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British Columbia: 152 fishing charters available
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4.9 / 5
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Sooke
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Vancouver
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4.8 / 5
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Sooke
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trips from $258
Excellent
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Parksville
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Sooke
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Nanaimo
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Britannia Beach
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(34 reviews)
West Vancouver
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Sooke
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in British Columbia

According to customer reviews, Full Melt Charters, Roy's Fishing Charters, and Fijian Son Fishing Charter are some of the most popular fishing charters in British Columbia. Full list of top fishing charters in British Columbia.

The average price for a private 4 hour British Columbia fishing trip is $498, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $881 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Full Melt Charters, Roy's Fishing Charters, and Fijian Son Fishing Charter all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in British Columbia.

The most popular fish species you can target are Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Lingcod. Top fishing techniques include Trolling, Bottom Fishing, and Light Tackle. Nearshore fishing, offshore fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

It’s no understatement to say that anglers spend their time in British Columbia fishing in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Described by many as “spectacular by nature,” the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest is characterized by lush, tall forests, crystal clear streams, and mountain ranges where few people have set foot before. 

Saltwater anglers can indulge in 1,600 miles of coastline, including plenty of drive-to destinations in the southern part of the province as well as remote wilderness up north. Some of the most abundant fisheries are only accessible by plane, which is why you’ll find literally hundreds of fly-in fishing lodges at your disposal. Several days by the sea gives you a chance to reel in 5 species of Pacific Salmon, Halibut, Lingcod, 14 species of Rockfish, and several kinds of delectable Crab.

On the other hand, freshwater anglers can cast a line in thousands of lakes and hundreds of rivers featuring Steelhead, Salmon, and various Trout. British Columbia is a fly fishing paradise that is equally rewarding for those who are eager to hook into a “dinosaur” Sturgeon weighing hundreds of pounds. All in all, this corner of the world has something for everyone, and plenty of BC fishing charters to help you make the most of it.

British Columbia’s Top Fishing Spots

Haida Gwaii

Also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, this collection of islands is the focal point of BC’s northwest coast. Anglers make their way here each summer for the most productive Halibut and Salmon fishing in the province. There are few places where you can catch a “barn door” Halibut and 60+ lb Chinook Salmon in the same day, let alone the same trip—and Haida Gwaii is one of them. The biggest Tyee Salmon (Chinooks weighing 30 lbs and above) appear twice during the summer season, typically in May or June and again in August. At the end of summer, Coho Salmon are also abundant here.

Over time, the remote shores of northern BC and her islands have become more accessible, allowing anglers to take advantage of these abundant waters. Haida Gwaii is accessible by plane from Vancouver Airport or by floatplane from Prince Rupert. You’ll find no shortage of BC fishing lodges here, which provide guides, gear, and fish packaging for your journey home. Weather can be volatile so come prepared and keep an eye on the forecast.

Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island boasts some of the best Salmon fishing BC has to offer. Actually, it’s some of the best in the world, whether you’re targeting these fish in freshwater or saltwater. Each year, Vancouver Island sees millions of Salmon as they return to the rivers to spawn. Anglers here catch Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum Salmon.

Many consider the Campbell River on the east side of the island to be the “Salmon Capital of the World.” In addition to all 5 Pacific species, this river hosts massive Tyees in late summer. During peak season, the Campbell River grows crowded with over 500 guides and hordes of visiting anglers.

Anglers fishing on the west coast of Vancouver Island can enjoy less fishing pressure and get a head start on local Salmon runs. Small feeder Chinook are biting year-round in most bays, joined in succession by larger Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum Salmon as summer progresses.

Premier fishing destinations on Vancouver Island include Port Hardy, Port Alberni, Tofino, Ucluelet, Sooke, and Victoria. Port Alberni is known for its astonishing run of Sockeye Salmon each summer, in addition to millions of other Salmon. Depending on who you ask, this small town at the heart of the island is the rightful Salmon Capital of the World! For excellent feeder Chinook fishing all through winter, head to Victoria.

Fraser River

Located to the northeast of Vancouver, the Fraser River is historically one of the most important Salmon rivers in the world. These days, one of the main attractions here is White Sturgeon, the planet’s oldest and largest freshwater fish. The lower Fraser is wide, shallow, and slow moving, where anglers target large Sturgeon as they spawn. In the portion above Hope, the water flows rapidly and foams. The sand-bottomed pools between rapids are exactly where large Sturgeon like to lie, which means eager anglers are right behind them. Lillooet is a go-to destination for anglers interested in getting a taste of the sturgeon fishing BC is known for. Fishing for this species is strictly catch and release.

Pitt River

Though underrated by comparison, the Pitt River also offers an outstanding British Columbia fishing experience. This river meets the Fraser just south of Coquitlam and is one of the last rivers in the region with large runs of wild Salmon and Trout. Winter Steelhead reach their peak here from February to March, joined but Bull and Cutthroat Trout. Located just 40 miles from the ocean, Sockeye runs also make their way here in as little as 24 hours. Fishing in the Pitt River is strictly catch and release.

Other rivers in the area with good Salmon and Steelhead fishing include the Vedder and Capilano Rivers, just 2 hours from Vancouver.

Okanagan Valley

The Okanagan Valley in southern BC stands out from other fishing grounds, mainly because its unique environment lends itself to a different kind of fishing: fly fishing in magnificent lakes for the iconic Kamloops Trout (a local variety of Rainbow Trout). This valley is home to the big Okanagan, Kalamalka, and Skaha Lakes, which boast good spring and fall fishing for large Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon. Various other lakes in the area offer good fishing for Kamloops Trout. Light tackle and fly fishermen can have a blast catching this fish in numerous local waters, including the Tepee, Hathueume, Oyama, Postill, Swalwell, Beaver, Bolean, Pinaus, Spa, Arthur, and Aberdeen Lakes.

Kamloops

If you’re looking to experience the best Trout fishing BC has to offer, head to the aptly named city of Kamloops. This town is surrounded by a handful of lakes with outstanding Kamloops Trout fishing. In fact, the fishing is so good that numerous local high-country lodges came together under the “Rainbow Capital” banner. Kamloops Trout make for some of the best fly fishing you can get, which is why three of the lakes here were previous venues for the World Championship of Fly Fishing.

Need to Know

BC fishing charters typically provide gear, bait, and other necessities. In some cases, the crew may also provide fish cleaning and packaging so you can travel home with your catch.

Anglers must buy a fishing license, either for saltwater fishing or freshwater fishing. Additional stamps for Salmon and Steelhead may be required, depending on where you fish. You can purchase a BC fishing license and necessary stamps online.

Not all species are open to harvest year-round. The season for Halibut and Lingcod typically closes at the start of the year until April or May, but this is subject to change each year and does not apply to all locations. Sturgeon fishing in BC is strictly catch and release.

You can learn more about local regulations by region depending on where you plan to fish. As always, hiring a local guide is the best way to fish responsibly and to discover everything British Columbia has to offer! 

British Columbia
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 27735 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Rivers provide some of the most productive fishing in BC at the start of the year. Catch winter Steelhead and a variety of Trout, or look for a Sturgeon fishing guide who runs winter trips on the Fraser.

February

Winter Steelhead are at their peak in the rivers. Many charters on the BC coast are still shut down for the winter, but a few may be willing to take you out for Chinook, Crab, and more.

March

As spring approaches, local charters and guides start preparing for the season. Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River is picking up momentum, while Steelhead fishing stays strong.

April

In some years, Halibut and Lingcod may be open to harvest in April. Even when they aren’t, fair weather can provide the perfect opportunity to squeeze in a little nearshore Chinook fishing.

May

BC’s saltwater fishing season gets underway in summer, with Lingcod, Halibut, and plenty of other fish biting. Up in Haida Gwaii, anglers are catching the first Tyees of the season.

June

Head to Port Alberni for the infamous Sockeye run, when millions of the most delicious Salmon species flood Alberni Inlet! Offshore, anglers are bottom fishing for Lingcod and Halibut.

July

Come July, Coho Salmon are at their peak. Anglers are still hooking into massive Chinook and Halibut on the west coast of Vancouver Island and up north in Haida Gwaii.

August

August in BC is all about Salmon! All 5 species are making their way to the rivers, giving anglers non-stop action everywhere they turn. Try your luck in Campbell River, or anywhere on the coast.

September

You’ll be spoiled for choice in September, with no shortage of Salmon, Lingcod, Halibut, Sturgeon, Steelhead, and Trout at your disposal. Now’s the time to try something new!

October

The summer Salmon runs are coming to an end, but the fishing is still good in October. You’re less likely to hook a Halibut offshore, but crabbing can be excellent. 

November

By November, many charter boats start shutting down for the winter. Fishing for Chinook in Victoria is still good, however. In the rivers, Sturgeon and Steelhead are still biting.

December

Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser is no longer at its peak, but can be relatively good if you find a guide willing to take you out on the river. Winter Steelhead fishing is the main source of action now.

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Book a charter that is able to assist you in fishing for the fish species you are targeting and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a charter that is able to assist you in fishing for the fish species you are targeting and have fun.
Peter  O.
Peter O. Vancouver, British Columbia
Price was good for 5 hours. Lots of experience and Willing to answer questions. Book halibut full day so boat can travel to better Halibut options.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Price was good for 5 hours. Lots of experience and Willing to answer questions. Book halibut full day so boat can travel to better Halibut options.
Shannon  H.
Shannon H. Didsbury, AB
I did not see a lot of other boats catching a lot of fish. Few fish per boat. However, we limited with Full Melt Charters in less than 2 hours. Definitely go with this guy!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I did not see a lot of other boats catching a lot of fish. Few fish per boat. However, we limited with Full Melt Charters in less than 2 hours. Definitely go with this guy!
David  A.
David A. Brush Prairie, WA
Bring a big cooler for all the fish you will be catching - they helped us pack up the fish and we got it all home without making a mess in my car but it would have been easier if I thought to bring my big cooler.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a big cooler for all the fish you will be catching - they helped us pack up the fish and we got it all home without making a mess in my car but it would have been easier if I thought to bring my big cooler.
Colin  P.
Colin P. Victoria, BC
Outstanding unbelievable fishing trip of a lifetime. Massive chinook salmon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Outstanding unbelievable fishing trip of a lifetime. Massive chinook salmon.
Clint  M.
Clint M. Overland Park, KS
Not sure what the best time to fish in the Parksville area is but mid-August seemed to be pretty good.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not sure what the best time to fish in the Parksville area is but mid-August seemed to be pretty good.
Michael  J.  H.
Michael J. H. Seattle, WA
The coastline is protected a bit by small rock islands which reduced the swells. We also go to see some sealions nearby.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The coastline is protected a bit by small rock islands which reduced the swells. We also go to see some sealions nearby.
Sharon  P.
Sharon P. Burlington, Ontario
Excellent was as busy as we could’ve hoped! So glad we made the trip from tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Excellent was as busy as we could’ve hoped! So glad we made the trip from tofino
Ray  G.
Ray G. Canada
Try to go in the morning as otherwise there may be fog which is still fine for fishing but not so good for sea sickness!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Try to go in the morning as otherwise there may be fog which is still fine for fishing but not so good for sea sickness!
Hannah  J.
Hannah J. United Kingdom
Make sure you get a good guide it does make a difference, We used Mark's reel fishing adventure and he was awesome.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you get a good guide it does make a difference, We used Mark's reel fishing adventure and he was awesome.
George  F.
George F. Condor, AB
Come during peak salmon season and book for 2 days to catch salmon the first day, then use salmon to catch sturgeon the next day
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come during peak salmon season and book for 2 days to catch salmon the first day, then use salmon to catch sturgeon the next day
Alex  M.
Alex M.
Kyle is an extremely hard working guide. My dad and I took my 13yr old son out for his first salt water fishing experience, and it was exceptional. We caught rock fish, a big Ling Cod and two beautiful Spring Salmon. We also caught crab and prawns. It was a great day yet it was looking like the Salmon were a long shot. As the day was winding down Kyle's sheer hustle yielded results. Expectations were definitely exceeded. We'll be back to Ucluelet and we'll definitely book Kyle again.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Kyle is an extremely hard working guide. My dad and I took my 13yr old son out for his first salt water fishing experience, and it was exceptional. We caught rock fish, a big Ling Cod and two beautiful Spring Salmon. We also caught crab and prawns. It was a great day yet it was looking like the Salmon were a long shot. As the day was winding down Kyle's sheer hustle yielded results. Expectations were definitely exceeded. We'll be back to Ucluelet and we'll definitely book Kyle again.
Harold  D.
Harold D. Red Deer, AB
It’s a great experience even for people who’ve never fished before. Compared to salmon fishing in other areas, the salmon are only 15-20 minutes out of the marina, and you always have sight of land nearby.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s a great experience even for people who’ve never fished before. Compared to salmon fishing in other areas, the salmon are only 15-20 minutes out of the marina, and you always have sight of land nearby.
Michael  E.
Michael E.
It was nice to wait until the Chinook were in season so we could take one home for dinner. The weather was great, but layers are a must. Go with a good captain, like Captain Turk.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was nice to wait until the Chinook were in season so we could take one home for dinner. The weather was great, but layers are a must. Go with a good captain, like Captain Turk.
Joshua  L.
Joshua L. Dayton, OH
We recommend you to use Capt Kyle as he goes the extra mile. From the dock to the fishing grounds is approx 20 mins and a bit longer for Halibut
Excellent
4.7 / 5
We recommend you to use Capt Kyle as he goes the extra mile. From the dock to the fishing grounds is approx 20 mins and a bit longer for Halibut
Mark  O.
Mark O. Canada
Use Captain Lyle if possible for overall experience and helpful attitude ! Distance to fishing grounds only about 20 minutes or a bit longer for halibut
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Use Captain Lyle if possible for overall experience and helpful attitude ! Distance to fishing grounds only about 20 minutes or a bit longer for halibut
Mark  O.
Mark O. Canada
Add to bucket list what an awsome time it was... It's super nice to have someone with great experance and knowledge...
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Add to bucket list what an awsome time it was... It's super nice to have someone with great experance and knowledge...
Carl  E.
Carl E. Ladysmith, British Columbia
Investing in some Gravol before the trip is definitely not a bad idea if you are not used to choppy sea.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Investing in some Gravol before the trip is definitely not a bad idea if you are not used to choppy sea.
Simon  V.
Simon V. Vancouver, British Columbia
Take the early charter! Get your fishing license online before you leave home. Then drop your catch at Finest at Sea to prep & freeze for the airplane ride home.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take the early charter! Get your fishing license online before you leave home. Then drop your catch at Finest at Sea to prep & freeze for the airplane ride home.
Joelene  T.
Joelene T. Wailuku, HI
Wear several layers. The best fishing is on a cloudy day, but that means no sun to keep warm
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Wear several layers. The best fishing is on a cloudy day, but that means no sun to keep warm
David  R.
David R. Nanaimo, British Columbia

North West Ocean Adventures
North West Ocean Adventures
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
This trip was amazing, we caught 4 fish in four hours. The boat was very clean and the equipment was top notch. Brody was an amazing captain who went over and above to make sure we caught some fish and had a memorable time for the whole family. I would highly recommend this charter and would book again with Brody.
Patrick  M.
Patrick M.
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(58 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
Goin Coastal Fishing Charters
Goin Coastal Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sooke
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
Troy was awesome. Clean boat. Caught some great salmon. Highly recommended.
Matt  M.
Matt M. Sooke, British Columbia
Fish On Tofino
Fish On Tofino
Fishing charter in Tofino
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(21 reviews)
Very good experience. Captain Jon accommodating and skilled. We'll be back.
Neil  B.
Neil B. Red Deer, AB
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(58 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
Reel Life Charters
Reel Life Charters
Fishing charter in Sooke
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(166 reviews)
Booking and directions were very easy. The trip was very fun and we got a great catch. Captain Travis helped us with instructions and was patient and responsive when we needed help. The setting was stunning and would have been worth it even if we didn’t catch any fish. Highly recommend!
JOEL  A.
JOEL A. Sooke, British Columbia
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(58 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
Johnny's Sport Fishing
Johnny's Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Chilliwack
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Fantastic day out with a top guide. John Waring is brilliant at what he does. We caught salmon then landed 5 of 6 sturgeon up to 220lb. A bucket list ambition well and truly completed. My wife a complete novice also caught one with John’s guidance. Highly recommended
Peter  C.
Peter C. Ashcroft, British Columbia
Peninsula Charters
Peninsula Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Captain Dean was great got us the fish we were going after and had a blast.
Peter  O.
Peter O. Vancouver, British Columbia
Johnny's Sport Fishing
Johnny's Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Chilliwack
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
My wife and I had an excellent day of fishing with Johnnys sport fishing. John was very supportive and informative and knew where all the best spots were for salmon and especially BIG STURGEON! I would highly recommend JOHNNYS SPORT FISHING to anyone that wants to have an exciting and fun day of catching lots of fish
Todd  M.
Todd M. Abbotsford, British Columbia
Peninsula Charters
Peninsula Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Kicked the charter off with a FAT chinook and from there Dean kept us on fish for the entire time! Chinook, Sea Bass, Ling Cod for the entire time and we kept the best for the cooler. Dean is cool, professional and fun to fish with. Can’t recommend Peninsula Charters enough!
Jim  P.
Jim P.
Deep Coast Charters
Deep Coast Charters
Fishing charter in Britannia Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Amazing Captain .. We had a blast and everything went amazing . Highly recommended !!!
Ken  R.
Ken R. Canada
Reel Life Charters
Reel Life Charters
Fishing charter in Sooke
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(166 reviews)
We had a very fun day with Capt Travis. He worked very hard to put us on fish and was successful. He has an easy way about him and was very engaging. He’s very knowledgeable about fishing answering everyone of our questions. Would recommend him to anyone wanting a salmon fishing experience in Sooke BC.
Walt  M.
Walt M. Victoria, BC
Rugged West Coast Sport Fishing
Rugged West Coast Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Parksville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Had a great trip with Jesse our Captain. First time fishing for salmon for my son Hayden. Jesse was great in instructing with great results. We landed some amazing Springs with a Tyee as the topper. The boat we were on is perfect for the job and the equipment was great. Thanks for a great half day.
Chris  E.
Chris E. Victoria, BC
HLS Charters
HLS Charters
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Great day on the water Mike is great Captain very friendly and fun to fish with.
Ron  R.
Ron R. Summerfield, NC
Rugged West Coast Sport Fishing
Rugged West Coast Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Parksville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Went for a half day guided fishing trip. Hoping to land some big spring salmon. Our captain got us to the spot and we were rewarded. Landed a Coho and three big springs, one a Tyee. My son's first salmon fishing experience turned out great. Our Captain talked him through the catch process, setting the hook, playing the fish and landing it. We'd do it again, thanks Jesse.
Chris  E.
Chris E. Victoria, BC
Peninsula Charters
Peninsula Charters
Fishing charter in Ucluelet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
We had an amazing morning on the water with Dean. We ended up leaving the boat with 90lbs of fish.
Peter  O.
Peter O. Duncan, BC
Roy's Fishing Charters
Roy's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Vancouver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(58 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
Getter Done Charters – Nanaimo
Getter Done Charters – Nanaimo
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
We took our 8 year old and 5 year old fishing with Captain Brannen and it was such a lovely adventure. He was great with the kids, very knowledgeable. We all had a wonderful time.
Maren  M.
Maren M. Nanaimo, British Columbia
Northwest Saltwater Adventures
Northwest Saltwater Adventures
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
. Excellent time as Captain and crew was great plus the bonus is we caught Chinooks and Cohos. Next time full day so we can get some Lingcod and maybe a halibut.
Blair  A.
Blair A. St. Catharines, ON