Covid-19 update 2020 Season
We are looking forward to the summer fishing season at Port Eliza Lodge, and we will be operating for the season. Due to the issues around Covid-19 the border is closed until at least July 21. We are not sure if our American guests will be able to join us after that date for part of the 2020 season.
Status for Canadian guests: For Canadians we will be open for the season for both bring your own boat and guided fishing. We now have availability for both guided and BYOB packages, including in the prime mid July time frame. We will follow Work Safe BC guidelines for operating food and accommodation services. We have protocols for guided fishing in place. These involve use of non-surgical masks when in close proximity.
Status for American Guests: We are planning for American guests this summer, and are monitoring the situation for updates on the border status. Please see below for our postponement policy
We recognize the uncertainty that we all face right now with travel and/or health concerns, as it relates to the Covid-19. We are monitoring the situation daily and are going to base our decisions on the guidance provided by the health ministry, and the government of Canada. The health and well being of our customers is the highest priority.
If for any reason in the future, pertaining to Covid-19, you decide to delay or postpone your trip, or government actions in response to the pandemic force postponement, we will provide you a full future credit for your exact trip equal to the deposit paid, for no additional fee in either this year, or in any future year. This includes:
• No extra fees for changes
• No expiration.
• Price protected (if rates go up at a future date, you will still receive the same rate)
• Any available dates
Stay safe. We hope to see you soon!
Robert, Jim and the Port Eliza Crew
Welcome to Port Eliza Lodge!
Your ultimate Salmon and Halibut fishing destination on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Our comfortable floating lodge is strategically located close to some of the best Salmon and Halibut fishing on the west coast of North America. Port Eliza Lodge will provide you with an affordable all inclusive guided fishing trip, or you can bring your own boat to explore the west coast's finest salmon, halibut and ling cod fishing just minutes from the lodge docks. Fish the protected waters of Esperanza Inlet or venture offshore to the famed "salmon highway" and renowned bottom fishing spots. Nootka Sound and Kyuquot Sound are also accessible from our location. We have a fishing package tailored just for you!
What we catch and when
End of May and June: Waves of Chinook (Kings) start arriving in May. By June they are accessible in the inside waters, In 2019 some of the best Chinook fishing of the year was in June and July. Early in the season Halibut are often found closer to shore, and have not had much fishing pressure so fishing can be good. Ling Cod and Rock fish are found during this time as well.
July: Chinook fishing continues to be steady right through July. Both Inshore and offshore areas produce plenty of large Chinook salmon. The inlet areas, less than 5 minutes from the Lodge will start to produce fish in the latter part of July. Coho (silvers) also show up in early July, and the numbers build and the size increases as the month goes on. Halibut fishing continues to be productive, much of the fishing for them is further offshore. Ling Cod and Rockfish continue to be available.
August: During August Chinook from the Canuma and other local rivers enter the inlet in big numbers as they head towards their spawning streams. At this time there are multiple options for big Chinooks. You can fish the protected areas of Esperanza Inlet with flat calm conditions, you can venture a bit further out to the "beach" areas like Pin Rock, Low Rock and Tachu point, or you can head offshore to try your luck on the famed Salmon highway. Coho also invade the inlets, and can be so so thick at times off-shore that you can't keep them off. Halibut, Ling cod and Rockfish fishing continues to be steady. During late August there may be opportunities to fish for Tuna depending on conditions.
September: September becomes Coho time in the Esperanza area. Large numbers of sometimes very large (15+ lbs) Coho come into the inlet. There can also be large numbers feeding offshore. There are also some opportunities to catch fresh Chum salmon in the inlet. The Chinook fishing in general becomes less productive as many of the Local fish move closer to their home rivers, however There are still runs going past at the beach areas and offshore areas heading south. As always there are Halibut. Ling Cod and Rockfish to target. Tuna are available