Vancouver Fishing Charters

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trips from US $552
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trips from US $626
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Vancouver
trips from US $884
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trips from US $607
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trips from US $557
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Vancouver
trips from US $626
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trips from US $751
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North Vancouver
trips from US $515
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North Vancouver
trips from US $736
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Vancouver

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Vancouver, British Columbia are: Full list of top fishing charters in Vancouver

The average price for a private 4 hour Vancouver fishing trip is US $600, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $711 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Vancouver that received great reviews from families are:

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Many fishing charters in Vancouver provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Vancouver are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Vancouver are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $967
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $750
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $1,200
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $1,350

Fishing in Vancouver

There’s a lot more to fishing in Vancouver than just getting your feet wet. Not only is this consistently voted one of the most liveable cities in the whole world, it has some pretty enviable marine attractions, too. Famously diverse, it seems like we only ever hear good things about this densely-populated city. And luckily for us anglers, the local waters can easily rival the streets of downtown Vancouver in terms of activity. Not only that: there’s also a fleet of Vancouver fishing charters ready and waiting to get you involved in the action.

Known For

Vancouver is in the south of British Columbia, directly across the Strait of Georgia from Vancouver Island. This is an area where unspoiled nature, open spaces, and city living combine. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s right on the migratory route of all five species of Pacific Salmon. Add Halibut, Sturgeon, and Steelhead to the mix, and you have the best of the North Pacific in a nutshell. Vancouver, I hope you’re ready. We’re spooling our reels as we speak.

If there's one thing that Vancouver fishing is known for, it's Salmon. One of the world’s favorite eating fish, this star of British Columbia fishing is a hard-fighting sport species in its own right. But that's not all - its migration is also one of the most mind-boggling displays of determination and self-destruction in the whole of the animal kingdom. And it's right here, on the doorstep.

Almost regardless of the season, the level of Salmon fishing Vancouver serves up is hard to beat. Chinook steals the show most of the year round, being the biggest and most consistent species out there. Come Summer and Fall, and it is joined by Chum, Coho, Sockeye and - in odd-numbered years only, thanks to its strict bi-annual breeding pattern - Pink Salmon. The Vancouver Salmon fishing season really heats up in August and September, as the fish gather to start their migration up the rivers. And then, all you need to do is grab a fly rod and follow them upstream. You won't forget the spectacle.

But it’s not all about the Salmon. Vancouver deep sea fishing can see you reeling in Ling Cod and Rockfish, as well as Halibut. While these fishing trips will usually take 10 hours or more, they are well-worth it when it comes to cooking up your catch. Best of all, take one of these trips in the spring, and you may even be able to set traps for Dungeness Crab and Prawn on the way out. Talk about a culinary touchdown.

Feeling fresh? The extensive network of rivers, streams, and lakes around Vancouver has something for you. The largest freshwater fish in North America inhabits these waters - and Sturgeon fishing in Vancouver will let you get face to face with them. Our favorite hotspot is Chilliwack, just over 60 miles east of the city up the Fraser River.

While you're there, why not make a day of it. Target Trout, Steelhead and Salmon in what is arguably pure paradise. Get your tippet ready: fly fishing in Vancouver will introduce you to a fishery you will never forget.

Rules & Regulations

Everyone who fishes in British Columbia must hold a valid fishing license. Get yours online from the Canadian National Recreational Licensing System. Saltwater anglers will need to head here to get a Tidal License - and those who want to keep Salmon will have to include a Salmon Conservation Stamp, too.

Freshwater fishing is governed by the state of British Columbia and licenses for freshwater fishing must be purchased from the BC state authorities.

Be sure to purchase and print off your fishing license before boarding: your carefully-chosen fishing charter Vancouver has waiting for you will not usually provide this for you.

Please note that although licenses are free of charge for children under 16, they still must have one.

Types of Fishing

All the local pros know that mooching is the name of the game round here, and Vancouver Salmon fishing charters are no exception. This uniquely west coast fishing style essentially involves drift fishing with a weighted line just at the depth that big Chinook find irresistible. If you find your charter boat stocked with longer-than-usual rods and unusual-looking reels, this is what you are kitted out for. Good old trolling with planer boards and downriggers is another popular Salmon fishing technique in these parts.

Wondering where to go fishing in Vancouver? It all depends on the season and the precise conditions, and this is where a knowledgeable guide is worth his or her weight in gold. Some of the most effective Vancouver fishing spots, however, include the “Hump” south of Bowen Island, the Gulf Islands (even as far as Nanaimo to the north and Galliano Island to the south), and the Howe Sound. Closer to home, you will find a great fishery at the hatchery below the dam on Capilano River, as well as some great fishing piers in West Vancouver.

Vancouver Fishing Seasons

January

January is reliably the coldest month of the year, meaning fishing in Vancouver BC at this time of year is reserved for the hardiest of anglers. Small Winter Chinook Salmon starts to appear in local waters.

February

Winter fishing continues, with some small Salmon available in saltwater. Vancouver fishing charters will often combine fishing with dropping crab and prawn traps. In freshwater, Steelhead picks up towards the end of the month.

March

Chinook Salmon starts to arrive, particularly in the Howe Sound area. If freshwater is your thing, March and April provide some of the best fly fishing Vancouver offers. Steelhead will be your main target.

April

April marks the beginning of the Vancouver Salmon fishing season. Chinook gets more numerous, with the average fish weighing in between 10-25 lbs, with some fish up to 30 lbs finding their way into boats.

May

Saltwater fishing in Vancouver gets better and better. Take a longer trip to get to the most productive fishing spots, with the southern Gulf Islands and the waters around Threshers Rock being popular destinations.

June

June starts to see consistently bigger catches of Chinook, with Coho and Pink Salmon also showing up. Coho can be caught close to shore. Fly fishing in rivers is not advised in May and June due to high water levels.

July

Vancouver fishing charters are focusing on the excellent summertime Salmon fishery. Come at this time for a consistent bite from all the Pacific Salmon species. Sturgeon also peaks in Fraser River. Just be sure to book ahead!

August

If you have to choose just one time to fish in Vancouver, let it be late summer. Look for big Chinook heading to Fraser River, with Pink and Sockeye Salmon also within easy reach of the port. Fly fishing the rivers is excellent.

September

September is the high point of the Salmon season. All the Salmon species are gathering at tributaries, ready for the water levels to rise so they can swim upstream. Catch them close to shore or fly fish the rivers.

October

By October, most of the Salmon has left the ocean for their long journey upstream to spawn. This makes for unforgettable fly fishing in the rivers, especially for Chum and Coho Salmon. Sturgeon is also good at Hope and Chilliwack.

November

A lot of the fishing charters Vancouver is home to take a break to refurbish in November. Fishing pressure eases, Fraser River Sturgeon fishing picks up, and freshwater fly fishing is some of the best of the year.

December

December can be touch and go: some years are wet and mild and others are bitterly cold. Saltwater fishing means small Chinooks and Crabs. River fishing focuses on big Trout, who have been gorging themselves on Salmon eggs.

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What anglers said about fishing in Vancouver

I didn't know it was peak season for salmon when I went, and even though we didn't catch anything, I had a great time out on the water with Roy. You can't expect to catch a bunch of fish every time you go fishing, that's not the point. I made a new friend today, and that's more important.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I didn't know it was peak season for salmon when I went, and even though we didn't catch anything, I had a great time out on the water with Roy. You can't expect to catch a bunch of fish every time you go fishing, that's not the point. I made a new friend today, and that's more important.
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters Fallbrook, CA
Jacket or light raincoat comes in handy. Know that the seals will nab a meal off your hook when around
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Jacket or light raincoat comes in handy. Know that the seals will nab a meal off your hook when around
Bon Chovy Fishing Charters
Bon Chovy Fishing Charters Vancouver, British Columbia
Yes call captain Tim at saltwater city charters had a great time out with him
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes call captain Tim at saltwater city charters had a great time out with him
Saltwater-City Fishing Charters
Saltwater-City Fishing Charters St. Albert, AB
Yes, the guide are Professionals so any anglers with no knowledge or skill should be fine.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, the guide are Professionals so any anglers with no knowledge or skill should be fine.
Saltwater-City Fishing Charters
Saltwater-City Fishing Charters Surrey, British Columbia
Relax and enjoy. Fishing is fishing, sometimes you catch,sometimes you don't. Enjoy the moment.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Relax and enjoy. Fishing is fishing, sometimes you catch,sometimes you don't. Enjoy the moment.
Saltwater-City Fishing Charters
Saltwater-City Fishing Charters Winnipeg, MB

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Vancouver?

Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Roy is a great fisherman and great company for a day out. Highly recommend!
Thomas  D.  P.
Thomas D. P.
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Great experience with Captain Roy! Personable & knowledgeable about the fish and the area! Would highly recommend!
Roy  F.
Roy F.
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
This is the second time we have been out with Captain Roy. He is friendly, polite and knows these waters. Will book again!
Greg  P.
Greg P. Langley, BC
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Awesome experience! Would love to do it again sometime if I’m ever in BC again. Crew was also very kind and fun!
Sreto  D.
Sreto D. Battleford, SK
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Best fishing trip ever. Definitely recommend Roy’s Fishing Charters to anyone!! My group caught a King Salmon and four Pink Salmons during our 5 hours session. Roy was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Definitely would return 10/10
John  M.
John M. United States
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Nice boat and equipment. Roy is the man. Had a great experience and came home with fish. I'd go out with him again and recommend it to others. Well worth the money.
Kyle  C.
Kyle C. Lynnwood, WA
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(62 reviews)
Great trip my wife enjoyed it that's all that counts as she has terminal cancer and it was on her bucket list to catch a salmon which she did and Roy the skipper is the best skipper you could ask for really knowledgeable about the area and for the enjoyment my wife0 got from this trip I can't thank you enough
Raymond  H.
Raymond H. Tucson, AZ
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
The experience was great! Captain Roy ensured we had a great time and was successful at helping us land some great sized fish. Truly recommended!
Julio  O.
Julio O. Eagle Pass, TX
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Fisherman with experience!! Really recommend to everyone. Really friendly and help a lot with technic I Will absolutely book with him again.
Frederik  B.
Frederik B. Keremeos, British Columbia
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
My son and I had an excellent day of fishing for our first salmon fishing adventure. Captain Roy was highly knowledgeable, all gear worked perfectly, and he had us on fish for the majority of the day. My arm still hurts from reeling in big Chinooks!
Kevin  H.
Kevin H. Edmonton, AB
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Very easy going and knowledgeable on the water. Knew where the fish were and what they were biting on. Very patient as our fishing skills were not the greatest landing fish. Had extra gear on board when we lost a down rigger. Would definitely hook up again with Captain Roy. Would also suggest 10 hours on the water vs 5. Thanks Captain Roy.
Tim  F.
Tim F. Sherwood Park, AB
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Roy was knowledgeable of local fisheries, polite, has a great sense of humour and made our trip fun and successful.
Greg  P.
Greg P. Langley, BC
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
beautiful trip in vancouver made even better by the company of captain roy. we had a great time getting our limit of cohos and a bonus pink. great boat, captain and time.
Neil  B.
Neil B. Wilmington, DE
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
My husband and I had a great time! We caught numerous salmon, saw harbor seals while we were catching fish and a bald eagle swoop in close. The weather could not have been more perfect! Roy was a great captain and I would highly recommend his charter!
Stacey  H.
Stacey H. United States
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Wonderful trip. Slow day to start but Roy added excitement by entering us in sail boat race and we finished with plenty of salmon. Appreciate the good conversation and laughter Roy.
Trent  S.
Trent S. Bee Cave, TX
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Awesome day with Captain Roy! Got to keep some hatchery Coho and fight some nice Kings. Capped off the day nicely with spot prawns and Dungeness crabs.
Alexander  L.
Alexander L. St. Petersburg, FL
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
It turned out that I was a weather whisperer and Captain Roy was a whale whisperer . I brought the first fine day in over a week and Captain Roy spotted a couple of Humpbacks , one of which , as I started a video and pointed my iPhone , put on a display and almost jumped into the boat !
Karen  K.
Karen K. Montreal, Quebec
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Captain Roy was very helpful and patient with my wife and I. He was very knowledgeable and shared his wealth of experience. I heartily recommend him.
David  N.
David N. Des Moines, IA
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
My daughter and I had such a wonderful outing with Roy, it was the perfect day. He’s got so much experience to share, a great boat, and of course incredible scenery, that even if we hadn’t caught salmon it would have been a great experience. Bringing home fish was just an added bonus. Sooo worthwhile!! Thank you!
Nancy  A.
Nancy A. New Westminster, British Columbia
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Great captain and boat. Fishing was good but not many keepers. Went a little late in season. Would go again with this captain anytime.
Deborah  H.
Deborah H. Freeland, WA

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