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FISHING REPORT: PORT ALBERNI INLET, BARKLEY SOUND UCLUELET (WEST COAST) SOMASS-STAMP RIVER SYSTEM
Friday, 12 September 2014 10:54

September 14, 2014

 

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Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

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The salmon and steelhead fishing in the Stamp River in September and October will be fabulous.   The best fly fishing will occur from October the second week of October into November.

The summer months are quickly moving by and the salmon fishing in many areas

of Vancouver Island just seems to be getting better and better as we move into early

August. The salmon fishing in surf line locations of Barkley Sound and the West Coast

out of the Ucluelet Harbor for Chinook, Coho, and now some Sockeye Salmon have

been extremely good. Unfortunately the Port Alberni Sockeye sport fishing has not been

what it should have been. The Chinook and Coho on the surf line and the various banks

are getting bigger by the week. Most of these salmon continue to be migratory salmon

moving to destinations or watersheds well to the south. We are expecting some of the

salmon returning to nearby rivers, streams, and creeks of the Pacific Rim and Alberni

 

Valley regions to appear by the second week of August. This should in fact develop into

an even a much stronger sport fishery for Barkley Sound and the west coast of Vancouver

Island.. All of August and the early part of September should have fascinating sport

fishing out on the coast and also most of Barkley Sound. The Port Alberni Inlet is

forecast to have an abundant return of Coho Salmon. Chinook returns are forecast to be

of a normal number. Numbers returning to the Robertson Creek Hatchery are forecast

at thirty to forty thousand. Usually by the 15th

begin to show in Inlet areas close to China Creek and the Port Alberni Harbor followed

later in the month by Coho salmon. The Coho sport fishing in early September should

be phenomenal. Many of the Coho by this time of year will range from ten to fifteen

pounds. August and September sport fishing is forecast to be extremely good.

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Ashley landed this twenty-three pound Chinook in the Alberni Inlet using
anchovy in a green haze teaser head.

 

Barkley Sound

 

The sport fishing in the Port Alberni Inlet unfortunately has been almost non-

existent for the past seven to ten days. The sockeye return forecast was downsized from

1.6 million to 1.1 million. For the Somass River system 1.1 million Sockeye is still a

fantastic return. Sockeye returns to Sproat and Great Central Lakes are approximately

350,000 with 260,000 returning to Sproat Lake and only 90,000 adults returning to Great

Central Lake. The estimated catch by all of the fishing groups which includes First

Nations, Seine, Gill Net, and recreation to July 31st.

Fishing only has accounted for 16,500 of these salmon.

 

The Chinook return to the Somass system should begin with salmon showing in

good numbers in the Alberni Inlet areas by the 15th

showing approximately thirty to forty thousand Chinook returning to the terminal area

of Barkley Sound and the Inlet. Most of these fish will be returning to the Robertson

Creek Hatchery. Approximately twenty-five thousand spawners will be needed meaning

that there will be seven to fifteen Chinook available for harvest. There is a good number

of four year old Chinook returning. With this in mind there should be a good number

of Chinook in the twenty to twenty-five pound class. Coho numbers are expected to be

abundant. Coho returns to the Pacific Rim and the many creeks and stream tributaries of

the Somass system through conservation have become very strong over the past decade.


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Robert of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing landed this thrity-four and
a half pound Chinook using anchovy in the Alberni Inlet.  This fish was
landed early in the season on Saturday August 16th

 

We should see Somass-Stamp River Coho begin to show in Barkley Sound during the

last ten days of August and they will move up into the Inlet during the first week of

September. We are looking forward to some fantastic sport Coho fishing throughout

West Coast Vancouver Island during the latter half of August through mid September.

 

 

 

Parts of Barkley Sound have had incredible sport fishing through June and July

and the first few days of August. The best areas however have been close to the surf line.

 

Swale Rock, Vernon Bay and Pill Point have been on and off with Swale Rock being

the most consistent. Meares, Austin Island, and Cree Island have been by far the best

for sport fishing with good Chinook and Coho Salmon fishing The salmon have been

out in the deep water on the low tide and often on the flood move in towards the rocks

and feed on the huge quantities of rich resources of bait fish. Chinook have been in 80

to 120 feet of water and have been averaging from the mid teens to lower twenties in

terms of weight. The Coho have been in twenty-five to fifty feet of water and are gorging

themselves on bait fish putting on a pound a week and are currently averaging eight to ten

pounds. Most of the current salmon continue to be migratory fish moving to watersheds

to the south. We are expecting the local salmon to begin to show relatively soon. This

is not to say that some Somass Chinook and Coho have not already arrived. There have

been some fairly early returns to the Somass system over the past ten days. When fishing

the waters of Barkley Sound it is ideal if sport fishermen have some anchovy on board.

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Benny landed this great Chinook salmon fishing with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing.

To this date anchovy has not been essential as the salmon have been hitting various

coyote spoons and hootchies behind glow and kinetic flashers. In Coyote spoons, silver

glow, lime green, green and blue nickel, watermelon, and cop car have all been working.

 

The various whites (AORL12) and greens and blues in hootchies have had some great

success over the past two weeks. Anchovy should have at least a six foot leader and the

army truck, purple haze, UV green and bloody nose Rhys Davis Teaser Head have all

been working well. A few sport fishermen are using a variety of six inch plugs and tomic

spoons with or without flashers. These have been working only when the bait fish are big

in size. We are expecting Barkley Sound to have some continued great salmon fishing.

 

With the late summer run of migratory salmon and local salmon returning to their natural

streams and creeks there should be some continued terrific sport fishing right into mid

September in all of Barkley Sound for Coho and Chinook salmon.

 

Ucluelet

 

Areas right outside the Ucluelet Harbor and as far as the Big Bank or shallows

and up to Portland Point which is close to Tofino have all had rather phenomenal sport

fishing from the late spring right up until now. The lighthouse bank, inner and outer

south bank and the turtle head have turned on over the last seven to ten days. The Rats

 

Nose on the Big Bank has been very good most of the summer. Closer to Ucluelet

Florentia Bay and the Ucluelet Harbor Mouth were extremely hot for Chinook salmon

in the twenty pound range right through until the twenty-third or twenty-fourth of July..

 

Most of the banks have had plenty of bait fish. The migratory salmon have been feeding

heavily in the many offshore Ucluelet areas. When bait fish are in the different areas

during the summer months the sport fishing is normally extraordinary. The inner and

outer south bank and the turtle head have seen most sport fishermen fishing in the fifty

foot level down to almost the sandy bottom at 135 to 150 feet. Hootchies in the brown

turd, white turd and the light green spider back turd have been working very well.

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Sid from Calgary Alberta fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing.  Sid landed this salmon along the Bamfield Wall.  The twenty-six pound Chinook hit an anchovy is a army truck teaser head.  This Chinook was landed during the first week of September

 

Coyote Spoons and a variety of five and six inch Tomic plugs and spoons when fishing

shallower water seem to all be working relatively well. Some sport fishermen are using

bait and having great success but like Barkley Sound bait has not been essential. Over

the past week the Chinook salmon have been getting bigger as there are many more in

the mid twenty pound range being landed by guests on our charter boats. Sport fishermen

in their privately owned boats have also been landing a few bigger fish. The Coho

offshore are also getting up to the ten pound mark with a few Coho Salmon in the low

teens being landed. August and September are really exciting months to be on the water.

 

These are the two months that bigger Chinook and Coho begin to arrive along the west

coast of Vancouver Island as they have been spending weeks during their long migration

feeding constantly on bait fish.

 

The saltwater sport fishing in 2014 has been fantastic on the surf line and offshore

west coast Vancouver Island locations. We are really expecting the inshore areas of

Barkley Sound to pick up as well as the Port Alberni Inlet by mid August. If you are

thinking of a fishing trip, this is the year, and August and the early part of September is

the time to come.

Somass-Stamp River

 

The Stamp River September and October salmon and summer steelhead fishing

should be unbelievable again this fall. Coho returns are looking extremely abundant

with Chinook returns being average. For those that enjoy fly fishing the 10th

right through until mid November is often the best time. Space for guided trips in the

river during the fall is very limited. Fisher People looking for guided trips should

organize early so there are no disappointments. Good fishing to all and be safe.....

For more information

 

Contact:

Doug Lindores

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