Getting Ready for Your Fishing Trip on Vancouver Island

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BC Recreational Sport Fishing Licences

All recreational fishers, including juveniles (individuals under 16 years of age), are required to hold a Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence if fishing in tidal waters (saltwater). Online fishing licences are available at Fisheries and Oceans Canada:

Online Fishing Licences

Frequently Asked Questions

Salmon and halibut fishing in BC is an experience everyone should try. Zeballos BC and Nootka Sound provide a fishing charter experience second to none. We guarantee a successful fishing charter from our Zeballos BC location. Our experienced guides will put you on the fish. During your fishing charter you can fish for salmon and halibut on the same day. All our guides are completely certified with first aid and marine emergency duties and all our boats are Transport Canada approved.

Beginning in June, salmon fishing in Zeballos continues through September. Feeding on the abundance of krill, herring, needlefish, anchovies and pilchards, these migratory salmon are voracious feeders and incredibly exciting to catch. Abundant halibut, red snapper, rockfish and lingcod offer fishing charter opportunities that made fishing on Vancouver Island BC legendary.

How much fish can I expect to take home?

The limits in our area allow anglers to retain 8 salmon and 2 halibut per trip. Four salmon can be Chinook and the rest coho, pinks, chum or sockeye. Most guests take home limits of Chinook and halibut and some of the other 4 available fish. At certain times of the year coho are almost a nuisance and limits are easy to come by! We primarily target large Chinook and halibut and the other species are by catch while fishing for Chinook. Ling cod and yellow eye are by catch while fishing halibut, but can also be targeted.

What kind of food will be served?

Every meal is different. You're sure to dine on a selection of fresh local fare: oysters, prawns, salmon, halibut, snapper, and cod. Along with traditional hearty cuisine from field and garden. Non-alcoholic beverages are provided, or you are welcome to bring your own selection. Breakfast consists of fresh baked pastries, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, bagels, and smoked salmon. Lunches are boxed and taken on the boat with you for the day. While we have a semi-fixed menu it is easy for us to modify to suit the needs of the groups on board.

What kind of boats do we fish out of?

West Coast Charter Fleet

Here is a list of the things you need to bring

  • Large fish coolers. We have styrofoam coolers for you but many guests prefer to bring their own insulated plastic coolers.
  • We have raingear on board but over the years we have found that guests prefer their own gear. If you don't have raingear don't go buy it. We have rubber boots as well - enough for everyone.
  • Personal toiletries.
  • Sunscreen, hats and sun glasses. Long days on the water can be very demanding on the eyes and skin. Warm clothing is highly recommended, even though summer sun can be warm, the weather can change and you may require warm clothing.
  • Motion sickness prevention medicine. Although most people are not affected by sea conditions, it is not worth the chance of it ruining your fishing trip. Purchase "the patch" also known as Transderm V or Dramamine, Bonamine is also good. Gravol works but is not as effective.
  • Personal alcoholic beverages - we provide basic mixes and pop. Guests can bring their own alcohol and we have a store nearby that can provide beer, liquor, and wine. Some packages can be customized to include alcohol.

Guest Feedback

Serious Fishing with a Boat Load of Fun Thrown in

Three days of great fishing is just the beginning. This was my second trip with Adrian and crew. We had a group of 8 guys and all went home with a complete sense of AWESOME written all over their faces. The boat captains were great and easy to get along with. The crew at the lodge did their jobs with a smile and all reasonable requests were handled without fail. The lodge itself is very well done. Nothing fancy, but enough to make you want to come back. This was a very relaxing and enjoyable vacation for all.

– Myron Mattern, Wheatland, Wyoming

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