Ucluelet Chinook and Halibut Season is Officially Underway!

May 1 2013
First trip two days full limits for both days on the water

Our Ucluelet season is officially underway. Bruce Perrin and his crew were out for Sunday and Monday and they had a blast catching full limits for both days on the water. They caught lots of fish at Long Beach and stuck it out at Great Bear on the second day.

Ucluelet Salmon Crabs Halibut LingcodMost the fish this time of year are caught on small spoons and needle fish hootchies. Doesn’t hurt to have a pack of anchovies with you as well


We are in the peak of the migration for Spring Chinook heading into the Columbia River. This run of fish hug the shore line in May just like August fish and we are able to very well without going to far out. You can see these fish passing through the ladder at the Bonneville dam right now. Some nights you can see 10 Chinook in the camera window at once. See the Camera Link below.

Good numbers of Chicken Halibut are being caught on the banks and odd nice one as well. Ling Cod and other bottom dwellers have been steady and are an added bonus once you get your salmon for the day.

 Limits are:

2 Chinook per day/4 possession

1 Halibut/2 possession / Slot limit requirements

3 Ling cod/ 6 possession

3 Rock fish


We have trips available daily and are always available on short Notice.

This will be over 25 years for us fishing the early season in Ucluelet.  For us it is matter of its the best place to be for the early fishery. No where else has the early season abundance of salmon and chicken halibut combined with nice calmer southerly oceans.

Many of these fish are southern migrating US origin Chinook. The runs are in the  hundreds of thousands. 

If you would like your "fish fix" between now and the time we start fishing, keep an eye on the Bonneville Dam camera on the Columbia River.  Its these same fish that are making their way south.

Boneville Fish CamsThe photo on the left a link to the online fish-cam, check back occasionally and schools will come through from time to time. Note that the camera goes offline from time to time, so check back.

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David Murphy

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