UCLUELET'S FISHING CALENDAR
JANUARY THROUGH APRIL
Feeder Chinook are the dominant fishery in the Barkley Sound during this time. Weather permitting, you can fish the banks offshore but, if the weather doesn’t cooperate, anglers fishing out of Ucluelet can usually find sheltered water that allows them to go out. Chinook (especially in April and May) can be caught that top 30lbs.
MAY AND JUNE
Chinook begin to migrate south and are very active feeders. Many Chinook are in the 25lb to 35lb range. Because these Chinook are preparing for their spawning runs, they are voracious in attacking herring, spawning candle fish and your fishing lures. Also, Halibut show up in large numbers to feed on the same bait fish, both in Barkley Sound and the offshore rock piles.
While the offshore salmon continue to move south, wave after wave, local salmon begin to show in increasing numbers in Barkley Sound. Sockeye return to Alberni Inlet and an outstanding fishery is available directly in front of Port Alberni itself. Some halibut will remain in Barkley Sound, but most will move to the offshore banks and rock piles.
AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER
A great time of year to fish as salmon fishing explodes and Coho in good size and great numbers join the mix. Pinks will also be present in great numbers, as will Sockeye and Chum.
Most fish have gone home except for some of the largest Chinook and Coho of the year. October weather is often mild and Chinook in the 50lb and Coho in the 20lb range are still coming through. Chums are going to be your hardest fighting salmon, ocean fresh and in great numbers.
NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER
The weather can be the main factor as this is the time of year for amazing storms. Bottom fish and Halibut will be available and the first of the Chinook will begin to arrive.