These salmon and halibut fishing charters are in the heart of the best saltwater fishing grounds available off Vancouver Island. The summer season of May to September is considered prime time for sports fishing here on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Fantastic inshore and offshore Chinook, Coho and halibut fishing make for non-stop action. Large mixed runs of Chinook, Coho and halibut begin to migrate and feed in both inshore and offshore areas, following thick balls of baits such as herring, pilchards (sardines), needlefish, squid and krill.
Ucluelet has the most consistent and dependable fishing on the British Columbia coast due to its location and access to the migrating fish and nutrient rich offshore and inshore water. Successful catch limits of Chinook, Coho and halibut are normal for this time of the year.
Chinook salmon average from 5 to 50 plus pounds while halibut are generally 15 to 40 pounds on average. Full day "salmon and halibut combo" trips are the most effective and popular way to fish the west coast of Vancouver Island because it allows you to travel up to 25 miles offshore, giving you access to some of the most spectacular fishing for both salmon and halibut. Each trip is customized to where the best fishing is located and to what species the guests want to target. Decisions on where to fish and what to fish for are always discussed between the guide and guests before leaving the harbour.
The winter season of November to April offers much more than just fishing, but an entire west coast seafood harvesting experience. Your guides will share with you the pleasures of catching your own ocean bright Chinooks, fresh crabs, prawns, oysters and clams. Come aboard and learn the finer techniques of harvesting your own seafood delights.
Great winter Chinook fishing in Barkley Sound and offshore banks (weather permitting) produce fish averaging 8 to 20 plus pounds. Herring move into Barkley Sound to spawn in the winter months making December, January, February and March primetime for these aggressive feeding Chinook salmon. Halibut and bottom fish can also be very abundant during the winter months. Don't forget, this is also the best time for Dungeness crabs, prawns, oysters and clams.
While you run around the majestic Barkley Sound harvesting these tasty seafood treats, enjoy some of the finest nature viewing on the west coast. Regular viewings of gray, humpback and orca whales, sea lions, seals and soaring bald eagles make for a true westcoast experience. During the winter months most of our fishing, seafood harvesting and nature viewing is done in Barkley Sound where we are protected from the open ocean swells, making for a comfortable and enjoyable trip.
Prince Rupert has some of the best overnight fishing charters available and these waters are home to some of the most sought after game fish in the world, salmon and halibut. Your guides typically do charters from one to four days but specialize in overnight charters from 4 to 8 guests using their camp boat located in Goose Bay at the north end of Dundas Island.
All five species of Pacific salmon are found in the waters surrounding Prince Rupert, the main targets being coho and chinook. Chinook (king/spring salmon) fishing starts in May and peaks between the end of June and the beginning of August. These fish average 20-30 pounds but fish in the 30-40 pound range are not uncommon. Every year, numerous fish over 50 pounds are weighed in.
Coho (silver) salmon start to show up at the end of June in the 5-8 pound range and increase in numbers and size until the end of September, when 12-15 pounders are common. Late July through mid-September are the peak times, and their ferocious appetites can mean non-stop action and acrobatic fights. This makes for extremely exciting fishing and extremely sore arms.
Prince Rupert boasts some of the absolute best halibut fishing on the west coast. These beasts are numerous and grow to astounding sizes in the seemingly never-ending shelves and pinnacles that provide them with shelter and food.
Whale watching and wildlife viewing in the Prince Rupert area is spectacular. These waters contain many species including Humpback and Orca Whales. Along with the Whales, porpoises, Sea lions Harbour seals and Eagles are all in abundance. Your guides not only work hard to catch lots of fish every day, but also to ensure that you have a great time in the process.
By using the camp boat you are able to camp right at some of the best fishing grounds anywhere and you get to spend more time fishing and less time travelling. When the fishing day is done we fire up the barbeque and Crab cooker at the camp boat and sit down and watch the sun go down over the ocean while eating fresh seafood and socializing with the guests.
Fish for salmon and halibut on these ocean fishing day charters on Vancouver Island. Port Alberni is proud to boast that it has access to some of the best Salmon and Halibut fishing on the West Coast of British Columbia's Vancouver Island. The Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound are part of the migration route of over one million annually returning Pacific salmon.
The Alberni Inlet provides nearly 15 miles of calm water for trolling from the city of Port Alberni to Haggard's Cove. This opens up the gateway to Barkley Sound. The Port Alberni Inlet sees over one million salmon swim through its waters each year. These waters have Vancouver Island's largest salmon return. These salmon leave the inlet and then enter the Stamp and Somas Rivers.
Barkley Sound is well known for it’s large numbers of Coho and Chinook that return annually. New schools of fish come into this area daily, which guarantees that the area does not get over fished. These salmon feed heavily on bait fish before entering the Port Alberni Inlet heading towards the Stamp and Somas Rivers.
Early in the season the sockeye arrive in great numbers. The Sockeye fishing season begins in early June and runs until the middle of August. Sockeye Salmon gather in large schools, so it is not uncommon to have two, three, or four fish on your lines at the same time. For one of the best tasting salmon, Sockeye are fabulous on the summer barbecue.
The Chinook or King salmon fishing season starts in June with feeder Chinook coming in from the West Coast of Vancouver Island to feed in Barkley Sound. In early August, the larger 25 to 40 pound Chinook make there way into Barkley Sound, the Port Alberni Inlet, and finally into the Stamp and Somas River system in mid-September. Large Chinook are in abundance in the Port Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound at this time. Large schools of Coho / Silver Salmon arrive in Barkley Sound during the last week to two weeks of August, and continue to enter Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet daily. There are large returns of over 100,000 Coho Salmon into the Port Alberni Inlet and Stamp and Somas River systems through October.
Enjoy fishing on some of Alberta's finest and productive lakes on these overnight fishing packages. These packages feature fishing for Northern Pike, Walleye, and Lake Trout at several lakes in northern Alberta including Peerless, Calling and Fawcett Lakes. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and experience some of the best fishing the Edmonton and Athabasca region has to offer.
Peerless and Graham Lakes are located about 2 hours north of Lesser Slave. Peerless Lake is one of the few road accessible lakes in Alberta that contains a good population of lake trout. Peerless Lake has Lake Trout to 30 plus pounds, Pike to 15 lbs, Walleye, Whitefish, Perch, and Burbot. Graham is better known for its fine northern pike and walleye fishing. When fishing these lakes there are so many other opportunities to fish the other lakes in the area, only minutes away.
Stay in a cabin on the scenic Athabasca River and explore and experience the great fishing around the Athabasca region. While fishing on the Athabasca River, Calling lake, Rock Island Lake or the many other lakes in the region provides the opportunity to catch that fish of a life time. After fishing, take a drive or a walk through the Town of Athabasca and enjoy a meal in some of the fine restaurants or shopping around town. Don't forget your golf clubs, as Athabasca has one of the finest courses in Alberta!
Spend the day fishing on one of these lakes during your next visit to Edmonton, Alberta. These fully guided tours offer a great day of angling for a variety of species and are a perfect day trip from Edmonton. There are several lakes to choose from as well as a river trip on the Athabasca River.
Hanmore Lake is located 1.5 hrs northeast of Edmonton, in the county of Smoky Lake. This lake has tremendous Northern Pike action. There is always a good chance to hook onto a 10 to 20 pound Pike. Other game fish in this lake are Perch, burbot and Lake Whitefish.
Lac La Nonne is located approximately one hour north of Edmonton. Within this lake, there are numerous opportunities to catch Northern Pike, Walleye, Perch, Burbot, or Lake Whitefish.
Baptiste Lake has Northern Pike to 25lbs, Walleye (Sometimes called Pickerel) to 10lbs, Perch, Lake Whitefish, and Burbot. There are great opportunities to hook onto a very large Pike in this lake. This lake is west of the town of Athabasca.
Calling Lake is 60 km north of the town of Athabasca. This lake has Pike to 20 plus pounds, Walleye to 12 lbs, Whitefish, Perch and Burbot. This is a very beautiful and big lake, with great opportunities to catch either trophy Pike or Walleye. One of the top lakes in Canada for catching large Walleye.
Fawcett Lake is located approximately 2.5 hours north of Edmonton. This lake has Walleye, Northern Pike, Perch, Burbot, and Lake Whitefish. This lake produces great catches of Northern Pike and Walleye, at times you need to rest from reeling in fish.
North Buck Lake is located east of Boyle. This lake has Northern Pike to 20 lbs, Walleye, Jumbo Yellow Perch, Lake Whitefish, and Burbot.
Orloff Lake has Northern Pike, Walleye, Perch, Lake Whitefish, and Burbot. This lake is a great Walleye location for ice fishing. Orloff lake is about 80 km north of Athabasca.
Rock Island Lake is only another 45 kms north of Calling Lake. This lake has Northern Pike to 20 lbs, Walleye to 8 lbs, Whitefish, Perch and Burbot. This is a beautiful wilderness lake with many structures to fish at.
Athabasca River has many areas where you can fish. This river does produce some large fish; Northern Pike to 20 plus pounds, Walleye to 14lbs. There are always opportunities to catch other game fish such as: Goldeye, Rocky Mountain Whitefish, Burbot, or even Grayling.