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