When planning for a stay in a mountain lodge, you might not be thinking about fishing in the ocean as an option, but from Northern Escape Mountain Lodge this adventure is only a short helicopter flight away! We fly our guests to Prince Rupert where they board a boat and head out on the high seas on the hunt for some of the most sought after and delicious fish in the world. Our experienced guides will show you how to successfully catch the monsters that lurk beneath the depths. You should bring some muscle too because here you can catch 30-pound salmon, 130-pound Lingcod, and 300-pound Halibut. Welcome to the big leagues of fishing Northern BC!
Our fishing guides will provide you with all the gear you’ll need and may even throw out a few crab traps to catch Dungeness crabs, another delicacy of the North Coast!
Chinook salmon are also known as the ‘King Salmon’ as they are the biggest of the Pacific salmon species. They average 10-50 pounds but can reach up to 130 pounds. They are anadromous fish, which means they live in the ocean but travel to the freshwater rivers of their birth to spawn. These fish have great significance to BC’s Indigenous people, especially the coastal Haida Gwaii, who hold ‘first-salmon’ ceremonies each year to celebrate the first Chinook caught.
Other Pacific Salmon
The North Pacific near Prince Rupert and Kitimat has some of the greatest salmon fishing in the world and as well as record-setting Chinook is home to Coho, Sockeye, Pink and Chum Salmon. Coho require a skillful hand to catch as they are quick and agile. In fact, they are so agile you can spot them making jumping cartwheels out of the water. Coho are well worth the effort though as they are another culinary delicacy. Sockeye are iconic salmon as their body turns bright red when spawning and they are often found on the menus of top restaurants around the globe. First Nations people of coastal BC typically smoke or candy this fish. Pink salmon are the most numerous salmon and most likely to be caught for canning. Lastly, Chum salmon are not typically sought-after by humans but are a staple food to the local bear population.
Halibut and Lingcod fishing
You won’t see Halibut or Lingcod in the rivers, they are salt-water fish first of all, and second of all, they wouldn’t fit! These monsters can be bigger than most people. Halibut fishing is why many people come to the North Pacific. These fish can grow to 8-foot lengths and over 300 pounds. It’s like fishing for Shaq! Halibut love deep waters and live along the ocean floor, so the naturally deep bays near Prince Rupert are a perfect home for them. You will not find a better place than Northern Escape to catch what may be the biggest trophy of your life. Halibut are also one of the most delicious and sought-after culinary fish; their white meaty flesh has a sweet flavour that resembles crab or clam, and it absorbs flavour exceptionally well. Even if you don’t catch one, you should still try it, just for the ‘Halibut’ (get it?).
Lingcod is another tasty and popular fish. Its flesh is naturally blue green to turquoise and white when cooked. It is a poorly named fish as it is not in either the cod family or the ling family either. These fish are much smaller than Halibut but can be 50-inches long and weigh up to 130 pounds.