Port Alberni is one of the best places in British Columbia
to fish the Sockeye salmon. June 25-July 15 is the prime
time to get these tasty fish.
The early mornings in Port Alberni usually see 150-400
boats going out to get their favorite dinner. You may
think this number of boats must be insane to fish through,
but the inlet is 25 miles long and every fisherman
has his favorite spot.
Sockeye start in mid-June and continue through until
early August. Thats when the big Chinook start rolling
through. From mid August right into the beginning of
September, the Chinook salmon fishing can have the boat
very excited. The biggest flurry of action is the first
hour when it seems that half the inlet of boats have
fish on! Come experience the action!
Some favorite lures for sockeye salmon are the hot pink mini hoochie, mp16
mini, 3" pink coyote spoon along with either a green or red hotspot or O'ki
flasher. Sockeye seem to have different tastes from year to year some years
one is hotter than the other. You can also use darker pink minis or try just
pink hooks by themselves.
For Chinook, there are so many differnt lures that will trigger hits.
One of the most common lures is the MP 2 mini hoochie
behind a green flasher. Length of leader will depend
on the speed in which you like to go. Other hoocies include
MP 16 mini, glow with green or white spots (early in
the morning), or a dark pink(less common). Some favorite
Tomic plugs are the 158, 600 or 602. If you are new to the area, make
sure you take along some anchovies along with teasers.
If you unsure about which color or lure is working, anchovies
can be the answer. Anchovies can also be good for getting
the bigger fish.