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DFO Announces Chinook Fishery Shutdown

DFO Announces Chinook Fishery Shutdown

As of today, April 16, 2019 an announcement was made for non-retention of Chinook. While how this decision will affect the BC economy overall, there has been tremendous concern on how a decision like this would affect local economies and businesses that depend on tourism—namely “recreational” sports fishing.

Enigmatic Winter-Run Steelhead

Enigmatic Winter-Run Steelhead

In my opinion, winter-run steelhead are simply the toughest fly-fishing challenge on coastal streams—period. If there is any form of fly fishing that requires anglers to pay their dues by putting in countless long hours and many days before being graced with a hook-up from their quarry, winter-run steelhead fly-fishing is it.

Vancouver Island Salmon Enhancement & Habitat Restoration

Vancouver Island Salmon Enhancement & Habitat Restoration

Vancouver Island is home to approximately 37 hatcheries, seven of which are major federally operated facilities. In addition, there are also 45 First Nations and non-profit community-based groups working toward one common goal: helping to enhance salmon stocks as well as to protect, maintain, and restore their natural habitat. In 2018...

Winter Chinook Fishing: The Essentials

Winter Chinook Fishing: The Essentials

One of the great features of salmon fishing on the BC coast is that anglers fish for them 365 days a year, subject to local time and area restrictions. Of course, this opportunity only applies to Chinook salmon, as the other species are either still way out in the open ocean or too small to be legal quarry outside the traditional summer season. Thanks to the multi-year coastal rearing life history of many Chinook stocks, productive fishing for them can be had right through the winter months.

Winterizing Your Boat: A Checklist

Winterizing Your Boat: A Checklist

This is one of those articles that you may just want to keep around until you need it. Sooner or later, you are likely going to want to winterize your boat. While there’s no reason not to fish the somewhat mild winters Vancouver Island typically experiences, you may call it quits at some point, or at least prepare for a spell of subzero temperatures.

Reader’s Story: The Fish That Got Caught Twice

Reader’s Story: The Fish That Got Caught Twice

My name is Josh Knipe and I’ve got a story I’d like to share. The sun was shining, and the water was like glass. We weren’t out too long when we got off to a great start with two nice Chinook already in the box, which we’d caught while trolling over a huge bait ball. That’s when...

How To Catch More Chum Salmon

How To Catch More Chum Salmon

Chum mostly feed on plankton and shrimp. Purple, pink, green, and different shades of purple and pink small hoochies (mini sardines) or Michael Bait work well. Tie up your hoochies with 40-lb fishing line with short leaders of two to three feet...