Canada Day!

We have enjoyed an excellent Canada Day long weekend at King Pacific Lodge! And, as far as seasons go, we couldn’t be happier.

Happy Canada Day!

Can’t wait to weigh this one!

Our guests have been amazing to meet and our crew has been doing a great job. Our Chef, Shea and his team have been creating incredible meals. The guides on the water continue to hone their skills and have provided wonderful experiences. Everything around the lodge and Milbanke Sound has been delightful and the weather and fishing has certainly been co-operating.

A beautiful sunrise compliments of Derek Kirkpatrick

To date, our largest Chinook has been a whopping 43 pounds! Many others in the mid 30’s have been taken as well. Generally, Chinook have been in the 15-25lb range. Coho have been showing up also and these have been in the 5-8lb range. All the usual spots seem to be producing. Cape Mark, Cheney Point and Cape Swaine have been good. I managed to spend a full day on the water recently and tried the “Notch” on the west side of Wurtele Island. Plenty of good size Chinook were played albeit the largest was just visiting us.

Spoons such as the Herring Aid and Anchovy have been working great trolled at 40-60ft. Recently, I spent some time on the water with Kyle Bryan of Rapala and VMC trying out some of their new lures by Luhr Jensen. The “Anchovy Roll” lure really produced! We’ll be trying more of these products this summer.

Girls get em!

The weather in the coming days will be a little stronger winds out of the Northwest. With this winds we will have sunny, clear skies albeit choppy afternoons. Good thing we have such protected and productive fishing areas such as Louisa Cove and south to Thompson Bay.

Best Friends Fishing

Should you still be looking for a trip this summer, we have plenty of great dates available. And, as we are booking out 2025 already, be sure to reach out soon for the best availability.

Tight Lines

George

 

 

 

2024 First Fish landed 35pounds!

 

 

We are so excited our 2024 season has started! And with our opening, the very first fish landed was a beautiful 35 pound Tyee Chinook!

After our annual tow north and setting up the docks and infrastructure, our first guests arrived on the 9th of June. Fishing has been fantastic! The weather has been co-operating very nicely and all areas have been fishable.

 

Most Chinook have been in the 15-20 pound range with several in the mid 20’s. Fishing has been steady at Cape Mark, Cheney Point and Cape Swaine. It seems Anchovy and our regular green and white spoons have been the hot lures at 60ft.

Our crew is looking forward to seeing all of our regular guests and welcoming new comers to King Pacific Lodge. If you haven’t booked a trip yet it looks like this is going to be an excellent season! Contact us anytime!

 

Regards,

George

 


2024 Fishing just around the corner!

Hello Anglers!

We are really looking forward to getting out on the water this summer. And, its coming up quickly! Excitement is building and our crew is anxious to get going. For those of you who have already booked in and secured your dates – Thank You. Your support is really appreciated and its nice to see both new and returning guests. If you are still looking to book for this summer, we do have space on select dates. Best to check in with us soon and see what works for your schedule!

Lisa and I are excited to announce Lorna Landry has joined our team! For many of you who have already booked for 2024, Lorna may have already been in touch regarding your trip details. Lorna, Lisa and I worked at the former West Coast Resorts organization for over 15 years.

Originally from Nova Scotia, Lorna has been in the fishing lodge industry on the west coast since  1996. And, she knows how to fish! A great experience is all in the details and Lorna is a stickler for those! Welcome Lorna!

 

 

Here is a great shot of Lorna guiding Chloe Cuthbert (Lodge Concierge) into her first Tyee at age 5!

Here is a great shot of Lorna guiding Chloe Cuthbert (Lodge Concierge) into her first Tyee at age 5!

From all accounts, we should be in for another excellent summer of salmon fishing. Our usual seasonal preparations are underway and everything is coming together nicely for opening day. There has been a lot of hard work put into stripping down and restoring the Ironwood boats. Fresh paint always looks nice and the new wiring and navigation systems are super helpful. On the dock, we are happy to announce the addition of two blast / plate freezing units. These will allow our guests catch to be frozen rock hard in just a couple of hours.

Word from our friends in the north is of nice and cold ocean conditions, lots of bait and wildlife out on the water. It seems the whales are already feeding heavily too.

Opening day in 2023 was filled with excitement. To top it off, a 40 pound Tyee Chinook was weighed in. What continued was an excellent June for fishing and the subsequent months of July and August were great.

We are happy to report a very similar crew and guests will be pleased to see so many familiar faces.

For those returning guests to King Pacific Lodge, you may recall a beautiful painted cedar Whale fin adorning our fireside lounge. This was created many years ago by a great friend, Steve Smith. (DLA’KWAGILA). Below is an image of Steve and I back in June of 2016. The season had only begun and Steve joined us at King Pacific Lodge to enjoy the excellent fishing and to paint the panel on site, on board the lodge. Upon its first standing up outside, two ravens immediately came from the forest and circled us calling to us as they flew around. From that point, the piece was named “Ravens Envy”.  

Steve is working on another stunning piece for the lodge and we are looking forward to showcasing it this summer.

Learn more about Steve, his culture and beautiful artwork here: https://www.stevesmithnativeart.com/artist-bio.html

 

Tight Lines!

George Cuthbert

RAVENS ENVY

 

Happy Holidays

We hope this post finds you in good health and looking forward to Christmas and the New Year!

The 2023 season was filled with exciting times, great people and wonderful memories. Fishing stories are often the best when told around this time of year with friends and family. It is amazing how tall the tales become.

The fishing on BC’s Central Coast was very good this year. We feel fortunate to have such a productive fishing area and such generous limits of fish available for our guests. Our largest Chinook for 2023 was a whopping 48 pounds and the largest Coho weighed in at 18 pounds. The abundance fish, the great weather and overall experience at the lodge has resulted in fantastic bookings for 2024. Lisa has been doing her best to schedule both new and repeat guests into their favourite fishing times. We certainly appreciate the patience required to juggle everyones travel plans into this seasonal salmon migration.

We have been quite busy this fall. Mother Nature created some interesting weather conditions for towing the lodge this fall and we are now at winter moorage in Campbell River. Preparing for the 2024 season has already begun with the refurbishment of our 11 Ironwood boats. We have been stripping out the interiors for new paint, rewiring and installing new 150hp engines. In 2023 we upgraded the GPS/Fish Finders in half the fleet and will complete all the boats this spring. We are also upgrading the trolling engines to the Mercury Electronic Fuel Injection models.

On top of the regular maintenance each season, our team has also been working away on our new website. This should be up and running in the new year and we will do our best to keep it updated with all of the most recent information.

Many of our seasonal crew have been checking in and all seem to be doing well. After getting in some personal fall fishing, our guides in particular are all looking forward to getting back out on the water and seeing so many of our repeat guests.

In January, we will be welcoming Lorna Landry to our year-round team in Vancouver. Many of our long standing guests would remember Lorna from when Lisa and I worked at West Coast Resorts. Lorna will be working directly with Lisa to communicate with guests and to expedite booking and travel information. Lorna has years of experience with our industry and we are thrilled to have her aboard. She also knows how to fish! Here is a photo of Lorna, Chloe (Now our Lodge Concierge) and I at Cheney Point, Milbanke Sound when Chloe caught her very first Tyee Chinook at age 5.

We are well into booking out our 2024 season. Should you have specific dates you would like to fish or require additional information please contact us anytime.

In the meantime, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

George

August 29th

As we approach September, the good times and great fishing continues at King Pacific.

We have been fishing the entire Milbanke Sound area from Idol Point, out to McGinnes Island and  Cheney Point. Over the past week we have seen a lot of action along the west side of Athlone Island, Cheney 1 & 2.  Very nice Chinook from mid teens to mid 20’s are common and just yesterday we had four Tyee over 30 pounds. Last trip, one of the largest Chinook of the season was taken and weighing in at over 40lbs. Cohos are regularly coming in over 10lbs now with many in the low teens.

All gear types are working well. Green  Spoons, White Hootchie,  Anchovies  and Cut Plug herring are the go to baits. Generally a little deeper from 60-80ft has produced good results.

Bottom fishing has been fantastic as our fleet has had a good chance to get around to all of the favourite spots. Excellent Lingcod and Halibut have been common catches.

The weather and sea conditions have been fantastic. Albeit, a little obscured due to the smoke from forest fires inland British Columbia. Its a constant reminder of the challenges people are facing with these fires and we hope all who are affected are safe. We are expecting some stronger Northwest Winds this coming weekend.

Thanks to all who have visited with us so far this season. We appreciate your continued support and we are very much looking forward to hosting guests until the 10th of September.

Our dates for 2024 are quickly filling in. Should you have specific dates in mind for next year, now is the best time for securing your favourite dates!

Take care,

George

Milbanke August 11th

Fishing continues to be great at Milbanke Sound!

Our fleet is a little wet today with small gusts of SE winds bringing precipitation. Still, the fish are biting and our guests are having a great time.  Several nice big fish over 30lbs have come in over the past few days with the largest being 38lbs. We’ve included a shot of Terry and Jaimie who have been fishing with us for years as a family group. Terry’s largest and first Tyee weighed in at 33lbs!

Coho have really been coming in and the largest to date weighed 13lbs. We expect these fish to continue with higher abundance as we move towards September. My guess is we will see Coho top 20lbs this year as the abundance of feed in the water is incredible.

Our regular spots at Cheney Point, Cheney. 2 and. Cape Swain are the real producers.  Most of our guests are using the green and white spoons, flashers. Pretty much any bait will work right now too and we have plenty of Anchovy and Herring.

Lots of fun happening around the lodge. Many guests have been entertained by Pat Deane (Affectionately known as Chief) with his renditions of Johnny Cash. Another one of our guides, Dave Collins, (AKA Opera) has been belting out his professional Opera vocals to the delight of guests and crew alike.

We are anticipating the fishing to remain strong well into September. For those of you who may still be looking for a fishing trip we have space open August 31-03September and 03-07 September. Our last trip is scheduled for the 07-10 September and this date is now sold out.

Bookings are coming in steady for 2024. Should you be thinking of a trip please contact us anytime!

George

 

Early August at Milbanke Sound

We are having  a great season at King Pacific Lodge!

Fishing continues to be very good and the weather has been unbelievable. Calm seas, sunny skies -mixed with short periods of heavy cloud, fog and rain. Ok, so. not always sunny. And, yes sometimes not always calm. Always fishable.

Most of our fleet fishing for Chinook and Coho have been having very good luck on the north side of Cape Swaine, Cheney Point and Cheney 2. Standard depths have been in the 35-55ft during the tide changes and 75-85ft during the running tide.  We have an excellent supply of both Herring and Anchovy baits however most of our action has been on artificial baits such as hoochies and spoons. Seems anything green/white or Chrome/Copper is working well. Best part is, we are only fishing 5-10 minutes from the lodge.

Bottom fish have been abundant. Excellent catches of Ling Cod seem to be regular along with some very nice Halibut. We venture about 30-40 minutes out for these fish and have been fishing 250-350ft.

We enjoyed watching some youngsters on the dock last trip catching squid! Our fish processing and washing creates un resistible treats fort the squid and they have been coming in thick around the lodge.  Squid have been swimming around the lodge and even Chinook salmon have been seen gorging themselves first thing in the morning.

Guests are reporting a very pleasurable stay at the lodge this year. The evening fire pit has been alive with excellent fishing stories. The meals created for our guests have been well received.

As always we appreciate the continued support of all our guests. We look forward to seeing so many more guests this coming season.

George

 

 

 

 

Mid July at Milbanke

Fishing continues to be excellent! The weather has been great, seas calm and we do not anticipate this changing in the coming days.

Most of our salmon effort has been along the west shore of Athlone Island. The north side of Cape Swain, Cheney 2 and Cape Mark have been the popular spots for both Chinook and Coho salmon.

Green/White spoons run behind a flasher and/ or Anchovy run behind a flasher seem to be the baits of choice for Chinook and Coho. Guests at lunch today, reported their boats playing over a dozen fish. While not all are kept, some very nice fish have been weighed in with Chinooks being in the 15-20lb range typically and Cohos in the 8-10lb range.

Bottom fishing continues to be really good for Ling Cod and for those venturing out, some really nice Halibut have been coming in.

There appears to be an enormous amount of feed within our immediate fishing area.  Needlefish and Herring seem to be abundant as the fish are gorging themselves on these baits.

Of particular mention are some nice big fish we continue to see.  Last trip we had many Chinook over 30lbs with one of the largest estimated at 38lbs released. The largest kept was 42lbs.

“Tyee” is a Chinook over 30lbs. Many “Cry’ees” just under 30lbs have been coming which don’t quite meet the Tyee status. Still. awesome fish!

As usual, our local. wildlife has been providing some entertainment. Yesterday we were visited by a pod of Orca, two Humpback and sound of sea otters cracking shells on the water is common.

We are pleased to have had so many positive comments about the food and accommodations at King Pacific Lodge. After a great day on the water we are very proud of the comfort we have been able to provide. Of particular mention is our new “Copper House” lodge located adjacent to the main lodge featuring private dining and accommodation for groups up to 1o.

We are having a great time and look forward to seeing all of the new and returning guests to King Pacific Lodge!

Tight Lines!

 

George

 

A great start to the season!

Welcome to 2023!  King Pacific Lodge opened at Milbanke Sound in late June and we have been having a great time. We are looking forward to the arrival of all of our regular and new guests!

The salmon have been biting, the weather incredible and our seasonal staff have been fantastic!

Chinook have been biting first thing in the morning and on the tide changes. The very day we opened a beautiful 42 pound Tyee was weighed in. This has been followed by several more in the 30’s and today we had a nice 44 pound Tyee. Generally, Chinook have been running 15-22 pound size range and it seems fish over 30lbs are on the dock several times each trip.  Coho have been showing in good numbers. These are ranging from 8-12 pounds.

We are seeing good environmental signs on the water. Baitfish are very abundant and the salmon coming in are full with mature herring, juvenile herring, needlefish and squid. Their bellies are full and the fish have been in great shape.

Salmon have been biting on our regular baits of Flasher/Anchovy or Flasher/Herring. Our go-to green spoon has been very productive as well. Depths have been ranging from. 35-50ft first thing in the morning and up to 90ft later in the day. Cape Mark, Cheney Point and the north side of Cape Swaine have been popular spots.

Many of the guests are tagging out on salmon right away and choosing to try for other species. Good luck has been found with Lingcod and Halibut. Lingcod particularly have been in excellent numbers.

We are all having a great time this year and are already booking for 2024. As usual, June fishing has been excellent and those dates for 2024 are already filling in.

Contact us anytime!

 

George

 

 

 

Bring on 2023: Looking Forward to Excellent Fishing

 

We hope this post finds you in good spirit, good health and as optimistic about 2023 as we are!

2022 was a fantastic season for us at King Pacific Lodge. Our guests enjoyed excellent fishing and the weather really could not have been better!

As we look forward to next season, we often reflect on how challenging it must have been for so many during the past few years. We feel fortunate to have operated after two years of our Covid related closure.

Our new “Copper Lodge” proved to be a huge success and many guests are requesting this new accommodation unit for their future trips. Building this facility was a challenge and it has certainly paid off.

On top of our regular maintenance we are building several new boats to add to the fleet. We want to have the safest, most comfortable boats on the water and our commitment is to keep improving.

So many guests, staff and suppliers supported us and to all – Thank you.

Should you be thinking of a personal or corporate trip for 2023, we would love to have you fishing with us! Please reach out anytime as space for 2023 is soon to be in short supply.

From all of us at King Pacific Lodge – we wish you the very best for the Holidays!

George & Lisa Cuthbert