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Vancouver Fishing Report January 2020

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s is our monthly Vancouver fishing report, this one is for January 2020. We breakdown Winter fly fishing for bull trout on the Squamish River and winter salmon fishing charters in Vancouver. Not too many other January BC fishing options at the moment, so this is just a quick Vancouver fishing report to keep you in the loop for January 2020…

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Fly fishing near Vancouver has been pretty decent so far this Winter, we’ve been busy with guided trips and enjoying a relatively mild winter and nice river conditions. We ran a few trips in late December, it was a pretty wet period but rivers stayed in good shape with lower freezing levels.

The focus of our Vancouver and Whistler fly fishing tours in January is on the Squamish and Cheakamus rivers. The Squamish River is our home waters, and it has been in beautiful shape over the past month and I hope it will continue to be so for January. If it gets really cold, the river will shrink in size, the water will become more clear and fishing will be tougher. At this point those the Cheakamus and Squamish rivers are still in great shape, almost perfect by January standards.

Fly fishing for bull trout is what January fly fishing in Vancouve is all about. These are resident trout that live in the rivers of BC’s south coast. Bull trout are native to British Columbia and smash flies when conditions are right. On Thursday we were fishing the upper Squamish River and hit a handful of nice bull trout on swung sculpin patterns, olive green with a bit of flash was the go to fly!  Remember with cooler conditions we want to be especially careful handling fish.

It’s still a bit early for steelhead, I haven’t heard any reports of anyone catching steelhead, we’ll wait until a bit deeper into February for that. We keep this BC & Vancouver fishing report blog updated as much as possible, so feel free to bookmark it. If you’d like to book a guided trip with us visit our Fly Fishing in Vancouver page and come swing some flies with our crew.



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Salmon fishing charters in Vancouver have seen solid fishing through late December and the first few days of January have had us seeing fish daily. The focus is on winter Chinook salmon, it is the only species of Pacific Salmon we have in local waters at the moment.

The biggest challenge has been the weather so far, the holiday season here was wet and rain and the long range forecast looks like more of the same. Best if we can get some calm weather, that opening in the weather gives us the ability to be salmon fishing in Howe Sound, which is generally the most productive of the salmon fishing areas close to Vancouver. Howe Sound is about a 40 minute run from the moorage at Granville Island and an absolutely spectacular area to fish.

On of the fun aspects of Winter fishing charters in Vancouver is being able to fish for prawns and crabs as well. On full-day salmon charters we can drop prawn and crab traps, conditions dependent, and catch dungeness crabs and local wild spot prawn.  This video will give you an idea of Winter salmon fishing with us…

Visit our Salmon Fishing Charters in Vancouver page for more info.e a look at pricing and get more info, then drop us a note, with preferred dates and we’ll get back to you and get you booked into a first class BC fishing trip that won’t break the bank!

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About the Author

Yos Gladstone is the owner operator of Chromer Sport Fishing, a guiding company and booking agency based in British Columbia, Canada. A full-time salmon & steelhead guide, Yos spends 200+ days a year on the water fishing, guiding and hosting trips.

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