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June 16, 2014 9:29PM Post #1
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looking to take the kid fishing next week for a couple days. not going to go off shore but it's bamfield or nootka. both about 4 hrs away. wanna try something different. we haven't had much luck on our trips the past few years and really want to find a good spot that we can make it a yearly trip.


thinking about going to china creek one night then doing the drive to bamfield next day or 2. just not sure about the condition of the road to bamfield.

or driving straight up to nootka area and staying 2 maybe 3 nights

any input that would help us decide
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June 17, 2014 8:05AM Post #2
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This time of year in Nootka you need to go to the outside, not offshore but all the way out of the sound. Sounds like fishing has been really good though! I've personally done about 20 different trips to Nootka and I really enjoy it there.

Both locations are pretty good bets and known for having opportunities to catch fish even when the weather sucks. I'm sure you'll hear opinions on both spots... IMO you can't lose with either.
June 17, 2014 12:37PM Post #3
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I would recommend Barkley for this time of year. Like hambone9 said, for whatever reason the migrating fish stay on the outside of nootka early in the season whereas in Barkley they seem to venture deep into the sound in June most seasons. You can fish a lot of protected waters near Bamfield and the Cree / Meares / Swale side of the broken group. Diplock and Fleming usually offer some protection from the normal wind patterns. The fishing can be fantastic in June.

If confidence is low fishing these spots, try fishing a 3.5'' spoon in green/nickle, copcar, or green glow about 5 - 6' behind a green hotspot flasher. Springs at this time of year will usually be between 70 and 120ft in Barkley Sound at any of the hot spots. Find the bait balls and you will find the fish.

IMO the best way to get to Bamfield is by boat, launching in port alberni and running down the canal. You need a good seaworthy boat and the right weather to do it though! The road to Bamfield can be pretty rough on the boat and trailer most of the time.

Have fun with your kids!
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June 20, 2014 9:46PM Post #4
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bamfield it is
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July 8, 2014 11:51AM Post #5
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Hi Andiez, did you go to Bamfield? how did you do?
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July 8, 2014 6:42PM Post #6
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only fished one day cuz weather. but the monday we went to china creek and ran down the canal to bamfield area. we werent down there that long maybe 3 - 4 hours before started to rain, but we got 4 springs 9, 10, 13, 20. and had tons of fun jiggin around there. was a great first time trip. lil hard on the fuel for the boat, but now i know how far i can go on one tank.
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July 9, 2014 12:01PM Post #7
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Right on good for you Andiez. Too bad the weather wasn't cooperating but you made the most of it.
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