May Fishing Report for Vancouver BC


April on our local rivers has been really solid.  We’ve been guiding almost everyday, swinging flies for bull trout and steelhead on the rivers north of Vancouver, our home waters.  We’ve had a very good April, with river conditions holding steady, clarity good and healthy numbers of big bull trout feeding on emerging salmon fry and quite a few beautiful sea run steelhead coming to hand.

As we move into May, we will have our usually rising river levels on the Squamish River and its tributaries.  I’m thinking that we should be good until end of the first week of May, maybe later with this cold weather we’re having and low freezing levels. Freezing levels is what keeps the rivers in good shape, low freezing levels and the snow stays in the mountains, as that freezing level creeps up it start to melt and rivers rise.

If you’re looking for a steelhead trip, first week of May is going to be probably pretty solid for us on the Squamish River, as long as the river holds, which it should (fingers crossed). The smaller tributaries we fish, including the Cheakamus River and Ashlu River will be in good shape through the second and third week of May, both are beautiful fisheries, home to native bull trout, rainbows and steelhead. The Cheakamus is easily waded and a great option for all anglers. The Ashlu River requires considerably more hiking, a cool trip for the adventurous fly angler.

Availability for our May Vancouver fly fishing trips as I write this report on April 29th is at about 50%, we are getting booked up but also have good availability fishing with myself and guides Paul and Tom.  If you’d like to book a trip, call toll free is 1-877-902-3393 or email Greg at the office and we can get you fly fishing with our crew in Vancouver.


Salmon fishing in Vancouver has been really good in April, especially the last two weeks, with solid numbers of chinook (king) salmon in local waters. As we move into May we generally see even better fishing, with larger schools of chinooks schooling off the southern Gulf Islands and the area around Thrasher Rock.

These areas are accessed on our full-day 10 hour trips and are quite often the way to go for the month of May. The fleet of Grady White sport fishing boats are the fastest in Vancouver, getting you to the fishing grounds quick and comfortably.  If you’d like to go salmon fishing in Vancouver for the half-day we certainly can accommodate that as well, there are fish locally as well, fishing a bit closer to Vancouver, keeping run times to a minimal for more time fishing!

You can have a look at our Vancouver salmon fishing trip page here. There is good availability through most of May, some weekends are a bit booked up, but we can usually make it work if you’re looking for a trip.


April was really solid on the Fraser River. After a long cold winter the fish were happy to start moving a bit more starting mid month and we had some very good trips at both our Chilliwack and Hope locations on the Fraser.

There’s been some big fish around as well, a few fishing in the 7+ foot range and a couple over 8 feet.  That’s pretty nice for this time of year and is hopefully a good indicator of what we can expect for summer sturgeon fishing here in British Columbia.

Keep in mind we will more than likely start seeing some rising river levels on the Fraser River. If you’re looking for a day trip early month we can accommodate you at either location, but I’d suggest looking at the Chilliwack option, starting mid May, as river conditions on the lower sections of the Fraser River will be more optimal and offer you better overall sturgeon fishing.

You can have a look at our Vancouver sturgeon fishing trip page here for more info on what we offer. There is open availability through May, so email us or call Greg at the office toll-free 1-877-902-3393 to book a day of sturgeon fishing.


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