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SEASONS & CATCHES
Chinook feed off the northern tip of Vancouver Island and right through Quatsino Sound both summer and winter. We are very fortunate this way. But weather being what it is we suggest April through mid-September for the sport fishing crowd. The average size for Chinook all year is 15 - 25lbs but the big ones come all year long too. As the year progresses the spawners continue to grow so there are more large fish about later in the summer for our local rivers. The rivers further south have their big spawners going by earlier.
Coho become legal June 1st each year and they too run up the river in the fall (later than the Chinook though). They start out fairly small but increase through the summer. The big northerns come in between 17 - 23 lbs on average late August and through September.
Halibut are open year round with a daily limit of 1 halibut, total trip limit of 2, one of which must be under 90 cms. In 2014 and potentially every year once the total allowable catch has been assessed DFO opens the halibut to a catch limit of 2 per day/total 2 per trip. This generally happens later in the season.
Ling Cod are plentiful and recreationally open April 1 - October 1.
Tuna - the golden trophy sport fish - start showing up in late August and can be there as late as October BUT they are water temperature and wind dependent. They travel a long way in 24 hours and the weather makes all the difference.
River fishing for Chinook, Coho and Pink salmon begins in late August but really comes into its own late September and throughout October.
Steelhead tend to be more available through the river months in our area.
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We experienced good weather most days except one. The third day rained heavily but didn’t deter our fishing. We caught the most fish during this downpour. I have never had to release so many large Coho’s (15 lb range) in all the years I have been fishing.
Two of our group have never been salmon fishing before. They enjoyed themselves so much they nowwant to come on this trip every year!
Words can’t express the natural beauty of the area, the experience catching big salmon and the hospitality of the staff.
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