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Vancouver, Canada Salmon Fishing

PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:45 am
by bonchovy
Granville Island Fishing Charter Report

Well after a decent mature chinook salmon fishery off the Mouth of the Capilano it is now time to switch gears and get ready for the first winter chinook of the year to enter Vancouver waters!

Winter chinook are typically 2 to 4 year old chinook salmon that are drawn into Vancouver Harbour and Howe Sound by the overwintering schools of baitfish. These fish are not the largest of the year, but they are eager to bite and quite scrappy for their size. The key to finding consistent numbers of winter chinook is typically a little bit of structure and the presence of bait. Areas that are good bets for winter chinook include the West Side of Bowen Island, Jericho, the freighter anchorages in Vancouver Harbour, and the West Vancouver shoreline. Winter chinook hug the bottom so be sure to be your gear within 10-20 feet of bottom for the best success. In the winter months spoons and hootchies are the way to go. Coyote spoons and Gibbs Gypsy spoons are what we have our best success on!

In November and December there can be quite a few shakers or small chinook salmon in the middle part of Vancouver Harbour. These little guys are typically between 8 to 14 inches. If you are hooking quite a few of them it is a good idea to move or run larger lures in order to minimize any mortality. There are areas that have very few shakers and better quality legal fish. Howe Sound and the West Vancouver shoreline being good examples of better producers of larger winter fish.

Crabbing will start to pick up again by the end of next month. Spanish Banks, the inner freighters, and the West Vancouver shoreline are all good bets for dungeness crabs!!! Salmon heads and chicken backs work great in 40-80 feet. Prawning has been decent in Howe Sound in 250-325 feet of water. Cat food and prawn pellets have been the ticket as per usual!!!

We are open throughout the winter!! Give us a call to get out and experience some great winter salmon fishing! Howe Sound will start to see some decent fish in the next few weeks and Vancouver Harbour will get good in the first week of December.

Keep checking our reports for the latest winter salmon updates....Check out our Fishing Blog for frequent Vancouver Fishing Updates!

Tight lines

Jeff, Jason, and Blake 604 763.5460