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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.

Top Vancouver Fishing Spots

  1. 54092
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  2. 54092
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  3. 54092
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  4. Thrasher Rock Light
    11/13/2018 10:30:07 AM -

  5. Grappler Rock Light
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  6. Governor Rock
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  7. Ben Hur Rock
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  8. HMCS Saskatchewan
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  9. HMCS Cape Breton
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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 70.53% catch rate for Pacific Herring, based on 213 Pacific Herring counted.

    Vancouver Pacific Herring Counts Chart


  3. Rex Sole

  4. Rex Sole

    There is a 8.94% catch rate for Rex Sole, based on 27 Rex Sole counted.

    Vancouver Rex Sole Counts Chart


  5. Alaska Pollock

  6. Alaska Pollock

    There is a 4.97% catch rate for Alaska Pollock, based on 15 Alaska Pollock counted.

    Vancouver Alaska Pollock Counts Chart


  7. American Shad

  8. American Shad

    There is a 3.31% catch rate for American Shad, based on 10 American Shad counted.

    Vancouver American Shad Counts Chart


  9. Coho Salmon

  10. Coho Salmon

    There is a 2.98% catch rate for Coho Salmon, based on 9 Coho Salmon counted.

    Vancouver Coho Salmon Counts Chart


  11. Pacific Cod

  12. Pacific Cod

    There is a 2.98% catch rate for Pacific Cod, based on 9 Pacific Cod counted.

    Vancouver Pacific Cod Counts Chart


  13. Arrowtooth Flounder

  14. Arrowtooth Flounder

    There is a 1.66% catch rate for Arrowtooth Flounder, based on 5 Arrowtooth Flounder counted.

    Vancouver Arrowtooth Flounder Counts Chart


  15. Flathead Sole

  16. Flathead Sole

    There is a 1.32% catch rate for Flathead Sole, based on 4 Flathead Sole counted.

    Vancouver Flathead Sole Counts Chart


  17. Cutthroat Trout

  18. Cutthroat Trout

    There is a 0.99% catch rate for Cutthroat Trout, based on 3 Cutthroat Trout counted.

    Vancouver Cutthroat Trout Counts Chart


  19. Chinook Salmon

  20. Chinook Salmon

    There is a 0.66% catch rate for Chinook Salmon, based on 2 Chinook Salmon counted.

    Vancouver Chinook Salmon Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 14 species of fish and 302 fish counted for February around Vancouver.

To date, there are 33 species of fish and a total of 185431 fish counted for Vancouver and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1859 (164 years).

Last Update: 2/1/2023 3:03:38 AM

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.

View full Vancouver Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Vancouver Fishing Reports

  • Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: January 27 2023
    1/27/2023 7:41:19 PM - OUTLOOK  There is a solid weekend of fishing weather incoming but a cold snap is on the horizon. With temperatures in the high single digits today through Sunday it looks lik

  • Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: January 20 2023
    1/20/2023 6:21:58 PM - OUTLOOK  Seasonally normal weather incoming! It’s funny that we are excited about seasonably “normal” weather but for the last 5 months we have seen very little “normal” weat

  • It’s official time to book
    1/17/2023 11:15:02 AM -    Rock star guides Renee Coghill and Jesse Judd will be once again running our Fraser Canyon / Hells Gate Sturgeon Adventures. This amazing adventure begins in the town of

  • Where We Started + Where We Are
    1/16/2023 12:00:35 PM - The beginning of a new calendar year always feels like something new is about to happen.  Whether that’s true or not it’s always a little bit exciting. Here at QCL it creates

  • Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: January 13 2023
    1/13/2023 7:10:57 PM - OUTLOOK  Friday the 13th and an INCOMING STORM WARNING!   As we are writing the report we are seeing a forecast that needs to be on your radar if you are heading out fishing

  • Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: January 6 2023
    1/6/2023 6:50:02 PM - OUTLOOK  The first week of 2023 is in the books! It’s been a pretty good start to the year for river fishing. We are hearing positive steelhead reports from the Chilliwack an

  • We’re Hiring – All Guiding Positions – Saltwater Sturgeon + River.
    1/6/2023 4:13:49 PM - Pacific Angler Fishing Guides  Job Title:  Fishing Guide Location:  Vancouver BC + Surrounding Job Type:  Full-time + Part-time – Saltwater Sturgeon and River guides To Apply

  • Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: December 30 2022
    12/30/2022 6:40:41 PM - OUTLOOK  Happy almost New Year everyone! We hope you have all had a great Christmas and enjoyed some time with family and friends.  It’s been great to see you all at our Boxi

  • Happy Holidays
    12/28/2022 10:45:40 AM - The staff at STS would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We are open through the holidays but on limited hours so please leave us a message and we wi

  • Pacific Angler 2022 Boxing Week Sale List
    12/24/2022 5:59:08 PM - Welcome to the Fisherman’s Boxing Week Sale! When:  Dec 26th to Dec 31st 2022Where:  Pacific Angler 78 E Broadway Vancouver BCHours:  Dec 26th from 10am-6pm regular store hou

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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
    Watermark Fishing charters offers the premier, fully guided salmon fishing experience that Vancouver has to offer.

  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
    Salmon Fishing Adventures from downtown Vancouver, BC. Your Vancouver Fishing Experts.

  7. Bonnie Lee Fishing Charters Ltd

  8. Deep Respect Fishing Charters
    Nothing beats a day on the water, fishing for salmon, while enjoying time with family and friends. The Pacific Northwest, especially B.C., Canada, is the best place to experience sport fishing, with its beautiful landscapes and crystal clear waters.

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Top Vancouver Marinas

  1. Thunderbird Marina
    Our unparalleled access to the West Coast waters is something that needs to be seen. Thunderbird is situated in a sheltered bay in West Vancouver, which protects the marina from any weather. Our sheltered location provides a calm, relaxing environmen

  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. 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.

  5. Quayside Marina

  6. Mosquito Creek Marina
    Your Yacht Our Priority. We are a full service marina in North Vancouver, BC. Our services include a fuel bar, valet storage, straddle lift and moorage.

  7. Vancouver Marina (1971) Ltd.

  8. Spruce Harbour Marina

  9. Sewell's Marina Horseshoe Bay

  10. Pacific Boulevard Marina

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