Two Major Salmon Fishing Areas… Location, Location, Location!
With our experience in the area we have discovered that there are two important salmon areas, supporting totally different runs and both fishable from our lodge.
Our Knight Inlet area produces excellent salmon catches June through August, in uncrowded waters.
This area is popular not only for the fishing, but also for the amazing scenery and wilderness beauty. Chinook, Coho, Halibut and Pinks are caught in these waters and Grizzly Bears are often spotted in some of the local estuaries.
Our other fishing area is Johnstone Strait/Blackfish Sound – the famous inside passage.
Runs of all species of salmon travel through these waters on their way to such famous spawning rivers as the Fraser and Columbia as well as countless other small rivers and streams along the coast. Best fishing in this area is from mid June until early September. By late July we start to catch large numbers of Coho and Pink salmon as well as Chinook and Halibut. Wildlife opportunities in this area are great with pods of resident Orca, feeding Humpback Whales and abundant bird life.
By the end of your trip you most likely have filled your cooler (we provide) and look forward to another great year of fishing. We fillet and vacuum seal all your catch to keep it fresh for your enjoyment long after your trip is over. Smaller fish can be smoked on site if time permits.
At Sailcone’s Wilderness Fishing we offer some of the finest fly-in salmon, halibut and steelhead fishing in British Columbia Canada. Halibut weigh up to 200 pounds and many of our steelhead weigh in at over 20 pounds!
All species king salmon (chinook salmon), coho salmon (silver salmon), sockeye, chum salmon (pink salmon) as well as halibut and the mighty steelhead are in this incredible wilderness fjord.
Chinook Salmon Fishing
Chinook salmon (king salmon, spring salmon) are the trophy salmon. These fish run 8 Lbs. to 75 Lbs.
Locally, a trophy (over 30 Lbs.) is called a TYEE. The kings range from feeders to record level 75 pound monsters.
Great King (Chinook) Salmon Holes
Our experienced guides will lead you to great chinook (king) salmon holes and hook you up with some big fish. Look out! You could be in for a long battle. Another plus – most of our saltwater fishing is done in pristine wilderness.
Chinook salmon (king salmon, spring salmon) are the trophy salmon. These fish run 8 Lbs. to 75 Lbs. Locally, trophy (over 30 Lbs.) is called a TYEE.
King salmon are caught all season. The kings range from feeders to record level 75 pound monsters, with halibut weighing up to 200 pounds and many of our steelhead weigh in at over 20 pounds! At Sailcone Wilderness Fishing we offer some of the finest fly-in salmon, halibut and steelhead fishing in British Columbia Canada.
Pink Salmon Fishing
The BC pink salmon or chum salmon are plentiful in this incredible wilderness fjord. The pink salmon is a smaller species but extremely plentiful. Great fun in the river and on light salt water fishing tackle. British Columbia Canada.
Coho salmon (silver salmon or “silvers”) – The jumpers. They run 5 lbs. to 24 Lbs. locally. The largest coho, called northerns, are caught August and September, the smaller ones in July and August. They are also caught in our river.
Sockeye salmon are in this incredible wilderness fjord. Arguably one of the best species of salmon to have on your plate. Their flesh is a deeper red than most other species of salmon and sockeye’s skin turn a brilliant red when spawning.
We’re located in the middle of a great halibut fishing area. Big catches are common. Halibut are a premium catch for many fisherman. Our pacific halibut are the world’s largest flatfish, brown on the top and off-white on the bottom. Halibut is usually deep fried or grilled and has a firm, dense texture. Priced for their size and delectable meat, Halibut are often referred to as the “chicken of the sea”.
Lingcod are native and abundant in our coastal British Columbia’s waters. They’re another bottom dweller fish and usually caught in 10- 100 metres of water. Lingcod are actually not part of the same family as cod, they’re in the same group as the Pacific Rockfish and often called Rock Cod.
Great Fly-in Steelhead Fishing
We offer an early steelhead trip (April and May). Steelhead are often 20lb or better. Plus we offer a salmon/summer steelhead combination starting the third week in July and running through August. We are one of only two outfitters allowed to fish this wilderness river.
All steelhead fishing is catch and release, but your arm is often sore at the end of the day from all the action. Many of our steelhead weigh in at over 20 pounds!
The steelhead trips are ‘all inclusive’ out of Vancouver.
Group size will be kept to a maximum of four guests. You can choose to stay on the river, at Trapper Rick’s cabin. If you are a river fisherman, this is a trip that you should definitely try.
This year, you can also combine Steelhead/Salmon/Halibut in one trip. To our knowledge, this combination is unique to Sailcone. The Kakweiken is one of British Columbia’s major steelhead rivers. The main run occurs in early April through to the end of May. During the height of the run, we will give our ‘steelheaders’ an opportunity to enjoy the thrills of playing one of the world’s greatest fighting fish. A typical day would be similar to a summer trip, but with more hours on the river and no ocean fishing. The Kakweiken is an excellent river for both fly and spin fishing. All steelhead are wild – stock which makes them the very best fighters. Because they are wild it is a catch and release trip. However, you can take home a limit of pictures and memories. Your guide, Trapper Rick, knows all the pools and riffles where the fish hide, the best lures and flies to use, and he will make sure all your arrangements are complete for a successful trip!
Get in touch with us to learn more and book your own fly-in fishing trip to Sailcone’s Lodge.