Haida Gwaii River Fishing

STEELHEAD FISHING TRIPS

Enjoy world-class BC Steelhead fishing on the rivers of Haida Gwaii at Kumdis River Lodge.

We’re centrally located near Port Clements on Graham Island, just off the main Island road in a quiet wilderness setting, bordered by Masset Inlet and the scenic Kumdis River.

We offer easy access to Haida Gwaii’s main rivers — the Yakoun, Tlell, and Mamin are all within a 20-minute drive of the lodge.

All-inclusive fishing packages, including air travel from Vancouver, are available year-round:

  • Steelhead: November – March
  • Coho river fishing: September – October
  • Ocean salmon fishing: June – September

BC's Hidden Fishing Treasure

Haida Gwaii’s rivers are truly the hidden treasure of BC’s many great sportfishing opportunities.

These rivers are very lightly fished and well managed, meaning you are almost certain to enjoy exclusive use of the waters our guides introduce you to.

Steelhead are the most prized catch, running strong here in winter months; Coho salmon in the late summer and fall, and resident Cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden year-round.

Lodge Accommodations

Kumdis River Lodge provides accommodations for up to 8 guests in a 4-bedroom cabin, featuring a common dining and living area, fireplace, satellite TV, and an outdoor hot tub and gazebo.

For tourists visiting the Islands, the lodge is available for full service accommodations, including meals, or as a simple cottage rental.

Getting here

Driving:

  • BC Ferries provides routes to Haida Gwaii from Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Prince Rupert.
  • Directions

Flying:

  • Our all-inclusive fishing packages include air travel from Vancouver.

Haida Gwaii Rivers

Yakoun River

The Yakoun The largest river on the Islands, offering a nice mix of classic wide-river fly water, fast water runs and slow deep pools. This river features many scenic spots with views of the surrounding hills and forests. Most fishing is along a 10 km section of the upper river. Fishing is done wading or from shore, but raft or pontoon boat trips are also possible under ideal conditions.

The Yakoun features the largest runs and sizes of steelhead on the Islands, with males 12 – 25+ pounds and females 8 – 16+ pounds. Coho and pink salmon are abundant in their seasons, and cutthoat fishing can also be excellent, with sizes up to 5 pounds.

Tlell River

In sharp contrast to the broad banks of the Yakoun, this slow meandering river winds through dense old growth forest and is better tackled with spinning gear than by casting flies. Offers excellent fishing for steelhead, coho, cutthroat and Dolly Varden. In September the tidal section can be great for targeting ocean bright coho and cutthroat trout.

20-30 minute hikes are required to access many of the best waters, making this a great river for the angler who likes to “rough it” – or for those interested in more than just fishing. The surrounding forest, thick like canyon walls towering up from the river’s edge, can offer shelter on wet days or dramatic plays of light and shadow when the sun is peaking through.

Mamin River

A medium sized river with lots of steep grades, rapids and fast water; but also lots of excellent and very scenic fly water. The lower 8 km of the river is very productive for steelhead, coho and cutthroat.

Fishing for steelhead can be sporadic at times, as these fish tend to enter this river during high water and in short concentrated masses. But when conditions are right the Mamin can feature the most productive steelhead fishing on the Islands.

Kumdis Narrows

This unique stretch of water is a tidal flat between Graham Island and Kumdis Island in Masset Inlet. Offers excellent cutthroat fishing all year long and coho fishing in the fall. An equally good location for fly fishing or spinning gear, and a great place for beginning fly anglers to practice their casting with a high chance of success.

Just a short 15 minute walk from Kumdis River Lodge, it is a joy to fish on a falling tide. The area features lots of birds and wildlife, such as raccoons, otters and deers, and a very interesting intertidal ecosystem.

Other Waters

There are numerous other minor rivers, small lakes and coastal creeks throughout Graham Island. At various times of the year, these seldom fished waters can provide tremendous fishing for coho, cutthroat, and small runs of spring steelhead.

These are the little known locations that our guides can introduce you to, and that combine to offer a real wealth of opportunities for the adventurous angler at Kumdis River Lodge.

Ocean Fishing

In the summer months, migratory Chinook and Coho salmon can be found in ocean waters all around the islands. Halibut are equally abundant. We can assist in arranging single or multi-day charters, included all-inclusive fishing packages with air travel from Vancouver.


2018 Rates

River Fishing Packages, Steelhead or Coho

3-day

$2,790
per person
4-day

$3,105
per person
5-day

$3,425
per person
7-day

$3,985
per person

Ocean Fishing Packages

3-day (Sat-Tues)

$3,375
per person (2 guests/boat)
4-day (Tues-Sat)

$3,745
per person (2 guests/boat)

River Fishing Packages, Steelhead or Coho

3-day

$3,495
per person
4-day

$3,895
per person
5-day

$4,295
per person
7-day

$4,995
per person

Ocean Fishing Packages

3-day (Sat-Tues)

$4,245
per person (2 guests/boat)
4-day (Tues-Sat)

$4,695
per person (2 guests/boat)

What’s Included:

  • Return air travel from Vancouver to Haida Gwaii
  • Ground transportation to lodge and rivers
  • Accommodations (double occupancy)
  • All meals (including alcohol with meals)
  • All necessary fishing equipment
  • Guided fishing

Ocean Fishing Packages Also Include:

  •  Accommodation upgrade at Alaska View Lodge (conveniently located just 10 minutes from the Masset Harbour)
  • Guided fishing in 27’ Grady White boats; pricing based on 2 guests per boat — reduced rates for groups fishing 3-4 guests per boat
  • Care of your catch, up to 125 pounds of cleaned fish weight: cleaned, filleted, flash-frozen and vacuum-packed (additional costs for catch totals over 125 pounds or for custom processing)

Start planning

Contact us today to start planning your Haida Gwaii fishing adventure.