WINTER FISHING IN VANCOUVER

VANCOUVER FISHING REPORT FOR DECEMBER, JANUARY & FEBRUARY

Winter isn’t always a time people are thinking of a fishing trip but there definitely are a few cool (no pun intended) fishing options around Vancouver during the winter month.  Surprisingly enough our Vancouver salmon fishing charters can see good fishing and our Vancouver fly fishing trips are usually fairly consistent for trout fishing on local rivers.  More info below…

DECEMBER FISHING IN VANCOUVER

WINTER FISHING REPORT

  • December is a bit of a touch and go month for fishing in Vancouver, all depending on temperatures. Some years we get an early cold winter, while in other years winter comes late and December is mostly wet with mild temperatures.  If you’re looking for a December fishing trip in Vancouver, best to call us for an up to date report.
  • There is some winter chinook (king) salmon fishing in the local waters of Vancouver. They are here to feed on winter’s abundance the bait fish. Most fish are in the 5-10 pound range. There is some good crabbing during the winter months.
  • Fly fishing trips are focused on trout fishing, as the salmon runs are done by December.  Trout feed heavily on salmon eggs and flesh and we can have some good fishing for bigger bull trout if river conditions stay fishable.
  • If you are visiting Whistler for a ski vacation there is some winter fishing options there with our crew of fly fishing guides.

Big bull trout generally like December as there is good food sources in the rivers after the Fall salmon runs.

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JANUARY FISHING IN VANCOUVER

WINTER FISHING REPORT

  • You can count on January being the coldest month of the year in Vancouver and our surrounding area. Fishing options are limited because of it but there are a few options.
  • Salmon fishing charters start seeing the first push of better numbers of winter chinook (king) salmon moving into local waters to feed on ample bait supplies.  Fish are not big (averaging 5-10 pounds) but it probably is the best option for fishing in Vancouver.
  • Sturgeon fishing isn’t really happening as sturgeon are winter spawning fish and we like to leave them alone during this time.
  • Fly fishing trips are usually a bit tough, with the lowest river levels of the year.  We still offer trips but keep in mind days are cold on the river and fishing conditions can be trying!

Here’s one of our guides making his way through the iced up edges of the upper Squamish River in January, brrrrr!

FEBRUARY FISHING IN VANCOUVER

WINTER FISHING REPORT

  • More consistent numbers of salmon move into the local Vancouver waters to feed, still not big in size or numbers, but both are growing.  Along with salmon, the full day charters often drop crab and prawn traps.
  • A bit of sturgeon fishing starting in later February, all depending on river conditions on the Fraser River.  Sometimes there is ice/slush flow on the river, as the upper river in central BC begins to thaw.
  • Our Vancouver fly fishing trips start seeing their first winter steelhead starting in mid/late February. This is the start of our Spring river fishing season and we’re happy to be back out on the local wild rivers on a more consistent basis.

Things start picking up for chinook salmon fishing near Vancouver on the saltwater if you don’t mind a bit of wet and cold!

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