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Sturgeon Fishing Canada Fishing For The Mighty Sturgeon

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Fishing The Fraser River

Canada is a country in North America, covering an area of 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the second-largest country by total area; its provinces and territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean. Traditionally famed for its northern lights, maple syrup and ice hockey, it’s also well renowned in the fishing community for its fantastic angling opportunities. Home to the world’s most significant proportion of freshwater lakes, over 47 rivers of at least 600 km in length and the world’s longest coastline of 243,042 kilometres, it’s easy to see why.

As an angler, when you think of fishing in Canada, depending on your favoured discipline, your thoughts will drift towards two species – Pacific Salmon and White Sturgeon. Our BC Sturgeon Fishing tour focuses on the latter and offers travelling rods the chance to fish for these incredible river dinosaurs that reach weights of over 1000lb.

The fishing gets based on the famous Fraser River, which provides the last healthy wild stocks of this prehistoric species on the planet, and anglers travel from around the world to do battle with these beasts, among the largest freshwater fish found globally, known for there sheer size, strength and impressive acrobatic skills. If they’ve always been one species on your bucket list, join us on a trip today.

Sturgeon Fishing

The Sturgeon are a genuinely incredible species, having been around for some 120 million years and existing alongside Jurassic Park favourites such as Tyrannosaurs, Ankylosaurs and even velociraptors. They are descendants of the dinosaurs and distant relatives of sharks, with a lifespan of over two hundred years.

From an angler’s perspective, they are one of the largest freshwater fish in the world and can grow to over 10ft in length and half a tonne in weight. A gentle prehistoric giant, they have no teeth but harbour immense amounts of power and speed and can peel 200 yards of line off the spool in seconds. They are famed for their acrobatic fighting displays and can be compared to any big game sportfish, often referred to as the ‘Poor Mans Marlin’. Fights can vary from a few minutes to a few hours, and more often than not, the boats will up anchor and follow the fish around the river. Many of our customers who have fished for them are overwhelmed by their sheer size, power and aerial displays; when a big fish launches from the water, it’s a sight to behold and one of the most impressive visions in angling.

Our partners BC Sportfishing Group work closely with the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society (FRSCS) to ensure these fish are protected and looked after. As you’d expect, all fishing is strictly catch and release, and all fish are tagged and recorded.

Fraser River Fishing

Sturgeon are native to several large North American Rivers that drain into the Pacific Ocean, primarily living in estuaries and migrating between waterways to spawn, sometimes over considerable distances. The Fraser River, the longest in British Columbia, Canada, rising at Fraser Pass in the Rocky Mountains and flowing for 1,375 kilometres into the Strait of Georgia just south of the City of Vancouver, is one such river where you’ll find these magnificent creatures. This great waterway is famed among the angling community for its excellent populations of fish and is considered by many as the premier destination on the planet.

Thanks to the fantastic work of the non-profit Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society (FRSCS), the fish in the river have been allowed to thrive, and the river now offers the last healthy wild stocks of this prehistoric species on the planet.

The fishing on the Fraser River is open all year round, but like with many species, certain times of the year are better than others, and the window of opportunity is significant. March to November is best, especially during the summer months of July and August, while the fall months of September and October might not produce huge numbers but are responsible for some giant specimens.

Fishing Tackle & Guides

At our BC Sturgeon Fishing destination, the lodge has a fleet of over twenty boats which anglers fish from, ranging from 20 to 24ft in length, with all modern amenities, including full tops and heaters, for comfort and safety. Their range jet boats have stood the test of time and are the perfect vessels to fish from and for navigating the waters of the Fraser River. All tackle is supplied onboard with quality rods and reels from Shimano and end tackle from Gamakatsu, Power Pro, and Kodiak Swivels, to mention just a few.

The fishing style on the river is all based around ledgering from anchor and watching and waiting for one of the mighty residents to take an interest in your bait. Baits vary depending on the time of year but include Salmon, Roe (Chinook and Chum eggs can be most productive) and Pike Minnows. The latter is a popular choice because it’s considered an invasive, heavily impacting the Salmon species. As the trip is fully guided you don’t need to worry about what bait to use or when, as your guide will advise you and help you every step of the way, allowing you to concentrate purely on the fantastic fishing on offer. 

All guides at the lodge, of which there are nearly twenty, are passionate, experienced and knowledgeable. They take pride in their work and ensure every trip is a lasting memory. They will usually meet anglers at an assigned boat launch, but they can also arrange a pick-up hotel. Fishing days typically run for around eight hours, from 8.00 am until 4.00 pm; however, it’s usually very flexible, and most start and finish times can get catered for. Lunches are included, along with a cooler full of ice and non-alcoholic beverages.

Note: Depending on the time of year, it’s possible to book a combination trip, which also includes some time spent Salmon fishing. Please discuss this with one of our team in our office.

To learn more about our packages at BC Sturgeon Fishing Canada, visit our YouTube channel.

Accommodation

Our standard package to British Columbia, Sturgeon fishing, gets based on four people in one boat sharing two hotel rooms at the Best Western Hotel in Mission. The hotel is the largest full-service hotel in the city, offering spacious accommodations, complimentary full breakfast and more. Located within a short distance of the mighty Fraser River, plus a whole host of different dining options, it’s the perfect base for anglers visiting to sample the incredible fishing. 

The guest rooms in the hotel are suites, beautifully appointed to make any stay comfortable and enjoyable; they come equipped with two comfortable queen-sized beds, a microwave, refrigerator, coffee or tea maker and hair dryer. The hotel also offers a fitness centre, free high-speed Internet access, and an indoor swimming pool and spa for added comfort and convenience.

Accommodation upgrade

If you want to upgrade the accommodation during your stay, we also have the beautiful Harrison Hot Springs Resort available, which can get incorporated into your trip with a supplement. 

Situated close to Harrison Lake Beach Park, the resort offers over 350 rooms, each with comfortable beds, shower/bath combinations and hairdryers, 42-inch TVs with satellite channels, coffee/tea makers, heating and housekeeping. 

On-site, it also features the Healing Springs Spa, where you can enjoy an array of treatments, a nine-hole golf course, bar, gym, two restaurants and five swimming pools, two indoor and three outdoor. It gets located a stone’s throw from the Fraser River, plus a whole host of exciting hiking and biking trails.

Note:  Upgrading to the Harrison Hot Springs Resort is our most popular package; as you can see from the itinerary, it offers a greater array of amenities and is much closer to the river and boat dock.

Food & Drink 

When staying at the Best Western Hotel in Mission, a full complimentary breakfast and lunch are included, with the latter taken on the boat with your guide. For your evening meals, there are an array of restaurants within a short walking distance. One we recommend is Mission Springs Brewery, as here you can enjoy a good dinner and sample the many types of beer brewed on the premises.

At the Harrison Hot Springs resort, breakfast and lunch get included, the same as the Best Western. Two restaurants are on-site for evening meals, the Copper Room and the Lakeside Cafe. There are also various dining options, just a short walk or taxi journey away. If you and your group fancy a few drinks in the evening to chat about those ‘ones that got away’, there is also a well-stocked bar on site.

Note: The pictures are from the Harrison Hot Springs Resort.

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Itinerary

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The below itinerary is flexible should you wish to lengthen or shorten your trip with additional or fewer fishing days; we can tailor the below itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.

Day 1:

Depart Any international Airport (See Details)

Arrive 
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After you have picked up your luggage and cleared customs, a representative from BC Sturgeon Fishing will meet you. You will then be transferred via private car to the Best Western Hotel in Mission, a journey of around one hour.

Overnight Accommodation: Best Western Hotel (Twin rooms) B/B

Days 2 to 4: Fishing Days

Around 07:45 am (pick-up times are very flexible) your guide will pick you up from your accommodation and drive down to the river for 8 hours of guided fishing. You can either choose to have breakfast in the hotel or pick something up on the way. Our guides in British Columbia are passionate, experienced and knowledgeable. They take pride in their work and ensure every trip is a lasting memory.

Overnight Accommodation: Best Western Hotel (Twin rooms) B/B

Days 5 to 7: Fishing Days

Each day on the way to new and exciting fishing spots, you will experience some of the most stunning scenery Canada has to offer, and you may even spot a bear or two. All your fishing is included in your package, so there is no need to bring anything with you. If you want to try a day of Salmon fishing, just let your guide know the night before (subject to season).

Overnight Accommodation: Best Western Hotel (Twin rooms) B/B

Day 8:

After checking out of the Best Western Hotel, a representative will be waiting to transfer you back to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home. The time will be arranged with you the day before, ensuring you have plenty of time to get sorted and ready.

Depart Vancouver

Day 9:

Arrive Home

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FISHING Seasons

The season runs from September to October.

Sturgeon

Season: March to November
Peak: September to October
Weight: 30lb to 1000lb
Average Weight: 100lb

Chinook Salmon

Season: June to October
Peak: July to August
Weight: 15lb to 60lb
Average Weight: 25lb

Coho Salmon

Season: September to December
Peak: September
Weight: 5lb to 20lb
Average Weight: 10lb

Chum Salmon

Season: October to December
Peak: November
Weight: 5lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 10lb

Pink Salmon

Season: September to October
Peak: September
Weight: 2lb to 5lb
Average Weight: 3lb

Sockeye Salmon

Season: August to September
Peak: August
Weight: 3lb to 8lb
Average Weight: 5lb

Steelhead

Season: All Year
Peak: August
Weight: 5lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 12lb

Package Details

Prices from
£3,100
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Included

  • All international flights
  • All transfers
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Lunch on fishing days
  • Access to a professional guide
  • State of the art Jetboat
  • 6 days of guided fishing
  • Bait and tackle
  • Canadian taxes

Excluded

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

Optional extras

  • Alternative flights with British Airways
  • Flight upgrades
  • Hotel upgrades
  • Hire car

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Dates, Prices & Availability

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.

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01/05/2024 31/05/2024 9 £3,100 Enquire Now
01/06/2024 13/06/2024 9 £3,200 Enquire Now
14/06/2024 22/06/2024 9 £3,200 Enquire Now
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23/06/2024 30/06/2024 9 £3,200 Enquire Now
01/07/2024 31/07/2024 9 £3,200 Enquire Now
01/08/2024 31/08/2024 9 £3,200 Enquire Now
01/09/2024 30/09/2024 9 £3,100 Enquire Now
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01/11/2024 30/11/2024 9 £3,100 Enquire Now
01/12/2024 31/12/2024 9 £3,100 Enquire Now
01/01/2025 31/01/2025 9 £3,191 Enquire Now
01/02/2025 28/02/2025 9 £3,191 Enquire Now
01/03/2025 31/03/2025 9 £3,191 Enquire Now
01/04/2025 30/04/2025 9 £3,191 Enquire Now
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01/06/2025 30/06/2025 9 £3,291 Enquire Now
01/07/2025 31/07/2025 9 £3,291 Enquire Now
01/08/2025 31/08/2025 9 £3,291 Enquire Now
01/09/2025 30/09/2025 9 £3,191 Enquire Now
01/10/2025 31/10/2025 9 £3,191 Enquire Now
01/11/2025 30/11/2025 9 £3,191 Enquire Now

Price Notes

Prices are based on four 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.

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Tony

Peter just a quick note saying the new accommodation at the Royal Hotel is just fine. The service is so much better than before at the Rhombus. We even got breakfast on time every morning. What dates do you have for the last quarter?

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Glad you liked the change of accommodation. We had a few people moan about the last hotel so we thought we would offer some where new and to get some feedback is most appreciated

I will email you some dates later today

All the best

Peter

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Tony

"The holiday brochure advertised it as a 'Fishing Adventure of a Life Time' and it certainly lived up to every bit of that statement. Fishing for the Giant White Sturgeon on the Fraser River at Chilliwack in British Columbia has to be one of the best fishing holidays experiences, catching a 6ft, 150lb Sturgeon in the fast flowing waters of the Fraser river on 50lb class stand up and fight tackle was a serious rush of adrenalin which tested our strength, stamina and fishing ability to its absolute limit. Our guide Marc Laynes runs 'Cascade Fishing Adventures' which provides the best guiding service in Chilliwack, Marc's knowledge of the Fraser River and the sturgeon fishing is second to none. He has a great feel for the river and in his 40mph jet boat 'Relentless' we explored many miles of it. Nothing was to much trouble to get that 'big one'. Our accommodation in the historic Royal Hotel (circa 1908) was first class and the great evenings spent in one of the many local bars or restaurants in Chilliwack was all part of our holiday, but it is the daily experience of snow covered mountains, fabulous wild life and of course the mighty Sturgeon that will brings us back to the Fraser River again next year. Our thanks to the Sportquest Holidays and in particular Marc Laynes for making our 'fishing holiday of a life time'. Regards, Nelson, Brian, Graham and Tony"

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Guys, thanks for your great feedback the fishing for Sturgeon must make it on to all anglers to do list. The rush you get from this fishing is awesome, plus being surrounded by some of the Worlds best scenery is just a bonus

We have some great dates available for next so i will call you guys this week to see how they work for you

Regards

Peter

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Kenneth

Thanks Sportquest for organising such a great trip. This is now been my 10th visit to Canada for the Sturgeon and have enjoyed every trip and am making plans for next year already. The transfers, accommodation and fishing was excellent as always

Fishing was a little slower than previous years but thats fishing.

Thank you

Ken

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Ken

Thats great to hear. For you to travel to this destination so many times it must be good. Let us know the dates for next year and we can sort it for you

I shall pass on your kind comments to the guys in Canada and look forward to speaking with you later

Regards

Paul

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Matt

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

Response 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

Paul

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Stuart

Thanks for another amazing holiday. Transfers were great accommodation spot on and lets just say the fishing was amazing. i think you got the pictures of my big fish! it took me 98minutes to get in and nearly broke ME….. all in all a great trip and i am sure i will return next year

India next, can wait

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Stuart. Sounds like you had an amazing trip and to catch that fish you really must have the best of luck. It was simply a massive fish well done. did you see the blog we done on it? looks even more impressive

India is just round the corner now

Tight lines

Paul

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Mark

Thanks for a great trip, we caught 18 sturgeon 4 which were 200lb+

The guides were first rate as well as the tackle and boats.

Would highly recommend this trip to anyone who likes to have their arms pulled!!! we are all going back in 2017.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Was really good to chat to you on the telephone also to hear that you all had a great trip. (Music to our ears)

I have sent out your paperwork for the return trip.

I look forward to receiving a few pictures for our website.

Tight Lines and again thanks for your continued custom. Rgds Peter

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Paul

The fishing trip and guides were excellent to go along with the fantastic scenery. Another holiday of a lifetime

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Thanks for filling out your feed back form. I have tried calling you several times and will keep trying you. Glad you guys had a great time it is a fantastic place that leaves you with memories for a lifetime

All the best

Paul

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Robin

Good Morning Peter,

I must apologise for the delay in getting in touch but I have been very busy catching up since our return from British Columbia.

The trip was great. Everything organised, good guides and Marc looked after us very well.
Even the weather was perfect.

We caught a total of 16 sturgeon and lost 4 big ones.
We did not bother with the salmon.

I have loads of pictures and will forward you two pictures of the biggest one we landed which was 8ft 6 ins long, 54 ins in girth and was 450lbs. My son Daniel hooked and landed this one.

We hooked another two that were 9ft+ and we had one at around 270lbs 260lbs and 250lbs and the rest were smaller.
I have a video of one jumping clear of the water if you want I can try and send it to you.

Many thanks for everything

Kind Regards
Robin

Response from Sportquest Holidays

HI Robert thanks for getting back to me, OMG one of those pictures is amazing great shot of you with a monster sturgeon head on..... :)

Glad you both had an amazing time and got in to some real biggies. The biggest fish do really take some landing..

Thank you for choosing to travel with Sportquest Holidays, I personally look forward in managing future bookings for you and your son.

Kind Regards Peter

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Martin

Now that I have slept/properly recovered, I would like to record – on behalf of myself & all in my fishing party – our thanks to everyone.
The week we have just spent in Chilliwack being guided on the Fraser River has truly realised for the 8 anglers involved, the fishing trip of a lifetime for all of us…………….both individually & collectively.

The fishing was “out of this world” + we recognise just how fortunate we have been. Over the 6 days, the final tally was 134 fish landed; of these, a staggering 24 involved sturgeon of 300lbs plus. 4 fish were estimated at over 400lbs each – with a top weight of 500lbs for a single fish of 10 feet in length, with a girth that measured at 50 inches !!
However, being a veteran of many fishing trips, I realise that catching fish is only a part of the experience. All of your guides, boats, tackle + organisation were first class and summed to an unforgettable Canadian adventure.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Wow sounds like you had an amazing trip, Thank you for the feedback as its a great help.

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Chris

I would like to say a very big THANK YOU to you Marc and Maggie and the rest of your team for the excellent fishing you gave us again this year.

We have been fishing with you for over 12 years now and it just keeps getting better and better, for the third year in a row you have delivered me a PB. Your organisation always runs like a well-oiled machine.

The memories of the fishing go on for a lot longer after the fishing has finished. It is not just the fishing that makes it so special, all the views and the wildlife that you see while you are out there are an added bonus. Sturgeon fishing should be on everybody’s wish list.

Hope to see you all again soon.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Chris thank you for taking the time to write a review.

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Michael

Our guides on this trip were Marc Laynes, CEJ Mussell and Rob Mumford, as we had a group of 8 people going out to fish for Sturgeon.

I was looking forward to this trip so much, and it more than lived up to my expectations. Any one who loves fishing should give it ago with these guys. Great fun, great service, very professional and the whole trip was just excellent from start to finish.
We will definitely be recommending this trip to everyone.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

They are the best guides in the area.

Thank you for the review

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Craig

Thanks for a brilliant fishing trip this month, this was my second time fishing with you and the travel from Scotland is always worth it.

I can’t fault your service at all, from the airport pick up, to the morning meetings at the door of the hotel right down to the first cast, the professionalism of your selves and your guides is outstanding and your knowledge of the river and the fishing is clearly clinical, no detail is missed.

We had a brilliant week of fishing with a new personal best sturgeon for all of our party. We can’t wait to return to Canada to fish with you again. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your company to my friends and family.

See you again soon.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for the destination review, very very much appreciated and so glad you had another amazing time.

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Mike

What an amazing holiday, could not recommend it enough. This was our honeymoon so wanted it to be special and was not let down. Everything went very well from the pick up at the airport to the fishing, whole holiday was just perfect.

We caught 36 Sturgeon in total ranging from 60lb to just over 300lb it was such a good holiday. My wife and I loved it

The restaurants in town were very reasonable at around $80 in total for food and drink you could not of asked for more, the amount of food you got was also huge!

I have been on many fishing holidays in my life but this one was the best. We were guided by Clayton for most of our time and was more than pleased with his abilities.

Thanks Sportquest and we will be in touch for a return trip in 2017

All the best Mike

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Mike thanks for speaking with me today on the phone. Sounds like both of you had a wonderful time and thank you for filling out your form.

I like the bit you said when the guides said ti wasn't even fishing that well...... I think 36 Sturgeon in a week was brilliant

Perhaps next year your trip will be even better especially if you time it for the big Salmon run in mid August in to September

Once again thank you choosing Sportquest Holidays and we would love to help you organise next years trip

All the best, Paul

Response from Resort Manager

Hi Paul,

Good to hear that Mike and Amanda had a great time fishing with us and that they found all the amenities and the fishing to be to their satisfaction. Looking forward to seeing them here again.

Regards,
Marc
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Amanda

What an amazing honeymoon we had!! The fishing (even though we were told by the guides was a quite slow this time of year) was absolutely fantastic with fish from 30 to almost 300LB!! Our guide (Clayton) was brilliant, very friendly, knowledgeable and went all out to catch you fish.

The only thing we weren't told was our pick-up time from hotel back to airport, but one mention of it to Cascade and they got it sorted. Excellent!! We will be back

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Amanda so glad you guys loved the trip and what an amazing place to spend your honeymoon. I bet lots of anglers out there will be jealous!!

The pictures you kindly sent us are amazing and a huge congratulations on catching such big fish.

I shall pass on your lovely feedback to Cascade and once again thanks for choosing Sportquest Holidays to arrange such a personal and wonderful celebration.

All the best

Paul

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John

Everything was first class, transfers, hotel, guides and the fishing was unbelievable.

The only down side was we wanted to celebrate some large fish caught and the bar shuts at 10pm week days

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi John, so glad you guys had a great time. A little different from the Mahseer fishing but I knew you would like this. The guys over there are first class guides and hosts

We would be more than happy to send you again in 2017. I will call you in the next couple of days to have a quick chat.

Speak soon

All the best

Paul

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Martin

The fishing and guides were bril. More info was needed about the Salmon fishing when the run starts? But this did not spoil the Sturgeon fishing that was fantastic

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Martin, glad you loved the fishing and I totally agree the guides are top class.

So sorry about there not being enough information about when the Salmon start to run, perhaps we will change that in the paper work.

All the best

Paul

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Peter

What a great adventure both Salmon fishing and then Sturgeon fishing afterwards.

Very well organised

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Peter

It was a great talking to you on return of your fishing adventure in Canada. I am so happy that you both enjoyed the Salmon fishing first, before moving onto the Sturgeon fishing on the Frazer River.

I hope to have you both back travelling with us very soon.

Kind Regards Peter

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John

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.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

John

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

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Robin

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.

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Robin

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

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Daniel

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?

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Daniel

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.

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Jurgen

Hi Sportquest thanks for organising this trip for my two sons and myself. The fishing was a little hard but we did manage a Sturgeon just over 8ft which made our three days fishing.

Hotel was good, boats and guides were also very good. We did not catch anything the first day so Marc the owner kindly swapped our guide for Clayton and we then caught fish. The fishing tackle was also very good

This trip is very suitable for younger people. My sons are 15 and 17 and they loved it

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Hi Jurgen, thanks for the telephone call today and glad to hear you had a good trip. Shame the fishing wasn't manic but at least you got to see one of the better fish the Fraser holds. Hope your sons enjoyed the experience and am looking forward to seeing some pictures.

All the best

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Alan

Best part - catching a PB Sturgeon of 9ft 2inches.
Guides were excellent + scenery stunning!
Negatives - Hotel room not ready when we got there - had to wait 1 hour. No meet + greet, so a little in the dark as for where and what to do, especially the first mornings fishing. A simple 10 min meet up on arrival would soon sort this out. Overall 9.5 out of 10.
Would definitely go on this trip again!

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Hi Alan, thank you so much for taking the time to fill out your feedback form. They are a great help[ to future travellers and also us so if there are any issues we can try our hardest to resolve them.

Sounds like you guys had some huge fish and when we spoke sounded like you had the best time. So sorry about the hotel room these should be ready well in advance hopefully this will not happen again.

We have taken some steps to hopefully be a bit more organised on your first days fishing. There is now some very helpful and clear instructions in the pre departure paper work on where and at what time you should be meeting your guides.

Can not wait to see the pictures and especially the video of the big one

All the best

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Chris

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.

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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

Paul

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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.

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Alan

Dear Paul,

Just a short note regarding our trip to British Columbia Sturgeon fishing in August - September 2016.

We had a fantastic time catching the fish of a lifetime Sturgeon a 9FT 2inch monster which took 1hr 20 minutes to land!

We also caught an 8FT 5inch (Nick) and a 7FT also others to 6FT plus

All told we had 11 fish in six days fishing - 6 to me and 5 to Nick. The guides were brilliant everyday trying very hard to put us on fish. Their knowledge of the river was outstanding, they were extremely friendly and made each day special.

I hope you like the videos and stills and this short note regarding the trip, we would both return in a flash, and would recommend highly to any other fisherman who would like to have a lifetime experience at catching Sturgeon.

We would like to say a massive thank you for your Company's excellent organisation of this trip.

Regards

Alan & Nick

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Hi Alan

Thank you so much for very kind words. It is truly an excellent place and one that is very high on my wish list.

The video footage is excellent and love the hat!! Thanks for choosing Sportquest Holidays and look forward to helping you in the future

All the best

Paul Stevens

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Graham

The fishing adventure of a lifetime, great accomodation the guides where fantastic and the fishing is out of this world. The flight would be the only downside from my point of view.

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Hi Graham, thanks for your feedback. This destination is a must for any freshwater angler and is some where I will visit one year

Perhaps if you would like to return one year we can look at an upgrade on the flight for you.

All the best

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ALAN

Our trip was a little more involved as it was made up of three destinations in Canada. So to answer the questions below is really a very broad view. I will answer by each destination
Sturgeon. The accommodation was absolutely stunning, on the river(good fishing)deer and bears in the garden. George the owner was really hospitable with his home made wine and use of his fishing tackle. (I will supply photos). The guides were excellent, very knowledgeable and tried very hard every day of our eleven days fishing. All four of us caught fish of a life time.
Carp fishing. Paul had every base covered on this part of the trip. A totally professional operation. The carp are hard fighting to say the least. They are shaped like bullets and swim as fast as one. We had 42 carp with 28 over twenty pounds. Most had never been caught before. The home cooked food at the end of the day was just what we needed to finish the day off.
Halibut fishing. The flights were an experience, small planes and the scenery. The Range of different fishing available is perfect. There is fishing on offer whatever the weather. Sea fishing 30/40 miles out, inshore or trolling in the narrows. The wildlife here is amazing we had eagles taking fish we had thrown for them. The grey whales feeding. Sea lions stealing the salmon we hooked and bears foraging on the shore. I must say that Shawn our guide was excellent, he combined the fishing and wildlife together. We caught Halibut chinook coho lingcod snapper and various species of rock fish..

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Hi Alan & group. Thanks for taking the time to fill out your feed back form.

This trip was amazing to put together and one I would personally loved to have done. That first lodge we got you looked amazing and after speaking with you sounded awesome.

The Sturgeon fishing sounded like it went very well as you all managed some huge fish (Would love to see some of your pictures)

Then you guys went Carp fishing in Canada, something I have always wanted to do but its finding the time. Sounds like everything went to plan and you managed to get a feel for these river Carp.

Finally you went Halibut fishing and by the sounds of that, it went very well and you guys managed to lovely fish and plenty of species were boated.

Like I said above, it would be great to see some pictures of your adventure

All the best

Paul

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Caroline

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.

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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

Paul

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John

The flight transit out was awful - cramped and no legroom ect., very uncomfortable, the return was better (Airbus) had more room.
Talking to another angler in hotel, he flew from London Heathrow with Air Canada and was very good. Maybe Sportquest could give alternative airport and choice of who to fly with, as will seriously consider not going to Canada next year. Everything else was great.

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Hi John, thanks for taking the time to fill out your feedback form. Sorry to hear that the journey out wasnt great and we will take onboard what you have said and will from now on offer people the option. As mentioned when we spoke yesterday we can get you going from London Heathrow with either Air Canada or BA both slightly more money but well worth the extra leg room

Look forward to helping you again next year

All the best

Paul

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Michael

This was a short trip (just 3 fishing days) which I bolted on to the end of a holiday with my wife which included an Alaskan cruise & a stay on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
I caught 10 sturgeon to 6 feet 9 inches during my 3 days fishing. My guides were excellent as they constantly looked for fish holding areas & were always aiming to be catching.
The scenery, wildlife & fishing on the Frasier river is phenomenal. Marc who runs Cascade told me that the capture of an 8 foot sturgeon is now quite common & he reckons that in 2 to 3 years time that 10 feet fish will be caught fairly regularly.
I will certainly be going back as not only is it a privilege to experience the fishing that the Frasier offers but the thought of a 10 foot sturgeon lying alongside the boat is one of my dreams.

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Hi Mike, so glad you guys had an excellent end to your holiday with some Sturgeon fishing. I know how much you love your fishing Mike and I am sure that your day will come with a 10FT + fish.

Canada is one place that I would love to travel to as the scenery looks simply amazing.

All the best and we should catch up soon

All the best

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Karen

The best part of the holiday was obviously the fishing, as this is why we booked.
The guides were excellent and worked very hard to make sure we caught plenty of good size fish. It was also well organised and the surrounding wildlife made it even more enjoyable.

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Hello Karen, thank you so much for taking the time to fill out your feed back form. Sounds like you guys had an excellent trip and caught plenty of Sturgeon. Would be great to see any pictures you may have and you never know, you may appear in our new brochure that is currently being worked on.

If you want to email me a couple of pictures then send them to paul@sportquestholidays.com

All the best

Paul

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Gary

The most memorable moment for me was after playing my 1st Sturgeon seeing this immense creature surface next to the boat. Amazing!

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Gary, thank you for filling out your feed back form. A huge well done on catching your first Sturgeon, something I wish to tick off my list eventually.

Sounds like you and Karen had a great time and hopefully Mathew said hello?

All the best

Paul

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John

Leaping Sturgeon and the realisation of just how strong they are!! I should like to go again soon, but a little later in the year. Suggestion:- Train the guides to use a camera (You cannot train clients and some are useless with a camera)

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Hi John, thanks for your feedback. Well done on your fish and so glad you had a good time. I believe you have booked up for 2019 lets hope the guides have learnt how to use the camera by then.......

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Paul

Take a good camera. Mine was not good enough

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Paul, thanks for your feedback. And yes what an excellent piece of advice, people spend a lot of money on holidays and then dont take a good camera to catch the magical moments.

Glad you guyshad a good time and will organise your booking as soon as I can

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Ian

Awesome Place. Amazing Fishing. Get out there!!

Luggage misplaced Bit tedious

Still repeated annoying pop up. Once is enough

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Ian, thanks for your feedback. So glad you liked the Sturgeon fishing it is one place that I really must visit one day.

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John

With out a doubt best and most memorable parts of the holiday was the fishing. Seeing the river for the 1st time on our 1st trip was certainly a eye opener, I never imagined the river was that big and that fast. Hooking your 1st sturgeon, which all 3 of us on our boat did on the 1st day, was once again memorable as the sheer power of the fish could never be explained unless you experience it. The fishing was never easy but we managed at least we managed at least 1 fish on our boat everyday largely due to the skill of our guide. Our best was 6 fish in a day and even managed a double hook up one day. The most memorable day was the last day when I hooked and landed a 9 foot 3 inch 440lb fish. The fish of a lifetime and one which I will struggle to beat if or should I say when I return to Canada. Even after this fish we hooked a even bigger fish which we brought close to the boat and in the words of our guide the fish was beaten and we could just unhook and release. But even the guide wanted to try and get the fish to a beaching area and measure, so we towed the fish nearly 2 miles and beached boat but the fish had recovered and then took 200m of line in very quick time and in bring the fish back the hook pulled.
The guides, boats and tackle from Cascade were 1st class and I struggle to believe that they could be bettered.
Everything about the holiday was good and I struggle to fault anything.
I was a bit nervous about going on a trip with 5 other anglers I had not met before but we got on remarkably well.

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Hi John, thank you for your feedback it is a real help for future travellers.

What can I say about your report....... apart from thanks and if there are some serious specimen hunters out there they really need to try this

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John

Obviously, the best part was the fishing. Guides were superb, consistantley trying to put us on fish even though the fishing was hard.
Highlight was the last fishing day when I caught a 9 foot 3" 440 lb sturgeon and then the next fish hooked was even bigger. Even the guide was excited!! Unfortunately on the bigger fish although the fish was brought along side the boat, we were a long way from the beach. We tried to tow it to a beach but the hook pulled at the last minute.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi John, thank you for your feed back it is a great help for future travellers. Sounds like you guys had an excellent trip and managed to see and hook some of the better fish. We ahve sent you a memory stick to hopefully get some of your pictures. Once again well done on the fish you caught

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Marek

Deanna & Andrew were brilliant as before, the new lodge is perfect base camp. Unfortunately for us the Salmon fishing the first week on the Skeena River was disappointing due to the freak weather

The saving grace for us was the follow on week Sturgeon fishing the 3 days on the Frazer River we had 7 huge Sturgeon.

As mentioned I hope the poor run of fish down to the recent weather conditions. I still have a chinook to catch to give me the full set of Salmon Species.

Sportquest I cannot fault, superb servoce, from door to door, this was my second trip with you and I would totally recommend your company.... first class

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Eric

Thanks for talking the time to chat again like many customers on that week the weather was a killer especially for Salmon fishing. It has been a tough year on the Skeena and its tributaries. However I am sure it will be back to normal for next season.

Thank you for your continued feedback and support.

As discussed I would love to get you and your brothers to join me on the East coast next time fishing for the Atlantics.

Talk again soon

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Mike

Flights went well and were as requested.
Accommodation is great but hotel dinner v poor and expensive, useful to have dinner options.
Fishing was quite mixed but Cascade are first class and work hard to please their clients.
Overall a great holiday marred by uncomfortable transfer back to the airport.

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Hi Mike

Thank you for the feedback It sounds like you had a good trip.

Cascade are very good aren't they

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