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Sport Fishing

Head to Terrace to experience world-class fishing in the Skeena River!

Scenic beauty, a vast variety of waterways and a supply 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 trophy sized 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 fall while the summer also offers a chance to catch all five species of Pacific Salmon – Chinook (king), Sockeye, Coho, Pink and Chum. Great fishing for trout and char including Rainbow, Kokanee, Lake, Dolly Varden, Mountain Whitefish, Lake Whitefish, Burbot and Bull Trout can also be found in the lake year round. Keep in mind that all wild Steelhead caught in BC must be released.

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Important INFO

Check local fishing regulations and license rules as there are numerous changes to regulations every year.  You can pick up your fishing license at one of our fishing and tackles shops throughout Terrace. If you need gear, drop in to the Terrace Visitor Centre and borrow a trout or salmon rod and tackle box for free!

 

Access to the water is simple!  You can cast your line into the Skeena from the banks of Ferry Island, or you can launch your boat at one of the area’s boat launches:

 

Terrace & Area Boat Launches:

  • Kalum Lake Boat Launch

    • Located approximately 30 km north of Terrace along Nisga’a Highway

    • Paved

  • Upper Kalum River Boat Launch

    • Located approximately 21 km north of Terrace along Nisga’a Highway

    • Gravel launch on bar

  • Lower Kalum Boat Launches

    • Located at bridge over Kalum River and Highway 16

  • Fishermans Boat Launch

    • Located on east side of Kalum River

    • Paved

  • Kitsumkalum Band Boat Launch

    • Located on west side of Kalum River (see may apply)

    • Paved

  • Exstew River Boat Launch

    • Located approximately 35 km west of Terrace on Highway 16 West at Exstew River

    • Launch is gravel on west side of river

  • Andesite Boat Launch

    • Located approximately 41 km west of Terrace along Highway 16 West on the south side of the highway

    • Launch is gravel

  • Exchamsiks River Boat Launch

    • Located approximately 54 km west of Terrace along Highway 16 West at the Exchamsiks River in the Provincial Park on the west side of the river

    • Launch is paved

  • Kasiks River Boat Launch

    • Located approximately 78 km west of Terrace along Highway 16 West at Kwinitsa Creek on the south side of the highway

    • Launch is gravel and limited tidal influence

  • Khyex Boat Launch

    • Located approximately 104 km west of Terrace along Highway 16 West on the south side of the highway

    • Launch is gravel and tidal

 

Use all launches at your own risk and ask for local knowledge before using as the conditions of launches are continually changing.

Let our local experts show you how it's done

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    Nicholas Dean Lodge

    A World Class Fishing Destination
    Nestled in the majestic coastal mountains near Terrace, British Columbia, Canada, the mighty Skeena River and its tributaries form the major arteries that fork through stands of old growth forest and steep valley walls. It is in this river system that some of the strongest runs of large, wild steelhead and salmon left in the world return.

     

    Each year, steelhead, chinook (Kings), coho (silvers), sockeye, pink, and chum salmon ascend the Lower Skeena from the Pacific Ocean and join the trophy trout and char that reside in rivers year round. It is here that Nicholas Dean is strategically situated to provide anglers with world class guided fishing adventures, along with fine dining, and first class accommodations at our partner facility, Yellow Cedar Lodge.

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    Pioneer fishing lodge

    Located on the Skeena River 7 miles outside of Terrace, British Columbia, this lodge provides fly and saltwater fishing tours. It features a common kitchen and free Wi-Fi. Each accommodation at the Pioneer Fishing Lodge is equipped with satellite TV. They have a private entrance and a work desk. A breakfast made with local ingredients is served in the morning at this fishing lodge. A 3-course dinner is home cooked every evening. Barbecue facilities and drinks are available throughout the day. Shames Mountain Ski Resort is a 20-minute drive from the Terrace Pioneer Fishing Lodge.

     

    Copperside Stables offers horseback riding and is 14.5 miles from the property.

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    Terrace Sport Fishing Adventures

    Our operations are situated in the middle of North America's best wild Steelhead rivers and some of the most prolific salmon waters on the planet.  Record breaking runs of all five species of wild salmon and Steelhead return to our watersheds, giving us salmon angling for nine months, and spring and fall steelhead runs that round out the fishing calendar.

    Fresh Water River Fishing

    We are based in Terrace, British Columbia, on the Skeena River in the Coast Range Mountains.  From here, we offer remarkable freshwater salmon and Steelhead fishing on the Skeena, Nass and Kitimat Rivers and more than two dozen tributaries.  We can also provide exclusive heli-fishing trips in the back country.

    Salt Water Ocean Fishing Prince Rupert

    Our close proximity to the Hecate Strait and Douglas Channel gives us easy access to exceptional salt water fishing opportunities.  Our Prince Rupert salt water fishing has some of the best salmon and halibut fishing in the world.  Come and experience a salt water ocean fishing trip of a lifetime.

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    WestCoast Fishing Adventures

    McKean Mountainside B&B Style Lodge
    Our Lodge is not 5 star but it is very comfortable. We offer 5 star guiding on the water with the comfort of Home, at days End.

     

    We are located on 30 acres of private property, complete with walking trials out the back. The Skeena River is with in walking distance, to great fishing! 

     

    In fact one of the other lodges puts their tent camp not far from where we walk in, to catch Summer Run Steelhead, Sockeye Salmon, Pink Salmon,Coho Salmon,Chinook Salmon all in the same day.

     

    Then we walk home to the comfort of our lodge for hearty home-style cooked meals.

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    Skeena Wilderness

    Fishing Charter

    The Skeena river and her tributaries is the ultimate fly fishing playground. Skeena wilderness fishing charters has been in the guiding business for over 40 years.

     

    We are the local professionals. My two sons work with me in our business and have been raised and trained by me on all of these local rivers.

     

    They are excellent double handed spey and single handed fly casters. They read the water very well as fishermen and as skillful safe boatmen. We run top quality Alumaweld and Wooldridge jet boats. Alumaweld drift boats and Avon rafts.

     

    We use Sage, Loomis and Thomas & Thomas rods, Ross reels and professionally tied flies. Everything is first class. We offer day trips, ALL INCLUSIVE trips and remote helicopter trips. Something for everyone.

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    Wild River Flyfishing

    A few years back, a dream took tangible form and became a reality: Wild River Flyfishing was founded by Marcel Schneider and Martin Jaeger, two Swiss Nationals who are the visionaries to this world class operation. In 2016 a new team took form to bring to the forefront a fresh look, new passion, and an unparalleled level of excellence to everyone.

    The goal is to build upon the foundation of excellence we maintain, and improve infinitely to become the benchmark of fishing lodges not only in Canada, but the World. With Swiss precision, professionalism and Canadian hospitality combined, we continue and strive to create unrivalled experiences, both on and off the rivers. To achieve this we will do absolutely everything possible in order to provide our valued guests with a one of a kind, personalized and unforgettable experience.

    For consecutive years past, we’ve welcomed a plethora of return guests to the lodge for world-class salmon and steelhead fishing on the tributaries of the Skeena and Nass River systems. In a continued effort to improve on the exceptional, we’ve built a new custom log building that is home to (among other things) an exercise room, custom games room and spa.

    Join us in the Pacific Northwest and experience the ineffable beauty of Canada’s wildest river valleys. This really is a place where fishing is “Like it used to be.”

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    Skeena Spey

    Nestled on the banks of the iconic Skeena River in Terrace, BC, Skeena Spey Fishing Lodge offers fly anglers the opportunity to target some of the largest Chinook salmon and Steelhead in the world.

    Let our staff comprised of life long anglers help make your Skeena River experience a memorable one. We all love fly fishing as much as you do and it’s our goal to create an atmosphere that inspires creative and educational discussions, so feel free to tell us your favourite fishing story, chat about gear or share a fly pattern. Everyone at Skeena Spey is always happy to talk about fishing!

    Our stretch of home water behind the lodge is accessible to our clients at any time via our private hand ferry. It’s characteristics are such that it is an incredible run for both salmon and steelhead and arguably one of the best spots on the whole river! If you’re an early riser who wants to fish solo before heading out with your guide, this is the spot for you.

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    Little Wolf Resort

    We began with a dream in our mind. Then we turned our dream into magnificent reality!

    Little Wolf Resort is an exclusive wilderness resort in British Columbia, located on a 100 hectare riverfront property direclty on world-famous Skeena River. 

    The area around Little Wolf Resort, the world-famous Skeena River Valley with its numerous tributaries, is considered to be the last remaining paradise for Salmon and Trout.
     

    It is a preferred destination for fishermen with high demands who want to fish for all five species of Salmonides: The big Chinook-Salmon, the silver Sockeye-Salmon, the silver Coho-Salmon, the Chum-Salmon, the Pink-Salmon and the giant Steelhead-Trout.

     

    We are a couple-friendly destination resort for world travelers with high demands! Especially for those, who enjoy fishing and wilderness adventures, our extensive fishing-program, a variety of unique wilderness adventure activities, our luxurious, comfortable accommodation and our excellent cuisine will be an extraordinary experience!

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    Spey Lodge

    Spey Lodge is strategically situated on the Banks of the Skeena River, just east of the Skeena/Copper river confluence.

     

    Boundary Lodge is on the Nass watershed, 312 kilometers northeast of Spey lodge. Spey lodge entertains guests from March - December for Steelhead, Salmon and trout. Boundary is an autumn Steelhead and Coho (Sliver) Salmon fishery from the end of August to November. 

     

    Both lodges offer unique fly fishing opportunities, with exceptional guides, exquisite meals and very friendly atmospheres. Access to both lodges is via Terrace British Columbia.

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    Skeena Angling Guide

    Association

    The Association came about as a Committee of the Terrace & District Chamber of Commerce when Doug McLeod President and Chairman Bob Park wrote a letter to all the guides in the area to attend a special meeting on April 5, 1986 to discuss the formation of the Committee. The Guides in attendance accepted Gordon Judzentus as their first Chairman after he volunteered to take on the position.

    On May 3, 1988 the Committee passed a motion to break away from the Chamber and form its own Association. The Chamber was pleased with the move as their original goal was to assist the guides in forming their own autonomous Association.

    The Association members decided on the current name after discussing a number of name options, including "North West Guiding Association". The members felt that this name would be to confusing because of the number of organizations and business's that have the name "North West".

    The Association put together a constitution along with a set of bylaws . The original Association included both Fresh Water Guides and Salt Water Charter Operators.

     

    The purpose of the Association is

    a) to pursue a consolatory relationship with government departments so that the membership may participate in the developments and institution of programs, policies and regulation that may affect sports fishing.

    b) to preserve and enhance sports fishing in B.C.

    c) to encourage ethical behavior in angling guiding and all facets of sports fishing.

    d) to promote a harmonious atmosphere among the sports fisherman, Guides and local residents.

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    Fish Tales Terrace

    Fish Tales is located in beautiful Terrace, British Columbia, truly one of the premier fishing destinations in the world. We ourselves love to fish and we hope it shows as we try to help you with any and all of your fishing needs here in the beautiful British Columbia Northwest.

Kermodei Tourism- Visitor Centre 

4511  Keith Ave.

V8G 1K1 Terrace BC

Phone: 250-635-4944

Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm

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