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Hosted Sturgeon Fishing | Fraser River | Canada


Tour code: CAN002  

Join us on our hosted Sturgeon fishing trip to the Fraser River. The giant dinosaurs of the Fraser River also known as the White Sturgeon attract many anglers from across the globe and it comes as no surprise that anglers tend to return year after year to try and beat their personal best. With Sturgeon averaging between 75–200lbs now being the norm this is an action-packed wilderness adventure not to be missed.

Everything has been carefully put together on this holiday including flights,  airport transfers, accommodation and some of the best guides in Chilliwack. On top of this, all fishing tackle and bait is included.  You will have a guide per boat and these guides have been fishing the Fraser River for many years. They will take you to their hotspots and pass on their vast amount of knowledge.

With its year-round action, any travelling angler can expect a full-on fishing adventure and when you combine this with guides who have exceptional knowledge, you will be in a fishing paradise. This part of Canada is world famous for its huge run of the White Sturgeon and it’s not just the number that are present, it’s the size that attracts anglers from around the world as these prehistoric beasts grow very large and fight very hard. The fishing takes place from a town called Chilliwack which is the perfect base for your adventure and with it only being a short 40-minute drive from Vancouver.

The style of fishing on the Fraser River is arm aching, some fights can last over 4 hours especially when hooked up to a 10ft plus fish. But the ache is worth it when you see a Sturgeon giving an aerial display as they begin to battle. On average the White Sturgeon on the Fraser river tend to be on average 75–200lbs but each week there is always a couple of very special fish caught and these special ones are what keeps anglers coming back.

The main method of fishing is with a zip slider lead of a couple of pounds and a long hook length leading down to your bait. Bait varies throughout the year and will always depend on what bait is running the river at your chosen time. The bait and lead are then cast behind the boat and the rods are then placed in rod holders on the boat. You will then sit back whilst watching the tip of the rod, but keep your eyes peeled as some bites are very twitchy and the tip may just tremble a couple of times, but more times than not the rod will just hoop over and the battle will commence. The rods and reels you will be using are mainly uptide rods with very good quality multipliers.

Each day your guide will pick you up from the designated area outside of your hotel, this will be discussed with you when you arrive, they will then take you down to the jetty where your state of the art jet boat will be waiting to take you out for your full days fishing. The jet boats you will be fishing from are 21–24 ft aluminium boats powered by 300hp inboard V8 engines. All boats are equipped with a full top, complete with side windows and back-drop curtains, as well as heaters. Every boat is professionally outfitted with all the fishing equipment you will need to enjoy your day on the Fraser River. Most importantly, your boat is operated by a safe, conscientious and professional fishing guide.

The Sturgeon guides are a hand-picked crew that reflect the positive attributes required to be working in this industry. They have a passion for fishing, q desire to succeed in meeting and exceeding your expectations, a great sense of humour and a very friendly persona.

Other Activities
Chilliwack is a vibrant town, rich in history, tons of outdoor adventures so why not make a family holiday out of your fishing adventure. We can organise numerous hikes, spend an afternoon golfing, walking around the numerous shops and museums.

If you have any questions about our Sturgeon fishing trips contact our expert team who will be happy to answer any queries you have. Alternatively, you can request a free brochure.

Chilliwack Coast Hotel

Our very modern stylish hotel in the heart of Chilliwack is surrounded by some of the most stunning rivers, parks and mountain views. It is located in a prime area for tourists, as it is minutes away from many non-angling activities such as shopping, movies, live theatres and many sports bar.

This hotel has a superb indoor pool, hot tub and sauna and if that’s not enough, why not take a seat in our Euro-Asian inspired dining experience called Preston’s, where you will be amazed at some of the finest Asian food all cooked in house by our chef.

The Coast hotel was recently renovated and features a newly built 5,000 square foot meeting space for friendly gatherings or corporate events.

We have also added a complete fitness facility featuring many cardio machines and weights so you can keep up with your fitness regime whilst on your holiday.

Board: Room only
Rooms: Single, double & twin available
Telephone: In room
Internet: Free WiFi
Laundry: Chargeable
Power: 110 Volts
Air Conditioning: Throughout hotel
Meals: Hotel restaurant
Alcohol: Available to purchase
Cards Accepted: Debit & credit cards
Cash Accepted: Canadian Dollars
Species Information
Season: April to November
Peak: June to September
Weight: 20LB to 1000LB
Average Weight: 100LB


Although the fishing has set weeks, we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to either extend your stay with additional days at the beginning or end in Canada, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive in Vancouver.

After you have picked up your luggage and cleared customs, a Sportquest Holidays representative will drive you via private transfer to the Coast Hotel in Chilliwack.

This transfer will take around 90 minutes. Our hosts will be with you every step of the way and will do his very best to make sure your transit is as smooth as it can be.

Overnight Accommodation Coast Hotel Chilliwack (Twin rooms) R/O

Day 2-4: Fishing Days

Early morning our guide will pick you up from your accommodation and drive you down to the river. Each day you will enjoy 8 hours fishing from your jet boats allowing you and your guide to explore and access the best remote fishing spots all before returning to your hotel around 4.30 PM.

Our hosts will split his time between each boat and will provide you with all the assistance you may need.

Overnight Accommodation Coast Hotel Chilliwack (Twin rooms) R/O

Day 5-7: Fishing Days

If you have never been Sturgeon fishing before then you are in for a treat. These trips have been organised to help single anglers achieve some of their dreams without having to worry about finding friends to make a group up.

We use the most up to date fishing equipment available which will help you land these huge hard fighting fish, as we believe that with good quality fishing equipment and an excellent guide, you will soon be reeling in that fish of a lifetime.

Overnight Accommodation Coast Hotel Chilliwack (Twin rooms) R/O

Day 8:

After checking out of the Coast Hotel, our representative will be waiting to transfer you all back to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home.

DAY 9:

Arrive UK


Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
01/04/2020 01/11/2020 9 8 6 £2,971 On Request Enquire Now Hosted week for groups of 8 anglers

Price Notes

Prices are based on three adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • Transfers to and from Coast Hotel to Vancouver
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • Access to professional guide
  • State of the art Jet boat
  • 6 days Guided fishing
  • Bait and tackle
  • Canadian taxes

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Personal items
  • Canadian eTA
  • All meals
  • Local tips
  • Fishing licence


  • Alternative flights with British Airways

  • Flight upgrades
  • Single room upgrades available
  • Breakfast can be pre booked at an additional £8 per person per day
  • Lunch can be pre booked at an additional £10 per person per day

Price Supplements

  • As this is a Hosted trip there are NO single angler supplements

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes


A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry. The Canadian Government announced that from 15th March 2016 certain visitors flying into Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA).

If you do not normally require a visa to enter Canada (e.g. British Citizens), you will need to get an eTA.

The cost to apply for an eTA is $7 (CAD) per person, which is paid at the time of application.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no departure tax from Canada

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Vancouver (approx 10 hrs)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Vancouver – Coast Hotel (Transfer time approx 1.5 hrs)

Questions & Answers

Where is the hotel?

 The hotel where you will be staying for the week is in a town called Chilliwack. The town has many bars, restaurants and cafes and along with these, there are many shops and other attractions.

Where will I fish?

The guides each day will pick you up from outside of the hotel and take you the short drive to the river where they will launch the boats ready for your day ahead. The fishing is mainly performed on the Fraser River, however, if the guides think that some of the side streams maybe worth targeting then they will advise you on the day.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

The Fraser River is a very wide and long river, some of the fishing grounds are opposite the launch ramp and some can be as far up or downstream as 45 minutes. The guides will on each day let you know where you will be fishing and how far the fishing grounds they intend on travelling to are. Each day you will fish different spots until the guides have located good feeding areas.

What fish will I catch?

Each day you will be targeting White Sturgeon as the Fraser River is the best place in the world for these mighty fish.

How many fish will I catch?

This all depends on the time of year you are travelling. April and October are good months for the bigger fish but you will not be catching as many. The warmer months will see the catch rate go up a lot and is sometimes harder to find the really big ones but who would complain about catching 4 – 7 ft Sturgeon. 

How will I fish?

All the fishing is performed from a state of the art jet boat. There will be quality rods and multipliers set up each day with heavy running weights and fish baits. These are cast out downstream of the boat and the clutch is loosened and then the fun begins.

Do the guides speak English?

The guides speak perfect English.

Who is best suited to this destination?

 This style of fishing is open to all abilities and age. The guides are there to help you to land your dream fish, albeit a small Sturgeon or a huge one.

What skill level is required?

A general knowledge of fishing from a boat is an advantage but not necessary. The guides are there to help you achieve what you want out of your holiday.

How physically demanding is this trip?

On whole, the trip is not that physical apart from playing the fish. The boats are very easy to walk around with a big fishing platform at the rear. The walks to the boat are very small and are on the hard ground, so no clambering over wet rocks to get in a boat.

When is the best time to go?

The season runs from April to end of October with peak time being September and October.

How will I get there?

The best route to get to Vancouver from the UK is London Gatwick to Vancouver as these are direct flights. We can fly people to Vancouver from anywhere in the world, so please ask us for the best route possible and we will search for the best options from the closest airport to you.

What is the accommodation like?

The hotel is a very good hotel, the best in Chilliwack. There is a very good onsite restaurant, however there are also many different styles of restaurants in the town which are only a few minutes walk.

What is the food like?

Breakfast can range from continental style breakfast to bacon rolls all can be purchased either from the hotel or café opposite the hotel. Lunches can be pre-ordered and consist of different flavoured sandwich’s or baguettes. These can be pre-ordered before arrival. Evening meals can be either taken in the hotel or one of the many restaurants in town. There are fine dining restaurants, burger bars, pizza houses and even McDonalds.

Is fishing tackle provided?

On every boat, you will find top quality sets of fishing equipment to tackle these huge Sturgeon. Also, if you wish to change one of your days to target Salmon then there is also sets of Salmon fishing spinning equipment available (not fly fishing tackle).

Is the internet and phone signal available?

The phone signal and internet is good all over Chilliwack. You will get free Wi-Fi in the hotel.

Are there other activities available?

Chilliwack is set amongst some of the most stunning Canadian countrysides and guided walks are available to pre-book. If you are looking for lots of interesting activities such as other tourist attractions then these are best booked and added to the end of your holiday when you get back to Vancouver. We can discuss with you adding extra days on and give you information on non-fishing activities.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all available weeks and prices click the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab above. We also offer single angler trips to Canada for the Sturgeon each year, which are ideal for single anglers.

If you wish to arrange all our own travel arrangements we can book just the lodge and fishing for you. If you wish to book or have any questions please feel free to call our offices on 01603 407596 or fill in our contact form.




Thoroughly enjoyable holiday, looking to book again in 2019.

Only criticism is we struggled to catch with the part time guides, but were more successful with full time guides.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Jason, thanks for your feed back form it is very helpful for future travellers and also to us to make sure everything is as it should be.

That is a reason why we try to move people around through out their stay so if certain guides are fishing better then every body gets to fish with them. I do believe you had some very big Sturgeon and would love to see some pictures.

All the best and if you would like to return in 2019 let me know and we can put your name down.



This was the first guided trip that I had been on and was a little apprehensive with fishing with others who I did not know. However this was not an issue as everybody was friendly and we soon had a bond and a common goal to catch fish. Our trip had two boats with three anglers per boat and we had 15 fish, 5 each on our boat the biggest over 300lbs one of 240lbs and several over 100lbs although through the luck of the draw my biggest was a 95lb fish. My two companions and I had such a good time that we have rebooked for a return visit in 2019.
The flight was good but the inflight entertainment and food could have been better. Food on the return flight was just a sandwich and piece of cake which for an long haul flight was a bit sparse. Overall the transfers and hotel were good although it would have been nice to have the breakfast included in the package.
On the fishing each day was on a different boat and we had two fishless days and one day with only one fish caught. it was noticeable that the no catch days were not with the fully time guides which suggests that the part time guides can struggle to find feeding fish due to lack of time on the river if the fish are not feeding hard. All the guides were friendly and helpful and tried to find feeding fish and even on the fishless day we had many moves. The most fun was with the Pike Minnows which were by far the most productive bait and these were caught on light gear at the start of each day.
Overall I enjoyed the trip and made new friends

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Stephen, I would like to thank you for your review and feed back on your hosted trip to Canada. Sounds like the trip done what we set them up for and thats so single anglers meet like minded others that could potentially be future travelling companions and by the looks of things it worked.

I reckon your next trip over there will be your turn and that magical fish will be attached to your rod.

All the best



It was a holiday of a lifetime for me, although I now want to do it again next year!
Caught my best fish ever, so exciting!
We were well looked after and the guides helping us to fish in the right places were excellent!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi William, thank you for taking the time to fill out your feedback form. I am so pleased you had such a great trip, Canada is one place that I would love to travel to one day and a huge well done on your Sturgeon it must of been so exciting

Will you be taking your wife back with you next year? I will keep trying to call you but if you get some spare time then feel free to call me as we have some dates for 2018

All the best



I came with my husband, but didn't fish. I had plenty to do - walking and painting and the hotel staff were excellent in helping me with this.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Caroline, it was good to catch up with you yesterday and I am so pleased you liked Chilliwack it is a stunning place and it was also very pleasing to hear that your husband had such a great time. Will he be taking you back there next year?

All the best



In the main a fantastic trip - great people, wonderful scenery and amazing trip.

My only concern would be that the part time guides don't have the same knowledge of the river as the main ones which can lead to blank days.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Terry, really good to talk to today and thank you for your feedback. Sounds like the entire group had a great time and caught plenty of Sturgeon. You must of had a good time as the day you got back you booked again... thats all we can ask for.

All the best



An excellent trip from beginning to end. Superbly organised with personal attention from the Sportsquest staff. Ready answers to most questions and answers to others swiftly found. Comprehensive pre-travel information lead to a smooth journey to the Coast Hotel in Chilliwack. The hotel was comfortable with pleasant and responsive staff. We were disappointed to be told by our guides that the sturgeon fishing had recently been as hard as they had known it due to the poor salmon run this year. However they were clearly very knowledgeable and worked hard to get us some fish. The equipment was all provided and of a good standard. The ride in the jet boat to the fishing spots was excitement enough before we had caught any fish. My son and I caught 12 sturgeon between us in 5 days fishing. My biggest fish took me over an hour of hard work to land and measured 7 foot 5 inches. Perhaps for the first time in my life I was considering whether I wanted to hook a bigger fish than the last ones had caught! My son's best was 8 foot six inches long, with a girth of 36 inches, weighing well over three hundred pounds. The week's fishing left us entirely satisfied. If we were to go back in a "good" year a few pre-trip visits to the gym might be in order!! I haven't mentioned the seals, deer, black bear, bald eagles, ospreys and turkey vultures that all added to the enjoyment of the holiday. One of the guides even had a bird identification book on board! The weather was kind to us and the whole experience was all that we had hoped for. We didn't set ourselves goals for size or number of fish because these are beyond our control. More fish and bigger fish would not have made our trip any more enjoyable than it was. A brilliant overall experience.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

HI Chris, thank you so much for taking the time to fill out your feedback form. The guides overt there are head and shoulders above the rest and their catch reports reflect this. Just imagine what it would be like if it was in its prime!!

Well done on your huge Sturgeon I bet your arms were burning after that fight?

Would love to see some pictures Chris if you could email them over. Hopefully we can get the opportunity to make other fishing dreams come true for you and your son in the future

All the best


Resort Manager

Thanks Paul. I believe this was Chris and Robin Higgins. Fishing has been pretty tough, but we are working hard. Good to hear guests are still enjoying themselves and having a good time.



The Kalum River Lodge put huge effort into making their guests welcome; catering for individual needs be that dietary concerning food or direction and tuition with fishing for those "like me" that needed it.

The conditions for fishing were challenging, but Andrew and Deanna delivered an outstanding package.

The Sturgeon fishing was "awesome" to quote a favourite Canadian word.

The Coast hotel was comfortable and we did dine there through our choice and it was expensive but ok.

The only gap in the holiday was perhaps for Sportquest in the documentation to make clear that Cascade were responsible for arranging transfer to/from Vancouver.

We did not have a pick up time and the hotel did not know about our transfer.

In the end Melanie gave me the contact and we spoke to Marc (Cascade) once we knew they were the organiser.

All in all the holiday was an amazing trip and one I would love to do again soon.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays


Thank you so much for your feedback and also taking the time to chat on the telephone. It was great listening to your stories about all the big fish as it sounds like you both had an amazing holiday. I can also see from the pictures you kindly sent through that the fishing was very enjoyable.

I am sorry that there was some confusion about who and when the transfers were talking place on the return, I am not sure what happened and why there was the concern as we have always used cascade to run the transfers. I will have to look in to this further.
I know you both would like to return next year, but understand that it classes with the family holiday thats already booked. Never mind we can always look at the following year as the lodges and fishing will still be there.

Once again, thank you for your custom as it is alway very much appreciated.

Regards Peter


We had a great time fishing both Kalum River Lodge and Sturgeon fishing in Chilliwack, the staff and the fishing made for a great two centre holiday.

The only issue was flights as we had to pay $350 excess baggage on the flight to + back from Terrace, as they said that it was over their allowance. We were within British Airways limits, but not Westjet + the information we had did not highlight this.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays


Thank you for your feedback I am so glad that you both had a great time and the fishing was as you wished for.

I am so sorry for the flights as I have no idea what they are doing. First the issue of one of you being down graded in class of seat to then charge you for excess baggage on the return.

The rules of the baggage is as the flights are booked as a through fare (E.G one ticket) the babe allowance should be as per the international allowance, so we have no idea what or why they charged you.

Please accept our apologies over this, but we do have no control over the airlines as they do seem to be law unto themselves.

Thank you for the excellent scores on everything apart from the flights as these score mean a lot to both me and all the staff.

Also thank you for your custom, it will be a pleasure in managing your next fishing adventure.

Regards Peter


Had an amazing holiday with my farther salmon fishing at Kalum River Lodge and then Sturgeon Fishing on the Frazer River on the return. The fishing, organisation and staff was all perfect.

The only issue was British Airways.

Booked Business Class flights + had to go out Premium Economy Class. Down to British Airways not Sportquest Holidays, otherwise all very good.

Would not fly with British Airways again - can you book Air Canada Business Class from Manchester?

Reply from Sportquest Holidays


Thanks for the customer feedback and also the amazing scores for both Sportquest and the lodge staff, it is very much appreciated. The score for the flights is totally understandable considering all the issues caused by British Airways.

When they over sell the plane then have to down grade customer who have purchased a higher class ticket is nothing short of disgusting. (We are trying to encourage ALL customers to check in online before arriving at the airport as this goes a very long way to prevent them getting down graded.

We are processing the claim against BA and we will keep you informed. In relation to alternative flights yes we can book Air Canada plus others, so once you and your father are ready, just let me know and I can sort out everything for you both again.

Tight Lines Peter


Had good trip picked up and returned to airport 1st class
Hotel better than thought wasn't clear that we would be sharing rooms but ok breakfast meals very good and fair price
Guides were very good all on time in morning any did everything to help
Host was ok as his first trip was in same boat as us ie finding out information etc other than that matt was a great lad with a good knowledge fishing
When 2017 trips come up can I be contacted as I want go back

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

So glad you liked the trip and you want to go back. The guides we use over there are spot on and work very hard so get the most out of your trips.

I will call you soon as we are already taking bookings for 2017

All the best



The trip was great from all aspects, the fishing, thankfully it could have been poor but it wsn't, the place itself Chilliwack was good with plenty of good reasonably priced restaurants and shops and the whole trip on the river and the environment was spectacular. The guides were great most showing great enthusiasm for finding us fish and hlping us land them and special thanks to Marc Laynes of Cascade and his guys who were absolutely great with us all.
I particularly enjoyed seeing the fish such beautifull creatures in there own environment and travellng on the water was also great. The oraganisation was good everything went to plan the meetings the transfers etc and the hotel was of a good standard with good customer service. Well doneto you and them.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Geoff

Many thanks for filling out our customer feedback form and it was great talking to you about the trip. Sounds like Canada left you with some great memories. i can't wait to see some pictures

Marc is one of the best guides in Canada and gold you had the experience of fishing with him.

All the best, Paul


Excellent trip to the Fraser River. Can't fault anything, to the extent i am now saving hard for next years return trip!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Matt So pleased you had a great trip and i bet it was a real pleasure to see such a huge fish caught, just a shame it wasn't on your rod but maybe next year

Just give me a shout when you want me to look some dates for you

All the best



Awesome trip guys you made a very old man happy

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Pleasure was ours Regards



After a bit of a bumpy start, with us missing our flights, we managed to turn up a little late (Thanks Mel in the office for sorting out new flights so quickly) Once we had got to Chilliwack we finally relaxed. We managed some very big fish, Jason had the biggest on the boat for the week and believe he is due to send some pictures shortly

My tip for the trip is to give your self more time to get to the airport….. Thanks for sorting it all out

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Guys, i did hear you missed your flights but at least you managed to get there eventually. A big well done to Jason on is huge fish i think Paul in the office has received the pictures and will do a blog soon

I shall pass your comments on to Mel




Hello the Sportquest team. What a great place my son and i enjoyed the whole trip from the moment we met up with the guide at the airport to when we said our goodbyes back in the UK.

We didnt manage to get any huge Sturgeon as the river was not in great condition but we understood that. All the boats and equipment are top quality and would highly recommend it to other single anglers

Thanks all that were involved

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi David, i agree with you it is a stunning place and takes your breath away. Its a real shame that you didnt get amongst the big ones but that gives you a good excuse to go back

I shall pass your kind comments on to the guide



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