Fishing Outlook 2013




After attending several fisheries & other related meeting the following is our educated scenario for the upcoming season.

Chinook – Abundance of WCVI (West Coast Vancouver Is.) fish has not changed much. The good news with these stocks is that we are expecting large numbers of 4 & 5 yr. old fish, so a season in our area much like 2011, but with lots of tyees (Chinook over 30lb ).

The BIG bonus for Esperanza Inlet, especially with the easy of access to the 1.7  million Chinook that are expected to return to United States West Coast Rivers. The American hatchery systems have once again produced recorded numbers of Chinook. As per normal, the salmon are moving down the WCVI in late May/early June. They will be moving off Brooks Peninsula down to the feeding grounds at the mouth & offshore of Esperanza Inlet. These fish are in such large numbers we see many of them well inside  the inlet as far as Steamer Pt. These fish tend to run well into late July when they blend into the WCVI Chinook moving south. These USA fish, after leaving Esperanzna/Ferrer PT. are on their way south mostly follow the 30 meter line down to Bajo reef. After leaving the reef, feeding areas the fish move out to the 100 meter line to continue their journey south.

Conclusion Lots of early run USA Chinook & larger size in general for our WCVI fish



CohoGreat news - DFO has reported that the WCVI coho will be in abundance, in the dept. of fishery lingo that means we will be treated to the largest volume of coho that we have seen in many years. Over the past two seasons we have had 2 waves of fish come during the season. The 1st run comes mid-June -these coho run in the 8-12 lb. size they continue right into late July when the big fish start arriving. When we say BIG we mean it. It is a very normal thing to have several 20 lb.+ coho on the cleaning tables daily. In late August the fly fishermen start showing up to challenge these brute size coho inside Esperanza Inlet. The fish school up at Double Is., Fairway Is, Otter Is., Centre Is., & Saltery Bay waiting for the right condition to move up the many inlets to their spawning rivers & streams. These fish are quite aggressive when they are schooled up. They can be taken with spoons, coho flies, saltwater streamer flies, & trolling a variety of baits.

Conclusion - There will be more coho around than you can shake a stick at. You may even be cursing them as you try to get your downrigger down to catch Chinook, NICE PROBLEM!!!

More good news – at present, as the season starts, bag limits are 2 coho per day, until Sept 1 when it jumps to 4 coho per day. There is a proposal afoot to move the date for bag limits of 4 coho back to July 1st .The proposal looks good we should know soon. Stay tuned.



Halibut – We are only sure about a few things at the time of this printing but, on the whole it’s GOOD. There is a strong effort to eliminate the 1 over 1 under reg. from last year also there is clear recognition from all parties  involved in the process that it is essential to keep the season open at least until Sept 30 , 2013. Having said that      Hali stocks continue to remain strong & we anticipate another excellent Halibut season.

Conclusion – We will see lots of slabs on the NEW scale, which usually mean lots of smiles & pictures.




Lingcod & other Ground fish – Stocks continue to be fished commercially off    the coast of WCVI that  means there are plenty fish for the taking. Last year we saw plenty of very successful fishing on these species.

Conclusion – Do not miss this opportunity – stop by the MARINA tackle shop so we can show you   the local chart with the hot spots to catch these delicious fish.



Prawns – They are very plentiful – Most of the local waters are open now, howerver there are some minor closures. Consult the DFO website,, for more specific details. APRIL 1st the season opens everywhere & remains open until well into the fall. Early indications from the catches in the areas that presently are open now show HUGE quantities of spot prawns & they are big. Limits are 200 prawns, per license holder, per day.

Conclusion Do not forget your prawn & crab traps you will be very happy with the results.



Thank you for a great 2012 Season and we are looking forward to an exciting 2013!

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Winter is upon us with single digit (centigrade) temperatures daily. Last night was our first night of snow, which as per usual was washed away by lots rain in the morning.


Speaking of which, RAIN!!! It is a good thing for the fish! Lots of late running Chinook and some Coho finally found their spawning beds. Between the over 3 million fertilized Chinook eggs, which the various Nootka and Esperanza Hatcheries gathered before the rain started, and the natural spawn, things are looking good for the returns in 2016.

2013 --> More details will be available after all the data is sorted through, but preliminary outlooks are excellent for Chinook and good returns for Coho next season in our area.




For You Do It Yourselfers

Tips for basic boat winterization – if you haven’t done it already.

  1. Stabilize your gas in all tanks – If you are running ethanol gasoline then ask for stabilizer that is specifically designed for that type of gas.
  2. Run stabilized gas through all engines – Run engines for about 5 minutes then disconnect or shut off the gas to the engines and let them burn the gas out of the motors.
  3. Disconnect the negative terminal on all batteries.
  4. Pull all electronics out of the boat, if possible – Store inside a warm and dry environment and pull all boat cushions if the boat is stored where it is not well vented or heated.
  5. Get the boat under cover and out of the weather – Garage, carport, tarp, whatever. The warmer and dryer your boat and motors are over winter the less problems you will have come spring time.
  6. Pull out the drain plugs and make sure the bow of the boat is higher than the stern so that it will drain.


Those are the basics, without getting under the cowling.




For our Customers and Freinds of you who live south of the Canadian border, we are hoping you have a great, blessed, and safe Thanks Giving.



Make sure you make your moorage, lodging, and meal plan reservation for 2013 soon. Yes we are filling up and our desire is to meet your requests – E-mail is the best way to contact us – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2013 Tahsis Salmon Enhancement Derby will be held on Friday August 23rd and Saturday August 24th.


We will be opening the 2013 season on Friday March 15th with gas, marine supplies, fishing tackle, and coffee shop. The prawning is over the top good, so don’t forget your traps, also Halibut and Lingcod fishing are good and close inside.


The Grillhouse Restaurant and patio pub opens on Friday May 17th 2013.



See you in the spring