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Cascade Sturgeon Fishing | Fraser River | BC Canada

Tour code: CAN001  
Category: Freshwater Fishing, Single Angler Fishing

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 are 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 Sturgeon 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 Sturgeon 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 fishing guides are a hand-picked crew that reflects 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 October
Weight: 20lb to 1000lb
Average Weight: 100lb
King / Chinook Salmon
Season: May to October
Peak: 21 June to 12 August
Weight: 10lb to 60lb
Average Weight: 20lb
Chum Salmon
Season: August to October
Peak: 10 August to 19 September
Weight: 5lb to 16lb
Average Weight: 10lb
Sockeye / Red Salmon
Season: August to October
Peak: 20 August to 27 September
Weight: 4lb to 12lb
Average Weight: 8lb
Pink Salmon (Odd years)
Season: August to September
Peak: 19 August to 15 September
Weight: 2lb to 6lb
Average Weight: 4lb
Coho / Silver Salmon
Season: September to December
Peak: 15 October to 15 November
Weight: 6lb to 20lb
Average Weight: 12lb
Suggested Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one as we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with either more fishing days or free days, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

DAY 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Vancouver

After you have picked up your luggage and cleared customs, walk through to the public meeting area where a Sportquest Holidays representative will meet you.

Transfer via private car to the Coast Hotel in Chilliwack.

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

DAY 2: Fishing Day.

Early morning our guide will pick you up from your accommodation and drive down to the river for 8hrs guided fishing.

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

DAY 3: Fishing Day.

Each day you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the river for your days fishing.

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

DAY 4: Fishing Day.

Each day you will be exploring new areas and targeting the mighty Sturgeon on top quality tackle.

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

DAY 5: Fishing Day.

Each day on the way to new and exciting fishing spots, you will experience some of the most stunning scenery Canada has to offer.

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

DAY 6: Fishing Day.

Each day you will enjoy full 8hrs fishing from your jet boats allowing you and your guide to explore and access the best remote fishing spots.

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

DAY 7: Fishing Day.

Last days fishing you and your guide will explore and access the best remote fishing spots all before returning to your hotel around 4.30PM.

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 back to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home.

Depart Vancouver

DAY 9:

Arrive UK

Dates & Prices

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 DateEnd DateDaysNightsFishingAnglerNon-AnglerAvailability
01/08/201931/08/2019986£2,282On Request  Book Now
01/09/201930/09/2019986£2,032On Request  Book Now
01/10/201931/10/2019986£1,932On Request  Book Now
01/11/201930/11/2019986£1,782On Request  Book Now
01/05/202031/05/2020986£2,150On Request  Book Now
01/06/202022/06/2020986£2,300On Request  Book Now
22/08/202030/08/2020986£2,250On Request  Single Angler
29/08/202006/09/2020986£2,250On Request  Single Angler
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.

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.

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.

Price Supplements

3 anglers sharing 1 boat and 1 guide in 1 twin and 1 single bedded rooms: Additional £300 Per Person

2 anglers sharing 1 boat and 1 guide in 1 twin bedded room: Additional £670 Per person

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What's Included & Excluded
  • 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
  • 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

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 do they 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?

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 to go?

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

How to 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 which 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 call us on 01603 407596 or fill in our contact form.

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