From Port Hardy in the north to Victoria in the south, from Campbell River on the Island’s east coast to the shores of the Pacific Rim off Tofino and Ucluelet, you’ll find world-class fishing year-round.
Every years millions of migrating salmon have to squeeze through Discovery Passage to travel between the Strait of Georgia and Johnstone Strait. That means the best salmon fishing in the world, right off Campbell River! A long list of charters are waiting to lead you to Chinook, Kings, Springs, Coho, Silvers, Sockeye, Pinks and Chum. Or maybe you’ll snag a cod, halibut or snapper. The salmon fishery is year-round but the experts say the peak is July-September.
Depending on the time of year, you’ll find Chinook (also called king or spring salmon, or Tyee if over 30 pounds/13.5 kg), Coho, Sockeye, or Pink . Serious anglers have an affinity for Coho, which aren’t the biggest salmon, but they put up afight like trout. Sockeye are the tastiest salmon of all, while Pinks are similar in size but most agree they are not as tasty.
Freshwater fishing on Vancouver Island is never far away. Stretching from Victoria, north to Port Hardy and over to Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino in the Pacific Rim you are never more than a few minutes away from incredible angling opportunities.
The Island’s hundreds of lakes, streams and rivers offer steelhead, rainbow and cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden and Kokanee. Our mild winters also mean many of the lakes and rivers never freeze, providing year-round angling.
Anglers are often amazed to discover trophy-sized rainbows and cutthroat trout and smallmouth bass can be caught within city limits but those seeking wilderness experiences only have to travel to the nearest river estuary or hike into any of the hundreds of mountain lakes for some thrilling action.
BC Sport Fishing Guide
Start your Island fishing experience by checking out The BC Sport Fishing Guide which has all the information you need for fishing in the province, fishing regulations, getting a fishing licence, licence fees and regulations, in-season fishing decisions, unlawful practices, packaging of fish for transport, and reporting of fishing violations.