Fishing in BC

Cast a line in a lake, river, or the ocean

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Man fly fishing in the mist on the Elk River near Fernie.

The diversity of fishing options is what sets British Columbia apart.

Take your pick from lake, river, or ocean fishingeverywhere you go, the scenery rivals the catch. On the coast, you can catch salmon in the waters near Vancouver. On Vancouver Island, Campbell River is known as the “salmon capital of the world.” Venture to the outer and northern coast for halibut fishing, and spot orcas and other wildlife along the way.

Fishing in BC

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Fly Fishing on Bull River | Kari Medig
Salmon fishing in Prince Rupert | Andrew Strain

For freshwater fishing, the Cariboo’s Highway 24 is known as the “Fishing Highway” for its 100+ lakes. Go angling for westslope, cutthroat, and bull trout in the Canadian Rockies or experience catch-and-release fishing for prehistoric sturgeon on the mighty Fraser River.


Superb BC fishing is closer than you might think. Learn more about 5 great places to fish within a 4-hour drive of Vancouver.

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Chad’s Fishing Charters



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Painter’s Lodge

Fishing, Resorts & Wilderness Lodges

Campbell River

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Ocean Outfitters

Fishing, Paddling, Wineries & Wine Tours, Bird Watching, Wildlife Tours


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Avid Sportfishing

Fishing, Bird Watching


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Xwisten Experience Tours

Fishing, Indigenous Culture


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Hook’n Them Up Fishing Charters


Port McNeill

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