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Reasonable Salmon/halibut fishing lodge in British Columbia

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Reasonable Salmon/halibut fishing lodge in British Columbia

My wife and I, "young" 70 year olds, are looking to do some salmon/halibut fishing in British Columbia the first week of August. I am getting sticker shock, seeing around $2,500 per person for 3 days of lodging and fishing. Can anyone recommend a good, but more reasonably priced fishing lodge?

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1. Re: Reasonable Salmon/halibut fishing lodge in British Columbia

That is reasonably priced-most charters out of Ukee are $1,000+/day just for the boat.

You could try http://www.canadianprincess.com/ but you get what you pay for and the picture on the front page isn't it.

There are a number of charter operations out of Sooke but many offer only 5 hour trips that ignore the tide change which is when you should have your lines down fishing.

You could go with one of the better outfits like Blue Wolf and see what he could offer in terms of self catering accommodation.

http://www.bluewolfcharters.com/

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2. Re: Reasonable Salmon/halibut fishing lodge in British Columbia

Yes..lodge and fishing adventures are super expensive.

I did a trip up in Prince Rupert a number of years ago, which was basically $800-$1000 for two, salmon, halibut, rock fish and crabbing. We caught our quota..no problem.

Guide was local and excellent. We stayed at the Crest which is great.

This is another option you could explore versus full lodge/fish experience.

Would also recommend heading to the three following areas for better odds: Prince Rupert, Queen Charlottes or Alasksa

Edited: 9:53 pm, January 16, 2014
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3. Re: Reasonable Salmon/halibut fishing lodge in British Columbia

Sam is right. You get what you pay for...we've been heading to Quatsino Fishing Lodge for the past few years ..a family operated small lodge. When you factor in the costs of the boats, guides, food ,accommodation plus the fact that it's a very seasonal business you see how the costs mount up for the operators. At Quatsino there are 2 of us in a covered boat, (with a head ( which your wife will appreciate lol) and our guide. Period. No sharing the boat. We limit out, they cut the fish to our specs, vacuum pack and freeze. No it's not a cheap holiday but I figure this past year we came home with fish to the value of more than half the cost of the trip. Fortunately we love fish ;). ( chinook, coho, halibut, ling cod)

The food at the lodge is great and the scenery is to die for. I figure we may as well do the things we love while we can. ... Btw similar demographic as you...

DH has fished most of the lodges on the coast at different times. ...loves Quatsino the most.

Being in your own boat with a topnotch guide is an amazing experience...imo well worth the arm and leg it costs!

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4. Re: Reasonable Salmon/halibut fishing lodge in British Columbia

I think Sam's comment about Canadian Princess is accurate. What it does for not much money is allows a good chance at halibut and salmon for not much money. They are bigger boats (45') with lots of people (12-14) and that's a contrast from 2 of you fishing without a guide in the Charlottes or River's Inlet in an open boat for mega bucks or fishing with a guide out of many ports along the coast like Campbell River/Sooke/Pt Renfrew/Ucluelet. If price is a driver Canadian Princess is a good introduction. http://www.bites-on.com/ out of Vancouver is affordable if travelling isn't in the cards. http://www.harrisonscove.com/ is wilderness without a huge cost.

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5. Re: Reasonable Salmon/halibut fishing lodge in British Columbia

Thank you all very much for the valuable information. This is exactly the type of information I was looking for. There are enough excellent options here that I do not need to look further.

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7. Re: Reasonable Salmon/halibut fishing lodge in British Columbia

Try Nootka Island Lodge and mention Brian Baarstad referred you.

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10. Re: Reasonable Salmon/halibut fishing lodge in British Columbia

Sam is right about Canadian Princess. It's pretty low end...comparatively inexpensive....but a pretty decent chance that you will get some fish.