Fishing Port Hardy, Port McNeill. Sport Fishing Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Northern Vancouver Island




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Fishing Port Hardy & Port McNeill

Sport Fishing North Vancouver Island & Mainland Inlets

SOUTH COAST
Barkley Sound Campbell RiverClayoquot, Nootka & Kyuquot Sounds
Southern Vancouver Island • Northern Vancouver Island • Sunshine Coast
Strait of Georgia (Courtenay, Comox & Nanaimo)Vancouver & Howe Sound

Fishing Port Hardy & Port McNeill

Gateway to Queen Charlotte Strait and the mainland fjords of Kingcome and Knight Inlet, as well as Quatsino Sound on Vancouver Island's west coast, the Port Hardy and Port McNeill area is positioned centrally in a very productive fishing area. It is hard to imagine better sport fishing with huge halibut, large Chinook and Coho as well Pinks, Chum, and Sockeye just minutes from town.

Best Times

Late May usually marks the beginning of the Chinook migrations with peak sport fishing occurring in August, Coho appear in late June with angling starting in earnest in July. The best time to intercept large northerns is from early September through October. During odd years Pink salmon runs are strong and are best fished during late July through to mid-September. Sockeye are showing in small numbers by mid-June. Sport fishing picks up in July and August and then will start tapering off by early September. Look for Chum salmon to show during the month of August. Fishing for Chum will continue on through to October. April and May are Halibut months with some tipping the scales up to 250+ lbs. Rockfish are excellent throughout these waters as well as Lingcod when in season. (See Game Fish of BC)

Lodging

There are many excellent resorts in the area. Port Hardy, located at the easterly tip of Northern Vancouver Island, is the region's largest community. Port McNeill can be found 44 kms. (27 mi.) to the south. Both towns are easily reached by car or plane and both offer the visitor a wide range of recreational pursuits, facilities, accommodations, and services.

From Port Hardy, BC ferries offer ferry services to Bella Bella, Bella Coola, and Prince Rupert. Ferries also offer services to Sointula and Alert Bay, out of Port McNeill. The communities of Coal Harbour, Holberg, Winter Harbour, and Port Alice in the Quatsino Inlet area can be reached by car. Knight Inlet, Kingcome Inlet, and Blackfish Sound can be reached either by boat or float plane.

The Northern Vancouver Island area and mainland inlets offer the visitor great recreational opportunities and should be high on your list of future destinations.

Information & Services
Bear Cove Cottage Fishing Resort: Our hilltop cottage resort offers views over the Pacific Ocean and the background sounds of nature, and the surrounding marine activity, will capture your attention. The saltwater and salmon fishing’s great, there’s lots of additional recreational activities,... more
Blackfish Lodge: Steelhead, salmon, trout, and halibut - experience superb flyfishing, spinning, and legendary saltwater salmon and bottom fish angling – plus stunning wilderness, abundant wildlife, & warm hospitality. Ask about exclusive lodge use for groups of 4 – 6. more
Coastwide Sports Fishing: Enjoy pure / unique hard-core fishing with comfortable home-style accommodations, and a home-cooked dinner! Owner operated, we offer fully guided salmon & bottom fishing charters on Vancouver Island with the main part of our season in the Port Hardy area. more
Quarterdeck Inn and Marina Resort: Close to downtown & tourism services in Port Hardy, our full service 3 ˝ Star hotel features a marina & pub-style restaurant. We have a water taxi and can also arrange wilderness experiences including whale watching Eco-Tours, salmon fishing, storm watching,... more
Sea Kayak Adventures: For 20 years we've offered sea kayak wilderness vacations for active outdoor-minded travelers -- a combination of fun, challenge and excitement. Join us to seek beautiful places to get away from it all, and once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters. more
Telegraph Cove Resorts: There's no other experience like it. We boast some of the most consistent saltwater sportfishing on the BC coast, along with spectacular scenery and sheltered waters. You'll love our cozy cabins in the cove, our camping in the forest and our RV campground. more
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Fish the South Coast
Barkley Sound
Campbell River
Clayoquot, Nootka & Kyuquot Sound
Northern Vancouver Island
Southern Vancouver Island
Strait of Georgia
Sunshine Coast
Vancouver & Howe Sound

Fish the North Coast
Chatham Sound
Douglas Channel
Milbank Sound & Rivers Inlet
Queen Charlotte Islands

Hot Spots
Bamfield
Campbell River
Gold River
Hakai Pass
Langara Island
Port Alberni
Port Hardy
Port Renfrew
Prince Rupert
Rivers Inlet
Shearwater
Tofino
Victoria Waterfront

Salmon Online
Chinook Salmon
Chinook of Juan de Fuca
Chum Salmon
Coho Salmon
Contacting the Fish
Guide Your Way To Success
Happy Halibut Hunting
Happy Halibut Hunting (Pt2)
Happy Halibut Hunting (Pt3)
Likes the Lakes
Pink Salmon
Sockeye Salmon
Steelhead Bobber Tip
The Butts of Bamfield
Trolling Tip for Sidney

Saltwater Fly Patterns
Black Bomber
Hakai Thorn Coho Fly
Salmon Dry Flies
Silver Thorn Chinook
Tonquin Thorn

Saltwater Fly Tactics
Beach Fishing Pinks
Bucktailing
Equipment Tips
Fly Fishing Tofino
Reading Land & Water
Tides for Salmon Fly Fishing

Techniques
Boat Electrical Potential
Casting for Your Catch
Drift Fishing (Pt1)
Drift Fishing (Pt2)
Drift Fishing Salmon
Fly Casting
Follow the Birds
Keeping Warm
Mooching for Salmon
Naden Harbour
Opportunity to Angle
Releasing Large Fish
Releasing Scorpion Fish
Rubber Worms
Tough Knots for Big Fish
Trolling for Salmon (Pt1)
Trolling for Salmon (Pt2)
Trolling for Salmon (Pt3)
Winter Fishing the Capital

Fishing Port Hardy, Port McNeill. Sport Fishing Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Northern Vancouver Island