Self-Guided anglers will be assisted by our “Fish Master” whose time will be dedicated to their success. Look forward to on water assistance, dock instruction and evening seminars on everything you need to know to catch your trophy.
All Instructed anglers receive a 5 hour shift of on-water fishing instruction each full day of their trip. Typically our instructors are assigned two groups of anglers and two boats. Their time is shared accordingly and our crew will work with you to plan the best fishing day. We’ll have you up and running and you’re free to come and go all other times. You can do it!
Fully guided anglers receive 10-12 hours of on water fishing and our guide’s undivided attention to detail. Sit back, relax and let us look after you! Care to keep fishing? That’s ok! Boats are always available for you to take out on your own.
THE WEST FISHING PROGRAM
WEST offers the most comprehensive fishing program possible.
Whether you have the experience of one of our friendly and professional guides – or are starting out fresh – we’re here to help.
- Fish from our incredible 20ft Ironwood boats outfitted with everything you need.
- Enjoy any of our three levels of expert assistance from dawn til dusk. You’re here to fish – we’re here to ensure your success.
- You’ll be using the highest quality Herring and Anchovy baits. Lures, tackle and fishing equipment including ‘Islander’ reels.
- Your catch will be custom cut and prepared for your convenience including vacuum packaging.
Let us handle the details – you focus on the fishing!
Each summer, millions of salmon migrate south, along the coast of British Columbia.
- Experience some of the hottest action anywhere in the world for Chinook/King and Coho/Silver Salmon.
- Our lodge strategically located along this migration route and anglers can simply expect awesome fishing!
Regardless of your package, dawn til dusk fishing is available and close by. Make the most of your fishing adventure – choose the best – fish with WEST.
WEST Sport Fishing has invested in the finest boats possible with your safety and comfort in mind.
All guests fish from of our custom designed 20ft IRONWOOD fishing boats featuring:
- All safety equipment including VHF radio, Depth-Sounder and MAP GPS.
- New, 90HP 4-stroke engines with hydraulic steering
- T-Top for weather and sun protection
- All necessary fishing gear including electric down-riggers.
- Plenty of deck space and storage.
SAFETY FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD!
Before we go out on the water, we take all WEST Sport Fishing guests through a complete orientation with our boats and equipment. Learn everything from boat safety to preparing a cut plug herring and netting a salmon. Even novices go onto the water prepared. Selected guides carry defibrillators and oxygen with them at all times. All guest boats have First Aid kits and we have a First Aid attendant on staff at the lodge. Our First Aid room is very well equipped and our guides have a minimum of Level 1 First Aid training.
We stay in touch on the VHF radio and encourage our self guided anglers to fish using the buddy system. We have a response boat available to help if needed for safety reasons.
Chinook/King Salmon feed here during the annual migration to multiple natal streams and rivers along the coast of BC and as far south as California. Here you’ll regularly find ocean bright Chinook in the 20 – 30 pound class and Coho/Silvers weighing from 10-20 pounds.
- Both feed on a variety of bait fish before moving along to other parts of the coastline.
- Target these fish feeding anywhere from 100ft deep -to at the surface where they’ll sometimes take flies and surface baits.
- Halibut and other bottom-fish such as Ling Cod Yellow Eye (Snapper)and often available in very good numbers.
Whatever your choice – we’re prepared with the right equipment and desire to satisfy your expectations.
CATCH & RELEASE
The fisherman’s enormous advantage in the matter of bag limits is that he can limit his killing without appreciably limiting his sport.
– Roderick Haig-Brown, Fisherman’s Summer, 1951
Each season, Chinook salmon of 70 pounds and more return to the Central Coast. They are on average, the largest strain on the BC coast and in the Pacific Ocean. From the first generations of fisherman, these giants have inspired awe, strained muscle, captured imaginations and become legend.
The act of catch and release is a personal choice and does not discount fun in the game of fishing. Once caught, the weight of a fish is duly noted and if possible photos are taken before it is effectively and humanely released. Along with this satisfaction, WEST Sport Fishing likes to celebrate the event and makes mention of all fish caught whether retained or released each day.
Many guests choose to keep their trophy fish given the stable populations. Often, anglers who keep a fish to eat and share also become fans of catch and release at a later time, choosing to let subsequent trophy quality fish go for future consideration.
More than memories are savored from your WEST Sport Fishing trip!
Our experienced crew will do everything possible to ensure your catch is handled in the best possible way.
Several processing options are available and our crew will help advise on which method is best depending on species and personal preferences. Our crew will expertly clean, fillet and vacuum package your catch. You may also keep smaller fish whole.
If you wish, we’ll be pleased to forward your fish to St. Jeans Cannery to be smoked in the time-honored fashion or canned, for a lasting souvenir.
Your fishing license should be purchased in advance of your trip. Currently, our Department of Fisheries and Oceans is changing to a paperless licensing system. Upon welcoming you to WEST, we will review your fishing license and should there be adjustments or corrections made, we should be able to log into your online account. Visit your room, enjoy lunch and confirm we have provided properly sized boots, pants and jackets for your first day on the water.
Visit the Department of Fisheries and Oceans website. for your fishing license and call us if you have any issues. Please note we are located in area 7.
TIDES AND WEATHER
Planning your fishing vacation in advance with WEST ensures you the best chance of success.
Seasoned anglers often review the tides and tide changes to plan their adventure. Fish act differently under various weather and tide conditions and the best bite occurs an hour before and after the tides highest and lowest points. These times are referred to as ‘slack’ tide.
The Central Coast produces some of the largest Chinook/King in the world. These fish can be lazy at times and between tide changes will hold close to the many kelp beds and reefs along the local shoreline. The following link will take you to the tide tables to prepare for your adventure.
Summer weather may be very pleasant and weather can be subject to change. We recommend bringing layered clothing for your comfort.