Off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island is the wonderfully scenic Blackfish Sound, consisting of countless islands and inlets offering beautiful natural scenery, awesome kayaking and superb fishing in sheltered and tranquil waters.
Blackfish Sound is productive for salmon fishing, offering feeder chinooks throughout the year. The first migratory chinooks appear in late May through to August, followed by the sockeye (June to August), pinks (July to August), coho in mid July, northern coho in September and chum salmon from late August through to October. Winter chinook end off the year by passing through toward the end of December.
The range of Salmon fishing in Blackfish Sound extends from the eastern tip of Malcolm Island (Donegal Head), north of Plumper Islands and Hanson Island through Blackney Passage and into Baronet Passage. In Johnstone Strait, salmon run from Cracroft Point on the western tip of West Cracroft Island to the Sophia Islands.
Halibut fishing commences in April to June, and continues through the summer to September – open water depths of 200 to 400 feet are most productive. Concentrate on Richards Channel, Ripple Passage and Bolivar Passage. Halibut around the 100 lb mark are brought in regularly, with monsters of over 200 lbs caught occasionally. As all large halibut are females, potentially bearing millions of eggs, they should be considered for release.
Location: Blackfish Sound is located approximately 250 miles north of Vancouver, off the northeast shore of Vancouver Island, between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia. Access to Blackfish Sound is from the following nearby communities on Vancouver Island and islands in Broughton Strait:
Port McNeill, Vancouver Island
The town of Port McNeill is a thriving community on the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island. As well as being the centre of North Island logging operations, the town’s sheltered harbour is also a launching point for sportfishing enthusiasts who test their skills in the maze of waterways between Vancouver Island and the BC mainland.
Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island
Telegraph Cove is tucked away on the northeast coast of Northern Vancouver Island. The tiny town is a major destination during the summer months, when the snug little bay bustles with boaters, anglers, campers, kayakers and whale-watchers.
Sointula, (Malcolm Island)
Fishing is the mainstay of the economy of the small, picturesque fishing village of Sointula, but tourism is rapidly gaining importance as travellers seek out the clean air, clear waters, and the outdoor fishing, whale watching and scuba diving opportunities offered on Malcolm Island.
Alert Bay, Cormorant Island
The North Island’s oldest community, Alert Bay was an important trading centre for early residents in the area and is the traditional home of the Namgis First Nation. In addition to enjoying the rich cultural heritage of the island, visitors can enjoy many activities such as fishing, whale watching, eco-tours, kayaking, hiking and biking.
Adjacent to Blackfish Sound to the north is the wonderful Broughton Archipelago Marine Provincial Park, a wilderness area consisting of a maze of several small islands, numerous islets and adjacent foreshore at the southern extremity of Queen Charlotte Strait, off the west coast of Gilford Island. The islands in the marine park are undeveloped and are largely undiscovered. Facilities are limited to a day-use recreation. The numerous remote, solitary islands incorporated in the park provide unlimited and unique fishing and swimming opportunities, and are fabulous for exploring by kayak.
Black Bear Resort & SpaBlack Bear Resort & Spa
Black Bear Resort in the beautiful coastal community of Port McNeill is the newest property on Northern Vancouver Island, offering elegant accommodation on the fringe of a natural forest with beautiful ocean views. The stylish cedar resort boasts 40 tastefully decorated guestrooms each with stunning views of the protected harbour, Malcolm Island, and the coastal mountains of the BC mainland.