Rivers Inlet is home to one of the most diverse recreational fisheries in the world. Our fishing
grounds range from large kelp beds and deep, open ocean, to river estuaries that literally boil with
abundant species. This allows our guests to fish using a variety of techniques such as Mooching,
Trolling,Jigging, Spin Casting and Fly Fishing.
Duncanby provides you with all the necessary gear you’ll need but if you have a trusty old rod or a favourite new reel, feel free to bring it along.
You can choose to fish with a guide or go unguided. Regardless of your fishing knowledge or experience, our team of professional guides are ready to ensure you maximize your time so your truly experience the Duncanby difference. Reservations are recommended for guide services prior to your arrival.
Regardless of your fishing knowledge or experience, our team of professional guides will ensure
that you maximize your time and capitalize on every opportunity. Full guide days are 12 hours and
half days last 6 hours, permitting you adequate time to fish the best tides in the day and take in all
of your guides fishing tips and tricks. Duncanby offers eleven full time guides in a variety of boats,
all of which are designed for your safety, comfort and success on the water. Our fleet of guide
boats include: eight 23’ Grady Whites, one 26’ Grady White and one 28’ Grady White.
Reservations are recommended for guide services prior to your arrival.
Rivers Inlet offers a variety of guided fishing opportunities. At Duncanby, our guides are at your service for whatever you would like to do with your day on the ocean. Although most guests utilize their guide’s extensive knowledge in pursuit of trophy Chinook and halibut, a variety of other options are available. Your guides can take you fly fishing the open ocean for Coho salmon, rockfish or ling cod. They can also take you bear watching and whale watching. Whatever your choice, your guide will provide you with an experience of a lifetime.
Duncanby Lodge is equipped with two different styles of unguided boats. Our New 18’6” Bridgeview Center console’s with 95 hp Mercury motors complete with aluminum roof.
We also offer a 17 foot Hurston Glascraft for unguided packages. These boats offer a very comfortable ride and have a retractable convertible top for sunny and rainy days. The boats are much lighter than the Whalers and are equipped with a 50hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard.
At the end of each fishing day, dock staff will be there to assist you in parking and off loading your catch. Your boat will be meticulously detailed, pressure washed and restocked for the next day. Should you require any additional gear or instruction, our dock staff will be happy to assist you to ensure you feel comfortable and prepared. All boats are outfitted with: safety equipment, Garmin GPS, depth sounder, VHF radio, Scotty downriggers, rods, tackle box (mooching equipment), fresh towels, net, gaff, and lodge map.
Our dock staff are trained extensively on the proper handling of your catch. Your fish are cleaned
on a stainless steel table with continuous running, pumped water
Then, depending on your preference, the fish are filleted or left whole. Once the fish are processed and tagged with your name, they are sent to the vacuum packer for commercial grade vacuum sealing. The fish are then immediately put into our freezer.
On the day of your departure, your catch is then boxed, weighed and sent home with you. The process we have put in place ensures that your fish are well preserved and you will enjoy eating them as much as you did catching them!
SALMON: 4 per day and possession total of 8 of which no more than 2/day or 4/trip may be Chinook
HALIBUT: 1 per day, the maximum length is 115cm and possession total of 2, only one (1) of which may be over 83cm in length.
LING COD: 2 per day and possession total of 4
ROCKFISH: 2 per day only one of which may be a Quillback rockfish, a Tiger rockfish, or a China rockfish; there is zero retention for Yelloweye rockfish and Bocaccio rockfish
What is the point of catch and release angling? Catch and release angling provides a memorable experience like no other for the angler, but more importantly it ensures the survival of the species. Carefully released Chinook salmon live and go on to spawn, increasing prospects of larger returns for future generations. At Duncanby Lodge we recognize the efforts of all our anglers who successfully land and release a Tyee Chinook Salmon with a brand new Islander MR3 fishing reel. After all, catch and release takes away none of the fight in your fish. So join in, because the only thing better than catching a worldclass fish is ensuring he/she passes on those trophy genes.
Mooching is the traditional way to fish in Rivers inlet. The method is quite simple: Use the mitre box provided to cut the perfect angle on your herring and affix the tandem hook set up (we will instruct you on this) to achieve a slow tight roll. The slower you can make it roll the more enticing it will be to a large Chinook. We use free weights ranging from 28 oz., however cutplug bait can also be trolled off a downrigger to achieve greater depths. We also provide you with 10’6’’ medium light weight mooching rods and Diawa M1 or Shimano GT2000 mooching reels that hold well over 300 yards of 25-30 lbs test monofilament.. and yes...we still get spooled!
Trolling is a great way to target all salmon species. The main advantage is the increased speed in which you troll. In short, you can cover more ground to find fish. We use all varieties of gear: spoons, plugs, apex, hoochies, flashers and even teaser heads for anchovies and herring. This gear is primarily trolled off our Scotty downriggers at depths from 20-120ft. We use the same 10’6’’ mooching rod and reel combos for trolling. We do not stock tackle boxes with every colour of every lure. We do have a tackle shop with a limited supply of gear to lend out upon request. If you are a diehard gear fisherman we encourage you to bring some of your favourite lures from home.
This is the ancient art of bottom bouncing where you send your jig to bottom and bounce it up and
down. When you feel a bite, you set the hooks. Our boats are equipped with GPS that have been
pre marked with our famous halibut fishing grounds.
We stock Gibbs Minnow Jigs for rockfish, Gibbs Floor Walker Jigs for lingcod, and a variety of large halibut jigs such as the Muddraker. For rockfish and lingcod we use spin casts and mooching rods. Halibut rods are also provided. These ultra heavy rods are equipped with level wind reels that are loaded with 80-100 lbs test.
If trout or bass fishing is your hobby, don’t forget to bring your favourite rod and reel combo. We
would suggest having your reel respooled with a minimum of 10 lbs. test. We stock our trout
combos with 12-20 lbs, nostretch spider, and toughline. New line technology allows these lines to
have the diameter of 4 lb10lb monofilament, making it manageable to load 300 ft. of line on your
lightweight combo. We use spin casts for a variety of species.
Rockfish/Cod: These fish can be caught on just about anything: Spoons, spinners, jigs, and bait just to name a few. Rockfish average 3-7 lbs and lingcod can range between 5-30 lbs. Coho: Used in late August and early September to target Coho’s in river estuaries and intertidal pools. Number 4 and 5 Blue Fox Spinners in silver, blue and chartreuse, are our most productive lures. Weighted spoons such as the Gibbs Croc and Kitimat Killer have also been successful in blue, chartreuse, purple and silver.
Here at Duncanby Lodge we enjoy all types of challenges, one activity some guides and other staff challenges themselves with is fly fishing. As the guides do, you as well can bring up your own fly rod&reel and gear and cast for yourself. whether it be for Pilchards and Perch off the dock or for Chum or Coho Salmon in Pierce Bay.
Although mostly fished with lures and gear, these seas are a Mecca for the individuals fishing bait and the avid fly fisherman.
At Duncanby Lodge, on the central coast of British Columbia, we are fortunate to
have the world’s most assorted aquatic ecosystem at our dock’s edge. Our season begins in medium
to early mid June and runs until the first week of September. Our season is short, and for good reason.
At Duncanby we don’t believe in “shoulder season”. If fish are not running, we are not open. It is
that simple! We do however have different species that run in larger numbers throughout our
Late June and early July marks the peak of our run of Chinook salmon. Not only does Rivers Inlet get a run of our famous super tyee class Chinook at this time, but we also see our highest numbers of migratory Chinook that could be going as far south as California to spawn. As the season goes on the average size of our Chinook grow, until the first few weeks of August where we see our peak run of Chinook salmon in the 40-80 lbs range.
Coho are considered our action fish. We are fortunate enough to have our inlet filled with “blue back” Coho (58lbers) from mid June to early August. By Mid July our Northern Coho begin to appear and continue increasing in size and numbers until they seem to monopolize the ocean by the last week of August into early September. We also see terrific returns of Pink and Chum salmon. These salmon species appear in mid to late July and increase in numbers as we move through August.
Halibut are a fish that are readily available for or guests to catch all season. There is rarely a day when these fish can’t be found. Whether it’s early June or early September, halibut are caught in Rivers Inlet. We have a similarly consistent fishery for Ling Cod and rock cod. These fish are present throughout our season. Refer to the chart for better understanding of how our fish runs overlap.