March 2018


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Returns of Chinook stocks to Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet at its ALL time HIGH in recent history.


Yes it is TRUE according to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans we are going to have a Very Good return of Chinook and Coho this 2018 season. Why- Answer: The hot water blob in the mid-Pacific has dissipated. The Pacific Ocean in general has cooled and the upwelling that feed the ECO system are back to their positive normal. Add to that the support of nearly $400,000 over the past 12 yrs. of locally volunteer fund raising for Salmon Enhancement. These efforts support numerous stream and river rehabilitation projects, 6 Volunteer hatchery programs and the additional funding to the local federal hatchery to add 1.25 million more salmon fry to local waters. Totalling 3 million Chinook and ½ million Coho fry added to Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet each season. This is part of the reason why we will have the Healthiest and Best Fishing/Catching on Vancouver Island in Esperanza Inlet and Nootka Sound!

Come join the Fun, Fun, Fun! Make your reservations now while we still have room for Lodging, Moorage, ECO and Fishing Charters.


Remember to Bring Your Large Coolers….You will need them

when you Fish in and around ESPERANZA INLET!


Eric from Seattle with his 1st 30.5lb Tyee ever. Caught at the world famous Ferrer Pt. in Esperanza Inlet in early July. This
Chinook/Spring/King Salmon had a partly clipped adipose fin. It is likely from the Port Albreni Federal Hatchery.The crew of 4 not only caught this beauty but Halibut, Ling Cod & MORE Salmon as you can see in the photo.

"A Great Day of Fishing/Catching out of Westview Marina & Lodge"


Helen from Alberta out Fished/Caught her entire 4 person crew on their Bottom Fishing trip. Yes a 79lb Thick Halibut and a 14.5lb Yellow Eye. They also fished for Salmon on their 4 Night Lodging, 3 Full Days of Guided Fishing Trips. Limits for ALL were taken HOME! Way to GO Hellen & Crew! All caught off Esperanza Inlet in June 2017.



March Newsletter Joke- Thank you to Harmon Ronning


Here is why you need to pay attention when you go into a fish and fly shop.


A woman goes into the Bass Pro Shop to buy a rod and reel for her grandson's birthday. She doesn't know which one to get so she just grabs one and goes over to the counter. A Bass Pro Shop associate is standing there wearing dark shades.

She says, "Excuse me, sir. Can you tell me anything about this rod and reel?"

He says, "Ma'am, I'm completely blind. But if you'll drop it on the counter, I can tell you everything from the sound it makes." She doesn't believe him but drops it on the counter anyway.

He says, "That's a six-foot Shakespeare graphite rod with a Zebco 404 reel and 10-LB. test line. It's a good all around combination and it's on sale this week for only $20.00." She says, "It's amazing that you can tell all that just by the sound of it dropping on the counter. I'll take it!" As she opens her purse, her credit card drops on the floor. "Oh, that sounds like a MasterCard," he says.

She bends down to pick it up and accidentally passes gas. At first she is really embarrassed, but then realizes there is no way the blind clerk could tell it was she who tooted. Being blind, he wouldn't know that she was the only person around.

The man rings up the sale and says, "That'll be $34.50 please." The woman is totally confused by this and asks, "Didn't you tell me the rod and reel were on sale for $20.00? How did you get $34.50?" He replies, "The rod and reel is $20.00, but the Duck Call is $11.00 and the Bear Repellent is $3.50."




John with his 33lb Tyee. John and his fishing buddies bring their boat into Westview Marina for Moorage in May each season. They come in to Tahsis often on weekends & Holidays until Labour day. They Know how GOOD the Fishing/Catching is and are significate donors to Tahsis Salmon Enhancement.

Thank You John & Fishing Friends!


Karen from Victoria with her 23 lb male ling  She is holding one of the most delicious eating & fun fighting fish out there. Yes when you put your bait down there you never know what will hook up! All Good Yummy White Fish! Their Crew of 3 Limited on lots of BIG ling, Halibut and other bottom FISH.



Esperanza Inlet & Nootka Sound Spring Fishing/Catching Report


The 1st week of May is when it ALL starts to happen. Yes Chinook in significate numbers come off Brooks Peninsula in huge schools headed south primarily to the Washington/Oregon Columbia River system. Yes 1 million + Salmon traveling down Vancouver Island on the beach. Lots of these fish enter the mouth of Esperanza Inlet and Beano Creek area near the mouth of Nootka Sound.


Yes the Fishing/Catching is Fast, Furious and Great! Filling your fish box!

These 16-28lb Chinook/Spring/Kings are plentiful and foraging.


Why are the Salmon here?

Answer: The end of the large annual Herring Spawn is in play as well as the beginning of the Sea Lance/Needle Fish Spawn that starts in early April. This combination allows for lots of Gorging/Feeding Chinook for your catching.

Other Good News – Halibut and Ling Cod move in close to shore to feed on these abundant schools of bait fish during this May & early June time frame.

How to Catch them in May and early June – Troll 5 to 10 ft. off the bottom with bait (anchovies or small herring) with a slow roll. Then “Hold On” – “Fish ON” you will be amazed at the volume and variety of Fish you will put in the Fish Box-Salmon, Ling Cod, Halibut and many other bottom fish.


If you prefer to use artificial baits stop by our Westview Marina’s Tackle Shop and we will show you what is catching / limiting locally. If You are looking for a Fun, Productive, Relaxed Fishing experience come to Westview Marina & Lodge the gateway to both Esperanza Inlet and Nootka Sound.






You have heard this before BUT it is TRUER NOW more than ever before. If you have not already made your resevations for Moorage, Lodging, Guided Fishing Charters, ECO Tours, Kayak Rentals you will want to do that SOON! We already have several weeks in the May-Sept 2018 season when we are Totally BOOKED OUT!!




Remember to bring your large coolers. You will need them when you FISH with US!


 See You Soon the 2018 Season Starts March 1


March 1– Marine Mechanic Shop

March 15- Gas Dock, Tackle Shop, Coffee Shop

April 1- Halibut, Ling Cod, Prawn OPENS

May 1- Marina Grillhouse Restaurant

May 13-Special Mother Day Dinner


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Cathy & John Falavolito   250-934-7672 or 800-992-3252

Owner Operators Westview Marina & Lodge

Successfully Serving the Vacationing, Cruising and Fishing Public for 26 Years     N49* 55’ 13     W126* 39’ 78.5