Fishing at sunset (Picture BC photo)
Despite its remote location, anglers from around the world flock to Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) to fish the Pacific Ocean for salmon and halibut.
The size of the local catch – the average halibut caught here weighs 14-18kg/30-40lb – and the low competition from other anglers is a big draw. Other target species include lingcod and red snapper. Haida Gwaii's wild and mystical scenery is another attraction. Frequent wildlife viewings include eagles, otters, deer, bears, and even whales.
May to the end of September is the best time for fishing off Haida Gwaii. Peak time for spring salmon is early May to mid-August. For coho salmon, it's early July to end of September. Halibut season runs from end of May to early October, while cod and snapper are usually targeted from early June to the end of September. From October to March, peaking in December and January, serious anglers can also target steelhead. These fish are catch and release only, however.