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Salmon & Halibut Fishing From a Mothership on British Columbia’s Coast | CA-HSO004

Ocean Fishing Trip for Salmon, Pacific Halibut and Lingcod from a Historic Vessel


Welcome to some of the most remote and productive ocean fishing on the British Columbia Coast. Here you will explore the pristine inlets, sounds, isolated fjords, and sheltered inside waters of BC’s North-Central Pacific Coast. These remarkable fishing trips south of Kitimat are based from a vintage 65’ Mother Ship rather than a lodge and are supported by two 28’ premium fishing machines. Mother Ship fishing allows your guides to adapt to the conditions while seeking out the fish found in the incredible waters of BC’s north-central coast.


  • Mothership Fishing Experience
  • Premium Quality Boats and Equipment
  • British Columbia Coastal Ocean Fishing
  • West Coast Wilderness Setting
  • Knowledgeable Fishing Guide
  • Chinook Salmon
  • Coho Salmon
  • Halibut, Lingcod, Rockfish
  • Crab & Prawns
  • Great Bear Rainforest
  • Hot Springs


These small group Mother Ship fishing trips are unlike anything you have ever experienced. They are all-inclusive fishing packages and give you access to some of the best salmon, halibut, and bottom fish angling on the coast of British Columbia.

During the day, you will fish the remote waters of the North-Central BC Coast on board a fully equipped 28’ fishing machine and return to the historic 65’ High Seas Drifter in the evenings. This iconic vessel has been in service for 80 years and creates a remarkable setting and atmosphere for you. Many guests say the ship is the highlight of their BC fishing adventure.

You will head out daily from the Mother Ship in search of salmon or halibut. These remote, lightly fished waters have some of the best salmon and halibut fishing on the BC Coast. Large Chinook Salmon (also known as Spring or King Salmon), as well as Coho Salmon (Silvers), return to spawn in the rivers and streams in the area. Large Pacific Halibut are also found here in good numbers, plus Pacific Lingcod and many species of rockfish.

The fishing grounds of choice are south of Prince Rupert/Kitimat, specifically the Caamano Sound and Hartley Bay areas on the western edges of the Great Bear Rainforest. It is one of the most breathtaking and beautiful areas on the BC Coast. The remote setting means way less fishing pressure than many other areas that your guides could choose. It is incredibly special for guests to fish in such a remote setting without worrying about other boat traffic, which is so common in other parts of the BC coast.

Caamano Sound is a travel corridor for many different runs of Pacific salmon throughout the season. The area has great genetic potential, with many of the large Chinook (King) salmon runs that come through. When the Coho (Silver) runs start, it is furious salmon fishing action, with possibilities to hook into the bigger Northern Coho as August approaches. Bottom Fishing for halibut, lingcod, and rockfish is incredible all season, with literally endless structure and locations to explore. Your guides can fish anywhere on the BC coast, but they choose to fish here!

As a bonus, there are opportunities for daily crabbing and prawning for some amazing seafood dinners back onboard the ship.

This family-run operation caters to small groups of 2 to 8 guests per trip. Your group can book exclusive use of the ship or share it with other guests. Throughout your experience, your crew and guides provide complete attention to detail and quality you deserve and create an atmosphere that will set this trip apart from others. Mothership fishing gives the flexibility to move with the fish while creating a unique setting in some of the best fishing waters on the north-central coast of British Columbia. This is an exceptional BC fishing adventure you won’t soon forget!

Availability May – September
Duration 4 or 5 days
Departs From Kitimat, BC
Difficulty Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Group maximum 8 people
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes


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  • Small Group Experience
  • Fast & secure payment
  • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676
  • International number: +1 780 414 1676

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  • Boat transfers from Kitimat marina to the Mother Ship
  • All meals, soft beverages
  • Accommodations on the ship
  • Guide services
  • Boats, motors, fuel
  • All fishing rods, reels, tackle, bait
  • Fish cleaning and processing for transport (except halibut)
  • Rain gear and rubber boots
  • Parking pass at MK Bay Marina

What to bring

  • Warm jacket
  • Fleece clothing
  • Long pants
  • Shorts
  • Bathing suit (for the Hot springs)
  • Hiking boots, sandals and everyday boat shoes
  • Hat & gloves
  • Full packing list is provided at booking

Not Included

  • Fishing Licenses
  • Alcoholic beverages (bring your own)
  • Local Conservation Fees (approx. $100/person)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel stays (pre & post trip)
  • Transportation from your home city to Kitimat, BC
  • Travel Insurance
  • Fuel Surcharge, if required

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About Ocean Fishing

The Mothership has two 28´ fishing cruisers and a 26´ catamaran support boat that has the beaching ability. These are premium fishing boats, fully equipped with top-of-the-line fishing gear, downriggers, navigation, radar, safety gear, depth sounders, heads (toilets), and enclosed heated cabins.

All 5 species of Pacific salmon are found here at various times of the year, but anglers from all over the world come here mostly for Chinook and Coho salmon, as well as halibut. Chinooks, also known as Spring or King salmon, are highly sought after as they are the largest of the Pacific salmon, with fish over 30 pounds known as Tyee. Although Chinook Salmon are present here year-round, the bigger fish show up consistently when their spawning migration starts in June, which peaks in August, then tapers off by mid-September. Every year Chinook Salmon in the 30-50 pound class are caught in this area of the BC coast. Trolling is the method of choice for Chinooks, but mooching and jigging are also great ways to catch these big salmon.

Coho salmon, also known as Silvers, will be part of the catch by late July, and they continue to be caught until early September. Silver salmon are beautiful, but they are very hard fighters, and the Coho here reach up to 10 pounds, even more, once the big ‘Northerns’ arrive. Silver salmon are caught by trolling, but casting spoons, big streamers, spin baits, or jigs into the shallow weed lines and kelp is so much fun when the coho are passing through and staging near their home rivers.

If salmon is not enough, this area of the BC coast is also home to some excellent Pacific halibut fishing. Large Pacific lingcod and rockfish are also regularly caught in the area and are some of the tastiest fish you will catch in these clean Canadian waters.

Built during the Golden Era of West Coast shipbuilding, the High Seas Drifter mothership retains her classic nautical history with all the modern amenities to ensure your safety and comfort. Staying on the Drifter will be the highlight of your trip (when you’re not catching fish!). She sleeps 12 and is equipped with 2 double staterooms, 1 single estate room, 1 forward stateroom with 4 single bunks, and another 2 bunks along a companionway area. There are 2 shared bathrooms complete with showers, a sink and heads (toilets), a commercial-grade galley, a freshwater maker, laundry facilities, a drying room, and a beautiful salon for relaxing and evening entertainment.

There are several options to get to Kitimat. The nearest airport is at Terrace, about 60km north of Kitimat. Terrace’s regional airport has regular service and connections to Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, as well as Vancouver and Prince George, BC. You can also drive to Kitimat. Driving time from Edmonton, Calgary, or Vancouver is about 15 hours.

You should arrive in Terrace or Kitimat the day before your trip starts, as the departure on your first day is very early in the morning.

Prices (2023):

Prices are based on the number of guests in your group, and/or if you want exclusive use of the ship.


4 Days / 3 Nights                                                          5 Days / 4 Nights

Shared Mothership (2-4 guests):                                    Shared Mothership (2-4 guests):

4 Guests   $2950/Guest                                                  4 Guests   $3750/Guest

3 Guests   $3750/Guest                                                  3 Guests   $4650/Guest

2 Guests   $4950/ Guest                                                 2 Guests   $5950/ Guest


Exclusive Mothership (4-8 guests):                                 Exclusive Mothership (4-8 guests):

8 Guests   $2950/Guest                                                  8 Guests   $3750/Guest

7 Guests   $3250/ Guest                                                7 Guests   $4150/ Guest

6 Guests   $3750/Guest                                                 6 Guests   $4650/Guest

5 Guests   $4250/ Guest                                                5 Guests   $5250/ Guest

4 Guests   $4950/ Guest                                                4 Guests   $5950/ Guest

All prices are per person, in CAD.

Payment Details


A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required to secure your reservation. Balance is due 60 days prior to the start of your trip.