Skeena River Lodge British Columbia

Located in the greater Terrace region on the banks of the lower Skeena, Skeena River Lodge is one of BC’s finest salmon and steelhead lodges with an unbeatable combination of classified waters complimented by world-class meals and accommodations. At Skeena River Lodge guests can fish multiple sections of the Skeena, the Kalum, Copper and Kitimat as well as enjoy very tasteful single accommodations and elegant meals prepared by an internationally trained chef. Head guide Jeroen Wohe, originally from Holland, is a highly skilled, passionate professional who has spent years fishing and guiding the waters of BC as well as the trophy Atlantic salmon rivers of Russia’s Kola peninsula. He will oversee the lodge’s fishing program from start to finish ensuring that all Skeena River Lodge guests will experience the best of what this remarkable region has to offer.

Skeena River Lodge’s season begins in late-March with the pursuit of spring steelhead on the Skeena and Kitimat rivers. In June and July, they target massive sea-bright chinook and in August they target the hot early steelhead on the main stem Skeena. In September and October guest will target steelhead exclusively on the Skeena, Kalum and Copper rivers.

Location: Skeena River Lodge is located upstream of the town of Terrace, BC overlooking the Skeena River.

Fishing Program: Skeena River Lodge fishes the region’s best classified waters including several sections of the main Skeena, the Copper, Kalum and Kitimat. You will fish with seasoned guides who have many years of fly fishing experience and can provide you with spey/single handed casting instruction as well as share their knowledge about fly selection, sink tip usage, line control and presentation methods. Guests will fish two per guide. They trailer both rafts and jet to the various sections of river. All fishing is done while wading and all fish are released unharmed.

Seasons: In late March, the spring run of steelhead start migrating up-river entering the Kitimat and lower Skeena. These areas are fished until early May.

After the spring run steelhead, the king salmon start to migrate up-river on their way to their natal streams. These are big fish arriving with the high tides, fresh out of the ocean. They are the hardest fighting, toughest salmon in the world. Generally, the best time for Chinook is from the middle of June until mid-July.

When July starts all five species of Pacific salmon (king, chum, sockeye, pink and coho) are present in the rivers. There are countless rivers in the area to pursue any or all of these species.

Come August, the steelhead migration moves into high gear. This is a great month for the main Skeena and the Copper and big kings are still being caught on the Skeena.

As September progresses guests at Skeena River Lodge continue to fish the Skeena and the Copper as well as the Kalum for summer/fall steelhead. This continues all the way through October.

Fisheries:
Skeena River – The Skeena River is perhaps the most famous anadromous waterway in the world. All five species of Pacific salmon and both spring and summer steelhead migrate up the Skeena River on their way to their natal rivers to spawn. Most salmon and steelhead world records are made or broken in the Skeena River and its tributaries.

Beginning in March the spring-run steelhead start to arrive on the way to their spawning grounds, followed by the early chinooks. By June the Skeena is not suited to the fly fisher as high elevation snow melt causes the river to become turbid. But when the river drops in July and August it will be perfect to fly fish. At this time the river becomes a salmon and steelhead highway with literally millions of fish making their upstream migration. All five species of Pacific salmon are present. Accompanying the salmon are large summer-run steelhead destined for the Kispiox, Babine and Sustut rivers as well as many other Skeena tributaries.

Kitimat River – The Kitimat River is a favorite river because of its size, shape and geographic position. The highlight of the Kitimat is that it has an incredible spring steelhead run, followed by an impressive chinook, chum and pink run in the summer. A short but robust coho run follows.

From early April until the middle of May, the spring-run steelhead begin their upriver migration to their spawning grounds. They spend an extra winter in the ocean feeding and preparing to head upriver in April to spawn and return to the ocean as soon as possible. These fish are fat, bright, strong and well-conditioned. In the cold, oxygen-rich water they fight like no other. These are the strongest and hottest steelhead around.

When you are chasing the mighty chinook (spring/king) salmon you want to fish the Kitimat River in June or July. They can be triggered with a well-presented fly. These big fish are chrome and covered in sea lice. Once you hook a fresh chrome chinook you understand why this is so addictive. They are the strongest salmon on the planet, and it will take all your skills to land one of these giants! A single mistake or flaw will result in breaking lines or rods and losing your fish. But once you land a chinook, it is a real fish of a lifetime.

The chum (dog) salmon join the chinooks in mid-July. Chum are an underappreciated game fish on the spey or fly rod. Chum are very aggressive and powerful fish. You can expect to hook multiple fish daily. Don’t underestimate the chum! Every second year there is a massive pink (humpy) run in the Kitimat River. The salmon begin to enter the Kitimat in July. The pink salmon is the smallest of the five Pacific salmon species which allows you to gear down to a six weight and a dry fly. Catching pinks on such lightweight equipment is an absolute blast! The pink salmon is very aggressive and abundant. This will result in many hooked fish every day. This is a great opportunity for the novice angler to get familiar with the single handed, or spey rod but is also exciting for the seasoned angler as well. The surface takes are very visual and exciting.

In August the coho (silver) salmon begin to arrive. They are the last ones in the Kitimat River and the run extends into September. The coho is a great salmon to catch on a fly. Swing it with the spey rod or retrieve it with a single handed rod, it doesn’t matter. When you have selected the right fly, you are in for a great time.

Copper River – The Copper is a highly prized classified system that fishes well for steelhead from early August through late October. It is also one of the most famous dry fly systems. It is also a great king salmon river, especially in July. Most anglers will raft this system.

Kalum River – The Kalum is a remarkable mid-sized river with a long steelhead and king salmon season. It is actually one of the best year-round rivers in the province and it is typically fished by jet boat.

Accommodations and Meals: The new Skeena River Lodge facility is arguably the best built and most luxurious of all the BC steelhead fishing lodges. Their main lodge overlooks their casting pond and offers a wide range of well-appointed accommodations and cabins across their significant property. While they can sleep as many as 20 guests, to keep the experience special they like to limit occupancy to ten enabling all guests to have single rooms with private baths. The lodge has a full exercise and game room, a sauna and hot soaking pool as well. Meals are prepared by a highly skilled chef and are of the highest level, served in the main dining area.

Sample Itinerary:
Day 1 (Sat): Arrive at the lodge and settle in for the week.
Days 2-7 (Sun-Fri): Six full days of guided fishing.
Day 8 (Sat): Depart lodge in the morning.

Rates and Details

2021 Rates: $4,600-$5,290 plus tax per person for a 7 night/6 day package

Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, transfers between Terrace airport and the lodge, Classified Waters license, guided fishing, BC taxes.

Not Included: Airfare to/from Terrace, staff and guide gratuities, alcohol, basic angling and conservation stamp fishing licenses.

 


Species: All five species of Pacific salmon; summer, winter and spring steelhead

Season: April–November

Capacity: 10 anglers

Map: Terrace, BC

Time: British Columbia time is the same as U.S. Pacific Time Zone.

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