Vancouver Fishing Report, September 9thThe last few weeks have provided local anglers with some of the best summer chinook salmon fishing in recent memory! Things have slowed down over the last few days, but we will continue to see pulses of chinook for the next 4 to 5 weeks. The Fraser River Mouth and Vancouver Harbour have been where most of the action has taken place. Sturgeon fishing on the Lower Fraser River has been very good as well.
As per usual this time of year, timing is important for success as these fish do tend to come in waves as they make their approach and entry into the Fraser River. The majority of the fish that we have been landing have been red chinook in the 10 to 20 pound range. As we progress into September and October, the majority of the chinook salmon will be white chinook. The fall run white chinook are the largest fish of the year and fish in the 30 to 40 pound are possible. We have seen a few fish in the 25 pound range back to the dock in the last few days. Over the next month the Bell Buoy, North Arm, Iona Jetty, T 10 and Sandheads will all continue to produce chinook salmon. There will also be a some hatchery coho, chum salmon and some late pink salmon. The Mouth of the Capilano will start to really heat up for chinook in coming weeks. This chinook run typically peaks between September 15th and October 10th.
In the late summer and fall we primarily run bait to target the mature chinook in local waters. These later running fish are not feeding heavily so a well presented anchovy or herring seems to go a long way in getting them to bite. Longer leaders between 5 and 7 feet will often help as well. We keep our gear selection pretty basic this time of year and will run standard Rhys Davis Anchovy and Herring Teaser heads in gree n/glow/chartreuse type patterns. Our flashers we have our success with are the Gibbs Delta Guide Series Flashers.. (STS, Bon Chovy, Madi, Lemon Lime and the T 10) If you are looking for up to date reports and the right bait and tackle for local waters, please come by our tackle/charter shop on Granville Island!
Sturgeon fishing on the Lower Fraser has been very good and we can expect good fishing to continue until December. There is lots of food in the river for them this time of year and they are feeding heavily before winter.