15 Jun Vancouver Fishing Report June 2021
JUNE FISHING REPORT
FOR VANCOUVER & SQUAMISH
Well it is certainly feeling like Summer here on the south coast of British Columbia. We enjoyed a warm May and nice start to June. Fishing in and around Vancouver & Squamish has been overall pretty good. Local river fishing has been put on hold for a bit, we enjoyed a late fly fishing season on the Squamish River but recent rain and heat have bumped river levels up. Saltwater salmon fishing in Vancouver has been really good through May and June, we should see a few more weeks of solid chinook salmon fishing in Vancouver. Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River has become more consistent as the Fraser River levels have settled down from their high points in May. Below you’ll find lots more info and detailed fishing reports for the Vancouver area…
SQUAMISH RIVER LEVELS ARE HIGH - FLY FISHING TRIPS ON HOLD
WE ARE GEARING UP FOR PINK SALMON FISHING IN SQUAMISH BC
VANCOUVER SALMON CHARTERS SEEING SOLID ACTION!
STURGEON FISHING IS BECOME MUCH MORE CONSISTENT
SQUAMISH RIVER FISHING REPORT
The Squamish River and its tributaries are all really high at the moment. We usually have high water on the Squamish River system starting mid May but this year the freshet (high water) has come a little bit later.
May was a really good month for fishing the Squamish & Cheakamus rivers. We did have some high water, but it managed to settled itself with low freezing levels and we enjoyed some good fishing for steelhead and bull trout until the third week of May. After that river levels were on a slow crawl upwards and then at the end of the first week of June a combination of heat and heavy rain spiked the Squamish River. It will take sometime for it to come back into shape, but that’s okay, we enjoyed the late Spring fishery and expect it to be in good shape by early July.
We have been pushing most of our guided Squamish fly fishing trips into July. We want everyone to have the best possible experiences with us and July will provide for better trout fishing and the arrival of the first Pink Salmon into the lower Squamish River. If you’re absolutely itching for a June fishing trip then we do have some lake fishing in Whistler at the moment.
If you are headed out to fish the Squamish or Cheakamus be mindful of the river levels, they’re not terribly safe, visibility is minimal, so just be careful on the river.
If you’re interested in a July or August fly fishing trip then not a bad idea to contact us know. With travel restrictions easing we’ve had a pretty significant spike in bookings for the July & August pink salmon fishing season. Should be a good one and it certainly is a great way to get out and enjoy BC’s outdoors without any bit travel plans!
VANCOUVER SALMON FISHING REPORT
No complaints on the local Vancouver salmon fishing front. We’ve experienced some amazing saltwater salmon fishing in Vancouver over the past few weeks with lots of nice fish around.
Well, the only complaint we do have is that DFO (Department of Fisheries & Oceans) has decided to go against all science and data and not allow us to retain chinook salmon until July 15th. This is the same ruling they made last year, one that makes it difficult for smaller charter operations to run their businesses. It is what it is, we’re thankful to have a really healthy fishery and people are still coming out to enjoy catch & release salmon fishing with us at the moment.
As we move into July we’ll be able to offer guests retention of chinook (king) salmon and we’ll also welcome coho and pink salmon to local waters. We’re expecting a very busy Summer, pre bookings are already really good. With covid restrictions lifting and Canada wide travel becoming easier, we look forward to welcome eager anglers this Summer.
Be sure to check out our Vancouver salmon charter page for more info and pricing.
STURGEON FISHING IN JUNE
We haven’t been running too many sturgeon trips over May and June, simply because of high water levels on the Fraser River. River levels are subsiding and will continue to drop now as we move into the Summer months.
July, August & September are three of our most popular months for sturgeon fishing here in British Columbia. All three months offer spectacular fishing, nice weather conditions and optimal river levels.
Pre bookings for our sturgeon trips have been strong for July & August, as many trips were deferred from last year, so right now is a good time to snap up what is left for prime dates. You can visit our Fraser River sturgeon fishing page for more info and pricing. If you have questions or would like to see our sturgeon availability then contact us and we’d be happy to give you our updated calendar.
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.