An eager angler hoists a king salmon before releasing it to the water.

The Campbell River on Vancouver Island is considered one of the outstanding salmon fishing capitals of the world. This picturesque region is a highly sought after destination for fishing vacations in British Columbia as it is home to all five salmon species that are native to North America. Because there are so many excellent Canadian fishing resorts to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming to find the one that’s best for you. One thing is certain, if you’ve heard or read anything about salmon fishing on Vancouver Island, you’ll be pleased to know that Nootka Wilderness Lodge has you covered on this spectacular adventure. 

When the Salmon Are Biting

A massive migration of salmon. Learning how to fish is something that comes with time and tenacity; however, that should not discourage you from taking on this rewarding and exciting challenge. One of the first things almost every angler will tell you is that timing is an integral part of maximizing your productivity on the water, and fishing on Vancouver Island is no different. Here is a rundown of the five native salmon species:

  • King salmon—or chinook—is arguably the most highly sought after sport fish of “The Big Five” and for a good reason, as they can reach up to 30 pounds or more. These massive salmonids are most abundant from June to August.
  • Coho—aka silver salmon— is one of the more aggressive species of salmon. Some fly fishermen will tell you that they’ve been “attacked” by these hotheads. The coho variety arrives beginning in July and can weigh up to 20 pounds.
  • Sockeye salmon is known as the most valuable of the native salmon as it is one of the most commonly used species for cooking and is highly sought after by commercial fishing fleets. Sockeye salmon is most prevalent in mid-July to the end of August and can reach over 12 pounds.
  • Pink salmon are the smallest of “The Big Five” and considered the most productive of the native Pacific salmon because together, they release approximately 900 million fry each year! Like their sockeye cousins, pink salmon tend to reach their peak population in mid-July through August and can also reach over 12 pounds.
  • Chum salmon are the second largest of the five native species and have the most extensive range of any Pacific salmon. These salmonids don’t show up until fall and can be anywhere from eight to 20 pounds.

Fishing on the Campbell River at Nootka Wilderness Lodge

Three salmon rest upon the grassy knoll of the river bank. What distinguishes Nootka Wilderness Lodge from other Canadian fishing resorts is the accommodations. British Columbia offers some of the best salmon fishing in the world, so to make the most of it, we would like to invite you to stay at our secluded and luxurious resort on Nootka Island. In addition to our lodging, and the delicious gourmet meals we make for you, we also provide fish processing, so you don’t have to do the dirty work! What’s more is, our fleet of boats comes equipped with cuddy cabins and bathrooms, so you need not fret about being comfy. 

Please visit us online or call your hosts at 1-250-850-1500 to learn more about your next fishing escape!