Fishing Salmon In BC

The open waters of Port Hardy are renowned for world-class BC salmon fishing. Considered to be the ultimate catch, Serengeti will get you up close to Chinook, Coho, Chum and Sockeye salmon from the comfort of our state-of-the-art vessels.

Four Species Of Legendary BC Salmon

Vancouver Island Salmon Species

Salmon are a diverse family of fish, encompassing several species including trout. They can be found in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as well as in lakes such as the Great Lakes.

Despite their strong cultural and historical significance, salmon populations are threatened in certain parts of the world. However, in northern British Columbia and Alaska, stocks are still abundant, with plenty of species thriving in our crystal waters.

Chinook Salmon

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon, also known as King, Tyee, Spring Salmon, Quinnat, Tule or Blackmouth salmon, are a prized catch among anglers. These fish are the largest of all Pacific salmon, often exceeding 30 lbs (14 kg). Because of their size, they are also known for their incredible strength, speed and endurance, making them a challenging catch for even the most experienced anglers. But the fight is well worth it after you reel in a Chinook salmon. Their firm, succulent flesh is a delicacy prized by chefs and foodies alike.

Coho Salmon

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon, also called Silver salmon, are a common sight in the coastal waters and clear-running streams of British Columbia. These fish are known for their bright silver color and incredible athleticism. Coho are famous for their acrobatic displays when hooked, often leaping out of the water in a spectacular display. They are also an excellent sport fish, prized for their hard fighting nature and their delicious flesh. If you're looking for exciting salmon fishing in BC, Coho salmon are a great species to target.

Chum Salmon

Chum Salmon

Chum salmon, also known as Dog or Calico salmon, are the most widely distributed of all Pacific salmon species. These fish can be found as far south as the Sacramento River in California and as far north as the Mackenzie River in Canada. They are known for their firm, meaty flesh, and are less oily than other varieties making them a popular choice for smoking and canning. While not as well-regarded as some other salmon species, Chum salmon are an excellent sport fish and can provide a fun and challenging BC salmon fishing experience.

Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye salmon, also called Red Salmon or Blueback Salmon, are strikingly beautiful fish with bright red flesh. These fish are known for their incredible flavor and are prized by chefs around the world. Sockeye salmon are found in a wide range of habitats, from the Klamath River in California to the Canadian Arctic. They are also known for their impressive migration, often traveling thousands of miles to reach their spawning grounds. If you're looking for a delicious and sustainable seafood option, Sockeye salmon is an excellent choice.

BC Fishing Regulations

BC Salmon Fishing Limits

In British Columbia, there are regulations and restrictions on salmon fishing, including catch limits and rules for identifying and releasing certain species. It’s important for fishers to stay up-to-date on the latest regulations and closures for their area to help protect and sustain salmon stocks.

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Our Frequently Asked Questions

Questions About Fishing BC Salmon

The prime time for salmon fishing in Port Hardy is during the summer months, from early June to early September. During this time, a variety of wild salmon can be caught – Chinook salmon, in particular, tend to be most abundant and easier to catch during the summer.

When fishing for Pacific salmon in both tidal and fresh waters, there is a daily limit of 4 fish. However, it’s important to note that individual species limits also apply. For chinook salmon specifically, there is a coastwide total annual limit of 10 from all tidal waters where chinook retention is allowed.

Salmon measurements are taken from tip of nose to tail fork.

  • Chinook salmon must measure at 45 cm or more.
  • Chum and pink salmon must measure at 30 cm or more.

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