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Where is Rivers Lodge and how do we get there?

  • Rivers Lodge is tucked into a sheltered cove (known locally as Sleepy Bay) on the north shore of Rivers Inlet.
  • Rivers Inlet is 260 air miles from Vancouver and is accessible only by float-equipped aircraft or large boats.
  • We have our own charter flights from Vancouver to Rivers Lodge on amphibious aircraft ... a 2-hour scenic experience.
  • There is also daily service between Vancouver International Airport and Port Hardy, with connecting flights from
    Port Hardy to Rivers Lodge, approximately 70 air miles across Queen Charlotte Sound.

When is sport fishing best?

  • From mid June to mid September. There are two runs of large Chinook into Rivers Inlet, a run of big Northern Coho as well as a large population of resident feeding salmon that will be spawning in future years –these non spawning fish will often go up to 35 lbs.
  • In mid June the first run of Chinook comes into the inlet. These are predominantly white meat salmon and are under very little fishing pressure. The first run lasts until the second week of July. The second run, the run Rivers Inlet is famous for, starts appearing in mid July. These are red meat Chinook, the largest sport caught being 83 lbs.3 oz. and commercially caught up to 105 lbs. This run peaks during the first three weeks of August, with large fish still caught regularly into the first week of September.
  • The Coho, which are known for their spectacular fight, start appearing in large numbers in early July. These voraciously feeding salmon will double their weight in the last 6 months before spawning in October. The largest Coho caught in Rivers Inlet was 28 lbs. Both the Chinook salmon runs and the Coho salmon runs are wild fish stocks - undoubtedly the finest wild fish sport on the B.C. coast.

How far from the lodge is the sport fishing?

Most of the sport fishing we do is within 15 minutes of the lodge. Our boats are fast, comfortable and stable fishing machines which can whisk you to the fishing areas. If things are a bit slow or if fishermen wish a change of scenery, it is only 20 minutes from the lodge across the inlet, or 45 minutes to the permit area near the head of the inlet.

What tackle and bait is used?

  • Over the years herring has proven to be the winner for all sports salmon species. We use a 7"-8" herring with the head cut off at an angle to give a slow rolling action (cut plug) with 2 #4/0 single hooks on a 60" 20 lb. mainline. We have single action mooching reels or star-drag type reels with 300-400 yards of line on 8-11 foot very limber rods.
  • We provide all bait, tackle, hookups, etc. We have various spoons and flies available for those who wish to experiment. We just ask that you pay for anything lost or broken (except leaders).

Are fishing licenses necessary?

Yes, saltwater angling licenses are required. As of 2015, guests are required to obtain their Tidal Water License and Salmon Conservation Stamp online. Contact the Department of Fisheries and Oceans at www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca You can save a pdf copy and send it to the lodge care of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in case you should lose your original.

What clothing should I bring?

The Lodge provides waterproof raingear, so all you need to bring is warm underwear, sweaters and Jackets.

How much luggage can I bring?

Everything you bring should fit into a duffel bag and weigh no more than 25 lbs.  Additional charges may apply for luggage weighing in excess of 25 lbs. and/or may delay the delivery of your luggage.

Is a guide necessary?

  • No. Our sport fishing techniques are very straight forward. We give a thorough seminar the first day covering herring hookups, netting techniques, salmon striking habits, etc. and then will guide the fishermen to the fishing area pointing out landmarks for reference points. At the fishing grounds we will give further instructions on fishing that particular area. 2-3 fishermen fish from their own boat. All boats are equipped with area charts, radio, digital depth sounders and compasses.
  • For those with very little fishing experience, one of our staff members will be happy to go out with you for a short while and teach you some of the fundamentals at no charge (tips are always appreciated).

Whale watching -what are the chances of seeing whales?

There is an abundance of wild life in the area, and you will most likely also encounter  humpbacks, orcas, dolphins and sea lions, but please make sure that you don’t take any chances by moving in too closely to watch these magnificent creatures.

Other concerns?

Should you be suffering from food allergies or have special meal preferences, please let us know ahead of time and we shall do our best to accommodate your needs and wishes. As far as alcoholic beverages are concerned, you can only bring your own as long as it doesn’t result in excessive weight of your luggage.  Upon receiving advance notice, we can also bring in your favourite beverages from Port Hardy or Dawson’s Landing.

Additional charges?

Other than the cost of a fishing license and alcoholic beverages, there are no additional charges whatsoever, as long as your luggage can be accommodated on the same flight. There is no need for tipping during your entire stay but staff are obviously grateful to get a tip at the end of your trip, should you feel they are worthy.

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RIVERS LODGE, Sleepy Bay (near Dawsons Landing), Rivers Inlet, BC, Canada, V0N 1M0

Mailing Address: 715 W 66th ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6P 2R4

778-762-4391 (in season) | 604-321-5560 (Vancouver)