Great Saltwater Fishing
Millions of migrating
salmon go through the bottleneck of British Columbias Inside Passage,
and Blackfish Lodge is situated to take full advantage of the presence
of these fish. Trolling is the method of choice and, year after year, our guests really appreciate how consistent our fishing remains. Our area is also home to some excellent BC halibut fishingsome
spots are within just a few minutes of the lodge. Our largest halibut, which was landed in the 2005 season. topped out at 200 pounds!
Best Time to Fish Whens the best time to come to Blackfish
Lodge for your BC salmon salmon fishing or BC halibut fishing trip? Click here for a month-by month
description of our season.
Variety of Species In addition to all types of Pacific salmon (chinook,
coho, pink, sockeye, and chum), the area also produces large halibut,
ling cod, snapper, and a variety of other saltwater species.
Generous Catch Limits Generally, the catch limit has been four salmon
per dayof which two may be chinook. We encourage our guests to practice conservation
only as many fish as youll want to
eat. You are allowed to take home a total of eight salmon per person.
Of these eight salmon, you can keep a maximum of four chinook. The other
four can be a combination of any other of the species. In order to protect
some BC fish stocks, retention of wild coho have been limited, but for several years regulations have allowed for retention of one hatchery coho and one wild coho. Currently, the halibut limit is two fish per guest.
Equipment Blackfish Lodge has one 20´ Grady-White and two 19´, open, "Boston
Whaler" type boats. Each boat is fully equipped with GPS, downrigger
gear, depth sounders, and quiet, smokeless 4-cycle trolling motors. Personal
floatation devices are provided for all guests. The lodge has standard BC salmon fishing
and halibut gear for all guests. Our typical setup is a 9 mooching
rod with a single action (a.k.a. knucklebuster) reel. However,
if you have a favorite fishing setup, youre welcome to bring it
along. See the What Youll Need section.
All licenses, tackle, bait and fuel are included in our rates.
Bringing some salmon home? Your catch will be cleaned, refrigerated or frozen,
and kept in heavy plastic bags. As most of our guests depart via floatplane,
space limitations do not permit boxing your fish at the lodge. We do not
have access to smoking or canning facilities nor do Fisheries
and Oceans Canada allow us to do much in the way of preparation. If
your trip home is via floatplane, your fish will usually ride home
in storage wells located in the floats of the airplane. There are facilities
in both Campbell River and at Kenmore Air who will assist you in packaging
your fish for airline or surface transport to your home.
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