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According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Ucluelet, British Columbia are: Full list of top fishing charters in Ucluelet

The average price for a private 4 hour Ucluelet fishing trip is $588, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,058 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Ucluelet that received great reviews from families are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Ucluelet are:
  • Extended fishing trips – $6,485
  • 1-hour fishing trips – $105
  • 2-hour fishing trips – $303
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $315
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $688
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $525
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $976
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,282
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $1,663
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $1,500

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.

Known For

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

Offshore Fishing

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!
 
From La Perouse Bank, you might head to a number of areas such as Rat’s Nose and The Wreck, which consistently produce good numbers of Halibut, Coho, and Chinook. Great Bear and Mara Rock are prime fishing spots in the spring, while The Southwest Corner and The Starfish (north, in front of Long Beach) are hot spots in early summer.

Barkley Sound and The Broken Group Islands

Ucluelet enjoys the best weather on the west coast of Vancouver Island, but when the odd storm arrives you can set your sights on the protected waters of Barkley Sound. Some anglers prefer fishing here on any given day because the waves are calmer and the ride back to port is shorter (around 30 minutes).
 
Barkley Sound boasts some of the best Salmon fishing Vancouver Island has to offer. Here you can target Chinook and Coho on their way to Alberni Inlet, where millions of Salmon pass through each year (the largest run in the area). You’ll find plenty of Tyees here in late summer.
 
Sprinkled throughout Barkley Sound are more than 100 bits and pieces of land known as The Broken Group Islands. In the midst of these fragments you’ll catch Salmon, Lingcod, small Halibut, Crab, and Rockfish, depending on the season. You’re likely to encounter whales, porpoises, and other wildlife while you’re at it.
 
If you’re looking for someplace a little more secluded, try the Beg Islands at the southernmost tip of Ucluelet. Here you can catch Rockfish, Salmon, and more.  

Kennedy Lake

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.
 
In late spring and summer, fly fishermen have a field day targeting Cutthroat Trout in the streams which feed into Kennedy Lake. The mouth of Thunderous Creek is a particularly common spot for this.
 
You can also access a series of rivers and streams in Barkley Sound for sea-run Cutthroat. Local road maps and visitor centers can help you find your way from Toquart Bay.

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

Trolling for Salmon

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.
 
Trolling with anchovies is the surest way to hook a Chinook. In cooler months, this Salmon also takes well to hoochies (a lure which resembles and octopus) when trolled in water roughly 120-150 feet deep. Hoochies come in three sizes, and the two that Chinook tend to bite are called "squirt" and "hoochie."
 
Spoons (3” or smaller) can also prove quite effective for Chinook, especially when used with flashers (try a green flasher with a silver/green spoon). Troll 20-60 feet off the bottom, at two-and-a-half knots.
 
Coho feeding near the surface of deep water will bite hoochies and spoons. You may even catch the odd Sockeye using this method. Tossing a bucktail 50 feet behind a moving boat will also land you a Coho in a very exciting way.
 
A more specialized local technique you will see is “mooching,” a form of slow trolling with a weighted line and rigged bait. This method involves keeping the line and bait at a 45-degree angle, several feet off the ocean floor.

Trolling for Halibut

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.
 
If you intend to troll for Halibut, look for a sand or gravel seafloor no deeper than 210 feet. You want to troll with the tide or across the tide, at a speed somewhere between 1.7 and 2 knots. You can use the same gear you would use to troll for Salmon.
 
When fishing at slack tide, you can also back troll (or “power jig”) for Halibut. This technique doesn’t involve any actual jigging, you just need to keep the line straight up and down. This method calls for a spreader bar, and you may want to add a two-foot length of 200 lb twine to the weighted end with a 2 lb lead attached (this will keep your bait off the bottom). You can use a tandem hook setup and white grub for bait. Some anglers coat the bait with scent gel.

Jigging and Bottom Fishing

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.
 
Bottom fishing and jigging are also the main techniques used for Lingcod and Rockfish like Yelloweye, Greenling, and Cabazon. Depending on your target species, real and artificial bait will both work well.
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January

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.

February

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.

March

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.

April

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.

May

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.

June

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

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

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. 

September

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!

October

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. 

November

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. 

December

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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Sign-up with Overdrive Charters. Curtis will take good care of you, providing excellent guidance!
Sam  F.
Sam F. Parksville, British Columbia
Go with a guide for local knowledge. Visit Cap’n Hook tackle shop right at the Small Craft Harbor. Great selection of gear and extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff.
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Go with a guide for local knowledge. Visit Cap’n Hook tackle shop right at the Small Craft Harbor. Great selection of gear and extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Lawrence  O.
Lawrence O. Long Beach, CA
I would recommend getting a hold of Brent from West Coast ocean charters. He knows his stuff. He's an amazing fisherman we had a great time on his boat and everything was excellent!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend getting a hold of Brent from West Coast ocean charters. He knows his stuff. He's an amazing fisherman we had a great time on his boat and everything was excellent!
Chris  D.
Chris D. Courtenay, British Columbia
It's a funny named town, but if you're a fisherman Uky is your next favourite place!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's a funny named town, but if you're a fisherman Uky is your next favourite place!
Tom  H.
Tom H. Canada
Take something for sea sickness. No one want to go in cause someone gets sick. Especially when you are 20 miles out
Excellent
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Take something for sea sickness. No one want to go in cause someone gets sick. Especially when you are 20 miles out
Cam  C.
Cam C. Coquitlam, British Columbia
August is better, but fishing around Canada Day works better for my schedule.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
August is better, but fishing around Canada Day works better for my schedule.
Stuart  C.
Stuart C. Irvine, California
Book your trip with Wild pacific Charters, Captain Al is a very knowledgable person of the area and a great fisherman... We have our own boat but find its better to fish with a local person who fishes there a lot, they know what to use and where to go and it shows with the calmness and all the fish we catch.......
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book your trip with Wild pacific Charters, Captain Al is a very knowledgable person of the area and a great fisherman... We have our own boat but find its better to fish with a local person who fishes there a lot, they know what to use and where to go and it shows with the calmness and all the fish we catch.......
Lee  V.  D.
Lee V. D. Port Alberni, British Columbia

Coastal Connection Sportfishing
Coastal Connection Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
What a fantastic day! Caught lots of fish and Kyle was great! Would definitely recommend him for an amazing day of fishing.
Tara  R.
Tara R. Ucluelet, British Columbia
Coastal Connection Sportfishing
Coastal Connection Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(12 reviews)
Went out for half day and caught lingcod and rock fish. Would definately go back out with Kyle. He knew where to find the fish and how to catch them.
Cory  S.
Cory S. Outlook, SK
Coastal Connection Sportfishing
Coastal Connection Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
We had a great trip ! Being end of salmon season it’s always a bit slower but Kyle knows where to go to get action for you. And will keep fishing until his guests tap out. From one Guide to another we had a great trip ! Will definitely be back to fish with him in the future !
Taylor  H.
Taylor H. Stettler, AB
Oceans West Sportfishing
Oceans West Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
Well fitted out boat ,brilliant day, the captain worked really hard to bring in some fish for me. I caught a great Salmon. Cant wait for my trip next year . If you want to fish with an experienced pleasant man with a really good boat look no further . James from the UK
James  B.
James B. Tofino, British Columbia
Oceans West Sportfishing
Oceans West Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
6hr trip was great. We were on the fish before all the rods were set. Scott gave a day worth remembering. Great conversation and extremely knowledgeable. I’ll definitely be doing more fishing with Scott
David  B.
David B. Lake Country, British Columbia
West Coast Ocean Charters
West Coast Ocean Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Had a great trip with Capt Brent, he worked super hard from start to finish to get us into fish and he succeeded. He is the sort of person you want to go fishing with; understands the water; has his “honey holes”; in general, just a blast to spend time with out on the water. Highly recommend him and look forward to another trip next year…..thanks Brent we really enjoyed our time with you.
Roy  A.
Roy A. Abbotsford, British Columbia
West Coast Ocean Charters
West Coast Ocean Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
The weather was not good for fishing that day, the information from another boats came that the sea was chunky and catch was not the great. Brent had managed to find right spots and used his equipment and brilliant mastery to make our trip a success and total delight. We caught our quota for salmon, few lingcods, and rock fish. 200% recommend to go with Brent.
Andriy  B.
Andriy B. Ucluelet, British Columbia
West Coast Ocean Charters
West Coast Ocean Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Brent is a very nice fellow whose company was more enjoyable as we came to know him. He gave perfect instructions when we hooked the fish and we caught our limit of Chinook Salmon and then we jigged for Ling Cod and caught two. Captain filleted our catch and told us where to have them frozen and packaged. It was a wonderful experience and I intend to call upon Brent for more fishing in the years to come.
Wylie  M.
Wylie M. Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
Overtime Charters
Overtime Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Had an excellent time !!! Curtis was an awsome guide and will be booking again with him next summer!!!! Thank you very much Curtis look forward to future charters!!!!!
Cory  L.
Cory L. Calgary, AB
Slacktide Sportfishing
Slacktide Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Andrew has everything you need onboard, was a great captain, person, and I would recommend him with the best in Ucluelet.
Patrick  M.
Patrick M. Calgary, Alberta
West Coast Ocean Charters
West Coast Ocean Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Brent was great! Accommodated us as well as our 5 year old daughter and still put us on the fish. Obviously extremely knowledgeable guide. Looking forward to another trip with him.
Brandon  G.
Brandon G. Tofino, British Columbia
Overtime Charters
Overtime Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Ucuelet is our go to place for summer fishing. I have been there both on friends boats and with other charters. I have to say this is by far the best experience I have ever had. Curtis is very professional and it shows in his equipment and personality. He knows the fishing grounds well and was always checking to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. If we made mistakes when fishing he was always very professional about explaining things. We will definitely book again with Curtis again.
Dan  L.
Dan L. Kamloops, British Columbia
Overtime Charters
Overtime Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
We slayed and Curtis is such a great guide!! He stayed out 3hrs past our allotted 4hr charter. We caught 11 beatiful Salmon and plan to book soon for next year. Book him, you'll be happy you did!!!
David  L.
David L. Vancouver, British Columbia
Overtime Charters
Overtime Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
This summer, my dad took me out on a wonderful trip on Captain Curtis' charter in Ucluelet. It was the best day of my whole summer. In a few hours, we saw more things than some people see in days at sea. We saw whales, sharks, lots and lots of fish, pelicans, and more! Curtis make the trip welcoming and interesting, and helped us all catch lots of fish. It was amazing.
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FishingBooker Member Port Moody, British Columbia
Overtime Charters
Overtime Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Once in a lifetime experience on the water. Captain Curtis is such a knowledgeable and professional guy to be out there with, along with a great sense of humour. Fishing was a bit slow but he sure works to get you on some fish and truly pays attention to his customers comfort on the water, had an amazing day on the water, definitely recommend. Thank you Curtis!
Branden  W.
Branden W. Nanaimo, British Columbia
Oceans West Sportfishing
Oceans West Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
Beautiful boat for 5 guys - lots of great fish Scott was also a tour guide of the regain giving great tips Will rebook with Scott next time for sure
JON  S.
JON S. Vancouver, British Columbia
West Coast Ocean Charters
West Coast Ocean Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Amazing experience fishing with Brent. Awesome guy yet very serious about catching fish. We will be back for sure. One of the most memorable days for us for sure .
Sheri  M.
Sheri M. Vancouver, British Columbia
Coastal Connection Sportfishing
Coastal Connection Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(12 reviews)
Captain Kyle was very knowledgeable, friendly and we learned a lot about the environment as well as using not his extensive local knowledge just where to fish. My 9 year old really enjoyed his first sea based fishing adventure.
Martin  C.
Martin C. Ucluelet, British Columbia
Coastal Connection Sportfishing
Coastal Connection Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Had tons of fun, caught lots of fish! Would do it again! Thanks Captain Kyle
Patrick  P.
Patrick P. Temiskaming Shores, ON
Oceans West Sportfishing
Oceans West Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
Great day with Capt Scott! My wife, son and I had a terrific time fishing for salmon. Purpose built fishing boat with all the right gear. Capt was bang on with the instructions, and put us on the fish pretty quickly. Capt Scott know his stuff and was very friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend this charter!
Renny  M.
Renny M. Nobleton, ON