BC SALMON FISHING INFO

WHERE TO GO SALMON FISHING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

There are a ton of options when it comes to saltwater salmon fishing in BC. If you’re trying to figure out where the best places to go salmon fishing in BC are and when to go, then this is for you. A full guide to wild BC salmon info!
The British Columbia coast covers about 15,000 miles of shoreline. There are hundreds of sport fishing charter operations, marinas and salmon fishing lodges dotted up and down the coast. The information on this page will let you know where the BC salmon fishing hotspots are, all good places to plan a trip. It will also give you some other useful tips on planning a BC salmon fishing trip if you’ve never visited British Columbia and are trying to plan a fishing trip.

BC Salmon Fishing Map

BC SALMON FISHING HOTSPOTS

THE BEST SALTWATER DESTINATIONS

BC is a big place so we thought we’d break down salmon fishing areas into four main regions. All these areas offer salmon fishing, some have shorter seasons and offer different experiences, you can learn about those below.

HAIDA GWAII

Haida Gwaii is a series of islands off the north coast of British Columbia. Home to the Haida People, this area is known as the Galapagos of the North, for its teeming wildlife and untouched wilderness. Haida Gwaii is also home to some of the best salmon and halibut fishing on the BC coast. There are several all-inclusive fishing lodges on the islands, including Langara Island Lodge, where we guide during the summer months. Haida Gwaii’s fishing season is from mid May to mid September.

CENTRAL COAST

The central coast of BC encompasses the area of Rivers Inlet, Hakai Pass, Bella Bella, Milbanke Sound and Caamano Sound. These areas have long been popular destinations for salmon anglers, offering consistent salmon fishing from mid June to early September. There area a number of floating and land-based fishing lodges, dotted along the remote inlets and bays. The central coast lodges offer guided and un-guided fishing and come a variety of mid ranged price points.

VANCOUVER ISLAND

Vancouver Island has a ton of places to go salmon fishing and bottom fishing. It also has a wide variety of marinas, salmon charter operations and some smaller lodges. A wide network of roads and ferries to the mainland make getting around Vancouver Island very easy. Anglers with their own boats have lots of options here as do travellers looking to book a day or two of fishing. We have a number of Vancouver Island sport fishing charters on our BC Charter Listings page. The fishing season on Vancouver Island runs from April to October.

SUNSHINE COAST & VANCOUVER

One of the best parts about being in British Columbia is you don’t have to go far to find some pretty fantastic fishing. Twelve months of the year there is salmon fishing on BC’s south coast. The most budget friendly salmon fishing trip in BC leaves right from downtown Vancouver. You can go salmon fishing in Vancouver 365 days a year and with no big travel plans needed, costs are kept down. The Sunshine Coast, a stretch of coastline north of Vancouver, also offers solid salmon fishing, with the best being in Powell River.

BC salmon fishing info

LODGE OR CHARTER?

PICKING THE TRIP THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU

The first step in finding a salmon fishing trip that suits you is deciding if you’d like an all-inclusive lodge package or a day trip with a guided salmon charter.

SALMON CHARTERS

Choosing a salmon charter is the best option if you’re looking for a single day of fishing or if you are planning on arranging your own accommodations. Salmon charters are the easiest and most affordable option for fishing in BC. We have a comprehensive network of BC’s top charter operations, in a variety of locations throughout British Columbia including Tofino, Comox, Campbell River, Prince Rupert, Port Hardy, Powell River and Vancouver. Most charter boats are going to be in the $125-$150 an hour range, depending on group size.

SALMON LODGES

If you want to fish multiple days and are looking for an all-inclusive experience then you’ll want to go with a lodge package. There are dozens of fishing focused lodges on the BC coast. Most offer all-inclusive packages with flights from Vancouver, fishing, meals, accommodations and fish packaging. These lodges can be found in the best fishing areas, mainly BC’s central coast, north coast and Haida Gwaii. If you’re shopping around for a lodge package be sure to know exactly what is included, some lodges tack on lots of extra charges on top of cheap looking advertised prices. Lodges generally have fix trip dates, offering two trips per week with set fly-in and fly-out days. Lodge packages range from $3500-$6500 per person CAD.

BC Salmon Fishing Trips

RED FLAGS!

THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR

When shopping around a lot of these trips are going to look the same. Here are some red flags that we suggest you look for when planning a salmon fishing trip.

LACK OF REVIEWS

Reputable guiding operations and lodges are going to have a lot of reviews. Most quality charter operations will have 100+ reviews on Trip Advisor. Look for charters with good reviews (obviously) and if they have bad reviews, see what those are for. If they’re for poor service then shy away, but if they’re for poor fishing that is a much more subjective review claim.

HIDDEN CHARGES

If you’ve found a cheap salmon fishing trip hold your horses for a second. Cheap trips aren’t usually as cheap as they’re advertised. Most of the time there are lots of add-ons that aren’t included. Lodges will charge extra for bait, bigger boats, fish packaging, rooms and even fuel surcharges. Charter operations will do the same, or charge for fish cutting at the end of day. Make sure you know what is included on your fishing trip!

POOR COMMUNICATION

Professional operations will have a dedicated office person fielding inquiries and getting you all the info you need for a trip. Poor communication in trip planning will more than likely result in poor service while on your trip.

LANGARA ISLAND LODGE

SALMON LODGES

HOW TO CHOOSE A PACKAGE

BC’s coast is dotted with all-inclusive salmon fishing lodges. Most of these lodge packages include air transportation from Vancouver, guided fishing, accommodations and meals. These trips are the best option if you’re looking for a remote BC salmon fishing experience and the best possible fishing. It is also the best option if you’re looking for an easy getaway, with all aspects of your travel and fishing taken care of in one package.
The downside to the lodge program is they don’t fit all budgets, starting price for a 3-4 day trip is in the $3500+ CAD price range, so not suited for everyone. Remember, there is a lot of value in these trips, you definitely get what you pay for. If you’re on a time constraint most lodges have a set schedule, with specific arrival and departure days.

MOST POPULAR DESTINATION

The most popular lodges are in Haida Gwaii. This region offers the longest season and most often the best fishing. Langara Island Lodge and Escott Sport Fishing are two of the area’s most popular salmon fishing lodges. There are also lodges on BC’s north and central coast as well as Vancouver Island.

Charter Fishing Vancouver BC

BC SALMON CHARTERS

HOW TO CHOOSE A TRIP

If you’re looking for the most flexible and affordable BC salmon fishing options then you’ll want to think about organizing a day trip charter with one of BC’s many charter operators. The best drive-to salmon fishing locations are generally on Vancouver Island, but there’s very good salmon fishing right from Vancouver, that will be your most affordable trip.
Almost all the small towns on Vancouver Island have salmon fishing charter operators, offering day trips to go salmon fishing and in some places halibut fishing. On Vancouver Island you’ll find the best fishing in Tofino on Vancouver Island’s central west coast, Port Hardy on Vancouver Island’s northern tip, Campbell River on Vancouver Island’s central east coast and Comox on southern Vancouver Island.
What are some smart things to consider when booking a charter? Make sure you ask for an up-to-date fishing report. Inquire about how they package fish for transportation home. Check if there are bathrooms onboard. Double check their cancellation policy and ask about who will be guiding you. Reputable salmon charter operators will be happy to answer those questions prior to you trip!

Pacific Salmon Species

PACIFIC SALMON SPECIES

THE 5 PACIFIC SALMON

There are 5 species of Pacific salmon which live in the waters of British Columbia. Here is some more info on each of them…

CHINOOK (KING)

Chinook salmon, also know as King salmon in the US, are the most popular sport fish to catch. They are the biggest of the 5 Pacific species and can grow up to 80 pounds!

COHO (SILVER)

Coho salmon, commonly referred to as Silver salmon in the US, are a very popular sport fish with healthy numbers on the BC coast. Coho salmon are known for their hard fight style.

CHUM

Chum salmon aren’t a commonly targeted species for saltwater fishing. The better fishing for chum salmon happens during the Fall months when chums enter BC rivers. This Fall salmon river fishing is very popular in BC.

PINK

Pink salmon can be caught coast wide. They average between 5-10 pounds and can also be targeted by river fishing.

SOCKEYE

Sockeye salmon are one of the best eating salmon, their red meat and fat content make them a favourite table fair. Sockeyes are usually caught in southern BC near the mouth of the Fraser River.

SALMON INQUIRY

PLAN A BC SALWATER FISHING TRIP TODAY!

Contact the pro team at Chromer Sport Fishing about a BC salmon fishing trip. We’ll send you more info, pricing and availability. You can also call us toll free 1-877-902-3393 or email us at chromersportfishing@gmail.com.