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Fishing in Ucluelet
You’re sure to become a Ucluelet fishing fanatic the moment you hook into your first fish here—and that won’t take long. Famous for some of the best Salmon and Halibut fishing on Vancouver Island, if not all of British Columbia, this destination keeps anglers coming back for more. “Ukee’s” small town charm and hospitality will make you feel right at home, while your time on the water will change everything you thought you knew about sportfishing.
Browse through a few Ucluelet fishing charters and you’ll see that everyone who comes here is looking for the same thing: unbeatable Halibut and Salmon fishing.
The resident Chinook Salmon population combined with annual migrations of more Salmon from Washington, Oregon, and California make for an abundant fishery. You can catch Chinook in these waters all year, but the biggest of them (30+ lb “Tyees”) appear in summer. This is around the same time that Coho arrive, ranging from 5-15 lbs. You may also catch Sockeye Salmon on occasion in July and August.
You'll see Halibut in these waters throughout the year, but their peak season in Ucluelet lasts from May through September. You’re likely to catch Halis in the 15-35 lb range on most days. Though these “chickens” are nowhere near as large as a Halibut can get (try 200 lbs, or even 400 if you head far enough offshore) they are the most delicious.
You can also spend your time in Ucluelet fishing for Lingcod, Prawns, Dungeness Crab, and a variety of Rockfish. It’s not uncommon to drop a few crab traps on your way out of the harbor so you can pick up a delicious treat on your way home.
Ucluelet Fishing Spots
Many fishing charters in Ucluelet will take you to a series of banks offshore, roughly 25 miles out. The most common destination is La Perouse Bank (also called the Big Bank), an excellent location for Halibut and Salmon fishing. In late summer and fall, you’ll hardly manage to have your line in the water for a full minute before the Coho start biting!
For a taste of the freshwater fly fishing BC has in store, head to Kennedy Lake Provincial Park. Roughly 20 minutes from the Ucluelet townsite, this lake is the largest body of freshwater on Vancouver Island.
Ucluelet Fishing Charters
Fishing charters in Ucluelet typically last between four and eight hours. Half day trips (4 hours) cost between 550-625 CAD, while full day trips (8 hours) cost 895-1200 CAD depending on the size of your group. You can reach the offshore fishing grounds on both a half day and a full day trip, but keep in mind that a full day trip will give you more fishing time once you get there.
You can also find 6-hour trips, sometimes referred to as "¾ day" or "extended half day" trips, for 700-800 CAD. These charters allow you to increase your fishing time without spending a full day on the boat—and as any fisherman will tell you, those couple of extra hours can make all the difference!
Multi-day packages are a popular choice for anglers who want to explore Ucluelet’s fishery to the fullest. Multi-day Halibut and Salmon fishing trips cost about 1,750-2,010 CAD per day.
You can also choose from a variety of packages which include lodging and meals, as well as chance for the non-anglers in your group to enjoy the sights and scenery that Vancouver Island is known for. Ucluelet fishing lodge experiences can be highly customized. Prices generally start at 750-1360 CAD per person for a basic two-day package.
Rules and Regulations
Anglers age 16 and older need to carry a license for all recreational fishing in Ucluelet.
You can buy a tidal water fishing license (for saltwater fishing) online. Non-residents can purchase a one day license for 7.35 CAD or an annual license for 106.05 CAD, (prices subject to change).
For freshwater fishing, you can buy a British Columbia freshwater fishing license online. A one day license for non-residents is 20 CAD and an annual license is 55 CAD (prices subject to change).
If you plan to catch and keep any species of Salmon, you must purchase a Salmon Conservation Stamp (6.30 CAD) and attach it to your fishing license.
Many species in British Columbia are regulated by size limits and bag limits. Certain species, such as Halibut, are closed to harvest during some months. You can read more about your target species online or book a Ucluelet fishing charter so your guide can help you follow regulations.
Types of Fishing
Fishing for Salmon in Ucluelet is all about trolling. Anglers throughout BC rely on this method, with slight variations depending on the season, species, and the depth of the water.
It’s common to accidentally hook a Hali while trolling for Salmon, and some anglers in Ucluelet will even rely on this technique when fishing exclusively for Halibut.
Bottom fishing is the most common method used to catch Halibut. You will want to use strong rods with 70-90 lb test line. Herring, octopus, and even plain jigs will work as bait. Octopus continues to be the most effective choice.
Ucluelet Fishing Seasons
January is a great time to explore Barkley Sound, where you’ll find no shortage of Chinook Salmon. Early in the year, temperatures in Ucluelet hover just below 40°F.
Fishing the calm inshore waters around the Broken Group Islands or Beg Island at this time of year will bring you Chinook Salmon, Prawns, and Crab. When the weather allows, you can head offshore.
Temperatures are in the low 40’s (°F), but the fishing in Ucluelet is about to get hot! You can continue to enjoy great Salmon fishing on the coast or head to Kennedy Lake and try your luck fly fishing for Cutthroat.
Spring is here! From now on, you can expect some of the best weather on Vancouver Island’s west coast. Fish the sound and offshore waters for Chinook Salmon, Crab, or Lingcod.
Starting in May, you’ll be able to target Halibut in the sound and the banks offshore. Enjoy fishing for big Chinook and Lingcod while you’re at it, or head to the coastal streams for a chance to catch some Trout.
The Chinook keep getting bigger as the summer goes on, soon to be joined by Coho. You can enjoy great fishing for Halibut, Salmon, and Lingcod anywhere between the sound and 25 miles offshore.
July is a great time to hit the banks offshore for Halibut and Lingcod, or target the Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye Salmon moving through Barkley Sound. Or try fly fishing in the feeder streams of Kennedy Lake.
August is the hottest month in Ucluelet, with temperatures hovering just below 60°F. Salmon fishing is at its height as large Coho and Tyees continue to pass through.
Salmon and Halibut fishing are still strong, both offshore and in Barkley Sound. You're likely to catch Lingcod and Sockeye on the side. Drop a few crab traps and come home with a full cooler!
Temperatures are in the high 40’s at this time of year and the fishing continues to look promising. You can catch Chinook in the 50 lb range and Coho around 20 lbs. Or head to the streams for some Trout fishing.
Come November, the weather might prevent you from heading offshore. You might still catch Halibut and other bottom fish in the sound. As always, you can count on Chinook and Crab.
Winter in Ucluelet sees temperatures just below 40°F. If you don’t mind a little nip in the air, this can be an excellent time for fishing in Barkley Sound, where you will catch Chinook and Crab, among other things.
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What People Are Saying About Ucluelet
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Top Targeted Species in Ucluelet
- Size 20 to 150lbs
- Food Value Excellent
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats Nearshore, Offshore
- Size 10 to 35lbs
- Food Value Good
- Game Qualities Low
- Habitats Nearshore, Offshore
- Habitats Inshore, Lake, River, Nearshore
- Food Value Excellent
- Game Qualities None
- Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Offshore, River
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