Salmon Fishing Vancouver

The "HighFive" fishing the South end of Bowen Island



August 12 Salmon Fishing Report

Sockeye, Sockeye, Sockeye ... we have had some crazy mornings over the past few days with 10 to 30 fish on the hook and limits or close to limits back at the dock. Anywhere from North Arm to South Arm is working. Depths are 40 to 70 feet. If the Killer Whales stay away this fishery will continue for weeks. We have also had a few Chinook hit our gear but haven't converted any so far. We have a few morning slots available so if you are intertested call soon!

John, Evan and Robert

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver

Salmon Fishing Vancouver

August 1 Salmon Fishing Report

We have been out every day over the past week with decent results on most days. The Coho fishery has been a bit of a struggle and if you put your time in you will catch fish. Some days we play 6 to 8 and other days 3 or 4 but they are there. Over the past few days we have seen a good amount of Fraser River Chinook roll into the West Van side of the Bay from the mouth to Atkinson. The JohnB and HighFive have both brought back fish to 25 pounds. This fishery should get better and will move to the other side of the Bay in a few days as the fish move to the River mouth.

Sockeye Salmon Season is NOW open with 4 fish per day per angler. Over the next week will see large schools hit our local waters and this fisery will be on. Based on FOC numbers this year will be the largest run year in 100 years! We are fairly full but do have some prime openings so call soon if y ou want the best times.

Give us a call for up to date reports and pricing...

John, Evan and Robert

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver


July 19 Salmon Fishing Report - The COHO have arrived!!!

We have had our boats out daily for the past week and we have been fishing the West Vancouver shoreline. Most days the Coho are very active with 6 to 10 on the hook. Wednesday and Thursday was a bit slower but rebounded in a big way yesterday with both boats into double digit hookups. There are also a few Chinook mixed in and the HighFive and JohnB played Chinook yesterday. White plastic, Apex and bait has been working very well. Depths are 15 to 40 feet anywhere along the West Van shoreline. Remember to troll a bit faster for Coho - 3 knots is not too fast!

The Hole area has produced nice Chinook to 37 pounds but you have to put in your time. Howe Sound depths are 65 to 110 feet with bait and spoons and plastic working.

Give us a call for up to date reports and pricing...

John, Evan and Robert

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver




July 10 Salmon Fishing Report - COHO Time !!!

Over the past few days we have been working the West Van shoreline and Howe Sound. Today the West Vancouver shoreline exploded with Coho and the JohnB went 5 for 9 for the day. The Westerly winds kept everyone bouncing around so if you are hearty get out there try your luck. Spoons and white plastic was working today and depths were 35 to 60 feet from Fisheries to Navvy Jack Point. The Hole has produced nice Chinook to 25 pounds. You have to put in your time as these fish are few and far between but great to catch. Howe Sound depths are 65 to 110 feet with bait and spoons working.

Give us a call for up to date reports and pricing...

John, Evan and Robert

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver





July 1 Salmon Fishing Report - Happy Canada Day !!

We are starting to see some signs of life in our local fishery. The West Vancouver shoreline has produced a few coho this week and this fishery should get going in a big way in the next 7 days. Howe Sound has been the best producer for us over the past week with Springs to 19 pounds coming back to our dock. This is spotty fishery right now but just like the coho fishery it will turn on real soon. The West side of Bowen was great on Sunday with the Highfive hitting 8 fish but the conversion rate wasn't the best - oh well. Thrasher is still coughing up a few fish but this fishery is almost done for the year. It's still a nice day if you can get over there and the water is nice.

Give us a call for up to date reports and pricing...

John, Evan and Robert

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver





June 11 Salmon Fishing Report

It has been a tough go for a couple of reasons over the past 10 days. The winds in the Strait have kept most of us off the water or on the Vancouver side as the water has been to rough to cross to Gabriola Island. Gabriola is still the place to go if you want to catch fish on a regular basis. The local fishery has perked up a bit over the past 4 or 5 days with some Fraser River Red Chinook showing up off the Bell Buoy, QA and towards Cowen Point on Bowen Island. The JohnB and Highfive managed hi teens P-Heads last Saturday while off Bowen while anoter charter boat landed a couple nice fish yesterday of the Bell. The local fishery is still slow but we are hoping for decent amounts of fish to show up in the next week as the West Vancouver Coho fishery gets going.

Crabbing has been great in the Harbour but this will come to a halt the end of this week as the commercial crabbing season opens the legal crab are fished out in a hurry.

Hope to see you on the water soon ...

John, Evan and Robert

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver




May 26 Chinook Salmon Fishing Report

Over this past weekend we have had a change in our local fishery. Friday, Saturday and Sunday was very slow off Bowen Island and the Hump area. The Fraser River out flow is very strong so possibly these fish have moved West but no reports as of yet. We did manage fish in Tunstall Bay and Seymour Bay but not the numbers we were hoping for. We are out a few times this week and will see if they recover or if the offshore feeder Chinook fishery is done for the year.

As it has been for the past month the place to be is the Eastern side of Gabriola Island or Thrasher Rock area. The Chinook or King fishing has been good to excellent with most days seeing 4 to 10 fish on the hook. There has been a few slower days mixed in but generally it has been very good. This is a weather dependant fishery and requires at least an 8 hour charter to travel the 22 miles each way. If you really want to catch fish this is the place to go. Give us a call if you are interested.

Hope to see you on the water soon ...

John, Evan and Robert

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver



May 20 Chinook Salmon Fishing Report

For the past few weeks we have been working mostly on the South end of Bowen Island or the "Hump" area with some good success. On average we have been into 2 to 5 Chinook per trip and most days we land a couple in the low to mid teens. Some days we do struggle for fish but if you put in your time you will see fish. Our best depths have been 80 to 120 feet on either Hootchies or Anchovy. We have had our fair share of double headers as these fish tend to travel in packs. Seals have been a bit of an issue as we have lost a couple in the past week.

Last Friday we fished Tunstall Bay due to heavy SE winds and seas with very good results, We went 2 for 5 on Chinook and there were about 10 fish landed amongst 6 boats working the Bay. Depths in Tunstall were 90 to bottom with Anchovy and spoons working well.

The place to be if you can afford the time and extra money is the Eastern side of Gabriola Island or Thrasher Rock area. The Chinook or King fishing has been good to excellent with most days seeing 4 to 10 fish on the hook. There has been a few slower days mixed in but generally it has been very good. This is a weather dependant fishery and requires at least an 8 hour charter to travel the 22 miles each way. Give us a call if you are interested.

Hope to see you on the water soon ...

John, Evan and Robert

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver



April 19 South Bowen Island Salmon Fishing Report

We managed to get out for the afternoon yesterday as the wind and water settled for a few hours. We fished the South hump area in 500 feet of water with good success. Boated our first Chinook within 20 minutes in the 9 pound range. 45 minutes later we had a 13 pounder on and in the boat. We released one just a cm undersize as well. No P-Cod at all yesterday but the plankton bloom is very well defined which is a good thing for this fishery. Check your gear every 20 mins or so as the "snot" on your line will fill your eyelets and could cause you to lose fish. We fished fairly shallow yesterday with all the fish coming at 80 feet on Anchovy and Spackleback hootchie with flasher. Counted over 30 boats at one point but didn't really here much chatter on the radio re fish counts. Crabbing was not so good with 8 in the trap but all female. Oh well next time.

So for now get out there and make things happen. See you on the water

John, Evan and Robert

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver




April 12 Chinook Fishing Report

Welcome to another year of Salmon Fishing in Vancouver BC Canada. Our Spring season is starting to kickoff on schedule with increasing action off shore South of Bowen Island. This area normally takes off mid April and peaks mid May. Yesterday we were out 3 miles South of the Slash and played one decent fish that was lost and released 2 in the 60 cm range. Lots of PCod yesterday so checking your gear every 30 minutes is a must to keep your gear clean. Lots of wild life yesterday with Porpoises, harbour seals and even a group of larger Stellar Sea Lions checking us out. The water was great and it was an encouraging start to the 2014 Bowen Chinook season. Our gear depths were in the 100 foot range with Anchovy taking the decent fish and spoons taking the others.

We have not fished West Howe Sound yet this year but there have been some good reports but as of this week things are spotty. A few more weeks and there will be good opportunities everywhere.

Gabriola has been fished a number of times by locals and a few Vancouver based boats with mixed success. This fishery will get going in the next 2 weeks or so. This is a great fishery for those who want a full day on the water and a bit of an adventure. Check out our Thrasher Rock section for details on this full day trip.

Sockeye Salmon Outlook is for a VERY strong year with the run size estimated between 7 million and 35 million fish returning to the Fraser River in mid August. 4 years ago (4 year cycle) we had an awesome fishery that lasted about 4 weeks with limits on most trips. Stay tuned for more info on this fishery as we get closer to that late July time frame.

So for now get out there and make things happen. See you on the water

John, Evan and Robert

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver




December 1 Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report

Our 2013 Salmon fishing season has now ended and all in all it was a good to very good season. We saw some decent Spring fishing offshore followed by a great Thrasher Rock fishery and then followed by a great Coho fishery close to our dock. The Pink Salmon arrived just in time as the Chinook fishing slowed and this allowed most guests to play fish whether they were taking fish or not. Our Fall Capilano fishery had some good days and some slow days but this fishery seems to be like this most years. We are now waiting for January when the bait stacks up in the harbour and brings in some Winter Chinook of decent size.

So for now we enjoying some time off with some of us already with sun tans !! See you next year.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver

October 9 Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report

It appears that our local Capilano River mouth fishery is over for the year. It was short and we had some great days but for the past 10 days after the down pours what fish were there have migrated into the River system. I wouldn't be surprised if there was another push of fish coming in but they would have to arrive in the next week as historically this fishery is done mid October. The North Arm of the Fraser has produced some decent Coho and the odd Chum Salmon but it's hit and miss. There have been some very good reports of decent catch rates at the South Arm of the Fraser for Coho, Chinook and Chum salmon. If the water is good this is a good bet for fish this time of year. Chum will be the dominant fish in that area thru mid November.

If you are game, dress warm and dry and get out there ....

Good luck.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver

September 27 Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report

The Capilano River mouth fishery is now in full swing. We have had some very good days with 4 to 6 Springs on the hook per trip. We have also seen some really nice sized Coho Salmon. For the past 10 days the fishing has been very consistent but for over the past 3 days it has tailed off. We are expecting lots of rain this weekend so whatever fish are here right now may move into the River system. This will happen off and on for the next 3 weeks until this fishery is over. The biggest fish of the week was 20 pounds but the average has been smaller - 15 pounds or so. As usual the incoming to high slack tide is the only time to fish this area. Within an hour of the high slack this area turns off. Weather looks wet and windy for a couple of days so put the rain gear on and get out there.

We have Sunday open this weekend and a few days next week. So let's go fishing!!

Good luck out there.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver

September 15 Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report

For the past week we have been targeting Chinook and Coho salmon at the mouth of the Capilano River, 10 minutes from our dock. This fishery has started a bit earlier than in past years with decent catch reports so far. The incoming to high slack tide is the only tide to fish this area. We have had fish to 25 pounds this week with a few days with 3 or 4 on the hook. The Pink salmon have moved into the river systems so the catch rate is on the decline for Pinks. Coho have actually increased which is nice to see. Weekends are VERY busy during this fishery so for best catch results book mid week. This week we have high slack tides in the afternoon so 1 pm to 130 pm start times are suggested. The week of the 23 we start to fish mornings again. We have space all week but the weather looks damp and wet so dress for the weather and lets go fishing!!

Good luck out there.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver

August 29 Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report

For the past couple of weeks we have put most of our efforts into the Pink and Chinook Salmon fishery at the North Arm down to the South Arm of the Fraser. The Point Grey Bell area has produced some decent Chinook to 25 pounds but you have to put in your time and run a pattern for best results. For the past week or so the Pink Salmon have moved South a bit so the Bell action has slowed quite a bit. Most of our action has been between the North Arm jetty to Iona. Most days sees us play 10 to 25 Pink salmon with the odd Chinook and Sockeye salmon thrown in. Tons of fun if action is your goal.

On Thursday DFO increased the run size of Pink Salmon to about 14 million fish up from 10 million. Test fisheries have gone from an average of 3000 fish per set to close to 20000 this week. We should see a huge increase in Pink salmon this weekend. The daily limit is 4 per person and we are not having much trouble doing just that.

Good luck out there.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver

August 16 Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report

It's been a couple of weeks since our last report and we have been slammed with charters daily. The fishing has been great for the most part with a couple of slow days mixed in. The first week of August saw us fishing Pink salmon on the West Vancouver shoreline with huge numbers on the hook per trip. These fish were bound for the Indian River and moved thru the area now. There are still some Coho and Pinks on the WV shoreline but for the most part it is slow there now.

Since last Friday we have put all of our efforts into the North Arm of the Fraser River fishery for Chinook salmon to 30 pounds. Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday were great with 2 to 4 big fish on the hook per trip then Sunday night the Whales came thru in big numbers and dispersed the fish. Monday and Tuesday was dead with the odd hookup and then the fish rebuilt on Wednesday. Yesterday was a great day for the HighFive as they had 8 Chinook on the hook for the day. The conversion rate was not the best but it's way better to have played and lost than to never have played at all!

The T10 area is also producing very well but there are lots of dog fish around that area so take lots of bait. With SE winds for the next few days the Bell area is the best bet for a nice fish!

The North Arm of the Fraser run is only 20 minutes so lots of fishing time for your 5 hour charter. If you want to go further like the T10 or South of there we can discuss those options with you.

Always call for the BEST price on our trips. Good luck out there.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver

August 1 Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report

For the past 2 weeks we have been slamming the Coho and Pink salmon on the West Vancouver Shoreline. Waves of Pinks showed up last weekend and kept everyone reel busy with 20 to 50 fish on the hook over the weekend. Monday saw things slow a bit as the schools moved East towards the Rivers thru the Harbour but we still managed 6 to 10 fish per boat back to the dock. The Coho were invisible for a few days but the last 2 days there has been more signs of another wave of fish arriving. The hot, dry weather has been great for us as the Rivers are low and fish are pooling giving us the best chances to attack them.

Howe Sound Pinks have also arrived in a huge way with Porteau to Fury Creek being the target areas there. They are taken on the troll or at anchor jigging with Gibbs lures. There is also the odd big fish around so get ready!!

The Point Grey area will light up over the next few days with waves of Fraser River bound Chinook salmon. Each year within the first week we see these fish. Watch out for commercial traps out there as the current can bury the floats.

We are fishing 15 to 20 minutes from the dock so tons of fishing time for your 5 hour price. Give us a call for prime times and great rates!

Always call for the BEST price on our trips. Good luck out there.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver

July 18 Vancouver Area Silver Salmon Fishing Report

Well after a few slower days of Coho fishing over the weekend and into the early part of this week the Coho have arrived again in big numbers. Yesterday was the best day in 5 or 6 days with double digit Coho on the hook. Today was even better with the Highfive hitting around 15 Coho and the JohnB hit close to 10 fish. The schools were anywhere from the mouth down to Fisheries with white plastic being the best for us. There were also a few Springs hit yesterday but didn't hear of any this morning.

Now is the time to go while this hot, dry weather pattern is here. The Cap river is low allowing the fish to school up and down the West Van shoreline. We are fishing 15 minutes from the dock so tons of fishing time for your 5 hour price. Give us a call for prime times and great rates!

Always call for the BEST price on our trips. Good luck out there.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver

July 13 Vancouver Area Silver Salmon Fishing Report

This past week has been awesome for Coho fishing on the West Van shoreline. We have had double digit fish on the hook most days all week. Yesterday was the slowest day of the week but was still great with limits all around. The morning has been better but the PM has also produced a good number of fish. The fish average about 5 pounds with the odd 3 and 8 pounder thrown in. We are fishing 15 minutes from the dock so tons of fishing time for your 5 hour price. Give us a call for prime times and great rates!

Howe Sound is producing some great fish but with the Coho fishery being what it is its tough to break away from it. There are fish to 30 pounds coming out of the "Hole" right now but you have to put in your time for these fish. The Pink salmon are starting to show in the Sound as well. It can be tons of fun fishing these fish as there are lots of them.

Always call for the BEST price on our trips. Good luck out there.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver

July 7 Vancouver Area Silver Salmon Fishing Report

For the past week we have been working hard on the West Vancouver shoreline with some good success. After a slow weekend we have seen an increase of Coho and the odd Chinook this week. The mornings have been better than the afternoons and you have to cover a lot of water to find the fish. Plastic baits and spoons have worked better than bait and run short leaders for best results. This fishery is a bit late and the rain last week has slowed the start of the fishery. The Capilano River is dropping daily and this should help us with the schooling of Coho at the River mouth. Over the next week with all the dry weather this fishery should be great. Give us a call for prime times!

Howe Sound has produced some nice sized Chinook and our largest being about 23 pounds makes the run worth it. You really have to put in your time in the Sound and work the shoreline hard for your chance at a large fish. This fishery peaks mid July so we are hoping for larger numbers of Squamish River Chinook this week.

Commercial crab season is now open so thats the end of the traps for us. Watch out for submerged traps while Salmon fishing in the harbour.

Always call for the BEST price on our trips. Good luck out there.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver


June 18 Vancouver Area Salmon Fishing Report

The Gulf Islands has been THE PLACE TO BE if you want to see fish over the past 4 weeks. Thrasher to Entrance and Five Fingers is producing Chinook to 30 pounds. Over the past week we have been there daily with good to great success. There have been a couple days where you have to work for your fish but over the day the box does fill up. In the past 2 days it has been very slow in comparison to what it has been. This fishery does slow down the end of June so we could be seeing it start now. We still have Gulf Island trips going this week and weekend so we will have a very good read on the fishery. We do require a full day to travel to the Gulf Islands and we take a max of 5 persons. This is a weather dependant fishery as the open water can be an issue from time to time. Depths have been 100 to 160 feet with Green/White and Kitchen Sink spoons working the best. Spackle Back Hootchie is a close second and bait is a distant third. We haven't hooked any Halibut but there have been close to 10 landed in the past couple of weeks trolling for Salmon! This is great to see as in the future it could be another option for anglers.

We ventured to the West side of Bowen the other day and managed a 22 pound White Chinook and lost another. These fish are Squamish River bound Chinook and this area over the next 2 weeks should be great. Yesterday we fished Hole in the Wall and towards the end of the 5 hour trip we played 3 Chinook and boxed a 17 pound White. Areas to try in Howe Sound are Tunstall Bay to Hutt Island, Lions Bay to Hole in the wall. In the next 2 weeks these fish should migrate futher up the Sound so other areas to try include Porteau and Defence areas. Spoons and Bait have been best for us over the years and depths are 70 to 120 feet. The Howe Sound fishery can be good but you have to be patient and put in your time for these fish.

Commercial crab season is now open so thats the end of the traps for us. Watch out for submerged traps while Salmon fishing in the harbour.

Always call for the BEST price on our trips. Good luck out there.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver



May 28 Vancouver Area Salmon Fishing Report

The South Bowen or Hump fishery seems to be over for this year. Over the weekend there was the odd fish caught but it was tough to produce. This is quite typical for this fishery as it ends the last week of May every year. There have been some decent reports of White Chinook being caught up the Sound and over the next couple of weeks we should see more and more of these fish move towards the Squamish River area. The West side of Bowen is a good bet the end of May and early June as is Hutt and Grace Islands.

The Gulf Islands is THE PLACE TO BE if you want to see fish. Thrasher to Entrance and Five Fingers is producing Chinook to 20 pounds or so. If you pick the right day you should see 6 to 10 on the hook. We are encouraging everyone who want to try this fishery to book now as prime days are booking up. We do require a full day to travel to the Gulf Islands and we take a max of 4 persons. This is a weather dependant fishery as the open water can be an issue from time to time. Depths have been 100 to 160 feet with spoons and plastic working better than bait.

Crabbing as usual is very good in the Harbour and will only get better in the next 2 weeks prior to the commercial season opening. Chicken works great and try the Spanish Banks side of the Bay for best results.

Always call for the BEST price on your Gulf Island trip! Good luck out there.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver



May 17 Vancouver Area Salmon Fishing Report

We have spent most our time for the past 2 weeks fishing South Bowen Island area from the Eastern edge to the Western edge of the Hump. Fishing and has been good to very good with a few slower days mixed in. We have been averaging 2 to 4 fish on per trip and landing about half. The largest so far for us has been 19 pounds caught by a group from Regina. We have been quite lucky with the water over the past week as it has been flat or less than a foot chop. We have been running bait and spoons with bait working better. Our hot depth has been 120' using Anchovy. Direction seems to be the ticket as most fish are caught going with the tide.

We still haven't made it to the Gabriola side of the Strait yet but this area has been very good but has slowed down over the past couple of days. You are going to have that in any fishery so you just have to put in your time and you will produce. Had an associate fish a few miles off of Thrasher on Wednesday and it was slow to start then by 11 am they had 4 on board and were on the way home. Typical for Thrasher. Biggest we have heard of is 36 pounds caught on the North Gabriola area. Great fish that's for sure!

Crabbing as usual is very good in the Harbour but it depends where you drop. Chicken works great and try the Spanish Banks side of the Bay for best results.

Always call for the BEST price! Good luck out there.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver


May 6 Vancouver Area Salmon Fishing Report

The winds and the water settled quite a bit on Sunday allowing lots of boaters to get out of Bowen Island to the Hump area. We had both of our boats out and both did well. The JohnB had a repeat group of local guys and they managed an 18.5 and a 9 pound Chinook. They played 2 others so a solid outing for the JohnB. Bait of choice for the JohnB and 120 feet was the magic depth. John worked the south side of the Hump area all morning.

The Highfive had an angler from London on his second trip fishing in our area in the past 5 years. We started off with a fish right away at 85 on a splatterback green hootchie but the fish won that battle. Right on the tide we boated our first Chinook at 120' on Chovy that was about 10 pounds. 20 minutes later we hit our 3rd fish and boated a scrappy 15 pounder. Within 5 minutes of that fish we had another on at 120 on bait but we lost it - oh well. The start of the flood provided some action for boats that were 4 or 5 miles South of Bowen in 650 feet of water as we saw a number of fish being played. The water was great and the sun was warm.

We haven't fished the Gabriola side of the Strait yet but the last 4 or 5 days this fishery has really taken off. There are reports of a number of boats playing 6 or 8 nice Chinook per outing. There was one boat that landed a 32 pounder which is a great fish for this fishery. The Gabriola fishery normally lasts well into June so if you have the time give it a try. We offer daily trips to this area water permitting.

Crabbing is very good in the Harbour but it depends where you drop - and if your trap lands right side up !!!!. Chicken works great and try the Spanish Banks side of the Bay for best results.

Always call for the BEST price! Good luck out there.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver


April 25 Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report

Well right on time the South Bowen fishery has arrived. Over the past 10 days this fishery has taken off with Chinook to 20 pounds and a great report of the first TYEE of the year taken by an avid local fisherman. We run about 25 minutes from our downtown dock to an area called the "Hump" about 2 to 4 miles South of Bowen Island. The bulk of the fish have been just before and after a tide change so plan your trip accordingly. Depths have been 75 to 120 feet and bait seems to be out producing spoons and plastic so far. The weather can be an issue as this is an exposed area so if you plan your day with 2 to 3 foot seas try running into it and trolling with the waves - easier fish. Seals have been a minor problem so far with a few reports of attacks but not too bad.

No great reports from Gabriola yet but in the next 2 to 3 weeks this will be the place to be for rest of the Spring! Get a couple of buddies together and book and 8 hour trip for this fishery.

Crabbing is very good in the Harbour but it depends where you drop. Chicken works great and try the Spanish Banks side of the Bay for best results.

Always call for the BEST price! Good luck out there.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver


April 3 Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report

We finally have some decent news on the fishing front. After a slow start to the late Winter early Spring fishery things have picked up. The last couple of weeks there have been more Feeder Springs around and more legal fish have been taken. You still have to wade thru the many under sized fish to find a keeper but at least there is lots of action. We had a couple of seal attacks this past weekend and at least one fish was a good sized fish. Seals are part of the landscape so get used to it!

There are some great reports from the Howe Sound area. Chinook to 20 pounds over the past week with quite a few in the mid teens. Bit of a run for us but we can offer that trip.

No reports from Gabriola this week but in the next 3 or 4 weeks this will be the place to be for the Spring!

Crabbing as usual is good in the Harbour but it depends where you drop. Chicken works great and try the Spanish Banks side of the Bay for best results.

Always call for the BEST price! Good luck out there.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver


March 14 Vancouver Salmon Fishing Report

It's been quite awhile since our last report as there hasn't been much to report. Winter work projects are well under way with new electronics and downriggers installed and ready to go.

The Vancouver Harbour fishery is still slower than what we would like but there have been some signs of rebound in the past week or so. More legal fish are being taken in the regular areas like the West Van shoreline, QB area and in the Freighters. As usual spoons have worked better than plastic for us and over the next few weeks should start running Anchovy and Herring as our Spring fishery takes off.

Typically mid April sees a good number of "Feeder" fish move 4 to 5 miles off of Bowen Island. Depths for this fishery vary from 50 feet to 150 feet with bait and spoons working well. Look for the bait and you should find the Chinook.

Thrasher area should also start to really pickup over the next 4 weeks with late April to early May being excellent. The last 3 or 4 seasons this fishery has been the best bet for bringing fish home.

It would be nice to see the weather start to moderate so we could get out a bit more. We supply rain gear and both boats have covered areas to get out of any weather.

Crabbing is great in the Harbour and will only get better until late June. Chicken works great and try the Spanish Banks side of the Bay for best results.

We are offering our Winter special of $395.00 of Harbour fishing and crabbing until April 1. If you would like to go further or longer give us a call and we can arrange things.

Good luck out there.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver


January 1, 2013 Salmon Fishing Report

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE !!

This is our first report of 2013 and things have really picked up in the Vancouver Harbour and Howe Sound (as expected). While both of our boats have been idle due to Winter commitments, there have been reports from local fisherman who are seeing larger than average Winter Chinook so far. One great report from a local who picked up two beauties a couple of days ago and the biggest was 25 pounds! Almost unheard of this time of year - way to go "Wildthing". The typical Winter fish is in the 8 to 12 pound range and these are some of the best eating fish you can get. Spoons and plastic baits are the norm in the Winter and make sure your gear is very close to the bottom for best results. The QB to the Freighters is our normal stomping grounds and the West Van Shoreline close to high slack tide has also worked.

No reports of aggressive Seals yet but as this fishery gains some legs they will move in. They are part of the landscape so get used to it! Crabbing has picked up in the Harbour over the past couple of weeks. We have had a few nice keepers for a 3 hour soak - not bad.

The weather and the winds look very favourable over the next 3 or 4 days. Grab your sunglasses and a warm beverage (or cold) and get out there - good luck!

We should have boats back on the water late January and the Winter fishery should be in full swing. The heaters will be on as usual.

Good luck out there.

John, Evan, Robert and Greg

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver



September 20 Salmon Fishing Report

Big fish time in Vancouver!! Today was a great day on the water with lots of big fish being played on the West Van shoreline. Our biggest today was 27 pounds and there were a few pushing 30 pounds taken. Looks like the start of the run we have been waiting for has finally showed. These fish should be around for the next few weeks in varying numbers.

We have been using Anchovy and Herring with and without flasher. There are fish in the mid water areas (45 to 65 feet) and on the bottom (85 to 100 feet). Lots of boats to avoid when you get that big one on but that is a fact of life fishing this area this time of year. The morning bite has been better for us. Others may prefer the high slack tide and if both are in the morning all the better.

The weather has been awesome and they are calling for it to continue for the next week so get out and enjoy it.

Sold out for the weekend but we do have some prime spots available next week. Call for the best Fall rates !!

Good luck out there.

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver



September 10 Salmon Fishing Report

Well for the past few weeks we have really enjoyed our robust Coho Salmon fishery. It appears that it is finally winding down and is only producing the odd fish over the past week. It was a great fishery while it lasted.

We have been working the Vancouver Habour for the past few weeks with some very good results. Fish to 33 pounds have been taken but the average is in the high teens to low 20 pound range. Some days we are into 4 to 6 fish while other days are a struggle for a couple on the hook. The more boats and tackle in the water, the slower it has been so try to pick a weekday for best results! Bait has been the ticket for us using flasher and no flasher. The incoming to high tide on the West Vancouver shoreline is a good bet for Chinook and the odd Coho. This is now big Chinook time in the Vancouver waters and you can expect fish to 30 pounds plus on a regular basis from now on. Updates will come as the fish come !!

Still have some great times available so call for our best Fall rates !!

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver



August 18 Salmon Fishing Report

UPDATE ***

Large Chinnok Salmon are finally HERE !! ...... Call NOW for best times ....

For the past week we have worked hard on the West Vancouver shoreline with very good success. The bite seems to be a morning only bite that lasts 2 to 3 hours each morning. We have averaged 4 to 6 on the hook per morning with half or better in the boat. Quite a few in the 8 pound range make things interesting. For the past few days there have been good reports of Chinook at the North Arm of the Fraser area. We have only played a few as we have concentrated our efforts in West Vancouver. The afternoon to evening bite at the North Arm seems to work well but mid day is a struggle. Iona, T10 and down to the South Arm should start prodcuing any time soon. We are hopeful that enough Sockeye Salmon will show and that Fisheries opens us for a week or two. Time will tell with the Sockeye.

We have a few morning spaces available this weekend so give us a call and lets go fishing!

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver



August 2 Salmon Fishing Report

Over the past couple of days we have seen a real influx of fish hit the Harbour. A good amount of Chinook and Coho Salmon were caught on the West Van shoreline and mid Harbour. There were even a good number of Sockeye flopping around the West Van side yesterday. The Coho seem to be larger than last week with many in the 5 to 6 pound range landed. Depths have been 20 to 50 feet and increase your speed to 2.5 to 3 knots as they are aggressive feeders and competitive in nature. The "HighFive" landed a 20 pound Red Pea Head Chinook yesterday and lost another to a seal near Point Atkinson.

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver



July 27 Salmon Fishing Report

Our fishery over the past week has slowed down from what it was 2 weeks back. The heavy rains have caused most of the Coho to hit the rivers early thus having us working harder for fish on the hook, that being said the Coho fishery has perked up over the last day or two so things are looking up. The incoming to high slack has been better on the Western edge of the shoreline. Depths have been 20 to 50 feet and increase your speed to 2.5 to 3 knots as they are aggressive feeders and competitive in nature. The seals have moved into this area and had their fair share of fish yesterday.

Howe Sound has been the best producer this past week but it has been tough to hook fish. There are a few very agressive seals that will dog you the entire time so reel fast !! We fed them on at least 4 occasions this week. Our largest fish this past week was 31 pounds taken by a guest from Ireland on the HighFive near the tennis court. JohnB has had a few nice Chinook in the mid teens. Stay tuned !

Good luck and give us a call if you want to get out.

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver



July 14 Coho Salmon Fishing Report

Over the past week the West Vancouver Coho fishery has really taken off. We have been averaging 4 to 8 fish on the hook per trip and some days more. Conversion rates for these fish have been good with 75% of the fish being landed. The weather is great and the river levels have come way down keeping the fish in the Salt water longer and allowing us to hook more fish. We have seen a few 7 pounders but most are 4 to 6 pounds. We have been sealed a few times but at least the Coho break off easily. Mini and full size White Hootchies work great but so does bait and even Apex's. Depths have been 20 to 50 feet and increase your speed to 2.5 to 3 knots as they are aggreesive feeders and competitive in nature.

Howe Sound has produced a few nice fish and we have a few longer trips coming up so we might venture up the Sound to see.! The North Arm of the Fraser area saw a few real nice Chinook taken over the past few days. You have to hit it right to pay off. The end of July should see way more Chinook come into this area. Stay tuned !

Good luck and give us a call if you want to get out.

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver



June 26 Saltwater Fishing Report

The local fishery has taken a very positive turn over the past few days with the first sustained sign of Coho in our waters. The last few days we have fished the West Van shoreline from the Bridge to Atkinson with good success. On average the last 4 trips has seen 4 to 6 on the hook and about half that amount in the box. Up until now the Coho have been running right up the river so it was tough fishing. Hopefully the weather will start to improve and the water levels will drop thus allowing the Coho to pool up along the shoreline for us to target. We have seen a couple in the 6 pound range but most 4 - 5 pounds. Haven't heard of any Seal attacks yet but as in years past there is always a stealthy seal or 2 out there just waiting for a chance to take your fish so watch out! Anything in the mini to full size White works for these fish. Bait also took 2 fish yesterday so I always run at least one just in case. Depths were 20 to 40 feet and increase your speed as they are aggreesive feeders and competitive in nature. Watch out for crab floats as the commercial season is open now and these floats are tough to see.

Howe Sound has started to see an increase in Squamish River Chinook but not gang busters yet - Stay Tuned !

Gabriola Island has slowed down this past week but there are still nice to to be taken just put in your time. This fishery should start to wind down in the next week or so and the Vancouver side should start to get real good with Chinook and Coho salmon in our local waters.

As mentioned, the commercial crab boats are out so watch out for traps. You might have a few more days of decent crab action so get out there.

Good luck and give us a call if you want to get out.

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver



June 10 Saltwater Fishing Report

We only managed to get out twice this week with the terrible weather we have had. Didn't run across the Strait but did work the West side of Bowen again. Tunstall Bay was quite good with 3 decent fish on the hook yesterday for the "HighFive". The conversion rate wasn't so good but we had a great time none the less. JohnB worked the Harbour with poor results but we did get a report of some Coho starting to show up on the West Vancouver shoreline. That's great news as this is a great fishery. Have not heard any reports from Defense or Porteau Cove yet but over the next couple of weeks it will turn on. We worked bait and spoons in Tunstall and 80 feet was our number yesterday.

Gabriola Island has again been the place to be if you have time and extra funds. You still have to put in your time but there are nice fish to 30 pounds coming out of that area. We had our big boat there Friday and the they went 1 for 4 - not great but better than the Vancouver side. Depths were 90 to 150 feet with spoons hooking all the fish.

Crabbing is very good anywhere in the Harbour but I have heard that the commercial season opens about the 20th so it will come to a grinding halt in about 2 weeks for us.

Good luck and give us a call if you want to get out.

Biteson Salmon Charters Vancouver



June 2 Saltwater Fishing Report

The most consistent area we have been fishing for the past week has been the Gabriola Island or Thrasher Rock area. In the past few days we have been over there a couple of times with good (not fantastic) success. On one trip we managed 2 for 6 on the Thrasher side (not sure if it was customer error or guide error!) but the fish boated were 20 plus pound Chinook. The second trip was not as productive but we did have a shot at 3 fish until the water blew us back across to the Vancouver side and we managed 1 for 2 on the West side of Bowen - again about a 20 pound white meat Chinook. We have had success with bait, spoons and plastic as these are aggressive fish when the bite is on! If time permits this is the place to be for the next couple of weeks as these fish will continue to move South into this area before moving on the South end of Vancouver Island. Give us a call if you want more info on this trip.

We have not fished the "Hump area" for a week or more as the fish have dispersed to other areas of the Gulf. We have had some decent success in Howe Sound on the West side with fish to 20 pounds. Areas to try are Hutt, Tunstall and Grace. If you have time try further North of the Sound at Defense or Porteau Cove as the Squamish fish have started to move in. Bait and spoons have worked for us in the Sound and depths have been every where from 30 feet to 150 feet.

Over the next 2 weeks we should start to see some Capilano Coho show up on the West Vancouver Shoreline. This is a fast and fun fishery when they are on. This area is only 15 minutes from our dock in mostly protected waters.

Crabbing has been excellent with the Jericho area of the Harbour working better than off of Stanley Park. Be mindful of your traps as there are even more reports of "rouge" thieves not only taking crab but taking traps. Try chicken and drop the traps in 45 to 70 feet of water. Limit is 4 per person per day.

Good luck, tight lines and get out there !



May 14 Saltwater Fishing Report

After a very good week of local Chinook fishing it has died off. The Hump area has really slowed over the past 4 days with the odd fish coming out of that area but you have to put in your time. We fished the harbour Saturday and was rewarded with one of our boats landing 6 fish in about 3 hours. They kept 4 between 9 and 15 pounds. Sunday saw a couple of us out fishing the Western edge of the Harbour with some success but much slower than the previous day. JohnB managed one nice Chinook and lost another. Monday was a very different day with only a couple of hits to show for 6 hours of hard fishing. The wind forecast has come up again for most of this week so we won't be out in the PM until it settles. Friday looks better. Depths in the Harbour have been 50' to 70' feet with Cop Cars doing the bulk of the damage.

Crabbing has been very good with the Jericho area of the Harbour working better than off of Stanley Park although that will change in the next couple of weeks. Be mindful of your traps as there are reports of "rouge" thieves not only taking crab but taking traps.

If you are more adventurous try our Thrasher Rock trip as this area has been good for the past week. It has slowed but this area turns on and on over a 6 week period every Spring. This is an weather dependant 8 hour or 10 hour trip so book early as the boats book up fast when this fishery is happening! Fish anywhere from 60' to 200' and as in years past the spackle back hootchie has worked great. We also use Anchovies so change it up when times are slow.

Good luck, tight lines and get out there !

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