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Saltwater & Freshwater Fishing

You stand in the tour boat and look out into the placid cobalt ocean. As you watch the sunlight hit the small waves, you feel the water calling you to cast in and see what takes bite at your line.

The North Island is well known for its saltwater fishing, and the waters of the Queen Charlotte Strait are so plentiful, limiting out isn’t uncommon. Head to Port Hardy for a sport fishing vacation and catch record-breaking salmon from April to September and halibut from April to October. Stay at one of the beautiful lodges that offer fishing charters and let your guide take you on the fishing vacation of a lifetime.

Port Hardy Fishing

If freshwater fishing is more your style, make a trip to one of the Hatchery- stocked rivers for excellent winter steelhead and trout fly fishing.

Wade out into the rippling waters of the Quatse River. You look for any movement from between the rocks, and draw your line slowly back, waiting for the perfect moment to cast. The fly is ready on the line as you cast. The fly dances on the water, tempting and coaxing the salmon to the surface. You cast and as the fly hits the water you get a bite! You can’t believe the strength of the salmon as it tries to wriggle free. You wade a little farther into the river, getting your balance as you start to reel her in. The beads of sweat start forming on your brow as the mighty salmon puts up a good fight. You reel furiously trying to get the salmon into the waiting net and when you see the silver shimmer of the steelhead, you’re truly proud of the catch you made.

Take advantage of the opportunity to fish while you’re in Port Hardy. With several varieties of salmon available, as well as halibut and trout, there are styles and locations to reel in even the most seasoned anglers.