The Top 10 Best Fishing Lodges in BC

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
Northwest Fishing Team
Walters Cove Resort
Westcoast Fishing Adventures
Queen Charlotte Safaris
Eagle Nook Resort
Deep Creek Lodge
Silversides Fishing Aventures
Northern Lights Lodge
Vancouver Island Lodge

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.

  • Fly-in
  • Saltwater
  • Freshwater
  • Fly fishing

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.

  • Fly-in
  • Saltwater
  • Freshwater
  • Fly fishing

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.

  • Fly-in
  • Saltwater

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.

Westcoast Fishing Adventures

North-Central Interior

The emphasis is here is on “Adventures”, as you’ll be spey casting and fly fishing in some of the most spectacular remote wilderness in the world. The Skeena, Nass & Kitimat Rivers are legendary, and when you have lead guide Gil McKean and his the 25+ years experience with you, the adventure quotient will surpass your expectations.

  • Drive-in
  • Freshwater
  • Fly fishing

What makes it unique

  • Fishing is our addiction.
  • Guiding is our passion.
  • Adventure is in our blood.
  • We provide world class fishing adventures all year round!

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.

  • Fly-in
  • Saltwater

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.

  • Fly-in
  • Saltwater

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.

  • Drive-in
  • Saltwater
  • Freshwater
  • Fly fishing

What makes it unique

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

Silversides Fishing Adventures

Southern Interior

Silversides Fishing Adventures is located in the ‘Sturgeon Capital of Earth’—Mission, BC just 1 hour from Vancouver. This IS a Freshwater fishing paradise that is unmatched and delivers Real BIG results! This is right up there or better than big game Marlin, Mako, Tuna and Catfish! Experience tail walking, line screaming, punishing battles with real prehistoric river monsters that can top 1,000 pounds! Success rates on Sturgeon charters are 99% plus on single day trips, 100% on multi-day packages. Expectations are routinely shattered in this world class sport fishing venue. In case you get your fill of Sturgeon (ha!) there’s also dollies, salmon, steelhead and trout.

  • Drive-in
  • Freshwater
  • Fly fishing

What makes it unique

  • Located in the ‘Sturgeon Capital of Earth’—Mission, BC just 1 hour from Vancouver. Experience tail walking, line screaming, punishing battles with real prehistoric river monsters that can top 1,000 pounds!
  • Success rates on Sturgeon charters are 99% plus on single day trips, 100% on multi-day packages.

Northern Lights Lodge

Southern Interior

Northern Lights Lodge is a unique BC fly fishing lodge offering unforgettable fishing on four pristine wilderness rivers in the Cariboo Mountains. Here, it’s so remote it’s unlikely you’ll see another angler on these waters with the exception of your fellow guests, and you’ll catch wild native Rainbow Trout that have likely never been caught before. The lodge, which has been operating for more than 60 years, combines the heritage and hospitality of an old time wilderness fishing lodge with modern conveniences and the comforts of home. This fantastic location ensures Northern Lights Lodge place on any list of the best fishing lodges in BC.

  • Fly-in
  • Freshwater
  • Fly fishing

What makes it unique

  • Located on Quesnel Lake, the deepest fresh water fjord in the world. The watershed in this area is one of the purest, natural trout habitats found anywhere.
  • Nearby rivers are home to a unique strain of large, aggressive, wild native Girard Rainbow Trout, which do not spawn until they are seven years old and do not go through the stress of spawning during this period, so become very aggressive in order to survive in their completely natural environment.
  • A one hour flight from Vancouver.

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!

  • Drive-in
  • Saltwater

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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