It is a rare find when you have so many elements for great sport fishing all in one place. However, when your fishing fortunes happen to smile upon you it is quite likely doing so in British Columbia. BC boasts one of the greatest natural fishing environments on the planet. Divided into four key regions, British Columbia offers something for the beginning enthusiasts as well as the most avid anglers.
Northern British Columbia Northern British Columbia offers pristine untouched wilderness and great catch rates that attract anglers from all over the globe. The nutrient rich coastal waters offer an environment that produces some enormous fish. Halibut often range up to 300 lbs, Steelhead up to 30 lbs, and Chinook Salmon up to a whopping 60 lbs!
Northern BC also offers great trout fishing, and if salmon is your thing, stop by Langara Island to cut plug your way to some giant salmon catch. If you’re up for a unique tourist attraction, the town of Houston is home to the World’s Largest Fly Rod, erected in 1990, it measures a colossal 60 ft. tall and weighs 800 lbs.
Cariboo Chilcotin Coast If fishing amongst the backdrop of seals, bears, bald eagles, and other fauna is your thing, the central Cariboo Chilcotin Coast is the place for you. It is ranked within the top five areas for diving on the globe in addition to having some of the best fly-in fishing in British Columbia.
There is the world-renowned Hakai Pass that boasts untouched marine forest amid beautiful bays and islands.
The CCC abounds with great fishing holes and a plethora of diverse fish species. You can book a floatplane from Vancouver to the center of this great fishing hideaway. Anglers can also trek by road per the charming town of Bella Coola.
The Islands Comprised of the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island, this region is a haven for salmon anglers the world over.
Sink your teeth and hooks into some red snapper and lingcod at Port Hardy and Nootka Sound.
If hardy halibut and chinook are more your style hop on over to Ucluelet, Tofino, Bamfield, or the well-known Big Bank.
If a big catch is what your heart desires then you are in for a treat here. Giant halibut have been caught in this region that tip the scales at up to 100+ lbs!
Vancouver, Coast and Mountains Despite some of the urban sprawl in this region there is still some surprisingly worthwhile fishing to be had. You can cast away for chinook salmon all the way up Howe Sounds beginning from the Fraser River in the springtime.
In odd-numbered years anglers can feast their eyes upon millions of sockeye salmon and pinks during the month of August. At the opening of the Capilano River in Northern Vancouver, the avid fisherman can either fly fish or cast their lure.
With all these incredible fishing holes it is no wonder why British Columbia is a haven for fishing and a great destination for anyone wanting to get away from it all. Pristine wilderness blended with a seemingly endless variety of fish to sink your lures into.
All this being said, pick-up your fishing rods, grab that tackle box from the garage, and cast your lures in British Columbia.
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