The Atnarko River near Bella Coola
(Picture BC photo)

Bella Coola


Fishing at sunset (Picture BC photo)

Fishing at sunset (Picture BC photo)

There are tremendous sport-fishing opportunities in the Bella Coola Valley. Go in search of deep-water halibut, rock cod, delectable crabs or giant prawns. Or cast a line in swift-running rivers and streams in search of a cutthroat or rainbow trout, Dolly Varden or one of the area's spectacular salmon. Whatever the goal, Bella Coola offers enthusiasts a vast range of fishing experiences.

Long before the Europeans arrived, the First Nations Nuxalk people fished the Bella Coola river systems for food and trade goods. By the early 1900s, a vibrant commercial fishing industry was born. But alongside commercial enterprises, sport fishing thrived. Today Bella Coola's natural bounty attracts fishing enthusiasts of all levels.

The most sought-after fish here is the salmon. All five Pacific species of salmon spawn in the rivers with overlapping runs – this means that there will often be two or even three types of salmon fighting their way up to spawning grounds.

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