Fishing Report October 21, 2013

2013-10-22 13:23:40
Vancouver Island, British Columbia - Saltwater Fishing Report
Barkley Sound
Sam Vandervalk

Fishing Report October 21, 2013

Fishing has slowed down for the season and the weather made it tough to get out most of the days in late September and early October. The weather recently has been beautiful though Salmon Eye Charters have pulled all their boats for the season and will start fishing again in March. For anglers with their own boats, fishing off Big Bank could still be an option as there should be feeder Chinooks out there. The weather has been great and should continue for another week so fishing is still an option. We had good numbers of Coho through Barkley Sound as was expected during September. If you are buy tackle for next season, Silver Horde has many different new colors in their three inch spoon which seem to work very well for Coho and Chinook inside Barkley Sound. The 3 inch spoons worked well behind a 5-6 foot leader and flasher.

September fishing was very good for Coho in Barkley Sound until mid month and then it was important to run out to Big Bank if you were looking for salmon. In early September the Coho were about the same size as the Chinook and since the limit was 4 per person, it made it easy to go only 10 mins out of the harbor and fish Coho in protected water. The Coho were mostly in the 7-12 lb range and were at 20-50 feet mostly on 3 inch and 3.5 inch green/silver Silver Horde and Coyote Spoons.

Tight lines and enjoy your summer salmon! For current and indexed fishing reports check out If you are visiting the Tofino area please check out for pictures and descriptions of beaches and trails, surfing and more! We also have great winter deals for two bedroom ocean view condos starting at $139 per night at

Below are some pics from the summer fishing!

Sam Vandervalk

Fishing Charters Vancouver Island BC


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Salmon Eye Charters entering the Barkley Sound Inlet at Sunset
Salmon Eye Charters entering the Barkley Sound Inlet at Sunset

Sept 14 fishing with Salmon Eye Charters
Sept 14 fishing with Salmon Eye Charters

Sam Vandervalk

About The Author: Captain Sam Vandervalk

Company: Salmon Eye Charters

Area Reporting: Vancouver Island - Ucluelet, Tofino, Port Alberni BC

Bio: Sam Vandervalk, the owner of Salmon Eye Charters has now guided for 12 years. He grew up around mid-Vancouver Island. You could say that fishing is in the family as his older brother Ray also guides for Salmon Eye Charters. Salmon Eye Charters has grown and is now going to be operating 4 boats mostly in Ucluelet as that is where the fish seem to be the most. Happy customers are made every day here!

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