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Best Salmon (Chinook) Fishing Charters in Canada

Salmon (Chinook)

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

Salmon (Chinook) Fishing in Canada

The world class Salmon fishing Canada yields each year is legendary. Between thousands of miles of coastline and countless rivers and lakes, this vast country lays claim to 6 iconic species, each with its own reputation among die-hard anglers.

No species is more revered than the mighty Chinook (King) Salmon, which can easily top 60 lbs and is known to reach almost 100 lbs on occasion. Chinook weighing 30 lbs or more earn the title of Tyee and a newfound status among sport fishermen here, who have entire clubs and tournaments dedicated to landing one of these brutes.

Coho (Silver) Salmon have their own bragging rights, as they are known as the most acrobatic and determined of all Pacific Salmon species. Meanwhile, Sockeye (Red) Salmon claim the title of tastiest. Of course, Pink, Chum, and Atlantic Salmon all have their merits, too! With a variety of stunning waters to choose from and myriad ways to catch these fish, it’s no wonder why Salmon fishing in Canada has fascinated anglers worldwide.

Where to Fish for Pacific Salmon

For the biggest, hardest fighting, and most delicious Salmon species in the world, head to British Columbia. Here you can hook into all 5 kinds of Pacific Salmon, in a number of rivers and seaside locations. Haida Gwaii in the north produces some of the province’s biggest Tyees each summer, typically in May or June and again in August.

In terms of shere variety, however, Vancouver Island can’t be beat. In addition to a year-round feeder Chinook population, this massive island hosts millions of migratory Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum Salmon each year. BC Salmon season starts when mature Chinook arrive, typically in May or June. As summer rolls on, Coho make their entrance, followed by Sockeye, Pink, and Chum Salmon in the hottest months. Top Salmon fishing spots on Vancouver Island include Campbell River, Port Alberni, Tofino, Sooke, and Victoria.

The Great Lakes

Some of Canada’s most accessible Salmon fishing waters can be found in the Great Lakes. Lakes Superior, Huron, and Ontario host healthy supplies of Chinook and Coho Salmon, and it’s not uncommon for charter boats in nearby U.S. states to make their way to the Canadian side of these lakes when the bite is best there. These species are at their peak from May through September.

Canadian Salmon Fishing Techniques


Trolling is the most common Salmon fishing technique, from the depths of the Great Lakes to the offshore fishing grounds in BC. How deep you troll and the gear you use can vary widely depending on the time of year and location. It’s typical to use 30 lb test line early in the season, and many anglers switch to heavier tackle when it’s time to reel in Tyees during late summer.

Herring, Anchovies, and Sardines are popular bait choices, along with lures such as spoons, plugs, and “hoochies” (a squidlike lure with a flasher).


Though its popularity is declining, “mooching” is a traditional method that many anglers in BC will tell you is tried and true. Some describe this technique as a form a drift fishing, while others treat it more like slow trolling, depending on where they’re from. Anglers in British Columbia use a long rod (around 10’) and a reel with several hundred yards of line. Using 2-6 ounce sinkers, they fish bait such as live or cut Herring close to the seafloor. In some cases, this method also works well in rivers where the current is strong enough.


“Bucktailing” is a highly specialized technique honed by anglers in and around Tofino, BC. Using a fly rod, anglers cast a bucktail behind a moving boat into the prop wash and troll it along the surface. This unique version of saltwater fly fishing is an effective way to target Coho and Chinook Salmon in protected waters roughly 15-40 feet deep.

Whether you find yourself in the secluded streams in the east, on the rolling waves off the coast of British Columbia, or anywhere in between, don’t miss your chance to experience the Salmon fishing Canada is famous for!

Salmon (Chinook)

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

Canada Salmon (Chinook) Fishing Seasons

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Salmon (Chinook) fishing in Canada varies slightly throughout the year. High season is May to October. Low season is January to April and November to December. There is no closed season.

Top Salmon (Chinook) Fishing Charters in Canada

What People Are Saying About Salmon (Chinook) Fishing in Canada

"5 Hour Evening Charter with Captian Bob "

Izaak Egan fished with Just One More Fishing Adventure on September 10, 2019

What makes the experience better is a knowledgeable captain, and thanks to Bob we had a great time on the water with my 3 other friends. Chinook Salmon was on the table for dinner the next night and it was delicious. We will be seeing you Bob in the summer! Fantastic time!

"A great day with Captain Mike"

Todd Schlanger fished with Angler’s Edge Fishing Charters on September 1, 2019

Great day out fishing with Captain Mike. We caught 3 King Salmon in the late afternoon. Mike was a nice guy to spend the day with, knowledgeable and seemed to know just where the fish were holding. Aside from fishing, the ride out to the fishing grounds and views of Toronto were an added bonus.

"Half Day Afternoon Trip"

Adam Metcalfe fished with Niagara Fishmaster Ultimate on September 3, 2019

Great family experience! Extremely knowledgeable and helpful and went all out to track down some Salmon for us. Walked away with a great dinner haul! Appreciate the patience and friendliness with the kids during the trip as well.

"Full Day w/Al!"

Suzanne Doughty fished with Top Rods Guide Service - Sooke on August 25, 2019

Decided to do a different type of Team Building experience and we landed on a day full of fishing! Al was patient & accommodating to a larger group; We went home with lots of Salmon & Crabs! Thinking this needs to be a yearly activity :)

"Half Day Salmon Fishing Trip"

Carol T fished with Bon Chovy Fishing Charters on August 21, 2019

Great experience and had a lot of actions because our professional captain was able to bring us to the right spots. Salmon Fishing is very different from our previous fishing experience. Highly recommended.

"PM trip with Jay"

G H Bharuchi fished with Taymo Charters on August 15, 2019

First time for Salmon fishing of any kind for our party and Jay was patient with us as first timers. Fishing was slow but he managed to put us onto fish and we managed to land 3 nice Chinooks including one of 23 lbs.

Fish Species Similar to Salmon (Chinook) in Canada

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Based on 14,588 reviews by FishingBooker anglers