beautiful fishing village of Tofino
located at the southern border of Clayoquot Sound (approximately
a 3 hour drive from Nanaimo)
is a mecca for west coast tourists. Abundant sea life such as whales,
sea lions and seals draw nature lovers and photographers from all
over the world (See
Wildlife Viewing). Other recreational activities include golf,
sea-kayaking, and beachcombing
along the white sands of Long Beach in Pacific
Rim Park. Clayoquot also offers great sport fishing for both
small and large boat anglers. Unlike Barkley Sound where much of
the fishing is done in open offshore water, Clayoquot offers large
areas of protected water that is suitable for smaller open boats.
While feeder springs are available in the inshore waters during
winter the main run of migratory Chinook salmon up to25 lbs. will
start appearing in small numbers offshore in early April. By late
May fishing is starting to get good and by July, large Chinook up
to 50 lbs. are being reported in the protected inshore waters. Chinook
fishing will peak in August. Small Bluebacks show offshore in May
and by early June, Coho in the 10 lb. range are reported inshore.
Large Northern Coho are found in the area during September, peaking
by mid-October. Offshore Halibut is best during May and June. Rockfish
and Lingcod are plentiful in the inshore water.
accessible by driving due west from Campbell
River, the fine fishing grounds of the Nootka Sound area have
brought smiles to the faces of countless sport fishermen. Resorts,
lodges and guides are numerous in the area as well as lodging and
services found in the nearby villages of Gold
Chinook up to 15 lbs. are available offshore during the winter months.
Large migratory Chinook up to 40 lbs. start showing offshore in
June and move inside in early July. The run will peak in August.
Coho action starts in early summer and will peak in fall. September
and October are the best Coho months. Nootka Sound is also an excellent
producer of Rockfish, Lingcod and Halibut.
West Coast beauty, where albatross glide inches above the ocean
swells and sea otters anchored in kelp float lazily on their backs
eating sea urchins. This is Kyuquot Sound, a spectacular natural
setting, and home to some of Vancouver
Island's best Chinook fishing. Along with Quatsino Sound to
the north, Kyuquot is situated perfectly to intercept migratory
Chinook runs heading south for Nootka Sound, Clayoquot Sound, Barkley
Sound, as well as the Fraser River and many more southerly U.S.
home rivers. The best Chinook fishing is during the months of June,
July, and August. While late August marks the end of good Chinook
fishing, large Coho action is just starting to heat up and can be
often taken on the fly. Most fishing in Kyuquot Sound is done near
shore, however don't be fooled in thinking this is small boat country.
This is an area of large swells, rocks, and kelp beds and it is
strongly advised to either hire a guide or travel with someone who
has fished and knows the area well. Kyuquot is a west coast fishing
gem. There are a couple of fishing resorts situated in the area,
as well as the small village of Kyuquot. You will definitely not
be fishing in a crowd as you might in the more easily accessible
southern west coast areas. In fact you will probably see more sea-kayakers
than fishermen. But hey! that's what it's all about - fantastic
scenery, abundant wildlife and great fishing! (See
Game Fish of BC)
Information & Services
Clayoquot Ventures Guide Service: Tofino BC’s most recommended Full Service Fishing Outfitter. Consistent action for Chinook & Halibut. Fantastic opportunities for light tackle & flyfishing for Coho. Pristine lakes & rivers for Steelhead, Cutthroat, and Rainbows. Lodging options. Fly and T... more
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort: Discriminating travelers will find a world-renowned ultra-luxurious eco-resort, 4 star accommodations, coastal cuisine, adventure, and a lush & breathtakingly wilderness frontier. Our golden triangle of adventure begins and ends in Tofino on Vancouver Island. more
Reel Obsession Sportfishing: Reel fishing stories begin with Reel Obsession Sportfishing, with fully guided salmon and halibut sport-fishing charters around Zeballos, Nootka Sound, Esperanza and Victoria. Let Reel Obsession customize a world-class fishing experience to suit your needs. more
The Lodge Tahsis Harbour: We’ll see you at our full service lodge located in Tahsis at the head of the fjord-like Tahsis Inlet. This is home to world-famous saltwater fishing, beauty, history, and great recreation opportunities. Visit and enjoy the great hospitality of our oceanfront l... more
Waters Edge Resort at Pacific Rim: Vacation on the west coast of Vancouver Island and you’ll feel like you’re on the edge of the world. Leave everything behind at Waters Edge Resort at Pacific Rim with our miles of sandy beaches, ancient coastal rainforests, and breathless spectacular panorama... more
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