SUMMER SALMON CHARTERS
Welcome to our Vancouver Fishing Report page where you’ll find all the information you’ll need to start planning a fun trip here in Vancouver British Columbia. Since 2006 we’ve been the trusted go to for Vancouver fishing trips. Why’s that you ask? Honest local advice that can’t be beat and the most experienced guide staff in the city, it’s just that simple. This monthly breakdown of fishing in Vancouver will give you what to expect during each season for all our most popular trips!
There’s no doubt that Summer months are a popular time for a Vancouver fly fishing trip and there is good reason for it! The Summer months is when we enjoy fly fishing on the smaller rivers and streams near Vancouver for bull trout, cutthroat trout and rainbow trout. The bigger rivers are usually too high for quality fishing, that’s why we stick to some of the smaller rivers like the Ashlu, Mamquam and Cheakamus rivers. These are all about an hour north of Vancouver and are easily accessible on our guided day trips.
Summer is primetime for saltwater salmon fishing tours in Vancouver. It is a great time of year, with nice weather and ocean conditions. We also have all five species of Pacific Salmon in local waters in the Summer months. There is plenty of variety as well when it comes to where we can fish, there is the local stuff, within a few minutes of our moorage, and some interesting fishing on longer runs, especially over to the southern Gulf Islands. Our saltwater fishing charters in Vancouver are offer in full-day and half-day trips but remember, Summer gets silly busy, so it is a good idea to book your trip early.
Summer months are also a fantastic time to plan a Vancouver sturgeon fishing trip on the Fraser River. These unique BC fishing adventures are in their prime season in July & August, with super consistent fishing to be had during those months. Earlier in the Summer we can have some higher river levels that can sometimes make for more challenging fishing. If you’d like the best possible Fraser River sturgeon fishing dates you’ll want to plan a trip starting in early July through to late October. The main focus of our Summer sturgeon fishing tours is on the remote Canyon section, it is an area that is home to the Fraser River’s biggest sturgeon!
“First class outfitter and guide service! We had great communication during booking and before the trip, pick up right on time, top notch equipment, and guides who obviously knew the river for winter steelhead. They provided excellent instruction and advice and were both very professional and friendly. Highly recommend a trip with Chromer, first class outfit all around!”
Fall is salmon season on our local rivers. Starting in mid September Pacific Salmon are moving their way from the saltwater into the freshwater rivers of BC’s south coast. Our Vancouver fly fishing trip focus on swinging flies for these wild fish within close proximity of the ocean. During this time we are fly fishing the Squamish River north of Vancouver and its tributaries, the Mamquam and Cheakamus rivers. October and November are prime months for salmon fly fishign but we also have resident bull trout that can be caught at this time. Lots of people love fishing with us this time of year and we also offer affordable multi-day Vancouver fly fishing packages, so you can enjoy a few days of Fall fishing.
Fall does mark the winding down of our saltwater fishing charters in Vancouver but we can still have some great saltwater fishing right into late September. This is the time of year we see some of our biggest chinook (king) salmon as they make their way down BC’s south coast. Big chinooks are moving into the Capilano and Fraser rivers, two systems we have access to on our daily salmon fishing charters. On a good day of fishing we can see 10-15 fish to the boat! As the Fall rains arrive salmon tend to make a run for it into their spawning rivers and saltwater fishing does slow down. The slowing of Fall salmon fishing in Vancouver usually happens early to mid October.
Sturgeon fishing near Vancouver during the Fall months is one of the best fisheries we have. September through November proves to be an excellent time for catching big Fraser River sturgeon! They are on the heavy feed before Winter, bulking up, and we can have some absolutely lights out fishing! September has become one of our busiest months for BC sturgeon charters, so it’s not a bad idea to plan early if you’d like to get in on these prime dates. There is usually better availability through October and November, both great months to be on the river.
“Tom and Yos couldn’t have been better nor more knowledgeable and gracious guides. I would strongly recommend Chromer to anyone visiting Vancouver.”
Don’t pack up your fly fishing dreams just because it’s the Winter! We have year-round fly fishing on BC’s south coast, all really close to Vancouver! Winter is when we have some solid fishing for Bull Trout. Bull Trout are a wild native species found in few places in the world. We target them mainly by swinging sculpin and streamer patterns on 6-8 weight rods. Winter is a great time to be out and we have so much beautiful water to fish. The Squamish and Cheakamus rivers are the two best spots for a Winter trip our Vancouver fly fishing tours will put you into the heart of this wild country. Rivers are closer to Vancouver than you might think, we’re usually fishing about an hour north of city and our guided day trips do include transportation and fly fishing gear. December through February can be a bit early for steelhead fishing, although some early run fish usually do come into the Cheakamus River starting in mid February. If you are interested in a steelhead fishing trip you’ll want to plan your trip for March or April. Our guide operations are in full swing twelve months of the year, so if you’d like to get out for a Winter fly fishing trip drop us a line and we can give you an updated fishing report.
Winter is easily one of the most underrated times for a Vancouver fishing charter on the salt. There is really consistent fishing for Winter Chinook (King) Salmon in local waters all Winter long, starting in December. These are juvenile fish in the 5-10 pound class that are thriving on abundant stocks of herring and anchovies in Howe Sound and surrounding waters. Winter salmon fishing does come with its challenges, it can be cold on the water and weather is variable, but if you can handle a bit of cool weather the rewards can be big. Another key feature of Winter fishing charters in Vancouver is the fact there is dungeness crabs and spot prawns locally during this time. Dropping traps for these can bring a true seafood bounty! We usually suggest looking at our full-day charters for Winter months, this gives us enough time to drop crab and prawn traps and to access the Howe Sound or Gulf Islands areas.
The honest report is that sturgeon fishing can be very hit or miss in the Winter months. If you’re shopping around make sure you get some honest insight from a pro guide who knows what they’re talking about. Some operations are simply looking to book trips during a relatively slow time of their year. The conditions on the Fraser River are cold, often with snow, slush or ice in the river. Some sturgeon become dormant during the Winter months and it is best to let them be during this time of year. If you are really interested in a trip let us know, we can give you a weekly Vancouver fishing report of what’s happening on the Fraser River.
“If you’re looking for a fly fishing trip in the Vancouver area, this is the place to start. Yos put me in a position to catch fish immediately, and he was incredibly knowledgeable on location and fly selection. There was constant action throughout the day, with several fish landed. They also make the trip very easy for people visiting the area, with arrangements for pick up and drop off at your hotel. Overall, it was an outstanding experience that I would recommend to anybody.”
March and April are going to afford you some of the best fly fishing opportunities of the year in the Vancouver area. The trout fishing usually carries through the Winter months and only improves as we move into March and April. River levels are slowly rising as area temperatures increase and the Winter’s snow begins to melt. The Squamish, Mamquam, Ashlu and Eleho rivers will all have solid trout fishing through the Spring. In mid February the first push of Winter steelhead enter the Cheakamus River system. By mid March we are seeing better numbers of steelhead in the Squamish River main stem system. This is not a numbers fishery, on a good year the entire system gets under 1000 returning steelhead. The Squamish River has miles and miles of great fly fishing water, perfect for swinging bright flies to wild steelhead. The Cheakamus River also has some nice fly water but is also a favourite of conventional gear anglers. Our Vancouver fly fishing tours in the Spring book solid every year, so if you’re interested in a day or two, let us know and we can give you our updated availability. We also offer multi-day Squamish River fly fishing packages during the steelhead season.
Spring brings with is some more consistent saltwater salmon fishing near Vancouver and some bigger fish. April and May are two of our favourite months for a salmon charter, with nicer weather and water conditions and the good chance at the fish in the 10-20 pound class! The best fishing during this time is generally on the southern Gulf Islands, accessed on our full day Vancouver fishing charters. There is also some solid fishing in Howe Sound, this one of North America’s southern most fjords and offers really good fishing and even prawning during the early Spring months. Remember, our boats are moored right in downtown Vancouver, so planning a day trip is super easy, we are located minutes from all major hotels!
Our Fraser River sturgeon charters kick off their season in early Spring, as temperatures warm so do the fishing on the Fraser River. Sturgeon fishing is highly dependent on water and air temperatures. On years when we have a mild Winter and warmer Spring we’ll also so significantly better sturgeon fishing. This is a fun time of year to be out, big fish are on the feed after laying dormant during the colder months and now they’re ready to come out and play. By April sturgeon fishing gets really good and by May Summer is knocking on the door. It is important to keep in mind Fraser River water levels are on the rise in May and June. This can make for some trickier fishing and our suggestion is fish with us out of Chilliwack or Agassiz during this time. Feel free to drop us a line for an updated Fraser River sturgeon fishing report.
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