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.