchor.  Halibut will often prefer salmon bellies as well as large herring or octopus.  If jigging try a Gibbs Hali Hawg tipped with salmon belly.  Lingcod fishing is also relatively good.  How ever it is important that a good descending device is on board as any yellow-eye rockfish are to be released.

            July of 2021 should have some world class salmon sport fishing.

Tight lines and Good fishing

Doug Lindores

Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

1 888 214 7206

250 731 7389   (mobile)

dlindy@shaw.ca

www.catchsalmon-ca.com

AREA REPORT: PORT ALBERNI/PACIFIC RIM/BARKLEY SOUND (JUNE 16th 2021)

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JUNE 16th 2021      DOUG LINDORES     SLIVERS CHARTERS SALMON SPORT FISHING

Sockeye Salmon Sport Fishing Opens in The Alberni Inlet—–“BREAKING NEWS”

Retention of FOUR SOCKEYE PER PERSON BEGINS JUNE 15th

Jordan fished with Doug of Slivers Charters and landed this 16 pound Chinook on a Skinny G Spoon close to Swale Rock in Barkley Sound   

         As we embrace mid June most anglers in this area are excited about the return of Sockeye salmon to the Somass River system and the migration of Chinook salmon and Coho along the surf line of Barkley Sound and areas close to the Ucluelet Harbor Mouth.  Not only has the sport fishing along the surf line been good but areas such as Pill Point and Tzarus Island have been fantastic.   Sport Fishing opportunities in this area are currently incredible.   Sockeye returns are predicted to be approximately anywhere from 350,000 to 500,000 fish.  This number is providing for sport fishing opportunity of up to FOUR Sockeye salmon per day beginning on the 15th of June.  Possession limits will be four per day and eight over two days as a possession limit.    The runs of migrating mature Chinook combined with decent schools of Coho travelling the Vancouver Island West Coast surf line to the large southerly watersheds should give endless opportunities to sport fishing enthusiasts fishing Barkley Sound and areas close to Ucluelet.   Sockeye fishing is a great opportunity for everyone and is a very comfortable angling opportunity for people of all ages.   The best fishing areas for Sockeye in the Alberni Inlet are from Hocking Point or Nahmint and Ten Mile Point to Lone Tree.  Underwood, the Narrows and Cous Creek will provide for some excellent angling.  Currently the Sockeye are migrating in shallow water and anglers are having success fishing the top twenty-five to forty feet of water.  The best lures are mp hootchies in a bubble gum color or pink-blue or pink-black hootchies or a double tandem or single Black Hook.

This family from Golden British Columbia had a great time fishing with Guide Wayne

         Current sport fishing regulations, at the time of this writing, provided by the DFO will allow sport fishing for Chinook salmon within one nautical mile of the coastline until the fifteenth of July.  After this date anglers will be permitted to fish offshore waters for Chinook.  Pacific Rim areas are often a feeding station to these transient salmon.  The islands close to the Ucluelet Harbor mouth and up the coastline to Wya Point and Florencia and the many areas of Barkley Sound often hold vast quantities of bait fish in herring, anchovy, squid and needlefish.  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, Pill Point, Samatao, and Swale Rock have experienced some very good sport fishing.  This trend will continue and become stronger 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.

        Historically the most common gear and consistent salmon producer when fishing Barkley Sound has been trolling with anchovy behind a variety of colored flashers.  How ever that trend has changed over the past couple of years with fish hitting various Herring Aid spoons as well as Skinny G’s, Coho Killer spoons, and a variety of octopus, cuttlefish, and needle fish hootchies.   Anchovy teaser head colors that work well are Green Haze, Glow Army Truck, Herring Aid, and Cop Car.  Flashers in blue, green glow, chartreuse, and even red with at least a six-foot leader are best.   Spoons behind a flasher can vary from forty-two inches to five feet.  Hootchie leader lengths behind a flasher are thirty-eight to forty-two inches.  Favorite hootchies are the AORL 12, J-79, Jack Smith, and Purple Haze.   The salmon have been feeding on large mature herring, needlefish, and small immature herring around Meares, Austin-Cree, Swale Rock and Edward King.  Smaller Spoons if the bait is small have been working very well.   In areas around Beale, Whittlestone, and The Bamfield Wall there have been mature squid meaning Octopus hootchies and cuttle fish are working best.   The best cuttle fish have been tiger prawn UV, army truck and a variety of white cuttle fish colors.    

Salmon fishing for Chinook and Sockeye has been excellent through early July.  Cod fishing for Ling Cod has also been excellent.   Guide Barry displays a great Ling cod in this phote.

          Halibut fishing in June is in full swing.  Many sport-fisher people will either drift, jig or anchor.  Halibut will often prefer salmon bellies as well as large herring or octopus.  If jigging try a Gibbs Hali Hawg tipped with salmon belly.  Lingcod fishing is also relatively good.  How ever it is important that a good descending device is on board as any yellow-eye rockfish are to be released.

            June of 2021 and the rest of the summer should have some world class salmon sport fishing in the Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound area.

Tight lines and Good fishing

Doug Lindores

Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

1 888 214 7206

250 731 7389   (mobile)

dlindy@shaw.ca

www.catchsalmon-ca.com

AREA FISHING REPORT: PORT ALBERNI, BARKLEY SOUND, AND PACIFIC RIM (JUNE 2021)

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JUNE 2021      DOUG LINDORES        SLIVERS CHARTERS SALMON SPORT FISHING

Fishing in Barkley Sound has been very good.   These anglers fished with Ray and had a great fishing day close to Swale Rock.  We are looking forward to some terrific salmon fishing in 2021 for West Coast Vancouver Island.
Fishing in Barkley Sound has been very good. These anglers fished with Ray and had a great fishing day close to Swale Rock. We are looking forward to some terrific salmon fishing in 2021 for West Coast Vancouver Island.

         June is a wonderful month for salmon sport fishing in Barkley Sound and “most” years the Alberni Inlet.  Many anglers enjoy fishing the areas of Barkley Sound not only because of the wonderful salmon fishing opportunity but also because of the breath-taking scenic views of rugged coastline.  June is a month unlike July and August when there are fewer fisher people on the water making fishing conditions much more relaxing.  The Alberni Inlet can be quite the opposite in June when most years there are large gatherings of sport boats fishing for Sockeye Salmon.   The 2021 sport fishing season will see boat traffic in the Alberni Inlet as Sockeye migrating back to the Somass River system are expected to be moderate in number.  Pre-Season forecasts are predicting about 350,000 returning Somass River Sockeye.  Until the 14th of June 2021 sport fishermen fishing tidal waters are able to retain two Sockeye salmon per day.    There will be many test fisheries with detailed reports regarding any change in returning numbers.  Later in June the retention number may increase if the return looks stronger than anticipated.  The Sockeye will move through the fish ways and sit in either Sproat or Great Central Lake for the summer months before moving into the various streams to spawn in the fall.

     These three girls were Sockeye fishing prior to 2021 and had a great day fishing with Doug of  Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing.   Currently the expected return of Sockeye to the Somass River System is  350,000 fish.  The Sockeye fishing for sport should get underway by mid June.  It is a very fun fishery for people of all ages
These three girls were Sockeye fishing prior to 2021 and had a great day fishing with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing. Currently the expected return of Sockeye to the Somass River System is 350,000 fish. The Sockeye fishing for sport should get underway by mid June. It is a very fun fishery for people of all ages

         The West Coast Vancouver Island 2021 Chinook return looks relatively strong.  The 2021 forecast return for Stamp River Chinook to the terminal areas of Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet is approximately 133,000 pieces.  The age class of the returning salmon are age three at 23%, age four at 62% and age five at 15%.  The West Coast returns usually begin to show in numbers along the surf line of Barkley Sound close to the end of July.  With a very healthy age class return the sport fishing in Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet should be “first class” with some very nice sized salmon in the mix.

         Salmon fishing during the spring months in Barkley Sound and the area close to the Ucluelet Harbor has been consistent.  Anglers have targeted transient Chinook salmon headed to the big watersheds to the south and also local feeder Chinook.   Barkley Sound has ample rich nutrient bait fish which bring the fish migrating down the coastline into rest and feed heavily before continuing their lengthy journey.  June is also a time when the first migrating Coho are in the Sound and surf line locations.   Coho at this time of year feed aggressively and often gain a pound per week before reaching their natal streams in the early fall.  Coho salmon limits in Barkley Sound are currently two per day in which one Coho can be unmarked.  Beginning on August 1st 2021 Coho limits in Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet will become four in which one Coho can be unmarked. 

The Bertagnolli's from Duncan B.C. and Toronto Ontario fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed these two Chinook salmon using Anchovy close to Gilbraltor Island in Barkley Sound
The Bertagnolli’s from Duncan B.C. and Toronto Ontario fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed these two Chinook salmon using Anchovy close to Gilbraltor Island in Barkley Sound

        Often the best salmon fishing during June is along the many surf line areas.  Cree and Austin Islands, Sail Rock, Great Bear, Meares, Swale Rock, Edward King, the Bamfield Wall and Beale can produce some excellent Chinook weighing from the mid teens to the mid twenty-pound range.  The Bamfield Wall, Swale Rock and even as far in as the Pill Point area can have fantastic fishing opportunities for Chinook Salmon and also Coho that can often average six to eight pounds.  Some of the current years best sport salmon fishing has been around Austin, Meares and Swale Rock. The salmon in June are feeding heavily as they do have a long journey in their migration to their natal streams, rivers and creeks.  Many Anglers will use anchovy in a variety of different colored teaser heads.  The best teaser head colors are usually chartreuse, green haze, army truck glow, cop car, and purple haze.   Needle fish hootchies, octopus and cuttlefish hootchies in green, white and even blue and white colors are excellent choices.  The salmon close to Bamfield have been feeding heavily on squid and bigger herring.  White hootchies in Octopus or cuttlefish have worked well.  Spoons in a variety of colors (cookies and cream and herring aid) in the three to four-inch size are also a wonderful choice.  Many anglers who have been fishing Meares, Austin and Cree have found a variety of spoons as the best lure.  For some the Coho Killers in Cookies and Cream have worked well for salmon in the eight to twelve-pound range and fishing from sixty-five to ninety feet.  Others have done well on skinny G spoons and also spoons as small as the two-inch Silver Night Herring Aid.  Those who have had great success around Swale Rock have been fishing on the front side of the rock from 100 to 135 feet.

          Halibut fishing in June can be very productive.  Fisher persons anchoring out will use Octopus, salmon bellies, and sardines.  Others will back-drift and use Berkley Grubs.

            2021 will be a great sport fishing year in Pacific Rim Areas.  Sockeye, Chinook and Coho opportunities with the predicted returns make for the possibilities of a fantastic sport fishing year.

Tight lines

Doug Lindores

Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

www.catchsalmon-ca.com

toll free   1 888 214 7206

mobile     250 731 7389

dlindy@shaw.ca

SPRING 2021 SALTWATER FISHING REPORT—ALBERNI INLET, BARKLEY SOUND, WEST COAST VANCOUVER ISLAND

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MAY 1, 2021

DOUG LINDORES, SLIVERS CHARTERS SALMON SPORT FISHING

Rick with this Chinook salmon on a beautiful April Day out on the West Coast of Vancouver Island by the Red Can outside of Ulcluelet.

Vancouver Island is a majestic geographical area of tall coniferous forests and breath-taking scenic views of rugged terrain and coastlines battered by winter storms.  There is not only a continuous display of rugged coastlines but there are also wonderful exquisite and secluded beaches with pristine calm water in Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet.  Not only does the West Coast of British Columbia have these unbelievable landscapes but the salmon fishing in many areas is nothing but “World Class”.  This is one of British Columbia’s only areas that anglers have an opportunity of landing a twenty pound salmon twelve months of the year.  Fishing is just like the weather and in May and June it really does start to heat up.  The Salmon fishing for Chinook salmon in May and June in Barkley Sound can be very consistent.  During the spring months large schools of salmon, mostly Chinook, will swim into Barkley Sound and feed on the rich quantities of bait fish before continuing their long journey to the large watersheds to the south.  Plenty of quality salmon linger around the surf line and anglers have excellent opportunities of landing some nice sized salmon at a variety of hotspots such as Cree Island, Austin, Meares, Sail Rock, Edward King, Beale, Kirby Point, Swale Rock and of course the many islands just outside the Ucluelet Harbor mouth.   Coho salmon which are migrating down the West Coast become more frequent in mid-June and come into Barkley Sound and feed heavily on herring and needle fish.                                                                                                                                

The Spring months are a wonderful time to sport fish in the many locations of Barkley Sound.  The many areas to fish can still be relatively quiet and peaceful as the boat traffic is not like the summer months.  July and into early September are often very busy with many anglers taking advantage of their summer holiday time to come to one of the world’s best kept secrets. 

Ling Cod fishing in the spring can be excellent.  Guide Barry is excited about this good sized ling landed in Barkley Sound out on the surf line.....
Ling Cod fishing in the spring can be excellent. Guide Barry is excited about this good sized ling landed in Barkley Sound out on the surf line…..

The Alberni Inlet historically offers some spectacular Sockeye salmon fishing in June.   Predictions for 2021 are showing rather low numbers of Sockeye Returning back to the Somass River system.   With 350,000 to 400,000 Sockeye forecast to return retention for sport anglers from May 1st through June 14th 2021 there will be two sockeye per day for those fishing the Alberni Inlet to the surf line.  On the 15th of June a new regulation will come out with regulations depending on early returns allowing a possibility of retention of four Sockeye per day.  With the current environmental conditions Sockeye Salmon fishing for sport should get underway by Fathers-Day Weekend.  There has been a relatively large snow pack and if the water in the Somass River remains cold the Sockeye will not school.   When the Inlet water warms up the Sockeye begin to School in good numbers.  The Salmon usually school from Cous Creek out to Nahmint and Franklin River.  The Sockeye in the Alberni Inlet in June will predominately sit in forty-five to sixty feet of water.  As the water warms the salmon will swim to deeper water.  Sockeye hit shorter leader lengths from eighteen to twenty-four inches behind a variety of flashers.  The best lures are mp 15’s, the pink and blue, and pink and black Sockeye Hootchies.   The Key to Sockeye fishing is having up to six or even eight flashers.

The early fishing in Barkley Sound has been sporadic.  Some anglers have had some success along the Bamfield Wall and into Scotch Bay.  The front of the Bamfield Harbor Mouth has had some anglers have some success.  The Best fishing to date has been around Ucluelet Harbor Mouth, the Islands and the Red Can.  Great Bear and the Red Can has had fantastic Chinook sport fishing for salmon from ten the eighteen pounds.  A variety of three-inch spoons and anchovy in chartreuse, glow army truck and clear teaser heads have been working very well. 

The trout fishing in May and June is often extremely good.  The sockeye smolts as example leave Sproat and Great Central Lakes and travel out through the Somass River.  This smolt migration wakes the trout up and using flat fish and Kwikfish that resemble smolts in the frog and rainbow patterns work really well when trolling.   If fishing from the various banks use power bait fish. 

Tidal water fishing in 2021 for Chinook salmon and Coho should be very good.  Pre season forecasts for these two species returning to West Coast Vancouver Island are good.   The migratory Chinook number are expected to be average or better. 

Tight lines

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West Coast Vancouver Island, Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound – Winter Report and Outlook for 2021 Salmon Fishing

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Slivers Charters Salmon Sport fishing

Father and son from Victoria fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed these Chinook and Coho close to Gilbraltor Island in Barkley Sound using anchovy

       Winters on the West Coast of British Columbia often seem especially long and uneventful.  During the past months most people are likely tired of all the bad news concerning the pandemic, joblessness and economic crisis.  In the late winter and early spring of 2021 many avid fisher people can only “hope” that 2020 is behind us and there is brighter news in health and politics and that there will be some excellent sport fishing opportunities for the coming salt water sport fishing season.  For many avid salt water sport fisher persons who spend many wonderful hours and days fishing the pristine waters of Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet from early March to September the 2021 early sport fishing outlook is quite favorable.  Returning Sockeye, Chinook, and Coho numbers in pre forecasts look much better and/or similar to 2020 returns.  Sockeye salmon returns and Coho returns are predicted to be much improved.  Chinook returns are predicted to be much like 2020 and 2019.  With these predictions summer fishing should be fantastic in this area.

Robert of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing landed this beautiful Chinook Salmon on the surf line of Barkley Sound using anchovy.

          Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet should be two very opportunistic geographical areas on Vancouver Island for salmon sport fishing this spring and summer.  These two areas should be like the last couple of years with reasonable retention limits of salmon.  Chinook numbers in 2021 will resemble the excellent returns of 2019 and 2020.  Coho returns to the big watersheds to the south and also West Coast Vancouver Island are more favorable in early season forecasts for 2021.  The Sockeye sport salmon fishing in the Alberni Inlet has been curtailed the last few years.  In July of 2020 some sport Sockeye fishing did occur with good results.  The indicators regarding Sockeye returns to the Somass River system are looking very promising for a sport fishery this June and July.

          Winter Chinook fishing in Barkley Sound, Nahmint, and the Inlet has been great during January and early February of 2021 for those that have been able to get out on the water and brave cooler air temperatures.  Most of the salmon landed by anglers have been in the six to nine pound range in seventy to one hundred and thirty feet of water.  A variety of spoons are working best.  The Bamfield Harbor, Scotch Bay, the Whistle Buoy, and Fleming Island (Sanford) are often fantastic winter and early spring locations to fish.  The first Weekend of March often triggers the beginning of the sport fishing salt water season in this area with the Sproat Loggers Derby.  Due to Covid 19 organizers have decided well in advance that the Derby for 2021 will officially be cancelled.  

We are hoping Sockeye fishing in the Alberni Inlet from mid June through July is back to once it always historically used to be. Early season forecasts are saying returns should be reasonable. Father and son in this picture from Vancouver are happy with this wonderful catch of Sockeye salmon

       As we get closer to the early Spring the feeder Chinook will range on average from Eight to Fifteen pounds and are mostly hatchery clipped fish.  Most anglers are fishing depending on the area in Pacific Rim areas, which include areas near Ucluelet, in depths from sixty to one hundred and fifty feet.  Anchovy on the troll with a six-foot leader or better with various glow teaser heads work very well.  Small spoons in Irish Cream, TKO cookies and cream, the three-inch coyote sardine, and a variety of Skinny G spoons are effective.   Hootchies in Purple Haze, green Spatter-back and needlefish hootchies work well.   Flasher choices in green, blue, or black glow are normally a great choice.

          The sport salmon fishing season in Barkley Sound, the Alberni Inlet, and up to a mile offshore in late April, May, June and the first part of July often rely on the return of Chinook and Coho to the very large watersheds to the south.  The big watersheds are the Columbia, Kalama, Willamette, and Sacramento river systems.  Puget Sound over the past few years has also had some early summer run returns.  Salmon that are migrating along the west coast of Vancouver Island often come into Barkley Sound or stay on the Sandy Banks just off the surf line and gorge themselves on the rich resources of bait fish.  The salmon come in runs and will feed and rest before continuing their long journey to their spawning grounds.  In July Chinook salmon can often be up to twenty-five and thirty pounds depending on the age class of the return.   Late July, August, and September the West Coast Vancouver Island Chinook and Coho arrive and peak in the Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound the second half of August.  The sport fishing can be very eventful and provide for what can be termed “first class sport fishing”.

Early winter Steelhead in the Somass-Stamp River system with guide Nick and guests

             Trout fishing on a variety of lakes in the area has been reasonable.  Two of the lakes frequently fished are Sproat and Great Central Lakes.  On Sproat Lake the Willows and over by Dog Mountain and the top end of Taylor Arm there have been some tremendous days of maximum success and other days where one might say the fishing is reasonable.   Around the Willows some anglers are shore or bar fishing at twelve to fifteen feet and are having their best success using power bait or salmon eggs.  Those angling enthusiasts trolling seem to be having success using a gang troll or Willow Leaf.  Great Central Lake has had some great fishing with anglers having their best success using power bait or worms.  Fishing on the troll has been the best.    When trolling the best lures are flat fish in darker patterns with a trailing dew worm.  Gang trolls are also a good choice.  During the winter months Cut Throat and Rainbow range from two to four pounds.

          The new year will be a breath of fresh air.  The sport fishing opportunities will certainly give many something very “positive” to look forward to.  Our 2021 sport fishing outlook is “Good News”.  Salmon fishing should be “FIRST CLASS”.

Tight lines

Doug Lindores

Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing
www.catchsalmon-ca.com
mobile  250 731 7389
toll free     1 888 214 7206
dlindy@shaw.ca

FISHING REPORT: BARKLEY SOUND, ALBERNI INLET, WEST COAST (UCLUELET) SOMASS- STAMP RIVER SYSTEM

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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER REPORT—LATE FALL 2020     

SLIVERS CHARTERS SALMON SPORT FISHING——–DOUG LINDORES

Guide Nick guided Robert and dad Doug on a beautiful Fall Day in the Stamp River. Robert landed this beautiful Chinook and is seen with guide Nick.

         The 2020 summer sport fishing season has come to an end for most saltwater sport fishing locations in mid and West Coast Vancouver Island locations as well as the many other saltwater angling areas around the rest of the scenic Province of British Columbia.  The weather during the fall in the Pacific Rim areas has been unbelievable.  There has been ample rainfall to help the migration of the returning salmon to their spawning grounds.   There have also been many wonderful sunny warm afternoons in many parts of the west coast and Barkley Sound sport fishing areas.  Right up to the beginning of November those very keen anglers have been able to enjoy the last salmon fishing opportunities for 2020 in many local rivers and also saltwater locations where there have been ample Coho and Chum salmon which are still migrating to their natal streams, creeks, and rivers.  The East Coast of Vancouver Island has had some excellent beach Coho fishing.  There has been some very good Chum sport fishing in Brown’s Bay which is close to Campbell River.  The Chum fishery is very popular and the nineteenth annual derby was held and was termed the “Covid-19 non derby”.  Three hundred tickets were sold for this fantastic charitable event which is often the last fishing “derby” on Vancouver Island each year.

These two ladies had a great day fishing with guide Peter

           Chinook and Coho salmon returning to the many streams, creeks, and rivers have been excellent to date.   The return of Somass River Chinook salmon stocks up to the 23rd of October were at 38,582 pieces.   Included in this number is 38,304 Chinook escaping through Stamp Falls and 278 escaping in the Sproat River.   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.  Chinook and Coho will continue passing through the counters until early December.

        Barkley Sound areas and those areas close to the Ucluelet Harbor had mediocre fishing in the later part of September and into October.  Wya Point was likely one of the best spots as were a few areas offshore.   The Big Bank was on fire for many days with plenty of hatchery Coho dominating the sport fishing in rather shallow water for several days.  In Barkley Sound the best fishing during the Fall months was the Bamfield Wall, Fleming Island, and Swale Rock.

          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.  Hopefully the Sockeye fishery in the Alberni Inlet becomes what it historically was.  Chinook returns to West Coast Vancouver Island in 2021 should be relatively good and we are hoping that the Coho returns get back to at least forty to fifty thousand to the Somass River system and also excellent returns to the many streams located in the rest of West Coast Vancouver Island.  One very important positive is that Ocean conditions have been favorable over the past year.  The mortality rates have been lower.  Food sources for salmon stocks in the North Pacific Ocean have been relatively good.  The sport fishing season in 2021 on British Columbia’s West Coast should be very exciting with plenty of opportunity for everyone.  

Janine and Joy fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing anddid well in early August 2020 fishing in the Barkley Sound and Uclueletarea.

Stamp River Fall Fishing

        For those fisher persons that know the Stamp River the sport fishing especially for Chinook during the fall has been very good.  Sport Anglers and also guides who are taking guests out on the river have been having some great success.  There has been enough rain to keep the river at a reasonable level for salmon migration.  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.  This time of the year is normally a fantastic time for fly fishing enthusiasts.  Fly fishing usually occurs on the Stamp River from mid October to about the 20th of November.  The best fly fishing to date for those on guided trips in jet boats or for those walking has been the Lower and Upper River.  Entering the river close to the gun range or driving out to Service Road which is just off Hector Road and walking to Dolan’s Pit is another terrific fishing spot when the water levels are at a normal level.  The key is finding an area where the water is not moving too quickly.  The river has had just over 15,000 Coho migrate into the system.  This migration should continue into December.   The Coho in the Lower River have been fresh and very bright and are averaging eight to twelve pounds.  The best method of fishing Coho salmon has been conventional using roe, spinners, blades, and the Gibbs Coho spoon.  The late Chinook and Coho are in a natural spawn and are dropping their eggs.  With the fresh egg drop the Steelhead have become very active as they search for loose eggs.  Fly Fisher persons can of course use a variety of flies of choice.  Anglers who are wishing to fish conventionally can use gooey bobs, or wool that is white, pink, or orange.  Other popular areas to fish when water conditions are normal are Stamp Falls Park, Eagle Rock, Black Rock, Moneys Pool and the Slide Pool.  The Stamp is still referred to as a very healthy river system and is fishable twelve months of the year.  There is still plenty of time for Coho salmon fishing and of course Fall Steelhead.

Cassie fished with Brad and Brian and landed this beautiful Chinook salmon using anchovy.

Barkley Sound and Alberni Inlet

          The 2020 fishing was quite good in both the Sound and Inlet.  There were more Sockeye that returned to the Stamp River than originally forecast.   This made for a sport fishery of two Sockeye salmon per person per day at the beginning of July.  The Chinook fishing in the Inlet and also the Sound was great for many up to the end of the Labor Day Weekend.  The return of Chinook salmon to West Coast Vancouver Island was very strong in 2020 and 2021 should be similar.   Coho were termed “Low Status” and it is unclear what the 2021 season in terms of returns will look like.   One of the best sport fisheries and enjoyed by all in the Inlet is Sockeye fishing.  It is a great family fish and is fantastic for all ages.   Sockeye Fishing when numbers are high in terms of returns can last from mid-June through until the beginning of August.  Most years Chinook Fishing historically gets well underway by the tenth of August and continues through until Labor Day.

          There have been some wonderful fall days on the water in Barkley Sound, areas around Ucluelet and for some as far away as the Big Bank and South Bank.   There were many wonderful afternoons that were gorgeous with great warmth from the sun and water that was magically smooth.  The sport season has dramatically ended but a few anglers took opportunity to search for some of those late Coho in the Sound and some also fished for Chum Salmon in the Sarita Bay area.

          We look forward to another Fantastic Sport Salmon season in 2021.  In late May, June and July we will target the migratory salmon headed to the southerly watersheds to the south.  In late July, August and September we will target returning West Coast Chinook and Coho.

Fishing with anchovy and hootchies Mike fished with Doug of Slivers Charters and landed this beautiful Chinook close to Swale Rock in Barkley Sound.

         We offer great day trips in the Inlet, Barkley Sound, and West Coast offshore fishing.  WE ALSO OFFER FANTASTIC lodge accommodation where people take opportunity to experience extended trips in Barkley Sound, West Coast, and offshore for sport fishing.  Take advantage early and organize one of these extended trips for the summer of 2021.  These trips are often for three or four days and nights.   You will not be disappointed.   Join us in a comfortable and fun environment in the 2021 summer from early June through early September.

For More Information contact:

Doug Lindores

1 888 214 7206—–toll free

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dlindy@shaw.ca—email

www.catchsalmon-ca.com

The fishing in the Stamp River in the Fall of 2020 has been quite good. Beautiful Somass River Chinook landed by this angler fishing with guide Nick
This group from the Ladner and Delta area of British Columbia fished with Doug and John of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing in August in the Barkley Sound area and did well on this morning. Most of the salmon in this picture were landed using anchovy.
This group from Vancouver British Columbia fished with John, Derek and Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and had a fantastic three day Barkley Sound Fishing trip in August.    
While fishing in beautiful Barkley Sound there is lots of wildlife such as black bear, humpback whale and of course Eagles like the one circling the boat in this picture
Brian with a beautiful Chinook salmon landed in Barkley Sound area in July of 2020

Fishing Report Port Alberni and Barkley Sound

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Doug Lindores       Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

September 2020

Hanna and Chinook salmon landed using Anchovy during the Ultimate Fishing Derby. Fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon sport Fishing

           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.  West Coast Vancouver Island salmon fishing in saltwater and a variety of fresh water locations is predicted to be very good in September as over one hundred and seventeen thousand Chinook are estimated to make a return to the Somass River system.   To this date there has been a relatively high catch rate by all of the various groups targeting the salmon returning to the area.  Escapement up to the 12th of September is approximately fourteen thousand Chinook and close to seven thousand Coho.  Into Stamp Falls 13,985 Chinook and 5,000 Coho have passed through the counters.  The Sproat has had 15 Chinook and approximately 1,800 Coho return.

          September is the month when the Alberni Valley normally hosts the Labor Day Weekend Salmon Festival.  This year the long time Derby was re-created and became (due to Covid 19) the Ultimate Fishing Derby.  The number of tickets sold were just over 1,700.  The Derby took place from Saturday September 5th to Monday the 7th and had local fisher person Adam Dombrowski win the three-day event with a 33.4-pound Tyee landed while fishing the Bamfield Wall.  Local anglers Tanner Hodgson (33-pound Tyee) and Morgan Steed (31-pound Tyee) landed the second and third place salmon on the first day of the Derby which were also landed close to Bamfield.  Day two had Davis Mayo land a 30-pound Chinook for largest fish of the day while local fisher person Colton Lloyd landed the largest salmon at 29 pounds on day three.   Other local fisher persons finishing in the top three on each day were Ken Danroth landing a 25-pound Chinook for second place on day three and Robert Lindores landing a 27 pound Chinook and finishing third on Day two.   Much of the money raised at this fantastic event has gone to salmon enhancement.

Gabby with Chinook salmon at Beale on Surf-line of Barkley Sound. Fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport fishing Landed this salmon using anchovy in an army truck glow teaser head.

          This is a beautiful time of year to be out on the water.  The late mornings and afternoons are often long and very warm.  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.  September is often termed the month with no wind or fog.  It is often the perfect sport fishing month.   During the week days September is like the month of June with very few people out on the water fishing.  The Chinook return is forecast to be predominately of the four and five-year-old age class.   The Coho as they migrate toward their natal streams and rivers put on almost a pound per week.  September 2019 sport fishing for Chinook and Coho for anglers who are fishing along the coast line of West Coast Vancouver Island, Barkley Sound, and the Alberni Inlet should be world class. 

             September is the month that has the final migration or “push” of salmon that are headed to their original streams, creeks and rivers.   Barkley Sound fishing in areas such as Pill Point, Diplock, Assets Island, Gilbraltor and Swale Rock are wonderful hotspots where the fish in the early part of the month will hold if there are large quantities and rich resources of bait fish.  The Bamfield Wall also provides some terrific sport fishing.  September historically has good quantities of bait fish that the Chinook and Coho gorge themselves with before migrating to their final destination.   The Nitnat, Sarita River, Robertson Creek and even the very late fall Columbia River fish fill the water from Cape Beale to Poett Nook.  The salmon also stretch for a long distance along the opposite Barkley Sound coastline from Effingham Island to Assets.  The salmon arrive in good numbers on a daily basis and as eager as they are to get to their spawning grounds they are as eager to heavily feast before making their way to their final destination.  The salmon are in shallower water in September.   It is not uncommon for Coho in the early morning and late evening to be on the water’s surface.  Chinook are often in twenty to sixty feet of water.  Sport fishermen using anchovy often have the best success. Anchovy in a Glow army truck, purple haze, cop car or green haze Rhys Davis teaser head with six feet of leader behind a purple and gold or a green and gold hotspot flasher are most often the best producers.  Various hootchies in the AORL 12, green spatter back and army truck are also very good standbys.  Tomic spoons and plugs in the six and seven inch size with no flasher also produce some great results.

Veronica and Fatima from Burnaby and Langley B.C. fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing in August of 2020.   This was both ladies first salmon fishing adventure and both landed some nice salmon in the Barkley Sound area
Veronica and Fatima from Burnaby and Langley B.C. fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing in August of 2020. This was both ladies first salmon fishing adventure and both landed some nice salmon in the Barkley Sound area

           The Alberni Inlet will fill with Chinook salmon during the last ten days of August and into the first half of September.  Coho follow the Chinook migration and during September both species will be in a good mix as they migrate to the Somass River system.  Alberni Inlet hotspots are Coulsons, Lone Tree, The China Creek Wall, Boy Scout property, and China Creek.  The fish are in twenty to fifty-five feet of water and usually are most aggressive in the early morning and on tide changes.  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.   In hootchies the O-15, O-2, O-16, purple haze, green spatter back and the mp2 and mp 16 are also great lures behind a hotspot flasher.  The salmon are anxious to hit the river and if any rain occurs will hit the river mouth very quickly.   Often there are many anglers right up to the boundary by Harbor Quay on a daily basis in September.

          September will provide sport anglers with some fantastic world class fishing opportunities.  The salmon migration in Barkley Sound and The Alberni Inlet will be in good numbers and a larger than normal weight class.

For More information

Doug Lindores    Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing
1 888 214 7206    (toll free)   office
1 250 731 7389    (mobile)
dlindy@shaw.ca
www.catchsalmon-ca.com

FISHING REPORT: PORT ALBERNI/PACIFIC RIM

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AUGUST 2020   DOUG LINDORES         SLIVERS CHARTERS SALMON SPORT FISHING                                 ph# 250 731 7389

Joh fished with Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed this beautiful Chinook salmon on a white hootchie.

August is always a fabulous month to fish and this particular year there should be some spectacular salmon fishing on Vancouver Island’s West Coast surf line, all of Barkley Sound, and the Alberni Inlet.  The Alberni Inlet for many anglers offered a huge surprise in July as Sockeye returns were a little higher than previously expected.  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.  With the returning numbers higher than expected a two limit per day sport opportunity became available.  Many anglers were more than delighted to get out on the local water to sport fish.  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.   

This large Chinook salmon was landed just a little off the surf line in very late August. Fished with Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

To date the sport fishing season in Barkley Sound and the inshore waters of Ucluelet is best described as “inconsistent”.  Most of the salmon retained in June and July have been migrating to the big watersheds of the Pacific North-West.   August however is the time when the mature local fish begin swimming to their natal rivers and streams to complete their lifecycle.  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.

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 early morning, later evening, and tide change are often the best bite times.  These areas are fantastic sport fishing locations.  August in the Sound is often the month when Anchovy in a variety of teaser head colors work well.  Green and Purple Haze as well as Army Truck Glow and Cop Car anchovy teaser heads with at least a six-foot leader attached to a purple gold or green gold flasher.  Other colors of choice “Flasher” seems to work for many anglers.  Depending on the size of the bait a variety of hootchies and spoons are also great lures.  The AORL 12 is a great standby as is the Jack Smith and Green Spatter back for both Chinook and Coho.   The various Skinny G and Big Eye spoons are excellent lures to have in the tackle box.  The Herring Aid Skinny G have been working very well.  The bait is very small in the Cree, Austin, Meares, Swale area and smaller spoons in the three-inch size or even less and also a variety of Coho Killers are working well.  On the Bamfield side there seems to be some squid around so some of the various cuttle-fish hootchies are working as is anchovy.  The salmon are often found in shallow water in August.  Fishing from twenty-five to sixty feet is the best depths.

This wonderful Chinook salmon was land on a coho killer close to Effingham

         The Chinook fishing in the Alberni Inlet often begins in early August.  Hotspots in the Inlet and Harbor are Lone Tree Point and Coulson Mill.  The China Creek Wall, the Narrows, and Underwood Cove often hold a good number of Chinook salmon as well.  Sport Anglers fishing the Inlet will have the best success using Octopus Pink (O-15) and Red hootchies (O-16) as well as AORL12, Purple Haze, Army Truck and Spatterback.  Anchovy is also a very good idea in August especially for Chinook when they are just coming into the area from Barkley Sound.

August also will have some great days offshore for halibut and salmon.   The Big Bank, South Bank and Long Beach can have some spectacular action for both Chinook and Coho.  The Tomic Plugs and six-and seven-inch Road Runner Spoons are often the best gear.   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.

Some other exciting news for avid anglers.  The Labor Day Weekend Salmon festival was cancelled in April.   Some avid Port Alberni anglers and residents however have put the derby together and for this year will name it “The Ultimate Fishing Derby” which will take place on September 5th, 6th, and 7th.   This is great news for the Alberni Valley and those fisher people who look forward to a derby with this magnitude close to the seasons end in many salt water locations.

This family from Chilliwack saw dad and three sons have a wonderful trip near the end of July fishing with John of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

Tight lines and Good Fishing

Doug Lindores
Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing
www.catchsalmon-ca.com
toll free 1 888 214 7206
mobile 250 731 7389
dlindy@shaw.ca

AREA REPORT: PORT ALBERNI/PACIFIC RIM/BARKLEY SOUND JULY 2020

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Sockeye Salmon Sport Fishing Opens in The Alberni Inlet—–“BREAKING NEWS”

Hanna fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed these two Sockeye in the Alberni Inlet.    Sockeye Fishing opened on July 1st 2020 which came as a great surprise and opportunity for many anglers
Hanna fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed these two Sockeye in the Alberni Inlet. Sockeye Fishing opened on July 1st 2020 which came as a great surprise and opportunity for many anglers

July 2020 should provide excellent opportunities for many fishers. The runs of migrating mature Chinook combined with decent schools of Coho travelling the Vancouver Island West Coast surf line to the large southerly watersheds should give endless opportunities to sport fishing enthusiasts fishing Barkley Sound and areas close to Ucluelet. “Sockeye Sport Fishing” on July 1st opened in the Alberni Inlet. This has come as a great surprise for many fishermen who appreciate fishing locally and close to Port Alberni. Sockeye fishing is a great opportunity for everyone and is a very comfortable angling opportunity for people of all ages. The run size was slightly increased and over a ten-day period in June the return into the Stamp and Sproat Rivers increased dramatically. As of July 2nd the total escapement of Sockeye was close to 141,000. The Stamp count was on this date was approximately 61,300 pieces and the Sproat 79,700. The current regulations for sport retention is two Sockeye salmon per person daily with a two day possession limit of four. If the run size is increased the retention limits “could possibly” be four sometime later in July. The best fishing areas to date have been from Hocking Point to Lone Tree. Underwood, the Narrows and Cous Creek have provided some excellent angling.

Brad pictured with eighteen pound Chinook fished with Dad Brian in Barkley Sound using a UV prawn cuttle fish
Brad pictured with eighteen pound Chinook fished with Dad Brian in Barkley Sound using a UV prawn cuttle fish

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. After this date anglers will be permitted to fish offshore waters for Chinook salmon. Pacific Rim areas are often a feeding station to these transient salmon. The islands close to the Ucluelet Harbor mouth and up the coastline to Wya Point and Florencia and the many areas of Barkley Sound often hold vast quantities of bait fish in herring, anchovy, squid and needlefish. 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. 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.

Alex and Darlene a mom and daughter combo fished with Doug of Slivers Charters and landed these Chinook Salmon around Austin Island in Barkley Sound Using a variety of small spoons.
Alex and Darlene a mom and daughter combo fished with Doug of Slivers Charters and landed these Chinook Salmon around Austin Island in Barkley Sound Using a variety of small spoons.

Historically the most common gear and consistent salmon producer when fishing Barkley Sound has been trolling with anchovy behind a variety of colored flashers. However that trend has changed over the past couple of years with fish hitting various Herring Aid spoons as well as Skinny G’s, Coho Killer spoons, and a variety of octopus, cuttlefish, and needle fish hootchies. Anchovy teaser head colors that work well are Green Haze, Glow Army Truck, Herring Aid, and Cop Car. Flashers in blue, green glow, chartreuse, and even red with at least a six-foot leader are best. Spoons behind a flasher can vary from forty-two inches to five feet. Hootchie leader lengths behind a flasher are thirty-eight to forty-two inches. Favorite hootchies are the AORL 12, J-79, Jack Smith, and Purple Haze. The salmon have been feeding on small immature herring around Meares, Austin and Cree Island. Smaller Spoons have been working very well. In areas around Beale, Whittlestone and The Bamfield Wall there have been mature squid and Octopus hootchies and cuttle fish have been working very well. The best cuttle fish have been tiger prawn UV, army truck and a variety of white cuttle fish.

Halibut fishing in July is in full swing. Many sport-fisher people will either drift, jig or anchor. Halibut will often prefer salmon bellies as well as large herring or octopus. If jigging try a Gibbs Hali Hawg tipped with salmon belly. Lingcod fishing is also relatively good. How ever it is important that a good descending device is on board as any yellow-eye rockfish are to be released.

These girls fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed some great Sockeye in the Alberni Inlet.   Sockeye Fishing got underway for sport fisher people on the 1st of July 2020.
These girls fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed some great Sockeye in the Alberni Inlet. Sockeye Fishing got underway for sport fisher people on the 1st of July 2020.

Once again for the 2020 saltwater season Sockeye sport angling in the Alberni Inlet opened on the first of July. The fish are in the top thirty to fifty feet of water and are hitting black-pink, blue-pink, bubble gum mp hootchies and black hooks. Leader lengths can vary from sixteen to twenty-four inches. Trolling with two dummy flashers on either side of the boat and spaced ten feet apart is a great idea as the Sockeye are attracted by color. This is a fun fishery for everyone of all ability and age.

Tight lines and Good fishing,

Doug Lindores
Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing
1 888 214 7206
250 731 7389 (mobile)
dlindy@shaw.ca
www.catchsalmon-ca.com

AREA FISHING REPORT: PORT ALBERNI, BARKLEY SOUND, AND PACIFIC RIM (June 2020)

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Barry is happy with the two Chinook salmon weighing in the teens that he landed in Barkley Sound using skinny G spoons and a white hootchie.

         June is a wonderful month for salmon sport fishing in Barkley Sound and “most” years the Alberni Inlet.  Many anglers enjoy fishing the areas of Barkley Sound not only because of the wonderful salmon fishing opportunity but also because of the breath-taking scenic views of rugged coastline.  June is still a month unlike July and August when there are fewer fisher people on the water making fishing conditions much more relaxing.  The Alberni Inlet can be quite the opposite in June when most years there are large gatherings of sport boats fishing for Sockeye Salmon.   The 2020 sport fishing season at this time will likely not see any boat traffic in the Alberni Inlet as Sockeye migrating back to the Somass River system are expected to be very low in numbers.  Pre-Season forecasts are predicting only 170,000 returning Sockeye which does not allow any user group to retain Sockeye during the 2020 sport season.  There will be many test fisheries with a detailed report on June 26th regarding and change in returning numbers.  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.

Rick fished with his son Caden and landed this wonderfuly fifteen pound ling
cod in Barkley Sound

         Salmon fishing during the spring months in the sound has been consistent.  Anglers have targeted transient Chinook salmon headed to the big watersheds to the south and also local feeder Chinook.   Barkley Sound has ample rich nutrient bait fish which bring the fish migrating down the coastline into rest and feed heavily before continuing their lengthy journey.  June is also a time when the first migrating Coho are in the Sound and surf line locations.   Coho at this time of year feed aggressively and often gain a pound per week before reaching their natal streams in the early fall.  Often the best salmon fishing during June is along the many surf line areas.  Cree, Austin Island, Sail Rock, Great Bear, Meares, Edward King, the Bamfield Wall and Beale can produce some excellent Chinook weighing from the mid teens to the mid twenty-pound range.  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 salmon in June are feeding heavily as they do have a long journey in their migration to their natal streams, rivers and creeks.  Many Anglers will use anchovy in a variety of different colored teaser heads.  The best teaser head colors are usually chartreuse, green haze, army truck glow, cop car, and purple haze.   Needle fish hootchies, octopus and cuttlefish hootchies in green, white and even blue and white colors are excellent choices.  The salmon close to Bamfield have been feeding heavily on squid and bigger herring.  White hootchies in Octopus or cuttlefish have worked well.  Spoons in a variety of colors (cookies and cream and herring aid) in the three to four-inch size are also a wonderful choice.  Many anglers who have been fishing Meares, Austin and Cree have found a variety of spoons as the best lure.  For some the Coho Killers in Cookies and Cream have worked well for salmon in the eight to twelve-pound range and fishing from sixty-five to ninety feet.  Others have done well on skinny G spoons and also spoons as small as the two-inch Silver Night Herring Aid.

          Halibut fishing in June can be very productive.  Fisher persons anchoring out will use Octopus, salmon bellies, and sardines.  Others will back-drift and use Berkley Grubs.

            2020 will be a great sport fishing year in Pacific Rim Areas.

Tight lines

Doug Lindores

Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

www.catchsalmon-ca.com

toll free   1 888 214 7206

mobile     250 731 7389

dlindy@shaw.ca