The International Pacific Halibut Commission sets the annual catch limits for each country. The results for the recreational fishery after all of the sector allocation calculations and other factors resulted in DFO announcing that the regulations are the same as 2014.
4 day trip to Kyuquot you can bring home 2 Halibut. 1 up to 70 pounds (133cm) and 1 up to 18 pounds (90cm). You can retain 1 per day, and 2 total for the trip. That's alot of fish!
This year we have heard from friends who are Commercial Halibut fishermen that have had an all time epic season so far since the season opened for 2015.
One report is of the vessel coming back after only two days at sea with over 26,000 pounds of Pacific Halibut! He had to come back in because his hull was full! After unloading he has headed back out to finish his quota for the season.
We look forward to getting out there this year...cant wait.
BC Sportfishing TV filmed this Halibut Episode a few years ago. Note this was prior to the regulation regime where the big ones had to be released.
Super Salmon Highway
As of the time of writing, the Pacific Salmon Commission has not announced the ocean abundance index. When taking a look at some of the ocean's key index drivers, in particular the Columbia River, it's going to be another good season ahead.
The total forecast of 907,500 Columbia River fall Chinook would be the third
largest return on record since 1938 and larger than the five year average.
Ringing in the Tyee Bell - over 30 pounds!!
A full length TV episode on Kyuquot Salmon fishing now online, view at your leisure!
A mild El Nino means good things for Canadian Tuna Fisheries, as
Tuna will stay in the warmer waters. This means that the abundance of Tuna off of our west coast this summer should be great like some of the previous years.
El Nino should also drive these Tuna closer to our shorelines as the warm water creeps up the coast line. This would be very convenient!
A major El Nino event is not good for BC Salmon, so we are happy that it is a "mild" event.
During the summer we monitor the sea surface temperatures via satellite imagery which tells us where the Tuna holding waters are.