Fishing Guides: Greater Vancouver

Greater Vancouver

Visitors to the Greater Vancouver area are often surprised to learn that there is excellent saltwater fishing immediately offshore, in urban settings within sight of Vancouver.

Salmon fishing is the main draw for fishermen in the Lower Mainland area, both freshwater and saltwater. There is good lake fishing close to the urban centres, with an abundance of small trout that attract anglers of all ages. As the coastal lakes in the region are more acidic, with waters that are not as nutrient rich as the interior lakes, the trout grow more slowly and remain smaller in size.

Fishing remains good on the lower elevation lakes during winter, with the lakes seldom icing over. Winter fishing for feisty feeder chinook salmon provides steady action, with hot spots from Point Atkinson to Bowen Island and, on occasion, as near as the shore of famous Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver.

Freshwater steelhead and cutthroat trout fishing is available in North Vancouver, directly across the Lions Gate Bridge in the Capilano River, and across the Second Narrows Bridge in the Seymour River.

Anglers and crabbers use the dock at Belcarra Regional Park and the pier at Jericho Beach as an excuse to spend some time in the outdoors. Water quality at both locations is often suspect, especially for its effect on bottom feeders, but this doesn’t keep fishermen from enjoying their catch. Smelt fishers cast their filigree nets from the waters of Jericho Beach and Kitsilano Beach.

The seawall at Stanley Park is another popular angling location, particularly around the kilometre 6 marker at Siwash Rock. The water is sufficiently deep here to allow the possibility of landing a salmon, especially when a run of pinks returns to Burrard Inlet at the end of summer.

You’ll need a saltwater fishing licence before you toss a line into the waters around Greater Vancouver. Licences are available at most sportfishing stores.

The North Shore

Salmon fishing is superb along the North Shore of North Vancouver and West Vancouver – within sight of your downtown hotel. Coho bound for the Capilano River in Capilano River Regional Park make for brisk shore fishing action. Cast a lure or fly for the coho at the mouth of the Capilano River or fish the hatchery just below the dam on the Capilano River.

As there are few places to shore-cast on the North Shore, other than the lower reaches of the Capilano River, anglers would do well to head to the boat-launch ramp at Cates Park in North Vancouver, Seycove Marina at the north end of Panorama in Deep Cove, or Mosquito Creek Marine Basin, at the south foot of Forbes, also in North Vancouver. Ambleside Pier and Dundarave Pier in West Vancouver extend into Burrard Inlet and provide good spots from which to fish.

There’s a public boat launch at Horseshoe Bay beside the BC Ferries Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal. Sewell’s Marina at Horseshoe Bay is one of the premier moorage locations in Greater Vancouver, offering self-drive boat rentals and guided salmon fishing charters in Howe Sound, the Fraser River, Capilano River, and the Southern Gulf Islands.

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Sewell’s Marina
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Sewell’s Marina at Horseshoe Bay is one of the premier moorage locations in Greater Vancouver, offering exciting 2-hour Sea Safari wildlife eco-tours, self-drive boat rentals, guided salmon fishing charters, moorage and Group Sea Quest corporate Scavenger Hunts. Howe Sound is just minutes away, 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Come visit our Ocean Playground! Scheduled shuttle-bus service to and from downtown Vancouver.

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Deep Respect Fishing Charters
Heather Street Marina 600 Stamps Landing Vancouver BC V5Z 3Z1 Deep Respect Fishing Charters Suite 1202-2772 Fir Street Vancouver BC V6J 3C1 Work Phone: 604-734-1987Work Phone: 604-818-3715Work Phone: 1-866-293-7719Visit Website

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Nothing beats a day on the water fishing for salmon while enjoying time with family and friends. The Pacific Northwest, especially British Columbia, is the best place to experience sport fishing. With its beautiful landscapes and crystal-clear waters, a fishing trip with us is a must for anyone visiting Vancouver BC. We’re sure you’ll have an amazing experience on our 5, 8 or 10-hour charters in the waters of Vancouver, Georgia Strait, Howe Sound, Bowen Island, and the BC Sunshine Coast.

Based in False Creek Vancouver, you will experience the sights, sounds and smells of Vancouver enroute to the fishing grounds. Deep Respect has been fishing local waters for many years, and we’re committed to providing you with professional and high-quality service, so you’re guaranteed a safe trip every time. We take our clients on the ultimate salmon-fishing adventure, and take care to ensure your comfort and enjoyment throughout. We welcome everyone, from beginners to experts – no experience is necessary. Professionally guided and government certified.

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Steveston Seabreeze Adventures
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Steveston Seabreeze Adventures offers exciting Westcoast ecotours from historic Steveston, 30 minutes south of Vancouver – you don’t have to go to Vancouver Island to see the whales! Travel the scenic Fraser River and tranquil Gulf Islands; Go whale watching, wildlife viewing and bird watching around beautiful Vancouver; embark on a guided fishing adventure; or rent a bike and discover by bicycle tour the magical beauty of historic Steveston fishing village. Book your whale watching or Eco Tour today.

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STS Guiding Service
34827 Brient Drive Mission BC V2V 6R8 Home Phone: 604-671-3474Home Fax: 604-826-3028Work Phone: 1-866-771-3474Visit Website

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Join us for Sturgeon fishing and world-class fly fishing on the Fraser River and Harrison River for Salmon, Steelhead, and Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout. We offer fully-guided day trips as well as fully-inclusive fishing packages with lodging on the Fraser River. We also offer Helicopter Fishing, wilderness adventures, and combine golf and whitewater rafting with year-round quality angling opportunities.

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