Blackfish Lodge



    Vancouver Island East Coast, BC, Canada






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    Unguided option?     

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    Are you looking for a British Columbia fishing lodge that offers a remote wilderness location and a variety of terrific fishing opportunities? Want the personal service you expect from a small lodge? Relax, you've found it—Blackfish Lodge. Our fly fishing, conventional freshwater fishing, salmon fishing and bottom fishing are the stuff of legends. You'll fish for salmon, trout, and halibut in some of the most beautiful locations you can imagine.

    Our genuine, custom-built, BC floating lodge is your comfortable and cozy home base for delightful days of fun and relaxation. You'll see stunning Canada wilderness scenery, abundant wildlife, and, of course, have great fishing. Combining the best of a British Columbia salmon fishing lodge and freshwater fishing lodge means fishing opportunities for all skill and experience levels. When you reserve your guided fishing trip with us there are no preset fishing hours. We fish each day as conditions and your preferences guide us. Your stay at Blackfish Lodge can be tailored to your interests and schedule. Chris and Hannah Bennett, your congenial hosts and owners since founding Blackfish Lodge in 1989, will treat you to great food and hospitality during your visit. Personal service is assured by the limited number (maximum 6-8) of guests that we take at a time.

    A floating lodge in fishing paradise.

    Remote, accessible and unique.

    Accessible by boat or floatplane only, Blackfish Lodge is truly a place of seclusion, quiet and contemplation. So, whether you are fly fishing for salmon or trout in a secluded Canadian river, lake, or stream, fishing for trophy salmon in the protected waters of the surrounding islands, sightseeing, or going whale watching or bird watching, Blackfish Lodge's dedication and over 25 years of experience ensure that you will have a truly enjoyable and successful stay. For quality wilderness angling, there's no better British Columbia fishing lodge for fishing, nature watching, and congeniality than Blackfish Lodge.

    The local streams, lakes, and rivers are 100% catch-and-release and are, indeed, some of the most beautiful, productive, and unpressured waters you've never heard of. We have water and fishing opportunities to satisfy every skill level. Experienced anglers will appreciate the variety and challenges of the different streams and waters that we fish.

    Located within the southern confines of the new Great Bear Rainforest preserve and framed by the rugged mountains of the Coast Range to the east and beautiful Vancouver Island to the west, the wilderness area that surrounds Blackfish Lodge is spectacular.

    Vertical rock walls plunge into the ocean and 5,000+ foot mountains brood over inlets and fjords. Along with fishing in BC, a rich variety of wildlife is experienced each day of your visit. Untouched streams tumble through lovely rich forests to join the saltwater. The scent of cedar is borne on the breezes.

    What Do We Fish For?

    June 1 to Oct 31
    • Dolly Varden
    • Halibut
    • Ling Cod
    • Rockfish (Yellow Eye, Red Snapper)
    • Chinook (King) Salmon
    • Coho (Silver) Salmon
    • Chum (Dog) Salmon
    • Pink (Humpback) Salmon
    • Sockeye (Red) Salmon
    • Steelhead
    • Cutthroat Trout
    • Rainbow Trout


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    3 nights / 3 days fishing
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    Available only via Vancouver
    6 nights / 6 days fishing
    7 nights / 7 days fishing

    Unless otherwise stated, prices do not include taxes, gratuities, or fishing license/stamp.

    Families: We offer a 50% discount for all children 12 and under. This discount does NOT apply to the airfare portion of our Fly and Fish Packages, only to the lodge portion of the package.

    View this lodge's terms and conditions.

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    What's included?

    How many hours of guided fishing?

    No set max or min (depends on guests' preferences), typically averages 8-10 hours.

    Return transportation to/from Seattle or Vancouver      

    Equipment / gear / tackle / bait:

    Fish processing:     

    All meals / snacks / non-alcoholic drinks:


    We serve award winning Okanagan Valley and imported wines, beer, and other beverages. Beer and wine are included in prices, not hard liquor.


    We serve award winning Okanagan Valley and imported wines, beer, and other beverages. Beer and wine are included in prices, not hard liquor.


    As part of our pre-trip services we handle making the guests' flight reservations to/from the lodge from either Seattle or Vancouver, BC.


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    In 1988, Chris Bennett decided to fulfill the dream of owning his own British Columbia fishing lodge. For folks wanting to do some fishing in BC, he designed and built a solid floating structure that would provide a cozy, personal, and comfortable place for his guests to visit.

    Using red and yellow cedar from the nearby forests, Chris and local craftsmen milled the lumber on site and worked together to build Blackfish Lodge. The lodge is heated by a woodstove and has solar power and a generator to provide electricity (we usually turn the generator off for sleeping).

    There is no TV, but in-lodge wifi internet access is provided. Each private room has a queen and single bed plus a shower-equipped bathroom.

    The lodge has a kitchen, dining area, and a great room, all with spectacular views. We're also pleased to offer our guests the use of our lovely sauna.

    We believe that providing ample, high quality, and delicious food adds to the overall pleasure of your visit. Meals are served and cooked family-style. Our cooks will delight you with both the quality and quantity of food. Of course we have famous British Columbia seafood delicacies: fresh crab, prawns, salmon and halibut. Good access to fresh produce ensure both variety and quality of meat and produce. You may find homemade soup, prime rib, lamb, fresh salads, pasta, and vegetables on any given night. We also do much of our own baking, and our greenhouse supplies fresh salad greens and herbs. We also serve award winning Okanagan Valley and imported wines, beer, and other beverages.

    If you're going to be out on an all-day salmon or fly fishing trip, we'll make sure that there is a generous supply of food and hot and cold drinks on the boat. You can certainly request any preferred foods in advance of your visit. We will also be able to accommodate most dietary restrictions. Again, just let us know in advance or fill out our guest preferences worksheet.

    Corporate buyout:     

    We will guarantee exclusive use of the lodge for parties of 5 or more guests. Individuals, groups of friends, business groups, and families are welcome.

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    Max. capacity:


    Average travel time to fishing grounds:

    Minimum 5 mins., maximum 50 mins

    Other Activities Available

    Other interesting sights and activities will keep you occupied in your non-fishing hours. Explore pristine saltwater lagoons, or go whale- or bird-watching. Have a long picnic lunch in the Burdwoods—one of the most unique and loveliest spots on the West Coast. Perhaps just enjoy curling up with a good book in front of the lodge's cozy woodstove.

    The local area offers you a number of fascinating diversions. Visit the very eclectic Billy's Museum and Gift Shop in the nearby hamlet of Echo Bay. Or have us arrange a day with Nikki van Schyndel, author of the book "Becoming Wild", at Echo Bay EcoVentures who will take you to play with dolphins, witness primitive fire-making, savor wild meals, feed eagles, wander through wildflowers, picnic amid totem poles, listen to legends and stories of survival, and discover the secret spots of the Broughton Archipelago during their one-of-a-kind speedboat tours or onboard presentations. Nikki will customize every adventure to help make your wilderness dreams come true. Both children and adults will enjoy this.

    We also have kayaks for our guests' use. Both a one-person and two-person kayak will be available for paddling fun at no charge to Blackfish Lodge guests. There are some nice spots to visit. A liability waiver signature is required prior to use.

    Our guests can enjoy many of these extra pursuits at no additional charge. Advance notice is advisable for some of these activities.


    We have a widely varied collection of CDs, and an upright piano for those who like music during their time at the lodge. You're also welcome to bring your own music CDs or digital music device to set the mood of your trip. Additionally, the lodge is wheelchair accessible (be sure to coordinate with any air or boat travel).

    A sauna is available for our guest's use.

    The view from the living room of our lodgeOur legendary hearty meals are welcome sustenance after a day on the waterThe lodge's locally-milled cedar interior provides a warm ambianceThe cedar sauna  perfect after a day of fishingEach guest room has a queen bed and a single bed



    Blackfish Lodge has one 21' 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.


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    Deposit required: 50%

    Balance due: 60 days prior to your arrival date at the lodge.

    In the event of a cancellation prior to the final payment being paid, the initial deposit is not lost, but is held on account and can be used as payment towards any future trip at the then-applicable rates. If the cancellation occurs after the final 50% payment has been made we will, at your option, either keep that payment on account, or refund it less a 3% processing fee and less any applicable airline cancellation fees. There is no charge to change dates, but any changes are subject to both availability at the lodge and availability of seats on flights to/from the lodge.

    All guests flying to Blackfish Lodge from the United States must have a valid passport AND be legally clear to enter Canada. Should any prospective guests have past legal problems (which include DUI, minor drug possession, reckless driving and a host of more serious crimes) you will likely be denied entry into Canada. It is our guests responsibility to make sure they can legally enter Canada.

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    All-inclusive lodges include:
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    • all equipment/gear/tackle
    • boats and fuel
    • guiding
    • all meals
    • fish processing (unless fishing is catch-and-release only, this is not applicable)
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