Sport fishing is one of the most popular activities in Nootka Sound and attracts fisherman all over the world. The continued success of the Conuma Hatchery and Salmon Enhancement efforts by the Nootka Sound Watershed Society, Fishing Derbies and other contributors/volunteers, the salmon returns each year are excellent for both sport fishing and commercial fishing.
The salmon season typically starts in June and continues to improve in July and August when the larger schools of Chinook and Coho arrive to spawn. Depending on the weather and temperature of the water, the schools can get delayed in the early season. If you're fishing for bottom fish, specifically halibut, lingcod or rock cod, you will have a much better chance going offshore. Finding the right day with the weather can be a struggle at times, but if you're with a fishing charter, you'll stand a much better chance than you would otherwise. When going outside, you can also target salmon runs that don't go inside the Inlet and are known to be some the largest salmon on the west coast of Vancouver Island.