2018 Fishing Season Results and 2019 Fishing Outlook
Hakai Pass & Rivers Inlet
Thank you to all our guests who fished at Hakai Lodge this past summer.
Fishing for the 2018 season can be summed up as a fantastic year! 2018 was an above average season for both Chinook (King or Tyee Salmon) and Coho salmon (Silver Salmon) overall. The big push of our larger Chinooks caught were about 10 days late but we ended up with a lot of really nice 40 plus lb fish but didn’t manage to land any in the 50 to 60 lb range. La Nina was back and water temperatures brought back the spawning fish from beginning to end. We had over 93% of our guests limit out, primarily on a mix of chinook and coho. In the mid and later part of August we were seeing up to 19 lb Coho caught and the fish were nearly jumping in the boat for about a week period. The Chinook (King salmon) were caught with fish in the 40 plus pound range all of the way into the end of August. Hakai Lodge had many fish in the 30 to 40 lbs plus “Tyee” range, with our largest being 44 lbs. We had many king salmon in the 40 plus lbs range destine for Rivers Inlet, BC’s only record size King Salmon run, second only to the Kenai River King Salmon. Coho were plentiful from beginning to end and lots of halibut. Halibut fishing was excellent in July and we saw the most fish we have seen in a few years in the 30 to 60 lbs range. There were a handful of 80 plus lbs halibut (which were released) and lingcod upwards of 34 lbs.
We are now consistently seeing more Kings in the 30 to 40 pound range, Coho in the 12 to 20-plus pound range, and Halibut at 50-plus pounds. Ling Cod and Snapper are plentiful as well, and are favorites for our guests.
Water conditions in the North Pacific Ocean are forecasted to be to normal temperature, bringing plentiful food supplies to attract a strong 2019 salmon return. The 2019 season is predicted to have great returns should make Hakai Pass fishing excellent!
The Canadian Fisheries are also predicting a moderate to strong King Salmon returns for 2019 based on the escapement numbers they had 4-5 years ago. It will be those fish migrating by us on their journey southbound. The hatchery program in Rivers Inlet (where our trophy fish are bound for) is the best it has ever been thanks to strong participation by the local lodge community.
The past couple of years, we updated our guest cabins to ensure our guests a warm, cozy place after your day of fishing. We remodeled several of our other buildings, including adding large picture windows to our dining room for your enjoyment.
We also replaced all our boats with larger, 17 foot Montauk Boston Whalers with 40 HP four stroke Yamaha motors. All boats were completely overhauled in 2015 and 2016 bringing the fleet of Whalers to tip top shape. Our guests found these boats comfortable and easy to maneuver while fishing for their trophy salmon. Most all of our fleet of Whaler’s have been completely rebuilt and are in like new condition from the new seats to complete hull refinishing.
Why go to an Alaskan fishing lodge when you can catch big fish in the calm waters of the BC Coast.
Thanks to our guests, we are privileged to look forward to awesome fishing season of operation at Hakai Lodge in 2019. Come join us!