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Old 08-11-2010
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Default Fishing Derby, Amazing Salmon to be had in Ucluelet, BC

Fishing Report for August 6, 2010Ucluelet, BCCanada: Salmon Eye Fish Charters

Despite fishing closures south of the border, large amounts of fish continue to swim through the nutrient rich waters of Barkley and Clayuquot Sound off of Ucluelet, making it one of the hottest places to fish for Salmon and Halibut.
Although prime times to fish can vary, fishing off of Ucluelet stays consistent throughout the summer because of its ideal proximity to three different large fishing areas. However, there are recommended times for specific varieties of Salmon.

Most recommended times are:
December-May for feeder Chinooks, with the first of the Halibut revealing themselves in the Ucluelet area around April.
July 15-September 10 in Ucluelet for large King Salmon
July, August and September are prime fishing months for Coho Salmon just offshore of Ucluelet

Ucluelet remains a premier fishing destination for enthusiasts hoping to bring home an impressive catch, with the best times to come from late June through July and August, to early September, although late September into October can still see some good action for feeding Chinook and Coho Salmon.

In the “now” for August 2010...
General Report

Salmon fishing continues to bring in nice, sizable fish, although most are in the 15-25 lb range and we are not seeing as many Salmon over 30lbs this year as I would have liked. These fish, however, are bright and lively, giving many a client a run for their money. Spectacular fights with these acrobatic fish have produced many a great story and fishing clients with sore arms and a proud gleam in their eyes for having won the contest.

Hotspots for King or Chinook salmon are continually moving around, meaning that guides are careful to communicate with each other and read the signs carefully to be “in the know” for the latest sweet spot. We have been getting some good action on the South bank, Southwest Corner, Big Bank and Inside Lighthouse bank. The Southwest corner or the Starfish have been a good bet for fishing Chinook over 20lbs. Having finished a 3-day opening, the commercial fleet is reporting nice catches of fish in the Southwest Corner area from between 20-70 feet down.
Some tips for fishing Southwest corner are: use large Tomic spoons or plugs if you are marking Pilchards; if fishing is slower on larger lures you can always go back to fishing with 4-5 inch spoons; also, pearl spoons are very consistent so that remains a good bet if you are unsure of what to put down.

Halibut have been in a few different spots, but most consistently these places have been closer in to shore. Big Bank has been the best and easiest area for trolling for Halibut right now.

Ucluelet Fisherman’s Salmon Derby, August 14-16

Top prize for the upcoming derby is going to be $10,000 dollars Canadian, and we expect around 300 people to enter for it, so chances are very good you could win the Derby this year. Check out for further updates on this Salmon Derby almost upon us.

Till next time!

Sam Vandervalk
Salmon Eye Fishing Charters
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