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Posted Wednesday Jul 01, 2015

The Sport Sockeye Fishery in the Alberni Inlet is currently described as fabulous. To date this has been one of the best Sockeye Sport Seasons in many years. Due to very low and warm water in the Somass River, the Alberni Inlet, and the warm air temperatures the Sockeye salmon which are returning in an abundant number are schooling in very large numbers out in the Inlet water. The Sockeye are schooling from Cous Creek out to the Nahmint Franklin area. The projected outlook for Sockeye returns to the Somass River has been upgraded to 1.2 million. The test fishery boat with testing analysis has projected that over two hundred and forty thousand sockeye salmon schooling in the Inlet area as of the 26th of June. The Sockeye migrate into the Somass River and then into Sproat and Great Central Lakes. Projected migration into the lakes should be close to three hundred and fifty thousand with the updated forecast return. To Date only sixty thousand Sockeye have gone through the fish ways. With much of Vancouver Island in drought like conditions it is hoped that some moisture will come in due time to help the migration of all west coast Vancouver Island Salmon and of course the Sockeye returning to the Somass River System.

The Sockeye in the Alberni Inlet are currently sitting in fifty to ninety feet of water. They are hitting short leader lengths from twenty to twenty-four inches in length behind a variety of hotspot flashers. The mp2, mp15, pink and blue, pink and black, and the pink with either the green or white head hootchies all seem to be working very well for most of the sport anglers. Sockeye are attracted to the boat by color. Many sport fishermen will often have eight flashers behind their boat. Four are often dummy flashers and the other four with hootchies of choice. The Sockeye are averaging four to eight pounds. Sockeye are the number one commercial salmon. They are wonderful for summer barbeques and when vacuum packed properly last the winter for those special occasions.

Sockeye fishing is a wonderful fishing opportunity for the whole family. It is a fun fishery for young and older. Don?t miss out on this opportunity in the Alberni Inlet this July. The sport fishery will likely last through the end of July and perhaps into early August.

Barkley Sound and Ucluelet

The salmon fishing in Barkley Sound has been off and on. The Best fishing has been out on surf line areas or offshore Ucluelet and inshore Ucluelet around some of the islands outside the Ucluelet Harbor. Meares, Austin, Cree Island, Kirby Point, Edward King and the Bamfield Wall have all had time during June when each area has had some hot Chinook sport fishing. Areas close to the Ucluelet Harbor that have had fantastic fishing days are Great Bear and Sail Rock. The inner and outer South bank and Long Beach have had some of the transient salmon linger creating some good sport salmon fishing opportunity. The Big Bank and the Rats Nose however have had the best offshore sport fishing. The fishing out in this area has been fabulous but due to the very high pressure system sitting over the south coast high outflow winds have played detrimental to the number of days in June that sport anglers and guides have been able to get out to the banks. The salmon in the Sound and inside waters have been hitting anchovy in green glow, army truck, and green haze Rhys Davis Teaser Heads. Needle fish hootchies and hootchies in green (spatterback), blue and white have been working. A few guides have done very well with the army truck glow hootchie and the cuttlefish J-79. The Sonora cuttlefish, Jack Smith, and Blue Meaney Hootchies have been very good out on the banks. Anchovy and a variety of four and five inch coyote spoons have also been working very well. We are looking forward to some great sport fishing opportunities during July in Barkley Sound and the outside waters offshore. The numbers of transient Chinook and Coho headed to the big watersheds to the south are forecast to be very strong which will provide some very excellent sport salmon fishing.

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