Steelhead Fishing Vancouver Island | Winter Trips



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.

  • We have all of Vancouver Island’s top steelhead rivers covered with guides on each.

  • Trips included guided fishing on your choice of river, accommodations and gear.

  • Fish with guides who have 15+ years experience on these rivers.

  • Your one-stop for any serious steelhead trip on Vancouver Island, we’ll get you hooked up.

Package Rates | Vancouver Island Steelhead

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.


Two full days of guided steelhead fishing on Vancouver Island.
Two nights motel or hotel accommodation based on location.
Fishing licenses, tax and travel to Vancouver Island not included.


Threefull days of guided steelhead fishing on Vancouver Island.
Three nights motel or hotel accommodation based on location.
Fishing licenses, tax and travel to Vancouver Island not included.


Four full days of guided steelhead fishing on Vancouver Island.
Four nights motel or hotel accommodation based on location.
Fishing licenses, tax and travel to Vancouver Island not included.


We’ve combo’ed these steelhead trips with accommodations throughout Vancouver Island. Take the hassle out of planning your trip, we’ll hook you up with the right guides at the right times and even organize your accommodation at all the Vancouver Island locations.

Here’s What Our Clients are Saying….

Bringing great fishing trips to people is what we’re all about, here are just a few testimonials from folks who’ve come steelhead fishing with us. See more on our Client Reviews Page and on Trip Advisor.

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“Our guides Yos and Pat treated us to great company, lots of laughs, top-notch gear and just an all-around positive experience. These guys went out of their way to make everything right and worked their butts off to get us into some fish. Very patient teachers of spey casting and reading the water. I recommend them to anyone who loves fly fishing, regardless of your skill level.”

Terry – Vancouver, BC
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“Chromer Sport Fishing treated my buddy and I like royalty. Yos and Tommy are THE guys to fish with in BC. Thank you both so much for the amazing experience! We look forward to fishing with you again and I highly recommend the guys at Chromer when it comes to fishing BC steel!”

Tyler – Portland, Oregon
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Fishing Info | Vancouver Island Steelhead

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.

Location & Travel Info

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.

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