At Thunder 1 Adventures we get asked many questions when it comes to our fishing charters, whale watching and eco tours. Today’s question is “What is the best time of year to fish?”. This is a great question and indeed something you want to know before booking a fishing charter in Prince Rupert.
The waters off Prince Rupert are on the migratory path of salmon that are returning to the rivers to spawn. There are hundreds of spawning rivers in the Prince Rupert area, the most famous are the Nass River and the Skeena River. These mighty rivers and their tributaries are the spawning grounds of all species of salmon on the BC coast, Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Chum, and Pink Salmon. Chinook salmon returning to the Skeena are some of the largest in the world reaching over 70 lbs.
Our first runs of salmon begin in late May with the arrival of the Chinook, (Kings) as they head for the rivers. These returning fish continue through June and into late July. The Coho salmon arrive around the middle of June and peak early August with runs continuing into September. Halibut fishing is strong throughout the summer and into September. Much of your choice depends on the type of salmon you would like to catch. From late May through June and into July is definitely the time to hook a big Chinook. July through August is great action with the Coho feeding relentlessly before they make their journey to spawn. You may have to come back a couple of times to experience the different runs and we know you will enjoy each trip as much as the other.
Our trips book up early as we often have over 50% return guests. We recommend booking late fall and early spring for the coming season if you want to get a specific date.
Please contact us to find out when we have availability.