Located at the tippy top of British Columbia's Queen Charlotte
Islands, Langara Island is one of the three premier remote
fly-in saltwater fishing locations - along with Rivers Inlet
and Hakai Pass - in British Columbia. Reached by resort-chartered
plane from Vancouver's South Terminal, Sandspit is the gateway
for a short float plane trip to some of the best salmon fishing
in the world; a 72 pound chinook topped the leader board in
The Charlotte Princess
Photo: Oak Bay Marine Group Lodge at Langara Island. Phone 1-800-663-7090 or e-mail:
fishing is influenced by remoteness of location. A potent
winter feeding ground for swarming stocks of chunky winter
feeder chinook salmon, Langara resorts, much to the chagrin
of fishing addicts, operate only in summer.
Summer fishing is influenced by remoteness of location (This
is as remote as it gets.). Langara Island is the first offshore
landfall for salmon migrating toward natal streams, for example,
Fraser River sockeye, which can number 15,000,000 in a good
year. Due to slight angling pressure 8 months of the year,
trophy-sized bottom fish mill the marine markers in trophy
halibut , red snapper, 37 species of rockfish. Be prepared
for fish-till-you-drop angling, luxury accommodation and more
and dolphins than you will ever see again.
Adventure Members serving this area:
Cycle of Runs
All five species of salmon may be found around Langara Island:
pink . All species are migratory fish, appearing as mature
animals in summer and early fall, finning relentlessly to
spawning beds. Langara is one of the very few areas where
all five species may be found on the fishing grounds for most
of the summer.
May 15 to June 15, lively 18 - 22 pound feeder and early migratory
chinook form the basis of the catch. Large 30 - 50 pound chinook
mingle with these fish and may be caught throughout the summer
until September when lodges close.
Coho first show as 9 - 10 pound fish at the end of June. During
the July - September period, successive runs pour around Langara
shores and size increases to 15 - 20 pounds.
Chum, absolutely bright chrome and almost indistinguishable
from coho, also appear at the end of June, and may be taken
throughout the summer. Make sure to check for a long jaw and
distinctive tail. Any salmon with purple and yellow bars will
be a chum. These 10 - 15 pound fish make for extreme sport,
having the fighting capabilities of large chinook and coho
Small and feisty, 4 - 8 pound pink salmon, make the most eager
salmon in the sea during the July - September period. Unlike
southern areas which receive runs every second year, Langara
pink whistle through every summer. Fraser River runs average
10 - 15 million pinks every odd-numbered year.
Sockeye salmon peak in June and July. Although there are other
runs, Fraser River sockeye have a date with a river 500 miles
to the south.
Lures on an Annual Basis Bait:
Since all gear must be brought in by plane, all area resorts
use and supply cutplug herring for salmon fishing. The Langara
spiral is medium speed and 4" in diameter. Accordingly, slice
large herring behind the gill plates on a double 45 degree
slant (ie., 45 degrees from dorsal to ventral surface, as
well as 45 degrees from lateral to lateral surface). Utilize
a double sliding hook (4/0 - 5/0) arrangement on a 6' leader
to a 4 - 6 oz banana or popcorn weight. The fishy depth is
13 - 25 pulls. In deeper water off Lacy Island, 80 pulls finds
the deeper fish.
Fish bottom fish with whole herring rigged as above (hooks
as large as 9/0). Attach leader to a 1 pound cannonball and
make sure your stout rod sports spider wire above the ball.
commonly used, however, the Army Truck pattern should do the
trick for chinook and the Bubblegum should tantalize other
Not commonly used, however, as with other Pacific-facing resorts,
try the 500, 302 and 602 in 5 - 6" models
Not commonly used
Not commonly used
Drift Fishing: Not
Overall Strategy and Specific Fishing Areas
Langara Island has two types of fisheries: surface fishing
for all five species of salmon; and, structure-related fishing
for bottom fish. This is an area of astonishing abundancy
and a quick summary of hotspots is difficult.
While salmon fishing can be excellent off many southern and
eastern points, the best bets are either Gunia Point or Cohoe
Point. Usually, if the fish are not at one spot, they will
be at the other. Fish relatively close in following land contours.
Gunia Point has good fish-bearing structure in 50 - 75' water
on ledges from Douglas and Coneehaw Rocks down along the main
shore to the entrance of Pillar Bay. Read fish on the depthsounder
and fish methodically. Further up the Queen Charlotte Island
shore, almost directly across from the Charlotte Princess
mooring spot, Marchand Reef produces more 50 - 60 pound chinook
than any other local spot.
Cohoe Point offers good protected fishing on days when the
prevailing wind blows in from the Pacific Ocean in a westerly
direction. Particularly strong coho, pink and chum fishing
can be had by working the shoreline then proceeding offshore
for up to ½ a mile and then returning for a trip through Dibrell
Bay. Tidal flow moves all species of salmon here and consideration
of its effects will influence success. The north side of Andrews
Point normally has a huge school of black bass providing an
excellent non-stop flyfishing opportunity. Many chinook over
50 pounds are registered in the choke point between shore
and shoals some few hundred yards offshore.
Rocky northern bays near St. Margaret Point hold lingcod to
40 pounds as do reefs near Lacy Island and Ocean Shoals. Red
snapper to 20 pounds swarm rockpiles off Lacy Island and further
out, at the 250' level, reside extremely healthy numbers of
halibut. The 200 - 250' flats off Cohoe Point present a second
halibut option on windy days. Having said this, I have witnessed
a battle with a 200 lb halibut right off the lodge float,
so the big mamas may be found in several locales.