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Salmon is just one of many reasons to try fishing in British Columbia. Come and enjoy world class deep sea fishing together with river fishing

Fishing in Vancouver - Best Time
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The Vancouver area offers plenty of fishing opportunities, whether you want to spend a day fishing from shore or catch something valuable in the deep sea. Saltwater and freshwater fishing is available here, but you'll also need a license for both of them.

British Columbia is a great place for salmon fishing as well as steelhead, trout, and halibut fishing. Stunning nature, numerous rivers, and thousands of kilometres of picturesque coastline are only small part of a real pleasure of fishing here.

Fishing in Vancouver - Best Season

If you are looking for river fishing, Capilano River, Fraser River, and Campbell River are very popular spots among locals. Rich populations of salmon, trout, sturgeon, and steelhead can be found here.

Salmon fishing
Salmon fishing

Campbell River is also known as the salmon capital of the world, where in summer season you can find all types of salmon. You can also spend a perfect day at the waterfront of Victoria, where you can have an amazing winter fishing for Chinook salmon; during summer these waters are full of large halibut, steelhead, and rainbow and cutthroat trout.

Chinook salmon is in season in spring as well, starting in April and lasting till late May when migratory chinook come to the local waters. At Fraser River, the peak season for chinook salmon lasts from mid to late August.

Some of the best Pacific fishing is offered by many special charters. If you want to go fishing from the piers choose the western part of the city, especially Ambleside and Dundarave. The Gulf Islands are also great fishing spots, especially in summer—this is when you can find the most diverse fishing opportunities. In mid-September, you can find thousands of coho concentrated off the West Vancouver shoreline. Any time of the year fishing in this region promises a good catch, but summers are the most diverse and suitable for everyone.

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