Vancouver Fishing Report, May 12th

Right on schedule the Gulf Island's have really heated up over the last few days! The eastern shoreline of Gabriola Island up to the Five Fingers seems to be the place to be. Our local trips have produced some fish as well off the Hump, Howe Sound and deep inside Vancouver Harbour. Sturgeon fishing has been surprisingly good as the Fraser River is staying in good shape as a result of the low snow pack this year.

Early to mid May is when we shift a lot of our attention over to the far side of Georgia Strait.  This year is no exception and based on the last handful of days, the fish have arrived in good numbers.  The offshore waters off Gabriola Island has been where the boats found the majority of our action.  The fish have been fairly deep with most fish getting picked up from 120 to 200 feet down.   As with any offshore salmon fishery, covering ground and dialing in the depth of where the fish are important for consistency. Over the next 6 weeks, the Gulf Island's will be where we will be spending most of our time.

Locally, fishing has been ok.  Some days boats are getting into a handful of salmon, and some days the be boats are struggling for a couple hook ups. Areas that have produced over the last week have been the Hump, QA marker, the Bell Buoy, the Freighters, and Howe Sound.  We should expect our local fishery to last for another couple weeks, before it gets pretty hit or miss for the month of June.

These springtime chinook salmon are aggressive fish and will take a variety of gear this time of year. We have had our best success on spoons and hootchies over on the Gulf Island's and anchovies and spoons on the Vancouver side.  Our best producing spoons have been the G Force Trailhead and Bon Chovy as well the Silver Horde Irish Cream and Kitchen Sink. Our favourite hootchies have been the green and chartreuse glow splatterback made by Yamashita. We have had the best success on the Guide Series Lemon Lime, Madi, Bon Chovy and STS Flashers. Our Gibbs Delta Tackle Pro Shop is now open daily on Granville Island. Please come and see us for your local tackle needs and up to date reports! 

Sturgeon fishing has been quite good in the Lower Fraser.  Luke has guided his guests into some good numbers of fish in the 3 to 6 fish foot range over the last week.  With the lower than normal snow pack this year, it is looking like the fishing will stay consistent thru May and June.  Based out of Shelter Island, our sturgeon trips are only 25 minutes from Vancouver.


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