Vancouver Island Chinook Salmon Fishing Charters

Vancouver Island Chinook Salmon Fishing Charters

Top Vancouver Island Chinook Salmon Fishing Destinations

Best Chinook Salmon Fishing Charters in Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island: 85 fishing charters available

Top Rods Guide Service - Sooke

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(88 reviews)
Sooke
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $390

Rodfather Fishing And Outdoor Adventures

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Victoria
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $371

Tofino Saltwater Sports

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(68 reviews)
Tofino
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $468

Ripline Guiding

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Comox
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $429

Chinook Salmon Fishing in Vancouver Island

Chinook Salmon
  • Size 10-50 lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Inshore, Lake, River, Nearshore

(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

The Salmon fishing Vancouver Island has to offer is nothing short of sensational. It’s easy to see why, given the fact that anglers have access to freshwater, saltwater, and 5 different kinds of Salmon swimming in both. Millions of Salmon pass by the island each year on their annual migrations, giving anglers a chance to hook into some of the biggest and tastiest of them.

The Island’s prime Salmon season runs from mid summer to fall in most areas, when every species makes an appearance. The most anticipated summer Salmon are Tyees, trophy Chinook weighing 30 lbs or more. In some places, droves of mouth-watering Sockeye take the cake instead. When the summer hype fades away, many charter boats shut down for the winter—except for those with access to winter Chinook fishing that will keep them busy until next summer.

Top Salmon Fishing Spots

You’ll find excellent Salmon fishing all over Vancouver Island, but there are a few special places that put all others to shame. Each one of them has something different to offer, whether it’s a killer winter fishing season or a summer run that’s 1 million fish strong. If you’re a diehard Salmon fan, be sure to put these destinations at the top of your list:

Campbell River

Long regarded as the “Salmon Fishing Capital of the World,” Campbell River on the east coast of the island offers a unique blend of freshwater and saltwater Salmon fishing that you don’t see every day. You’ll find all 5 Pacific species swimming past Campbell River in summer as they make their way through Discovery Passage to their spawning grounds. Almost every Salmon that passes through BC swims this way, turning the local waters into a real who’s-who of Vancouver Island Salmon fishing. Even when the hustle and bustle dies down, anglers here hook into feeder Chinook all year.

On the other hand, the Campbell River itself offers superb freshwater Salmon fishing from July through mid November. Fly anglers have a blast catching all 5 species in the the river and numerous streams connecting to it. Locals have embraced this world renowned fishery to the fullest, offering specialty trips like “Snorkel with Salmon” so visitors can get up close and personal with the town’s claim to fame.

Port Alberni

If any town can rival the Salmon fishing in Campbell River, it’s Port Alberni. In fact, the friendly competition between these two destinations grows more and more intense each year—if you don’t believe it, just take a look at the sign outside Port Alberni asserting that this is in fact the true Salmon fishing capital.

Just over 90 miles south of Campbell River, Port Alberni also offers a mix of freshwater and saltwater Salmon fishing. The local speciality is little different, however, with extra emphasis on Sockeye Salmon. Hundreds of thousands of this species enter Alberni Inlet in May and provide non-stop action through September as they make their way into the Stamp and Somass rivers to return to their spawning grounds. Chinook and Coho Salmon are right behind them, followed by Chum and Pink Salmon at the end of summer. In total, more than one million Salmon migrate past Port Alberni each year, making it a go-to destination for the diehard fan.

Anglers follow the Salmon up into the Stamp and Somass rivers, where it’s easy to spend all day indulging in stellar fly fishing. A brief cold front at the end of summer can push Sockeye Salmon into the local streams for additional freshwater fishing perks. 

Victoria

Victoria has made a nice little niche for itself in Vancouver Island’s reputation for Salmon fishing, mostly because it offers exceptionally good Chinook fishing all through winter. Salmon fishing is a non-stop pastime here in the capital city, whether you’re after hard-fighting feeder Chinook or the Tyees that arrive in summer.

Anglers target juvenile Chinook from October through May. When it comes to sheer numbers, this fish hits its peak from November to late April. By the time these 5-20 lb specimens fade out, Tyees move in to keep up the pace. They’re joined by the rest of the species between August and December, giving local anglers a chance to catch all 5 kinds of Pacific Salmon long after they’ve disappeared from other places on the island.

Vancouver Island Salmon Fishing Techniques

When it comes to saltwater fishing, anglers on Vancouver Island rely on two methods: trolling and mooching. Trolling with Anchovies, spoons, and squid-like lures called “hoochies” will help you catch multiple Salmon species, depending on the season.

A special technique that proves effective in areas like Tofino is “bucktailing,” which involves trolling a bucktail jig behind the boat. This method works especially well for Coho Salmon that feed near the surface in deep water, or in the sounds.

Yet another tactic that locals rely on is “mooching,” a form of deep trolling which keeps the bait several feet of the seafloor while dragging the line at a 45-degree angle.

Fly fishermen have great success while fishing for Salmon in the freshwater rivers and streams on Vancouver Island. An 8-weight fly rod will stand you in good stead. Locals have very specific bait recommendations depending on where you fish, so be sure to ask around for advice.

Vancouver Island Chinook Salmon Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Chinook Salmon fishing in Vancouver Island varies slightly throughout the year. High season is January, July to August and November to December. Low season is February to June and September to October. There is no closed season.
Vancouver Island
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Chinook Salmon Fishing in Vancouver Island

Go with Royce and Kelly at Northwest Saltwater Adventure Charters!! They know all the good spots, and their boat and equipment are top notch!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with Royce and Kelly at Northwest Saltwater Adventure Charters!! They know all the good spots, and their boat and equipment are top notch!
David  R.
David R. Stanwood, WA
We were a bit late in the season and we were not able to keep the wild Coho we caught. We would not have been able to eat more than the Spring we kept anyway since we are on holiday's. It was an enjoyable day on the boat regardless.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We were a bit late in the season and we were not able to keep the wild Coho we caught. We would not have been able to eat more than the Spring we kept anyway since we are on holiday's. It was an enjoyable day on the boat regardless.
Doug  S.
Doug S. Calgary, AB
yes, but must provide an address where to meet the captain on the day of fishing. Udo
Excellent
4.7 / 5
yes, but must provide an address where to meet the captain on the day of fishing. Udo
Udo  K.
Udo K. Sooke, BC
Easy to access, lots to catch, no need to travel far by boat, friendly people
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Easy to access, lots to catch, no need to travel far by boat, friendly people
Simon  L.
Simon L. Richmond, British Columbia
Make your booking with Tory Howe of Goin Coastal - then just relax, knowing you'll have a great experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make your booking with Tory Howe of Goin Coastal - then just relax, knowing you'll have a great experience!
Karol  R.
Karol R. Vancouver, BC
Fantastic place to fish as we were within ten minutes from the marina allowing more time for the rods to be in the water for Salmon fishing. I highly recommend the Sooke area and we will be back again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fantastic place to fish as we were within ten minutes from the marina allowing more time for the rods to be in the water for Salmon fishing. I highly recommend the Sooke area and we will be back again.
Lisa  M.
Lisa M. Kamloops, British Columbia
Nothing at all. It was hot the day we went. Only advise would be to bring plenty of water
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Nothing at all. It was hot the day we went. Only advise would be to bring plenty of water
Wayne  A.
Wayne A. Victoria, BC
Go out with a captain who knows where the fish are because it is easy to waste the day fishing empty waters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out with a captain who knows where the fish are because it is easy to waste the day fishing empty waters.
Tom  N.
Tom N. Ladysmith, BC
If someone wants to go fishing in Comox for the first time, they should charter a trip via Fishbooker.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If someone wants to go fishing in Comox for the first time, they should charter a trip via Fishbooker.
Karl-heinrich  H.
Karl-heinrich H. Hofgeismar, HE
Amazing salmon fishing! Give yourself plenty of time to figure out the conveluted online fishing license website. As a non Canadian resident, halibut is not allowed in the waters around sooke. If you want halibut and Salmon, port Renfrew is the place to be from what I understand. If in sooke, book with Travis!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Amazing salmon fishing! Give yourself plenty of time to figure out the conveluted online fishing license website. As a non Canadian resident, halibut is not allowed in the waters around sooke. If you want halibut and Salmon, port Renfrew is the place to be from what I understand. If in sooke, book with Travis!
Phillip  T.
Phillip T. Victoria, British Columbia
Go with a guide for local knowledge. Visit Cap’n Hook tackle shop right at the Small Craft Harbor. Great selection of gear and extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a guide for local knowledge. Visit Cap’n Hook tackle shop right at the Small Craft Harbor. Great selection of gear and extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Lawrence  O.
Lawrence O. Long Beach, CA
Book with "Good time" Dave, has a passion for fishing and his boat and tackle is well maintained.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with "Good time" Dave, has a passion for fishing and his boat and tackle is well maintained.
Daniel  D.
Daniel D. Mesquite, TX
Small town with little services/shopping and no internet or cell service. Good restaurants and limited groceries. Bring food if you are cooking.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Small town with little services/shopping and no internet or cell service. Good restaurants and limited groceries. Bring food if you are cooking.
Paul  B.
Paul B. United States
Make sure the beer is cold and your arms are ready to pull in the big haul.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure the beer is cold and your arms are ready to pull in the big haul.
Justin  M.
Justin M. Chilliwack, British Columbia
Take in the beauty of the area. The Sooke area is wonderful. Take in the scenary and enjoy the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take in the beauty of the area. The Sooke area is wonderful. Take in the scenary and enjoy the water.
Jacob  K.
Jacob K. Victoria, British Columbia
Be prepared for changing weather and dress accordingly. Bring motion sickness medication. Plan to bring home plenty of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for changing weather and dress accordingly. Bring motion sickness medication. Plan to bring home plenty of fish.
Keith  H.
Keith H. Duncan, British Columbia
I would recommend getting a hold of Brent from West Coast ocean charters. He knows his stuff. He's an amazing fisherman we had a great time on his boat and everything was excellent!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend getting a hold of Brent from West Coast ocean charters. He knows his stuff. He's an amazing fisherman we had a great time on his boat and everything was excellent!
Chris  D.
Chris D. Courtenay, British Columbia
Fishing in May is a bit slower than July or August but it is not crowded. The pace of life is slower and the crowds are smaller which is what we wanted. We did not expect to Catch a large amount of fish but wanted the experience of fishing for salmon and being on the spring waters. Chris was a great guide and nice person to meet and fish with in the future. Had a good day and look forward to many meals from our salmon in the summer months ahead!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Fishing in May is a bit slower than July or August but it is not crowded. The pace of life is slower and the crowds are smaller which is what we wanted. We did not expect to Catch a large amount of fish but wanted the experience of fishing for salmon and being on the spring waters. Chris was a great guide and nice person to meet and fish with in the future. Had a good day and look forward to many meals from our salmon in the summer months ahead!
Keith  P.
Keith P. Kalispell, MT
Book a charter and they'll show you where to go and how to they do it but if you already know how these day you got to fish in 750 to 950ft. of water and downriggers down to 180 - 200 ft. Evil eye or pink sink spoon or anchovy with teaser head! Happy fishing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a charter and they'll show you where to go and how to they do it but if you already know how these day you got to fish in 750 to 950ft. of water and downriggers down to 180 - 200 ft. Evil eye or pink sink spoon or anchovy with teaser head! Happy fishing!
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Nanaimo, British Columbia
It's a funny named town, but if you're a fisherman Uky is your next favourite place!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's a funny named town, but if you're a fisherman Uky is your next favourite place!
Tom  H.
Tom H. Canada

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