Pink salmon!


Rainbow Trout



Time of year

June to late August


6-7 hours

Minimum Age


Minimum Fitness Level

Guided Fishing in the Bella Coola Valley

Note: Fishing tours take place from between June 8th and August 31st. While we prioritize spots for our guests participating in the Bella Coola Explorer packages, we occasionally have space for non-guests. If you will not be staying with us and would like to book this tour, please contact our reservations office (note: we cannot accept reservations for non-guests more than 2 weeks out). 

The Bella Coola Valley is a remarkable location for beginner/intermediate recreational fishermen. This is due to the stunning setting. A deep, lush, coastal valley surrounded by towering snowcapped and glaciated mountains. Here fisherman can encounter grizzly bears, deer, wolves and eagles at any given moment. The wilderness setting this brings to the angler is very distinctive.

The Bella Coola, the Talchako and the Atnarko Rivers are the main water flows in the valley and these rivers have always had a healthy population of resident and migrating fish stocks. In addition, there are many tributary streams and creeks that run into these two rivers. The Bella Coola and the Talchako Rivers are glaciated which makes the river silty most of the year. The Atnarko River flows through a series of lakes and therefore runs clear, the exception being during spring snow melt or during extreme rainfall. From Tweedsmuir Park Lodge you can access excellent water only a short walk away. Or you can drive and walk into many hot spots on both rivers.

Although no guide is needed for this activity, we do recommend hiring one of our local guides as they have a wealth of local knowledge and will definitely improve your chances of success. 

River Boat Guided Fishing

Simply the best and most enjoyable way to go fishing. With the McKenzie Drift Boat it is possible to access the entire river system. You can fish from the boat as well as stop at all the best fishing holes, including many hard to reach spots. The McKenzie Drift Boats are exceptionally comfortable, and ideal for these rivers. The drift is guided by an expert oarsman with many years of experience fishing these waters.

Fishing equipment and technique depend on the season and fish species. For salmon we most often plug, bait or lure fish. For trout we use lighter gear such as spin casting or fly fishing gear. It is really up to you, your experience and your own technique. We can supply fishing equipment, however, bring your own equipment if you want to fly fish for salmon. We do not supply heavy fly equipment. 

All fishing equipment is included, however, you need to buy a fishing licence! To save time, you can get it online here, just remember to bring the receipt.

Self Guided Fishing

We recommend hiring a guide in order to find the best spots, but for those keen to fish on your own we do rent equipment at the following rates:

Rod & Reel is $30 per day plus tax. Waders and fishing boots $30 per day plus tax.

The lodge also sells fishing licenses, lures and flies.

Check out this great article in Mountain Life Magazine about heli-skiing in the morning, then fly-fishing in Bella Coola in the afternoon!

We are strong supporters of catch and release for any of our resident fish species. Visit the online fishing synopsis for more important details.


SPECIES April May June July August September October
Sea Run Cutthroat Trout Common Common Uncommon Rare Rare Rare Rare
Resident Rainbow Trout Common Common Common Common Common Common Common
Cutthroat Trout Common Common Common Common Common Common Common
Bull Trout Common Common Common Common Common Common Common
Spring / King Salmon Uncommon Common Common Common Uncommon Rare Rare
Pink Salmon Uncommon Common Common Common Uncommon Rare Rare
Sockeye Salmon Rare Rare Uncommon Common Common Uncommon Rare
Chum Salmon Rare Rare Rare Uncommon Common Common Common
Coho / Silver Salmon Rare Rare Rare Rare Uncommon Common Common

Booking Info

*Pre-Book 14 days ahead of time and receive 10% off!

Tour inclusions:

  • Packed lunch
  • Experienced fishing guide
  • Fishing equipment (booties, waders, rods, flies)
  • Flotation device


  • Intro to River Fishing by Drift Boat

    Book this full-day tour for your own private group!

    Rates when booking 14 days ahead of time

    1 person - $868
    2 people - $910
    3 people - $951

    Rates when booking within 14 days 

    1 person - $954.80
    2 people - $1001
    3 people - $1046.10


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Rates are exclusive of tax.


This tour requires at least 48 hours advance notice to ensure there is an available fishing guide. Please contact us by email or call +1 604 905 4994.

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