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May/June 2014

May on the west coast marks the return of the sunny Westerly winds and the end of the big winter swells. Prawning is a good addition to full day charters during the early weeks of May and Salmon and Halibut fishing will continue to become more consistent as the month progresses. We have already seen some great results as Chinook Salmon head to the Columbia and Fraser Rivers. Columbia River Chinook are forecast at 1.6 million fish, the highest numbers seen since the 1938. Fantastic news in Tofino as most of the run passes though our local waters between April and July. These fish often stop to feed on the Needlefish that are plentiful in the area leading to some terrific angling opportunities.

The halibut season is off to a solid start and we have seen a slight increase in the size limit to 133cm and 90cm respectively. At this time of year halibut can be jigged or trolled for at the same time as salmon. Lingcod and rock fish are also good options and make great table fare.

Summer forecasts. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is expecting somewhere in the range of 22 million Sockeye to return to the Fraser River this summer and are anticipating that we will have an opening on the west coast. The decision to open this fishery is made in season meaning that we will not know when it will open for a while yet. Follow us on twitter @tfg_fishing for information on this opening as it becomes available.

There has been talk about a wild Coho opening in the offshore waters of Vancouver Island however at this point details are unclear. The interior Fraser River Coho are recovering and there is potential for DFO to raise the overall catch this season which could result in a sportfishing opening for Wild Coho in the offshore waters. This is currently in the hands of DFO. Update to come.

The emerging Albacore Tuna sportfishery has been a source of excitement on the west coast in recent years. Last season was our best Tuna year to date as the warm water was relatively close to Tofino and the Albacore were plentiful. We look forward to our 6th season of Vancouver Island 'Blue Water' fishing this August and September.

Join us on our fly in river trip for an adventure of a lifetime. A day on the river is a great addition to a Tofino fishing trip. Spend the day on an unlogged wilderness river in our comfortable raft or an inflatable personal kayak. Click to learn more.

To learn more or to book your Tofino Fishing Charter please give us a call or an email.


Lochie MacKenzie
Owner/head guide
250.266.0587
lochie@tofinofishguides.com
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