2018 West Coast Vancouver Island
(WCVI) Fishing Outlook

We have a great season ahead!


West Coast Vancouver island (WCVI) has been showing some positive trends for 2018.  Local wild stocks have been on an upward trend in North Western Vancouver Island. Hatchery stocks that migrate past our doorstep in season, also remain moderate to strong as well. Over 120,000 Canadian Hatchery Chinook Salmon are anticipated to return to the WCVI area this summer!

The North Western section of Vancouver Island, in particular Kyuquot should experience some good Salmon fishing this year.  Chinook are highly migratory for portions of their lives, in particular WCVI and Southern US Chinook are traditionally intercepted in very large numbers in the Alaskan and Far Northern BC Commercial Troll Fisheries early in the season before they migrate South to come home.  But this year, it will be different for those Northern interception fisheries.

Alaskan and far Northern BC Salmon stocks from those areas have declined in abundance. The Alaskan government has significantly cut back their fisheries.  Also, the Northern BC Area F Commercial Troll fishery in the Northern Queen Charlotte Islands has also been reduced.

The overall abundance of WCVI Hatchery Chinook combined with these new cuts to the far north Commercial Fisheries will incidentally provide for more fish passing through those Northern areas resulting in larger abundances of WCVI Chinook returning to the West Coast Vancouver Island.

The 2018 limits of Chinook Salmon in Kyuquot area remain the same as 2017. 2 per day / 4 in possession while away from home.
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West Coast Vancouver Island Coho are also remaining in a status similar to last year.  Last year the Coho came in really late and we did not get to take advantage of the abundances. We hope that they will be on time this year!

The 2018 Limits of Coho in the Kyuquot area remain the same at 2017 2 per day/ 4 possession.  Inshore can be Wild or Hatchery.  Offshore can be Hatchery only.
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Halibut are an abundant species and there are no conservation concerns for Halibut with large commercial scale fisheries in both Canada and the United States.  Canada does however have pre defined shares of halibut with the United States.  This year the entire biomass is less than last year which means Canada's total allocation for 2018 was reduced.

The recreational and commercial fishery also have pre defined "shares" of the Canadian Total Allocated Pounds.  The result is that in order for the recreational fishery to stay within their 15% share of the TAC, that DFO reduced the maximum size limit of the larger fish for 2018.

The 2018 limit is 1 per day / 2 possession away from home. 1 of these can be up to a maximum size of 115cm and the other or both can be up to a maximum size of 83cm. 
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The 2018 limit is 2 per day/ 4 possession away from home
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While many species of Rockfish are abundant such as Canary Rockfish and Black Sea Bass, there are others that are very long lived, slow to reproduce, and have been over fished by decades of commercial fishing.  Back in the "old days", not much was known about their life cycle.  Recently biologists have learned that some of these species can not sustain fisheries and need to be rebuilt. Rebuilding will take generations. 

Yellow Eye Rockfish are one of the slowest growing of the rockfish and this year DFO has taken some changes to preserve them. New for this year:
*1.) All Yellow Eye Rockfish must be released
*2.) All Yellow Eye Rockfish released, should be done so with a live release descending device.
Learn more about releasing Yellow Eye Rockfish - yes they do survive!

The 2018 limit of Rockfish is 3 per day / 6 possession: No Yelloweye or Boccacciao
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