The Steelhead is a sea run rainbow trout usually returning to the northern rivers after 2 to 3 years at sea. The Skeena River has the world’s largest run of wild Steelhead and the world record. Steelhead are revered and sought after by anglers from around the world. These amazing fish are renowned for their powerful fight, acrobatic displays and stamina.
Spring run – April/May
Summer run – late July to November
10lb to 35lb
Chinook Salmon (King Salmon)
Chinook Salmon are the largest of the salmon species and are very popular with anglers. The size and power of these huge salmon can be challenging even for an experienced angler. The Skeena River has produced two world record Chinooks weighing 92 and 99lb.
Spring run – late April to early June
Summer run – Mid June to early August
10 to 99lb
These salmon are one of more aggressive of the salmon species. Coho Salmon can be very aggressive and migrate into most of our northern rivers. In the autumn anglers can sight fish for these superb salmon in many of the smaller rivers. These silver beauties are great fighters on gear or the fly.
August to November
5 to 34lb
The Sockeye Salmon migrate up the Skeena River in large numbers. These feisty fish average 6 to 8lb and for their size are one tough fish. Sockeye are very popular with fly fishermen with their great fighting ability.
5 to 14lb
Chum Salmon are popular with fly anglers as they can be very aggressive and put up a powerful fight. Chum return to many of the coastal rivers in large numbers. Skeena River Fishing guests have caught Chum over 30lb.
Mid-July to Mid-August
10 to 35lb
Pink salmon enter the rivers in large numbers and average 4 to 8lb. Pinks are great fun and readily take a fly. Males can be distinguished by a large humped back which develops soon after entering the river.
late July to early September
4 to 12lb
Char and Trout
Char, Dolly Varden, Bull trout and Cutthroat are all found in the Skeena Region.