The Fraser River Lodge
All your fishing at the Fraser River Lodge questions answered
Which fish will I be able to catch?
The Fraser River is known for its abundant fish population, offering a variety of species for anglers to catch. Depending on the season and location, you will be able to catch salmon,sturgeon, and trout. The river is particularly famous for its monster sturgeon that attract fishermen from around the world.
Should I tip fishing guides, and if so, how much is considered appropriate?
We recommend tipping the industry standard which is 18%. Tipping your fishing guide is a customary way to show appreciation for their expertise and service. While 18% is the standard, feel free to adjust the tip based on your level of satisfaction with the experience. If your guide goes above and beyond to make your fishing trip memorable, you might consider a higher tip to express your gratitude.
How comfortable / safe is the boat?
Our fishing excursions prioritize the safety and comfort of our guests. Our fishing guides have well-maintained boats with adequate safety equipment such as life jackets, navigation systems, and emergency communication devices.
How experienced are the guides?
Our fishing lodge employs experienced and licensed boat captains who are knowledgeable about the local waterways, weather conditions, and fishing regulations.
What type of trips do you offer and how much do they cost? Are there any additional costs?
We offer the following types of fishing charters:
- Local sturgeon fishing trips on the Fraser River & Harrison River
- Fraser Canyon sturgeon fishing trips
- Wilderness fishing trips on the Upper Pitt River and Lillooet River
- Local Salmon fishing trips on the Harrison, Fraser & Vedder River
Check out our Packages & Rates page to view pricing!
Our fishing team will instruct you when you book to what type of License you will need depending on the type and duration of fishing you will be doing. Fishing guests will need to purchase their fishing licence prior to their trip online here: https://j100.gov.bc.ca/pub/ras/signin.aspx
What should I wear?
In the warm summer months, we recommend wearing shorts and sandals as waders are too warm for these months. In the cooler Spring & Autumn months, we recommend wearing layers. You can check the weather forecast here and don’t forget your sunscreen and hat.
What size are your jetboats?
Our custom jetboats range from 20 to 24 feet depending on the guide and fishing experience that you have booked.
How many salmon can I keep and when is the best time of year to keep them?
The best time of year to fish for salmon retention is in October/November on even number years and September thru November on odd number years. Salmon species that typically open for retention are Pink Salmon, Coho Salmon and Chum Salmon. Sockeye and Chinook have occasional retention openings. Retention limits are announced closer to the specific openings.
Can you keep Sturgeon?
You are not able to keep sturgeon on the Fraser or Harrison Rivers in British Columbia. Sturgeon are a protected species and we are active participants in sturgeon conservation.
Do I need previous fishing experience?
You do not need previous fishing experience to book an excursion with our lodge guides. They will teach you everything that you need to know to get hooked!
Do you offer fly fishing instruction?
Yes, we offer fly fishing instruction. Fly fishing is great on our wilderness rivers for catch & release salmon and trout and also on our local rivers in the retention months.
Do I need to bring any fishing rods, bait, waders or tackle?
Our fishing guides will provide you with all of the gear that you need for fishing whether you are fly fishing, spin fishing, float fishing or bait fishing.
Do I need to stay at your lodge to fish with you?
No! Besides our all-inclusive packages, we also offer 6 or 8-hour day fishing trips!
Can I bring my own boat and fish or just fish for Sturgeon on my own from shore?
Navigating the Fraser River requires experience and we do not recommend bringing your own boat unless you have this experience. While some locals do fish from shore for Sturgeon, this is not something we offer in our location on the Fraser River.
Can i bring my own lunch on the boat?
Yes, you can bring your own lunch and snacks on the boat. If you are traveling or staying at our lodge and cannot prepare your lunch, we offer a BBQ shore lunch for $60 per person.