Georgia Strait Salmon Fishing
July 31, 2007
Downtown Vancouver Report:
Our local fishery slowed last week as a result of all the rain we have had. The coho salmon fishing on the West Van shoreline was quite good with fish to 8 pounds but since last Tuesday the fishery has been dead. The past 2 days the fishery has rebounded with good action from the bridge to Point Atkinson. You might also try in front of 3rd beach off of Stanley Park as the coho tend to hold in this area at certain times of the day. Depths have been 25 feet thru 60 feet on the West Van side or 15 to 20 feet off of Stanley Park with mini white's and spoons working well.
Pink salmon are starting to show up in larger numbers and this should continue for the next 4 weeks. Bowen Island is a good place for these fish as the bulk of the early Pink's are destined for the Squamish River and migrate up Howe Sound. The limit for Pink's is 4 per day unless you are North of the old Alberta Bay boundary area which is now 2 per day as a result of the toxic spill that happened in the river 2 years ago. Use mini pink lures with depths from 40 to 70 feet for best results.
Chinook fishing has been spotty locally with the best results being at Thrasher Rock in the early mornings. If the water is good and you are out early fish the South side of the Rock on the Ebb tide for best results. Bait and spoons have worked well with depths being all over the map. 60 feet down to 150 feet depending on the area fished should do the trick. These fish are in the mid to high teens with the odd fish in the 20's coming out.
It is almost time to start venturing down to the T10 marker as early August usually sees a run of large Chinook to 40 pounds hold in this area. Pink salmon are also in this area so if you time it right it can be very good to try this area. Bait has been our choice for the larger King's but pink plastic baits also work. Depths are 50 to 100 feet around the T10 marker - watch the tides as the current can be very strong in this area.
The phone is ringing off the hook as our weather is great and the fishery improves. If you are interested in going fishing drop by our new dock location (we moved about 50 feet!) at the Westin Bayshore Hotel beside the LIFT Bar and Grill or give us a call.
Good luck and tight lines.
About The Author: Captain Evan Patterson
Company: Bites-on Salmon Charters Vancouver
Area Reporting: Vancouver, BC Canada
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