Fishing Reports:  Fresh water and salt water - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada - UPDATED September 29, 2015.

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Vancouver Island Fishing Reports: For fall 2015

From: Victoria, Oak Bay, Sidney, Langford, Elk Lake, Prospect Lake, Sooke, Pedder Bay, Becher Bay, Lake Cowichan, Port Renfrew, Nitinat Lake, Nitinat River, Harris Creek, Cowichan Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Duncan, Chemainus Lake, Salt Spring Island, St. Mary Lake, Cusheon Lake, Nanaimo, Quennell Lake (Cedar), French Creek, Parksville,Qualicum Beach, Spider Lake, Cameron Lake, Nile Creek, Courtenay / Comox, Oyster River, Campbell River, Gold River, Oyster River, Salmon River, Port Alberni,  Bamfield, Ucluelet, Tofino, Barkley Sound, Nootka Sound, Moutcha Bay, Port Hardy.

Rivers and streams open fishing
River closures in most Vancouver Island rivers are now lifted. See updates at
During this exceptionally dry summer and fall the government of B.C. had suspended angling in streams and rivers in southern
Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands due to ongoing low stream flows and warming water temperatures.
Further declines in stream, lake and aquifer levels could lead to water shortages and affect people, industry such
as agriculture, wildlife, and fish stocks. All water users are urged to maximize their water conservation efforts.
All angling in streams and rivers in Wildlife Management Units 1-1 through 1-6 is suspended. The closure has been
put in place to protect fish stocks at a time when they are vulnerable due to low flows and high water temperatures.
The geographic area covers Bamfield south to Victoria on the west coast, and Campbell River south to Victoria on the
east coast. Key rivers affected by the order include the Caycuse, Chemainus, Cowichan, Englishman, Gordon, Little
Qualicum, Nanaimo, Nitinat, Oyster, Puntledge, San Juan, Sooke, Trent and Tsable.
The Qualicum (the Big Qualicum) and Quinsam rivers are the only rivers or streams in the affected area exempt from
the closure. On these two streams fishing can continue as normal. These streams have sufficient water refuges to
adequately protect fish, even with normal angling pressure.
Fisheries biologists are monitoring approximately 75 other key angling streams across the province, and if
conditions warrant, additional closures are possible. Lake fishing is not affected by the order. .
Water users are reminded to ensure that water intakes are screened to prevent fish from being pulled into water
systems as water levels drop. Low water levels can impede the passage of salmon to spawning grounds, increase
susceptibility to disease, or cause stranding or death due to low oxygen and high water temperatures.

River closures in most Vancouver Island rivers are now lifted.


Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas St.,
Victoria, ph: 475-4969

It is coho time in Sooke. It is time to gear up with spoons and hootchies. It has been very good for guys fishing
at the south end of Secretary Island and between the Sooke Bluffs and Otter Point.
The best depths for coho in this area have been between about 200 to 450 feet of water.
Various spoons including the Coho Killer, Cop Car, glow, glow green, green and white glow, Cop Car and Blue Chrome,
Splatterback and Purple Chrome Coyote spoons have been working great. For hootchies try Army Truck, J-T9,
Cloverleaf, Purple Haze and Witch Doctor.
There were still springs coming in that averaged between 10 - 20 lb. with a few bigger ones as well. The bigger
chinooks were coming in from 35 - 75 foot depths. Anchovies in green glow, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze teaser heads
being Betsey flashers have worked on the springs.
At this time there are still a few pink salmon being caught but that fishery will soon thin out and come to an end
for 2015.
Good luck with the coho season everybody. It is shaping up to be a good one this year in Sooke waters.
Until next time happy faces and tight lines.
Al Kennedy,
Reel Excitement Salmon Charters

Cowichan Lake: Fishing will continue to improve as the temperature cools.
Currently trout are holding at 40-60’ during mid day. First light and last light fish are cruising shoreline 20-30’.
Gang troll with a red Wedding Band tipped with a worm is your best bet until the bait ban goes in to effect on
November 15.
Always popular 3” Tomic plugs #530 UV your best bet for downrigger fishing; recommended depth 50', best area is the
narrows in front of Gordon Bay. Kwik Fish or Flatfish K7 black/silver flake (Michael Jackson), slow trolled on an S
pattern along the drop-off during dim light or dark days fished with or without a gangtroll has been extremely
successful. During brighter periods switch over to a K5 Coachdog with or without a troll, add more weight and troll
just over the drop-off paralleling the shore. This fishery will only improve as fall progresses.
No boat, no problem - There are always fish biting when bait fishing at the creekmouths. Use sliding weights and a
Corky rig. Top baits (now that the salmon are migrating through the lake) salmon paste, pink salmon eggs, roe or
worms always worth a try.
Cowichan River: At this point the Cowichan River is closed to all angling.
Nitinat River: Wow! Lots of salmon. Generous retention of chinook, chum and coho make this a true harvest fishery.
(Check regs.) The art of angling is to entice a fish to take your fly or lure. These fish will bite. All foul
hooked fish must be released. Deliberate snagging is illegal and unethical.
Recommended techniques: Fly fishing - sink tip lines and B.H. flies. Top picks - Rolled Muddlers and Wooly Buggers.
Stop in at the store for best colour picks. Over 30,000 flies in stock! It is heart stopping to see a 20-30 lb.
chinook chasing your fly across the shallows and then slam your fly.
Float fishing - chartreuse or peach wool ties best bet.
Spin fishing - go small - small spoons or spinners produce well. Too large a lure spooks them.
As the leaves turn crimson and float to the ground, the rivers start to rise with the first fall rains. Coho, chum,
summer steelhead will be on the move.
Top rivers - Cowichan, Sooke/San Juan/Harris, Nitnat and Stamp.
Always check your regs before heading out.
May your smile go from ear to ear and your rod bend to the butt.
Gord March, Gord’s Fly Box,
170C Cowichan Lake Rd, Beside Irly Bird Lumber, Lake Cowichan,


Fishing ST. MARY LAKE - Smallmouth bass and trout fishing picks up in the cooler weather. Top-water lures like
poppers and buzz-baits work well until it cools down, then try rubber worms, jigs and other sinking lures. Shore
casting spinners and spoons to the edges of weed-beds is effective. Trolling a gangtroll with worms usually catches
trout. Target submerged structure and shoreline overhangs.
St. Mary Lake is restricted to the use of rowboats, paddling or electric motors only. Deepest pockets are in the
northwest: 55 feet (17 metres).
The bigger trout and bass will feed more actively as the weather cools. Target them with bigger flies. Large poppers
and top water imitations are great fun when you notice insect activity on the surface. Bass will hit top water
casting lures like buzz baits. Fish around cover like sunken trees, overhanging branches and docks. In winter plumb
the deep pockets for the biggest bass.
Cedar Beach Resort, Phone 1-888-537-4366
Salt Spring Cottage Resort

PORT RENFREW FISHING REPORT (The report below from August - at present in mid-September still a few chinooks, but mostly coho.)
Fishing continues to be excellent for both salmon and halibut at Port Renfrew. Off shore fishing is very good, with early morning limits on most days for both salmon and hali. Excellent and will continue right through to late August.
There is an abundance of feed on Swiftsure Bank that is keeping everything going! Happy whales, fish and fisherman. Water is clear and temperatures are pretty normal considering all the concerns. Shoreline fishing is on and off, but there has been some bionic days with lots of horny fish holding and on the move. There has been some jumbos caught this year already. The weather has definitely for the most part been on our side this season which helps make the trip enjoyable for clients.
If you want a guaranteed West Coast adventure call Pacific Sport Fishing Charters, you won’t be disappointed. Check out my website for some great pictures and more info. I also have a few pics on Facebook at Pacific Sport Fishing.
Have fun fishing and a great summer on the water!
Website: Email:
Dan Harvey, Pacific Sport Fishing Charters, Port Renfrew 1-250-954-3997

Saltwater - There are still nice springs off the Nanaimo waterfront, most in the teens with a few bigger ones.
The springs are hitting anchovies, or four inch Irish Cream or Homeland Security spoons, and Army Truck hootchies.
Most are being caught between Neck Point, the Fingers and Entrance Island.
Shorecasters are catching salmon off Rocky Point on BuzzBombs and other jigs, with some springs to 30 lb.
There lots of pinks out on the saltchuck but they never really come into the harbour or the bay yet. Hopefully a bit
of rain will bring them close and give us a good beach fishing for pink salmon at Departure Bay and the Millstone
There also coho out there and you can target them by trolling at 80 - 120 ft. The pinks have been coming in at
shallow depths as well, with the chinooks down deeper. Coho Killers and other smaller spoons are the ticket for
Freshwater - Trout and bass fishing always picks up in the fall as the weather cools. Until then fish deep in early
mornings or evenings.
Remember that south Island rivers are closed to fishing until further notice due to the low water conditions.
Gone Fishin’, 600-2980 North Island Hwy., Nanaimo, ph: 250-758-7726

Last chance... We really are having a good salmon fishery this year. At the time of writing the salmon fishing
around French Creek has been quite steady, and heading into the fall there should still be good opportunities.
We had some great chinook salmon fishing in late August. The bait (herring) was thick in the shallow waters near
French Creek Harbour. It was a great year for pink salmon too, providing lots of action for families with kids.
Hopefully we'll see more coho salmon in the fall. Until Dec. 31 you may retain one wild (adipose fin attached), and
one hatchery (adipose fin missing) coho per angler/day in Areas 13-17. Always double check with local Department of
Fisheries for openings and closures in the area you'll be fishing.
In September most of the returning chinook to the Big and Little Qualicum rivers will be staged in front of their
respectful river mouths waiting for the river water to rise. Hopefully we'll get some rain to help them up, as the
snow pack is severely low.
Since these chinooks aren't feeding at this time, you need to get their attention with bright colours and shorter
leaders. Try a Bubblegum Pink Mini Plankton hootchie (32" leader), with a green/silver flasher. Keep in mind these
chinook are the salmon of tomorrow, it doesn't hurt to limit your catch, rather than catch your limit. Jiggers do
well at this time of year too. A 2-1/2 oz. Mac Deep or Lil Nib jig should do the trick.
Coho salmon start to make their way closer to the beach in the fall, giving the beach fly and gear fisherman good
Bottom fishing closes September 30 so now is the time to get a few of these tasty fish to enjoy over the winter
months. A 2-1/2 oz. jig bounced off the bottom on a rocky, shelf ledge in 40'-120' of water should do the trick.
For the hearty fisherman winter chinook (two- and three-year-old resident salmon) will hold in our area. Winter
chinook tend to be deep so keep the downriggers just off the bottom, and troll a bit faster (2-1/2 to 3 mpg).
Covering lots of water is key, as these salmon are on the move looking for food. Brighter coloured four inch spoons
in neon glow/pink strip (48") leader with a Crushed Ice/glow flasher works well. This is the time to try bait again
(anchovie, herring, herring strip) as the dogfish have moved out seeking warmer water. These salmon are some of the
best eating, with cooler water temperatures they have more fat content and beautiful red flesh.
Also in the fall pay a visit to the Big and Little Qualicum Salmon Hatcheries to watch all the returning salmon
completing their journey, it really is a amazing spectacle.
Darrell Jobb, Western Star Charters,
(250) 951-5927
& French Creek Harbour Store, 5 - 1025 Lee Rd., Parksville, 250-248-8912,

Summer of 2015 was even drier than 2014 and the lack of winter rain meant that most rivers were unfishable even
before the formal closure of nearly every Island river was announced. It’s not been great for business !
Lakes, of course, have remained open, but the high water temperatures have made fish retreat to the cooler depths.
Most fly fishermen were therefore looking forward to the arrival of the pink salmon in July at their traditional
staging places off Nile Creek and other beaches. Pinks were being caught regularly by saltwater anglers trolling
deep water, but they have not arrived and staged locally in any great numbers. Fishing at Nile Creek, in particular,
has been disappointing with small numbers showing sporadically. Fly fishermen have been travelling north of Campbell
River to find pinks off the beaches.
As I write this, the only rivers open are the Big Qualicum, the Campbell and its tributary the Quinsam. Good numbers
of pinks are in these rivers along with chinooks. If you chase these large powerful fish make sure you are using
equipment that is up to the task. Typically an 8 or 9 weight rod is appropriate. Use a reel with a good disc drag
and tippet material of about 15 lb.
I have observed fly fishermen on the Big Q chasing these fish with 5 and 6 weight trout rods which don’t have the
strength to play and land the fish quickly. Worse case this will result in either a broken rod or a fish with a fly
and leader trailing from its mouth. Respect the fish and use tackle that matches the quarry, so that if you want to
release it the fish will be able to recover quickly.
September and October will see all anglers eagerly looking forward to the arrival of coho salmon off local beaches.
Also called the silver salmon it is considered to be the most sporting of the Pacific salmon. Several jumps and long
runs typify coho. The gear guys will score using BuzzBombs or Zzingers especially when the fish are out of fly
casting range. Coho spoons and Gibbs Crocs also work successfully in the saltchuck. For those that fly fish be
equipped with baitfish patterns fished fairly fast to replicate normal behaviour. Smaller krill and shrimp type
flies are also effective in green, blue, red, and copper. The most common pattern is known as the California Neil,
strangely enough invented by a man called Neil from California !
Whether you are chasing trout, pinks or coho we have all the right tackle and advice to help you be successful.
Tight Lines
Keith Hyett, Coast Sportfish,
202 - 891 Island Hwy. West, Parksville,

Saltwater - There’s still good fishing in Barkley Sound for coho and chinook salmon. The chinook fishery was
upgraded; you can keep one over 77 cm and one under. You can keep four coho, wild or hatchery.
There’s lots of coho inside and still big springs on the edges of Barkley Sound. Coho fishery will take us into
October, and then chum salmon will provide good fishing in the Inlet till late October.
The chinooks are going for bait and the coho are hitting white and Purple Haze hootchies and spoons.
The upper and the lower river opened below Beaver Creek and above Stamp Falls. You can take two coho and one spring
under 77 cm. The river salmon fishing should go into November, then it’s almost time to fish for steelhead.
Trout fishing will get better with cooler weather, the higher elevation lakes first. The big lakes, Sproat and Great
Central, will start to pick with a bit of rain. Fly fishers can do well with leeches and Wooly Buggers and egg
imitations. After some rain fish the mouth of spawning salmon creeks. The trout will be waiting to eat salmon eggs
as they drift down in the high water.
Good luck. Gone Fishin’
4985 Johnston, Port Alberni,

BAMFIELD FISHING REPORT (The report below from August - at present in mid-September still a few chinooks, but mostly coho.)
Spring salmon have started moving inside and we’re catching them at all the hot spots: Black Bay, Pill Point, Kirby, Swale, etc. Most have been 15-25 lb. but there are a few Tyee already. We’re fishing with anchovie, but they also like hootchies and Irish Cream spoons. We’re fishing shallow, 37-100 feet. The Big Bank offshore will keep producing halibut all summer.
Dan Bishop, Bish’N’Son Fishing Adventures, Bamfield
250-722-2256, cell (250) 714-5989


September is an excellent month for larger chinook salmon, offshore in the area. Troll up off 130 ft. to 197 ft.
contour lines. Trolling mid-water or in the mud using anchovies or medium herring with a purple gold flasher paired
with a chartreuse or UV teaser head has been the tackle of choice. Average weights for September are 15-18 lb. with
the odd 20+ and 30+lb. hitting the docks still.
Fall rains bring the coho inshore by the thousands. They range from 8-12 lb. These frisky fish are being picked up
on anchovies and Irish Cream Coho Killers paired with the smaller O’Ki Coho Special’s Flasher. Trolling upper depths
and speeds up to 2.7 mph - 3 mph.
Halibut fishing is still good with fish ranging from 15-70 lb. Bouncing bottom with white or glow Berkley Power
Grubs with a hint of octopus/squid/herring or salmon bellies is the hot ticket. Productive depths are 130 ft. to 230
ft., look for structured pinnacles to anchor up on or drift the pebble beds.
If you have any questions regarding hot ticket killers or where the fleet is finding the fish, come in to Method
Marine Supply and the knowledgeable staff will always point you in the right direction.
*Be sure to check the areas closures before taking the bonkers to your fish.*
Shawn Counts, General Manager - Method Marine Supply Ltd., 219, 380 Main St., Tofino 250-725-3251, 250-266-2384

Saltwater - Fall fishing for late returning coho or spring salmon can still be productive at the Kitty Coleman Hump
and the Denman Island areas. Fish deep using 4-5” Tomic Plugs or Army Truck hootchies and a UV flasher.
You can also try jigging with Point Wilson Darts in the mentioned areas. Get as close to the bottom as you can, then
reel up a few feet. You will be surprised at what you might come up with.
To date (Sept. 1), the Big Qualicum River is open to regular in season regulations as are the Campbell and Quinsam
Beach fishing for springs and coho from the Oyster River to the Qualicum River can be very good in the fall. Kitty
Coleman, King Coho, Salmon Point and the Oyster River areas are specifically good for fall beach fishing. Use blue,
green or purple flashy patterns or try spincasting with Kitimats, Coho or Colorado Spoons.
Kerry Amos, Tyee Marine (Peter’s Sport Shop), 870 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay, 334-2942

Saltwater - Campbell River has had an amazing summer for all species of salmon and it’s not showing any immediate
signs of slowing down. The delayed rains are keeping the salmon in the deep waters.
With the huge numbers that have returned to the area and the lack of rain, we might see some late chinook and coho
hanging around in the deeper waters and also lingering around rivermouths before heading up the river.
The chum salmon will be moving into the Brown’s Bay and surrounding areas very soon. These feisty fish can be caught
using; anchovies, Chum Mysters, or Michael Bait with a Spin n Glow and flasher. Don’t forget that you might have
better luck trolling for chum on sunny days rather than cloudy days as the sunlight seems to have an effect on their
eating patterns or simply how the bait is presented. Shellie Abalone Lures have been a salmon slayer this summer.
The Purple Shellies will be great for chum Fishing.
The Campbell and Quinsam rivers have been packed with pink salmon which has allowed for some fantastic late summer
fishing. As the pink run ends, the coho will start to move up our local rivers. Try using Rolled Muddlers, Blue
Handlebars, or any pattern that is shiny with a hint of blue or green. Egg patterns will also work well in the fall.
Try casting in the rivers or offshore with Koho, Kitimat or Krocodiles.
Thanks, Kerry
Tyee Marine, 880 Island Hwy.,
Campbell River, 250-287-2641

Saltwater - The summer drought was very bad here. The rivers are all closed and so is the bay in front. After a DFO
announcement late in August, we had to cancel our annual kayak derby for this season.
This measure has to be taken to protect what fish have made it in here to stage. This rain is a welcome sight.
But, the tuna fishing has been epic when we can get out. All we are doing is tuna and bottom fish from here until we
close for the year.
Albacore tuna fishing is heating up! Check our web site and Facebook page for school locations, and check our web
site for details.
DFO has released the following changes to mitigate the impact of the dry summer conditions on returning salmon.
Chinook salmon - Two over 77 cm per day in portions of Tlupana Inlet. Head Bay fin fish closure expanded to include
Moutcha Bay to match Area D commercial boundary to protect holding Chinook. One over 77 cm in portions of Nootka
Sound and Esperanza Inlet. Chinook conservation corridor in place around surfline. Finfish closures in Nesook Inlet,
Hisnit Inlet, Head Bay, Espinosa Inlet, Nuchaltlitz Inlet, Port Eliza and portions of Hanna Channel, Zuciarte
Channel, Zeballos Inlet and Tahsis Inlet. Chinook non-retention in a portion of Zeballos Inlet.
Chinook salmon - Two over 77 cm per day in a portion of Subarea 25-1 Muchalat Inlet. All remaining area salmon
non-retention. Fishers participating in this fishery are requested to complete catch cards that are located at the
Gold River boat launch.
Freshwater - The Conuma and other area rivers are closed to fishing due to the extreme low water conditions.
Hopefully there will be more rains to push these fish further up into the system.
Tight Lines, Good Luck, and Safe Fishing
Gibran White, Marine Operations
Manager, Nootka Marine Adventures

PORT HARDY REPORT (The report below from August - at present in mid-September still a few chinooks, but mostly coho.)
Salmon fishing is crazy-good up here. We’re averaging 4-6 springs a day ranging from 25-28 lb. There’s lots of them. The really big springs always show up in August. Up here we always see spring salmon in the 30s, 40s, 50s even 60+ lb.
There’s also lots coho salmon with fish already up to 10 lb. You can expect the coho to start getting bigger every week. The pink salmon are here too for the last couple of week. I’ve seen a few sockeye jumping, but they’re closed up here. There’s lots of bait, herring and squid keeping all these salmon close.
The nearest hot spots for the chinooks salmon have been Duval Point, the Gordon Islands and Masterman Islands. Depths have been 40-70 feet.
Halibut fishing remains good with lots of chickens. Taylor Bank, North Hardy and the flat spot by the Airport have been productive.
Jim’s Castle Point Charters & The Bait Shack, 250-949-9294, cell 250-949-1982



In the spring when it’s time to buy your fishing licenses there will be some changes. Non-tidal licenses will remain available from your fishing tackle store as well as the BC government website. Tidal licenses however will no longer be for sale at any store, they will only be available on-line for 2014.

As an attempt to go green by using less paper the federal government will no longer print blank licenses. Anglers, however, will have to print the on-line license and carry it with them when fishing.

The federal government will also stop offering vendors any incentive to sell  licenses. Previously tackle shop owners earned one dollar for each license sold. Not exactly a high profit margin, but a bit of compensation for their time. So the federal government will save money by not printing licenses and also by not sharing proceeds with stores. Also going into extinction are printed tidal waters regulations booklets. The government is banking on anglers carrying smart phones to check regulations wherever they are fishing.

Many tourists will be caught unprepared, and possibly find themselves paying fines for fishing without a license and without a clear idea of fishing regulations.

To buy your tidal waters fishing license on-line click here.



While still awaiting approval from the federal government, site preparations and surveying has begun for the Northern Gateway pipeline proposed to run through B.C. to deliver tar sands oil to fleets of tankers. The heavy crude oil will be refined in China and shipped to markets.

The pipeline will run through some of BC’s most sensitive habitat including prime fish bearing rivers. Chances of an oil spill along BC’s tricky reef studded coast pose another risk.

Enbridge, the Calgary company building the pipeline is confident they will finish the project by 2018.

Enbridge’s massive advertising and lobbying campaign makes it look like a done deal. The federal Harper government is fully behind the project, despite officially awaiting the results of public input and federal enquiry. The decision is expected in 2014. The federal government has added its voice to Enbridge’s cheerleaders with a multi-million dollar advertising campaign promising wealth and a pristine environment. The ads feature fly fishing scenes.

Enbridge V.P., Vern Yu said, "We expect that there would be some appeals to that decision and that would take us into early 2015 and at that point we would be able to start construction.”

The B.C. government initially opposed to the pipeline, but now supports it in exchange for yet to be disclosed benefits. Over 70 First Nations remain against it, and environmental groups are unanimous in their objections. But with the recent flurry of crude oil train disasters there seems to be no winning option.

Enbridge has a dismal history of pipeline spills and a poor record of response and remediation. The Watershed Sentinel tallied Enbridge’s spills since the year 2000 at 132,715 barrels, more than half the Exxon Valdez spill of 257,000 barrels. Spills occurred in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Montana. One spill in Wisconsin resulted in an explosion that killed seven people. A second pipeline explosion killed two people. In yet another incident the company deliberately set fire to 6,000 barrels of spilled crude oil to get rid of the problem. Enbridge’s 2010 Michigan spill was the largest inland oil spill ever on the U.S.A. mainland.

The authors of an online petition ( say the pipeline will cost  fisheries and tourism jobs in B.C. as well as factory jobs in central Canada, while it will  employs only a few Canadians. In addition the pipeline will bring 200+ super-tankers per year into our challenging and hazardous waters.

See the petition at


Be bear aware

A biological drive to put on weight for a long winter has B.C.’s bears on the move, seeking out the calories they need before heading to their dens.

In their desperation to get enough food, bears can get aggressive, especially in areas close to human habitat. That’s when most bear-human conflicts occur. If you’re fishing Island rivers there’s a chance you may encounter bears drawn to the same shores.

Bears have an incredible sense of smell. They can zero in on food from miles away and can be single-minded to get at that food. For a bear, food comes in many forms, including garbage and over-ripe fruit in residential areas.

Every bear encounter is unique so there are no steadfast rules.

If you meet a bear in the wild try to remain calm. Never approach or chase a bear; face the bear without making eye contact, back away slowly. Take the same route out that you came in. Try to keep track of the bear, but again, don't challenge the bear with eye contact.

If the bear makes blowing or snorting noises and then charges and veers off at the last second this is likely defensive behavior so continue to back away.Extend your arms above your head appearing as large as you can, talk in a gruff voice, look for a weapon such as a rock or stick. Drop your pack to distract the bear; only do this if absolutely necessary because the bear could learn to pursue people for their packs.

Climb a tree as a last resort.

If a bear is persistent or aggressive, call the Report Poachers and Polluters hotline 1- 877-952-7277, or surf to

For more information about bears and bear-human conflicts, visit:



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