Fishing

Photo courtesy of Sam Vandervalk, Salmon Eye Charters

Ucluelet is fast becoming a world renowned fishing destination and offers some of the best saltwater fishing in the Pacific Northwest. The west coast of Vancouver Island is rich in fishing history and culture. The love for the sport is evident throughout the community and once you start reeling in one fish after another, you will see why!

Spawning baitfish in the area draw feeder Chinook into the fishing grounds as early as March. By summer's end, it is not uncommon to pull in a Chinook salmon weighing over 30 pounds or more. A salmon caught weighing over 30 pounds is referred to as a Tyee. This coastal First Nations word means 'the chief'.

Offshore, there is an undersea plateau that specifically attracts baitfish. Locals have named this 'Big Bank'. The waters here are rich in nutrients and create a 'salmon highway'. Larger halibut can be reeled in at these offshore banks as well. If the weather isn't cooperating, anglers can find shelter in the Broken Group Islands of Barkley Sound. These shallower waters are excellent for fishing halibut, ling cod, red snapper and several species of rockfish.

Drop a crab trap in the Ucluelet Harbour on your way out to fish in the morning. It will have your dinner caught by the time you return to bring it back up. Shellfish such as oysters and mussels can also be harvested nearby. Be sure to check with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) regarding restrictions, limits and closings due to harmful algae blooms in the area.

Ucluelet has full service marinas with moorage available, as well as tackle and supply shops. Our local fishing charter operators and guides are extremely knowledgeable about Ucluelet fishing and will help make your fishing vacation a REEL success!

Alan Boyds' Wild Pacific Charters
  • Address 121 Lyche Rd Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0
  • Phone 250-735-9453
  • Toll Free 1-877-374-6653
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  • Latitude 48.945091
  • Longitude -125.552567
Cap'n Hook Cappuccino&Fishing Gear
  • Address 4-1920 Lyche Road
  • Phone 250-726-4000
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  • Latitude 48.944838
  • Longitude -125.553603
Hot Pursuit Charters
  • Address Inner Boat Basin, 151 Hemlock St
  • Phone 250-751-8145
  • Toll Free 1-844-468-3174
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  • Latitude 48.946001
  • Longitude -125.552354
Ucluelet Charters
  • Address Inner Boat Basin ( Ucluelet )
  • Phone 250 726 3644
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  • Latitude 48.9415997
  • Longitude -125.5463445
  • Freshwater Fishing in Ucluelet

    Freshwater fishing can be done year round in Ucluelet. The population of baitfish spawning into waterways in Barkley Sound create ideal fly fishing conditions at any river estuary along the coast. It is not uncommon to catch a sea-run cutthroat trout chasing a downstream migration of salmon fry.

    Nearby Kennedy Lake is excellent for rainbow or cutthroat trout. Kennedy Lake is located east of Ucluelet along Highway 4 and has a boat launch. Many freshwater anglers cast from the mouth of Thunderous Creek that flows into Kennedy Lake. There is access from Highway 4.

    Other lakes such as Maggie and Toquart are also pristine for trout but are a little more remote and can only be accessed by logging roads, water, or floatplane. There are rivers and streams in Barkley Sound with access from Toquart Bay. Refer to a back roads map or ask the local visitor centre for best access.