Tofino Fishing in Clayoquot Sound
by Jay Mohl, Tofino
Vancouver Island's Pacific Rim region has a long history of fishing,
along with a bright future that holds much optimism through diversity
in the growing recreational industry.
For the small coastal community of Tofino, fishing has always been
a major attraction, with fish and seafood stocks creating the backbone
for their growth many years ago. These rich aquatic resources continue
to attract Sport Fishermen from all over the world, with this season
showing as much popularity as ever.
Angling in Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island this year
holds a lot of promise for great opportunities. With new diverse fisheries
developed, such as the rapid growth of Saltwater fly-fishing in the
area, some very unique freshwater fishing options and the increase
of bottom-fishing along our near shore banks, these only compliment
the existing terminal fisheries that have attracted many over the years.
With all angling options combined, along with the continued advancement
of accommodations, culinary services and other recreational opportunities,
Tofino and Clayoquot Sound continue to shine as one of British Columbia's
The small to medium sized river systems in the area hold stable runs
of native steelhead averaging 6-12 lbs. This season has seen a good
return as usual with very little fishing pressure on these remote river
systems. Peaking in late March through May, these spring-run Steelhead
will readily take flies, spoons and terminal gear.
Expect excellent action for Chinook Salmon and Halibut among the
baitfish rich banks offshore from Tofino. Fishing at Tofino's Portland
or Raphael pts. in 140-160 ft. of water, will continue to produce Chinook
Salmon over 30 lbs., and Halibut averaging 20-60 lbs. Anticipated to
be significantly better than last season, this combination fishery
continues to provide great action through late September.
Jay Mohl operates Clayoquot Ventures in Tofino, a sportsfishing guide
company. Visit his website at www.clayoquotventures.com
Tofino sportsfishing guide Jay Mohl writes about Tofino fishing in Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island for chinook, salmon and halibut.