SPRING FISHING IN VANCOUVER

A SPRING FISHING REPORT FOR VANCOUVER IN MARCH, APRIL & MAY

The daffodils are popping and so is the fishing in Vancouver.  Spring fishing in Vancouver offers a variety of different options and is a prime time for our steelhead fly fishing trips.  There is also some more consistent sturgeon fishing to be had and some solid salmon fishing with our Vancouver charters. Lots of cool options as we climb out of the winter months and move into some better weather.

MARCH FISHING IN VANCOUVER

VANCOUVER SPRING FISHING REPORT

  • Salmon fishing charters start seeing more solid numbers of winter chinook (king) salmon with an increase in size as well.  Most trips are in the Howe Sound area, rich with marine life, bait and home to some good fishing.
  • Sturgeon guides start prepping boats for sturgeon fishing season, after a quite winter.  Our Vancouver sturgeon fishing trips start in March from the Chilliwack location about 90 minutes east of Vancouver.
  • Fly fishing on Vancouver area rivers is now in full swing with some more consistent numbers of steelhead moving into coastal rivers. River levels tend to become more favourable in March as freezing levels rise and some of the lower elevation snow begins to melt.  Although our Vancouver fly fishing trips focus generally on steelhead fishing in March and April there is also the opportunity to fish for native bull trout and rainbow trout.
  • If you’re in Whistler on a winter ski vacation we offer trips fishing coastal rivers south of Whistler, the drive is only about 40 minutes to some beautiful rivers.

Some good saltwater salmon fishing happens in March from Vancouver.  Also the opportunity to drop crab and prawn traps on the full-day charters!

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APRIL FISHING IN VANCOUVER

VANCOUVER SPRING FISHING REPORT

  • Salmon fishing charters are starting to shine with larger numbers of salmon in areas around Vancouver. Many of the full-day charters are fishing the southern Gulf Islands for chinook (king) salmon in the 10-15 pound range. Fish are putting on weight and warmer temperatures make for more pleasant days on the water.
  • Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River definitely is getting better as we move later into Spring.  Sturgeon are coming out of their winter down time and are eager to feed.
  • April is definitely our best month for Spring fly fishing trips on BC’s south coast. Our rivers are usually in prime shape, with lots of water to fish and the majority of the steelhead in the local systems. We focus most of our Vancouver fly fishing trips on a remote river valley about an hour from the city. This is a great time for serious steelhead anglers who want to come swing flies or for those with less experience who want to come experience a beautiful wild part of British Columbia.

A wild steelhead is held for a quick photo before release. Fishing for these stunning fish is our main focus of our April fly fishing trips that include transportation from Vancouver.

MAY FISHING IN VANCOUVER

VANCOUVER SPRING FISHING REPORT

  • Salmon fishing in Vancouver is usually very good during May, with solid numbers of chinook salmon off of Thrasher Rock and the southern Gulf Islands.  This is a bit of a local hotspot for early season chinook salmon headed south. We suggest one of the 10 hour full day salmon charters, that will give our guides the ability to get you into the best possible fishing from Vancouver.
  • Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River becomes increasingly more consistent. May is a time when we see a sharp rise in river heights, so the upper Canyon trips are not accessible during May but there is some good sturgeon fishing from our Chilliwack location.
  • Fly fishing trips become busy as anglers try to get in the last bit of river fishing before the warm weather and melting snow makes for high water conditions.  The Squamish River is usually fishable until the first week of May, its smaller tributaries stay in shape a bit longer. By mid May opportunities do become limited with high river levels caused by the melting winter snow.
  • Whistler is a really good option if you’re looking for a Spring fishing getaway.  As ice comes off the local Whistler lakes trout activity increases and our Whistler fishing trips can be very good for rainbow and cutthroat trout.  Whistler is only 90 minutes north of Vancouver and a fun destination to visit!

There’s some really good chinook (king) salmon fishing to be had off of the Gulf Islands in May for fish in the 15-20 pound class!

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