Tofino Fishing Forecast 2005
Jay Mohl, Tofino
For the 2005 season, Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim region shows
as much promise as the spectacular 2004 season, with a great outlook
for both fish stocks and their related angling opportunities.
The ardent early season anglers can expect excellent action for Chinook
salmon and Halibut among the baitfish rich banks offshore from Tofino
and Ucluelet. These mixed stocks of “transient” Chinook
salmon are the mainstay of the winter and springtime fishery.
Fishing at Tofino’s Portland or Raphael pts, in 140-160 ft. of
water, as well as Ucluelet’s South bank and La Perouse bank in
the 180 to 300 ft range, your efforts should be rewarded. Halibut are
consistently found along these same banks, attracted by the vast schools
of Needlefish and Sardines that have helped slow the Chinook salmon
from their migration.
As the 2005 season progresses to early summer, the Pacific Rim region
will see a strong return of Chinook and Coho Salmon to both the protected
inshore, and open offshore waters. This season will also provide
unlimited action for offshore anglers, as millions of Pink Salmon migrate
the West Coast. This time of the year provides anglers of all ages
and gear types, to enjoy great rewards.
The last stretch of the summer season provides the best opportunies
for Chinook in the “Tyee” class, with the 2005 outlook
for hatchery origin Springs showing great returns. The islands and
reefs that scatter along the outer coastline are the traveling and
feeding corridors for these maturing Salmon en-route to their natal
streams. Try the Tofino area Hot Spots like Wilf Rock, Blundan Island
or Tree Island. Ucluelet’s Wya Point, Little Beach and the “Grapefruit” are
all close to town, and produce the area’s most mature Chinook.
As in the past few years, you might consider the offshore areas to
continue to produce the “Slabs” as well.
Anchovies or Medium Herring 6-7 ft. behind a flasher will often be
the gear of choice. Many anglers have also been relying on 7 inch spoons
like Oki’s Titan, or Gibb’s Gator in glow patterns.
The late season months of September thru November should not be ruled
out, as there are great opportunities for the largest and most aggressive
Coho Salmon of the season. Island anglers may consider visiting the
area to experience this great fishery, as you do not require a large
boat or to travel great distances.
This time of the year still provides great offshore action for Halibut
and Bottom fish, as well as a strong outlook for Chum Salmon later
in October. If you have not already, you should consider trying this
exhilarating late season Salmon fishery.
For more detailed information on the timing and opportunities in
our area, stop by or call us at the West Coast’s only Fly & Tackle.
For Moorage in the Tofino area, call the Tofino Harbour Authority at
Jason Mohl operates
Clayoquot Ventures in Tofino. Visit his company online
or contact him by email at email@example.com
Tofino Fishing articles
Tofino fishing forecast for 2005. Fishing outlook 2005 by Tofino fishing guide Jay Mohl for Tofino Time magazine.