Fishing Around Vancouver Island

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Vancouver Island is home to some of the world’s best Salmon and Halibut fishing spots, and has several areas to choose from.

Tofino/Ucluelet/Port Renfrew

These particular ports on the amazing and rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, provides fishermen with access to an offshore salmon and halibut fishery that is world famous.

Here you will catch wild Chinook Salmon (Kings), Coho Salmon (Silvers) and Sockeye Salmon that migrate in huge numbers off the west coast of Vancouver Island. Additionally you may catch:Â Lingcod, Black Sea Bass, Red Snapper, Rockfish, Sablefish (Black Cod) and of course the Pacific Halibut.

The Pacific Halibut range in size from 15 – 300 lbs and are fished at depths of 200 feet and deeper. The Tofino, Ucluelet, and Port Renfrew salmon and halibut fishing charter season starts in May and continues right through until October.

Port Alberni/Barkley Sound/Bamfield

Port Alberni is known as “The Salmon Capital of the World.” Port Alberni offers fishermen access to the Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, Bamfield, and the Broken Group of Islands all the way straight to the Pacific Ocean.

The Alberni Inlet is home to some of the largest salmon runs in the world, with numbers well over 1 million annually.

These Salmon runs produce some of the tastiest and most memorable fishing experiences that fishermen dream about.

Esperanza Inlet/Nootka Sound

This remote area boasts Chinook Salmon trophy sport fishing, with the big ones over 50 pounds! In the Nootka Sound crystal clear water, there are migrating Coho in the 10 to 20 pound range; but remember that Coho are supposed to be the best fighting fish of the salmon, so it will never be dull.

The Salmon fishing season begins in mid June and continues into the later part of September. Feeding on the abundance of krill, herring, needlefish, anchovies and pilchards, these migratory salmon are pack on the pounds in order to return to their rivers and streams to spawn.

There are also abundant Halibut, Red Snapper, Rockfish, and Lingcod, which round out the great fishing at this secluded spot.

Parksville to Port Hardy

The east coast of Vancouver Island, is very diverse with amazing mountain ranges, beaches, and fabulous salmon fishing.  All along from Parksville through Qualicum Beach, Campbell River, Nanaimo, Comox, Courtenay, and Port McNeil, there are plenty of opportunities to catch Salmon. The Chinook Salmon (Kings), Coho Salmon (Silvers), the Chum, and Pink Salmon,  migrate up and down this region starting in April and continue right through to October.

Campbell River is known as one of the world’s famous salmon fishing hotspots!

The Tyee Pool produces some of Campbell Rivers largest Chinooks every year, and the Seymour Narrows are known as the ‘salmon highway,’ which see millions of salmon each year on their way to their rivers and streams.