“Can I Catch and Release?”: Answering Common Questions About British Columbia Fishing Lodges

British Columbia’s fishing lodges offer an outdoor escape that appeals to both experienced fishermen and those who have never cast a line but are looking to get back to nature for some relaxation and excitement. But if you’ve never been on a fishing excursion before, you no doubt have some questions before booking your first trip.

Keep reading to learn some common questions about British Columbia fishing lodges and what to expect during your visit.

Can I Catch and Release?

Catching and cooking your fresh catch is as much about bragging rights as it is about enjoying a delicious meal. And when you book a trip with Sointula Lodge, you’ll get to take home any salmon and other fish that you catch without having to deal with the mess. Our staff will expertly gut and prepare your fish, packing it into wax boxes that can fly home with you — even if your home is halfway around the world from British Columbia!

But what if you don’t want to take home your catch? Can you catch and release during your stay? Of course!

Your guide will brief you on British Columbia tidal water limits to ensure that what you’re keeping is legal. However, if you’d prefer to catch and keep only pictures, you’re welcome to release every fish that you catch.

Do I Have to Fish?

It may seem odd to ask whether you have to fish during your visit to a British Columbia fishing resort. After all, why visit a fishing lodge if you don’t plan to cast a line? But the answer to the latter question is that there are plenty of reasons!

Maybe your spouse, family, or friends want to fish, but you want to simply tag along. Or maybe you want to take to the water, but would prefer to go in search of wildlife like orcas and dolphins rather than spending your time casting a line.

There are plenty of reasons besides fishing to plan a visit to Sointula Lodge, and you’re more than welcome to enjoy your stay with us without picking up a single fishing pole. We even offer 4- and 5-day Wilderness Tours that offer the same luxury perks and delicious meals. But rather than spending your days fishing, you’ll enjoy a customized tour designed to help you spot some of British Columbia’s incredible and unique wildlife.

What Makes British Columbia a Great Destination for Fishing?

British Columbia’s fishing lodges are known around the world as a destination for anglers. But besides the great scenery, what makes the province a destination for fishing?

It turns out that there’s no shortage of reasons.

To start, British Columbia is home to more than 25,000 lakes and over 12,000 miles of shoreline. The cool waters here are full of champion sport fish, including the popular chinook salmon. And the remote corners of BC make it easy to escape the hustle and bustle and cast a line in the tranquil, unspoiled wilderness.

Are British Columbia Fishing Lodges Family Friendly?

Much as not all British Columbia fishing lodges offer a luxury experience, not all lodges are family-friendly either. Some require that visitors be over a certain age in order to visit.

Luckily, this doesn’t go for every lodge in BC.

Sointula Lodge is a family-friendly British Columbia fishing lodge that welcomes fishermen — and aspiring fishermen or wildlife lovers — of all ages. Children ages 12 and younger even receive a discounted rate on their visit.

If your little ones are eager to cast a line, our guides will be there to help show them the ropes. Or, opt for a customized wildlife tour and choose the activities that best suit your family’s interests each day. No matter how you choose to spend your trip, one thing is certain — you’ll leave with some incredible new family memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Picking the Perfect British Columbia Fishing Lodge

British Columbia is home to a number of fishing lodges. But while all might help you cast a line and get up close and personal with the incredible wildlife and scenery of the region, they’re far from equal.

If you’re looking for a luxury experience, led by expert guides ready to make your trip a successful and memorable one, Sointula Lodge is a great choice. Whether you’re traveling on your own, with your spouse for a romantic getaway, or as a family, we accommodate a variety of types of trips. With room for just 18 guests at a time, we offer a boutique experience that other British Columbia fishing lodges can’t match. 

Spots are filling up fast for summer 2022. Book your trip today to guarantee your spot at the best British Columbia fishing lodge!