These salmon and halibut fishing charters are in the heart of the best saltwater fishing grounds available off Vancouver Island. The summer season of May to September is considered prime time for sports fishing here on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Fantastic inshore and offshore Chinook, Coho and halibut fishing make for non-stop action. Large mixed runs of Chinook, Coho and halibut begin to migrate and feed in both inshore and offshore areas, following thick balls of baits such as herring, pilchards (sardines), needlefish, squid and krill.
Ucluelet has the most consistent and dependable fishing on the British Columbia coast due to its location and access to the migrating fish and nutrient rich offshore and inshore water. Successful catch limits of Chinook, Coho and halibut are normal for this time of the year.
Chinook salmon average from 5 to 50 plus pounds while halibut are generally 15 to 40 pounds on average. Full day "salmon and halibut combo" trips are the most effective and popular way to fish the west coast of Vancouver Island because it allows you to travel up to 25 miles offshore, giving you access to some of the most spectacular fishing for both salmon and halibut. Each trip is customized to where the best fishing is located and to what species the guests want to target. Decisions on where to fish and what to fish for are always discussed between the guide and guests before leaving the harbour.
The winter season of November to April offers much more than just fishing, but an entire west coast seafood harvesting experience. Your guides will share with you the pleasures of catching your own ocean bright Chinooks, fresh crabs, prawns, oysters and clams. Come aboard and learn the finer techniques of harvesting your own seafood delights.
Great winter Chinook fishing in Barkley Sound and offshore banks (weather permitting) produce fish averaging 8 to 20 plus pounds. Herring move into Barkley Sound to spawn in the winter months making December, January, February and March primetime for these aggressive feeding Chinook salmon. Halibut and bottom fish can also be very abundant during the winter months. Don't forget, this is also the best time for Dungeness crabs, prawns, oysters and clams.
While you run around the majestic Barkley Sound harvesting these tasty seafood treats, enjoy some of the finest nature viewing on the west coast. Regular viewings of gray, humpback and orca whales, sea lions, seals and soaring bald eagles make for a true westcoast experience. During the winter months most of our fishing, seafood harvesting and nature viewing is done in Barkley Sound where we are protected from the open ocean swells, making for a comfortable and enjoyable trip.