Salmon Fishing in Tofino, BC Our Tofino fishing charters are offered from early March until the end of October with our peak season being May thru September for Chinook (King) Salmon and July thru October for Coho (Silver) Salmon.
March thru May
This season offers comfortable fishing in protected inlets for Feeder (Blackmouth) Chinook Salmon and early migratory King Salmon that follow our local Herring populations returning from the open seas from their annual spawning ritual. These Salmon are generally 6 – 20 lbs, averaging around 10 lbs with some much larger and the odd Halibut coming aboard our Tofino fishing boats.
May thru September
By this time of year, the Seas calm down enough that our charter fleet can comfortably and safely get offshore to our legendary baitfish rich banks to troll for migratory Chinook (King) Salmon from 15 – 50 lbs and powerful halibut.Our area receives wave after wave of Chinook Salmon heading for their natal rivers hundreds to a thousand miles away on our offshore banks thru the end of September with Coho (Silver) Salmon arriving in our area usually around the end of June and running thru the end of October.
As well, starting in mid-July thru the end of September our Tofino fishing charters offer inshore opportunities for trolling close to shore along kelp beds or in bays for Chinook and Coho Salmon fattening up prior to their spawning runs up our local rivers. This fishery may be restricted by our federal Fisheries Department with unique area and catch limits from year to year.
If you’re going on a Tofino fishing charter you may as well go with the BEST! Our boats won both 1st and 3rd places in 1997 and 1998 as well as 1st place in 2002, 2009, and 2017 in Tofino’s annual fishing derbies.