Sam Vandervalk


January 6, 2021 


Ucluelet Fishing Recap 2020 


The fishing Ucluelet season ended with good fishing around the normal hotspots this time of year. Wya point and Little Beach were the hot producers from mid August to early September. Anchovies and small Silver Horde spoons were the hottest producers. Chinook were mostly in the 15-25lb range with a few larger taken up to 35lbs. The fishing up inside Barkley Sound was not as good as normal as the fish seemed to head up the inlet quickly once inside.  


Coho fishing was good in spurts, but mostly at Big Bank. We had a few days where the black cod were all over the bank, but Coho were again out in decent numbers. There were also a few Coho taken in closer to shore, but not with any real consistently.  


Halibut fishing was good up until mid September. DFO increased the halibut limit for the rest of the season up to 2 halibut per day around mid August. It will be interesting to see how things play out for 2021.  


If you are wanting to come on a fishing charter in Ucluelet with us in 2021 expect accommodation to be in short supply like these past few summers. This past summer was the hardest season yet to find accommodation. You can check out or get one of our fishing packages available at We have very little ocean view accommodation but still have some cabins available. 


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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