Our Fishing

Chart showing fishing season in British Columbia, Canada

Salmon Migration

Salmon begin to migrate down from the Bering Sea in March and arrive by April on the Westcoast of Haida Gwaii. There is no better Chinook Salmon fishing anywhere on the globe than the Queen Charlotte Islands, and the same thing holds true for fantastic bottom fishing. You are invited to discover one of the few remaining uncrowded, unspoiled regions of the world.

The Cartwright Sound – one of the fishiest regions in the World!

British Columbia Fishing

The unique quality of the Haida Gwaii is that it offers the best of both worlds; the consistent salmon runs and abundance that can only be found on the edge of the Cartwright Sound and the opportunity to fish in the constant protection of our sheltering Islands. The Cartwright Sound, on the west-facing side of Graham Island, is famous for its nutrient rich water and abundance of bait which acts as a magnet to King Salmon.

World-Class Salmon Fishing

Almost all major runs of salmon from the Skeena, Fraser, and Columbia River systems on the west coast of Vancouver Island must pass by these islands during their migration, and consequently pass into the fishing grounds. The result is virtually no down time in between runs as wave-upon-wave of salmon spends time feeding the rich waters of the Cartwright Sound. 

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Fishing for Halibut, Rockfish, and Salmon

Our combination fishing in the Cartwright Sound is legendary for salmon and many other species of fish. Along the calm waters of our coastline are numerous pinnacles and reefs; these areas provide the perfect habitat for halibut, ling cod, rock fish, and bottom fish.

Halibut is a member of the flounder family, and is characteristically the Pacific’s largest flatfish. This highly regarded food fish can be food in the entire Pacific basin, from Canada, to Russia, to Japan. While the U.S. has allocated fishing quotas, the same is not true in Canadian waters where populations remain healthy. No time is better than another as our peak fishing action is steady and consistent from May through September. 

QC Staff & Guides

Take advantage of the opportunity to fish with a local professional guide who knows the waters and will help you get the most from your fishing adventure. You'll have a great experience whether you are the most hardcore fisherman or a novice fishing for the first time.

Our team is professional, sincere, friendly and will provide you with personal service that will be unsurpassed anywhere. All of us at Queen Charlotte Safaris are 100% committed to your fishing success!

Why Customers Love Us...

John, testimonial, with salmon fishing


Via Trip Advisor
Look no further than Queen Charlotte Safaris if you want the best King Salmon, Halibut, and Lingcod to be had. This was my first time at QCS, but will not be my last. I've fished Alaska a few times, and while I've had some success, it doesn't compare with the the offerings at Queen Charlotte Safaris. Not only is the fishing outstanding and with more liberal take limits, you can't beat the wonderful hospitality Valerie and her entire staff provides. Her fishing guides are very knowledgeable and helpful at providing a great fishing experience. The lodge staff is equally talented at seeing that you get the best when it come to food and beverage along with a very clean and comfortable lodging experience.
Boat fishing excursion

Ira Lapides

Via Trip Advisor
I have been going to Queen Charlotte Safaris since 2006 and it has always been an amazing, memorable experience. The fishing is great, the accomodations excellent, and the food and staff are terrific. Valerie has also helped to coordinate other adventures for us such as kayaking and tours of the islands. I have taken my family there starting when my children were 11 and 9 and they fished and had a great time as well.
Mike, fisherman during fishing vacation in Canada

Mike L

Via Trip Advisor
This lodge is truly at hidden gem up in Haida Gwaii! The staff and guides were amazing and made us feel right at home. The boat ride thru the Skidegate Channel offered spectacular views on the way to the fishing grounds. The boats are well equipped and the guides were very knowledgeable of the area. The fishing was amazing! We caught everything from Salmon, Halibut, Ling cod and Rock Cod! My biggest was a 32 pound Chinook caught right at the wall. It was nice after a long day fishing to return to the lodge for a great dinner. I can't wait to go back next year.
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