Tofino Fishing Report July 2004
by Jay Mohl, Tofino
After a phenomenal early season of fishing activity on the offshore
waters of the Tofino area, July is a welcome time for local anglers
and visitors alike.
The inshore waters of Tofino-Clayoquot Sound now becomes the arena
for consecutive battles with some of the north Pacific’s finest
combatants. We are not talking about war ships or protests, I’m
referring to the aquatic variety of fighters that are respected as
well as any other along the B.C. coastline. Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
and Oncorhynchus kisutch, more commonly known as Chinook and Coho Salmon,
frequent our local waters throughout the remainder of the season. With
the combination of abundant baitfish and prime feeding habitat, the
local waters of Clayoquot Sound provide an idyllic setting for the
fish as well as the fisher.
With a combination of protected waters and world class scenery, the “backyard” of
local anglers has become known to be some of the finest on the coast,
especially for the enthusiasts of light tackle and Saltwater Fly fishing.
Some of the most productive waters to focus your pursuit of hard
fighting, ocean bright salmon are along the outer coastline from Tofino.
hotspots with names like B.S. Pass, the Glory Hole, Zipper Lip and
the Shortcut, are all well known but not over-fished. Common names
for other main spots include Wilf Rock, Bartlett Island, Blundan Island
and Kutcous Pt. The best consideration for the month of July would
be to fish the outer area of Bartlett Island on an incoming tide, as
well as the gap along the north-eastern tip of Bartlett, also known
as B.S Pass. For the outer waters, consider a medium Herring or Anchovie
behind a Blue or Purple Glow flasher at the 80-100 ft depth. Brown
Squid hoochies tied 42-48 inched behind your flasher are also a good
standby. These hot combos are known to entice both Chinook and Coho
Salmon in this area. When fishing the pass, you will have to shallow
up your gear to the 20 ft depth, with the bottom being fairly soft
sand. The previously mentioned gear will still work well, but for some
of the absolute best Coho fishing available, consider trolling a little
faster with small spoons behind a mini flasher. With Needlefish being
the main bait fish in this area, small spoons like the thin metal “Coho
Killer”, the 3 inch Gypsy or Coyote, as well as small needlefish
hoochies are all part of the recipe for success.
This area of Clayoquot Sound has a retention limit of two (2) Chinook
salmon and two (2) Coho Salmon per person per day. The Chinook must
be at least 45 cm. while the Coho must be at least 30 cm. and can
be marked or unmarked (wild or hatchery).
Make sure to consult with current local regulations and boundaries
for these great fishing opportunities.
Tofino Fishing articles
Tofino fishing report by Tofino fishing guide Jay Mohl. Published in July 2004 by Tofino Time Magazine in Tofino.