It’s time for another Top 5 list from Ang and Pete. This one is another “where” web article and the locale they chose this time is none other than British Columbia.
They have been to this beautiful province on more than a few occasions and they always come back raving about the great fishing.
In this article, they tried to diversify the species as well as the locations. REMEMBER, we are talking about places that Fish’n Canada has shot episodes at. We haven’t had the privilege of fishing the entire province. Don’t scorn the guys for places they haven’t even visited yet.
In no particular order, the Top 5 Places To Fish in British Columbia
THE FRASER RIVER
The Fraser simply put is a phenomenal river. Its fishing claim to fame is the massive runs of Salmon, as well as its gigantic Sturgeon that reside there.
Although our guys have had a small taste of the Salmon in the Fraser, it’s the White Sturgeon that have created great fishing stories for them.
Success has been had at both locations, with fish over 9 feet long coming to the boat side.
“It’s two totally different fisheries,” Pete says “at Mission, you have a slow but steady meandering flow that almost lull you into thinking that pulling in a big gal would be easy… NOT!”
“And then up the canyon” Pete continues “you’re got this roaring current that normal humans wouldn’t even consider fishing, but nobody ever said we were normal!”
Jet boats are the normal craft on the Fraser, and professional guide and great friend of Fish’n Canada Vic Carrao has had his share of jet boats. He runs fishing charters as well as boat tours up this crazy stretch of water.
As for the fishing portion, Vic either finds the fish with his sonar or he simply picks one of his hotspots, anchors the big rig and starts fishing. This is where it gets interesting. Using heavy-duty rods with reels filled with super-strong braid, Vic fires out big chunks of bait on a giant hook, all weighed down with the heaviest sinkers you’ve ever used.
Once that Sturgeon picks up the bait, it’s game on! You better be ready for the fight of your life!
NOTE: The Fraser Salmon fishery is currently facing some turmoil. See Vic Carrow’s blog here!
This large western Canada lake sits in the Okanagan Valley, home to a Canadian desert. Wait, what, Canada has a desert?
Can fish live in the waters of a desert?
Yup again. Just because the climate is warm doesn’t mean that everything is dried up there. Osoyoos Lake has a great population of Sockeye and Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout and believe it or not, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. As a matter of fact, some of the nation’s biggest Bass come from Osoyoos (among other BC lakes) because of the extended growing season due to warmer climates.
“I fished Osoyoos many years ago for both Large and Small Mouth” states Ang “and let me tell you, I caught giants of each species. Back then, this fishery was in its infancy. So fast forward to today, and there has to be some true giants lurking around there… possibly Canadian records in both species!”
We didn’t get to test out the Salmon and Trout fishing there but from what we’ve heard, it’s outstanding as well.
NORTHERN ROCKIES LODGE
NRL has quickly become one of Fish’n Canada’s favourite fishing destinations. We chose the lodge in this Top 5 article instead of a particular body of water simply because NRL accesses many great fishing waters.
“Angelo made the first Fish’n Canada trip to the lodge with his grandson Nik” says Pete “and when he returned back to the office, he couldn’t stop raving about it. They fished Lake Trout, Grayling and Walleye… Yes WALLEYE in BC”
Northern Rockies Lodge flies float planes into numerous lakes and rivers that dot the north country of BC. To be in a turbo Otter that lands into a tiny pothole of a lake in the mountains is an incredible experience. Adding a full day of catching fish after fish just tops it off.
Fish’n Canada has taken 2 more trips back to NRL, one with Ang and Pete and the other with Pete and Steve Niedzwiecki. Each trip ended up being outstanding!
The first return trip was back to the Walleye and Lake Trout lakes that Ang and Nik were on.
Absolutely amazing fishing.
The next one was on a multi species whirlwind with Walleye, Lake Trout, Northern Pike, Arctic Grayling, Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden… phew… and that was all on one trip!
If you’re an angler that loves to big game hunt as well, then this lodge presents double-duty for you as they also fly hunters into the northern mountains for extended hunts.
Northern Rockies Lodge pretty much is the epitome of outdoor adventures.
THE QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS: HAIDA GWAII
The Fish’n Canada Show hasn’t shot a west coast salmon show in some time now but that doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about it. The entire coast has a great salmon population however it’s the Queen Charlotte area that is world-class. For many years now, the Queen Charlotte has been synonymous with having the best Salmon fishing in the entire world. Nowhere else can you encounter so many fish and so many BIG fish as well.
Contrary to the current belief, Salmon fishing in BC is still alive and well. It’s simply a matter of adaptation. Locations, tactics, etc.
This area is dotted with high-end lodges, places that would boggle your mind. We do realize that these destinations are for the well-lined pockets however if you’re looking for that once in a lifetime west coast fishing experience, this is the place.
Queen Charlotte Lodge, better known as QCL is probably the most popular lodge in the area. It’s a luxury lodge that offers world-class fishing.
Langara Lodge has 2 locations. We visited their Langara Fishing Lodge location and were met with absolutely first-class accommodations, meals and of course fishing. It was back in the Reno Viola days of Fish’n Canada where he and Pete had the privilege of visiting this unique location. Pete’s largest Chinook Salmon ever came from this very trip.
Our last recommendation for fishing destinations in British Columbia is Vancouver Is. We have shot some outstanding television footage here and feel it’s very much worthy of our list. The island may just be the most diverse BC area of all to fish. It’s surrounded by salt-water and is dotted by inland lakes as well as gorgeous running creeks and rivers.
As for the exterior of the island, much the same as our above Queen Charlotte area, there are many lodges with guide trips to the almighty Pacific. One thing that the Vancouver Island area boasts is it’s proximity to excellent Salmon as well as to some of the world’s best ground-fishing areas.
Our west coast affiliate and good fishing buddy, Vic Carrao, highly recommends Lucky Sportfishing at Eagle Nook Resort. He says if you don’t want to travel all the way north to the upper-most islands of BC, and save some money in the process, then this is a great alternative. They offer world-class fishing for Salmon and ground-fish in and around Barkley Sound. To ice the cake, Lucky Sportfishing can also put you onto one of the best eating fish on the entire planet, the Pacific Halibut.
If you are a Bass nut, then Vancouver Island is Smallmouth haven. There are some Largemouth here, but it the Smallie that rules in the Bass world here. We’ve been told that there are over 20 lakes with Smallmouth Bass on Vancouver Is.
The one that we have concentrated most was Shawnigan Lake. It sits on the south end of the island and not too far from the Saanich Inlet. We found out about the lake through Kenzie Cuthbert from Kenzie’s Fishing Adventures. He loves fishing Bass on the southern end of the island as well as some of the outer islands. Shawnigan, one of Kenzie’s favourite lakes, has some Brute Smallies in it, this we’ve experienced first hand. At the time we fished there, it was an all-year catch and release season so we took advantage one spring and had a heck of a time topwater fishing. Kenzie tells us there’s a lot more to the big island Bass than just Shawnigan. Here’s a Hotspot from the lake.
We obviously need to get back there for further investigation.
Our last river recommendation on Vancouver island is the Cowichan River. Again Kenzie put us onto this fishery and wow we are glad he did! Pete did a drift-boat trip down the Cowichan and proceeded to have an outstanding day of Brown and Rainbow Trout Fishing. It made for an excellent TV episode.
“Kenzie knows that river like you wouldn’t believe” says Pete “we would come up to a good looking spot and he would point out the spot-within-a-spot. Places usually about the size of a frisbee. Almost every one of those little areas had a fish on it”.
By the end of this trip, Pete came home raving about the Cowichan River and the fantastic trout fishing it has to offer.
There you have 5 more places recommended by Ang and Pete, in this wonderful country of Canada that you can simply read about, maybe dream about and possibly in the future even head out to, in order to taste yet another unique fishing offering.
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