Fishing Tours

When to come fishing

Fishing Permits & Regulations

All individuals planning to fish must purchase a fishing license online in advance. You must print your permit and carry it with you on the trip.

Information on fishing limits can be found through the Department of Fisheries and Oceans or through the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Halibut Science. 

THE FLEET

All boats are built to handle west coast weather conditions, providing comfort and leisure for your experience. All boats are Transport Canada certified.

  • 27’’ Hewes Craft, 4-5 passengers, washroom, heated cabin
  • 26’’ Osprey, 3-4 passengers, washroom
  • 26'' Trophy, 3 passengers.

Fish Processing

We partner with a licensed seafood processor, who will provide insulated fish boxes and fish that are flash frozen on delivery. There is a 50lb limit to each box.

 

The West Coast of Haida Gwaii is known for the best salmon fishing in the Pacific North West, providing anglers with an fishing experience like no other. The area of Cartwright Sound (Tcenakun point) , known locally as Skidegate Point, provides anglers with steady action and a large fishing area.  As a feeding hub for Frazer River, Columbian, and West Coast Vancouver Island Chinook, large salmon stocks migrate south through this area to their native tributaries. The herring, krill, and anchovies flow through the area with the tides, providing an abundance of feed for salmon.

Where We Fish & How We Fish

We fish at Skidegate Point (53’8’37.95N & 132’33’20.41W), in the traditional territory of the Ts’aalh Eagle clan. It takes just over an hour to drive to reach the area from Charlotte. We get there by traveling through the east and west narrows, viewing wildlife along the way. The area is consistent throughout the season for Chinook/King salmon fishing. Average salmon sizes range from 20-25lbs, though we also 30-45lb Tyees and the occasional 50-60+lb Chinook/King.

In the early 1990s, our late Chief Gaathlaay, closed the area to floating lodge activity. This measure was put in place to protect the area from over fishing, while supporting traditional harvest and local fishing operations. With less fishing pressure, Skidegate Point provides a broader appeal for anglers looking to avoid crowded fishing grounds found in Northern areas of Haida Gwaii.

Our local guides know the history of salmon migration patterns throughout the fishing areas, and understand tide changes and feeding patterns.  Experienced and knowledgable with weather conditions in the area, they also reassurance that safety and comfort comes first. Your fishing experience will be hands on, learning the knowledge and skills toward becoming a better angler, which include fly fishing (buck tailing) and mooching (weighted rods). 

Recommended Salmon Fishing Gear

We provide all the gear you need for your fishing trip. However, if you'd like to bring your own supplies we suggest bringing an Islander MR3 and Penn reels, (center pin and level line available). 


Facts about Chinook Salmon

Haida Translations

  • TaaGun: Chinook/King salmon
  • Chiina:  Salmon at sea
  • Iinang: Herring

Chinook Facts

  • 1 year spent in fresh water
  • Age varies 2-7 years
  • Mature at 36 inches, 30lbs
  • Spend 2-4 years at sea
  • Mature between 3-6 years
  • 70% mature as adults at 5 years, age 4, 20%

Cartwright Sound, known locally as Skidegate Point, provides anglers with a variety of areas for the bottom fishing experience.  The area is abundant with lingcod and Yellow eye (red snapper) rockfish, and anglers will enjoy catching these species while bottom fishing for Halibut. Haida Style provides guests with a hands on experience, making them apart of the action. Guests will learn bottom fishing techniques that build confidence and skill. Though we will release the larger female Halibut in the area, it is the 30-75lb Halibut that provide the best taste and consistency when prepared, packaged and served. 

Xaagu Warrior: Conserving Our Spawning Female Halibut

Haida Style Expeditions challenges and recognizes those anglers who release the larger Lingcod and Halibut ground fish species. Halibut and Lingcod are not subject to decompression issues when reeled to the surface from deeper depths, and both species face low mortality levels when released carefully. As a conservation measure, the International Pacific Halibut Commission, Sport Fishing Advisory Board and Department of Fisheries and Oceans implemented of a maximum size regulation, which was put in place to conserve the declining biomass of larger spawning female Halibut.


Facts about Halibut

The Pacific Halibut, scientific name (Hippoglossus stenolepis), known as (Xaagu) in Haida translation. The Pacific Halibut fishery is a jointly managed approach from the United States and Canadian governments.  Established in 1923, the (IPHC) International Pacific Halibut Commission, a convention between governments, continues a mandate of scientific research and management of Halibut stocks. The Pacific Halibut range extends from The Bering Sea Alaska, South through British Columbia,Washington state, Oregon, and Northern California waters.  Halibut, the largest flat fish bottom dweller in the world, prefer shallow waters for summer feeding and deeper waters along the continental shelf for spawning in the winter.

First harvested by First Nations throughout the Pacific Northwest for sustenance and trade, Halibut later became commercialized in the early 1890’s. Halibut is high in protein and a sought after delicacy and sustenance for Commercial and Recreational user groups.

Haida TRANSLATIONs

  • Skidegate Haida: Xaagu
  • Old Masset Haida: Xagu

Halibut Facts

  • Halibut spawning period, November-February
  • Maximum weight, approx 500lbs, (230kg)
  • Males mature 7-8 years, Females 8-12
  • Spawning 200-300 Fathoms
  • Females grow faster and live longer than Males
  • Younger Halibut highly migratory, Older less
  • Max recorded age 55 years old (est)
  • Males between 40-60lb range
  • 50lb (23kg) Female=500,000 eggs, 250lb (113kg) over 4 million eggs.
  • Spawn in upper water column, better egg dispersal, up to 6 months free floating through the North West currents.
  • Larger Halibut found in the Pacific Northwest