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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. Sockeye Salmon

  2. Sockeye Salmon

    There is a 23.1% catch rate for Sockeye Salmon, based on 450 Sockeye Salmon counted.

    Vancouver Sockeye Salmon Counts Chart


  3. Flathead Sole

  4. Flathead Sole

    There is a 13.45% catch rate for Flathead Sole, based on 262 Flathead Sole counted.

    Vancouver Flathead Sole Counts Chart


  5. Rex Sole

  6. Rex Sole

    There is a 12.68% catch rate for Rex Sole, based on 247 Rex Sole counted.

    Vancouver Rex Sole Counts Chart


  7. Rainbow Trout

  8. Rainbow Trout

    There is a 11.14% catch rate for Rainbow Trout, based on 217 Rainbow Trout counted.

    Vancouver Rainbow Trout Counts Chart


  9. Alaska Pollock

  10. Alaska Pollock

    There is a 9.8% catch rate for Alaska Pollock, based on 191 Alaska Pollock counted.

    Vancouver Alaska Pollock Counts Chart


  11. Coho Salmon

  12. Coho Salmon

    There is a 7.7% catch rate for Coho Salmon, based on 150 Coho Salmon counted.

    Vancouver Coho Salmon Counts Chart


  13. Pacific Herring

  14. Pacific Herring

    There is a 6.52% catch rate for Pacific Herring, based on 127 Pacific Herring counted.

    Vancouver Pacific Herring Counts Chart


  15. Chinook Salmon

  16. Chinook Salmon

    There is a 3.75% catch rate for Chinook Salmon, based on 73 Chinook Salmon counted.

    Vancouver Chinook Salmon Counts Chart


  17. Arrowtooth Flounder

  18. Arrowtooth Flounder

    There is a 3.18% catch rate for Arrowtooth Flounder, based on 62 Arrowtooth Flounder counted.

    Vancouver Arrowtooth Flounder Counts Chart


  19. Pacific Cod

  20. Pacific Cod

    There is a 1.49% catch rate for Pacific Cod, based on 29 Pacific Cod counted.

    Vancouver Pacific Cod Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 33 species of fish and 1948 fish counted for June around Vancouver.

To date, there are 45 species of fish and a total of 767566 fish counted for Vancouver and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1859 (164 years).

Last Update: 6/5/2023 7:28:41 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.

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Top Vancouver Fishing Spots

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

  8. HMCS Saskatchewan


  10. HMCS Cape Breton

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Latest Vancouver Fishing Reports

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  • Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: June 2 2023
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  • Kingfisher Report | May 31 2023
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  • Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: May 26 2023
    OUTLOOK  We have a mixed bag of weather coming this weekend but with seasonal temperatures some sun and clouds it should be a good weekend to get out fishing.  This week we h

  • The Day We’ve All Been Waiting For….
    We’ve had the whole QCL ‘23 team onsite for the past week and this place is buzzing. They’re in full reunion mode settling in catching up and meeting new friends. A solid tra

  • Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: May 19 2023
    OUTLOOK  Happy long weekend everyone! Looks like we’re in for another warm one which is going to make for a beautiful weekend to be out on the water. While the heat may have

  • Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: May 12 2023
    OUTLOOK  We have a beautiful weekend incoming! With temperatures well above the seasonal average and sun throughout the entire weekend it should be a great time to go fishing

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  • Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: May 5 2023
    OUTLOOK  Freshet has kicked in. We saw a big rise on all of our Lower Mainland rivers and we have also seen some flooding and road advisories in the Interior around Cache Cre

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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. 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
    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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