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FISHING REPORT: PORT ALBERNI INLET, BARKLEY SOUND UCLUELET (WEST COAST) SOMASS-STAMP RIVER SYSTEM
Friday, 08 August 2014 02:49

August 8th 2014
1 888 214 7206
Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

 

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Jessica and dad John with Chinook salmon landed at Cree Island In Barkley Sound.  Salmon hit anchovy in a Green haze Rhys Davis Teaser Head.  Guide was Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport fishing.

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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Regan fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing and landed
this eighteen pound Chinook at Meares Bluff in Barkley Sound.  Fishing hit a
Jack Smith Hootchie

Port Alberni Inlet

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. 
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. 
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.

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Jessica of Victoria B.C. landed this twenty eight pound Chinook at Austin Island using a silver glow Coyote spoon.  Jessica fished with Doug of Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

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. 
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.

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Rich of Lethbridge Alberta   fished with guide Mel of Slivers Charters
Salmon Sport Fishing in the Port Alberni and landed this nine pound Sockeye

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.....

 

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Fall Salmon fishing on the Stamp River is very good.  This September through November the Stamp River fishing for Chinook, Coho and Fall Steelhead should be terrific




 

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