February 3rd 2013

Doug Lindores

Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

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It’s again a New Year and many sport fishermen are

beginning to think and dream about the many sport fishing

opportunities that await them in 2013. The 2012 season was

somewhat a memorable year on the scenic West Coast of

Vancouver Island. Chinook fishing for migratory salmon headed

to distant southern watersheds began in late April and continued

through the spring and summer. The best salmon fishing on the

surfline of Barkley Sound and offshore waters from Barkley

Sound which is located on Vancouver Islands West Coast and

Tofino-Ucluelet was in June and July. A warm water current that

hit Vancouver Islands West Coast seemed to play some havoc

with much of the August offshore fishing as the big migratory

Chinook and Coho moved down the coastline well away from the

warm water current. Many felt the salmon moved out to the fifty

fathom mark and curled back towards the west coast when out of

the warm current. Salmon returning to local streams and rivers

arrived in August and continued in relatively good numbers until

September. In the Alberni Inlet Sockeye returns to the Somass

River system were a very healthy 860,000 pieces. Chinook returns

were approximately 40,000 pieces The 2013 sport fishing season

which begins on the west coast in the late spring and continues into

the summer and early fall months looks to be much better than last


The Sockeye season in the Alberni Inlet will again be good

for those sport fisher people that take time and opportunity to

fish the Alberni Inlets quiet and pristine waters. Sockeye sport

fishing most years gets underway by the fifteenth of June. The


Sockeye school in good numbers when the Somass River and the

Port Alberni Inelt water reach eighteen degrees celsius. When this

happens the Sockeye sport fishing really picks up for the sporties.

Vancouver Island is a destination on both coastlines for all

five salmon species (Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum).

This gives all avid sport fisher persons an opportunity to sport fish

a choice of salmon he/she might enjoy to target. These different

salmon species do arrive in the West or East waters of Vancouver

Island at certain times of the summer or fall and each species also

peak at specific times. This often means that fisher persons can

fish the inlets, sounds and offshore waters for Chinook and Coho

and also Sockeye and have opportunity to fish river mouths and

various Vancouver Island beaches for Pinks and Coho.

Winter fishing for Winter Steelhead in the Stamp River has

been relatively slow todate as the Stamp River has had low water

with lack of any rainfall during the month of January. Winter

(feeder) Chinook fishing in Barkley Sound and around the quiet

hamlet of Bamfield and also the Ucluelet Harbor has been off

and on with some reasonable fishing opportunities on those days

that the winter season offers. Their have been some remarkable

sunny and warm days during January this year. The Stamp River

had excellent returns in terms of the summer-fall run of Steelhead

which are currently still found in the Upper Stamp River which is

very close to Port Alberni.


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Port Alberni Inlet

Barkley Sound

At times during the winter months a few schools of Winter

Chinook will make their way up into the inlet and feed on bait

fish in the Bells Bay and Nahmint-Franklin areas. This happens

periodically but the Alberni Inlet has the best sport fishing from

mid June to mid September. The Somass River Sockeye begin to

return to the river in May and usually begin to school around the

15th of June. When the Sockeye school in big numbers, the action

for the number one tasting salmon, really heats up and is a lot of


fun for all fisher persons young and old. Sockeye fishing most

years can continue into the first ten days of August. It is then that

the first few Chinook salmon appear in the Inlet. Chinook fishing

is followed by Coho with the peak of the Chinook season often

occurring around the Labor Day Weekend when the Port Alberni

three day fishing derby takes place. The Port Alberni Inlet is a

wonderful and very easy area to fish. Many people worry about

rough water but the Inlet waters for the most part are calm and

pristine. The best fishing is often in the morning hours and the

last two hours before dark. Sockeye salmon do seem to bite at

any time of the day which makes this sport fishery a very popular

opportunity for everyone.

For those individuals that enjoy prawn sport fishing the

season in the Port Alberni Inlet is on and off. Individuals are

encouraged to check all DFO regulations and when the prawn

season is open.

Barkley Sound waters are very much like the Port Alberni

Inlet. The Sound is protected on both the east and west coastlines.

Salmon Fishing in the Sound can occur every month of the

year without fear of experiencing the bigger waters often found

offshore in the winter and even during the summer months.

Winter Chinook fishing has been off and on during December

and January. The Christmas season had a few good days as the

weather co-operated just prior to Christmas and also after the

beginning of the New Year. The early days of 2013 has had some

good weather patterns and a few productive fishing days. To

date the best fishing areas have been the Bamfield Harbor mouth

and the Bamfield Wall as well as Swale Rock, Vernon Bay, and

the Canoe Pass outside entry points. Pill Point, Sarita Bay and

the Nook are also other areas worthwhile to fish in February and

March. Last winter the largest recorded Winter Chinook salmon

was landed during the Sproat Lake Loggers Derby which annually

takes place during the first weekend of March. We are expecting

that some nice salmon in the teens up to the mid twenties will be

lurking in the mix again this year.


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Winter Chinook are often found in deep water. It is not

uncommon to find them in many areas of the Sound from 100 to

145 feet. Coyote Spoons in the three and a half to four inch size in

cop car, glow cop car, nasty boy, Green glow, and green and blue

nickel are good choices for fisher persons to have in the tackle

box. Hootchies are popular but it is recommended to use a shorter

leader length than in the summer. Leader lengths from 34 to 38

inches behind a glow green or glow red hotspot flasher are a good

choice. The Purple Haze hootchie and also the green spatterback

as well as various whites and greens are excellent choices.

Anchovy is also something all sport fisher persons should have on

board. There are days when the salmon will touch nothing else but

anchovy. Anchovy in chartreuse or a green glow Rhys Davis

Teaser Head is a good choice. The first salmon fishing derby of

the year occurs in the sound based out of Poett Nook. The Sproat

Loggers Derby will take place the first Saturday and Sunday of

March. The Derby is very popular and offers some great prizes

and often some great weather and fishing. One of the largest

Chinook landed in this particular derby was two years ago and

weighed in at twenty-eight pounds. The key about winter Chinook

fishing in the Barkley Sound area is finding bait fish. Where one

finds bait fish there is often a good number of feeder Chinook

swimming and feeding heavily on tide changes.

Summer fishing in the Sound especially on the surf line most

years occurs from late May to early August and is expected to

be this year very good due to the migratory movement of salmon

along the west coast. Good numbers of Chinook, Coho and Pink

Salmon will be moving to watersheds to the South. The migratory

flow of Chinook should predominately be 4 year olds. The vast

amounts of rich resources of bait fish in the Barkley Sound area

during the summer months often bring the salmon into feed and

rest before they continue their journey. Some world class fishing

usually occurs at Meares, Cree, Edward King, Beale and as far in

as Kirby Point and Swale Rock. We are really excited about the

great sport salmon fishing opportunity we should have this summer

in both the Sound and the Port Alberni Inlet.


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It is fairly difficult to go to far offshore during the winter

months. There have however been some reasonably nice days on

the water where the swell and water lump has been low. The best

winter Chinook fishing is often fairly close to the Ucluelet Harbor.

This year has been no different. Beg Island, Mara Rock and Big

Bear have had a few good results. Needle fish, white hootchies,

and various green hootchies, anchovy, and nasty boy, cop car,

green glow, and silver glow coyote spoons have been the best bets

to attract the feeder Chinook. In February the feeder Chinook

fishing really picks up and gets much better as the herring spawn

gets close and these bait fish move toward the beach. In the early

spring we will feature our Seafood Safari. This is a great trip on

the open Pacific where guests can be treated to some excellent

winter Chinook fishing, bottom fishing, prawn and crab fishing.

There might even be opportunity to find some oysters along some

of the magnificent beaches of the west coast. The end of the day

often has guests preparing a wonderful gourmet seafood dinner at a

local resort or bed and breakfast. There are spots where restaurant

chefs and owners will prepare seafood meals for our guests.

Summer sport salmon fishing out of Ucluelet looks again

very promising. Year after year Ucluelet has some of British

Columbia’s best and most wonderful fishing opportunities. The

outlook for Chinook and Coho migrations look similar to past

years. We expect late May into mid August to have some of the

best salmon fishing. For those that enjoy Pink Salmon fishing the

odd year is back and returns of Pinks to various rivers along the

west coast should be very good.


Stamp River

The Stamp to date has provided some very slow winter

Steelhead fishing. The Steelhead sport fishing has been “non

consistent”. The few winter fish that have come into the system


are really spread out and can be found in the upper and lower

river. The best fishing with guides aboard jet boats is still in the

Upper River. Guided trips on average have been hooking into on

a few Steelhead or trout per trip. The mix of hatchery Steelhead

compared to wild have been almost 50-50 on a percentage basis.

For those on foot the most popular area is the falls pool which

over the past few weeks has not been very congested with sport

anglers because of the lack of Steelhead. The Sproat has also had

some reports of traffic with poor results. Those individuals on

guided and non-guided trips fishing with a float and below “the

bucket” have had a little success using natural bait in roe, roe bags,

and shrimp. Spin’n’glows, corkies, rubber eggs and various jigs

have also been working. One sport angler fishing close to the

confluence was using a pink jig which works best in the Upper

River. This fisher person had an unbelievably successful day

during the past week by hooking into five or six Steelhead. The

River as of right now is very low. Rain is forecast for mid week

with clearing skies arriving for the first few days of February.

We are expecting the February and March Stamp River winter

Steelhead fishing to improve. The Stamp River needs to fill

with some water and hopefully there will be some peak days in



For More Information


Doug Lindores

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