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Fishing in Haida Gwaii
If you’re looking for a taste of escapism, a Haida Gwaii fishing adventure will see you exploring an area so stunning and remote that it’s often described as “the end of the world” and “spectacular by nature.” This archipelago of islands is located on the north Pacific coast of Canada. It’s known as both Haida Gwaii, it’s indigenous name, and the Queen Charlotte Islands – which makes sense, considering that these waters are full to the brim with sportfishing royalty. From huge Tyee (Chinook) Salmon, to Halibut, to Rockfish and Lingcod, leave the real world behind and come cast your line in this magical location!
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Haida Gwaii Fishing Seasons
If you’re willing to brave intense weather conditions, you’ll be rewarded with an excellent start to the year! Waters around central and south Haida Gwaii offer up Salmon fishing action, with Tyee being the most popular.
Temperatures remain cold, but you’ll find some charters on offer that are ready and waiting to take you out on the hunt for Tyee Salmon. Drop some traps on the journey for the chance to haul in some Dungeness Crab!
The weather starts to heat up slightly, and so does the angling action around the islands. The first few fishing lodges start to open their doors, and charters get ready for the season. Tyee Salmon fishing remains strong.
Spring has arrived, and usually brings with it plenty of rain. If you’re willing to brave these conditions, you’ll be in for some hard-fighting Tyee Salmon action! Depending on regulations, Halibut may be up for grabs, too.
May hails the real start of Haida Gwaii’s fishing season! Fishing lodges open their doors, and the mainland’s seaplanes dust off their wings and transport anglers from all over to the islands. Salmon fishing stays hot.
Salmon fans, mark this month in your calendar – it’s locally thought of as one of the best possible times to hook this species, which regularly reaches up to 50 pounds. Halibut fishing is strong, too.
Coho, Sockeye, Chinook, Pink, Chum...the waters around Haida Gwaii are full to the brim with every kind of Salmon. Get ready for the chasing to begin! Halibut fishing is strong, and Lingcod and Rockfish are also on offer.
Coho Salmon are at their best, and species weighing 20 pounds or more are regularly caught. Fishing for other Salmon species remain strong, and bottom fishing fans will have plenty of chances to hook Halibut and Rockfish.
This is when Haida Gwaii’s fishing season usually starts slowing down. If you want to target the last huge Salmon, this is the time to visit! Lodges start preparing to close, as Salmon migrate and weather conditions drop.
The Salmon run starts to come to a close, but keen anglers will still be able to target the last few species. Halibut are on their way out but can still be found in deeper waters, and tasty Dungeness Crab are on offer.
Most day charters and fishing lodges are closed for the winter, but anglers willing to brave the cold can find the last few Salmon south of Haida Gwaii. Lay out some traps for Dungeness Crabs, too.
The weather and waters around Haida Gwaii can be pretty uncompromising at this time of year, and it’s rare you’ll find a charter or lodge running trips. Willing to withstand the cold? Head to the mainland for freshwater fishing.