How to catch a Tofino spot prawn: find out more about Tofino’s favourite winter fishing experience

Posted on: May 5th, 2014 by Blake Klopfenstein

Tofino Fishing for Spot Prawns

A bountiful haul of winter Tofino spot prawns in 2014

Our guests over the last few months can attest to this fabulous inshore Tofino fishing experience and know that this new experience is both unforgettable and one that keeps you coming back every year. The best part about this is you can catch local spot prawns all year long!


It is a minor misconception that spot prawn season on B.C.’s coast is only in May and June. This is correct within the realm of the commercial prawning season, however, from a sportfishing perspective, this is one pursuit that any angler can participate in all year long. Although the majority of our prawn charters operate over the winter and spring, upon advance booking request, this fantastic experience may be enjoyed at any time in the season, all year long. One of the best aspects of this experience is you can do this trip in pretty much any weather, as it is located up the protected inlet waters of Clayoquot Sound that is almost always calm. Bring some rain gear mind you, but in terms of minimal wind and pretty much a non-existent swell, this spot prawn trip is great for all ages and abilities. Even children as young as 2 years old may enjoy the experience with mom and dad and the whole family.


Bring a fishing license and a picnic lunch and your trip involves a 30 minute scenic boat ride up the inlet waters to start the journey, viewing wildlife enroute. At times, wolves and black bears as spotted along the shore lines, the occasional whale along the inshore and plenty of eagles, sea lions, seals and sea otters to keep everyone entertained. After a short haul on the prawn lines, a catch is almost always expected and tie in some winter chinook salmon fishing, rock fish and dungeoness crabs, you’ll enjoy the most magnificent fresh seafood feast you’ll ever experience–until your next trip of course the following year!


Friendly for all ages and experience abilities, book you prawn fishing experience by calling us toll free at 18557263828 or by email us at


Blake Klopfenstein
Owner/ head guide
Cleanline Sportfishing
Tofino, B.C.

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Our family went out with Blake for the day in late July and we had a blast! Caught our limit of Halibut and Chinook salmon. Even got 4 crabs from the traps. Blake is an excellent guide who knows where the fish are and how to catch them. Came home with 130 lbs of tasty fish. I would recommend Blake and Cleanline charters to anyone wanting a good time fishing out of Tofino. Trip of a lifetime for sure.

— Christine H, Rossland BC