Tofino Fishing Outlook 2004
by Jay Mohl
Whether it is due to the conservation regime that has been adhered
to by the Salmon fishers of the B.C. Coast, or just a natural "cycle" of
better Ocean Survival conditions, the Pacific Salmon stocks are rebuilding
more and more each year. Vancouver Island's Pacific Rim region
boasts some of the best opportunities in the Province, with the coastal
community of Tofino, and the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound offering
year-round sport fishing opportunities that continually attract visitors
from around the globe.
For the 2004 season, Vancouver Island's Pacific Rim region
continues this trend, with a great outlook for both fish stocks and
their related angling opportunities.
For the early season enthusiasts, expect excellent action for Chinook
Salmon and Halibut among the baitfish rich banks offshore from Tofino.
The mixed stocks of "transient" Chinook Salmon are the
mainstay of the springtime fishery, with these feisty Springs often
challenging anglers to a mean fight in the 12-25 lb. class.
As the spring progresses into the month of June, the fishing for
Chinook Salmon continues to get better and the fish larger. This time
of the year is also the
return of the Coho Salmon, arriving in numbers that continue to increase for
the past 6 years. The outlook for this season's run is fantastic, especially
welcome news for local and visiting anglers that may not have the vessel, or
the interest to venture to the offshore waters. Clayoquot Sound is a prime feeding
haven for these beautiful Silver Salmon, and it also provides one of the most
productive and safe fisheries for smaller vessels that you will find anywhere
on the coast.
For anglers that anticipate the return of the large Chinook Salmon
each year, July and August should be well worth waiting for. In 2004,
systems are expected to have strong returns, resulting in a full range of fisheries
for recreational anglers, in the offshore areas, as well as the usual hot spots
along the outer coastline.
Halibut and Bottom fish produce great action throughout the remainder
of the summer and fall, but please consider reducing your focus on
as they are very slow to repopulate local reefs.
The Freshwater action is always a great option for those prepared
to venture out on the unbeaten path. This seasons opportunities are
as good as ever, with
guided excursions for remote Steelhead and Trout always worth considering as
an alternative to ocean fishing.
Jason Mohl operates Clayoquot Ventures in Tofino. Visit his company
online at www.tofinofishing.com or
contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tofino Fishing articles
Tofino fishing outlook for the year 2004, written by Tofino fishing guide Jay Mohl and published in Tofino by Tofino Time Magazine in February 2004.