tofino fishing outlook 2004

Tofino Fishing Outlook 2004

by Jay Mohl

the letter 'W'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, enhanced (hatchery) 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 rockfish species, 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 or contact him by email at

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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.

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