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September 2022 Lodge Update

The Sportsman’s Club is ready for 2023 & trip bookings are coming in daily so please contact us now to secure your dates… Yes, the 2022 season has ended with lots of fish being boxed & flown out to places far & near.  The coho/silvers showed up in great numbers, as did the halibut.  The Chinook/kings were not as huge as usual, but the 40 pounder in the photo was an exciting catch.  We had several very large halibut with one in the photo measuring just an inch below the DFO limit for catch retention.

2022-09-20T12:04:37-07:00September 20, 2022|

Fishing Update August 2022

The Roth family arrived at the lodge on a 4-day trip ready to fish for salmon for the first time! Matt and his 2 sons, Jake and Vince, had no experience fishing in the ocean. Their positive vibes and good energy were evident from the time they arrived until their departure from the Sportsman's Club. [...]

2022-08-15T13:15:35-07:00August 15, 2022|

July clippings from the Sportsman’s Club

It's been quite an adventure re-opening the Sportsman's Club after 34 months. In September 2019, our last guests of the season left with many expecting to be fishing with us again in 2020. As we all know this was not to be... Excitedly, we have been able once again to start greeting our returning & new guests. The crew worked hard for a long rig-up of seven weeks instead of the usual two. [...]

2022-08-02T16:57:37-07:00August 2, 2022|

Sportsman’s Club Father’s Day Reflections

It’s Father’s Day & an opportunity to reflect on memories of fathers, grandfathers & great-grandfathers who have enjoyed amazing bonding trips with sons, daughters & others in their families at the Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club since 1984. We are pleased to welcome many of you back to the fishing lodge in 2022.  Hosts, Simon, Stephanie, Jasmine & our crew are working hard to prepare for our guests to arrive, & Cathy is in our Campbell River office awaiting your calls & messages (info@riversinlet.com or 250-923-2689).  Call today if you have yet to book your 2022 & 2023 fishing dates. [...]

2022-06-19T13:41:48-07:00June 19, 2022|

RISC 2022 season is underway…

Yes, it’s all happening. We are jubilant that our Sportsman’s Club 2022 fishing season is underway. Simon & Stephanie are in Rivers Inlet where they have been involved in the fishing lodge buildings being towed from winter to summer moorage & now rig-up starts in earnest. [...]

2022-06-19T13:21:47-07:00June 8, 2022|

Downriggers or Mooching for Salmon in Rivers Inlet?

Back in the 80’s when the Kelly Family started the Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club (RISC), there were no downriggers used in Rivers Inlet. They are still not allowed in our “Chinook Special Management Zone” at the Head of Rivers Inlet where only mooching with herring is permitted & anglers can only harvest 1 Chinook/day & 2 per season. For most of RISC’s 39-year history, we only fished for salmon using the skilled, but easily learned technique known as “motor-mooching” with a cut-plug herring. [...]

2022-04-18T16:23:27-07:00April 18, 2022|
  • Big Fish!

Fishing Technique – Luck vs. Skill?

Fishing is a unique sport in that there is a delicate balance of luck & skill. However, after over 50 years of fishing & guiding it seems the more effort you put into the details the “luckier” you get! [...]

2022-02-12T13:27:36-08:00February 12, 2022|

Late Summer Northern Coho Fishing

One of the biggest questions we get when guests are planning a fishing trip with us at the Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club is should I come in July or August & what is the difference? In a nutshell, we can have our best fishing on any given day during our brief eight-week summer season. [...]

2022-02-12T13:15:52-08:00January 13, 2022|
  • 2 men proudly stand beside their catch of the day, at least 7 large salmon hang beside them at the scale!

When Is The Best Time To Go Salmon Fishing In BC?

Q - When is the best time to go salmon fishing in BC? A - The best time to go salmon fishing in BC is the summer. At the Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club, we make it easy for our guests to time their trip to maximize fishing opportunities. We do this by only operating during July & August when the various salmon runs in our area are at their peak. [...]

2021-11-30T16:52:12-08:00November 29, 2021|

Rivers Inlet Salmon Hatchery History

Rivers Inlet Salmon Hatchery History Almost forty years ago, the Lodge owners in our area decided that we needed to take things into our own hands & enhance the salmon runs in our area using our own initiative. We formed an association of lodges on the central B.C. coast with the sole purpose of using our own resources to start a private hatchery program to raise these giant Chinook/King salmon [...]

2021-10-29T09:44:51-07:00October 21, 2021|
  • A very happy woman holds her giant salmon she caught moments ago in the boat!

A Trip To Rivers Inlet – Summer 2021

After our recent trip into the lodge to do repairs & maintenance, we are more excited than ever for getting the lodge back up & running in summer 2022. My wife Stephanie & I left our home in Pemberton & booked a ferry to Vancouver Island. The first stop was lodge owner (my Mother) Barbara’s house in Victoria for a long overdue visit. We left with some real treasures in the form of a couple of boxes of old photo albums from some of our 38 years of operation. Look for some of those flashback images coming soon! [...]

2021-09-04T08:43:08-07:00September 3, 2021|

Summer Is Here!

School’s out and with graduation/prom, Canada Day/July 1st and Independence Day/July 4th behind us, now it really is officially summer! The weather certainly cooperated, maybe too much, with record setting temperatures in British Columbia these past few weeks. We hit an all-time high of 49.6 C/121.8 F in Lytton BC last week & it might have gone higher, but the entire town burned down the next day and the weather station was gone. [...]

2021-07-20T12:04:23-07:00July 14, 2021|
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