Fishing the Alberni Valley

The Alberni Valley is extremely popular among fishing enthusiasts, making it a favourite destination for sport and family vacations. There are seemingly endless options, whether you prefer boating on the ocean or exploring our extensive network rivers, streams and lakes. The region’s lush landscapes and pristine waters make it an ideal for those seeking a tranquil yet exciting fishing experience.

Considered by many to be the “Best Fishing in BC”  the Alberni Valley is known as the Salmon Capital of the World, and Port Alberni was crowned the Ultimate Fishing Town by the World Fishing Network in 2010. Charter companies will take you on the waters of the Alberni Inlet or Barkley Sound to fish for sockeye, coho, and the big kings – Chinook salmon. Freshwater fans will find plenty of Cutthroat and rainbow trout in Sproat Lake, Loon Lake, and Taylor Arm.

The Chinook run in the Alberni Inlet is very promising, with predictions that the Chinook numbers will stay strong for the foreseeable future. This is great news for anglers looking to catch their limit, as the waters around Port Alberni are not subject to the conservation limits put in place to protect the stock from the Fraser River. Saltwater or fresh, the rewards for angling in the Alberni Valley are delicious. Check out the annual Salmon Festival every Labor Day Weekend for a fun family event.


The Natural Bounty of Alberni Valley

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Salmon Capital of the World

The Alberni Valley is renowned for its spectacular salmon runs, attracting anglers from all corners. See the migration of Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon as they navigate the Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, and the Somass River. Every year, the waters come alive with  these majestic fish.

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For those who prefer freshwater adventures, the Stamp River is a hidden gem. Known for its steelhead and trout, this river offers a serene backdrop for fly-fishing enthusiasts. Picture yourself casting a line amidst the tranquility of nature, with the hope of landing a prized catch. Be sure to watch for local wildlife and keep a respectful distance.

Pacific Bounty: Saltwater Fishing Extravaganza

Embark on a saltwater fishing adventure in the mighty Pacific Ocean. Charter boats set sail from the harbor, providing access to an array of species including halibut, lingcod, and rockfish. Enjoy not only the thrill of the catch but also the panoramic views of the rugged coastline.

Angler pulling in a big catch, Alberni Fishing, Port Alberni, Alberni Valley

Sustainable Fishing: A Commitment to Conservation

The Alberni Valley takes pride in its commitment to sustainable fishing practices. Discover local initiatives aimed at habitat restoration, stock enhancement, and responsible angling. Be part of a community dedicated to preserving the natural beauty that makes this fishing paradise thrive.

Robertson Fish Farm in Port Alberni, Alberni Valley

Sproat Lake: A Freshwater Gem

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Sproat Lake, among Vancouver Island’s biggest freshwater lakes, is a prime spot for anglers after bass and rainbow trout. The lake’s clear waters and expansive beauty create an ideal destination for those seeking a tranquil and rewarding fishing experience. This hidden gem of Port Alberni is a year-round destination that offers a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation, making it an idyllic escape for nature enthusiasts, families, and solo travelers alike. Discover the allure of Sproat Lake, and why it deserves a spot on every traveler’s bucket list. Recently named Best Lake in BC by CBC News!

Its crystal-clear waters not only allow for good visibility but also contribute to the peaceful ambiance, making it easier for anglers to connect with nature. The lake’s vast and unspoiled surroundings add to the appeal, providing anglers with a serene backdrop as they cast their lines and enjoy the simplicity of a quiet day by the water.

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Plan Your Next Fishing Adventure

The Alberni Valley is a top spot for fishing enthusiasts, providing a mix of stunning landscapes and a variety of fishing experiences. Whether you’re casting a line in the calm Somass river or heading out to the deep waters of the Broken Islands, the Alberni Valley assures an unforgettable journey for those who enjoy the world of fishing.

Local Fishing Guides, Marine Services and Charters

Let these professional locals guide you to the best spots for year around. Options range from all-inclusive fishing packages for the ultimate Vancouver Island Fishing Charter experience. Multi-day overnight charters in Barkley Sound, 8 hour charters for Salmon and Halibut, 5 hour Sockeye charters and exclusive Winter Fishing Charters. Many charters offer cutting edge technology, green energy and 5 star hospitality… from Port Alberni to Bamfield!