2020 Fishing in Tofino British ColumbiaWe have been on the water this past week, Feb 14th, to kick off the 2020 fishing season with some quality prawning and crabbing and have been fortunate enough to catch a nice winter Chinook salmon, and see Killer Whales take down a Sea lion. The following is an overview of the opportunity we will have this coming season.
Chinook Salmon - Year round with the best fishing coming from June - early September. During 2019 we enjoyed consistent fishing from mid June through August along the rock piles on the outside of Clayoquot Sound. This area was open to full limits all season as Fraser River stocks of concern are not present in this fishery. We have good Chinook options in August although most areas with in Clayoquot Sound go to Chinook non-retention of close to protect local stocks of concern. This has been the case for the past decade.
Spot Prawns - February to early May. Although open all year in Clayoquot Sound our prime prawn season is prior to the opening of the commercial season in early May. Prawns are a great fishery for all ages and experiences. It is a scenic calm water fishery, there is opportunity to be involved with hauling the gear and they are great eating, fresh or frozen.
Dungeness Crab - Year round, best in winter, the Tofino Harbour has some of the best crab fishing in the area. A great way to start of finish the trip.
Halibut - The 2020 season will have the same regulation and timing structure as 2019. Open Mar 1 - Dec 31, your choice of 1 per day 1 in possession 91 - 126cm (60 ish pounds max) or 1 per day 2 in possession 90cm (18 pounds) max. Our best Halibut fishing is typically from May - June. It can be good before and after that period too, halibut fishing typically does slow a little as the season progresses.
Lingcod & Rockfish - Good fishing April 1 - November 15 providing sea conditions are decent.
Coho salmon - July - September, Coho provide us with a great inshore fishery during the summer months, lots of fun on fly gear or light tackle. Perfect BBQ size too.
Past Tofino Fishing Reports
Feb 22, 2022
March - April 2022Spring is a fantastic time to head to the west coast for a fishing adventure. Clayoquot Sound cook up a feast of fresh spot prawns and crab for dinner.
Aug 8, 2021
September 2021Late summer offers visiting fishers a range of options on the West coast of Vancouver Island. September is a great month to cruse the protected inlets of Clayoquot Sound
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