Fishing

Salt Spring Island is a great place for fishing with several lakes, piers, and accessible protected ocean fishing locations to take advantage of. There’s also opportunities for crabbing, prawning, and gathering shellfish (check with local officials for any closures beforehand).

You can fish in St. Mary Lake, which is stocked with small mouth bass, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout.  The lake is regularly re-stocked with both species of trout, so you’re likely to have a good day fishing. You can fish from shore, row boat, kayak, or belly boat. There have been some bass over 7lb, but more often they will be in the 1-2lb range. The Roost B&B is a five minute drive to St. Mary Lake, ten minutes to the pier at the North End, and about 25 minutes from fishing at the South End.

Chinook, pink, sockeye and chum salmon can be found around Salt Spring Island.  Chinook or Spring salmon can typically be found all year, while there are certain runs of pink, sockeye and chum.  There are many other ocean fish worth catching; ling cod, rock cod, and several other species.  Just make sure you have the proper licensing, again check with local officials.

You can rent a boat, or charter a fishing boat with a guide to take you to the best spots. There are a number of fishing charter companies on Salt Spring Island. Here are just a couple: