September 23


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The summer of 2013 is slowly coming to an end but some of the

season’s best salmon sport fishing on the west coast of Vancouver Island,

Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet is currently ongoing and is very good

with excellent results and happy faces on all anglers.  Of course this is not

to take anything away from the summer of 2013 salmon fishing which

in one word was simply terrific.  The offshore sport fishing off the west

coast continues to be fantastic.   Many guides and sport fisher people

are having tremendous success outside and offshore from the Bamfield

and Ucluelet Harbor.   Most are fishing the twelve mile, Big Bank and Rats

Nose.  September, has been said to be the month with no fog and no

wind, has seen some great offshore fishing with nice sized Chinook in the

mid to high teens, plenty of Coho from nine to thirteen pounds and some

nice halibut in the deeper water.  The warmth of the late summer air has

made it very comfortable for many opportunistic sport anglers seeking a

big Chinook offshore or a nice undersized Chinook in the inshore surf line

locations of Barkley Sound and also for those big Coho making their way

to many of the Pacific Rim Creeks, Streams, and Rivers.   Many locations

of Barkley Sound have had unbelievable Coho and Chinook fishing and

the Alberni inlet especially out towards the Franklin Wall and Bells Bay

has witnessed fantastic Coho fishing.  Of course at this time of year the

salmon are moving to their natal streams but with the very warm day

time and night time air temperatures and surface water temperature the

salmon are holding.  Once the fish begin to move the West Vancouver

Island Rivers and streams will develop a fantastic Sport Coho fishery.   We

are expecting great fall Coho salmon fishing in the Stamp, Nahmint, and

Sarita River systems.  In the meantime the saltwater fishing continues

in most Pacific Rim areas.   We are hoping this continues until well into



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September is the month that two very popular salmon derby’s take

place.  The forty-second Port Alberni Salmon Festival and the Ucluelet

Ladder Derby occurred during the Labor Day weekend.  The Port Alberni

Derby was a Coho Derby only with sport fisher persons fishing in the

Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound seeking a large Coho salmon.   The

Ucluelet Ladder derby was predominately an offshore Chinook Derby.

Sterling Robinson of Gibson B.C. won the Port Alberni Salmon Festival.  He

landed a seventeen point one pound Coho around the Swale Rock area

on the Saturday morning of the long weekend.  His take home prize was

$10,000.  He won $3,000 for the largest fish of the day and an additional

$7,000 for the biggest fish of the derby.  The Ucluelet Ladder Derby fish

off winner was local Ucluelet fisherman Brett Thomas who landed a

thirty-three point 7 Chinook salmon using a hootchie out on the Big Bank.


Port Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound


This sport fishing year the Alberni Inlet from Chup Point right into

the Somass-Stamp River System has non retention of Chinook salmon.

The rule came into effect on August first and continues until the end of

the current season.  From Chup Point out to one mile off the surf line

sport fisher people are able to retain Chinook salmon under seventyseven cm in length.

The current rules have really not hampered the sport

fishing in the Sound or in the Alberni Inlet.  The West Coast Vancouver

Island Coho returns have been phenomenal which has developed some

great fishing in the Inlet and Sound.   There have been plenty of Chinook

in Barkley Sound in which some have been transient salmon returning to

the large water sheds to the south.   Many of these Chinook have been

undersize.  They come into the Barkley Sound area where there is bait

fish and feed on these rich resources of food before continuing their long

journey.  There has also been a good number of returning three year old

males to West Coast streams located in the Sound that have been under

the seventy-seven cm retention size.  With the huge numbers of Coho

salmon and with the smaller Chinook the sport fishing in the Sound has

been fabulous.  The Coho fishing in the Alberni Inlet has been the same.

In Barkley Sound the best salmon fishing in September has been Swale

Rock, the Bamfield Wall, the backside of Fleming Island on the Imperial

Eagle side and Assets Island.   The Coho and Chinook salmon are on the

move but if they get into an area with bait fish they are holding.  Swale

Rock has definitely been an area with holding fish as the area has been

filled with bait for a good number of days.  The fish have been shallow in

the areas mentioned and have predominately been found in thirty to

sixty feet of water.  The salmon are hitting hootchies, spoons, and bait.

The purple haze, AORL 12, jelly fish, and spatter back hootchies with

leader length of thirty-four to forty-two inches of leader behind a variety

of hotspot flashers have been very good.  The best coyote spoons have

been in the three and a half and four inch variety.  Watermelon, green

nickel, green glow, and the kitchen sink have all been working.   Many

fisher people are using a variety of leader lengths.  Some anglers have

spoons trailing flashers and are using thirty-six inches of leader while

others are using leaders from four to five and a half feet.  For many boat

speed plays a huge factor.  Anchovy in a green haze, purple haze, and

solid green Rhys Davis Teaser Head have been great lures for those using

bait.  The Coho in the sound have been averaging up to twelve pounds.  It

is not uncommon to hook into two or three seventeen or eighteen pound

Coho on each trip down to the waters of Barkley Sound.   With the vast

amounts of surplus bait in the sound, especially around Swale Rock, and

the continued flood of incoming salmon we are hoping with continued

good weather conditions that the salmon fishing will carry on until the

end of September.


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The Alberni Inlet has had some wonderful Coho fishing.  Coho have

been migrating into the inlet for a good number of weeks.  There are well

over 25,000 Coho in the Somass River system.  The best Coho fishing has

been in the narrows, Mctush, Bells Bay and right out to the boundary

located along the Franklin Wall.  The Coho are big and have been arriving

in huge numbers.  Limits have not been hard to come by.  The current

limit per person for Coho in the Alberni Inlet is four.  The fish can be

either wild or hatchery.   Hootchies and a variety of spoons are working.

Boat speed at two point seven to three miles per hour has been generally

been an excellent speed with slightly shorter leaders.  The shorter leaders

and the higher boat speed does help prevent bi catches of Chinook

salmon.   We are expecting some great Coho fishing right into October.

The numbers of Coho down in Barkley Sound are just phenomenal.  Many

of these Coho will migrate up into the Inlet waters before entering their

natal bodies of water.




Much of the fishing out of the Ucluelet Harbor has recently been

out to the big bank or shallows and also the Rats Nose.  Out on the banks

there have been good numbers of Chinook salmon that are averaging

fifteen and sixteen pounds, Coho that are also transient and averaging

eight to twelve pounds, and Pink Salmon that are mostly headed for the

Fraser River.  The Fraser is expecting up to twenty-six million pink salmon

this fall.  Many have also been trolling or jigging for halibut and are

finding many averaging fifteen to eighteen pounds.  The Coho for much of

the summer out on the banks were non-existent but now are in very good

numbers.  The fish have been hitting hootchies and are in deeper water.

At eighty to one hundred and twenty feet the spatter back, Sonora,

and T-Rex hootchies have really been the best lures.  The water and the

weather offshore have both been absolutely perfect for the past number

of days which makes the trip at this time of year more than miraculous.


Stamp River


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The Stamp River is expecting, in early season forecasts, up to forty

to fifty thousand Coho salmon to return this fall.   With returns into the

system already exceeding twenty-five thousand many are expecting

returns of up to seventy thousand pieces.  This plus a healthy surplus of

summer or fall steelhead will provide a tremendous fall fishing season

that should continue right into mid November.  The highlight of the river

season is usually from the tenth of October through November when

fly fishing is at its best.   The Summer Steelhead will become very active

at this time of year.   Salmon eggs floating in the river from the natural

salmon spawn create a frenzy of feeding activity by the Steelhead.  Coho

usually continue migrating into the system right in early December.  Look

for the 2013 fall fishing season in the Stamp to be one of the best seasons



For more information: contact:

Doug Lindores

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