Tofino

20 Fishing Charters

Tofino Fishing Charters

Search top fishing charters in Tofino
Tofino: 20 fishing charters available

Tofino Saltwater Sports

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(90 reviews)
Tofino
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $506

Fish On Jon Tofino

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Tofino
trips from $623

Obee Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Tofino
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $467

Bobby Kimoto Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Tofino
trips from $572

North West Ocean Adventures

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Tofino
trips from $701

Charter Tofino

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Tofino
trips from $779

Lance's Sportfishing Adventures

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(6 reviews)
Tofino
trips from $864

Oceans West Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
Ucluelet
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $604

Overtime Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Ucluelet
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $584

Coastal Connection Sportfishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(9 reviews)
Ucluelet
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $389

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Tofino

The average price for a private 4 hour Tofino fishing trip is $588, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $974 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Tofino Saltwater Sports, Fish On Jon Tofino, and Obee Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Tofino, British Columbia. Full list of top fishing charters in Tofino.

Tofino Saltwater Sports, Fish On Jon Tofino, and Obee Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Tofino.

The most popular fish species you can target are Halibut, Chinook Salmon, and Coho Salmon. Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, trolling, and light tackle. Inshore fishing, offshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

You will see anglers in Tofino fishing in every body of water they can reach, each one more vibrant and productive than the last. Here you can get a taste of the Salmon and Halibut fishing British Columbia is famous for, or explore remote mountain lakes and rivers where few people have set foot before.

The endless opportunities here inspire fishermen, who continue finding new ways to reel in the most sought-after fish in BC. With so many options to choose from, it’s hard to know where to begin! Tofino fishing charters are the perfect opportunity to get it on this amazing fishery—all you have to decide is, where to next?

Known For

Tofino is a go-to destination for sportfishing off the west coast of Vancouver Island. This area is located near a vast underwater shelf which hosts baitfish and a variety of bottom dwellers such as Halibut and Lingcod. Major Salmon runs pass this way, as well, bringing all five Pacific species within the angler’s reach.

Add to that a resident Dungeness Crab community along the coastline and a fleeting visit from Albacore Tuna offshore, and there’s no telling what you might reel in here.

Meanwhile, the saltwater fly fisherman and the freshwater angler can have a field day fishing for Salmon, Steelhead, and Trout in the shallow waters of Clayoquot Sound and a series of untouched rivers and lakes in her surrounding mountains.

The Tofino Coastline and Beyond

You will see Chinook Salmon, Halibut, Rockfish, and Dungeness Crab in the waters of Tofino year round. The local fishing season reaches its height from April through September, when all of these species are open to harvest and an even wider variety of fish moves in to join them.
 
Early in the season, you can indulge in excellent Salmon and Halibut fishing less than 10 miles off the coast of Vancouver Island. At this time of year, you’ll catch Chinook in the 18-35 lb range and Halibut weighing 20-50 lbs (both on the smaller end of the scale for their species, but delicious). Popular nearshore fishing spots for these species include Portland and Raphael Point, Hiesen Bank, Wilf Rock, Wya Point, Burgess, Clifford, and Blunden.
 
In fair weather, you might head south to Long Beach for more Halibut and Salmon, or out to Raffel so you can add Lingcod to your cooler. Offshore fishing generally takes you 15-25 miles offshore and could have you casting lines in water as deep as 200 feet.
 
By June, Coho Salmon enters the scene. Of all the Pacific Salmon species, this one puts up the biggest fight. By July, Coho in Tofino can reach up to 18 lbs, while some Chinook will surpass 30 lbs (earning them the title of “Tyee” and a prestigious place in the BC Salmon fishing community). In July and August, you might also catch Pink, Sockeye, and Chum Salmon while fishing offshore.
 
During the last week of August and the very beginning of September there is a window of opportunity to catch Albacore Tuna off the coast of BC. At this time of year, a warm current from California fills the deep water trench offshore, bringing 15-40 lb Albacore within reach (roughly 30-40 miles out). Tofino is much closer to these Tuna than most ports on Vancouver Island.
 
Captains will only go out for this fish if conditions are perfect, when the water is warm, calm, and blue. Anglers can spend 30-45 minutes battling Albacore, but the effort is worthwhile for a chance to take home some of the finest seafood in the world.

Fishing in Clayoquot Sound

You will find an equally vibrant habitat in the protected waters of Clayoquot Sound, where numerous islands, reefs, and kelp beds make for some unique light tackle and fly fishing opportunities. These inshore waters also provide a convenient alternative if you would rather avoid a long boat ride and choppy waves.
 
Clayoquot Sound is home to many of the same species you’ll find off the coast, including Chinook and Coho Salmon, Sea-run Cutthroat Trout, and a variety of Rockfish. Fishing from June through October allows you to make the most of this inshore fishery. You can target the largest Coho of the season at the tail end of summer.
 
Fly fishermen in particular will enjoy exploring the Tofino-Clayoquot Sound area, since this is where saltwater fly fishing for Salmon is turning into an evermore popular sport. These calm waters are rich with baitfish and migrating Salmon, the perfect conditions to develop your “bucktailing” skills—a technique which combines fly fishing with trolling. 

Remote Freshwater Fishing

The excellent sportfishing in Tofino doesn't end there: freshwater anglers will find a very special opportunity in the mountains surrounding Clayoquot Sound.
 
Tofino’s remote lakes and rivers (accessible only by float plane) host fantastic fishing for Salmon, Steelhead, and Trout. Here you will have the rare chance to fish in truly pristine conditions, untouched by mining, logging, or modern infrastructure.
 
A 20-30 minute flight will take you through the waterways of Clayoquot Sound, featuring postcard views of pristine nature and wildlife. Once you arrive, your guide will help you navigate the lakes and rivers by pontoon, rowboat, canoe, or on foot when appropriate.
 
From May through October, you can fish the small mountain lakes for Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout. The Rainbow Trout in these waters range from 1-6 lbs, while you’re likely to catch a Cutthroat between 12-20 inches long. These game fish make for great sport, whether you prefer spinning or fly fishing.
 
For fall Salmon and the winter Steelhead run, cast your line in any number of rivers and streams in these mountains.

Tofino Fishing Charters

You will find no shortage of fishing charters in Tofino, whether you plan to stay on the water for three hours or three full days. Trip prices vary widely, depending on the time of year, the number of passengers in your group, and how far from shore you plan to fish.
 
Nearshore and offshore trips along the coast of Vancouver Island are the most common fishing charters Tofino has to offer. These set out from a number of docks at the tip of the peninsula, typically near the Tofino Resort and Marina.
 
Half day offshore trips (5-6 hours) range from 625-950 CAD, while a full day trip (8-10 hours) could cost anywhere from 1,000 CAD to well over 2,000 CAD. Some captains reduce their prices during the off season between October and May.
 
For light tackle and fly fishing in Clayoquot Sound, you might pay around 550-675 CAD for a half day trip and around 1,000-1,250 CAD for a full day.
 
Local Tuna fishing charters are a bit harder to find and are extremely weather dependent. Albacore fishing in BC usually calls for a full day or extended day trip, though some captains will certainly recommend a multi-day charter to maximize your chances of success.
 
You can expect to pay around 1,600 CAD per day, or 2,000-3,000 CAD per person for a multi-day Tuna fishing package with lodging. You may find a captain running an extended day charter here and there, for about 2,600 CAD.
 
Fly-in trips to remote lakes and rivers are highly customized and it’s likely your guide will not be able to quote a price until discussing your interests. Many Tofino fishing guides allow you to choose from full day fly-in trips as well as multi-day lodging packages.

Rules and Regulations

Anglers age 16 and older must purchase a fishing license.

For saltwater fishing, you will need to buy a tidal water fishing license issued by the Canadian federal government, available online. A single day license for non-residents is 7.35 CAD and an annual license is 106.05 CAD (prices subject to change).

For freshwater fishing, you can also buy a British Columbia freshwater fishing license online. A single day license for non-residents is 20 CAD and an annual license is 55 CAD (prices subject to change).

If you intend to catch and keep a Salmon, be sure to purchase a Salmon Conservation Stamp (6.30 CAD). You may also be required to buy a Conservation Surcharge Stamp for other fish species, even if you plan to release them.

Be sure to acquaint yourself with local fishing regulations before heading out on the water, since many species in British Columbia have size and bag limits. Some species may be closed to harvest a few months a year (such as Halibut), and this is subject to change annually.

The best and most convenient way to follow regulations is to book a Tofino fishing charter. Your guide will take you to the most productive fishing grounds while helping you to release any fish that are not legal to keep.

Fishing Styles

Trolling
Trolling is the main technique used in Tofino Salmon fishing. You are likely to use 10.5’ rods and 30 lb test line early in the season, possibly with 40 lb test line while fishing for Tyees in late summer.
 
Depending on the time of year and your target species, you might troll close to the surface or deep troll in waters 150-200 feet deep. Inshore Salmon fishing usually will not take you into water deeper than 70 feet.
 
“Mooching” is a slow version of trolling that many fishermen in British Columbia find to be especially effective. This method involves pulling a weighted line and rigged bait several feet above the seafloor while keeping them at a 45-degree angle.
 
Popular bait choices include anchovies, sardines, and herring. Lures such as hoochies, plugs, and spoons also work well, especially when fishing for Coho near the surface.
 
One of the most effective ways to entice a bite from Chinook or Coho is to troll herring or anchovies six to seven feet behind a flasher.

Bottom Fishing

Bottom fishing is the tried and true method to landing Halibut, Lingcod, and Rockfish.
 
When targeting Halibut 150+ feet below, you’ll want to use stiff rods and heavy tackle. You’re likely to fish with 80-100 lb test braided line and a monofilament leader in the 100-150 lb range. It’s common to use tandem 8/0 Octopus style hooks when fishing with fresh bait.
 
Halibut will bite anything from plain jigs to herring and bottom dwelling rockfish, but octopus is hands down your best choice of bait. You can even attach a piece of octopus to a jig head with a neon skirt to spice things up a bit.
 
Some anglers also target Tofino Halibut by drift fishing with stiff rods, or by trolling along the bottom with Salmon fishing gear.

Saltwater Fly Fishing

Saltwater fly fishing in Clayoquot Sound is becoming a popular sport for Tofino fishing enthusiasts. This method will bring you Salmon, Cutthroat Trout, and Rockfish. An 8-weight fly rod and 300-600 grain sink tips will work nicely for this method.
 
You will also find anglers in Tofino “bucktailing” for Salmon, a technique which combines fly fishing with trolling. Bucktailing works especially well with Coho, and you may even entice a Chinook from time to time as well.
 
Trolling at 5-8 knots will give you enough speed to leave the perfect prop wash behind (best when done in protected waters 15-40 feet deep). Keep your fly towards the rear of the prop wash and close to the surface, 12-20 feet behind the boat.

Freshwater Fly Fishing

While fly fishing for Steelhead and Salmon in the rivers you can rely on an 8-weight fly rod and 300-600 grain sink tips (the same gear used in Tofino saltwater fly fishing).
 
Fishing for Trout in the small lakes surrounding Clayoquot Sound calls for a 5-6 weight medium action fly rod and a disc drag reel with type 3 and 6 sink tips. You’ll also want to use a full sink line (consider a floating line and indicators for midday hatches).
 
Chironomids, scuds, leeches, and damsel flies in sizes #10-4 are all good choices for sub-surface flies.
Tofino
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 25017 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Winter is a great time to explore Clayoquot Sound and the nearshore coastal waters, where you will find Dungeness Crab and winter Chinook. Or head to a remote river and catch the winter Steelhead run.

February

The average temperature in Tofino hovers around 48°F at this time of year. But don’t let that stop you! Put on a few layers and head out for some great Chinook Salmon fishing.

March

The arrival of spring means that Trout are starting to trickle into the mountain rivers. Book a fly-in charter and enjoy fishing for Rainbow, Cutthroat, and Steelhead in Tofino’s pristine wilderness.

April

April marks the beginning of Tofino’s peak fishing season. Fish offshore for Halibut, Lingcod, large Chinook, and Coho Salmon. Or head to the lakes and rivers for a chance to catch some Trout on fly.

May

Come make the most of fishing in Tofino! Offshore you might catch anything from Salmon, Halibut, and Lingcod to Dungeness Crab or sea-run Cutthroat. By now you can count on temperatures well above 50°F.

June

In June, fly fishermen can experiment in Clayoquot Sound by bucktailing for Salmon. Or head offshore for a chance to bring home fresh Halibut and Lingcod for dinner. 

July

Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout are still to be had in the remote lakes and rivers. Don’t miss your chance to explore the peak of Tofino’s Salmon fishery while large Coho and trophy Chinook are biting.

August

Temperatures are in the high 50’s, making August the perfect time to get out on the water. Head offshore for Halibut, Lingcod, Rockfish, and Salmon or even Albacore Tuna when the moment strikes.

September

Tofino continues to promise great fishing in autumn, when you can still catch everything from Salmon and Halibut to Trout. In the rivers, Steelhead are re-appearing as the last of the Tyees fade away offshore.

October

By now, most of the Tyees have left, but you can still enjoy fishing for feeder Chinook, Coho, and other Salmon species. The seasons for Halibut and Lingcod are coming to a close soon.

November

November is a great time to try your luck in Tofino’s remote rivers, where you can catch Salmon, Steelhead, and Trout. Sea-run Cutthroat and Chinook are still to be found near shore, along with Crab.

December

For the angler who doesn’t shy away from a bit of cold, Tofino still has a lot to give in December. Winter Chinook and Crab make for a delicious catch, and you won’t have to compete with as many fishermen to find them.

Tofino Fishing Calendar

Loading Fish Calendar!
Please Wait...

Go with Carmen on Miss Sea. Professional, skilled, fun , relaxed, great fishing experience. Will be my go to charter whenever I am in Tofino or Euclulet .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with Carmen on Miss Sea. Professional, skilled, fun , relaxed, great fishing experience. Will be my go to charter whenever I am in Tofino or Euclulet .
Ed  S.
Ed S. Canada

Fish On Jon Tofino
Fish On Jon Tofino
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Had a great time. Couldn’t of had a better day. Lots of fish on the line. Got to also see a gray whale. Jon is a fabulous fishing host and would definitely fish with him again. His boat and gear are top notch.
Earl  B.
Earl B. Ucluelet, British Columbia
North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Could not have asked for a better trip! Captain Brody did a great job and everyone had a blast. Brought home four large salmon and a rock cod and we ate all of it with in a week of our trip it was so tasty! Would for sure recommended a trip with Brody and we will be back!
Chelsea  C.
Chelsea C. Vancouver, British Columbia
North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Brody was efficient, friendly, safety conscious… and knew where the fish were. A half day’s fishing produced great Coho, Chinook, Ling Cod and a Rock fish. Of course the kids caught the big ones! Great fun and a very tasty product.
Richard  F.
Richard F. Ucluelet, British Columbia
North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Great 6 hour trip! Kept 3 Chinooks and 4 Cohos! Released more Cohos than could count.
Dean  P.
Dean P. Ucluelet, British Columbia
Fish On Jon Tofino
Fish On Jon Tofino
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Jon is very knowledgeable, efficient and pleasant and listened to what we were looking for and made that his goal for the trip. Jon made the experience carefree and enjoyable. We had a wonderful experience with Jon.
Pat  S.
Pat S. Austin, TX
Fish On Jon Tofino
Fish On Jon Tofino
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
You you can't find a better captain or boat in Tofino than Captain John Versteeg! He has a large, very comfortable Parker boat. He put us on a huge halibuts, nice salmon and rock fish. He set crab traps at a the start of the trip, which at the end of the trip, brought home a lot of red rock crabs. Large rafts of otters and watching a bald eagle feed were a bonus. If the fish are there Jon will find them!
Tom  B.
Tom B. Boca Raton, FL
North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Excellent day that was enjoyed by all. Brody was a great host and went out of his way to make the day memorable especially for my 10 year old grandson who was fishing for the first time.
Mark  M.
Mark M. Courtenay, British Columbia
North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Great captain! Knowledgeable, personable, responsible, really enjoyable half day. Would recommend him all day!
Jeannette  J.
Jeannette J. Surrey, British Columbia
North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Brody knew what he was doing and was very passionate about fishing. We had a beautiful day and took home many meals worth of fish.
Jamie  C.
Jamie C. Vancouver, British Columbia
North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
This was our first time fishing on a boat as a family. Captain Brody was very friendly and helped us throughout the trip. He was very understanding of the needs of our children and we ended up with a great catch we enjoyed. Captain Brody was able to help us prepare the fish and teach us the techniques as he performed the cleaning. We would like to thank Captain Brody for the amazing experience.
Golda  A.
Golda A. Richmond, British Columbia
North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Had a great adventure with two of my children 14 and 12. Brody was patient and we had lots of action with Salmon and Rockfish as well as a visit to his crab trap and an eagle swoop to his boat for excess crab bait. He gave us some good fishing tips for landing fish as well as some interesting stories of the area. I would recommend Brody to anyone. The gang at the fish processing store call him the hardest working guide in the business.
Andrew  H.
Andrew H. Calgary, AB
North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Great boat, great area and especially outstanding captain! Brody is a local, knowledgable and experienced fisherman. Fishing is one thing but knowing the terrain, tides and trouble spots are worth a million when going out to have a fishing experience. Worth every penny and more! Johnny
John  W.
John W. Lake Cowichan, British Columbia
North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Captain Brody was great, we got to see wildlife and catch fish, taking us great spots and doing everything to make sure we caught fish. He is very knowledgeable funny and a great guide highly recommend him for any one, we will definitely be coming back and going out with Brody. Thank you again!!
Bowen  C.
Bowen C. Port Alberni, British Columbia
North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Great captain very accommodating to our adult family of 4. Would highly recommend a trip with Brody
Fred  S.
Fred S. Port Alberni, BC
North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Brody was great. Extremely knowledgeable with the nature of the area. We didn’t catch any fish, but saw lots of whales, otters, seals. We did catch some crab. My son was quite ill with the sea, and Brody was very kind and tried his best to put us into calm positions. We did have to cut it short and do a drop off as my son wasn’t doing too well. We headed out again and weather got a bit too rough. Quite an experience for all.
Joe  M.
Joe M. Port Alberni, BC
North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Great trip!! This was our first fishing trip ever and we’d totally recommend Brody. He’s a fantastic guide - super knowledgeable and great at finding the fish.
Rachel  F.
Rachel F. Surrey, BC
North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Awesome day out. Great fishing. First halibut I ever caught. Couldn’t be more entertained! Great time for the kids as well, very knowledgeable on the ocean, marine wildlife and the surrounding area and kept them interested. Would highly recommend Brody. We ticked off a few more boxes on our trip. (Never been that close to a eagle.lol) Thanks again for the great North west ocean day.
Alvin  V.
Alvin V. Agassiz, BC
North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Was very accommodating especially in regards to the weather. Took it easy on a member of our party since she got sick, very friendly
Troy  M.
Troy M. Port Alberni, BC
North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Found Brody via fishing booker. Trip was amazing spending 8 hours on Coho 7/8 catch and halibut 3/4 on a day most other boats doing poorly says volumes about Captain Brody. He kept his boat spotless throughout the day. We will be back. Four buds from Spokane
Michael  M.
Michael M. King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania
North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Good time for all the family, exceptional temperature, exceptional fishing time. Tofino is an amazing location for fishing. Captain Brody is is a really good friendly guy and know what he is doing. I would certainly repeat this experience. Thanks Brody. Mathieu, Mélissa, Matis & Camille
Mathieu  B.
Mathieu B. Laval, QC