Tofino Fishing Report – October 2018

What a wrap! 2018 has been an absolutely exceptional year of salmon fishing all across the board. Anglers from new to the sport all the way to seasoned veterans were all constantly rewarded with excellent opportunities to fish for all major species of pacific sport fish. So many firsts were made this year, with anglers as young as 3 years old making their first catch, up to some return guests making personal bests on the water. Never have I heard more: “This is the best fishing I’ve ever experienced.”

Despite a dire and gloomy DFO forecast for 2018 salmon returns, Chinook salmon arrived in numbers and size all over the Tofino coastline. All of the major fishing spots produced solid results with some larger fish being scattered in the mix. It absolutely was a year to remember, fishing for salmon amongst feeding grey whales, venturing offshore in search of the ever elusive Pacific Halibut, or just fishing the beautiful calm waters of the inlets for Coho, there was an adventure available for everyone.

Many anglers visiting from abroad were happy to catch and release some beautiful fish. It is always important to remember to respect our fisheries and educating guests about the benefit of catch and release fishing on the water, is a great way to spread awareness. Many guests travelling from Europe and further were excited just to be able to get a quick photo with a beautiful BC salmon then quickly return it to the water. This not only helps protect our fishery here in Clayquot Sound but also through photos and word of mouth promotes catch and release which is always an important aspect of fishing.

The water safety and comraderies are top notch in Tofino and it is a privilege to fish among so many experienced charter captains and guides. Truly, this is how Tofino became famous as a fishing destination. Close proximity to both excellent fishing and such natural beauty makes Tofino one the best places to fish in the world.

– Captain Michael Braughton