When is the Best Time to Visit British Columbia Salmon Fishing Lodges

After yOnce you’ve chosen the best fishing lodge for you and your family, you have another big decision to make; when to book your next visit.

With the exception of the offseason when most lodges close (more on that season in a moment), there is truly no bad time to visit British Columbia salmon fishing lodges. But the month that you choose to visit will impact your trip, the temperatures and weather you’ll experience, and how late you can stay out on the water.

To learn more about the best time to plan your next luxury fishing excursion, keep reading for an overview of each month of the fishing season.

The Offseason for British Columbia Salmon Fishing Lodges

While late fall, early spring, and winter are beautiful seasons in British Columbia, they aren’t ideal for casting a line. With freezing temperatures and winter weather common from October through April, most British Columbia salmon fishing lodges close this time of year. 

While you might not be able to plan a visit during the off-season, this is a great time to start planning your next visit, brush up on your fishing skills and terminology, or maybe cook some of your frozen fish saved from your last fishing trip.


British Columbia winters are lengthy and cold. But by May, the snow and sub-zero temperatures have faded, and sunny days have finally arrived!

While cold days can still stretch into this month, for the most part, temperatures reach the low 70s Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) during the day. The chance of rain is less than it will be in the coming month.

Keep in mind that overnight temperatures still dip pretty low this time of year. Pack layers, or plan to spend your evenings relaxing and warming up in the hot tub!


Temperatures continue to climb into June. While it’s still cooler than it will be in mid-summer, June is a great time to enjoy sunny, warm days, and less chilly nights.

June also brings the longest days of the entire year to British Columbia. This means more time to spend casting a line each day. This month does tend to bring some drizzly rain. But while this might not sound like a good thing if you’ve never visited the region, locals will tell you that those drizzling days actually make for some wonderful coastal weather.


July is the epitome of summer in British Columbia. Many first-time visitors are surprised to learn that the region sees temperatures in the mid to high 80s Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) this time of year. Nights are still cool, though warmer than the rest of the season, usually dropping into the 60s Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius).

While slightly shorter than June, days in July are still long. A chance of early morning fog makes for a unique view of the water on your way to your first fishing spot of the day!


August — or Fog-ust, as it’s affectionately called — brings hot summer days and some of the warmest nights of the entire year. As the nickname suggests, August mornings often bring the rolling fog that British Columbia’s coastal region is known for. 

Don’t fret about the fog ruining your day on the water; it’s usually gone by noon each day.


September is often touted as the favorite month of locals — and for good reason. The days are still warm, but the nights are crisp and cool. This makes it a great time to enjoy an evening campfire. You’ll love cozying up in your cabin room each night after a long, fun day on the water.

In September, the leaves begin to change, and Malcolm Island, as well as the rest of British Columbia, comes alive in a brilliant display of color. Days are shorter, but there’s still plenty of time and sunshine to enjoy time on the water. If you’re dreaming of getting some stunning photos of your time at the best British Columbia salmon fishing lodges, this is definitely a month to consider visiting.

Planning Your Visit to a British Columbia Fishing Lodge

While there truly isn’t a bad time to plan a fishing excursion in the region, each month brings a slightly different experience, thanks to shifting weather and temperatures. Now that you know what to expect during each month of the season, it’s time to plan your next visit to British Columbia salmon fishing lodges.

Whether you’re dreaming of long, warm days in June or July or want to experience the changing fall colors, now is a great time to book your 2022 visit to Sointula Lodge. Book today to secure your spot, and give you and your family something to look forward to during the coming winter months!