Please review our checklist below to ensure you have all necessary details to properly prepare for your trip.
After completing your CIF form we will provide you with a link to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Tidal Fishing License page. DFO has made changes to the way licenses are issued within Canada. To streamline your experience the morning of check-in please complete your saltwater fishing licenses online before your trip. We suggest the 5-day or Annual option depending on your requirements.
Bring Your Own: if you already have one, please ensure that you bring it with you.
- License Type & DurationFee: Non-ResidentFee: Resident
- Adult (16-64 years of age)
- Annual Licence$106$22
- 5-Day Licence$32$16
- 3-Day Licence$19$11
- 1-Day Licence$7$5
- Senior (65 years of age and over)$106$11
- Juvenile (Under 16 years of age)FreeFree
Vacuum Packing & Flash Freezing
We will be filleting, vacuum packing and flash freezing all fish as per government regulations. You can also choose to send your fish to our recommended commercial processor for smoking, canning, portioning and other processing.
- St. Jean’s Cannery 1-866-754-3191
View a PDF of fish processing services and prices here: Fish Processing Options.
Catch & Release Program 2022
Our goal is to provide a first class fishing experience for our members while recognizing our responsibility to maintain our valuable fishing resource for future generations.
At the end of each trip we award Tyee pins to our guests who have release a Chinook salmon over 30 lbs. These pins are available in the 30+, 40+, 50+, 60+ and 70+ category.
We also award pins to our guests who release 100+ halibut during their stay with us. As of the 2013 season, all halibut of this size have to be released regardless; however we like to acknowledge our guests for this great accomplishment.
The more fish we release, the more chances there are for these fish to return to their spawning rivers. Of particular concern to us, is limiting the number of trophy sized Tyees that are retained by anglers and forever removed from their gene pools.
TOTAL CATCH & RELEASE PROGRAM:
Guests visiting any of The West Coast Fishing Club properties may choose to release all the fish they catch for the duration of their trip. In return they will be rewarded with a custom WCFC Arc’teryx Conservation Jacket. Guests who declare to “Catch and Release” must notify the lodge manager. Ideally, try to make your intentions known when booking your trip as participants are limited. Please direct any questions to the lodge manager.
BC Sport Fishing Guide
When fishing the tidal waters of British Columbia, it is best to know and understand the latest Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) regulations and guidelines. Visit the link below for species limits and area guidelines: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.htm
- 8 Salmon total possession limit per trip; no more than 4 of which can be Chinook.
- 2 Chinook per person per day, to a possession limit of 4.
- 4 Coho/Sockeye/Chum/Pink per person per day, to a possession limit of 8.
- The possession limit is either of: one (1) halibut measuring from 90 cm to 126 cm head-on length, OR two (2) halibut measuring under 90 cm head-on length.
Pleasure Craft Operators Card
*Self-guided guests only
As of September 9, 2009; all self-guided guests are required by law to have their Pleasure Craft Operators Card on them while on the water. If you do not have this card please go to www.betterboating.ca to take the exam. The exam can be studied for and written online. If you are not able to do this prior to arriving at the lodge you will need to fill out the form upon your arrival.