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Ucluelet: 34 fishing charters available

Oceans West Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
Ucluelet
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $537

Overtime Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Ucluelet
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $584

Ck Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(12 reviews)
Ucluelet
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $467

Mark's Reel Fishing Adventures

Excellent
4.3 / 5
(42 reviews)
Ucluelet
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $506

Red Can Charters

Excellent
4.4 / 5
(13 reviews)
Ucluelet
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $467

Highroller Charters - Ucluelet

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(42 reviews)
Ucluelet
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $545

Coastal Connection Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(3 reviews)
Ucluelet
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $389

West Coast Ocean Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Ucluelet
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $428

Westcoast Fish Expeditions

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(14 reviews)
Ucluelet
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $779

Wild Pacific Charters - Knot 2 Wild

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(18 reviews)
Ucluelet
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $1,022

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Ucluelet

The average price for a private 4 hour Ucluelet fishing trip is $557, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,066 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Oceans West Sportfishing, Overtime Charters, and Ck Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Ucluelet, British Columbia. Full list of top fishing charters in Ucluelet.

Oceans West Sportfishing, Overtime Charters, and Ck Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Ucluelet.

The most popular fish species you can target are Halibut, Chinook Salmon, and Lingcod. Top fishing techniques include trolling, jigging, and bottom fishing. Offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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.
Ucluelet
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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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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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
5.0 / 5
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

Oceans West Sportfishing
Oceans West Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 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
Overtime Charters
Overtime Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Curtis is a knowledgeable guide with a great sense of humour. He has the best boat out there, with plenty of space for everyone to sit, stand, and warm up. We all caught salmon to fill our freezers at home. If we are lucky enough to make it back to Ucluelet, we would book with Curtis again!
Jane  W.
Jane W. Vancouver, British Columbia
Coastal Connection Sportfishing
Coastal Connection Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
We have been out a couple times with Kyle, always an amazing time, Kyle knows where the fish are , he’s an amazing guide , makes the trip very enjoyable. He definitely takes pride in making the clients happy . Kyle operates with saftey in mind . We fully recommend Kyle to anyone that wants a trip if a lifetime or just going through ‘fishing withdrawal’ . Thanks again Kyle. …… many more trips in the future… 🎣🎣🎣🎣🎣👍😎
Michael  H.
Michael H. Port Alberni, British Columbia
Oceans West Sportfishing
Oceans West Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(33 reviews)
Scott was great right from the start, he made it about the experience and was really accommodating with my kids. Was one of the best afternoons we've all had together in a long time. Highly recommend this if you want a great experience on the water chasing salmon. Look forward to next year!
John  W.
John W. Ucluelet, British Columbia
Oceans West Sportfishing
Oceans West Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
We heard that if Scott couldn’t catch it ….no one can. In our case he delivered 👍
Akkie  R.
Akkie R. Amsterdam, North Holland
Slacktide Sportfishing
Slacktide Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(18 reviews)
A lovely salmon fishing experience with Andrew our skipper. The only downer is Andrew telling us that the deposit we paid towards the trip was not deductible from the total cost and we had to pay him the full amount of $900 in cash. However as you can see from the attached photo it clearly states that the amount to pay the skipper on the day was £530.41 which is about $820. This needs to be clarified for any other future clients.
Nick  R.
Nick R. Surrey, British Columbia
Slacktide Sportfishing
Slacktide Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Such a great day. Caught lots of fish. Andrew was an Awesome Captain, extremely knowledgeable and friendly. His boat is comfortable on the water with a place to sit inside, out of the wind. The trip was by far one of the most enjoyable I've been on.
Sandra  F.
Sandra F. Ucluelet, British Columbia
Overtime Charters
Overtime Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Curtis made the experience excellent for my dad and daughter. I had a blast, too. 6 salmon landed, four or five lost. A great afternoon.
Mike  M.
Mike M. Ucluelet, British Columbia
Overtime Charters
Overtime Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
We (2 dads with 2 16 year old boys) had a great time with Curtis. Both, exciting as this was our first fishing trip and so fun. The boys especially asked so many questions and Curtis was responsive to all of them. We will definitely do the next trip with Curtis again.
Frank  P.
Frank P. Ruhla, Thuringia
West Coast Ocean Charters
West Coast Ocean Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Super fun trip with my seven year old son. Captain Brent showed us a great time. We caught a few different species. Jigging for rock fish was awesome. I highly recommend this trip!
Ryan  S.
Ryan S. Tumbler Ridge, BC
Overtime Charters
Overtime Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
This was a great trip! Caught some nice salmon and Captain Curtis kept us on the action. Fish on!
Kimberly  B.
Kimberly B. Vancouver, British Columbia
West Coast Ocean Charters
West Coast Ocean Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
My son and I had a great time with Captain Brent. His gear, knowledge and personality made our first salmon fishing trip a great experience. We would highly recommend his charter.
Kris  L.
Kris L. Vancouver, British Columbia
Overtime Charters
Overtime Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Captain Curtis runs a great charter that I’d recommend to anyone from skilled fishermen to complete novices. His custom boat is very comfortable for all conditions and it is very comfortable for a solid sized group (6 persons). It’ll be a no brainer to book with Overtime Charters again for our next trip to Ucluelet.
Michael  L.
Michael L. Richmond, TX
Ck Charters
Ck Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Thanks for an Awesome day Mr. Captain Kirk! According to my kids, this was their most favorite part of our trip to the Island. Salmon, Cod and Halibut were biting! Highly recommended.
Stephane  B.
Stephane B. Perth, ON
Overtime Charters
Overtime Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
If I could give Capt Curtis more stars I would !! We had an amazing experience.....our first hour on the water produced 10 salmon and continued to produce the rest of the day ! Capt Curtis is a knowledgeable guide and captain and just a super nice guy all around. His boat is comfortable and safe no matter water the conditions on the water. Having done a number of charters - this was by far the best experience all around. I highly highly recommend Overtime Charters.
Jinny  D.
Jinny D. New Westminster, British Columbia
Mark's Reel Fishing Adventures
Mark's Reel Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(42 reviews)
What a day! Luck was on our side or was it the hard working captain? A gloomy day turned to sunny skies and the ocean was glass. Mark took the time to try different t spots and depths to ensure we found the fish….AND WE DID!!! After limiting out on chinooks, Mark promptly reeled in and travelled to a new spot targeting coho, and it 💯 paid off. He was genuinely a very helpful, caring guide and I would suggest to anyone looking for a wicked experience in ucluelet to get touch! Thanks again Mark!
Evan  C.
Evan C. Surrey, British Columbia
Overtime Charters
Overtime Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Captain is quite the guy. Was personable and was good with the kids. Let my daughter actually drive the boat which was pretty cool. Got us on some fish and was quite aware of the possibility of sea sickness. No one really got sick. Sounds silly but this was my 4th trip out with kids and he was the first one to address it if need be. Would forsure hit him up again next year for a trip out. Thanks, Adam
Adam  S.
Adam S. Medicine Hat, Alberta
Oceans West Sportfishing
Oceans West Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
Had an excellent day on the water with Scott catched a ton of fish and his boat was a beauty especially if your a bigger group.
Troy  E.
Troy E. Cal-Nev-Ari, NV
Coastal Connection Sportfishing
Coastal Connection Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
We had received Kyle's charter as a recommendation from a friend. It was reasonably priced and was so much fun! Kyle has spent tons of time in the waters here and took us to the good spots. We caught tons of ling cod and salmon in no time and Kyle cleaned them on the dock for us to take home. We couldn't be happier with the trip and will definitely be back! You have to book with Kyle for your Ucluelet fishing adventures! 10/10!
Brooke  W.
Brooke W. Surrey, BC
Suuha Charters
Suuha Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(7 reviews)
Captain Colin knows how to fish. Despite adverse weather conditions, rain, strong winds, and rough seas, Colin always managed to find and catch fish. Thank you Colin.
Jon  B.
Jon B. Ucluelet, British Columbia

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