Nicholas Dean Lodge

Conventional Fishing for Giant Chinook

Come and fish for the King of Salmon, the Chinook. The world’s largest King Salmon are found in the spectacular rivers of Northwestern British Columbia’s Skeena Region. The average size Chinooks we catch at Nicholas Dean lodge are 20 to 50 pounds with plenty of fish from 50 to 70 pounds, even a few over 80 with a chance at a fish over 100 pounds. The Skeena River produced the largest sport caught Chinook salmon, a catch and release record of an astounding 99.15 pounds.


Springer Chinook April 20 to May 24
This is the time of year for the fishery on the Kalum River. On the upper river we fish a semi – private 5 mile drift with over 27 different pools to fish. This is a Chinook fisherman’s dream water. We hunt mint, bright, aggressive, early run Chinooks mostly by spoons, plugs, and float fishing. These are the hardest fighting freshwater Kings you will probably ever encounter; they will even jump on occasion. We also fish the lower Kalum and the Skeena Rivers.

Conventional Fishing for Giant Chinook

Chinook and Halibut May 20 to July 15
The Kitimat River is the place to pull plugs, chuck spoons and bottom bounce from the drift boats. It has many long classic sweeping runs and pools with very reliable fishing for Chinooks from 20 to 50 pounds, and up to 80 pounds. The Skeena River and tributaries also offer some Chinook fishing that can prove to be very productive when conditions are prime. This is also the prime season for saltwater adventures for Halibut and Chinooks which makes a great option to spice up any trip.

Conventional Fishing for Giant Chinook

Trophy Chinook July 1 to August 20
If you want to chase the giant Chinooks that have made the Skeena River system and tributaries world renowned, this is the time to come. Fish average between 20 to 40 pounds with fish over 50 pounds not at all uncommon with a chance at a 100 plus pound Salmon. The methods we use to chase these fish are primarily Back Bouncing Roe, Plunking, Bottom Bouncing, and Back Trolling for these powerful brutes.

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Skeena – Classified Sections, Spring, Summer
Kitimat – Non-Classified, Summer
Kalum – Classified Spring, Summer
Remote Coastal Streams by helicopter access in Mid-July to Mid August.

Chinook Fishing Techniques

We use a very wide variety of techniques to fish for our Chinooks but the most common techniques are:

  • Back Trolling Plugs
  • Back Trolling Planers and Bait
  • Plunking
  • Back Bouncing roe
  • Float Fishing
  • Bottom Bouncing (Drift Fishing)
  • Spoon Fishing

For a more in depth explanation of fishing techniques please see the Conventional Fishing Techniques Section

For Gear and Equipment Please Refer to the Conventional Fishing Gear and Equipment List