Scenic beauty, a vast variety of waterways and a fleet of powerful fish make this region an unparalleled destination for big scale adventures. Each year anglers are lured to the Skeena Valley in the hopes of landing the big one and it’s a known fact that more salmon and steelhead are caught in the Skeena River and its tributaries than any other place in the world.
The fishing opportunities are diverse and last throughout the year depending on the species and watershed. Steelhead fishing is prime in the early spring and late fall while the summer offers a chance to catch all five species of Pacific salmon – King, Sockeye, Coho, Pink and Chum. Trophy-sized trout such as Rainbow, Kokanee, Lake, Dolly Varden, Mountain Whitefish, Lake Whitefish and Burbot can also be found in the lakes year round.
Ready to fish with the big boys?
There are many guide outfits that offer day charters or all-inclusive packages. These professional fishing guides are not only technically skillful anglers who know the right times and places to enjoy good fishing but they can also teach you how to improve your skills and knowledge.
Buying a Fishing License:
New Regulations in Effect: Here is a link to the new BC fishing Regulations that may affect your next fishing trip.
Skeena Region Synopsis:
A Pleasure Craft Operator Card is required to operate power-driven boats and watercraft in Canada - It’s The Law.
Every person who operates a motorized boat in Canada must obtain proof of competency. You can obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card by passing a Transport Canada Accredited boating safety test. Getting your Operator Card proves that you are a competent boater and ensures that you understand Canada’s navigation rules and how to boat safely.
Boaters can obtain their official Pleasure Craft Operator Card, commonly known as a boat license or boat card, by successfully passing the BOATsmart! exam.
Where can I access the water and/or launch my boat?
Access to the water is simple:
• Cast into the Skeena from the banks of Ferry Island or into the lower end of the Zymoetz (Copper River) from Polymar Bar.
• Launch your boat at theMunicpal Boat Launch-Fishermans Park or Kitsumkalum Boat Launch and RV Park just west of Terrace on the Skeena River or south of Rosswood on the Nisga’a Hwy on the Kalum River or at one of the boat launches in our Provincial Parks.
• Take a drive to the Douglas Channel or to Prince Rupert to experience phenomenal ocean fishing.