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

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  3. 54092
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  4. Thrasher Rock Light
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  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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  10. CAPILANO R
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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. Sockeye Salmon

  2. Sockeye Salmon

    There is a 95.98% catch rate for Sockeye Salmon, based on 6129 Sockeye Salmon counted.


  3. Coho Salmon

  4. Coho Salmon

    There is a 1.82% catch rate for Coho Salmon, based on 116 Coho Salmon counted.


  5. Rainbow Trout

  6. Rainbow Trout

    There is a 0.74% catch rate for Rainbow Trout, based on 47 Rainbow Trout counted.


  7. Alaska Pollock

  8. Alaska Pollock

    There is a 0.41% catch rate for Alaska Pollock, based on 26 Alaska Pollock counted.


  9. Chinook Salmon

  10. Chinook Salmon

    There is a 0.3% catch rate for Chinook Salmon, based on 19 Chinook Salmon counted.


  11. Lingcod

  12. Lingcod

    There is a 0.17% catch rate for Lingcod, based on 11 Lingcod counted.


  13. Common Carp

  14. Common Carp

    There is a 0.16% catch rate for Common Carp, based on 10 Common Carp counted.


  15. Pacific Herring

  16. Pacific Herring

    There is a 0.16% catch rate for Pacific Herring, based on 10 Pacific Herring counted.


  17. Pink Salmon

  18. Pink Salmon

    There is a 0.06% catch rate for Pink Salmon, based on 4 Pink Salmon counted.


  19. Yelloweye Rockfish

  20. Yelloweye Rockfish

    There is a 0.06% catch rate for Yelloweye Rockfish, based on 4 Yelloweye Rockfish counted.


Recommedations above based on 16 species of fish and 6386 fish counted for September around Vancouver.

To date, there are 24 species of fish and a total of 129367 fish counted for Vancouver and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1859 (163 years).

Last Update: 9/24/2022 5:12:52 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
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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Latest Vancouver Fishing Reports

  • Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: September 16 2022
    9/16/2022 6:52:06 PM - OUTLOOK  It is a big week! DFO has finally opened sockeye fishing in the ocean! Yesterday was opening day and our guide boats all came back with sockeye.  It’s late in the ru


  • 2022 FALL SALMON SALE LIST!
    9/15/2022 11:25:06 PM - Pacific Angler Fall Salmon Sale 2022 Fall salmon season is upon us!  The rivers are starting to get their first push of chinook and coho sockeye is open in the Fraser and the


  • Thankful for a Great 2022 Season!
    9/14/2022 11:19:53 AM - And just like that the 2022 season has come and gone helicopters have departed with our final guests and the sound of Canada geese is ever present. Most of our staff have ret


  • Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: September 9 2022
    9/9/2022 7:56:51 PM - OUTLOOK  Well we thought the game was over in regard to the sockeye fishery but a late push of fish and some confusing DFO management decisions have resulted in an in river s


  • Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: September 2 2022
    9/2/2022 8:10:38 PM - OUTLOOK  Chinook fishing is OPEN! Be Sure to have a read of Jason’s saltwater report for the latest on that opening.   If you want to brush up on how we fish the late season


  • Kingfisher Report for August 30th 2022
    8/31/2022 8:52:48 PM - Well here we are into the final week of the ‘22 season and we’re happy to say that all the wheels are still on the bus!  It’s been our biggest and busiest season ever with al


  • It’s a Guide’s Life – August 27th 2022
    8/29/2022 9:37:01 PM - As the season progresses at full speed towards the metaphorical finish line known as Labour Day I find myself getting more nervous almost disappointed rather than excited.  A


  • Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: August 26 2022
    8/26/2022 8:31:22 PM - OUTLOOK September is just around the corner! With it things get interesting. Now is the time to make plans book off a couple of  weekends and get the gear ready. With this in


  • Kingfisher Report for August 23 2022
    8/23/2022 2:30:00 PM - Amazing August!  QCL guests have enjoyed so much epic adventure up here this summer that it’s hard to see how it could get any better.  But these past weeks have delivered th


  • Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: August 19 2022
    8/19/2022 3:47:37 PM - OUTLOOK Another perfect-looking weekend of fishing weather is incoming! When we say perfect weather you might be looking out the window on Friday scratching your head. If the


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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. Vancouver Marina (1971) Ltd.


  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. Quayside Marina


  8. Spruce Harbour Marina


  9. Pacific Boulevard Marina


  10. Sewell's Marina Horseshoe Bay


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