Fishing on the Gulf Islands
The Gulf Islands consist of over a dozen islands in the Strait of Georgia, off the coast of British Columbia’s mainland. The landscape is characterized by dramatic coastlines, beautiful beaches, and a diversity of plants and animals.
As for fishing, the Southern Gulf Islands offer some great salmon fishing year round. May and June are exceptional months for Chinook which are migrating to their home waters at this time. During the summer months and early fall you can catch all species of Salmon. Sockeye, Coho, Pinks, Chinook and Chum all pass through these waters as they migrate to their spawning grounds. The area is also very good for ground fish such as Ling cod and rock fish.
You will need a fishing license to go fishing. You can purchase your non-tidal/freshwater ﬁshing license online through the government of B.C.’s website. In addition, you have to get a special stamp or an additional permit to fish for salmon legally. This is important not only to the continued general health of the aquatic ecosystem, but also for stocking and conservation programs. For all fishing regulations please click here. Of course, you will also need basic fishing tools such as a fishing rod, reel, bait, hook, bobber, and rig!
Tips for Salmon Fishing
Fishing sometimes depends on luck. Still, there are some tips to fish salmon effectively.
Sharpen your hooks
Salmon have a very thick jawline so make sure that hook is razor sharp to increase your chances of a catch.
Choose the best bait for salmon
The most successful type of live bait for salmon fishing is to use roe (eggs). You can also use Flashtrap spinners, which is an artificial lure very effective to fish salmon.
Use a flashy item
Make sure your bait has something flashy attached to it to attract the fish. Salmon prefer low lighting conditions, so something that flashes will attract them in deeper, darker waters.
Use a red line
Certain colors disappear completely at deeper depths and the very first color that disappears is red. Your bait will appear more life-like if you use red line.
Fish in the clouds
Since salmon do prefer low lighting, overcast days are the perfect days to fish. If it is not overcast, dawn and dusk are optimal times, too. Try to avoid bright, sunny days, as the visibility of the salmon will be greater.
As long as you know these tips, you can have fun fishing on the Gulf Islands. Haven’t booked your accommodation yet? Take a look at our Gulf Islands vacation homes and have a wonderful visit with us!
Written by Natsumi Matsumoto