2020 Port Alberni and Alberni Inlet Reports

Discussion in '2020 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by SFBC, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. SFBC

    SFBC Admin Staff Member

    Post your 2020 fishing reports here!
  2. c.askin

    c.askin Member

    any word on this years sockeye fishing in the inlet? regulations … and estimated return this year ….any info appreciated....thanx C.A.
  3. albernifisher

    albernifisher Well-Known Member

    It's currently closed due to a poor return forecast.
  4. Fishingwest

    Fishingwest New Member

    Any sockeye showing up in the inlet?
  5. Foxsea

    Foxsea Well-Known Member

    Yes, there are sockeye moving through but low numbers so you are not allowed to fish them.
  6. At Ease

    At Ease Active Member

    Have they got their numbers? There was a commercial boat with their net in the water near Hocking point yesterday?
  7. RBL

    RBL Active Member

    Maybe test fishery?
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  8. c.askin

    c.askin Member

    check the sproat river fish cam there going up the river at 4 and 5 abreast continually ... what gives?????? C.A.
  9. Fishing?

    Fishing? Member

    Swear to G0d I just saw 4 or 5 Atlantic salmon going up, big spots.
    Thats cool, I just counted a little over 200 in 15 min.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2020
  10. BC_Gonger

    BC_Gonger New Member

  11. Admin

    Admin Admin Staff Member

  12. c.askin

    c.askin Member

    any up to date report on the number of sockeye returning to the inlet ., any possibility of a sports fishing opening this year ????? thanx ...C.A.
  13. brutus

    brutus Well-Known Member

    Open as of today
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  14. Fins -n- Skins

    Fins -n- Skins Well-Known Member

    A buddy just sent me some pics of loading up on Sox's today. Good to see !
  15. Northdogboy

    Northdogboy Member

    So i kayak fish and im wondering are the sockeye up to the city yet because I can launch from the old plywood Beach
  16. c.askin

    c.askin Member

    Is it true is sockeye really open in the inlet? I never seen any thing by the fishery officers about it. If it is what are the restrictions ? THANX FOR ANY INFO...c.a.
  17. brutus

    brutus Well-Known Member

    Yes open on july 1, 2x per day
  18. brutus

    brutus Well-Known Member

  19. brutus

    brutus Well-Known Member

    FN0617-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Sockeye - Portion of Subarea 23-1 and 23-2 to 23-11 - Opening July 1, 2020

    The finfish closure in part of Alberni Inlet (portions of Subarea 23-1 and Subarea 23-2 and 23-3) implemented on June 4, 2020 as outlined in FN 0506 has been lifted.

    Effective 00:01 hours July 1, 2020 until further notice the daily quota for the tidal recreational fishery for sockeye salmon will be two sockeye per day in the
    following area:

    that portion of Subareas 23-1 to 23-11 from a line in Alberni Harbour near the mouth of the Somass River beginning at a boundary sign Located at 49 degrees 14.190
    north latitude and 124 degrees 50.230 west longitude then through the southernmost point of Hoik Island then to the flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass
    River then due east to a boundary sign on the opposite shore then Seaward to the surfline (Cape Beale to Amphitrite Point) except for the following closed area;

    The area known as Uchucklesit Inlet will close to angling for all finfish - effective 00:01 hours June 30 until 23:59 hours October 31,2019 this includes that portion
    of Subarea 23-3 northwest of a line between boundary signs at Brooksby Point and Burroughs Point.

    Effective daily from 05:00 hours to 22:00 hours from July 1 until July 23, 2020 the daily quota for sockeye salmon shall be two per day in the following area;

    The tidal portion of the Somass River described as that portion of Subarea 23-1 from the tidal boundary signs at Paper Mill Dam on the Somass River downstream to a
    line commencing at a boundary sign in upper Alberni Harbour situated at 49°14.19 north latitude and 124°50.23 west longitude then through the southernmost point of
    Hoik Island then to the flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass River, then due east to a boundary sign on the opposite shore except for the following closed

    The area known as Paper Mill Dam Pool will remain closed to angling for all finfish. It Includes that portion of 23-1 in the Somass River from signs located near the
    bottom of the rapids immediately north of Paper Mill Dam Pool, then downstream to boundary signs located on both sides of the Somass River approximately 60 metres
    downstream from the northern tip of the unnamed island directly below Paper Mill Dam Pool.

    Variation Order: # 2020-RFQ-342, # 2020-RCT-343

    On June 25, the Area 23 Roundtable met and agreed to proceed cautiously and delay potential fishery openings until next week due to uncertainties around run timing and
    test fishery estimates. An extra meeting was scheduled on Monday June 29 to review escapements and test fishery data to see if they remain consistent with an upgraded
    run size. If so, it is expected that fisheries will proceed early next week starting with treaty and FSC fisheries followed by recreational and Area D commercial
    openings later in the week.

    On June 29, 2020 Department staff met with the Area 23 Harvest Committee to discuss fishery planning for Area 23 Somass Sockeye. The attendees at this meeting were
    representatives from the Tseshaht, Hupacasath and Maa-nulth First Nations and stakeholders from the commercial gillnet and seine fishery, and the Alberni Valley Sport
    Fishing Advisory Committee. The Somass Sockeye run size was confirmed at 250,000 at this run size fisheries will open this week for First Nations, recreational, and
    Area D Gillnet.

    The Somass Sockeye in-season stock assessment program will be in place in 2020. This program collects escapement, test fishing, catch and environmental information on
    a weekly basis. This information is collected and a reforecast will be made weekly every Thursday for the duration of the season. This may lead to further
    recreational sockeye opportunities if conditions warrant.


    Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal waters of British Columbia.

    The term "marked" means a hatchery fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

    Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped chinook and coho
    salmon. Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program toll free at (866)
    483-9994 for further information.

    Anglers are advised to check http://bcsportfishguide.ca for fishing closures and other recreational fishing information.

    Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences can be purchased via any computer connected to the internet at
    or by using Google search key words "Recfish Licence".

    Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation? If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at (800)

    For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at


    Contact the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Port Alberni office
  20. Augie

    Augie New Member

    Tons of boats today. We fished just north of Sproat narrows. Had our first fish at 6:00 am and limited out by 7:30 am. Had a lot of action. Pink hooch and red flasher between 35 feet and 75 feet. Lots of prawn and crab gear out there so watch for that. Lots of fun today. So nice to see some sockeye on board!

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