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The Top 10 Best Fishing Lodges in BC

Updated January 30, 2022

Canada’s British Columbia (BC) is world-renowned for freshwater and saltwater fishing. Salmon fishing in BC is productive all year round. Fly-fishing the many rivers and lakes for steelhead, salmon and trout. Bottom-fishing for halibut, rockfish and lingcod. Reeling in gigantic dinosaurs in the form of 14+ foot White Sturgeon in the Fraser River. BC fishing is legendary.

From rustic floating fishing lodges to luxury sportfishing resorts, there is an incredible selection of fishing lodges in BC. With so many options for catching salmon in BC (or halibut, rainbow trout, steelhead, cutthroat trout or any of the numerous species available), we poured through our directory of BC fishing lodges and compiled a list of the top 10 best fishing lodges in BC by analyzing:

  • uniqueness
  • customer ratings
  • quality of food, accommodations, boats and gear
  • value for the money
  • reputation
  • customer service

We’ll review and update this list periodically. For now, may we present the best of the best in British Columbia, in no particular order:

Blackfish lodge

VANCOUVER ISLAND/GULF ISLANDS

Blackfish Lodge offers a custom-built floating lodge as a comfortable and cozy home base for delightful days of fun and relaxation. Here you’ll see stunning Canadian wilderness scenery, abundant wildlife, and of course do great saltwater or freshwater fishing. The accommodations are as delightful as the hospitality, and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking—this is one of the most beautiful natural places in the world in our opinion, and this is one of the best fishing lodges in BC.

What makes it unique

  • No preset fishing hours. They fish each day as conditions and your preferences guide them.
  • They do both freshwater (fly or spin) AND saltwater fishing—all guided, of course.
  • While in a remote and beautiful area full of wildlife, it’s easily accessible via direct floatplane flights from Seattle, and Vancouver.
  • They guarantee exclusive use of the lodge for parties of 5 or more guests. In other words, your own private fishing lodge.

Northwest Fishing Team

Haida Gwaii

Northwest Fishing Team is in the heart of Haida Gwaii, approximately 100 nautical miles off of the BC coast, the first point of land that fish get to visit to feed on their return home of their life cycle. This small lodge offers luxury from the accommodations to the food, and the owner who is also a very experienced guide strives to ensure guests have a 5-star, unforgettable experience.

What makes it unique

  • Enjoy dining with fresh local cuisine, prepared by a personal chef.
  • They do both freshwater (fly or spin) AND saltwater fishing—all guided, of course.
  • Fully stocked bar with local BC wines and domestic beer, included with your stay.

Walters Cove Resort

Vancouver Island

Located in Kyuquot, BC, one of the only remaining, relatively untapped, accessible saltwater fishing meccas along the west coast of North America. With a staff to guest ratio of almost 1:1, the service provided at Walters Cove Resort is exceptional. One of the few places in BC where you can also catch albacore tuna.

What makes it unique

  • One of the only remaining, relatively untapped, accessible saltwater fishing meccas along the west coast of North America, Kyuquot is world famous for its productive salmon, halibut and bottom fishing. A newly discovered opportunity is also developing for albacore tuna!
  • With a staff to guest ratio of almost 1:1, the service provided at Walters Cove Resort is exceptional. Their professional staff are trained to anticipate and deliver your needs and exceed your expectations.

Coastal Springs Float Lodge

Vancouver Island/Gulf islands

Coastal Springs Float lodge offers a truly special fishing experience. And “experience” is a key word, as the guiding team has a combined 90 years of it to share among only 8 guests at a time. The floating lodge is situated in a protected inlet with calm water, lots of wildlife and fantastic salmon and halibut fishing (10-12 hours of guiding daily!)

What makes it unique

  • Our Classic, full service lodge has been in operation for over four decades.
  • Our protected location lets us take advantage of calm waters unavailable to most other lodges in British Columbia.
  • Our lodge is designed to accommodate smaller groups and exclusive use of the lodge is given to groups of 6 or more
  • While very remote, our included float plane charter is only 1h15m from Vancouver.
  • The fishing grounds can be as close as 5 minutes away, and sometimes off the dock!
  • All of our guides are highly experienced and have been with with us anywhere from 8-40 years.
  • We have world class wildlife viewing on our doorstep. Northern Resident Orca, humpback, dolphins, black bear, grizzlies, and more are must see!

Queen Charlotte Safaris

Haida Gwaii

The staff at Queen Charlotte Safaris is very focused on guest service, and shares a dedication to personal attention—they will treat you like royalty. The rustic and comfortable lodge overlooks the gorgeous Shingle Bay in Sandspit, the only village on Moresby Island. Their custom boats are similarly comfortable, with heated cabins and a flushing head. But let’s face it…Haida Gwaii fishing is all about the fish—which you can expect to catch at least 10-15 during your visit.

What makes it unique

  • Longer Chinook salmon season
  • Less crowded
  • Fish for more species

Eagle Nook Resort

Vancouver Island

Places like Eagle Nook Resort must be classified as 5-star “luxury resorts”…but you get a lot of value for the money—even more so if you have US dollars. With personal 5-star service and attention to detail, the staff will definitely take care of you, and you’ll catch lots of salmon and halibut.

What makes it unique

  • All rooms are ocean-view, and 2 private log cottages are offered for even more private accommodation.
  • Easy fly-in access from Nanaimo, Vancouver or Seattle.
  • Situated in world-famous Barkley Sound, which is a premier destination for salmon and halibut fishing.

Deep Creek Lodge

North/Central Interior

Premium accommodations and gourmet Italian cuisine in one of the most fabulous summer fishing destination in Canada. The misty Skeena River and streams of the surrounding Skeena and Nass water system offer the finest Steelhead fishing in the world, plus fantastic salmon and trout fly fishing. There is also great saltwater fishing if you want to break up your freshwater fishing trip, plus ample other activities (mountain biking, golf, ziplines through old growth forest, hiking, canoeing, and rock climbing, eco-tours) to take advantage of in this spectacular part of the country.

What makes it unique

  • Fantastic salmon & steelhead fishery
  • Exclusive private location
  • Experienced local guides
  • Fine dining

Rugged Point Lodge

Vancouver Island

Rugged Point Lodge is located in Kyuquot Sound on the northwestern shore of Vancouver Island, minutes away from the continental shelf, the Salmon Highway and our inshore fishery. Salmon, halibut and lingcod are only a cast away. The location is fantastic (and otherworldly) and it’s complimented by a beautiful and comfortable lodge where they serve high-end meals.

DUVAL Point Lodge

Vancouver Island

Located at the north tip of Vancouver Island near Port Hardy, Duval Point Lodge is one of the few lodges on Vancouver Island that offers self-guided fishing. If you prefer to bring your own boat, you can keep the price very low yet still have access to some fantastic scenery, a protected bay, comfortable accommodations and the expertise of the owners in catching some of the millions of salmon which migrate down from the north Pacific each year and bass right by the lodge. The area is also one of the coasts’ most productive bottom fishing areas, producing ling cod up to 70 pounds, halibut to over 200 pounds and a variety of rock fish.

Vancouver Island Lodge

Vancouver island

For sheer convenience without compromising fantastic salmon and halibut fishing, Vancouver Island Lodge can’t be beat. 45 minutes from Victoria, and they’ll pick you up at the airport or either ferry terminal. It’s quite incredible that one of the best fishing lodges in BC is so close to a fantastic major city…then again I’m a bit biased since I live in Victoria!

What makes it unique

  • BEAUTIFUL LOCATION: located on a tranquil private acreage with an exceptional beachfront.
  • EXCELLENT FISHING: The weather is beautiful, and the seas are calm all year.
  • GREAT FOOD: Wholesome and delicious west coast inspired meals catered by the amazing Stickleback West Coast Eatery.

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