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FISHING REPORT: PORT ALBERNI INLET, BARKLEY SOUND, UCLUELET   (WEST COAST) FRESH WATER-LAKES AND RIVERS   

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October 18TH 2022          SLIVERS CHARTERS SALMON SPORT FISHING

Doug Lindores

Bob landed this beautiful halibut fishing with Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing in August of 2022 offshore Ucluelet

           The 2022 summer sport fishing season has basically come to an end for MANY saltwater sport fishing locations around British Columbia. The weather in many of the Pacific Rim areas has been simply unbelievable until this time.  British Columbia has been under a High-Pressure Zone with day time temperatures well above normal.   British Columbia does need rainfall as many of the streams and creeks which are the spawning grounds for salmon are simply dried up.  In the Pacific Rim area, the salmon seem to be holding without a lot of distress and are waiting on the season’s first rain. 

          Some avid sport fisher persons who had not put their boat to sleep for the winter took advantage of the early great fall weather and spent some wonderful sunny days with gorgeous warm afternoons in Barkley Sound up to Mid-October fishing for Coho returning to their natal streams.  The Coho fishing in the Sound in September and October was fantastic.  The Bamfield Wall and up to Brady’s Beach has had terrific sport fishing as did Sanford and areas around Swale Rock.  The Coho have averaged from ten to fifteen pounds and have been in very shallow water which made for spectacular sport fishing.

This Seven Pound cut throat was landed at Great Central Lake by local fishing fanatic Dave.  Fish was landed using a Michael Jackson flat fish

          Chinook and Coho salmon returning too many of the streams, creeks, and rivers have been very good to date even with the drought conditions on the West Coast.  The return of Somass River Chinook salmon stocks up to the 17th of October are just over thirty- thousand.     Adult Coho migrating through Stamp falls are at approximately twenty thousand.   The numbers of Chinook and Coho salmon passing through the counters are quite high.  The peak numbers per day usually occur in late September and into October.  It is fantastic to see that the Chinook and Coho returns are excellent which helps develop a natural spawn in the river system.   The drop in the river water temperature and the high discharge of water over the last few days has definitely helped the migration of the salmon to their natural spawning grounds.

           Currently a few areas in Barkley Sound continue to have some mediocre especially along the Bamfield Wall, the backside of Fleming Island, Pill Point and Swale Rock.  The offshore fishing continued to be quite good through September with some great Coho and feeder Chinook fishing out at the Rats Nose, the Dinosaur, Southbank, and Big Bank.   Hatchery Coho on the outside waters dominated.

Dale and Richard from Red Deer Alberta and their beautiful halibut landed out the egg offshore. They fished with John of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

              The 2022 Salmon Festival in Port Alberni was a success.   The derby occurred from September 3rd through September 5th.   The first-place winners for each day won $5,000.  Winners were Scott Clydesdale on day one with a 26.2 pound fish.  The day two winner and also winning extra $5000.00 with the biggest fish overall was Justin Mckay with a 27.1 pound salmon.  The day three winner was Bob Matlock with a 21.6 pound salmon.  

          Now that we are past mid-October most sport fisher persons are looking forward to the 2023 sport angling season.  Hopefully any early indicators are favorable for next year.   In the Port Alberni Inlet for example the returning Jack Sockeye during June and July of 2022 to the Somass system were above average.  A high return of Jacks often reflects the following years run size.   Sockeye returns in 2023 hopefully will be of average or better and create a wonderful sport fishery for the number one commercial Pacific salmon.  Ocean conditions have been very favorable for all five salmon species.  The mortality rates have been lower.  The food sources for the salmon stocks in the North Pacific Ocean have been good.  The sport fishing season in 2023 on the British Columbia West Coast should be very exciting with plenty of opportunity for everyone.

Twenty-two pound Chinook landed by Brandon  in Barkley Sound

Stamp River

      For those fisher persons that know the Stamp the sport fishing for Coho and Chinook during this fall has been very good.   Guide anglers have been doing a great job to date for most of their guests.  The Stamp was a tricky to fish because the water levels have been at record lows making the salmon migration a concern.  Hopefully some October rain will dramatically change this.  Many of the guides at some point will continue fishing for salmon but will also begin to fish for Fall Steelhead.  This is the time of year when historically the fly fishing for fall Steelhead is fantastic.   The fly fishing most years occurs from the mid of October into the first ten days of November.  Guides are hoping to salvage some of that great fly fishing for later in the month.  The river has already had close to 25,000 Coho migrate into the system.  There is often a continued migration of Coho right into December.  The Coho in the lower river have been fresh and still very bright.  Most of the Coho landed are from 8 to 15 pounds.   The best method of fishing Coho has been conventional using spinners, blades, and the Gibbs Coho spoon.   The Steelhead in the system should become very active as they search for loose eggs during the natural spawn.  Fly fishermen can of course use flies of their choice but anglers who are wishing to fish conventionally can use gooey bobs, or wool that is white, pink, or orange.  Some areas to fish are Stamp Falls Park, Eagle Rock, Black Rock, Moneys Pool, and the Slide Pool.  There is still plenty of time for Coho salmon and Fall Steelhead sport fishing.  Winter Steelhead fishing begins in December and continues into late April.

Carol of Ladner B.C. landed this twenty-two pound Chinook near Swale Rock in Barkley Sound using a Herring Aid spoon. She fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

Lake Fishing-Great Central Lake

       The water in Great Central Lake is cooling down which is creating a great fresh water sport fishery.  A few trout but mostly Cut Throat are being landed by those few anglers that fish this massive and most beautiful lake.   With the water cooling the various creek mouths are excellent spots for the fish to be hiding.  Fishing structure is best and using a variation of flatfish especially the Michael Jackson is an excellent choice.  Great Central is also excellent this time of year when the salmon spawn is occurring.  If fishing areas other than the creek mouths using a big gang troll or a Luhr Jansen and Cowichan spoon attractor are perfect.  Great Central is a wonderful place to fish with little interference from other fisher persons.  

Linda fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed this Coho close to the Bamfield Harbor in September   

Port Alberni Inlet Barkley Sound

          The sport fishing in the Alberni Inlet was relatively good in 2022.  Sockeye fishing turned out to be okay when the water warmed up in the last part of July.  The Chinook and Coho fishing up to the Labor Day Weekend Derby was quite good.  After that time things slowed as the salmon coming into the inlet were interested in hitting the river.  The 2023 season looks very promising.  The indicators for early season projections of Sockeye salmon are good.   Sockeye fishing most years lasts from mid-June into the first week of August.  It is a wonderful family fishing trip and is a wonderful sport fishery for those from five years of age to ninety-five.  The Chinook returns in 2023 could very well be high in returns.   Most years the Chinook fishing gets underway by the 15th of August and limits per angler per day is two.  We will be looking forward to that sport fishery as well as Coho next August and September.

This family had a great day of fishing with guides Doug and John of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing in Barkley Sound at wonderful LODGE location

             The afternoons in Barkley Sound have been gorgeous with great warmth from the autumn sun and water that was just magically smooth.  The sport season has dramatically slowed down but with some perseverance a few anglers have had opportunity to land the last stragglers of the incoming or migrating Coho.  Two anglers had a great time also in the Sarita Bay area with Chum salmon up to seventeen pounds.    The Coho have been hitting shorter hootchie lengths from 32 to 38 inches.  The best hootchie colors have been purple haze, jelly fish, AORL12 and the green spatter back.  Anchovy for Coho has been excellent behind a purple gold flasher and six feet of leader.   Glow Army Truck and Cop Car teaser heads have been excellent choices.   We offer FANTASTIC LODGE accommodation and are looking at extended trips into Barkley Sound for the summer of 2023.  Take advantage and organize your fishing trip into Barkley Sound and offshore early for a 2023 sport fishing adventure. 

This Chinook Salmon was landed by Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing guide Doug off of Sail Rock on surf line using an AORL 12 hootchie

Ucluelet (West Coast)

         Ucluelet is one of those areas along the British Columbia West Coast that has opportunity every month of the year to get out on the water inshore, or offshore, or into Barkley Sound and fish for salmon and bottom fish.  For many months of the spring summer and early fall there are huge numbers of migratory salmon swimming their way to natal streams, creeks and rivers to the south.  These salmon are right outside Ucluelet’s backdoor and they stop on the various banks to rest and feast on herring and sardines.  The salmon are usually in relatively big numbers and create a great sport fishing opportunity throughout the years more favorable months for anglers.   There is also a good number of local salmon that feed close to the beach on the rich resources of bait fish.   Each and every year there is a return of different salmon species to local streams and rivers that extends from mid August until early November.  The fishing out of Ucluelet this year did not disappoint.   Some of the years best sport fishing was very close to the Ucluelet Harbor Mouth.   We are expecting the summer of 2023 to once again be very good out on the various banks and inshore outside of the Ucluelet Harbor.

           WE have been organizing our three and four day and night LODGING for 2023.  Join us in a comfortable and fun environment next summer from early June through early September.

This great Coho salmon was landed by Hanna who fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon sport fishing. Fish was landed using anchovy at thirty-three feet close to Bamfield in Mid-September.

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Doug Lindores

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SLIVERS CHARTERS SALMON SPORT FISHING

AREA REPORT: ALBERNI INLET, BARKLEY SOUND, AND PACIFIC RIM

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Doug Lindores
Late August & September 2022
Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

Ralf fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed this twenty-four pound salmon at Kirby in Barkley Sound using a white hootchie.

         As we approach the month of September we realize that the days become shorter with the crisp early mornings and fabulous warm afternoons.  This is the month that many anglers enjoy as the weather patterns create fabulous settings for many memorable sport fishing days.  This is also the month that the bigger Coho and Chinook approach the final destination of their longest life journey.  The salmon historically are making their way and waiting for the final push into the many streams, creeks, and rivers of West Coast Vancouver Island.  The salmon in Barkley Sound feed frantically before entering the many fresh water systems. In the Alberni Inlet the Chinook and Coho make their way into the Somass River system.

This father and son from Vanderhoof B.C. visited Port Alberni to attend the West Coast Hockey Prep Camp and fished one day after hockey camp with guide Rob and did very well in Barkley Sound

         September is also that time of year when some of the more prominent fishing derby’s take place.   The city of Port Alberni normally hosts the three-day Labour Day Weekend salmon festival.  On the west coast Tuna fishing presents an opportunity for what has become known as the “Tuna Shootout”.  Tuna fishing has become very popular in September and even late August.  The warmer water currents bring the Tuna closer to the beach and make them more accessible for those in good-sized sport boats.  Anglers heading out for Tuna have to watch and be aware of the water current, look for the temperature break, and fish the warmer side of what is known as the blue water.

The Moore family from Saskatoon and Calgary accommodated at Barkley Sound Lodge and fished with Guides Darcy and Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and had fantastic fishing days in Barkley Sound and Ucluelet B.C.

       This year (2022) the DFO has forecast Chinook returns to West Coast Vancouver Island to be historically one of the best in a very long time.  To date the sport fishing in the Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound has been “World Class”.  Pill Point, Gilbrlator, Wittlestone, Swale Rock, Diplock, Assets, and the Bamfield Wall are normally excellent fishing areas during the later half of August and into the first half of September.  This has been very true for 2022.  The salmon hold in these areas if there are large quantities of rich resources of bait fish.  The salmon on the Bamfield Wall side which normally migrate to the Somass River, Sarita, or Nitnat will often hold on a long stretch from Whittlestone to Poett Nook and gorge themselves as they wait for the first fall rains to provide water for their final migratory push.  The Coho in September are in very shallow water and can often be found on the surface in the morning and later in the evening.  Chinook are often in twenty to sixty feet of water.  Anglers are currently using anchovy, various hootchies, and spoons.  Those using anchovy are using Teaser HEADS in glow army truck, Purple Haze, Green Haze, and cop car with six feet or better of leader line behind purple or green-gold flashers. Many Hootchies in a variety of colors are great stand-bys.  The Dark Green spatter-back, AORL12, Purple Haze and Army Truck are great choices when using hootchies as a lure.

Krissy fished with a group of Ladies and landed this great nineteen pound Chinook fishing with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

          The Alberni Inlet in the last half of August and first half of September fills with Chinook salmon followed by Coho.  In September the Chinook and Coho are in an abundant mix.  Hotspots in the Inlet are Lone Tree, The China Creek Wall, Underwood, Couslons, and Dunsmuir Point.  The salmon are in fifteen to fifty feet of water and are most aggressive in the early morning and on tide changes.  Most sport fishermen have had early success using anchovy.   Lately a variety of hootchies have provided excellent success.  The O-2 and O-15 which are a pinkly colored hootchie have worked very well as have the mp-2 and mp-15 which are smaller mini plankton colors.  The best success has been with anchovy in a variety of Different colored teaser heads.

          September 2022 will provide sport fisher people with some world class fishing opportunities in this area.  The Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound locations will be definite hotspots for many local and visiting Anglers.

Tight lines,

Doug Lindores
Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing
www.catchsalmon-ca.com
250 731 7389
dlindy@shaw.ca

FISHING REPORT, ALBERNI INLET, BARKLEY SOUND, WEST COAST (AUGUST 2022)

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Written by Doug Lindores – Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

Dave from Calgary Alberta fished with Doug in Early July 2022 and landed this 19-pound Chinook close to Austin Island using a Green Hornet Looney Spoon

           August is always an exciting month in this Pacific Rim area as Chinook and Coho salmon begin to migrate into the various rivers, streams and creeks of West Coast Vancouver Island.  Anglers have so many fishing wonderful opportunities to sport fish for salmon in this majestic area.  West Coast Vancouver Island Chinook and Coho migrate to surf line areas and then into Barkley Sound in late July and peak in numbers from mid August to early September of which many continue their final journey migrating to the Alberni Inlet before swimming into the Somass and Stamp River systems. The 2022 sport fishing season from mid July to September should be simply wonderful with fabulous forecast returns of Chinook and Coho salmon.

This Happy Angler from Vancouver B.C. landed a 31 pound Chinook at Meares Bluff in mid July using a Herring aid Skinny G spoon. Guide was Wayne.

          West Coast Vancouver Island returns of Chinook Salmon are forecast to be of “terminal abundance” for all hatchery and wild Chinook. This forecast released in late May 2022 has forecast returns to Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet of 135,000 Chinook.  With this forecast model the range of return is from 100,000 to 170,000 Chinook.   The age category predictions are three-year-old Chinook at 36%, four- year-old Chinook at 54%, and five-year-old Chinook at 11%.  Coho returns are above average due to spectacular ocean conditions over the past few years.

           The large schools of Chinook normally migrate into Barkley Sound and feed on the rich resources of bait fish before making their final journey to the Alberni Inlet and then into the Somass River.  The best Chinook and Coho fishing in the Alberni Inlet historically begins early in August.  The Alberni Inlet provides a variety of hot spots for the many anglers that visit the Port Alberni area to sport fish.   The top angling areas are Lone Tree and the Coulson Mill which are two spots in the Harbor.  China Creek Wall, Underwood, Leaning Tree, and the Narrows are excellent fishing spots south of Lone Tree Point.

          Sport Fishers, fishing the Inlet waters have best success using anchovy in a variety of teaser heads.  Glow Army Truck, purple haze, cop car and green haze with a six-foot leader behind a variety of flashers will create some of the best results.   Anglers will also have success using Pink and Red Octopus Hootchies.  The AORL 12, Purple Haze and Spatter back are also excellent hootchie choices.

           Many Anglers during August will fish Barkley Sound from the surf line to the far end of the Bamfield Wall over to Pill Point and Ecoole.  Austin-Cree, Beale, Wittlestone, the Bamfield Wall, Gilbraltor, Swale Rock and Pill Point should have terrific angling opportunities through the month.  The returning salmon are most often in shallower water from twenty-five to sixty feet.  Coho are often right on the surface.  Best results for those anglers fishing Barkley Sound are using anchovy in the same teaser head colors as the Alberni Inlet.  A variety of Coyote spoons, Skinny G Herring Aid in green and blue, and Big Eye spoons are terrific choices.   A variety of hootchies in octopus and cuttlefish are often a sure bet at different times of the day and month.  The best go to hootchies are the dark green spatter back, AORL 12, glow white, purple haze, clown, and army truck.

Father and son from Delta happy with fish landed out at Austin Island in July 2022 fishing with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

         The fishing in Barkley Sound and the waters close to the Ucluelet Harbor Mouth over the past few weeks has been relatively good.   Some would call the Chinook fishing as “spotty”.  The Coho Salmon fishing has been fantastic.   There have been big numbers of Coho all over Barkley Sound which has been a treat for many anglers.   The Coho have ranged from five to ten pounds and have created some excellent sport fishing.  The fish are hitting a variety of small TKO spoons, Skinny G spoons and hootchies.   The best results occur when one is able to match up the bait fish in the area fishing.  

Arthur fished with his sons and Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed Chinook and Coho Salmon in Swale Rock Area of Barkley Sound

         August will be a banner month for Chinook and Coho fishing and will produce many opportunities for sport anglers.  The fishing in 2022 should be world class.

Tight lines

Doug Lindores
Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing
www.catchsalmon-ca.com

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AREA REPORT:  PORT ALBERNI/PACIFIC RIM/BARKLEY SOUND

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JUNE 2022      DOUG LINDORES     SLIVERS CHARTERS SALMON SPORT FISHING

Jessica and Winnipeg fished with Doug of Slivers Charters and landed this Chinook salmon on a needle fish hootchies

         As we get into the month of June and consider July 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.   The sport fishing along the surf line of the Sound has been very good.  Some of the other areas like Pill Point, Tzarus Island, Swale Rock, Kirby and Diplock have been fantastic.   Sport Fishing opportunities in Barkley Sound are currently incredible.   Sockeye returns are predicted to be approximately anywhere from 350,000 to 500,000 fish.  This number is providing for a sport fishing opportunity of up to TWO Sockeye salmon per day.  Beginning on the 15th of June the possession limit is expected to be FOUR.  The migration of Sockeye to the Somass has started and Cool weather and water temperatures will limit sport fishing until air and water temperatures warm up.  Warmer weather will permit the Sockeye to school in Alberni Inlet areas.   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 which should all provide for some excellent angling.  Currently the Sockeye are migrating in shallow water and any angler success would be fishing the top twenty-five to thirty 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(s).  

Sport Fishing for Chinook salmon in the spring of 2022 in Barkley Sound has been Fantastic.  This happy angler fished with guide Nick and landed this beautiful Chinook Salmon using a White octopus hootchie

       The runs of migrating mature Chinook combined with some early Coho swimming Vancouver Island’s West Coast as they migrate to the Big Southerly Watersheds should give endless opportunities to sport fishing enthusiasts fishing west coast inshore waters.

         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.

Michelle landed this beautiful Chinook close to Diplock Island in late May using an octopus hootchie

        Historically the most common gear and consistent salmon producer when fishing Barkley Sound has been trolling with anchovy behind a variety of flashers.  How ever that trend has changed especially in June and much of July 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, purple glow, green glow, and chartreuse, 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 and needle fish hootchies are the B-84 in the needle fish and also a variety of blue and green hootchies, dark green spatter back, the AORL 12, J-79, Jack Smith, and Purple Haze.   The salmon have been feeding on very small herring, and needlefish, 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 has 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.    

Dylan was fishing with Guide Wayne and landed this beautiful Chinook on a small coho killer spoon

          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 2022 and the rest of the summer should have some world class salmon sport fishing in the Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound.

Tight lines and Good fishing,

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

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Fishing Report – LATE APRIL/MAY REPORT – PORT ALBERNI, BARKLEY SOUND, WEST COAST VANCOUVER ISLAND

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Report Doug Lindores– SLIVERS CHARTERS SALMON SPORT FISHING

Some early spring chinook landed by anglers out in Barkley Sound fishing with guide Barry.   Fishing at depths between 80 and 120 feet and using needlefish and krippled k green-silver spoons led to some great success

      The summer of 2022 is fast approaching.  Fisherpersons are preparing for another fantastic saltwater season with excitement and enthusiasm.  Anglers like to see the late part of April and the month of May as a time that is full of “promise” for the summer season to come.   Late April and May is a time when there are many cool-sunny days in Barkley Sound, those areas along the surf line, and areas close to the Ucluelet Harbor mouth.  This is the time of year when there are many more boats out on the water than what people actually think.  Locals from Port Alberni, Bamfield, Ucluelet, and other fisher persons from various Vancouver Island communities motor by boat out to the Sound to take advantage of the excellent weather and the pristine, protected, and calm water of the Sound.  Fishing in Barkley Sound and along the coast is often very productive as there are often some bright and very chrome Feeder Chinook in the eight to fourteen-pound range.  These winter Chinook are very feisty and very hard fighting.  They are in deep water and the flesh is very deep red in color.  There are also many migratory Chinook in the mix as the early summer run of salmon headed to the big watersheds to the south begins to show in relatively good numbers.  Some of these salmon are ranging in weight from fifteen to twenty-five pounds.   The Alberni Inlet at this time of year is still very quiet but many local anglers are gearing up with their red and pink gear in anticipation of Sockeye fishing which historically gets underway by mid-June.  Sockeye fishing is a wonderful family fishing event for all ages.  

Successful fishing out in Barkley Sound on a cooler early April day.  Fishing has been excellent to date using a variety of spoons, hootchies and needlefish

        The winter and early spring feeder Chinook fishing has been productive for those fisher people who have ventured out on the water during the late winter and early spring.  The Bamfield Wall, Diplock, Harbor Entrance to Swale Rock, and the Trevor Channel Whistle buoy area have all had some great Feeder and Migratory Chinook fishing days since early March.  The previous mentioned areas as well as Cree Island, Meares, Sail Rock, Kirby Point, and Edward King are excellent salmon fishing locations in the early to mid-spring time.   To date, there have been some very good fishing days with good numbers of migratory Chinook weighing in the mid-teens to low twenties.  An early March Barkley Sound Derby had a winning Chinook weigh in at just over nineteen pounds.

        Late April and May is the time of year that the “early summer run” of Chinook that is migrating to the big watersheds to the south swim down the coastline outside of Ucluelet and the surf line areas of Barkley Sound.   May historically has plenty of Winter springs in Barkley Sound and the Bamfield area which really helps to increase the sport salmon fishing opportunity.  Kirby Point up to Edward King and also the Whistle Buoy all the way down to the Bamfield Wall and areas around Swale Rock have these hard fighting Chinook sitting normally in one hundred to one hundred and fifty feet of water.  A variety of spoons tend to be very productive.   Spoons in chrome, various cookies and cream colors in the TKO or even cop car, Herring Aid, and krippled K in green and silver.  Hootchies in Octopus and cuttlefish as well as a variety of needle-fish hootchies are also fantastic lure choices.  In May if there is a lot of squid in any area white hootchies or even the stand-by green spatter back in octopus and cuttlefish are excellent choices.  If trolling hootchies in late April and the month of May depending on your location if around the Ucluelet Islands or Barkley Sound fishing from one hundred to one hundred and forty feet is not uncommon.  Leader lengths behind various flashers may be between thirty-eight and forty-four inches.  Bait is also an excellent choice but if there are a lot of small undersize Chinook in the area that anglers are fishing then spoons or hootchies are definitely the way to go.

Two Early Spring Chinook landed by Chris as submitted by Wayne of Offshore

         The migratory Chinook salmon sit and migrate on the various offshore banks and come into many areas of Barkley Sound and feed heavily on the rich resources of bait fish before continuing their journey.  The baitfish are needlefish, herring and pilchards.  Matching up lures with the bait can lead to some fantastic sport fishing success.    The Chinook are not terribly fussy in May as they are feeding heavily, especially on the tides.  The best fishing is often “where the bait fish are located”.  Find the bait and you will find some nice Chinook Salmon.   Late April and May is a fantastic salmon fishing times with often some beautiful weather conditions.

           For those avid halibut fishermen, May is the month that the halibut migrate from the deep into the shallows.  The various banks offshore have plenty of halibut by Mid May.  Often areas around Bamfield and Swale Rock can be very good.   This is the time of year that some of the larger halibut are landed.  Fishing halibut before and during the slack tide is a great time.  Trolling the bottom or using drift jigs on the bottom can be most effective.  Many individuals will use very large herring, salmon bellies, and octopus for bait.  Some will use a spreader bar with large spoons or a Mudraker.  All can be very effective methods of fishing Halibut.

Great Chinook salmon on a warm spring day land near Wittlestone in Barkley Sound

            As the weather warms in May the trout fishing does improve.   The two large nearby lakes which are Sproat Lake and Great Central Lake are usually quite productive in the early and mid- spring months.  There are often some very nice cutthroat and rainbow trout.  Fly fisher persons usually are casting or trolling a crystal hair black leach or a variety of artificial lures that resemble small fry as the trout are often feeding on small Sockeye fry.   

           It is time to get out on the water.   Good Luck and Tight Lines.

Doug Lindores

Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing
​www.catchsalmon-ca.com

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FISHING REPORT: ALBERNI INLET AND BARKLEY SOUND – Salmon Festival

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SEPTEMBER 1st 2021    DOUG LINDORES

2021 ALBERNI VALLEY SALMON FESTIVAL  50th ANNIVERSARY  September 4th to 6th

Jessica and Raymond from Winnipeg Manitoba fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed this fifteen pound Chinook close to Meares Bluff

         Labor Day weekend is upon us and that means it is Salmon Festival time in the Alberni Valley and areas of Barkley Sound.  The Derby takes place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday with fishing beginning each day at 6 am.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of this popular Alberni Valley and area event.  The derby closes on Labor Day Monday at 3 pm with the final weigh-in.  The Derby headquarters once again is once again at Tyee Landing.  Any potential winning fish for each of the three days must be weighed in at Tyee Landing.  There are fantastic prizes with the winning fish and the top three salmon for each day winning prize money.  The largest salmon will win a lucky individual $10,000 with daily prizes for the top largest fish valued at $5.000, 2,000 and $1,000.  The cost per rod for 2021 is $50.  Some of this money will go to “local” enhancement.

         The Alberni Valley and much of Barkley Sound has experienced very warm and dry weather conditions during the summer.  The Chinook and Coho are waiting for fresh wter before entering the many streams, creeks and rivers.  There has been minimal migration into the Somass River system.  In Barkley Sound fresh Chinook and some Coho are moving in with the late August and early September migration.  Many of the salmon migrating into the Sound will migrate up to the inlet and into the Somass system.

This group of family and friends from Ladner B.C. fished with John, Derek, and Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed these Chinook and Coho in Barkley Sound.   The group stayed with Slivers Charters at the Barkley Sound Lodge.

        The best fishing at this time is in Barkley Sound.  The Alberni Inlet over the past three weeks has also experienced some excellent Chinook fishing.  The inlet has experienced some commercial fishing which has slowed the sport fishing over the last few days.  However fish will continue migrating and the inlet should fill up with salmon in time for the derby.  Barkley Sound has been fantastic and the fishing has been “World Class”.  Swale Rock, Pill Point, Wittlestone, Beale and Little Beale, The Bamfield Wall, Austin, Meares, and Assets have all been fantastic sport fishing locations and should remain this way for the next few weeks.  The salmon in the sound have been feeding very hard during much of the day and of course on tide changes the bite is even better.  The salmon are in fairly shallow water in the sound and Inlet.  Fishing between thirty and fifty feet is not uncommon.  The best lures in the inlet have been the Octopus hootchies in the O-2, O-16, purple haze and the AORL 12.  The best leader length for these hootchies has been thirty-eight to forty-two inches.   Anchovy in the inlet was a very good choice at the beginning of the season and still is a great choice but many sport anglers are have success with hootchies.  In Barkley Sound bait in a variety of teaser heads is working the best.  Army Truck, green haze, and the herring aid seem to be a great choice with the leader length being six feet.  At this time of year green gold and purple gold flashers are by far the best.  With approximately 140,000 Chinook salmon returning to West Coast Vancouver Island the Derby weekend should have some great results.  The number of five year old’s returning are approximately 17% which means there could be some nice sized fish landed during the derby and into September.    

Cassie fished with Brian and Brad along the Bamfield Wall and landed this twenty pound salmon using anchovy

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Two Pals now attending Western and Queens University in Ontario fished with Doug of slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed these two Chinook using a Herring Aid spoon off of Meares Bluff

AREA REPORT: ALBERNI INLET, BARKLEY SOUND, AND PACIFIC RIM (Late August and September 2021)

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Doug Lindores-Late August and September 2021                                Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

Fred from Toronto Ontario fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed this twenty-five pound Chinook using an AORL 12 hootchie

         As we approach the month of September we realize that the days become shorter but with the crisp early mornings and fabulous warm afternoons this is the month that many anglers enjoy as the weather patterns create fabulous settings for many memorable sport fishing days.  This is also the month that the bigger Coho and Chinook approach the final destination of their longest life journey.  The salmon historically are making their way and waiting for the final push into the many streams, creeks, and rivers of West Coast Vancouver Island.  The salmon in Barkley Sound feed frantically before entering fresh water systems and in the Alberni Inlet the Chinook and Coho make their way into the fabulous Somass River system.

         September is also that time of year when some of the more prominent fishing derby’s take place.   The city of Port Alberni normally hosts the three-day Labour Day Weekend salmon festival.  On the west coast Tuna fishing presents an opportunity for what has become known as the “Tuna Shootout”.  Tuna fishing has become very popular in September and even late August.  The warmer water currents bring the Tuna closer to the beach and make them more accessible for those in good-sized sport boats.  Anglers heading out for Tuna have to watch and be aware of the water current, look for the temperature break, and fish the warmer side of what is known as the blue water.

Jordan from Vancouver B.C. fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed this seventeen pound Chinook at Howard Point in Barkley Sound  

       This year (2021) the DFO has forecast Chinook returns to West Coast Vancouver Island to be one of the best in a very long time.  Late August and September sport fishing in the Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound has been “World Class”.  Pill Point, Swale Rock, Diplock, Assets, and the Bamfield Wall are excellent fishing areas during the later half of August and into the first half of September.  The salmon will hold in these areas if there are large quantities of rich resources of bait fish.  The salmon on the Bamfield Wall side headed to the Somass River, Sarita, or Nitnat will often hold on a long stretch from Whittlestone to Poett Nook and gorge themselves as they wait for the first fall rains to provide water for their final migratory push.  The Coho in September are in very shallow water and can often be found on the surface in the morning and later in the evening.  Chinook are often in twenty to sixty feet of water.  Anglers at this time of year using anchovy often have the best success.  Using teaser heads in glow army truck, Purple Haze, Green Haze, and cop car with six feet or better of leader line behind purple or green-gold flashers usually create the best results.  Many Hootchies in a variety of colors are great stand-bys.  The Dark Green spatter-back, AORL12, Purple Haze and Army Truck are great choices when using hootchies as a lure.

          The Alberni Inlet in the last half of August and first half of September fills with Chinook salmon followed by Coho.  In September the Chinook and Coho are in an abundant mix.  Hotspots in the Inlet are Lone Tree, The China Creek Wall, Underwood, Couslons, and Dunsmuir Point.  The salmon are in fifteen to fifty feet of water and are most aggressive in the early morning and on tide changes.  Most sport fishermen have had early success using anchovy.   Lately a variety of hootchies have provided excellent success.  The O-2 and O-15 which are a pinkly colored hootchie have worked very well as have the mp-2 and mp-15 which are smaller mini plankton colors.

          September 2021 will provide sport fisher people with some world class fishing opportunities in this area.  The Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound locations will be definite hotspots in British Columbia and the West Coast for anglers.


Tight lines,

Doug Lindores

Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

www.catchsalmon-ca.com

toll free    1 888 214 7206

dlindy@shaw.ca

Dad Jeremy and son Holden fishing with Robert Lindores of Slivers Charters in the Alberni Inlet with this Chinook Salmon landed using anchovy   

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