2019 Fishing Forecast for Ucluelet BC
We are expecting a good season for fishing. We should have about 2-3 times as many Coho swimming by us this year as 2018. The forecast for the Chinook return to Barkley Sound is the best in 20 years. The past two years have had good runs in the 65K range. This year we are expecting runs in the 130-140K range. Most of those fish come through from August 10-September 10. There were good amounts of squid in Florencia the past couple years ad are hoping we will have the return of the squid again which should mean good Chinook fishing in shallow water. The squid could be expected to arrive late June to early July. Fishing for Chinook with live squid is one of the most sporty ways to catch salmon.
What about the rest of the summer?
We are expecting slightly better than normal numbers of Chinook for early season and early summer. Coho normally start late June or early July. We will start getting a few Halibut late May and by mid June we would start expecting to get our limits of 1 per day per person. Halibut fishing generally stays good until at least mid August and sometimes into early September.
New Regulations for Chinook
There was lots of waiting this winter for the fisheries minister to make an announcement regarding the 2019 season. We didn't know what was going to happen until early April--we were just pretty sure they would end up doing something that pandered to the NGO's crying that the end of the world had come for the whales. As expected the fisheries minister made a decision that made little sense and ended up closing down much of the inside of Vancouver Island as well as restricting our offshore fishing to 1 mile until July 15. Our guides association gave them a proposal that would get them within a few % of their return numbers without many closures at all but they opted for something to satisfy the lobbyists who hate fishing no matter how many salmon there are. For us it will mean more fuel running around (we don't have fuel surcharges for the new taxes) instead of catching the Chinook in the same spot as Coho and Halibut. The limits for our customers will be the same. Come October we will be working hard to elect a new government!
Coming fishing in 2019:
Make sure you book right away if you haven't done so. If you are looking to book your own accommodation check out www.ucluelet-info.com. We don't have much inventory left for accommodation on our fishing packages so book right away!
Here are some photos from yesterday (May 13) bottom fishing: