Westside of Vancouver Island Trip Planning

Discussion in 'Washington Fishing Reports' started by Sundodger, Apr 9, 2018.

  1. Sundodger

    Sundodger Fishing is fun

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    Planning a trip to the west side of Vancouver Island in early July for a week or so this year, and looking for some recommendations on activities. While there will be some fishing, this won’t be my typical sunup/sundown hardcore fishing trip.

    This all started a couple of months ago when my girlfriend booked a reservation for couple nights at an air B&B in Tofino walking distance to the marina. So we are going to spend a couple of days in Tofino, but would also like to spend some time exploring Barkley sound and anything else that catches our interest.

    This is what I have identified out so far:

    -Hotsprings in Tofino

    -Explore Barkley sound

    -The girlfriend would like to catch a halibut

    -I probably need to take the lady on a deathmarch of a hike or mountain bike loop every other day or so otherwise I will have a caged lioness on the boat with me.


    Any recommendations of what to check out and do?

    Pro tips on what to do or not do?

    Good intense hikes/bike rides/outdoor adventures in Barkley sound, Ucluelet, or Tofino?

    Unique fishing opportunities, surfing, or anything else?


    Just to keep all you animals happy here is a picture of the first time my girlfriend went chinook fishing last year.


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  2. keithsalmon

    keithsalmon I killed a fish and I liked it

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    Hers is bigger.....
     
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  3. Mad Impulse

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    Fished out of ULICKIT a few times most of the fish we caught were north once we hit the ocean. have fun
     
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  4. sgwill122

    sgwill122 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Call to find moorage now. All the Marina's will fill up, but you can easily find a spot on the government docks between 7:00am-2pm(until the fleet returns). I have done several week camping trips in Barkley Sound with the family. It is just like the San Juans without houses but plenty of Kayakers, it is pretty easy to find your own beach. Most of the hiking on the broken group is along the beach. Plenty of protected bays to overnight on anchor. Lots of surfers hit Tofino but never done it myself. Halibut can be caught on most of the banks. We caught most of ours while trolling Salmon on the bottom. Definitely a fun trip. Make sure you get a Ferry reservation if your towing the boat over.
     
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  5. Sundodger

    Sundodger Fishing is fun

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    I have taken her fishing twice and she has caught the biggest fish both times. It's good for the boat stats, I can can swallow my pride.

    Thanks for the pro tips, some good advice, I will start calling marinas tomorrow. We plan on anchoring up in sheltered water at least a handful of nights.

    They have black/blue rockfish up there like on our side that we can hook into for a quick dinner? Not planning on keeping many fish, at least until the last day or so.

    I like beach hikes, but are there any that go up some elevation to a nice viewpoint?

    Anyone spear fish up there? In my searches that is a thing they advertise up there, I have only done it in Hawaii, but that could be a lot of fun.
     
  6. m105580

    m105580 Newbie

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  7. Sockeye71

    Sockeye71 If it swims... we will hunt it down and club it!

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    Go search for my previous post... we did 2 weeks in July 2016 left out of Port Alberni and headed to Bamfied, Uclulet, and Tofino.... we moored at Poet Nook.

    Spent hours and hours all over Barkley Sound. Got some nice fish... lots of sockeye.

    That Olympic in the background of your pic is NICE!
     
  8. fishing fanatic

    fishing fanatic Well-Known "Member"

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    Islands west sucks ass out of Ucluelet imo! They always overbook and make ridiculous requests in major storms blowing 40knts plus to change out slips.
     
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    fishing fanatic Well-Known "Member"

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    I’ve done the government dock thing a bunch but it can be a bit sketchy crowds
     
  10. fishing fanatic

    fishing fanatic Well-Known "Member"

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    There is a cool campground in bamfield
     
  11. fishbadger

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    Yes I'd vote for Bamfield, a few less amenities than Ukie, quieter, more old school, which would be a nice change of pace after Tofino (been in all 3).

    They have all the usual rockfish there, it's only a few stones throws north of Swiftsure so basically like crossing Neah with the San Juans and adding a better exchange rate. Anchor up if you want to catch good sized halibut, but don't make em too big, their slot limit shrunk this year, with new halibut size reg's in print now. I'm no help with good hikes, although I always dream about being trapped on the boat with a lioness. . .have a great trip!

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  12. Whalebreath

    Whalebreath Well-Known "Member"

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    There's been ownership 'issues' the past number of years- it's supposed to have stabilised now but I have no first hand experience.
     
  13. mrfish11

    mrfish11 "Ice Melter"

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    She looks like she could kick your ass:p

    Hope you have a great trip.
     
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  14. Sundodger

    Sundodger Fishing is fun

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    Great info guys, and yeah she is a force to be reckoned with.


    That sockeye fishery has me intrigued. I grew up fishing the lake Washington sockeye fishery when it opened every 2-4 years, and have some really fond memories I wouldn’t mind reliving.


    Any of the fuel docks in that area that have mid or premium grade fuel?
     
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    seagirt Newbie

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