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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Tofino Vancouver Island B.C. Canada

    Default West Coast Vancouver Island firing on all cylinders

    The month of May kicked off the Tofino B.C. Saltwater fishing season in a big way, and it should only get better as we roll through June. After commercial and sport fishing the waters off the west coast of Vancouver Island for almost 30 years now, and I don’t remember many seasons when the first wave of transient Chinook Salmon have showed up in such force, with very strong numbers and so large on average!!
    With local Saltwater and Freshwater fisheries in full swing, the angling opportunities in the Tofino area are primed for another great season. June is undoubtedly one of the finest months in the Clayoquot region to target some of British Columbia’s finest game fish.
    For the Tofino B.C. area to see so many Tyee class (30 lbs and over) Chinook Salmon is not uncommon, but this normally happens in the peak of mature salmon migration in August, not at the beginning of the migration in mid May and through are we in for it this year!! There is no doubt that the size and strength of these early season Chrome, Prime and Tasty Chinook salmon will rival the fight of a mature late season fish regardless of size. There have been accounts of Chinook Salmon hitting the gear and not stopping until they almost spool the reel or bust off while heading south. Some of these long distance releases may be the relation of the 40 lb. Chinook already caught in the Tofino area this past month. Anglers can expect fantastic Chinook salmon and Halibut fishing in the offshore banks from Tofino throughout the month, with the abundant bait fish stocks encouraging these fish to feed in the area for extended periods of time.
    Both species can be caught while trolling deep along these underwater contours, but to ensure the best success for Halibut in the Tofino area, consider bottom bouncing fresh baits such as Octopus, Sardines or Herring. Anglers should note that retention of Halibut is set at one per day, with a possible change to 2 in season, and though we catch very few of the famous “Barn Door” sized fish in the Tofino area, we encourage the larger Halibut to be released in support of future stocks.
    Chinook Salmon prefer Anchovies trolled with a tight roll, as well as a variety of Spoons. If you encounter schools of Sardines during this time, look towards the larger variety of spoons like the #6 and #7 Wonders or Oki Titans. With the presence of large bait fish in the area, don’t hesitate to match your gear size accordingly.
    Coho Salmon are starting to show up as well, and looking very healthy as predicted. Saltwater Fly fisherman are experiencing the start of another great season in Clayoquot Sound, with numerous “Blueback” Coho readily taking small Shrimp, Clouser Minnows in pink or orange, and various small streamer patterns. These 3-6 lb. Salmon feed aggressively and grow fast throughout the remainder of the season.
    With the strong presence of Coho and Chinook, we will see more boats fishing the near shore area and protected waters of the sound over the next few months. With an extremely strong presence of Pacific Sandlance (aka Needlefish) it is likely that the transient runs of Salmon will feed for extended periods in the Clayoquot area, before traveling further south. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has predicted increased returns to many coastal rivers this season, along with highlighted forecasts of U.S. bound Chinook and Coho Salmon, and it sure is great to see that this part of their forecasting has come true so far, supporting a great outlook for the West coast of Vancouver Island.
    Freshwater options are fantastic during this time, with prime timing for the downstream migration of Salmon fry, which attracts hungry Sea-Run Cutthroat to the lower rivers and estuary areas of local watersheds.
    The pristine local lakes create another great option during this time, with Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout enjoying the warmer waters that have instigated the bug life that they have waited for all winter. Chironomids, Caddis, Olive Damsels, Leeches and Scuds are all “must have” bugs for the spring time lake fishery. Small spoons and spinners work great with light tackle as well.

    We look forward to helping with further questions about fishing yet this season, and will be back soon to share more good news about Tofino’s great Sport Fishing opportunities.
    Jay Mohl
    Clayoquot Ventures Guide Service
    Tofino B.C.'s most Recommended Fishing Outfitter

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Tofino Vancouver Island B.C. Canada

    Default Tofino B.C. Sport fishing best in years

    2009 The Best Fishing in years for Tofino B.C.

    Over the past few years, Tofino area Sport Fisherman have been fortunate to experience very consistent fishing, while some areas of the B.C. coast have had some tough times. The first three to four months of the 2009 Tofino fishing season have not only followed this recent trend, it has been nothing short of phenomenal. It has been many years since the first wave of transient Chinook Salmon have showed up in such full force, with very strong numbers and so large on average!! Fortunately the fishing has stayed very consistent since mid May, and is likely to continue through until the fall, with some very large and healthy Chinook and Coho Salmon landed and released.
    For the Tofino area to see many Tyee class (30 lbs and over) Chinook salmon is not uncommon, but this normally happens in the peak of mature salmon migration in August, not at the beginning of the migration in mid May, and continuing through July. So far we have seen the normally consistent Halibut action that is common for April, May and June, to only compliment the Chinook fishery a short distance offshore. Many Halibut were caught while trolling deep for Chinook, on simple salmon gear set ups with Flashers and Anchovies, Spoons, and Needlefish hoochies. There is no doubt that the size and strength of these earlier season Chrome, Prime and Tasty Chinook salmon will rival the fight of a mature late season fish regardless of size. There have been accounts of Chinook salmon hitting the gear and not stopping until they almost spool the reel or bust off while heading south. Some of these long distance releases may be the relation the few 40 lb. Chinook already caught in the Tofino area over the last couple months.
    Coho Salmon action has also been fantastic, with the outer coastline and inner waters of the sound providing an excellent fishery that we have been missing for a few years. The inshore waters of Clayoquot Sound and the outer coastline have once again become a great option for non-stop action in semi-protected waters, with smaller boats and light tackle or Fly anglers loving the ample baitfish and kelp beds that are like a magnet for feeding Coho and Chinook. The offshore waters are alive with Coho salmon in the top 80 feet of water, with the Chinook salmon dominating the action from lower depths. Alike the Chinook, the average size of the Coho indicates a strong ocean survival regime, with ample food source to pack on may more pounds over the next couple months. Fisheries forecasts of strong returns have been quite accurate so far, so with approximate numbers of nearly 1.5 Million Chinook, 2 Million Coho, 20 Million Pink Salmon as well as Sockeye and Chum, this is the season to get out and enjoy some of B.C.’s finest Sport Fishing in Tofino.
    Clayoquot Ventures is excited to host a summer long Catch and Release Derby for Chinook salmon and Halibut! Our guide team is excited to see Clayoquot Ventures host this event, and in fact, the idea stems from their studies and efforts. After supporting the release of many large fish over the years, the Catch and Release Derby is just another way to add to the excitement of the catch and the thrill of the release to support sustainable fishing and tourism for the future.
    Clayoquot Ventures also looks forward to seeing you this summer at our new location at 561 Campbell Street in Tofino, directly across from our current store front. Give us a call to find out how we can help point the bow of your own boat in the right direction, or join us on a memorable guided charter yet this year.
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    Jay Mohl
    Clayoquot Ventures Guide Service
    Tofino B.C.'s most Recommended Fishing Outfitter

  3. #13

    Thumbs up Ucluelet, BC's fast, crazy action -- and here's video

    Since the salmon and halibut fishing season is over, we at Salmon Eye Charters are looking for other ways to get our fishing fix.

    In order to do this, we’ve been putting together some fishing videos of our clients this past summer. Take a look! We’ve had a lot of fun with these, and we hope you’ll enjoy them, too.

    "WHOOOA! Look at him go!" Salmon Fishing Video
    "The action is fast and crazy" Halibut Fishing Video

    The videos were taken out of Ucluelet, BC, Canada. In the salmon fishing video, we trolled for salmon with flashers and coyote spoons, and in the halibut fishing video we bottom bounced.

    You can also see pictures of our season on our fishing reports.
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  4. #14
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Tofino Vancouver Island B.C. Canada

    Default Tofino B.C. - Pacific Rim Sport fishing Outlook 2010

    Following the last few seasons of extremely consistent sport fishing along Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim region, and considering the 2009 season unfolded to likely be the strongest in the last decade, many would not have thought that the best is yet to come.
    Recent indicators* for the 2010 fishing season on Vancouver Island’s west coast are pointing towards yet another banner year for Chinook and Coho Salmon numbers that travel and feed along the nutrient rich waters of Vancouver Island’s outer coastline. Without question, the strength and consistency of this area’s excellent fishing opportunities are due to the combined multitudes of Salmon stocks destined to various rivers and tributaries outside of the area, many of which are hatchery augmented runs. The runs that support such consistent fisheries for local and visiting anglers are primarily Chinook and Coho Salmon destined for the Fraser River, the Columbia River and enhanced stocks from Washington state, as well as Robertson Creek near Port Alberni. These transient salmon find the habitat and abundant food source along Tofino and Ucluelet’s offshore banks a prime setting for the juvenile stage of their life cycle, as well as the final adult stage, when they feed hard in preparation for the final journey to natal streams. This scenario is one that anglers anticipate each season, and fortunately it happens in our local waters as much or more than most areas of the B.C. coast.
    For the 2010 season, the spring runs of Chinook salmon should appear along Tofino’s outer coastline earlier than recent years, with mid April through early May to see the first “wave” of southern migrating spring Chinook salmon. The waters that average 145-160 feet deep, approximately 4-8 miles offshore near Portland Pt., Three Humps and the Heisen Bank will be the go-to area for the Tofino area anglers. Trolling near the bottom with Anchovies or Needlefish hoochies as well as thin Needlefish style spoons are preferred methods to ensure success. A little further south towards Ucluelet and offshore on La Perouse Bank, some tolling depths are deeper in the gully areas, but a similar gear approach is often used. As the abundant schools of Sardines reappear in the area as a staple food source for the maturing Salmon, the preferred gear size increases with larger spoons and plugs becoming as popular as ever for this fishery. With a very similar timing and area outlined for early season Salmon success has also been extremely popular for Halibut fishing along the Island’s Pacific Rim. Over recent years, fishing has been very consistent for Halibut of various sizes, but catch opportunities may decrease with changes to fisheries regulations in 2010. Please consult local postings for updated information regarding Halibut fishing.
    As a highlight, the peak of the salmon season may very well be earlier this year as well, with June looking to be excellent for a mix of Chinook and Coho, but all indications are leading towards July as the peak month for 2010. July has always been considered part of the peak summer season for Tofino and Ucluelet Fishing, but for 2010, the bulk of the Columbia River Chinook and Coho salmon present during that time should provide unrivalled fishing opportunities for the year.
    In years past, the salmon fishery was focused closer to the coastline, and often by late summer, the majority of anglers would fish for the largest Chinook and Coho of the season within the protected inshore waters of Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds. The late season terminal area fishery in these areas has become much more conservative over the past 10 years, with the majority of the recreational fleet now fishing the offshore waters. While protecting the fragile local Chinook stocks inside Clayoquot Sound, the strength of the area’s inshore Coho fishery has rebounded to rival past years that helped label Clayoquot Sound as B.C.’s premier Saltwater Fly fishing destination. Schools of hungry Coho Salmon arrive in late May and early June, and thrive among the myriad of Islands, Reefs and Kelp Forests, foraging on abundant schools of Needlefish. Likely due in part to the beneficial conditions of the base stage of marine survival, these aggressive Coho have been reaching amazing size proportions by mid to late summer, and returning through the fall well past the end of October. This area and fishery has been favoured by many smaller vessel anglers, and has become extremely popular again, most notably for those that enjoy catching hard fighting Coho Salmon on a Fly Rod in the shallow, protected waters of the sound.
    As in any fishing season, regardless of your location there can be highs and lows, but for 2010 we are looking forward to once again experience why Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim area has been considered one of B.C.’s most reliable Sport Fishing destinations by many.
    * Many of the most accurate predictions of fisheries researchers are based on the preceding year’s return of Juvenile male Salmon, also known as “Jacks”, which returned in strength to many rivers, but primarily to the Columbia River in 2009, arriving in numbers that smashed records back to the early 1960’s.

    Jay Mohl operates Clayoquot Ventures, a Tofino Sport fishing company and Fly & Tackle Shop. Starting their 15th season in 2010, Clayoquot Ventures will be open in their new location at 561 Campbell Street, directly across from their original Storefront. See them online at or call 1-888-534-7422 for updated fishing and charter information.

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    Jay Mohl
    Clayoquot Ventures Guide Service
    Tofino B.C.'s most Recommended Fishing Outfitter

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Tofino Vancouver Island B.C. Canada

    Default Tofino B.C. Vancouver Island Fishing update June 2010

    Tofino B.C. June 2010 Sport Fishing update

    For those that have been on the west coast over the past few weeks, the strength and consistent patterns of “tuff” weather have dictated a variety of outdoor activities. Fishing for Salmon and Halibut has been excellent throughout the early season, so it has not been a question of “whether to go”, but “whether the weather” will allow you to have an enjoyable and safe experience....Looking at the upcoming forecast, sunshine and great fishing conditions are here once again for the Tofino area.
    For many years, the pattern for sport fishing on the west coast of Vancouver Island has the month of June scheduled to fire on all cylinders, providing great angling opportunities for most of the Tofino area’s predominant saltwater species. Freshwater anglers are also somewhat hesitant to put away the waders and lighter tackle just yet, as local streams and lakes can be alive with hungry Trout, as well as a small number of Steelhead that enter various small local river systems through June and July. Every calendar year, June is the month of transition from spring to summer. For B.C.’s fishing calendar, June is when plans are made and memories unfold, while fishing opportunities all over the province turn from great, to excellent, and even “world class”. There is obviously good reason why the month of June also plays host to B.C.’s Family Fishing Weekend all over the province.
    With the bulk of Tofino’s recreational fishing focused on Saltwater action, and consistent numbers of transient Chinook and Coho salmon passing through local waters from April thru July, there is reason to question if the peak season has shifted to June and July, as opposed to the highlighted August fishery of past years. Though Coho salmon numbers have been impressive since mid May, many understand that the inshore Coho fishing only gets better as we approach August. The abundant and aggressive Silver Salmon feed hard in and around Clayoquot Sound, prior to migrating southward to various large watersheds. The peak Coho Fly fishing and light tackle action begins through mid June, and stays consistently strong through mid September. The outside waters offer Chinook salmon fishing that will be reliable and steady for the season’s largest Salmon species, but the sheer numbers of transient Salmon and Halibut in the earlier part of the season have definitely encouraged anglers to consider the season’s best opportunities are now earlier than later. Along with the popular Salmon fishery, various species of Bottom fish help create a colourful mix to the experience. Offshore Salmon numbers during this time are unrivalled for the remainder of the season, aside from the waves of Coho that feed for extended periods within the prime habitat of Clayoquot, offering B.C.’s premier saltwater Fly fishing experience.
    There is no doubt that the West Coast of Vancouver Island offers B.C.’s most consistent early season fishery and Tofino is right in the middle of all the action. Regardless of age or experience, big boat, small boat or no boat at all, Tofino’s varied fishing options should be highlighted on your calendar this June. For more information, guided fishing charters and updated reports, hook up with us at or visit our new Tofino location on the left just past RPM. Inquire about our 15th Anniversary special rates for great charter options and availability throughout June!!
    Jay and the Clayoquot Ventures Fishing Team
    Jay Mohl
    Clayoquot Ventures Guide Service
    Tofino B.C.'s most Recommended Fishing Outfitter

  6. #16

    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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  7. #17

    Post Sept. 12, 2013 Fishing Report

    September weather has been great making fishing that much more enjoyable. We have also been seeing whales in around the areas we are fishing, making fishing that much more exciting! Coho fishing in Barkley Sound has been very good for the returning Coho to local rivers. Coho are running from 5 to 12 lbs and have been providing some nice scraps. They are biting on 3-3.5 inch Silver horde and Coyote spoons from 20-70 ft down. Watch the bait balls on the sounder and you will likely get them around the bait. Chrow and Alley Rock have been good and are nice and close to the harbour.

    Off-shore fishing has been good on Big Bank for Coho, smaller feeding Chinook and Halibut. They weather has been very nice, but since Coho fishing has been so good, many opt for the closer option. You are allowed 4 Coho per person in Barkley Sound and right now that seems to be a good option.

    Now is the time to book for 2014. Stay tuned for our fishing forecast. It should be a good year coming up for returning Chinook salmon and we are excited!

    If you are planning on visiting beaches and trails visit while you are here!

    From Beautiful BC,

    Sam Vandervalk
    Halibut Fishing Guide, Tofino
    Salmon Eye Charters

  8. #18

    Default Fishing Report*October 21, 2013

    Fishing Report*October 21, 2013

    Fishing has slowed down for the season and the weather made it tough to get out most of the days in late September and early October. The weather recently has been beautiful though Salmon Eye Charters have pulled all their boats for the season and will start fishing again in March. For anglers with their own boats,*fishing off Big Bank could still be an option as there should be feeder*Chinooks out there. The weather has been great and should continue for*another week so fishing is still an option. We had good numbers of Coho*through Barkley Sound as was expected during September. If you are buy tackle for next*season, Silver Horde has many different new colors in their three inch*spoon which seem to work very well for Coho and Chinook inside Barkley*Sound. The 3 inch spoons worked well behind a 5-6 foot leader and flasher.

    September fishing was very good for Coho in Barkley Sound until mid month and then it was important to run out to Big Bank if you were looking for salmon. In early September the Coho were about the same size as the Chinook and since the limit was 4 per person, it made it easy to go only 10 mins out of the harbor and fish Coho in protected water. The Coho were mostly in the 7-12 lb range and were at 20-50 feet mostly on 3 inch and 3.5 inch green/silver Silver Horde and Coyote Spoons.

    Tight lines and enjoy your summer salmon! For current and indexed fishing reports check out* If you are visiting the Tofino area please check out**for pictures and descriptions of beaches and trails, surfing and more! We also have great winter deals for two bedroom ocean view condos starting at $139 per night at**

    Below are some pics from the summer fishing!

    Sam Vandervalk
    Fishing Charters Vancouver Island BC


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