Tofino Fishing Report 2002
by Jay Mohl, Tofino
As another amazing fishing season starts to wind down for Chinook in
the Tofino and Clayoquot Sound area, many anglers consider this the
prime time for most other species of Saltwater gamefish.
The reliable weather conditions in Tofino during September make most
types of fishing in the area not only accessible, but very productive
well. Tofino's offshore waters are
still very productive for various bottomfish, with Ling Cod and Halibut preferring
large Jigs like the 7oz Gibbs Minnow, or Mudrakers bounced along the bottom.
With Coho Salmon returning to local waters in amazing numbers near
shore, light tackle fishery undoubtedly offers some of the finest fishing
action on the
Consider trolling with a mini flasher and a small spoon like the
Gibbs Gypsy or small Super Diamond, as well as needlefish hoochies
in shades of green.
A fantastic light tackle fishery for Coho is with a live needlefish hooked
the nose with a #2 Gamakatsu and a slip weight. The action intensifies
when multiple rods hook up with feisty Coho Salmon 15-20 ft under the
This time of the year is the Saltwater Fly fishermen's dream come true,
with large, aggressive Salmon hitting most flies with a vengeance. Cast flies
like the Chartruese Clayoquot Clouser or trolled Pink/Orange Buck tails will
entice the true feeding characteristics of these great sport fish. Try Kutcous
Pt., Chetarpe, or B.S. Pass with flooding tide the best.
Tofino's fresh water opportunities are now coming into prime time,
with local lakes and streams offering great action on Rainbow and Cutthroat
Trout, and some great catch and release action on different Salmon
species. Flies or
spinners are the fall favorite, all rigged with a single barbless hook.
For some absolutely phenomenal late season fishing, consider Tofino's
various options for a weekend getaway.
Jay Mohl operates Clayoquot Ventures in Tofino, a sportsfishing guide
company. Visit his website at www.clayoquotventures.com