Fishing Reports

Tofino Fishing Report - May 2019

Tofino Fishing Report - May 2019

With the new regulation on Chinook Salmon closure, it's easy to get confused. In Tofino, we are allowed to fish offshore within 1 NM of the surf line until July 14th. See link for details: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/tidal-maree/a-s24-eng.html

The area 124 is from Estevan point to Florencia Bay, and don't forget that the inshore is open for retention with 2 Salmon over 45 cm per day.

Halibut fishing is great now, with no need to go very far, usually going maximum 3 NM offshore has been enough. Fresh bait is important for these bottom feeders, salmon or octopus are the best. When it's added to a Grubb it's a deadly combination!

Tofino Fishing Report – October 2018

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.”

Tofino Fishing Report - August 2018

Tofino Fishing Report - August 2018

Earlier this season I was down at the marina tinkering with some maintenance projects on the boat when a buddy stopped by for a visit. Fisherman will grasp at any opportunity to talk shop so it didn’t take long before the tools were put aside and the conversation got around to fishing.

As is often to happen early in the year, we speculated as to what kind of fishing we were likely to expect during the coming season. I lectured on about DFO scientists, assessment formulas and Bering Sea trawl surveys and how it all pointed to an unfavourable scenario for dependable fishing. My friend, a local First Nations fisherman, nodded his head and listened politely.

Tofino Fishing Report - July 2018

Tofino Fishing Report - July 2018

The latter part of June was a blur of great salmon and halibut fishing. Hot spots continue to be Long Beach and anywhere along the rocks.

As we move into July some of the bigger chinook will be showing up (hopefully).  Most fish in June have been in the 10 - 15 pound range, though a few in the mid-twenties have been caught. July is the time of year when we start to see our larger 4 and 5 year old chinook start to migrate through so be prepared to encounter the odd 30 and 40 pounder in the mix.

Tofino Fishing Report - June 2018

Tofino Fishing Report - June 2018

The walk from my house at the top of Fourth Street to the marina at the Shore Building where I keep my boat is only a scant 900 metres and, according to Google Maps, should take roughly eleven minutes to complete.  It’s nearly a straight downhill shot, with one left-hand turn required off of Fourth street and onto Main, then a slight deviation to the right, down the ramp and onto the docks where my vessel is slipped.  Theoretically, it’s pretty straightforward.  But as any Tofino local will tell you - in reality it’s rarely that simple.