Sound Fishing Amid Sensational Seascapes
Bamfield, at the mouth of spectacular Barkley Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island, is ideally located to take advantage of the region’s excellent salmon and bottom fishing. Early in the season, and again when mature chinook salmon are returning to the Robertson Creek Hatchery in mid-summer, anglers can find salmon right around the entrance to Bamfield Harbour or among the many islands within the Broken Group. The big fish-holding offshore banks are a bit farther to go, but offer consistently good fishing for mature salmon returning to Robertson Creek and many other rivers. Trolling lures just off the bottom can result in hot action for bottomfish as well as salmon. With its many protected waterways, and pretty islets with sandy beaches, Barkley Sound is a wonderful place explore in a kayak. Established in 1972, the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (housed in the original Pacific Cable Board Station) is well worth a visit.