Our Fish Wishlist – The Best Fishing Trips Across Canada & Alaska

If ever there was a region begging for an all-out fishing exploration, it’s our corner of North America. Featuring unrivaled helicopter access to some of the world’s most pristine lakes and remote luxury lodges, our fish wishlist of the best fishing trips across Canada & Alaska will have you hooked in no time. All our trips are entirely customized, so read on for just a taste of what you could discover.

Best Fishing Trips – The Broughton Archipelago:

Whether you’re a fishing novice or an angling-extraordinaire, the untouched waterways around the Broughton Archipelago in the southern Great Bear Rainforest have something for everyone. Wild Pacific Salmon is the prized fish in these waters, but you may also reel in Coho, Chinook, Pinks and Steelhead, as well as Dolly Varden Char, and Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout. Your access to the Broughton Archipelago area covers a surreal 50,000 square miles of terrain with over 50 isolated rivers and streams to choose from. Your experienced pilot and guide will take you to the best spots where your only competition will be the local wildlife.

There is only one place to stay in this area and that’s Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort. A family-owned and run assortment of cozy cabins, a stay here guarantees the most spectacular home away from home. You can even request an intertidal cabin where you can feel the rise and fall of the tide beneath your feet! Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort also has a catalog of Carbon Responsible programs and you’d be hard-pressed to find an as eco-friendly resort. If you’re inexperienced, we recommend taking a personal fly-fishing lesson right off Nimmo Bay’s dock so that you can hit the ground running on your first foray into the wilderness.

Best fishing trips: Man fly-fishing in a river with a helicopter in the background.
Heli-fishing in the stunning Great Bear Rainforest.

If you’d like to gain more inspiration on what a visit to The Broughton Archipelago and Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort could look like you can download our Supernatural Heli-fishing Itinerary.

Best Fishing Trips – Vancouver Island:

This area is perfect for those who want to skip the hassle and get to the tackle in terrain full of exceptional fishing locations. Just a short flight from internationally accessible Vancouver is Vancouver Island. The gentle currents, protected landscape, and rich biodiversity make Vancouver Island a haven for salt and freshwater fishers alike. Here you’ll find premium fishing year-round, and you can expect trophy-sized salmon and halibut, along with snapper, cod, crabs, clams, oysters, prawns, and more. Other activities in the area include whale watching, bear viewing and learning of the area’s rich cultural history through native art and more.

Best fishing trips: Man fishing with blue skies
Fishing at Gold River! Photo Credit: Eiko Jones Photography

An Entrée Destinations’ fishing favorite on Vancouver Island is The Lodge at Gold River. The Lodge claims their location is “where angling dreams come true”, and you won’t hear us disagreeing. They have unparalleled access to all waterways in the region through a combination of boats, helicopters, floatplanes, and air-accessible watersheds, meaning even a short stay here has uncapped angling potential. You may also indulge in comforts such as a roaring fire, mountain views, an exercise room, and a tack room.

For more insights on this sublime fishing area and The Lodge at Gold River download our Vancouver Island Fishing Itinerary.

Best Fishing Trips – Alaska’s Inside Passage and Admiralty Island:

Alaska’s Inside Passage is home to some of the world’s most magnificent sea life, including Blue, Humpback and Minke Whale, and Dolphins. Not only do these waters boast the best sight-seeing opportunities, but some of the world’s best fishing as well. Admiralty Island, a 145km long stretch of pristine wilderness, is an angling utopia where you can bring home Ling Cod, Yellow Eye and a range of wild Alaskan Salmon, from Silver to Kind. Admiralty Island is also well-known for its number of brown bears and bald eagles so binoculars here are a must. Get used to the sight of brown bears as they are your only angling competition!

Best fishing trips: Bear catching salmon in a river
Angling competition out on the water! Photo Credit: Juno Kim

One of our favorite places to stay on Admiralty Island is Favorite Bay Lodge, a quintessentially Alaskan wood-framed lodge on the east shore of the island. This lodge provides a fantastic base to explore from, and common activities include kayaking, whale watching, fishing and wildlife viewing. The fish on offer are diverse and sizable, and anything you catch can be tastefully prepared by the resident chef. Additionally, the fish-loving crew at the lodge are happy to filet and process your catch for your journey back, meaning you won’t be heading home empty-handed!

To see our Admiralty Island journey featuring Favorite Bay Lodge you can download our Inside Passage Itinerary.

Best Fishing Trips – Tordrillo Mountain Range:

Just a 40-minute flight from Anchorage is Tordrillo, a pristine range of lakes, rivers and mountainous terrain. With helicopter access, you can visit some unreal freshwater sanctuaries. Competition in this expansive area is near non-existent, leaving the trial between you and the fish. Your days in the waders are extremely flexible, if you think you’ll have more luck downstream, no worries! The Alaskan backcountry is yours to explore, and we’re here to make it happen. For journeys in this area, we provide expert guides who pride themselves on their service and detailed knowledge of the Tordrillo landscape.

Best fishing trips: Children with fish by the river in Alaska
Tordrillo Mountain Lodge can keep fishers of all ages happy!

Our accommodation pick here is Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, a luxurious retreat nestled deep in the wilderness. Staying right on the shores of Judd Lake, with Tordrillo Mountain spectacularly framing the landscape, puts you so closely in touch with nature that you may never want to leave. As you settle into the cozy cabins or main lodge, it’s easy to forget where you are, until you look out of the window and glimpse two 11,000-foot volcanoes and North America’s tallest mountain. Tordrillo Mountain Lodge may be nestled deep in the wilderness, but it’s by no means short on luxuries. Indulgences include excellent food, a 500-bottle wine cellar, and outdoor hot tubs. You’ll always be captivated at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, as on-site activities include morning yoga, hiking nearby trails, and many high-speed watersports such as; canoeing, wake surfing, paddleboarding and foil boarding.  With so many different activities on offer, fun for the whole family is guaranteed.

Download our Tordrillo Mountain Lodge Getaway for a sample itinerary featuring this stunning area.

Best Fishing Trips – Great Slave Lake:

If fishing is your passion and you’re looking for an authentic angling experience, then a journey to Great Slave Lake in the North West Territories could be for you. Featuring trophy-sized northern pike and the deepest lake waters in North America, this region has a lot to bring to the table. Your accommodation is set on the shores of Great Slave Lake, and with nearly 20 hours of sunlight to fish in, your chances of reeling in a four-foot pike are high. Have a read of our Trout Rock Lodge Itinerary to learn more about this phenomenal fishing gem.

Man with prize monster pike fish
A monster pike caught at Great Slave Lake!

If you enjoyed this blog you may also be interested in our complete collection of Fishing Journeys. If you’d like to learn more about any of the trips above or are interested in a custom fishing adventure through Canada or Alaska, fill out our quick plan your trip form, or call us toll-free at 1-888-999-6556.