Nootka Fishing Calendar

Check fisheries postings online for openings and closures for all salmon, bottom fish, and shellfish opportunities as they are all subject to change at any time. Anglers can refer to our web site from mid-April through September for our weekly fishing reports, tips on when to fish, including tackle and “hot spot” information.

April

April prawn fishing off of Vancouver Island

Anglers who dare to venture to the outside waters can expect some limited access to early Columbia River chinook, as well as local feeder spring salmon. Good prawning, crabbing, and oyster harvest opportunities do exist.

Try trolling in the 60 to 90-foot range for salmon, and just off the bottom for lings and halibut; or stop and jig for all species of bottom fish along the kelp beds and on rocky bottom structure.

May

Fishing Calendar

Outside waters give anglers some access to early Columbia River chinook. Great prawning, crabbing, and oyster harvest opportunities also exist. 

Stop and jig for all species of bottom fish along the kelp beds and on rocky bottom structure.  More so than in the month of April, there are increased opportunities for Columbia River migratory springs and feeders further into the inlets.

June

Fishing Calendar

Salmon fishing on both the outside and inside is now steady for both mature and feeder chinook salmon and by the middle of this month coho will start to show in good numbers primarily from the lighthouse and out.

Bottom fishing is outstanding for all species, including halibut; again one must fish outside from the lighthouse to Bajo Reef for best results. Prawning is still steady at this time, crabbing will begin to slow down somewhat by mid-month, and oyster picking is still great but check for red tide first.

July

Fishing Calendar

All species of salmon and bottom fish are available in both the inside and outside fisheries. Check our weekly fishing reports for updated hot spots and guide gear choices.

Prawning will slow down, but groups will still get plenty to dine on for while they are here in Nootka Sound. Crabbing will also slow down somewhat as the water temperature starts to increase.

August

Fishing Calendar

It’s prime season for all species of salmon and bottom fish; both the inside and outside fisheries are in full tilt. Again, refer to our weekly fishing reports for hot spot locations and timely gear choices.

Limited prawn and crab opportunities are available due to the heavy pressure through the summer, however for those who are willing to move their traps around most will eventually find good numbers to enjoy during their stay at our resorts.

September

Tuna

Chinook and coho fishing remain strong until mid-month, depending on how much rain we get. These fish begin to stage directly in front of our Moutcha Bay Resort as they await for their chance to run up the Conuma River toward their home spawning grounds.

Bottom fishing will stay strong through month’s end for those who are willing to take the run to the outside grounds. Prawning will stay steady, and crabbing opportunities increase greatly with the arrivals of all the mature spawning salmon.