From the central location of the lodge, we fish Knight Inlet and the surrounding waters for all five species of Pacific salmon, with our main focus on the large Chinook (King or Tyee) with our well seasoned staff seeing to it that every effort is made to make your stay a memorable one.
The lodge opens in early May when we begin fishing the upper reaches of the Knight Inlet. The fish are a mixture of 8 — 25 lb. "feeder" Chinook and some larger (up to 50 lb.) mature Chinook.
At times, the abundance of "feeders" affords us the luxury of practicing catch and release. The other highlights of this time of seasons are the spectacular scenery and remoteness of the area. Carved out by a glacier, the upper Knight Inlet provides some of the most beautiful vistas in the world, yet few anchorages or services for other boaters.
In late June, we relocate the lodge to the mouth of the inlet. Here we fish for the migrating runs of all five species of Pacific salmon. With our focus mainly on the large Chinook, we also catch the acrobatic Coho/Silver salmon as well as Sockeye, Pink, and Chum. Another benefit of this location is the opportunity to try a little bottom fishing for halibut, lingcod and rockfish.
Boats and Equipment
We use 17 and 18 ft fiberglass boats manufactured by Double Eagle and Hourston Glascraft. These vessels are designed specifically for the waters we navigate and are very comfortable for those long outings. Each boat is equipped with 2 Yamaha outboard motors, soft-top, VHF radio, GPS, depth sounders, and all safety equiptment.
All fishing gear and bait is provided and rigged by our expert guides, giving you more time to watch the rod. Every guide has slightly different taste in gear and technique, but we all troll using Scotty downriggers, and single action reels, adding an increased level of excitement to the fight!
Your catch will be cleaned, filleted, portioned, vacuum-sealed, labeled, and frozen immediately after you’ve taken your pictures and exercised your bragging rights. When the pink salmon are running in full force we will smoke many of them for you on site. Upon your departure we supply a sizable Styrofoam cooler box with a cardboard outer shell for your catch’s trip home.
Another option, if you chose to do so, is to get some of your catch canned or smoked by St. Jean’s Cannery located across the street from the float plane terminal in Vancouver. We supply all forms and special treatment of your catch to accommodate this option.