Ucluelet provides some of the best salt water fishing for British Columbia's salmon and halibut. Halibut are usually caught mooching or jigging on banks 10-20 miles offshore, so they are best pursued on an 8-hour trip to account for the extra travel time. Halibut aficionados think it's worth it, for these fish, while they average 20 pounds, can come in at 50 pounds to a whopping 100 pounds and make for great eating.
Local salmon are mainly Coho and Chinook, though some Sockeye, Pink, and Chum pass through the area. Our area is world famous for its summertime Chinook salmon (averaging 20 pounds, with many in the "Tyee" range of 30 pounds plus, and even some "Walter class" leviathans at 40 to 50 pounds and up!) Since this is more of a near shore fishery, they're usually fished on 4- or 6-hour trips. But we're flexible - that's one of the advantages of being a small company!
Lingcod and rockfish (both are very tasty) put in occasional appearances on the end of the line at all times of year.
To find out more on what you can expect to catch at different times of year, take a look at our salt water fishing
What are the regulations and catch limits going to be for the coming year?
Regulations and catch limits for the sport fishery are generally stable from year to year, though changes occur as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) adjusts their fisheries management plan. Areas may be closed to certain species, or opened from previous closures, and retention limits may be adjusted. DFO's goal, to which Long Beach Charters is strongly committed, is a sustainable fishery which continues and grows for the enjoyment of future generations.
Regulations are normally released in March of each year.