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Winter months here on BC’s south coast offer some great fishing, even if it’s not the time of year most people think of when it comes to a Vancouver fishing trip! December, January and February always offer solid saltwater salmon fishing charters for chinook salmon in local waters. The river fishing report focuses on fly fishing rivers near Vancouver for wild bull trout.  There can even be some good sturgeon fishing in the Winter months, conditions dependent of course. On this page you’ll find more information and a detailed Vancouver fishing report for the Winter season.  If you’re looking for a Vancouver fishing trip in anytime from December to February best to drop us a note and see what current conditions are, we’ll be happy to give you an updated winter fishing report.

Fall months are prime time for fishing local rivers for salmon. Within an hour of Vancouver you can be in the British Columbian wilderness with our pro guide staff.

SEPTEMBER FISHING REPORT

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It’s pretty hard to go wrong with a BC fishing trip in September. There are a ton of cool options and the general Fall fishing report is stable conditions and solid fishing throughout the month of September. On odd years (2021, 2023, etc.) you’ll find healthy runs of Pink Salmon entering the Squamish River system during the Summer with good fishing extending into the second week of September. On the saltwater scene, this is the time when you can catch some of the biggest salmon of the season in Vancouver waters. Chinook salmon are schooling up off the Capilano River mouth near Vancouver and finding a big fish in the 25+ pound class is not uncommon! Sturgeon fishing is in its absolute prime in September as well, with some of the most consistent fishing of the year happening right now. To conclude, here are a few Vancouver fishing report notes for September with more info below…

  • Great all around month for a Vancouver fishing trip!

  • Solid saltwater salmon fishing for bigger chinook salmon.

  • Action packed Pink Salmon fly fishing on local rivers.

  • September is our most popular sturgeon fishing month.

A few September fishing tips for the Vancouver area… First, be sure to plan your trip early, this is a crazy busy time for Vancouver fishing charters and tours. Second, remember Pink salmon are odd year fish, so on even years, (2020, 2022, etc.) we do not have this run of fish and rely on local trout fishing instead. September is generally a pleasant time of year in Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler, with comfortable daytime temperatures throughout the month.

OCTOBER FISHING REPORT

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As we move further into Fall the leaves begin to change and the month of October arrives. October offers anglers a wide variety of fishing options in Vancouver and surrounding areas. The Squamish and Harrison rivers will see the first strong pushes of coho and chum salmon into their systems starting early October. Peak runs have been later and later over the past five years, with the majority of salmon moving into coastal rivers by the second or third week of October. Saltwater salmon fishing is on the wind down in October. Depending on early season rains there can be some okay fishing up until early October but usually slow ocean fishing after that. Sturgeon fishing is pumping in October, a great month to see big fish, more info below…

  • Best month for salmon fishing on rivers.

  • Fly fishing focus is on Chum & Coho salmon.

  • Saltwater fishing begins to slow down.

  • Usually a big fish month for sturgeon fishing!

As mentioned, October is a month when you’ll find some of the biggest Fraser River sturgeon. Why’s that? Well in October there is a huge amount of food sources in the Fraser with the Fall salmon migration. Sturgeon are on the feed all month, and into November, as they know Winter months are knocking. Big sturgeon are fattening up before they go relatively dormant for a few months. In conclusion, October is a month you want to enjoy our local river fishing and put the saltwater fishing dreams on the back burning until at least December.
A bright coho (silver) salmon caught on the upper Squamish River in early November.

NOVEMBER FISHING REPORT

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November has Winter licking its lips trying to get in but we won’t let that happen quite yet. November fishing in the Vancouver area is focused on river fishing for salmon and sturgeon. On the Squamish, Cheakamus, Vedder and Harrison rivers you’ll find solid fishing for chum salmon and coho salmon. Chum salmon can push 20 pounds, while coho salmon are generally in the 5-10 pound range. River levels are usually consistent in November, with the exception if freezing levels begin to rise. This can make for poor water clarity and tougher fishing. Trout fishing, using egg patterns, imitating freshly laid salmon eggs is good on the Mamquam, Cheakamus and Ashlu rivers in November. Here’s a few notes for our November fishing report…

  • First two weeks is prime for river fishing.

  • Fly fishing for bull trout, coho & chum salmon.

  • Super solid month for sturgeon fishing.

  • Slowest month generally for saltwater fishing.

The fishing report from the Fraser River is consistent sturgeon fishing all month long. Similar to October conditions, just a bit cooler weather wise but overall good angling for bigger sturgeon. Finally, remember temperatures are dropping in November and the end of the month can be significantly colder than the beginning of it.

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