Tofino, B.C. Vancouver Island Spring Chinook and Halibut
After an ongoing series of relentless foul weather systems that continually battered the west coast of Vancouver Island, the Tofino and Ucluelet areas are now seeing some fantastic spring-like conditions. Last weekend was a prime example of what we have been waiting for on the B.C. coast, with no winds, no rain, very little offshore swell, and the best Chinook Salmon and Halibut fishing so far for the 2006 season.
The offshore waters from Tofino and Ucluelet B.C. were as nice as it gets for a three to four day stretch. The rugged snow capped mountains on Vancouver Island’s west coast created an amazing backdrop for fishing and photos during this great stretch of springtime conditions in late April.
The fishing technique used by most anglers who were fortunate to experience these great offshore conditions, was trolling a variety of artificial or natural baits near the ocean floor, just a short distance from our local lighthouse, Lennard Island.
Anglers were able to compound their success by trolling deep with Salmon gear, producing a great mix of Chinook salmon, Halibut and various Bottom fish. Most of the days showed and even catch of Chinook salmon and Halibut, using a method that is usually specific to Salmon fishing around Vancouver Island.
Some vessels that ventured out a little further to the 10 mile bank didn’t fair any better for the extra travel and fuel, and enjoyed good action upon returning back to the 5 mile bank near the “Three Humps”.
Some of the larger Chinook salmon for the weekend’s efforts were in the 20 – 25 lb class, and numerous Halibut tested the Salmon fishing tackle at over 40 lbs.
With a mix of Orca Whales passing through, flotillas of colourful Portuguese “Man-o-War” Jellyfish covering the tidal slicks, and the snow covered mountains enhancing the scenery even more, the conditions and catches combined for many happy anglers.
Many anglers that fish the waters around the Tofino and Ucluelet B.C. areas are excited when they consider that this past weekend is only an example of what is to come for the remainder of the season, as the size and numbers of Chinook Salmon will only increase as Spring progresses. Halibut fishing opportunities near Tofino will also provide increased successes over the next 4 months, coinciding with the smaller tide cycles of each month.
For locals with their own vessels, or guests to the area who are interested to experience the great Saltwater fishing opportunities available in Tofino B.C., Clayoquot Ventures can outfit all. For Tackle, Charters and updated information, stop in at Jay’s Fly and Tackle in Tofino, or hook up with all these great options online at www.tofinofishing.com Call Toll Free 1-888-5FISHBC