Vancouver Fishing Report September 2020

Well it has been a great September for fishing around Vancouver with super solid salmon numbers, lots of big sturgeon and limited pressure on local rivers. With the US border still closed much of our September was opened to locals and we’ve had lots of people from the Lower Mainland come fish with us. As we move into October there will be new opportunities for fishing near Vancouver. There are other cool trips happening around BC, you can see those on our BC September Fishing Trips, but for now here’s our latest Vancouver fishing report…


We’ve had a bit of a mixed bag on our Vancouver fly fishing program this September. We’ve had some higher than usual water, we’ve had some thick smoke from the US forest fires and some warm weather. We’ve also had some pretty good fly fishing for trout and have welcomed the first push of coho salmon into the lower Squamish River.

Trout fishing has been focused on the Ashlu and Cheakamus Rivers.  The Ashlu has been in really good shape, river levels have been perfect for most of September and there definitely are some trout in there. High stick nymphing with small flies has proven effective. The Cheakamus River has also been in really nice shape all September and will only continue to be so as we move into October. There’s been some rainbow trout and bull trout in the Cheakamus. Egg flies have worked in the riffles, as trout feed on chinook eggs. We’ve also seen some bigger bulls on streamer patterns.

Squamish River fishing is just ramping up. We’ve seen a handful of coho salmon in the lower river, rolling around. The Squamish is still on the high side, I’m hoping that with some cooler weather the river will drop a bit and we’ll have some better clarity. The clarity at the time of writing this fishing report is at about 2 feet. This changes and as we get some cooler temps the river will definitely begin to drop and clarity will improve.

As we move into October we’ll be in the prime month for our Fall Salmon Fishing program. Forecasts for chum and coho returns are looking healthy for the Squamish River system so booking a Vancouver fly fishing trip in either October or the first two weeks of November is a good bet.

We have wide open availability Vancouver fly fishing trips, lots of cancellations due to Covid-19 unfortunately so if you’re game for a great day on the water with some fun guys we have the spots!

Vancouver fly fishing report September



Salmon fishing in Vancouver has been really good all Summer, one of the all time years for chinook salmon in a long time! September is always a great time for a Vancouver salmon fishing charter, with healthy numbers of chinook salmon in local waters and an increase in coho salmon as well. This September has been no exception, some very good fishing so far this month.

As we get into late September the Vancouver salmon fishing season will be winding down, as fish move into local rivers including the Capilano and Fraser systems. Late September is when we have the best fishing off the mouth of the Capilano River in West Vancouver and as long as the early Fall rains hold off that will be a good fishery right up until early October.

We have multiple improved Covid-19 safety measures on our charters to ensure guides and guests have a safe experience with us. This includes increased sanitization of equipment and boats, staggered start times to mitigate group interaction and as always we are only offering private fishing charters, just your group on board with our guides.

Visit our Salmon Fishing Charters in Vancouver page for more info and charter pricing. Here are a few photos from the past week…

Vancouver salmon fishing report September 2020



Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River has also been on fire all of August and September. Some excellent fishing and limited pressure as most guide services are running at much less capacity than usual. Our Vancouver sturgeon fishing trips out of Agassiz and Hope have both produced big fish every week.

October is booking up for sturgeon trips and it’s one of the neat months we get to see some of the biggest fish of the year. If you’re interested in a trip check out our Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing page for more info and pricing.

BC sturgeon fishing report


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About the Author

Austin Heffelfinger is a full time fly fishing guide with Chromer Sport Fishing, a guiding company and booking agency based in British Columbia. He is also an accomplished photographer with works published in many notable fly fishing publications. You can follow him at the links below.

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