Sports Fishing Kyuquot Vancouver Island B.C. for Trophy Salmon and Halibut

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British Columbia Halibut Fishing Information

Putting our guests into Kyuquot Sound the most productive halibut grounds is what we love to do at Fishing Storie Charters. It helps to know a little bit about the fish you will be catching.


 The Pacific Halibut, Hippoglossus stenolepis, is a flat fish whose width is about one third of its length. Its sides are night and day different with an underside of white and topside of mottled brown. Both eyes are configured to the topside, and with this blending of camouflage it lies safely on the bottom away from predators. It spawns during the winter months in deep water and then pursues migratory patterns as it feeds on other fishes and invertebrates.

This fish can live up to 55 years and can grow to mammoth size. Anglers don’t even start to brag about them until they reach 100 lbs. They reach trophy size at 200 lbs. and start to win tournaments at 300 lbs. And the IGFA world record came in just short of a quarter of a ton at 496 lbs. There have been documented catches on commercial boats of halibut over 600 Pounds!! They range from Santa Barbara, CA to Nome, AK and from the Gulf of Anadyr, Russia to Hokkaido, Japan.

Fishing Storie Charters Catch fact: Most halibut caught by sport anglers on charters in British Columbia average around 20 – 40 lbs. About 15% of all halibut caught by anglers on the Fishing Storie Charter boats weigh over 80 lbs. On our Kyuquot halibut charters, about 10% of the fish we catch are over 100.Halibut over 200 are less common. We catch only a handful that size and larger each season. We are certain that these catch rates are among the best in British Columbia. Since the largest halibut are so rare and are breeding females, we encourage fishermen lucky enough to catch a real monster to release them. Survival rates are very high for released halibut.

Any halibut that comes up from a hundred feet below will be a battle that you will not soon forget. The bigger fish are very strong fish; and if you land one of greater size you ll wind up both victorious and well worn out. Who ever came up with the saying that a big halibut fights like a sheet of plywood, we suspect had not caught a big halibut.


Halibut like to frequent areas around reefs and craggy bottoms. They eat a large variety of fish and invertebrates such as crab, and as such will be around those areas where smaller fish and crab sometimes like to hide. They can be caught in 25 to 2500 feet of water. The halibut is a flat fish with no swim bladder so they survive catch and release well.


Halibut are at a historic high point in abundance in our area. They are available year-round and the only closed for a few months due to the spawn. Spring and summer are the best time to fish for them. Our charter operations generally run from the months of April to October, and typically the bag limit of 2 fish per fishermen is achieved.

Fishing Technique on our BC Halibut Charters proven Mustad brand circle hooks crimped to a 120 pound leader to a spreader bar that is attached to 200 pound Braided Tuff Line XP. The hooks on these leaders are configured so that the halibut literally hooks itself. When you see your rod tip twitching up and down you will know immediately if you have one on. All it takes is steady reeling in of your line to determine if the fish is there. And if it is, you will soon know it.

Jigging is also a favorite technique for halibut. Metal and Plastic lures that resemble squid and fish are lowered to the bottom and then slowly lifted and dropped. When we fish leadhead jigs with plastic tails we use Berkley power bait tails. We also use the tentacle skirt jig with remarkable results. This technique can be extremely productive and when the halibut hits the lure, hang on tight.

As far as edibility goes, this fish is excellent. The flesh of halibut is firm and white, and when properly cared for, will freeze and last for many months until you consume it. Processing of your catch can be done by St. Jeans Cannery Campbell River.

Coho Salmon

For many anglers, the silver salmon represents the main reason why fishing Kyuquot is well worth their time. The reputation for silver salmon fishing is legendary in Kyuquot Sound and the surrounding waters. During the peak of the run, salmon can be seen jumping everywhere. Fishing for silvers from Kyuquot Sound is a great introduction to BC salmon fishing.

These fish are great fighters and leapers and are tremendous eating. The words silver salmon and Kyuquot Sound are almost synonymous. Because the Silvers are a schooling salmon, there are often king salmon, pink salmon and rockfish mixed in the schools. One just never knows what might wind up on the end of the line.


In the ocean, this fish is absolutely silver bright and is distinguished by black spots on the back and upper tail. It has white gums. Silvers can frequently be spotted above the water as they will frequently jump, and our electronic fish-finders also can spot them below water as they sometimes are located in massive schools.
Weights of these fish can vary due to their migrations. They are voracious feeders and can be caught in ranges between 10 and 15 pounds. Even fish over 20 lbs are occasionally caught.


Silvers will migrate passed Kyuquot Sound and the surrounding areas and then continue right on into the BC rivers.
Even shore anglers can catch them once they hit the beaches but for most of the time they are taken only by charter opportunity. Silvers need to be sought-out dependent upon the time of the year and tides, and our experience will bring you to them throughout their entire migrations back into our coastal rivers.


Silvers make their appearances around mid-June and continue right into the early fall. While they are smaller in late June, they are in high abundance from the third week for June right up until Labor Day. Trust us, if they re around, we will find them!


Silvers at sea are usually caught trolling with downriggers. Anytime a charter comes into a great school of these fish the angling can be fantastic. Just about everyone will seemingly have a fish on at the same time and moments like that become a frenzy of catching and keeping. The limit on silver salmon is 2 hatchery marked fish per day per fishermen when fishing outside Kyuquot Sound. The quality of eating sea-bright silver salmon is beyond compare. This fish is very popular and tasty.

Chinook Salmon

The King or Chinook salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, is among the most coveted game fish we catch on our fishing charters in British Columbia.

The king salmon is also one of the most important sport fish on the Pacific coast. It is the largest Pacific salmon, commonly exceeding 30 pounds. The 126-pound King salmon taken commercially in 1949 is the largest on record. 

These fish can prove elusive and catching one will provide a battle you won't soon forget on our tackle. 

In the ocean near Kyuquot, kings are thick bodied laterally compressed fish. Chrome bright is the how there coloration is often described. The fish have a blue greenish back with black spots. Freshly caught kings often have a purplish coloration along their lateral lines.

Like all species of Pacific salmon, king salmon are anadromous. They begin life in fresh water, spend part of their life in the ocean, and then return spawn in the stream system where their life began. Chinook salmon may become sexually mature from their second through seventh year, this makes the size range of any spawning run of fish have a large size range. A 4 year-old will probably weigh less than 8 pounds, while a 7-year-old may exceed 50 pounds. The fish we catch in Kyuquot range from 10 to over 50 pounds. Salmon grow rapidly in the saltwater and can gain up to a pound a week during the summer season.

Kings are wiley and can be finicky until they get ready to feed. When that time comes, it can get fast and exciting. We have found the most productive method of catching the kings is trolling using downriggers. boats are equipped with electric downriggers and matched up tackle built for exactly this kind of fishing.
On our full day fishing charters, we typically troll near the coastline of the many islands that lie within 20 miles of Fair Harbour. We often catch other species of salmon when trolling for kings. Silver salmon in the fall of the downriggers getting set. Rockfish and lingcod are also caught as well as halibut.
On our long range fishing expeditions we have found several areas well outside the range of regular day charters that have larger populations of resident feeder kings. The fishing in these areas can be phenomenal, especially in early summer.
King salmon fishing in Kyuquot requires patience, persistence and the coordination of the crew and fishermen. The results are well worth the effort.

Lingcod Fishing

Ophiodon elongates Aggressive: the best way to describe the fish and fishing techniques when in search of landing one of these magnificent creatures. The name Lingcod is a misnomer, this fish is not a true cod, rather, it is the largest member of the greenling family which are found in ocean waters throughout the west coast of North America. Moderately long lived, this species may reach a maximum age of 25 years, and commonly grow to over fifty pounds in weight and over four feet in length.

Lingcod are often caught while targeting other bottom fish (such as Pacific Halibut) near our home port of Fair Harbour, B.C. The most successful method of Lingcod fishing is to drift with artificial jigs in and amongst rock-piles and relatively shallow reef structures. Attention to the location of the jig in relation to the structure is critical, as is not snagging the bottom. Predatory by nature, they are often quick to strike at anything which may pose a threat. Therefore, repeated “drifting and jigging” will often result in multiple hook-ups, and exciting, rod-bending battles. The Captains of Fishing Storie Charters have perfected the methods necessary to assure you, the angler, with the best possible chance at landing a Trophy Lingcod.

Varied types and sizes of lead-headed and BuzzBomb jigs are used depending on the water conditions and the anglers skill level. The most common sizes range from 8 to 16 ounces in weight. When presented in a slow up-and-down motion Kyuquot Sound Lingcod are quick to strike. The use of a single barbed or barbless hook allows an easy release because the fish is most often hooked in the outer portion of the mouth. Likewise, on Iron or Diamond jigs we exchange the treble hook most lures come with for a single Mustad, siwash hook, will ensure a clean release and better hookset and decrease the chance of the hook pulling out. Fishing Storie Charters carries an array of tackle rods and reels from spooled with 80lbs test which brings the fight to the angler. Remember, these fish fight, it is not uncommon to real a fish to within sight of the boat, only to have the fish quickly turn and head back down for the bottom peeling drag as it goes.
For many anglers, Lingcod caught near Kyuquot, B.C. are desired table fare. However, due to the absence of an airbladder, lingcod can easily be released from depths of over 300 feet, and are still ready to fight another day.  Bag limits vary according to the area fished allowing the fisherman to retain up to three Lingcod per day, with a minimum length of 65 centimeters overall. Please note Fishing Storie Charters encourages catch and release of this species due to the fact that they can easily be over-harvested. If retained, the angler can expect a fillet of white meat with a delicate texture. An excellent main dish when grilled or deep fried.

Regardless of your decision to catch or release, Fishing Storie Charters will provide the gear and expertise to ensure that your effort will have the highest success. Whether your a seasoned fisherman or new to fishing, the Lingcod fishing found in the waters around Kyuquot Sound will provide some of the best action anywhere.

Yellow-eye Rockfish (Red Snapper)

General Description

Brilliantly colored from orange-yellow to orange-red, yelloweye rockfish are one of the most well-known and prized of British Columbia rockfish species. Deserving of their name, yelloweye are easily recognized by the bright yellow of their eyes. Individuals have been known to grow up to 36 inches which makes them one of thelargest of rockfish species. A lighter colored line is usually distinguishable along the lateral line of the body and fins are often tipped in black. Yelloweye have several small spines on their head and a raspy ridge is found on the heads of large adults. Juveniles look very different from adults with dark red-orange coloration and two white stripes along the body. Fins of juveniles can be tipped in white or black. 

Other Names Yelloweye are often called red snapper, but should not be confused with the red snapper found in the Gulf of Mexico, which is a different species. Other names for yelloweye include Pacific red snapper, red rock cod, and yellow belly. 

Life History

Reproduction and Development Females produce a large number of eggs (up to 2,700,000) and give birth to live larval young. Larval release occurs between February and September. Larval yelloweye may be dispersed over a wide area as they drift with ocean currents. Their survival is affected by ocean conditions such as temperature, currents and the availability of food. Only a small percentage of larval yelloweye will survive to reach maturity. 

Food While in the larval stage, yelloweye feed on algae, other single-celled organisms, and small crustaceans. As they grow to adulthood, yelloweye shift to a variety of prey including other rockfish, sand lance, herring, flatfishes and crustaceans. 

Growth and Maturity Yelloweye are slow to mature but are very long lived. One individual was aged at 121 years old. In Southeast, Alaska yelloweye males mature around the age of 18 while females mature around 22 years old. 

Movements When yelloweye larvae are born, they are carried with ocean currents and eventually settle onto the ocean floor where more protection from predators can be found. As juveniles mature they will move into deeper water habitat. Adult yelloweye, like many species of non-pelagic rockfish, have small home ranges. Some may live their entire adult life on a single rock pile.