Sunny and…Windy

The past week has given us some exceptionally sunny and warm days at Milbanke Sound. And, with the sunny skies and high pressure, we experience heavier than usual North West winds. Our usual fishing spots along the west side of Athlone Island become a little too choppy to fish, particularly in the afternoon. At times like these we are thankful to be at this particular location as we have some options for calm water fishing!

Thompson Bay, to the South East of

Rebecca and Josh with a nice Milbanke Sound Chinook!

our lodge anchorage, is an incredible calm water location to fish during heavier than normal winds. Only 20 minutes away, our boats were prying a seldom fished area with excellent success. Access to this area is dependent on high enough tide water to travel safely through the ‘back door’ towards Cape Mark.  It’s simply a beautiful place to fish!

Ivory Island, to the North of our usual fishing areas has been producing and the East side of this island provides excellent fishing, calmer waters albeit a choppy ride back to the lodge.

Most Chinook we have been taking continue to be in the 14-20 pound range.  We are starting to see more in the mid 20’s and only yesterday a beautiful 32 pound “Tyee” was weighed in.  Coho continue to be increasing in both size and abundance. Favourite lures for both continue to be our Irish Cream spoon or a green and white Hoochie trolled behind our custom KPL flashers. Anchovies and Herring are all working well a little deeper, up to 90ft.

Guests at King Pacific Lodge always seem to enjoy an abundance of wildlife such as whales, porpoise, sea-lions etc. To our delight last week, a local Humpback whale stayed close to our anchorage and provided hours of aerobatic jumping, rolling and tail flopping.  Some suggested the whale was feeding and schooling bait, others thought it was trying to rid itself of barnacles. In the end we all decided it was just wanting to have fun!

Should you be looking for information regarding our packages please contact us anytime!

Kindest Regards,

George Cuthbert

george@kingpacificlodge.com

 

Feeling Lucky!

 

We have enjoyed another exciting fishing week here at King Pacific Lodge!

Congratulations to Noelle on an incredible forty pounder!

Our sixth group of guests for 2o18 flew in yesterday all with big smiles and happy to be out on the water. Many of which flew in from New York and even Alabama! While the fishing has slowed a little over the past 24 hours, we anticipate the great fishing and weather will continue.

Julie and Betty brought a tremendous amount of excitement to the lodge this weekend. Their lively spirit has brought them some good luck on the water!

Julie and Betty from Alabama – even the fish were wanting to join the excitement!

Last week ended with some truly remarkable catches. 11 large “Tyee” over 30 pounds hit the dock with the largest being a whopping 40 pounds! Hot spots continue to be Cape Mark and Cheney Point. Most Chinook are weighing in at 15-20 pounds and Coho, while less abundant have been starting their 2018 debut in the waters of Milbanke Sound. Baitfish continue to be abundant at all of our favourite spots and seem to be holding good populations of salmon at 40-70ft. Anchovy and flasher has been the favourite for most guides and self guided anglers. We’re seeing quite a few squid around the waters too.

Some nice eating Halibut, Ling and Rockfish have been regular catches and a favourite table fare for many. The “Coop”, “Mushroom” and reefs south of our regular salmon areas have been producing at depths up to 300 ft.

Our weather has been holding nicely and we’re looking for calm seas in the coming days. We will keep everyone updated.

The crew at King Pacific Lodge is looking forward to welcoming you this summer. We often have guests asking about our fishing guides/instructors and we thought of sharing some information. Look for continued updates on our guide roster in the coming weeks.

 

Stephen Stahley – King Pacific Lodge Sport Fishing Guide

Stephen Stahley is new this year to KPL and comes to us from a long family history of commercial fishing.  Recently, he retired from a teaching / vocational career on Vancouver island and brings energy and excitement to our instructor and guiding program. Having logged thousands of hours on the water and in the classroom, Stephen is proving to provide the perfect combination for our fishing team – “I love teaching people how to fish and this is the best place in the world to do so!”

 

 

 

Dave Drever “Double D” King Pacific Lodge Sport Fishing Guide

 

Dave Drever “Double D” is with us again this year and is a proven favourite with both guests and crew alike. His positive attitude, energy, knowledge of the Milbanke Sound water and weather conditions make him one of our most requested long term guides. He comes from a background in the wood products industries in BC. We’re dreaming up ways to store and save the energy he creates for the future of mankind! Dave’s favourite fishing spots include Cheney Point and Cape Mark.  He’s known for big fish, big smiles and the odd fish story we’d find hard to believe if it wasn’t told by Dave.

 

 

Conor Stookes – King Pacific Lodge Sport Fishing Guide

Conor Stookes comes to us from Vancouver Island, BC and his passion is fishing the wild West Coast. He’s spent five years guiding in Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Island waters and has caught on very quickly to the Central Coast and Milbanke Sound fisheries.

Prior to guiding, Conor worked on bulk freighters steering and working as a deckhand. His passion is fishing and works year round guiding for salmon and then for freshwater winter steelhead trout.

Conor’s enthusiasm and professional conduct is a pleasure to see. He has extensive ocean and river fishing experience and his commitment to safety led him to acquire a 60 ton master certificate.

 

 

 

 

Several dates are available during our exciting 2018 season. Contact us anytime for additional information.

Kindest Regards,

George Cuthbert

george@kingpacificlodge.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excellent Fishing

Fishing continues to be very good at King Pacific Lodge! The weather has been fantastic and we have enjoyed calm seas and excellent catches.

Cape Mark and Cheney point have been the hot spots in the recent week. Anglers have also been fishing Ivory Island to the north with great results.  We’ve been experiencing some large tides recently and this usually results in a better bite on the high or low tide.

Our favourite spoon lure,  the Gibbs/Delta “Irish Cream” has been working very well trolled behind a red or green flasher. Anchovy baits have been producing with or without a flasher. We’ve had several guests working the tides and first thing in the morning “mooching’ cut plug herring and it seems no matter what we’re offering – the fish are biting.

Since opening on the 18th of June the Chinook have been plentiful and while most are in the high teens and low 20’s, we’ve had over a dozen “Tyee” (Chinook over 30 pounds).

Many of our guests have inquired into our salmon limits for 2018 and area 7 (Milbanke Sound) remains unchanged. Anglers may retain 4 Chinook salmon and 4 other salmon during their trip. Our professional fish processing crew is pleased to process this into any desired vacuum packaged size.

King Pacific Guests have also been enjoying the overall Milbanke Sound area’s other attributes. Kayaking amongst the sea otters was a hit with a family recently visiting from Switzerland. Viewing Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, Porpoise, wolves and bear have all been reported by our guests.

Several great dates remain in 2018. Please contact us for additional information.

Our 2019 calendar will be out soon. King Pacific Lodge will be changing to a Thursday / Sunday changeover schedule next summer. While many our dates will be filled with repeat anglers from this summer, we welcome the opportunity to review our schedule with new guests.

 

Kindest Regards,

 

George Cuthbert

George@kingpacificlodge.com

 

The evening bite! Guides Connor and Ronnie with a beautiful Milbanke Sound Tyee.

 

 

 

 

Welcome 2018!

Welcome to the 2018 season!

We have many excited guests booked for this season and asking about the first fishing. We’re happy to report the season has started off very well.

Coast Island Marine towing the King Pacific Lodge safely to St. Johns Harbour

Our winter and spring were spent replenishing supplies, repairing equipment and preparing for our fifth season of operation. This included towing the King Pacific Lodge to North Vancouver BC  for hull maintenance. Seaspan Drydock lifted the 1600 ton lodge out of the water and did a great job restoring several areas for the longevity of this floating facility. Our fishing fleet of Ironwood and Northwest boats was shipped to Vancouver Island for repainting, re-powering with reliable Mercury engines and improvements to wiring and navigational equipment.

Ever wonder whats down below? The 1600 Ton King Pacific Lodge at Seaspan Drydock in Vancouver BC

 

 

King Pacific Lodge is pleased to announce our new fixed wing flight provider: Air Tindi. Their comfortable Dash 7 features 40 seats, four engines and is perfect for flying all of our guests at one time to and from Bella Bella. The Heljet Sikorski 76 whisks our guests directly to King Pacific Lodge.

HeliJet Sikorski 76 and the powerful Dash 7 operated by Air Tindi.

Now for the fishing…

After towing the lodge back to St. Johns Harbour we are now hosting our second group of guests. Everyone has been enjoying calm seas and truly excellent fishing. Since opening on the 18th of June we’ve been fishing Cape Mark and Cheney Point. Chinook salmon in the 15-20 pound range have been the norm for most anglers. Highlights have been six “Tyee” Chinook to date (over 30) with the largest being 36 pounds. A few Coho have been showing as well, generally about 8-10 pounds at this time of year. Look for these Coho to increase in both abundance and average size by the end of August.

Salmon have been biting on the tides, and either early AM or late PM. Our standard KPL green, red and UV flashers produced by Gibbs tackle combined with a green spoon or Anchovy bait has been working best. Fishing tight to the shore and along the kelp at 45-70ft, and within 100ft of water seems to be the best producer. Some of our guests have also been mooching Cheney Point with cut-plug herring and enjoyed great results.

Bottom fish such as halibut, ling cod and rock fish have been plentiful. Most halibut have been in the 10 – 20 pound range. Shown below is a lucky trio with halibut closer to 30 and 40 pounds.

Similar to the best sport teams, we’re very proud of the crew assembled for our 2018 season. We have an exciting lineup of seasoned fishing guides and some truly talented and welcome new faces on the water. Our catering and inside services crew is eager to provide the finest of comforts away from home.

Should you have any questions about our fishing and adventure packages please contact us anytime. Select dates are still available for this season!

A lucky trio with opening day Halibut. Congratulations

Our attentive crew is looking forward to seeing you

 

Kindest Regards

George Cuthbert

George@kingpacificlodge.com

 

Sport Shows

During the winter, King Pacific Lodge exhibits at several sport shows. Its an excellent opportunity to meet new potential guests and to visit with the many regular and repeat guests from past seasons.  We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all who stopped by our booth in Sacramento CA and Puallup WA over the last two weeks!

Over the fall and winter, we are pleased to be speaking with so many of the guests who are planning for the following season. There is much excitement about getting back out on the water and the big fish either caught or got away.  Stories abound and are often shared with us who visit with our booth.

We’ll be visiting the Edmonton area next and the local show runs at this location from March 15th to 18th. If you’re interested in fishing and would like some additional information please stop by or call us in advance.

As always at this time of year we are busy planning for the season, communicating with guests and maintaining the lodge and fishing equipment.

The King Pacific Lodge TripAdvisor page has been receiving some great reviews. Should you be a past guest who would like to share your thoughts on the lodge please do so here:

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g1925476-d268754-Reviews-King_Pacific_Lodge-Bella_Bella_Campbell_Island_British_Columbia.html

Should you still be looking for an incredible trip in 2018 and would like to discuss available dates please contact us anytime!

Kindest Regards

George Cuthbert

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Looking forward to 2018!

As we approach 2018, we would like to wish all our guests, crew and suppliers the very best for the Christmas Holiday and New Year. 2017 was a huge success for King Pacific Lodge and we’re looking forward to 2018! Thank you to all who have been guests at King Pacific Lodge. We very much appreciate your support!

Since the end of the season, we have been working hard to ensure the King Pacific Lodge guest experience is better than ever! After our fourth season of operation, we towed the lodge and staff barge south to Vancouver Island. Here, the lodge will undergo several operational improvements. Our fleet of custom made fishing boats have also been brought down and will have upgraded electronics, paint and engines. The King Pacific Lodge facilities require a tremendous amount of maintenance and we must ensure we are entirely self-sufficient during our operating season. Aside from the fishing tackle and boats, this includes everything from power generation, fuel storage, water filtration and all kitchen equipment.

The 2018 season planning is underway and we’re looking forward to seeing so many new and return guests. Many of our experienced crew have contacted us and have confirmed their desire to spend the summer again at Milbanke Sound. We have several, exciting new crew members joining us and all looking to get back on the water!

We have attended several post season meetings with Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans. British Columbia’s Central Coast, where Milbanke Sound is located, provided the very best fishing opportunities on the coast in 2017. We anticipate this trend to continue and expect very good fishing in 2018.

Operationally, we will be changing our air transportation to and from Vancouver. Ensuring our guests are arriving and departing on time is paramount and a larger, single aircraft “Dash 7” option has presented itself to transport all guests. Having such great fishing sometimes increase our outbound weights and our goal is to ensure all guest’s fish and baggage arrive with them, on time at the end of a great trip! The popularity of King Pacific Lodge has proven to be far greater then we could have ever imagined.  Built for 34 guests only, we feel this is the perfect size adventure lodge and where we’re able to spend quality time with our guests in an uncrowded, attentive environment.

Should you be looking for that special trip in 2018, please contact us soon.  Again, from all of us at King Pacific Lodge we wish you the very best for 2018 and look forward to staying in touch!

Kindest Regards,

George Cuthbert

 

 

2017 – What a season!

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Fisher Cuthbert’s 19 pound Coho! A personal best.

Late August and early September fishing continued to produce excellent results for King Pacific Lodge Anglers. Fishing continued to be very good until our last day of the season, September 4th. The weather was excellent and providing calm seas and some beautiful sunrise and sunset fishing.

Coho salmon were at the top of the list for action packed days on the water! Ivory Island, Cheney Point and Cape Mark were the favourite places to fish. Many of these fish were often well over 15 pounds and several topping 20 pounds!

 

Chinook continued to be available during early September with many Tyee coming in over 30 pounds. While not as abundant this time of year as our previous two years, there was plenty of opportunity for everyone to experience the thrill of these large salmon.

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Congratulations Chris on an incredible 19 pound Coho!

Salmon in general were more likely to hit artificial baits during the latter part of our season. flasher and white “Hoochie” (squid), flasher and the custom KPL “Irish Cream” spoon and a combination of other fast trolled, silver and white spoons also worked well.

 

Guests of KPL were delighted to have Humpback Whales feeding right within our fishing areas. The abundance of baitfish around Ivory Island were attracting both salmon and these large mammals, creating quite a show.

 

We’re now finished the 2017 season and what a success! Fishing in general was very good, and probably the best we’ve seen in our fourth year of operation. Salmon showed early in good numbers and the fishing was very consistent the duration of our season. In addition, the weather was excellent – albeit not always as dry. The winds stayed calm and our regular fishing areas were very comfortable for fishing and enjoying the waters of Milbanke Sound.

 

We’d like to Thank all guests who fished with us this year and we’re looking forward to seeing you again! Thank you to all of our staff and suppliers – we’ve enjoyed another safe season on the water.

We’re currently towing our lodge and boats south for some exciting upgrades and improvements. Look for an even better experience in 2018.

 

Should you be looking for the adventure of a lifetime and would like more information about our 2018 King Pacific Lodge program please contact us anytime.

 

Kindest Regards,

 

 

George Cuthbert

 

 

 

 

Coho frenzy Excellent Chinook

August Anglers have had an incredible time on the water! Exciting Coho action has complemented our great Chinook fishing. Add to this the relatively calm waters and overall pleasant weather for a truly enjoyable sport fishing vacation.

Highlights of August include many Tyee (Chinook over 30lbs) including the largest to date at 60 pounds taken by Casey and guided by Mark. Congratulations! Coho tend to be quite a bit larger at this time of year. We’ve had many now well over 15 pounds with the larger in the 18 pound range.

Cape Mark, Cheney Point and Cape Swain continue to produce good numbers of fish. 45 ft seems to be the right depth and trolling Flasher Anchovy, Flasher Spoon or, as fishing guide Troy Hogg found out – a piece of celery placed correctly in a teaser head will catch a fish!

2017 has proven to be our best season to date. Fishing has been superb and we’re looking forward to more exciting action as we roll into early September.

Kindest Regards,

George Cuthbert

 

 

Awesome August Fishing

Salmon fishing continues to be simply Awesome!

The past week has provided King Pacific Lodge Anglers with some exciting catches! Several big Tyee (Chinook over 30lbs) in the 40’s hit the dock with the largest a whopping 60 pounds! Congratulations Casey! Here, Jack with guide Tom show off a beautiful 56 pound Tyee taken at Cheney Point. (Jacks second fish was 41 pounds taken at McGuinness Island)

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Congratulations Jack on your 56 pound Chinook!

Aside from the extra large sized Chinook, Anglers have been catching a steady stream of 15 – 25lb Chinook. Coho have also been increasing in both abundance and average size. To date, the largest Coho is 18 pounds!

Our local hotspot of Cheney Point has been producing the best action. Fish are biting between 30 and 45ft. Spoons, hootchies, anchovy and large whole or cut plug herring have all been working well. Cape Mark, The Notch and Ivory Island lighthouse have all been producing as well.  5 inch herring, squid and needlefish are all local feed keeping the salmon focused o the Milbanke Sound fishing area.

We’re starting to see a little shorter days on the water now and guests can expect to be on the water just before 6am. This has usually provided the best bite in the day, often lasting several hours. Some Anglers have reported as many as 20 fish per morning. Excellent action!

Local wildlife abounds. Both Killer and Humpback whales, Seals, Sea Lions and several local Sea Otter have been entertaining guests on the water.

Should you have a trip coming up and require any additional information please contact us anytime! Weren’t able to book a trip this year? Please stay in touch and we’ll do our best to fit you in on your preferred dates in 2018.

Kindest Regards

George Cuthbert

August Fishing

August is well upon us and Anglers at King Pacific Lodge have been enjoying both excellent fishing and weather.

Chinook/King salmon action has been far better this year than previous. Coho / Silver salmon continue to be more and more abundant with excellent average sizes topping 12 pounds.  This past week provided some notable large Tyee (Chinook over 3o pounds) including several in the 40’s and mid 30’s. Our largest last week was 43 pounds!

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Have a great time with family or friends at King Pacific Lodge

Cheney Point, Cape Swain and Cape Mark have all been top producers. The flasher / Anchovy combination has been working very well this season, we’re starting to catch quite a few on either whole herring or cut-plug baits. Depths appear to be a little shallower on average and the lucky depths of 37 / 47ft seem to produce the best. This is a great time of year to try “mooching’ whereby a bait is fished behind a 6oz weight without the use of a downrigger. The custom “KPL” Irish cream spoon from Gibbs/Delta tackle has been working very well when trolled behind a flasher.

All fishing areas are showing a healthy population of baitfish including herring, needlefish and squid. At times, bait-balls are 100ft deep and often spread out over the water hundreds of feet. Herring are typically smaller this year and we’re finding most to be 4 and 5 inches at the cleaning table.

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“Fish Finder” showing massive schools of baitfish

KPL Anglers continue to comment on the quality of fishing experience at Milbanke Sound. Our exclusive location provides a productive fishing area with very little pressure and the ability to find miles of coastline to fish all on your own. All within five minutes away!

King Pacific is so much more than fishing! Enjoy Chef Luke’s amazing meals during your stay, go kayaking, rowing or utilize our spa now featuring two RMT (Massage Therapists). Marine nature viewing opportunities are endless. Killer, Humpback and Sei whales were all viewed this week along with Sea Otter, Sea Lion, Seals and an abundance of bird life.

For those guests who fished with us in 2017, it was a pleasure to see all of you out on the water! We’re already booking for 2018. If you were sadly unable to fish this year due to lack of availability please email or call early for next season and we’ll do our best to find space during your preferred dates. KPLgreatfishing

Kindest Regards,

 

George Cuthbert