Inside Passage and Discovery Coast
those who'd 'rather be fishing' than riding a ferry, BC Ferries allows
passengers to fish over the side of the Queen of Chilliwack
at the various stops. You can use your own tackle or rent gear from
BC Ferries. Just don't hook the anchor!
Hakai Pass in the
Hakai Provincial Recreation
Area is world-famous for its unsurpassed salmon fishing,
particularly for chinook, which are commonly caught on cut-plug herring.
For thousands of years, huge runs of chinook (king) salmon, coho (silver)
salmon as well as Sockeye, Chum and Pink salmon crowd through Hakai
Pass from the open Pacific Ocean headed for the rivers and streams
where their life began.
Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing from early April to mid October
produces five species of salmon; Chinook (Kings), Coho (Silvers),
Chum, Sockeye and Pinks. Overall, saltwater fishing is best during
the month of August, due to a number of contributing factors including
the sheer number of fish and heavier average weights for most species.
Bottom fishing is outstanding all season for Halibut, Red Snapper,
Ling Cod and Rockfish.
Local streams and rivers teem with a variety of fish, and provide
excellent holding water for Steelhead, five species of salmon, plus
three species of Trout and Char; Rainbows, Cutthroat and Dolly Varden
(Char). Wading in most rivers and streams requires very little expertise.
There’s a place for everyone to fish regardless of your wading abilities.
The area has a number of commercial floating fish camps, and superb
fishing resorts that offer a true wilderness experience amid spectacular
scenery and abundant wildlife. The Hakai Pass Area is situated on
the central coast of British Columbia, approximately 3 to 4 miles
offshore from the BC mainland.
The Bella Coola Road (Highway 20)
The Bella Coola River system is one of the most productive
on the entire coast. East of Bella
Coola on the Atnarko River, steelhead and cutthroat trout;
chinook, sockeye, coho, chum and pink salmon; and dolly varden are
fished at various times of the year. There is easy access to both
the Bella Coola and Atnarko Rivers from Bella
Coola Highway 20. Anglers must be familiar with the conservation
regulations in effect throughout this system.
North of Bella Coola, the Dean River and backcountry lakes
and streams have productive rainbow trout fishing. The Dean River,
reached by air from Anahim Lake,
boasts world-record steelhead and full-service resorts.