Best Fishing in BC!

Group on a boat enjoying the best fishing in BC

Aptly named Canada’s Fishing Capital by the World Fishing Network, Port Alberni is widely known to have some of the best fishing on the planet. Located in the heart of Vancouver Island, the Alberni Valley attracts anglers year around, with special interest in Chinook and Coho starting in June, Tuna arriving in September, and Halibut beginning their annual migration in the Spring.

Port Alberni Salmon Derby 2023Port Alberni’s Salmon Derby Celebrating 50 years of History

One of the most anticipated annual events is the Labour Day Salmon Derby! With the largest prize winning catch recorded in 1982, weighing at 60 lbs 8oz, the tournament draws anglers from all over the world with 1,750 contestants last year. A $50/rod entry fee gets you a chance at daily prizes up to $5,000, PLUS a bonus $5,000 for largest fish caught during the derby.

Source: Island Fisherman Magazine 1, 2

Salmon Derby Details:

Date: Labour Day Weekend (Sept 2nd – 4th)
: Tyee Landing (map)
More Info: Tyee Club Facebook

Tickets are $50/rod and available at Poett nook, Port Boat House, Alberni Power & Marine – RPM, Alberni Industrial, Gone Fishin’ stores , Breakers Marine in Bamfield and Port Alberni.. The official weigh station will be set up at Centennial Pier at the Harbor Quay, (bottom of Argyle street). A large part of the festival proceeds will go towards charities and local salmon restoration groups.


Local Fishing Guides 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!

Best Fishing in BC! Angler with his trophy sized salmonPort Alberni Charter Companies

Action Packed Charters

Location: 3140 Harbour Rd, Port Alberni (map)
Contact: 250 731-9227 | Email

Alberni Charters

Location: Harbour Quay Marina, 2900 Harbour Rd, Port Alberni (map)
Contact: 250 735-6503 | Email

Arrowsmith Adventures

Location: 7000 Debeaux Rd, Port Alberni (map)
Contact: 604 967-1448

Chop Hopper Charters

Location: 1000 Maquiat Pl, Port Alberni (map)
Contact: 250 731-4215 | Email

Fish On Charters

Location: 9050 Lord Rd, Port Alberni (map)
Contact: 250 619-7008 | Email

Last Cast Guiding

Location: 5104 River Rd, Port Alberni (map)
Contact: 1 866 968-4665 | 250 954-8060 | Email

Silvers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

Location: 5550 Cherry Creek Rd, Port Alberni (map)
Contact: 250 731-7389 | Email

West Coast River Charters

Location: 2815 2nd Ave, Port Alberni (map)
Contact: 250 720-5449 | Email

West Coast Vancouver Island BC Sport Fishing Guides

Location: Mission Rd, Port Alberni (map)
Contact: (250) 724-5757