A beautiful fishing paradise located on Vancouver's back door lies the Capilano River. Being so close to Vancouver this river can get very busy, especially during the peak season on the Coho salmon run starting as early as May but usually peaking from
June - August. Along with the Coho you will find a small run of Chinook Salmon, Steelhead, and Cutthroat trout. There is a hatchery located just below the Cleaveland Dam and many good fishing pools located all along the river. This river can be very hard to
navigate because it is located down a steep cliff so finding a place to fish may be hard and chances are when you do find a place other anlgers will be there as well. The most popular places to fish are the river mouth down near Ambleside Park, and Cable Pool
which is located just south of the hatchery. Popular fishing methods include fishing with roe below a pencil lead and float, fly fishing with streamer patterns that immitate small fry, and casting spinners, spoons or buzzbombs. Please note that you can
not keep any Steelhead or wild Coho.
How to get there
There are many access points to this river and Capilano road runs along the river. Ambleside Park is one option for the
river mouth and directions to get there are in the Ambleside section. Another popular option is going to the hatchery. To get here from highway 1 take exit 14 and head north. Take a left on Capilano
Park Road and there are many parking lots along here but the most popular one is at the end of this road by Camp Capilano.