| Whenever anglers get together
to discuss saltwater fishing, British Columbia and salmon are synonymous - and
for good reason! |
along its rugged coastline are several major feeding grounds used year-round by
chinook and coho salmon, which provide excellent recreational fishing. In
addition, several million Pacific Salmon appear along the coastline each year,
most on spawning migrations to their rivers of birth in British Columbia, others
travelling farther south.
Salmon have always been vital to life in the
Pacific Northwest and are part of a heritage Canada shares with the United States.
There are 5 species of salmon indigenous to the coastal waters of British Columbia;
chinook, coho, sockeye, pink and chum salmon.
Away from the ocean, anglers
catch nearly nine million fish in BC's freshwater rivers, lakes and streams, which
produce an amazing abundance and variety of freshwater fish.
attraction for most anglers is the Rainbow Trout, a species well distributed throughout
the province. Steelhead Trout, famous for their size, strength, speed and stamina,
are present in most coastal and island rivers draining into the Pacific Ocean.
Coastal Cutthroat Trout are native to most lakes and rivers along the coastal
mainland and offshore islands. Three species of Char are also native to British
Introduced species of Brown Trout reach double digit weights
in the Cowichan and Little Qualicum watersheds on Vancouver Island, as do healthy
populations of Smallmouth Bass.
Needless to say, the fish descriptions we provide here only reflect a small
percentage of the fish species found in British Columbia. More descriptions will
be added as the website develops.