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Old 01-02-2020, 06:35 AM
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Howdy folks, Looks we are finally going to make our trip happen this year. Wife (pic attached, I know the rules) is planning a trip to Seattle and Vancouver BC. Dates are probably Aug 15-Sep 1. While there we want to fish. What does your area have to offer that time of year? Salmon, halibut, ?? Guides?

We are from FL. Fish the Tampa Bay area and the Keys.

Any info you an provide is appreciated.
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Old 01-02-2020, 10:26 AM
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I’d go fishing in BC. Washington fish and game have pretty much ended fishing in this state for salmon. It’s open in July for chinook then in August it’s closed but maybe open for coho but there’s not many around till the end. Halibuts closed after June. But, if you go to BC then it’s open pretty much year round, but they have made some changes in the last year also, so would have to check the regs. The king salmon fishing in August is typically really good, but they shut it down because they think the whales are starving.. crabbing, shrimping and some bottom fish may be the only thing open in Washington (San Juan islands anyway).
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BC was shut for salmon much of last year as well. Swampr, sound like you may be out here for a while. It time permits we've had world class albacore fishing out of Westport about 3 hours from Seattle. That's the right time of year for it. Halibut in Washington will be over by then and as Slab tech notes our salmon seasons are always up in the air. There is usually more certainty in the ocean than the sound.Check out allriversguideservice.com Mark posts fishing opportunities by season.
Old 01-03-2020, 06:42 AM
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Well, dang. Sounds like its just as bad up there as it is down here with closures. If we don't fish that will just give us more time to drink.
Thanks for the info, I'll keep it in mind when the dates are set and reservations are made.
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If fishing is slow and you're near Victoria, Butchart Gardens is a worth a day, you won't be disappointed any time of the year, an amazing place.
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I’d head to Westport, WA and take an albacore trip. Live bait fishing with the ability to put 5-10 18-35# albacore on the deck in a day. We have several 6-pack express charters available. Dress warm and bring real rain gear. It gets VERY bloody.

You might want to hit the Washington forum of BloodyDecks and offer a swap a trip deal...
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Originally Posted by wdlfbio View Post
I’d head to Westport, WA and take an albacore trip. Live bait fishing with the ability to put 5-10 18-35# albacore on the deck in a day. We have several 6-pack express charters available. Dress warm and bring real rain gear. It gets VERY bloody.

You might want to hit the Washington forum of BloodyDecks and offer a swap a trip deal...
thanks. I don't catch enough fish to swap!
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If you are in Vancouver BC the last two weeks of August, you'll be here for the best salmon fishing of the year. While there were parts of southern BC that were closed for chinook (aka king) salmon, the closure was only from April 1 - July 15th/30th (depending on area). Last year was the first year we had this closure (which also hit commercial fishing up north, allowing more fish to make it back to the river) and the August / September fishing around Vancouver was phenomenal - some of the best in memory. Hopefully next year will be similar.

Here's a video filmed around the end of the last week of last August.
. You can book a charter with Jason from Pacific Angler in the video; Bon Chovy, Watermark, Predator and Fish First Charters are also well respected.

Mid August is when the the late summer run chinook return to the Fraser River. These are usually 15 - 20 lb, but pretty common to get fish up to 25 lb and sometimes even bigger. They usually have a deep red flesh are are very good eating (similar to upriver brights on the Columbia). As you get into September we start to see the fall run lower Fraser River Chinook, which would be analogous to Thules on the Columbia. These tend to have white flesh and some people don't think they are as good grilled; I can't tell much difference but usually save these for smoking. They also tend to be larger, averaging in the low to mid twenties and going up from there.

Not much for Halibut or any other bottom fish around Vancouver. For that you are better off booking a charter out of the west coast of Vancouver Island from Port Renfrew north. I'd recommend Tofino as a great place to visit for a couple days and lots of charters there and in Ucuelet just to the south.
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Originally Posted by swampr View Post
thanks. I don't catch enough fish to swap!

well, don’t tell us that! Start with, “ you’ll get to fish in shorts and barefoot”. That’s something we rarely get to do, if ever. Oh yeah, and with typical 6-12” swells at 35 seconds.... far nicer that our typical 3-6’ at 8-10 seconds
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I would head to Neah Bay on the Olympic peninsula or Barkley sound on the west coast of BC. Here we are in Barkley near Bamfield last august

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Swamp,

NW albacore fishing is the best fishing on the earth, especially while you are in the NW.

Mark Coleman is THE man for NW albacore.

Salmon fishing is pretty hit or miss, but the albacore fishing is usually good to great around the end of August.

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Originally Posted by Shake N Bake Sportfishing (formerly Colbachlaw) View Post
Swamp,

NW albacore fishing is the best fishing on the earth, especially while you are in the NW.

Mark Coleman is THE man for NW albacore.

Salmon fishing is pretty hit or miss, but the albacore fishing is usually good to great around the end of August.

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Originally Posted by wdlfbio View Post
well, don’t tell us that! Start with, “ you’ll get to fish in shorts and barefoot”. That’s something we rarely get to do, if ever. Oh yeah, and with typical 6-12” swells at 35 seconds.... far nicer that our typical 3-6’ at 8-10 seconds
its not always this flat calm in 600' off Cudjoe Key.

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I second Mainship400 on Neah Bay. We fished the first week in Sept. a few years ago. Had a fantastic trip on silver salmon, ling cod, china rock and white bass. It is also one beautiful place.








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If you're interested in fly fishing in the Seattle area, call Captain Tom Wolf with Peugeot Sound Fly Fishing. He's an awesome guy, has lived in the area forever, and knows the salmon and sea run cutthroat trout really well. (253) 863-0711

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