Setting off from Prince Rupert, Daybreak Fishing Charters offers some of the best salmon fishing in British Columbia and the west coast. From May through September, chinook, coho, chum, sockeye and pink salmon invade the Hecate Strait, where they feed before embarking on their long journey up the coastal waterways to spawn.
With over 25 years of experience, Captain John Gaber will take you along the Hecate Strait’s most populated fishing areas. This is where the real adventure begins, as we begin to reel in a variety of salmon, including chinook, coho, pink and sockeye.
Chinook salmon, also known as “springs” or “king salmon,” is the largest of the five pacific salmon species. Due to their size and ability to fight and run, chinook are the most desired species of salmon. Larger groups of chinook show up in our local waters in early May and peak during June and July. While these are the optimal times to catch chinook, some also stick around as late as September. Some chinook salmon even make Prince Rupert’s waters their yearly home and can be caught during the wintertime. While most chinook average in at 20 to 40 pounds, we always catch some 70- to 80-pound chinooks every summer.
Coho salmon, also referred to as “silvers,” show up along the Hecate Strait in June, with their numbers increasing in summer and well into September and October. Cohos average in at 10 to 15 pounds early in the year, with the “northerns” weighing in up to 20 pounds or more when they arrive in late summer. Because of their aggressiveness and voracious appetite, coho salmon grow quickly over the summer months. They are also renowned jumpers and can be quite vigorous when shaking their heads on the line, providing non-stop excitement for many anglers.