BC SALMON FISHING INFO

HERE’S HOW TO FIND BC’S BEST SALMON FISHING TRIPS

With lots of options out there we’re here to help you out, narrow down some of the choices and get you acquainted with salmon fishing in BC, what’s hot, what’s not and where you should focus your next trip.

FLY-IN LODGES VS. DRIVE-IN LOCATION

A successful trip starts with deciding what type of fishing experience you’re looking for.  BC has a number of fly-in lodges dedicated to fishing but we also have many coastal destinations that you can drive to.  This is the first fork in the road when planning a trip, it will determine what type of experience you’ll have here.  One is definitely not better than the other, they’re just different, they suit different budgets, below we break down the pros and cons of each.

Fly-In Salmon Fishing Lodges

These lodges are generally located in more remote locations, including BC’s central coast and the northern islands of Haida Gwaii. These are locations that require a flight to access and typically are all-inclusive, combining accommodations, flights, fishing and meals in a three to four day package.  Here are some reasons why a fly-in fishing lodge package might work for you…

  • They’re flexible, pick where you want to go and how many days you want to go fishing, no set schedule.
  • Usually more affordable than all-inclusive salmon fishing lodges.
  • Offer great fishing and all trips are fully guided including everything you need for your days on the water.
  • Good option if you are already traveling in BC and not coming just for the fishing.

And here’s a few cons of the fly-in fishing destinations….

  • They don’t always fit budgets, although we have a variety that suit most.
  • The fly-in and fly-out days are set, so not a lot of flexibility if planning on short notice.
  • Most have a season from mid May to mid September, if you’re looking for a trip outside of that timeframe you’re outta luck.

Drive-In Salmon Fishing Destinations

These are salmon fishing trips that are much more flexible, accessible and sometimes more affordable than the all-inclusive fly-in lodges. We offer a variety of spots in BC that you can drive to and still enjoy excellent salmon and halibut fishing. Here are some reasons why a drive-in salmon fishing destination might be better for you…

  • All-inclusive package combines everything you need for a trip, no planning except getting to Vancouver is required.
  • Flights, fishing, accommodations and meals are all included.
  • Fishing is fully-guided, all gear, marine clothing and fishing packaging, (boxing and freezing) is all included.
  • Enjoy a wilderness lodge atmosphere in a remote setting.
  • Fishing in the area’s where these remote lodges are is uncrowded and very productive all season long.

And here’s a few cons of drive-in fishing lodges….

  • Most are based out of coastal town, not really a con, but also not a remote wilderness experience like the lodges offer.
  • Remember the added costs like meals, fish packaging and transportation are not included.
  • Travel is required, you’ll be renting a car and travelling via ferry to Vancouver Island for most of these trip, that can add a day to your trip that isn’t spent fishing.

KEYS TO PLANNING A GREAT SALMON TRIP

Planning a cool salmon fishing trip to BC isn’t that difficult, but there are a few things to keep in mind regardless if you decide on an all-inclusive lodge package or a drive-in destination. Here’s a few things to keep in mind when planning your trip….
Timing your trip. For prime salmon fishing dates you’re going to want to plan on being in British Columbia between late May and mid September.  This is summer on the coast and definitely the timeframe in which you want to be here to maximize your fishing success.  Generally the season starts earlier on the north coast and Haida Gwaii, where the fly-in lodges are located. This season starts in late May and June is usually an excellent month for fresh off open ocean chinook (king) salmon. If you’re looking at a fly-in lodge anytime from early June to early September will offer you primetime fishing. The south coast of BC and Vancouver Island usually starts seeing the best fishing starting in early July, through to late September. If you’re planning on finding a drive-in destination then we’d suggest planning your trip for either July, August or September.
Fishing with the right guides. Why travel all this way just to go fishing with a guide who you don’t know. All the guides we represent are the best on the BC coast. Chromer Sport Fishing really does have the coast covered, making sure when you book your trip with us you get hooked up with the most experienced salmon fishing guides coast wide. Now, not to take away from some operations, but there are lodges out there with huge guiding staffs made up of inexperienced rookie guides. Make sure you know who you’re fishing with, it will spell success while on the water.

Always ask this…  How far to the fishing grounds? 
Simple question but could be a big factor in how your trip goes. At Langara Island we have a 5-15 minute run and we’re fishing, that is a huge factor why Langara is such a wonderful place to come fishing. Most lodges have a 45+ minute run before ever putting gear into the water. Keep that in mind when you’re researching your trip, a long run is no fun and people prone to seasickness might be fishing in unprotected waters. If you’re curious about how long the run time is and what the ocean conditions are of the destinations we represent just ask, we’ll give you the run down on it all. With the exception of salmon fishing in Vancouver you will have to think of some travel logistics when coming salmon fishing in BC.  The fly-in lodges all include flights from Vancouver and ground transportation upon arrival at your destination, so those are easy to figure out, keeping in mind you might need pre/post hotel accommodations in Vancouver. If you’re flying into Vancouver and need to overnight there is the Fairmont Airport Hotel, right in YVR, making travel plans that much easier. If you’re planning to head to Vancouver Island for some fishing then you will need to coordinate some travel plans, including renting a car and coordinating travel with BC Ferries, they have multiple daily sailings from the mainland (Vancouver) to Vancouver Island.

HITTING THE BOTTOM FOR BIG BC HALIBUT

When you come to British Columbia you can also expect some great halibut fishing if you feel like including that into your time on the water. Almost all the destinations we represent offer halibut fishing, with the exception of our Vancouver based salmon trips (there’s just no halibut in the area) and our Campbell River trips that also don’t have halibut in any targetable numbers. If you’re looking for the best possible halibut fishing they put your sights to Haida Gwaii West for a fly-in package or Tofino on Vancouver Island for a drive-in package. As of the 2015 season you can keep one (1) halibut per day and have a total of two (2) possession.  This means you can go home with a maximum of two (2) halibut. There are slot limits for halibut in BC, you can keep one halibut over 90 cm but no greater than 133 cm and you can keep one halibut under 90 cm.  Poundage wise that would be about a 65 pound halibut and a 12 pound halibut. The slot limits are subject to change and are put in place by the Federal Government of Canada. Fishing for halibut is one of the big draws of why many folks come to the British Columbia coast and they can be a lot of fun to catch, big halibut cork over rods and pump out line!

TAKING YOUR FISH HOME

There really isn’t anything better than fresh wild fish on the BBQ, something you’ll be going home with when you come saltwater fishing in BC. You can keep a total of four (4) salmon per day and have a total possession limit of eight (8) salmon, of which four (4) can be chinook/king salmon. This is a huge bonus to fishing in British Columbia over anywhere else, healthy limits of fish. All the lodge packages include fishing freezing, vacuum packing and boxing for transport. Our drive-to destinations don’t include it but as an added service it can easily be arranged at the local seafood processors in each small coastal town. Some even offer canning and smoking. You can also have your fish sent to St. Jeans Cannery, the largest smokehouse/cannery in BC and they will ship it directly to your home. If you are travelling to the United States you can bring sport caught fish across the border, fresh or frozen without issue.

Book with confidence knowing you’ll get prime fishing dates, get hooked up with the best guides on the coast and stay at BC’s top salmon fishing lodges.

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