March - May 2015If the large Herring spawns that we have been witnessing in Clayoquot Sound this spring are any indication of the season to come, spirits should be high. After nearly two decades of small pocket spawns we are finally starting to witness a rebound in this important prey species. Recent sightings of large spawning schools off of Flores Island and Syndey Inlet are a source for optimism on the West Coast.
Further offshore Needle Fish are congregating behind the drop-off at the Portland Point tack, drawing in passing Chinook Salmon heading south towards the Columbia River and points south. During the spring we focus a considerable amount of our angling effort to this zone. To date this season the Portland tack has produce some great Chinook or Spring Salmon for our guests. Sizes during March range in the 10-20 pound range and we expect to see a gradual increase in size as the spring progress.
Also in the offshore waters Halibut season is now open. As the Abundance Forecasts are similar to last season, recreational limits are the same as last year at 1 per day and 2 in possesion. Size limits also remain the same, maximum size 133cm (70lb ish) for one and a 90cm max (20lb ish) for the second. Lingcod fishing opens on the 1st of April, however Rockfish are open year round.
In the calm waters of the sound, the Dungeness Crab fishing has been excellent as of late. Have Trilogy Fish Company steam them up for a great post trip meal. Recreational Spot Prawn season is at its prime during March and April. Come get your Spot Prawns before the commercial opening begins in mid-May. Spot Prawns are a terrific local product and can be enjoyed seared, deep fried or raw. Enjoy them on their own or beside your favourite cut of meat.
If you are looking for an adventure, try our freshwater float trip. Head into the wilderness aboard the Tofino Air Beaver and spend the day in the remote rainforest of Strathcona Park.
Additional Freshwater options may be available, including Steelhead flyfishing trips.
Please contact us for further information. Early season rates are available for saltwater charters.
Head Guide, Owner
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Past Tofino Fishing Reports
Jun 17, 2020
July - August 2020 Tofino fishing reportJuly and August represent peak season on the west coast of Vancouver Island, the halibut are up on the shelf, the salmon are moving through
Feb 21, 2020
Spring 2020 Fishing in TofinoJoin us for a great day on the water this spring. Spot prawns, Crab, salmon, and bottom fish. Wildlife, scenery and calm water options await.
Feb 19, 2020
2020 Fishing overview Tofino, British ColumbiaA quick look at species and timing. Tofino fishing options for the coming season, Chinook Salmon, Halibut, Prawns and Crab.
Jul 27, 2019
August - September 2019August is historically one of the best times to fish on the west coast of Vancouver Island as it is during this time that large runs of Chinook
Jun 9, 2019
June - July 2019As spring turns to summer in the North Eastern Pacific Ocean we begin to welcome back salmon to some of the most productive feeding grounds in the world's oceans.
Apr 19, 2019
April - May 2019As near-shore Westcoast Vancouver Island fisheries were shown to have zero impact on early run Fraser River Chinook by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) modeling, Area 24 (Tofino - Clayoquot Sound) up to 1 nautical mile offshore will remain open.
Feb 12, 2018
February - April 2018Salmon, Prawns, Crab and Steelhead, there is no need to wait for summer to get our and enjoy a day on the water. Catch a fresh seafood dinner, view the whales as they return to the north and maybe even hit the local hot springs for a soak.
Aug 31, 2017
September - October 2017September is arguably the best weather month of the year in the Tofino. The summer fog and westerly winds dissipate while the North Pacific winter low pressure system has yet to grip the region.
Aug 20, 2017
August 2017The fog is in and so are the Chinook Salmon (Kings). Your best chance at a 'Tyee', a 30 pound plus Chinook, is almost certainly during the month of August.
Apr 12, 2017
May - June 2017Take advantage of the early summer season this year. Salmon begin running past Tofino in numbers during April, often pausing their migration to feed on the plentiful needle fish and herring on the banks of the
Jan 11, 2017
February - April 2017Early Spring is a great time to get out on the water, get some fresh seafood for dinner, view the whales as they return to the north and maybe even hit the local hot springs for a soak. Winter 'Feeder' Chinook (Kings) mix with mature early run salmon presenting good options for the Tofino Angler.
Jul 16, 2016
September Outlook 2016Pending regulation changes will allow us near shore access to West Coast Vancouver Island Chinook traveling towards Robertson Creek and the Nitinat River for the first time in close to a decade. DFO stock scientists are estimating a run of WCVI Chinook of around 250,000 returning this August and September. Local areas such as Wilf Rock and Wya Point will be open to allow recreational anglers access to these sizable Chinook (King) salmon.
May 5, 2016
May - June 2016Early summer can be a rewarding time to fish and enjoy the amenities Tofino has to offer prior to the rush July and August.
Jan 28, 2016
Winter 2016 Fishing ReportNovember through April is a great time to head out into the fiord inlets of Clayoquot Sound near Tofino and pull the prawn traps. Spot prawns are fantastic table fare.
Jun 9, 2015
June - July 2015The prime time to fish Tofino is upon us once again. There is fun to be had this time of year no matter your experience or timeline, whether you choose to fish an afternoon or multiple days
Mar 23, 2015
March - May 2015If the large Herring spawns that we have been witnessing in Clayoquot Sound this spring are any indication of the season to come, spirits should be high.
Sep 3, 2014
Sept - Nov 2014Plenty of great fishing options exist during the late summer and fall in the Tofino area. Coho Salmon, Dungeness Crabs and Spot Prawns can be fished in the calm waters of Clayoquot Sound
May 6, 2014
May/June 2014May 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
Mar 17, 2014
March/April 2014Looks like we are in for another great spring in Tofino. Recent reports from the Columbia River forecast great Coho (Silver) returns and the best Chinook (King) Salmon run since 1938!
Aug 29, 2013
September/October 2013Late summer offers anglers an array of fishing options to choose from. Fish Coho on the fly, target Halibut, Lingcod and Rockfish in the offshore waters, drift the river for Trout...
Jul 15, 2013
July 2013Tofino Fish Guides looks forward to providing a fantastic fishing experience for you and your crew during the 2013 fishing season. We are excited to announce the arrival of the RED SKY
Jun 4, 2013
June 2013Tofino Fish Guides looks forward to providing a fantastic fishing experience for you and your crew during the 2013 fishing season.