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Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: August 16, 2019

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OUTLOOK It’s tournament weekend! Over Saturday and Sunday, the Vancouver Chinook Classic is running. As we write this report the chinook fishing has been nothing but spectacular and we are super excited to see what happens in the tournament. If you are heading out, you will see all the competitors on the water, so we ask that everyone plays nice and gives space. There will be a little shift in weather coming Saturday with overcast skies, a touch of rain and calm seas. On Sunday it goes back to sun and cloud with the standard unpredictable winds you see after a front pulls through.  This could make the fishing better or send the fish up the river it’s hard to tell. This catch and release…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: August 9, 2019

Fish on! A common sight on our boats this week.

OUTLOOK We are going to see some rain in the forecast this week and overall, I think it will be a good thing. It should help with river levels and temperatures which is always a concern this time of year for salmon species in the Fraser.   The big news this week is that the Chinook fishing in area 29-3 and 29-4 has been very good. There are more chinook out there than we have even seen before. Jason and the team have been out all week so check out Jason’s report for all the details.   The Squamish has also been very good with Pinks showing up in very respectable numbers. It is still not like shooting fish in a barrel but the anglers who have put in their time and…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: August 2, 2019

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OUTLOOK Well August is here, with the Fraser Panel report and new tidal fishing regulations fresh off the press, a bunch of fisheries are fishing really well, and others are facing some concerns, there is a lot going on. Let’s start with the regulation changes. As of August 1st, the slot limit on chinook is over. So, one fish over 62cm is legal to retain. Good news! We still say that there is nothing cooler than releasing a very large fish and seeing it swim away to make more big fish but at least for the 15-25 lb fish we are now able to bring one home. After August 30th we will be back to two a day. They have also opened 29-1, 29-2, 29-3 (South…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: July 26, 2019

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OUTLOOK More epic weather on the way! We have some great weather this weekend and when we look at the 14-day trend we are going to see weather that falls smack dab on the seasonal average. This means warm but not too warm. There is no rain in the forecast and this could pose problems farther down the road but as it stands, we should see some great fishing conditions over the next week.   This week we have our first official Squamish update of the season and reports of pinks in both the river and the Howe sound area are coming in. They are still not great reports but it is well worth the trip and we have more intel in the river section below.   We sometimes overlook lake fishing this time of year but we are…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: July 12, 2019

OUTLOOK First off sorry for a late report – we held off on sending the report until we knew what the regulation changes were going to be come July 15th.  We had it on good authority that DFO was not going to honour their opening on the 15th to 1 chinook per day and to expect an announcement on Friday afternoon.  Jason has more details in the saltwater report but in short all of the areas that were slated to open up on July 15th,  will open, but the chinook must be larger than 62cm but cannot be greater than 80 cm.  So effectively it is a slot limit of 62-80 cm.   Frustrating regulations aside we are looking forward to the weekend and getting out…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: July 5, 2019

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OUTLOOK We are in for mixed weather this week with some rain today and then a mix of sun, light rain, and cloud over the weekend. When we see this kind of mixed mild weather the good news is the marine wind forecast is usually pretty good. Winds should be variable to 15kts and the overcast skies can make for excellent coho fishing.  We have big high tides in the mornings. This is not great for the beach anglers but for the saltwater fleet, fishing a high slack first thing in the morning can be very productive. The big news this week is the Vedder and Skagit River reports.  A number of the boys from the shop hit the Skagit this weekend. Matt has all…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: June 28, 2019

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OUTLOOK Summer is here and July is just around the corner! We had a damp week this week but the weather should get good this Canada Day Long Weekend with temps in the mid 20s! July is a big month in the BC fishing world. Several fisheries open on the 1st and a number of species start to show up. The big ones to talk about this week are the Vedder/Chiliwack chinook fishery, the Skagit trout fishery and the Capilano coho beach fishery. Overall, we are seeing some very favorable conditions, at least for the early stages of these fisheries. Snow pack levels are quite low in the lower part of the province. This may cause some issues later down the road but for right…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: June 21, 2018

OUTLOOK Summer is officially here and we are looking forward to another great summer on the water.  This past week Matt was in the interior doing some lake fishing and he also did some scouting for the upcoming river season. He has some interesting water level observations. If you are planning on hitting the Skagit when it opens July 1st or you plan to do the Thompson or other rivers in the Hope, Interior or the Pemberton areas you will want to tune in to his report below.    His lake report is full of tips as well so be sure to have a read of that one before you head to the lake this weekend. With nice warm weather we often see a strong NW…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: June 7, 2019

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OUTLOOK We are going to see some light rain over the next 2 days both for Vancouver and the interior. Obviously, this is not the best for fishing, but it comes with a silver lining.  Lake fishing in the interior and up the Sea to Sky area has been very good and we have reports on it below, but warm temperatures were becoming a small concern and we heard reports of lethargic fish on some of the shallower lakes. The lower temps and rain over the next couple days should help this and extend the great fishing. On the rest of the  freshwater and stillwater front we have info on the Capilano, local lakes as well as some preliminary info from Matt on water levels…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: May 31, 2019

OUTLOOK This has been a pretty epic spring. We have seen great temps, not too hot, not too cold, not too wet, not too dry. It looks like this trend will continue and we have more good weather is on the way. This weekend we will see some beautiful days in both Vancouver and the interior, and we expect more great fishing. One point of interest is we might see record temperatures in the interior this weekend. In the short term this is going to be great for fishing. We will see big hatches and lots of fish activity the only caveat is that if it continues over the next couple weeks, we could start seeing things get too warm. Good news is that the…

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