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Vancouver Fishing

Vancouver Fishing

Vancouver is a major city on the Pacific Coast in Canada. Located in British Columbia, Vancouver is a city with international appeal. It is often used for film production, and it is a business hotspot with links to North America, Asia and the rest of the world. In addition to these feats, Vancouver also happens to be one of the best fishing destinations in all of British Columbia.

When you think about Vancouver fishing, your first thought is probably about salmon. This is with good reason. Vancouver is an excellent spot to catch all sorts of salmon. In particular, you may get lucky with chinook salmon, coho salmon and sockeye salmon. Many of these delectable species spend the majority of their lives in the ocean. However, during different parts of the year, they can migrate inland to the freshwater rivers to spawn. The Fraser River in Vancouver is a popular spawning location. The population of sockeye salmon is particularly prominent. Vancouver fishing is also quite robust at Howe Sound in the spring.

The salmon runs in the Fraser River are extremely popular, which means you may need to plan ahead in order to secure your supplies and your spot. The salmon is most prevalent in the spring and summer, and the numbers really start to drop by the fall and winter. There are plenty of charters available for novices with less experience in salmon fishing.

Other popular catches for Vancouver fishing include rainbow trout and halibut. Rainbow trout love the coldwater tributaries in Vancouver. Lakes like Kootenay Lake and Okanagan Lake are also great options. For halibut, be sure to visit the waters around Vancouver Island. You may also want to try your hand at flyfishing in the Squamish River or the Eleho River. These are great destinations for trout.

Vancouver Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Vancouver, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Pacific Herring

  2. Pacific Herring

    There is a 86.27% catch rate for Pacific Herring, based on 6201 Pacific Herring counted.

    Vancouver Pacific Herring Counts Chart


  3. Sockeye Salmon

  4. Sockeye Salmon

    There is a 9.2% catch rate for Sockeye Salmon, based on 661 Sockeye Salmon counted.

    Vancouver Sockeye Salmon Counts Chart


  5. Chum Salmon

  6. Chum Salmon

    There is a 0.99% catch rate for Chum Salmon, based on 71 Chum Salmon counted.

    Vancouver Chum Salmon Counts Chart


  7. Coho Salmon

  8. Coho Salmon

    There is a 0.49% catch rate for Coho Salmon, based on 35 Coho Salmon counted.

    Vancouver Coho Salmon Counts Chart


  9. Lingcod

  10. Lingcod

    There is a 0.47% catch rate for Lingcod, based on 34 Lingcod counted.

    Vancouver Lingcod Counts Chart


  11. Alaska Pollock

  12. Alaska Pollock

    There is a 0.46% catch rate for Alaska Pollock, based on 33 Alaska Pollock counted.

    Vancouver Alaska Pollock Counts Chart


  13. Rex Sole

  14. Rex Sole

    There is a 0.39% catch rate for Rex Sole, based on 28 Rex Sole counted.

    Vancouver Rex Sole Counts Chart


  15. Flathead Sole

  16. Flathead Sole

    There is a 0.38% catch rate for Flathead Sole, based on 27 Flathead Sole counted.

    Vancouver Flathead Sole Counts Chart


  17. Rainbow Trout

  18. Rainbow Trout

    There is a 0.35% catch rate for Rainbow Trout, based on 25 Rainbow Trout counted.

    Vancouver Rainbow Trout Counts Chart


  19. Chinook Salmon

  20. Chinook Salmon

    There is a 0.21% catch rate for Chinook Salmon, based on 15 Chinook Salmon counted.

    Vancouver Chinook Salmon Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 23 species of fish and 7188 fish counted for November around Vancouver.

To date, there are 45 species of fish and a total of 767573 fish counted for Vancouver and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1859 (164 years).

Last Update: 11/27/2023 8:41:45 PM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Top Vancouver Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Vancouver are the following:

  1. 54092

  2. 54092

  3. 54092

  4. Thrasher Rock Light

  5. Grappler Rock Light

  6. Governor Rock

  7. Ben Hur Rock


  9. HMCS Saskatchewan

  10. HMCS Cape Breton

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Top Vancouver Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Pacific Angler
    If you’re looking for a specific fishing item or planning your next fishing trip, the knowledgeable and friendly staff of Pacific Angler can provide you with the information you need.

  2. KUFA Sports Enterprise Ltd

  3. Berry's Bait & Tackle Ltd
    Serving British Columbian anglers since 1973!

  4. First Light Fishing & Tackle

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Top Vancouver Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Bon Chovy Fishing Charters
    Bon Chovy Fishing Charters offers fully guided salmon fishing charters from Downtown Vancouver. Located on Granville Island, we are minutes away from all major Vancouver Hotels. Come join us for an adventure you won’t forget.

  2. STS Guiding Service
    We specialize in Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing and Freshwater Salmon, trout and Sturgeon fishing.

  3. Silversides Fishing Adventures
    Professional Guided Fishing trips and vacation packages in Vancouver BC and the Fraser river valley for Salmon, Sturgeon, Trout and Steelhead since 1996. Our capabilities and insights into sport fishing means you can fish with Confidence!

  4. Watermark Fishing Charters
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  5. Predator Charters
    Based out of Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - Predator Charter’s skipper - Dave’s 25+ years experience in fishing charters provides the knowledge and background to ensure the time of your life in the best of Vancouver's

  6. Bites-On Salmon Charters
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  7. Bonnie Lee Fishing Charters Ltd

  8. Deep Respect Fishing Charters
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  1. Thunderbird Marina
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  2. Burrard Bridge Civic Marina

  3. Coal Harbour Marina Ltd
    Coal Harbour Marina is Vancouver’s premier provider of salt-water moorage. Centrally located in the heart of downtown, tenants and guests are offered a superior range of yachting amenities in one of the most spectacular harbours in the world!

  4. Quayside Marina

  5. Maritime Market & Marina
    Maritime Market and Marina, a leading BC marina, is located on Granville Island, in the heart of Vancouver, BC. This BC Marina has the distinction of being one of the most central Vancouver moorages.

  6. Mosquito Creek Marina
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  10. Pacific Boulevard Marina

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