PORT ALBERNI - SALMON FISHING CAPITAL
The Alberni Valley bills itself as "the salmon capital of the world" and in 2010, Port Alberni was awarded the title of Canada's "Ultimate Fishing Town" in a contest by the World Fishing Network, a television network devoted to fishing.
Fishing Hotspots and Guided Outings
You may fish with rod & reel from Victoria Quay, Sproat Lake, and the banks of the Stamp and Somass rivers. Visitors can also launch boats and clean their catch at the Clutesi Haven Marina (at the foot of town next to the Somass). Or they can use a local merchant (i.e. St. Jean's Cannery & Smokehouse, among others) to prep, package, and ship fish back home.
Another option is to embark on an ocean or river adventure with one of the area's many charter operators as far west as Bamfield and Barkley Sound on the open Pacific. Halibut and sockeye runs begin in June and July. Larger (up to 40lb/18kilo) chinook reach the Alberni Inlet in August and the river systems a month later. Coho fishing peaks in late August just in time for the town's annual salmon derby and festival on the Labour Day weekend.
Charter Operators & Fishing Gear
For our Hotel Resort guests, our Adventure Centre hosts will happily contact a pro guide with saltwater in their veins and a powerboat at their disposal. If you prefer making your won arrangements, best spots are the Info booths at the Visitor Centre and/or the town's leading outfitter, Gone Fishin' (5069 Johnston Road). The staff at the latter are experts on local fish hotspots. Their store carries salt and freshwater fishing gear along with licences and bait.
Leading operators include: