Vancouver Island is home to some of the best winter steelhead fishing in British Columbia. These Vancouver Island steelhead fishing trips focus on targeting steelhead on Vancouver Islands’s northern region, including the Nimpkish River, the Salmon River and a variety of others lesser known but equally impressive BC steelhead systems.

Trips offered December to March.

Vancouver Island is located off the south coast of BC.

 Fly or drive from Vancouver.

Guided day trips or packages include accommodation.

 Fish the famed Gold, Salmon & Nimpkish rivers.

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The winter-runs of steelhead on Vancouver Island have long been the focus of serious anglers in search of fishing opportunities during BC’s winter months. Chromer represents a variety of Vancouver Island’s top steelhead guides, giving you access to all the top Island rivers including the Gold, Nimpkish and Salmon. We’ve packages these day trips with accommodations in Campbell River, Port Hardy and Port McNeill. Package prices below are based on two anglers, if you are a solo or looking simply for a guided day trip let us know, we can certainly look after you. Packages offered late November to early April.

“The organization was impeccable and made it the easiest trip to get ready for and enjoy. I would thoroughly recommend Chromer Sport Fishing to anyone wanting the fishing trip of a lifetime.”

Andrew – Vancouver, BC




We’ve combo’ed these steelhead trips with accommodations throughout Vancouver Island. There are small towns that dot the east and northern coasts of Vancouver Island, including the towns of Nanaimo, Campbell River, Port McNeill and Port Hardy. We use a variety of hotels at each destination, making it easy for you to show up, drop your bags and go swing flies. The most central location is Campbell River, located about 4-5 hours from Vancouver. This is where we generally recommend our guests to stay, making for close access to the Gold and Salmon rivers and a doable drive to the Nimpkish River on Vancouver Island’s northern region. When you inquire let us know what type of hotel accommodations you’d like or need and we’ll send you some options.



These steelhead packages are offered from late November to early April each winter season. Getting to Vancouver Island is relatively easy, you can fly but most people opt to drive from Vancouver, using the ferry service from BC Ferries. The ferry ride is 1.5-2 hours and vehicles are permitted. Once you arrive on Vancouver Island the town of Campbell River, where the Gold River trips originate from is only about a 1.5 hour drive. Port McNeill, where the Nimpkish River trips originate from, is a bit further, with a 4 hour drive. Upon booking your trip we’ll send you all the travel information, what to bring and will organize for a pickup on your arrival in Sandspit. We’ll also send you information on fishing licenses, a detailed steelhead gear guide and are always here to assist in travel plans. All reasons why we are the trusted source for fishing in BC, you can depend on a full-service trip when you book with us.



The coolest thing about our Vancouver Island Steelhead trips is they’re totally flexible, hooking you up with the best guides on the best rivers!  It’s an awesome program built for success, fishing the top guides and having the comfort of choosing where you want to be. Below is info on fishing the Gold River, which is located on central Vancouver Island and the Nimpkish River, which is located on northern Vancouver Island. Vancouver Island is home to plenty of rivers that maintain wild steelhead runs, but none are as famous as the Gold River.  The Gold River empties into Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island’s central west coast.  It is a wild river, void of dams or hatchery steelhead. Winter steelhead fishing on Vancouver Island and on the Gold River does come without challenges though.  The weather is often cool and wet and sometimes inconsistent water levels force fish to move around.  The rewards for anglers up to the challenge are spectacular though.  Gold River steelhead pull hard and are true ‘chromers’, wild and bright ranging from 5 to 25 pounds! Chromer Sport Fishing makes planning a Gold River fishing trip seamless. When you book your trip with us we’ll get you hooked up with our licensed guide Curtis Smith and make sure you get some prime fishing dates. The Nimpkish River is the largest watershed on Vancouver Island. Guided trips are done on the upper stretches, above Nimpkish Lake. The river is flows clear and offers the best fly fishing stretches.  Fish range from 5-15 pounds. Our guide here is Larry Weber, he’s a client favourite and will be taking care of you while on northern Vancouver Island.  Along with the Nimpkish there are some lesser known smaller rivers and streams that have runs of wild winter steelhead. They offer good fishing for steelhead from 8-15 pounds. These rivers usually see very little pressure and will definitely be an added bonus to fish while on northern Vancouver Island and are often a great option as these smaller rivers come into shape extremely fast in high water situations.



The crew at Chromer has spent a lot of time fishing the winter steelhead of Vancouver Island. Some of our trips have been epic, with preferred conditions and strong runs of winter steelies. Other trips have been tough, with low water conditions due to cold weather. Like with all our winter river fisheries it has to all do with timing and hitting it right, and that can be hard to do. If you’re serious about a Vancouver Island winter steelhead trip we’d suggest you give us a call so we can run through the options and the pros and cons of each with you prior to making any decisions.


Nothing beats local knowledge and at Chromer Sport Fishing we’ve built our reputation on it. Comprised of experienced steelhead guides, our staff is here to ensure you have a first class seamless angling experience here in British Columbia. We offer prime dates, unparalleled service, honest local insight and the finest network of guides and lodges, so you can always book with confidence. Have a look at what our clients say about their experiences with us.

Getting started planning a trip is easy, simply fill out our online contact form or call our office toll-free 1.877.902.3393.  We’ll get back to you right away with seasonal availability and specific pricing. Upon booking we’ll send you a detailed reservation confirmation with all the travel information, covering every aspect of your steelhead trip here in British Columbia.
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