Aptly named Canada’s Fishing Capital by the World Fishing Network, Port Alberni is widely known to have 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’s Salmon Derby Celebrating 50 years of History
One of the most anticipated annual events is the Labour Day Salmon Festival, and this year marks it’s 50th anniversary! Historical highlights include the the 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.
Salmon Festival Details:
Tickets are $50/rod and available at Gone Fishin’ 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!
Port Alberni Charter Companies
Location: 3140 Harbour Rd, Port Alberni (map)
Contact: 250 731-9227 | Email
Location: Harbour Quay Marina, 2900 Harbour Rd, Port Alberni (map)
Contact: 250 735-6503 | Email
Location: 7000 Debeaux Rd, Port Alberni (map)
Contact: 604 967-1448
Location: 1000 Maquiat Pl, Port Alberni (map)
Contact: 250 731-4215 | Email
Location: 9050 Lord Rd, Port Alberni (map)
Contact: 250 619-7008 | Email
Location: 5550 Cherry Creek Rd, Port Alberni (map)
Contact: 250 731-7389 | Email
Location: 2815 2nd Ave, Port Alberni (map)
Contact: 250 720-5449 | Email
Location: Mission Rd, Port Alberni (map)
Contact: (250) 724-5757