Salmon fishing off the West Coast of
offer anglers of every ability the opportunity to catch all five species of Pacific Salmon, Targeting primarily Large Chinook Salmon and Coho Salmon. (Kings and Silvers.) Located in Ucluelet, the heart of the pacific rim,
Salmon and Halibut Sportfishing (S.H.S.)
specializes in Multi day Salmon Fishing and Halibut Fishing adventures.
Your day will begin on either a 25 ft ProLine , or a 25 ft or 28 ft Grady White geared up with the most up to date fishing gear and electronics. Departure times vary thru ought the season dependant on Sunrise. Your typical departure time is between 5:30 am and 6:00 am. As you head out the Ucluelet Harbour to the East is located the Broken Islands Group of Pacific Rim National Park. You will observe the rising Sun on the horizon over the Coast Mountain Range, our Salmon fishing grounds are located to the South, approximately a twenty minute to one hour run to the grounds, depending on time of year and which Salmon run we are targeting. The Columbia river run, Fraser river run, the Somass, Nahmint, and Nitnat runs are some of the world class Chinook Salmon runs we target throughout our Salmon fishing season, just to name a few.
Salmon fishing starts to heat up in the spring and tails off in the late fall. Our peak Salmon fishing season begins in late May and ends in mid to late September. In the month of June you can expect to catch some very aggressive Chinook Salmon (Kings) ranging in size from 15 - 25 lbs, its still a bit early for the Coho (Silvers) but there are an abundance of these hard fighting, great eating Chinook Salmon. July kicks it up a notch with a little warmer weather, the Coho start to roll in, and the Chinook Salmon are starting to get bigger and bigger, usually quite a few 30 lb and even some 40 lb Chinook Salmon are hitting our docks by late July. Then comes the month of August, the best time of year for our largest Chinook Salmon, mid to high 40 lb Chinook Salmon are coming into our docks almost daily.
Unlike some other Salmon fishing destinations, fishing in Ucluelet is special. A network of dozens of guides and independent companies all work together sharing information, where the fish are running, what gear to use, what's hot, and what's not, to ensure that all of our guests, regardless of whom they are fishing with, have the most successful day of fishing possible, all go home with memories that last a lifetime, and have a cooler full of fish.
Ucluelet also plays host to the Ucluelet Salmon Ladder derby, a Salmon Fishing derby that Runs the entire salmon fishing season with monthly prizes up to $5000, and a year end fish off with prizes up to $10,000. It is also rumoured that this year there are hidden weight prizes up to $250,000 dollars!! Please inquire about the derby specifics.
Ensuring a successful fishing adventure is not just part of what we offer, we guarantee it! I personally guarantee that if on any fishing charter, we don't catch either Chinook Salmon or Pacific Halibut, that day of fishing is Free! In 12 seasons it has only happened once. (weather restrictions do apply) Please contact me at any time to start planning you next Ultimate Fishing Adventure. We will do everything possible to accommodate your every need, with an affordable, successful fishing adventure, that everyone will enjoy.
Contact us today to start planning your next Salmon Fishing and Halibut Fishing Adventure, and make sure you check out our Rates and Specials page for the latest Fishing Package Deals. Phone Skipper Dave at 1-250-735-3474 or visit our contact page .
I get asked all the time, What is the easiest way to catch more fish? (This tip applies to all fishing, not just salmon fishing.) The answer is simple, no smoke and mirrors, no fancy fishing gear, no fishing secrets, You Absolutely Have to Have the Sharpest Hooks Imaginable!!!
It doesn't matter what species of fish you are fishing for, what brand of hook you use, just make sure it is razor sharp! As we all know, fishing isn't an exact science, there is an element of feel involved, and that comes with experience, you can't just read a book and become a master angler, you have to put in thousands of hours of fishing to get that, but anyone can go fishing, any time, with anyone, and have sharp hooks.
Its really simple for me, I spend all day, every day of fishing season, on the water. My guests come from all over the world to go fishing with me, every strike I get could be that 50 lb plus monster Chinook Salmon or 100 lb plus Halibut. The last thing that I want to happen is for that fish of a lifetime to hit my gear, hit my bait, hit my hook(s) and bounce off. Every time my hook comes out of the water I check it and hit it with a file or stone, sometimes is doesn't need a file, but check it every time. It takes a fraction of a second to bounce your hook off your thumb nail, if it "sticks" and sends shivers done the back of your neck, and gives you goosebumps, your hook is sharp, if it bounces off your thumbnail, its not. Seems pretty simple doesn't it? Be honest with yourself, how often do you sharpen your own hooks while fishing? Brand new hooks right out of the package also need to be sharpened!
You will be amazed at the difference it will make.
Being at the fishing grounds first, with the best gear in the water, the freshest bait, trolling the correct speed, proper presentation and color help too, but the absolute most important fishing tip, and usually the first thing overlooked, is having a razor sharp hook.
Continue browsing thru our website to find more simple fishing tips to ensure you next Salmon fishing or Halibut fishing adventure is the most successful fishing trip possible.
The rich fishing waters on the West Coast of Vancouver Island make it an unmatched Salmon fishing ground on the BC coast. And with these nutrient rich and productive fishing waters right at Ucluelet's doorstep, you sure are one lucky person when you join fishing pros in the area for an unforgettable fishing adventure.
So, you're now on your way to enjoy your Salmon fishing adventure. About 5:30 early morning sees you meeting your guide who will spend the day with you at the top of the ramp at Ucluelet's Inner Boat Basin. After the necessary introductions, he escorts you to your fishing vessel and gives you a summary of the day's plans and briefs you on all important safety regulations. After which, you start moving for a day of Salmon fishing. About ten minutes generally at 7 knots takes you to the Harbour mouth. A ten-minute cruise that has you enjoying the sight of wildlife along the shoreline, in the water and up above.
The most productive method for catching big Chinook Salmon on the West Coast is through trolling. In July and August primarily, the big spoons and plugs that best match the pilchard and herring that the Salmon feed on and earlier in the season, smaller spoons and hootchies that the Salmon feed on then. Single action Islander reels matched with 10'6" Shimano rods are the perfect match to the aggressive Chinook Salmon which weigh at an average of 15-35 lbs, with some even reaching the upper 40 lbs and even into the 50 lb range. You sure can expect a real good unforgettable fight.
When you and your guide reach the harbor, he then brings up the speed of the vessel to generally 20-25 knots, or may even go up to 30 knots on calm sunny days. The West Coast offers the best Salmon fishing grounds during the months of June, July and August, these fishing hot spots a mere 4 miles from the harbor and take as little as 15 minutes to just over an hour for you to reach. This sure give you more time to fish. Upon reaching the perfect spot, your fishing guide sets everything for you that all you have to do is just sit back and relax and just concern yourself with reeling Salmon after Salmon. And sure you will be. Reeling Salmon after Salmon because the productive and nutrient fishing waters off Vancouver Island's west coast are an ideal breeding and feeding ground for many species including the BC Salmon. But if you want to be more hands-on, you still can, with our guides ready to work with you and teach you. Yes, it's practically learning while on a fishing adventure!
Your catch is immediately bled and packed on salt ice when it hits the deck. And if time and sea conditions allow, you can have it cleaned which allow you to spend more time enjoying. An ice cold beverage maybe, or maybe thinking on what to do with your catch. If necessary, you can have your catch cleaned at the fish cutting station at Ucluelet's Inner Boat Basin where it is repacked on salt ice to be smoked, canned, vacuum sealed frozen or shipped at any of two local processors in the area. That of course, if you are not taking your catch home fresh on ice.
You sure had a great time on your single day Salmon fishing adventure. Planning for another one? The next time you go on a fishing trip, it is recommended that you bring the following items: fishing license, lunch, camera, change of clothes, wet weather gear just in case and a big cooler, of course. Skipper Dave will gladly attend to you if you have additional questions about Salmon fishing adventure in Ucluelet. You can reach him through 250-735-3474.
Unmatched. Unsurpassed. Such is Salmon fishing in the West Coast of Vancouver Island. If you're joining the fishing pros in Ucluelet for a two-day Salmon fishing tour, lucky you, because the productive fishing waters in the area are right at Ucluelet's doorstep, the perfect breeding ground for many species which include the BC Salmon.
Your 2-day Salmon fishing adventure also starts at 5:30 early morning with you meeting your fishing guide at the top of the ramp at Ucluelet's Inner Boat Basin, who will give you all necessary instructions as well as the plans and safety regulations for the two-day Salmon fishing trip. It takes about ten minutes for you to reach the Harbour mouth. The sight of sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, bears and other wildlife make the cruise even more exciting.
A speed of about 20-25 knots, 30 knots on calm sunny days is what it takes to get you to the best Salmon fishing destination, the best fishing months being June, July and August. Because the top fishing spots are just as little as 4 miles from the harbor, all it takes is about 15 minutes to just over an hour for you to reach your Salmon fishing destination, which gives you more time to fish. Sit back and relax as your guide sets up on a fishing spot and sets and rigs all the gear. If you be wanna be more hands-on, you can join him. The guide will surely be glad to share his expertise with you. Salmon fishing on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, you're sure to be reeling Salmon after Salmon. That sure is an unmatched, unsurpassed experience.
Of course, if you have questions on your Salmon fishing adventure, you can contact Skipper Dave at 250-735-3474. He'll assist you. Just don't forget to bring with you during the fishing tour your fishing license, food, camera, change of clothes, wet weather gear, and a big cooler.
The most productive method for catching the big Chinook Salmon is trolling; big spoons and plugs in July and August that best match the pilchard and herring that the Salmon feed on and smaller spoons and hootchies earlier in the season that mimic the needlefish that the Salmon feed on then. And the best match to the Chinook Salmon which averages at 15-35 lbs with some reaching the upper 40 and even into the 50 lb range? Single Islander reels accompanied by 10'6" Shimano rods. Sure make an unforgettable fight.
If time and sea conditions permit, the Salmon is immediately cleaned at sea which of course gives you more time to have fun or maybe think about what to do with your catch. The catch of course can be cleaned at a local fish cutting station or taken to be smoked, canned, vacuum sealed, frozen and shipped at any of two local processors which sit within two blocks of the docks. Or you can take your catch home fresh on ice.
Nutrient rich and the ideal breeding and feeding ground for many species including all BC Salmon and the Pacific Halibut, the fishing waters of Ucluelet off Vancouver Island's West Coast sure is productive, reason why this small fishing village is slowly becoming world-renowned and is attracting not only fishing fanatics but the attention of the media as well, with Ucluelet and the West Coast featured on fishing television shows.
Five thirty in the morning and you're on your way to a three-day salmon fishing adventure. Early start for a fascinating line up of activities you get to see and do as you embark on a sportsfishing adventure that has you enjoying the yield of the productive fishing waters off Vancouver Island's west coast. As you meet your guide at the top of the ramp at Ucluelet's Inner Boat Basin, he introduces himself and escorts you to the fishing vessel. The guide then gives you a run down on the plans for the fishing trip, giving instructions on all necessary safety regulations. You are now ready for your three-day salmon fishing tour. Get fascinated with the sight of wildlife such as bald eagles, sea lions, harbor seals and other wildlife, along the shoreline, in the water and up above. It's a delightful ten-minute cruise to the harbor mouth.
When the fishing vessel reaches the end of the harbor, the tour guide brings the vessel a notch higher, with speed generally 20-25 knots. On calm sunny days, you can go up as much as 30 knots moving your way to the best fishing grounds the West Coast has to offer particularly in the months of June, July and August. With the best fishing spots as little as 4 miles from the harbor, it takes at an average, about 15 minutes to a maximum of just over an hour running time, which gives you more time to focus on what you actually first came for, fishing.
The peak fishing season in Ucluelet are the months of June, July and August and the best method on the West Coast is trolling for the big Chinook Salmon, trolling big spoons and plugs particularly, that resemble the pilchard and herring that the Salmon feed on and the smaller spoons to mimic the needlefish that the Salmon feeds on earlier in the season. Single action Islander reels accompanied by 10'6" Shimano rods best match the aggressive Chinook Salmon which averages at 15-35 lbs, with some reaching the upper 40 and even into the 50 lb range. You sure are up for a highly impressive, never to forget fight!
And fish you will and reel in Salmon after Salmon when your guide has set up on a fishing spot and sets and rigs all the gear, because the productive fishing waters off the West Coast are sure to let you bring home a cooler full of salmon. It's a guarantee that Ucluelet fishing offers, what with fishing in the area so consistent. So sit back and relax and just concentrate on the fishing. But of course, if you wanna give a hand, your fishing guide will happily work with you, even sharing with you his expertise, teaching you as much as you are interested. Talk about learning and having fun!
Immediately after your catch hits the deck, it is bled and packed on salt ice and if sea conditions and time allow, your catch will be cleaned. That means more time for you to have fun. Ucluelet's Inner Boat Basin has a fish cutting station where your catch can be cleaned and repacked on ice. Two local processors located within two blocks of the docks can smoke, can, vacuum seal, freeze or ship your catch if you are not taking it fresh home.
We're sure you had an incredible time with your Salmon fishing adventure and can't wait for the next one to happen. Don't forget to bring though all necessary items - your fishing license, lunch, camera, change of clothes, wet weather gear, just in case and a big cooler for the big catch. Questions? Concerns? Call Skipper Dave today at 250-735-3474. He's more than willing to help you get ready for your next Salmon fishing adventure in Ucluelet.
So you are going on a 4 day Salmon fishing adventure. Lets you join the many anglers who make the Chinook Salmon their fish of choice. Why not? Aside from the fact that Salmon are a lot of fun to catch, just think about the BBQ. Makes you drool. Not to mention the bragging and the picture taking with your friends when you catch a trophy Chinook Salmon! And one of the best Salmon yielding waters (the best place to catch your prized Salmon) is the productive fishing waters off the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Fishing in Ucluelet lets you join the area's lucky bunch enjoy the yield of Ucluelet's nutrient rich waters which make it the ideal breeding and feeding ground for many species, including all BC Salmon.
Salmon fishing in Ucluelet is fishing like nowhere else on the BC Coast, the fishing trip starting early with you meeting your fishing guide at the top of the ramp at Ucluelet's Inner Boat Basin at 5:30 AM. Once the guide makes all the necessary introductions and briefs you on all safety regulations and summarizes all plans for the four day fishing trip, including recommended items to bring such as fishing license, food, camera, change of clothes, wet weather gear, in case, and a big cooler, you're ready to go. The ten-minute cruise to the harbor mouth letting you take pleasure at the sight of wildlife so abundant in the place, a delightful start to an exciting four-day Salmon fishing adventure.
The West Coast offers the best Salmon fishing grounds during the months of June, July and August. And with the best Salmon fishing spots as little as four miles from the harbor, it takes just about 15 minutes to maximum of just over an hour, at generally 20-25 knots or 30 knots on calm sunny days, which gives you more time fishing time. Sit back and relax as your guide sets and rigs all the gear. With you fishing one of the best Salmon fishing grounds, you're sure to be reeling Salmon after Salmon, working and learning from the experienced fishing tour guide who lets you give a hand if you want to be more hands-on. Why, the guide is even ready to share with you his fishing knowledge and expertise.
The best productive method for big Chinook Salmon fishing on the West Coast is trolling. Big spoons and plugs in July and August that best match the pilchard and herring that the Salmon feed on and the smaller spoons and hootchies earlier in the season that mimic the needlefish that the Salmon feed on then. To put up a good fight with the aggressive Chinook Salmon which averages at 15-35 lbs with some even reaching the 50 lb range, single action Islander reels that go best with 10'6" Shimano rods, are used.
With the catch immediately bled, packed on ice and cleaned at sea, that is if time and sea conditions allow, you can surely find more time to enjoy the rest of the fishing trip.
You can travel with your Salmon with fresh salt ice provided to keep your catch fresh for the travel home. A local fish processor (you have two to choose from) located about two blocks of the docks will smoke, can, vacuum pack or ship your catch home. Additional questions you may have as you get ready for your next Ucluelet Salmon fishing adventure, feel free to contact Skipper Dave at 250-735-3474.