West Coast Salmon & Halibut

West Coast Salmon & Halibut

Ocean  (Salmon & Halibut) During the months of July, August, and September, we send one of our boats and guide to the west coast of Vancouver Island. The small fishing village of Ucluelet is our home for the summer.  The offshore banks attract millions of migrating salmon each year, and it is not uncommon to hook into more than 20 fish each day. Whether it’s Salmon or Halibut, we will try and cater to your needs. Bring a big cooler, because you’re gonna need it for this trip. Check out our West Coast page for more...

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The Fishing Report – Sept 2016

The Fishing Report – Sept 2016

We’re back from the coast !! And a busy summer it was.  Our boat kept busy every day on the ocean, and our boats kept steady at home on Kootenay Lake and Columbia River. The ocean threw some curveballs at us this year.  July was a very windy month on the West coast and made for some tougher conditions.  And when the weather cooperated, the fish decided to be stubborn and make us work very hard for our catch. It seemed like the fish were holding in areas just beyond our reach for a while.  And our usual expectations were a lot harder to meet this year. However, we did manage to have quit a few good days mixed in with the slower days.  Fish would show up for a couple days, then move on.  So, we found ourselves catching our limits on some days in a few hours, but other days we would have to work harder for our fish.  Makes the sales pitch for booking 3 days seem a lot more reasonable. After the tough conditions of July, we found ourselves with better conditions and better fishing during August.  In fact, the last 3 weeks of our summer were the best 3 weeks.  Seemed like the fish were showing up later than normal. Halibut fishing was good when we planned the time for it.  However a lot of days we spent longer hours trying for our salmon and left not a lot of time to target halibut.  But, when we did target halibut, the fishing was great.  Some groups managed to land 5 or 6 big halibut each day.  In fact, one of my regular groups ended up with over 100 Lbs of fillets of halibut one day.  So, it just proved that you have to put your time in.  Another good reason to plan on a 3 day trip. Our biggest Salmon this year was just over 33 Lbs. And our biggest Halibut this year was around 72Lbs. Just below the maximum size limit. So, to sum it up,  the season started out slow, but ended with a bang.  It’s different every year.  Here’s hoping next year starts with the bang and continues throughout. Thank you to everyone who joined me this year!  Looking forward to next year already. And now back to the Kootenays. Kootenay Lake: Our guides were kept busy with tourists this summer.  July saw some good days of catching 10 or more fish.  A mix of Rainbows and Bull trout manage to keep everyone busy.  Then in August, as the water temperatures really warmed up, we were catching more Bull Trout than rainbows.  But still enough fish to keep the clients happy. And...

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Westcoast Salmon & Halibut 2016

Westcoast Salmon & Halibut 2016

We’re back from the coast !! And a busy summer it was.  Our boat kept busy every day on the ocean, and our boats kept steady at home on Kootenay Lake and Columbia River. The ocean threw some curveballs at us this year.  July was a very windy month on the West coast and made for some tougher conditions.  And when the weather cooperated, the fish decided to be stubborn and make us work very hard for our catch. It seemed like the fish were holding in areas just beyond our reach for a while.  And our usual expectations were a lot harder to meet this year. However, we did manage to have quit a few good days mixed in with the slower days.  Fish would show up for a couple days, then move on.  So, we found ourselves catching our limits on some days in a few hours, but other days we would have to work harder for our fish.  Makes the sales pitch for booking 3 days seem a lot more reasonable. After the tough conditions of July, we found ourselves with better conditions and better fishing during August.  In fact, the last 3 weeks of our summer were the best 3 weeks.  Seemed like the fish were showing up later than normal. Halibut fishing was good when we planned the time for it.  However a lot of days we spent longer hours trying for our salmon and left not a lot of time to target halibut.  But, when we did target halibut, the fishing was great.  Some groups managed to land 5 or 6 big halibut each day.  In fact, one of my regular groups ended up with over 100 Lbs of fillets of halibut one day.  So, it just proved that you have to put your time in.  Another good reason to plan on a 3 day trip. Our biggest Salmon this year was just over 33 Lbs. And our biggest Halibut this year was around 72Lbs. Just below the maximum size limit. So, to sum it up,  the season started out slow, but ended with a bang.  It’s different every year.  Here’s hoping next year starts with the bang and continues throughout. Thank you to everyone who joined me this year!  Looking forward to next year already. And now back to the Kootenays. Stay...

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Salmon/Halibut 2016 is filling fast !

Salmon/Halibut 2016 is filling fast !

It’s only Spring time, but it appears that this year is going to be a good one on the west coast.  Not only for fish, but for bookings. We are already 75% full for the upcoming season, so if you’re planning on making it out this year, please contact us sooner than later. Last year provided some fantastic fishing for both Salmon and Halibut, and this year is looking to be as good or better. Give us a call to help arrange your summer vacation!         Here’s a few photos from last season………. Tyee baby………. Father/Son limited out Full limit of Chinooks with a couple huge Halibut Michael’s Giant Chinook Aldo’s Trophy Chinook Sandra’s first chinook The lovely fishing couple Another beauty Richie and his...

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A successful Salmon Season………

A successful Salmon Season………

Salmon fishing was fantastic this year.  There was definitely a lot of Chinook around, as well as waves of Coho rolling through.  We had some crazy days with over 50 Salmon to the boat.  Average sizes this year ranged from 15 – 25Lbs, with a few 30 pounders caught also.   Our Halibut fishing was hot and cold.  Some days we would get 4 or 5 halis, and then some days just 1.  The Halibut ranged from 20 – 75 Lbs for our guests this year. The weather was amazing and the waters were quite comfortable for the most part. Overall, I’d say it was another successful season.  Thank you everyone who joined me this year.  Looking forward to next year already. For anyone who didn’t book next year’s trip already, I am taking reservations right now.  We already have over 20 days booked, but still have quite a few available.  Try to book early on this one, as it is our most popular trip. Thanks for the fun season.  And now back to the Kootenays for our Fall/Winter season.     Just a few of our latest catches………. Aldo’s Trophy Chinook Michael’s Giant Chinook Father/Son limited out Full limit of Chinooks with a couple huge Halibut One beauty and a Hali. Tyee baby………. Richie and his beauty The body count Another beauty The Cod Father Halibut day Just another beauty The lovely fishing couple Sandra’s first chinook Captain in action Kurt pausing for a photo opp Hold on tight…. Just another day…… Doug and his hali Another full cooler John and his...

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The Fishing Report – Sept. 2015

The Fishing Report – Sept. 2015

We’re back from the Westcoast ! And this year proved to be a great one.  There were lots of salmon around and fishing was fantastic.  Daily limits of Chinooks were fairly normal as well as Coho mixed in.  The Chinook fishing was consistent all summer and the Coho were on again off again.  Some weeks saw the banks littered with Coho, then other weeks they moved on and mainly just Chinooks around. There was still plenty of action no matter what time.  Chinooks ranged from 15 – 30 Lbs this season, and the Coho were 6 – 12 Lbs until September rolled around.  Then  the Coho were 10 – 18 Lbs and the largest Chinook weighed in at 40.4Lbs on September long weekend. Halibut were a different story this year.  Good Halibut fishing in the early part of July, but then it proved to be spotty throughout the rest of the summer.  Some days we would get 4 or 5 hali’s, and then the next day there were none.  Although, the quality was good when we got them.  Halibut from 20 – 70 Lbs were caught by our guests. The other story of the Summer was our weather.  While its rare to see no precipitation on the west coast, we were blessed with mostly sunny days and fairly calm waters.  Although when the wind decided to blow, it was extreme.  I was glad to see mostly smooth waters for our new guests this year though. All in all I would call it a very successful season.  I would like  to thank everyone who joined me this year and look forward to doing it again next summer.  We’ve already started planning and booking. And now, back to the Kootenays: Kootenay Lake: Our guides did fairly well this summer on Kootenay Lake regardless of the extreme hot weather.  Lots of tourists around to enjoy our local resource.  Most of our trips were based on beating the heat.  So, early morning starts were the key.  There seemed to be lots of small rainbow trout still around, so there was definitely some action everyday. And now that fall is almost upon us, we wait to see what the rest of the lake will do.  To be expected, our Kokanee spawning numbers declined even more this year (to an all time low).  So, we will have to see what the future will bring us.  That being said, our number of juvenile Rainbow trout seems to still be fairly high.  So, if they can find food, or if the kokanee issue can be resolved, there is still a good chance at seeing some larger Rainbows in the future.  Only time will tell. October, November, and...

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