West Coast River Charters

West Coast River Charters has been putting smiles on customer’s faces since it was founded in 1995. You can count on Captain Nick Hnennyj to give you an awesome fishing experience while you take in the natural beauty of British Columbia’s serene wildlife.

Hop aboard the captain’s 24’ Sea Ray and see why Port Alberni is considered one of Canada’s ultimate fishing towns. The boat is powered by a 250 HP Suzuki engine, perfect for cruising the Barkley Sound and the intricate river systems that stem from it. It comes stocked with a fishfinder, GPS, ice box, and all necessary safety equipment. It also fits up to 4 guests comfortably which is great for family trips or friends’ get-togethers.

You’ll mainly be using light tackle while jigging or trolling up and down the Stamp, Somass, or Sproat Rivers. Here, you will be targeting Chum, Coho, and Sockeye Salmon, as well as Halibut and Rainbow (Steelhead) Trout. Top-quality rods and reels are provided on each trip, so just be sure to purchase a fishing license and bring your favorite food, drinks, and proper clothing.

Fishing on Vancouver Island is always action-packed and all-year round, so no matter when you choose to plan your next trip, you can be sure that Capt. Nick will show you a great time. Book your next fishing trip with West Coast River Charters and experience beautiful British Columbia like a true local!

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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 60 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    up to 2 persons
    + $39
    each additional person
    Enjoy a full day of fishing up and down the river systems of Vancouver Island. On this trip, you will be targeting Sockeye, Chum, and Coho Salmon. You'll also have a chance at catching some Rainbow (Steelhead) Trout as well. Book your trip today and experience the thrill of wild British Columbia! 5% DST on top of the displayed price.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Inlet Fishing
      FREE Cancelation 60 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    Join West Coast River Charters on a 6-hour journey through the inlets of Vancouver Island. On this trip, you will be targeting various Salmon species such as Chum, Coho, and Sockeye, as well as Rainbow (Steelhead) Trout. 5% DST on top of the displayed price
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About the Captain

Nick Hnennyj
Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2019
Born and raised in Port Alberni, Captain Nick Hnennyj has been fishing the waters of Vancouver Island his entire life. He's been a proud captain for over 28 years and has loads of experience in both inshore and nearshore fishing. His favorite part of the job is just being out on the water and catching fish. He loves taking new people out and showing them the thrill of river fishing, and really strives to provide the best experience for each customer. Book a trip with Capt. Nick today and create some memories that will last forever!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Halibut Halibut
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chum) Salmon (Chum)
Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)
Salmon (Sockeye) Salmon (Sockeye)

Boat Specs

Sea Ray (Walkaround) originally built in 1989, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 250HP Suzuki engine.

23 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle


Life Jackets
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting


FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 60 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 10% deposit
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Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Bank Transfer

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