David Thoreau was once quoted saying, "Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." Which leads one to ask what exactly it is that these angling masses are looking for? If answers like peace, beauty, solitude, even adventure spring to mind, then British Columbia might truly be the paradise fisherman are searching for, wittingly or otherwise.
As well as hundreds of kilometers of Pacific Ocean coastline, BC has 700 freshwater lakes and over a thousand rivers, creeks and streams, making it one of the top fishing destinations worldwide. All up and down the coast, charter companies provide ocean excursion while numerous inland companies cater to the freshwater fanatics, making the range of choices nothing short of staggering. Naturally, the choices of catch are just as plentifulů
Over 300 thousand anglers take advantage of BC's freshwater fishing annually. Popular catches include Chinook Salmon, Chum Salmon, Coho Salmon, Pink Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Steelhead Trout, Bull Trout, Dolly Varden, Lake Trout, Arctic Grayling and Mountain Whitefish. But the province's ocean fishing is no less popular. Excursions off the coast can land you Chinook Salmon, Chum Salmon, Coho Salmon, Pink Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Lingcod, Pacific Halibut, Black Rockfish, Yellow Rockfish, Crab, Shrimp and Prawns.
By far the prize catch in the BC fishing world is the Chinook Salmon which can reach sizes of 32 kilograms. However, other species can put up just as brave a fight. The Giant White Sturgeon can reach lengths of over 3 meters and has been known to jump right out of the water when hooked. Another prize catch is the Steelhead which is considered one of the most elusive, hardest-fighting fish in the world of game fishing.
Many BC fishing charter companies provide so much more than amazing bites. Much of the provinces waters are home to other amazing creatures; and whether inland lake, mountain stream or ocean, these bodies of water and their inhabitants are an important part of the natural ecosystem of this beautiful corner of Canada. Numerous charter companies also offer or even incorporate marine nature tours into their packages, including whale watching excursions. What better way to get up close and personal with BC's beautiful flora and fauna than zooming along in a yacht, Zodiac or Offshore Cigarette Boat?
Tie your flies and pack your rods. Once you fish in BC's waters, you'll be hooked!