June 2014 Fishing Report




Esperanza Inlet & Nootka Sound Fishing Report

All GOOD NEWS!!!By now most of you have heard how GOOD the fishing is and from this point on it will just keep getting better and better.

If you have not heard the returns of Chinook, Coho & Sockeye Salmon are returning in record numbers to our Esperanza and Nootka waters.

If you have had any difficulty in the past catching Salmon this is your year to fill the freezer and have lots of salmon grilling on your barbeque.

How is that possible? For many years volunteer organizations have been working with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to enhance salmon stocks in our local waters. Organizations such as Nootka Sound Water Shed Society, Tahsis Salmon Enhancement Society and others have been working tirelessly on stream and river rehabilitation, several local volunteer hatcheries, environmental issues related to salmon enhancement and fund raising to assist our local federal hatchery on the Conuma River to raise more salmon each year. The net result of all of these efforts has materialized into the largest runs of returning Salmon in over 50 years.

It goes well beyond the sheer volume of salmon which are returning to Esperanza Inlet and Nootka Sound. You will be catching more salmon because DFO has also been working with local volunteers from the Sport Fish Advisory Committee and Harvest Round Table Committee to loosen up the regulations to gain better access to the enhanced salmon stocks while at the same time protecting the non-enhanced stocks.


In the past couple of seasons after July 15 in Esperanza Inlet retention of Chinook was Two per day under 77cm.

This season it will be Two Chinook per day, one over 77cm and one under 77cm from July 15 – Oct 15

The area open for 1 over / 1 under will start at the mouth of Esperanza Inlet at the surfline and extend all the way into Hecate Inlet to the boundary of Tahsis Inlet at Mozino Pt.


  • Approximately half of Hisnit Inlet (southeast portion) will be open to fishing. It has been previously closed.
  • Kendrick Inlet will be reopen to fishing this year.
  • A portion of Hanna Channel will be opened to the east of last year’s boundary.
  • Zuciarte Channel will be reopened to fishing from the seaward south to the northern boundary at Anderson Pt.
  • A larger part of Nesook Bay will be opened

Before fishing check out the details on the DFO website www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/act-lois/index-eng.htm The new regulations and boundries will not be on the website until approximately July 1st.

This seasons Salmon fishing will the Best Ever in Esperanza Inlet and Nootka Sound. Add to that the projections of a significant portion of the Chinook are expected to be 4 and 5 year olds which means LOTS of TYEES (over 30lb) this year.

So get out there and experience Salmon Fish/ Catching as you Dreamt it to be!!

John Falavolito 

Westview Marina & Lodge Tahsis BC

Taken June 18th by John and 2 crew
Limited out in under 3 hours on springs, 10 to 22lbs, also got 5 nice Lings.

 Taken last week, 21lbs, by Doyle and Gary from Duncan BC Jack McGee and Ron Halsen, from Washington with a nice pair of 20lbs springs


Yes a two day package for 4 persons fishing Albacore Tuna 1 day and Salmon 1 day.

Includes Premium Lodging for 3 nights & all meals off our menu at the Marina Grillhouse Restaurant & Island Attitude Café.

Meals: Dinner on your arrival, 3 meals each day your fishing & Breakfast on departure day.

Price $1200 per person taxes included (this is a 4 person package)

+Additional days of salmon fishing can be added at $425 per person taxes included

(this is a 4 person package which includes fishing, lodging, ALL meals & taxes)

- Were We Only Have What Works -
We have anchovies and herring

Lots of Halibut in this size range around!
 Doyle Child, from Duncan, and his 47lbs Halibut taken last week  Dr. Stan Leete from Campbell River and his 31lbs Hali caught last week

Halibut- Hali- Butts- Flat Fish- Barn Doors

Call them what you want but by any name they are Delicious.

Halibut seem to be everywhere, inside & outside waters. It could be because there is so much bait around. Bait is needle fish & small herring.

But, it seems that in every deep crevice inside Esperanza Inlet from Steamer Pt. out & in Nootka Sound from the south end of Bligh Is. out You will find Halibut in good numbers and sized to meet the new larger size limits for this season. One 133cm max (approx. 70lbs) &

One under 90 cm (approx. 20lbs)

Drop a herring on a spreader bar in any of those crevices and you will be HOOK UP immediately. Fast and Fun Halibut Fishing is happening right NOW! Stop by the Marina Tackle Shop & we will get the charts out and point out the HOT Spots, with GPS coordinates. See You Soon!


SAVE $$$ - Fish & Have FUN!!!



Had an Awesome fishing day today with two of our new Marina employees. Did not leave the dock until 8:30am, went out to fish the 11:30 tide change at Beano Creek. As soon as we put the lines down we doubled up on ling cod trolling. Hooked 12 Kept 5. Then the Chinook started an all-out assault on our anchovies, it was fast & fun for 2 more hrs. 12 Springs solidly hooked 6 in the box 10-22lbs. Pulled the plug after only 3hr total with lines in the water. Great Day!! Flashes off rigger ball was 4 for 4, Flasher on line went 2 for 8 on Chinook. Both lines had anchovies. Seems to be a message here???  What do you think?