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2011 Season Recap

Capt. Sam Vandervalk
November 2, 2011
Vancouver Island - Saltwater Fishing Report

Fishing Report Ucluelet BC Novemer 1, 2011 by Salmon Eye Fishing Charters
The prime time to fish here is all summer - well not quite, but since we fish three areas there is usually somewhere to catch salmon and halibut. Most recommended times are:
December to May for the feeder Chinooks and some halibut starting to show in Ucluelet around mid May
May - July for Halibut in Ucluelet and large numbers of Chinook(King) salmon.(they run all summer) .
July 15 - September 10 in Ucluelet for large Kings
July, August and September for Coho in Ucluelet
Ucluelet has been one of the hottest places to come home with large amounts of fish and we expect this year to be good in spite of the closures south of the border. The best time to come usually is late June, July and August and early September. Late September and October can still see good action as well for feeding Chinook and Coho. Many people are concerned about catching fish, so one thing to note about Ucluelet is that it is not like some other areas that have really slow times and really good times. We have a large area to choose from and there are so many fish travelling past, that you almost always have a good shot of a good days fishing, whether coming in May, June, July, August or September.

Right now....
Season Recap
Ucluelet Chinook(King) fishing was excellent this past summer as was forecasted. The peak Chinook(King) fishing changes a little every summer because the timing of the runs varies every year. Ocean temperature, amount of feed along return path and pressure changes all have an impact on the arrival of the large returning fish. Ucluelet is unique in that there are usually many feeder Chinook salmon ranging from 10-20lbs that frequent the area as well. However, most fisherman want the larger fish as there is more meat and a bigger fight! This past summer we had great Chinook salmon fishing www.salmonfishingnow.com starting in March and this continued into early September. There were plenty of pilchards around starting in early July. 20-30 lb Chinook started early July which increased our size average. Great weather accompanied this most days and we got to enjoy little wind and great fishing. As fisherman, most of us enjoy using Tomic Plugs or Tomic Spoons to catch the larger fish, so this was a nice treat to start this early in July. The Starfish started producing in early August and the Wreck started producing mid August. We thought 2010 was a very good year, however our average weight per day increased for 2011.
Coho salmon fishing started in early July as well and numbers increased by mid-July. Coho stayed around until early September. We consider Coho a nice bonus as we are usually there for the Chinook. On many days if we used smaller gear we would spend much of the time shaking Coho off. (Not the worst problem to have!)
Halibut fishing started in May and was pretty consistent until early August when it slowed down. It picked up again around Mid-August while fishing around the Wreck. We should note that sometimes the Halibut are just out 20 miles and if the salmon are in around 7-10 miles we may not have time to run for them.
Overall fishing was very consistent and we averaged larger catch loads since the average size fish went up for 2011. This all matched our forecast for the year. We haven't received the forecast for 2012, but this should happen soon.

By Sam Vandervalk
Salmon Eye Fishing Charters

Target Species:

Salmon, Halibut

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