Sam Vandervalk

Fishing Report April 17, 2020


We are not open for business normal until mid May, but while things are quiet in town I have been taking advantage of almost no boats on the water to do a little fishing when not working on our new cabins.


The Chinook fishing has been good on both 3 inch Silver Horde spoons as well as splatterback needlefish hutchies. Over the last month the Chinook have been around Great Bear, Beg and the Lighthouse. I also did a trip to Effingham a few days ago and hit a few there in about an hour’s fishing.


The Lingcod fishing has been great which is quite normal this time of year. Lingcod are one of my favorite fish to eat. Since the commercial fishery isn’t running its possible there are more around though the fishing seemed pretty normal for April to me on Sunday. If you troll anywhere close to shore is some spots you will hook ling cod, though many of them are undersized. Below is a photo of me with Lingcod we jigged up after catching about 15 in total and releasing the smaller ones.


If you are wanting to come fishing in Ucluelet with us this summer we are still having an accommodation shortage even with the slow down. You can check out or get one of our fishing packages available at We have very little ocean view accommodation but have some brand new cabins that will be ready in about a month.


Tight lines,


Sam Vandervalk

Salmon Eye Fishing Charters

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Sam Vandervalk

About The Author: Captain Sam Vandervalk

Company: Salmon Eye Charters

Area Reporting: Vancouver Island - Ucluelet, Tofino, Port Alberni BC

Bio: Sam Vandervalk, the owner of Salmon Eye Charters has now guided for 12 years. He grew up around mid-Vancouver Island. You could say that fishing is in the family as his older brother Ray also guides for Salmon Eye Charters. Salmon Eye Charters has grown and is now going to be operating 4 boats mostly in Ucluelet as that is where the fish seem to be the most. Happy customers are made every day here!

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