Tofino Fishing Report – October 2017

I'm currently writing this report from a 45 foot Noreast style lobster boat as we steam along the western coast of Nova Scotia.  Today marks the middle of my annual six week giant bluefin tuna season out here, and so far the fishing has gone exceptionally well.  

Up until now the weather Gods have been benevolent, but this morning the wind is howling.  At just a tick past five am it’s still pitch black out but our massive LED spotlights illuminate the white-capped sea and the relentless sheets of spray that hammer our pilothouse windows. We're pushing our way towards the fishing grounds, where 600 - 1,400 pound giant bluefin tunas promise to test our excited anglers.  My thoughts are elsewhere however, and I stare out the window into the frothy darkness lost in reflection, trying not to bonk my head on the glass as the ship pitches and rolls.

I’m thinking of all of my friends and family back home in Tofino, four time zones and an entire continent away.  My beautiful girlfriend Andrea is soundly asleep at this hour, likely wrestling with our golden retriever Jenny Mustard for space in the bed.  The thought puts a smile on my face, but makes me long for all of the comforts and familiarity of home.  As much as I love chasing these magnificent fish every year here in Nova Scotia, I do miss Tofino and the bounty of the west coast of Vancouver Island in the fall.  

October is one of my favourite times of the year for freshwater fishing in Tofino.

Vast schools of salmon and sea run trout have waited patiently all summer for fall rains to swell rivers and kick off the annual spawning migration.  On every high tide fresh runs of salmon enter the rivers and power upstream.  The valleys are filled with energy and all manner of forest critters gather on the riverbanks to feed.  

Anglers are well advised to follow natures rhythms and follow the footsteps of the bears and wolves to our local rivers where each cast with a fly or light tackle promises an ocean fresh salmon, steelhead, or trout. The fishing can be fantastic at times, and perfect for anglers of all skill levels.  Parents should readily consider taking their kids river fishing during October, as there’s no better time to get the young ones in on the action.  

Saltwater fishing continues to provide opportunities for late season coho and chum salmon, as well as codfish, snapper, prawns and Dungeness crab. 

A great way to sample some of the October adventures on the water is to book an Ultimate Adventure through our office on Main Street.  Perfect for the whole family, our Ultimate Adventures open up a wide variety of fantastic activities including Hot Springs, wildlife safaris, SUPing, and of course fishing, pawning and crabbing in calm, protected waters all autumn long.  

Helicopter and float plane fishing trips are perhaps the most exhilarating adventure itinerary in all of Tofino — I cannot understate their effectiveness for providing some of the best access and most incredible fishing to Clayoquot Sound’s hidden gems.  If you have the means and a thirst for adrenaline filled fun and adventure then I’d highly recommend a day in the helicopter chasing trout, salmon and steelhead in the pristine wilderness surrounding Tofino.  

Take advantage of this exceptional time of year and hit the waters of Clayoquot Sound. To find out more about our fishing adventures please drop by and visit our office at 368 Main street we’re open seven days a week.  Happy adventuring!

- Captain Josh Temple