BEST KEPT SECRET ON THE WEST COAST OF VANCOUVER ISLAND
WHY IS FISHING SO GOOD IN TAHSIS?
The answer is – Area 25 - Esperanza Inlet & Nootka Sounds have been involved in an intense Salmon Enhancement Program in six rivers in the area, done primarily by volunteer hatcheries, for many years. River and Stream Rehabilitation Projects, Volunteer Hatchery Programs, and a Collaborative Agreement Process with the local Federal Hatchery has increased the release of salmon by 25%. All of this results in the release of approximately 5 million Chinook and 500 thousand Coho salmon fry annually in our local waters. It’s the three “P’s” - projects, program, and process that have PRODUCED some of the Best Salmon Fishing/Catching in all of west coast Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Westview Marina’s Salmon Enhancement Derby has raised over $500,000 within the past 16 years of their annual derby and other fundraising activities! All of these funds have contributed to the three “P’s” objective.
2020 Salmon Enhancement Derby
Limited to 200 entries, so get your tickets now at Westview Marina fuel dock or call: (250) 934-7672 to reserve your tickets.
Only 50 persons will be allowed to gather at one time, due to COVID health and safety.
“It’s Really is ALL about the FISH!”
The department of Fisheries and Oceans is protecting a strong return of Chinook & Coho to the Esperanza Inlet and Nootka Sound for the 2020 & 2021seasons. 50,000 Chinook/Spring and 10,000 Coho will be returning to the Esperanza Inlet and Nootka Sound areas this year.
“Enhancement is working!”
Inside Area 25 Esperanza/Nootka we are at possession limit of 4 Chinook or 4 Coho, or a limit of 8 Coho in the Tlupana Inlet. So, change out that old fishing line, lube up those reels, sharpen your hooks, and get ready to fill up your freezers for this could be one of our Best Fishing/Catching seasons yet!
James Fisher Crew on their 1st day of their Fishing/Catching Adventure. "ALL SMILES"
Desiree Morris the Best Dock Hand on the West Coast on Vancouver Island. On her days off she out fished her grandpa, Al Carter.
Aug 6 morning - Tatchu Pt - from left to right - Doug Wilkins,Shayne Rodrigues, Russ Duffee, Sean Duffee.
Derby Gifts– to date commitments or already received prizes from:
Great Canadian Super Store, Staples, Canadian Tire, Redden Net, Tyee Marine, Seacom Marine, River Sportsmen, C R Hyundai, Scotty Marine, Breakers Marine, Parker Marine, Port Boathouse, Gibbs/Delta Tackle, Grant Signs, Bank of Montreal, Cap-it, Get West Adventures, Bill Howich RV & Marine, Shawzy Charters, Coastal Mountain Fuels, Fields Gold River, Grieg Seafoods, Lordco Auto Parts, Harbour Chandler, Mark’s Work Warehouse, Share Care, Quay West Restaurant, Vancouver Island Brewing, Air Nootka, Fish with Ray Charters, Advance Marine, Nootka Island Lodge, E&B Helicopter, Home Hardware & MUCH More to gather.
Please call or email us for pick up of your donated Gift/Prize.
or drop your Prize at your nearest Lordco Auto Parts Store. Please mark the package – Westview Marina Derby Prize C/O Store # 75 or mail your prize to PO BOX 775, Tahsis V0P 1X0
We Thank You & the Fish Thank You!!
VIP Salmon Enhancement $$$ Donation Board
Donation of Cash, Cheques, On Account or Cc have been doing well- $9800 to date Fishin Fools, Charlie Boy, Prime Financial, Wind Song, Watkin Motor’s, Chilliwack Ford, Ron Butterfield Brent & Kelly Abbott, Nigel Hogarth, Pacific Prehung Doors, Mattice Family, Expreso Jack & Joann, Fishin Fissishin, Reel Obessosion, Ron Ciccto, Franko Family, Saunder Foundation with more to come!!!!
US Customers/Friends - Existing and New Contributors
Please help by adding to the VIP Salmon Enhancement $$$ Donation Board.
Yes the US & CA international governments have kept our border closed, this season, for the health & safety of their citizens. It is reasonable to predict that the Border will reopen for next season.
Your New & Continued Financial Support to the 4 Reginal Volunteer Hatcheries, Habitat Rehabilitation projects & coop programs with our Local Federal Hatchery needs to be funded. By doing this we will maintain the BEST Salmon Fishing/Catching & retention regulations on the Pacific West Coast here in Esperanza Inlet & Nootka Sound. We continue to be in the right place, doing the right thing for Salmon Enhancement!
Please let’s keep it going!! Thank You!!
Scotty High Performance Downriggers 2106B. Yes, we have a limited quantity of 7
$849 CA + taxes. Will ship to most places in BC $20 + tax. Get them while they last!
Area 25 Esperanza Inlet/Nootka Sound August Fishing Report
Fishing/Catching- Albacore Tuna are starting to showing strong inside of the south Brooks Peninsula weather buoy.
Yes, the pinnacles and the highway edges near Crowther and Kyuquot Canyons are starting to hold significate numbers of large schools of Tuna.
These Albacore are inside of 15 miles off shore. There is no other place on the West Coast of Vancouver Island that these fish are so close to shore.
Albacore are the strongest fighting fish in these pacific water pound for pound. Fresh Tuna is delicious grilled or raw (sashimi).
Catching Albacore is so exciting because most hookups are doubles, triples, quads or all the lines - FISH ON!!!
The local Tuna fisher say “ it is the most FUN you can have in a boat with your cloths still ON!
Coho – the large rain event, that push the Salmon into Area 25, are a bit late this year.
As a result, as of today there is not a considerable amount of Coho around both Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet. But they will arrive soon in Esperanza all around Centre Is, Fairway Is, Double Is, Otter Is and Saltery Bay are ALL plugged with Coho.
In Nootka on the north side of the inlet at the Light House and Wash Rk. On the south side of the inlet Escalante Rks and PT are both holding fish also inside all of Tlupana Inlet, mainly along the shore lines.
Small lures like Coho killers, Wee Gees and Anchovies are scoring well.
Chinook - Anchovies Coho Killers work Best on these fish. Hatchery fish are stacked up at Coopte & Hoiss Points and the Wall on the north side of Tlupana Inlet on both sides of Hisnit Inlet in Nootka. In Esperanza Outer & inner Black Rk, Catala Is Glory Hole, Rosa Harbour, Garden Pt., the Log Dump all the way down that shore line to Saltery Bay. The various hatchery fish are in everywhere.
Chinook are being limited out on inside water in Lots of places by Lots of Fisher by or before NOON! Catching doesn’t get any better than this.
With the long term weather saying no major weather events until at least after Labour Day this Catching frizzy will likely last to mid September.
Michael here from sailing vessel Wanuskewin. Just wanted to say thanks for yours and Wayne’s help with fishing advice. Picked up these two chinook in Fidalgo Passage yesterday. The alligator hoochie and the right location did the trick.
Jim Nasichuk aka “Nasty” with 2 bookend 20lb Chinooks. Caught near outer Black Rock at the mouth of Esperanza Inlet.
Doug Mackay from Whistler BC with a hefty 25lb Spring/Chinook. His Crew of 3 limited on Chinook (6 fish) at Pin Rocks near Rosa Harbor. On Anchovies – 28ft deep – 1.8 mph.
These two young fishers had a GREA day on the water. Paige Riley & Aidan Hallett with 2 bright 15lb Chinook. Caught near inner Black Rock on anchovies.
Jim Byrne and his family, largest salmon was chinook at 24.5 lbs.
Look at that smile on Brennen Cramb with a Chinook 26lbs caught at Inner Black Rock at the mouth of Esperanza Inlet on a Anchovy.
Halibut, Lingcod & other Bottom Fish - limits are a daily occurrence here. Pick your tides & weather. BE SAFE!!
Herring or But Juice on your favorite jigging or bottom trolling swim bait. Come to our tackle shop for tips & HOT Spots.
The Declack clan with their salmon catch for the mid-July. The also limited on Lingcod 2 ea. & Halibut 1 ea.
The Collins party of 5 from Red Deer loaded up on what they wanted Chicken Halibut. “Great Fish & Chips” They were Fishing/Catching less than 5miles off the mouth of Esperanza Inlet.
The Nicolas Family came to Westview Marina & Lodge wishing to take LOTS of Bottom Fish home to Kelowna. They Got their WISH on this their 1stday out on the water. Largest Halibut is 62lbs.
Leah & Rob Marusic with a nice 46lb Halibut caught off Tatchu Point last week.
September and beyond weather and regulations will determine the viability of Fishing/Catching Tuna, Halibut, Lingcod and Prawns.
2021- If you are considering Fishing/Catching in Esperanza/Nootka in 2021 we would recommend reservations. Likely the US/CA boarder will be open for the 2021 season. Lots of Canadian’s have discovered, for the 1st time, Esperanza/Nootka with it’s abundance of fish and the best possession limits of ALL areas in Western Canada.
There will be a robust return of both CA and US fishers for next season. So make your reservations for camping, lodging, moorage, charters, ECO Tours, Kayak & Paddle board rentals, Water Taxies, meal planes, etc. before there is NO Room at the INN.
Unfortunately we have lost a few regional operators due to C-19. That converts to less overall capacity. So make those reservations early to get your dates YOU WANT!!
Stay warm, dry and Safe. See you next year.
Make your summer 2021 reservations now!
Fish ON John
John Falavolito 250-934-7672 or 800-992-3252
Westview Marina & Lodge/Serving the Vacationing, Cruising and Fishing Public for 27 Years