2019 Review

Another season at Eagle Nook Resort came to a close in September and I think we are now just finally getting caught up on our rest and getting ready to think about 2020. Thank you to everyone that made it the crazy, successful, amazing summer that it was. We had guests visit from all over the world, from Dubai to Indonesia to Texas, it was amazing to show everyone a true West Coast experience.

From corporate retreats to derbies to proposals, we were busy fishing and making memories. One of the most special highlights of the summer was our Tyee hat trick. Three of our guests caught Chinook salmon that were over 30 pounds, two of them in the same week! The largest weighed in at 142.6. We had some very excited guests (and guides) on the dock.

The fishing was remarkable all season, with fish boxes going home nice and full every trip with chinook, coho, halibut, and bottom fish. We packed up and processed A LOT of fish, there is certainly no Lucky Sport Fishing guests going hungry over the winter. We sent over 500 boxes of fish out!

Eagle Nook is proud of the work we did this summer with the local DFO to help the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program. We support the fishing industry and ocean environment by contributing salmon heads and data to the program so that they can collect essential information that permits for sustainable sport fishing opportunities. It’s an important to do our part in keeping the salmon hatcheries healthy and plentiful!

The weather was (mostly) beautiful, with gorgeous days and calm seas, even out at Big Bank. Nothing is better than relaxing in the sun, on the dock after a long, successful day of fishing. Guests (and staff) enjoyed the surroundings, utilizing our paddle boats, kayaks and stand up paddle boards in the afternoons, soaking in our little slice of paradise.

Our hardworking chefs impressed everyone another season, pulling out all the stops every single day. From hot breakfasts in the morning to hearty lunches ready for guests when they’re back from their busy days fishing, the kitchen never fails to make sure everyone is full. From delicious lamb to prime rib to seafood, every night was satisfying.

We had guests fishing at the resort right up until September 11th. We celebrated another season well done as a team with a few too many drinks and then we were right back to work! Winterizing and shutting down the resort is a daunting task, from wrapping all furniture to packing away every last item, but we made it fun and finished in three full days. Then we went our separate ways home to other jobs, travels, university, and with family and friends. The end of the season was bittersweet, and after a few months off, I know we’re all ready to head back up to the lodge.

Come and join us for your next summer adventure, and we’ll send you home with fish and memories that will last a lifetime. We are booking up quickly so make sure to call in quick or send an inquiry on our website. We look forward to seeing you at Eagle Nook Resort!

Salmon Fishing in Barkley Sound is OPEN

2019 Salmon Fishing Season is Upon Us

It’s 2019 and the West Coast fishing season is off to another great start, with Lucky Sportfishing at Eagle Nook Resort.

It’s almost July already, and the Eagle Nook team is assembled, excited and ready to help our guests enjoy a bucket list Pacific salmon and halibut fishing experience off Vancouver Island’s beautiful west coast.

Eagle Nook’s owners and guides support sustainable fishing practices.

Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program (ACRDP)

The ACRDP is a Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) initiative that promotes collaborative research and development activities between the aquaculture industry and the department. Eagle Nook teams with the DFO researchers to collaborate for research on fish health and

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ecosystem interactions. The first objective of the program is sustainability to ensure Optimal Fish Health and the second objective is Environmental Performance. Supporting research that will enhance the overall sustainability of the aquaculture operations in BC while ensuring economic viability with optimal product quality.

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We are responsible operators and work working closely with the local DFO by participating in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program. By collecting and turning in salmon heads we are contributing necessary information to allow for continued sport fishing opportunities. In some cases, certain hatchery stocks are used to indicate the health of other stocks in the area. Tag recoveries not only help to indicate that stocks are healthy, but also that stocks of concern could be improving.

Off Season Suite Upgrades

Our returning guests will notice that we’ve made some upgrades to our rooms.

Dan and Jeff are not just pretty faces!

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They rolled up their sleeves and worked with our renovation crew to install new flooring in all the guest rooms in the resort. They did fantastic work! The new floors look pretty darn good.

A Bigger, Better Gift Shop

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We have relocated and expanded our gift shop. Stop by and check out this year’s new swag, including Lucky Sportfishing hats, beautiful jackets as well as short and long-sleeved shirts. Be

sure to also take a gander at our selection of west coast artwork, jewellery and souvenirs.

Our gift shop has something for everyone!


Lucky Sportfishing Derby

Thanks to all guests who participated in 8th annual Lucky Sportfishing derby!

The derby was lots of fun and plenty of salmon were caught. It was a close race, but one lucky fisherman finally took home the trophy. We’d like to offer a big congratulations to Matt

2019 Lucky Sportfishing Eagle Nook Derby Winner

Harmeson and Gerry Gassner for reeling in the derby winner, at 21lbs. In a very close 2nd place with a 19.6 lb Chinook was Ben Thornber from Slegg Lumber, Jamie George and Brad Wetherell. Just behind them, in 3rd place was Tim Harrisons group with John & Jake Grympa landing an 18.2 lb salmon.


Eagle Nook Derby

Our guests asked, and we answered!

Due to overwhelming demand, Eagle Nook Resort created a second Salmon Derby for our guests. Now in its 4th year, the Eagle Nook Derby was held on June 8th and 9th. Friday saw a little rain, but Saturday was full of sunshine and salmon. All 10 of our boats were out on the Barkley Sound, with fishermen looking to catch the “big one” and reel in a $5000 prize.eagle nook resort 2019 derby winners

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While there were plenty of salmon caught and everybody took home boxes of salmon fillets, there could only be one big money winner. Congratulations to Dick Bezlin and Ken Rand for taking 1st place with a 20.4lb fish.  Ed Anderson took both 2nd  and 3rd prize with 18,2 and 17.2 Chinooks!

Book Your Summer Adventure Now

Eagle Nook Resort is now booked for most of the summer but if you give us a call, we’ll try our best to accommodate your group. There are still spaces available in July and toward the end of August, so hurry and pick up that phone before they’re all gone!

Come and see us for your summer adventure, and we’ll send you home with some fish, great stories and wonderful memories. Whether it’s your first trip out with us or your 10th, the friends and memories you’ll make here at Eagle Nook will last you a lifetime.

See you this summer!

The Team at Eagle Nook.

Our 2018 Season comes to an end

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And like that, the season is over. This was a record breaking year, which ended with the hosting of an amazing group of 60 from Australian and New Zealand. Thank you to everyone who made this such an amazing season – from guests to our staff.

We have some terrific memories from this season. From an engagement on our back patio, 60th birthday  celebrations, families enjoying some quality time and father/son derby’s.

The chefs continued to wow guests with all their delicious creations, showcasing some of BC’s finest produce and fresh catches, straight from the dock. These are only a few of the amazing meals that our guests got treated to this season.

 The chefs weren’t the only ones who were busy this season, the fishing guides and guest services staff, stayed busy processing all the fish that was caught this summer. We had plenty of chinook, coho, halibut, rock fish and lingcod that hit the dock, with our guests leaving with huge smiles on their face and fish to cook up and reminisce about their amazing time at Eagle Nook.


It felt good to have so many Chinook salmon in the mid to high twenties all throughout the summer. Our Australian/New Zealand Group brought in our first Tyee of the season, coming in at a whooping 36 pounds. A huge congratulations to Tyee Rick and Mark for reeling in that beauty.

The Chinook Salmon fishing this year was  above par on numbers and coho fishing was off the charts. Halibut fishing didn’t disappoint either, even though we had to let some monsters go, we reeled up beauties, some up to 50 pounds.

Coho fishing went off the charts in July and August. Letting go of  20 plus coho was just the norm, in hopes to find that nice chinook, which was lots of fun for our guests. Success was also had while waiting on anchor for the halibut to bite, plenty of hatchery coho getting jigged up.

All in all the fishing was great, the guests got that true West Coast experience and the guides had fun!

Next season

2019 is already starting to book up and what is looking like it will be another amazing season! So don’t miss the chance to come and experience everything that Eagle Nook has to offer. We promise it will be a decision you won’t soon forget. Friends will be jealous about what an amazing time you had, they’ll want to come too. Many of our guests can attest, that you’ll have so much fun, you’ll make it an annual tradition.

We hope to see you in 2019!

Fish On!!!!!!

A West Coast Winter is on It’s Way…

Hot summer days and long summer sunsets are now a thing of the past on Vancouver Island, but while the fishing season may have come to a close last month things have by no means quieted down for the crew at Eagle Nook Resort & Lucky Sportfishing. After getting settled back into our Victoria office in mid-September, it was right back out to Barkley Sound to finish up “winterizing” the resort and make sure our winter caretakers were well prepared for the cooler, wetter seasons ahead. Since then our general manager, Dan, has been back up a couple times to work on winter maintenance tasks since it’s never too early to start prepping for next summer!

One of the last catches of 2017, a 28 pound Chinook landed right inside the Sound!

A couple of our guides have been out fishing around Victoria and Sidney since returning home as well. While it doesn’t compare to summertime salmon fishing in Barkley Sound, they’ve gotten into a couple nice Chinook each time they’ve been out. They’ll be heading inland this weekend to try their hands at sturgeon fishing in Harrison B.C., and we’re excited to see the results of that trip next week. After sturgeon fishing they’ll be heading on a road trip to meet guests in Alberta and set up fishing trips for next year. It’s a tough job but somebody’s gotta do it!

We’re already booking trips well into 2018 – July and August are booking up quickly, and some dates are already sold out. 2017 was one of our busiest seasons to date, and we’re expecting 2018 to surpass that, so if you’re thinking about a salmon and halibut fishing trip for next year give us a call; we’d be happy to talk about the options and put together a customized package for you!

We’re available 7 days a week at (250) 880 0636 or info@eaglenook.com.

Another great season comes to a close…

It feels like mere days ago we were hosting our first pre-season salmon derby in June, but just like that our 2017 season has come to a close. It was a whirlwind 3 and a half months, with great fishing and better company and it’s bittersweet to see the end of it.

August fishing was consistently good, with nice sized Chinook and Halibut coming back to the dock everyday. Lots of happy guests were sent home with fish boxes so full we could barely seal them shut. Towards the end of the month Coho started to move into the Sound and on days Chinook fishing was slower, Coho more than made up for it. The weather also held out for us, and aside from a few typical “fogust” days at the beginning of the month the sun always managed to burn through and combined with mostly flat calm seas it for some unreal days on the water.

Taking advantage of the August sunshine after a great day on the water

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Our guides also got into some unreal Halibut at the end of the summer, right before the sport fishing closure that came into effect in early September. The biggest Halibut we saw back at the dock was caught September 4th by one of our resort shareholders, Sam, and measured in right at 133cm. A couple of our guides were out “fun fishing” at the end of the season as well and caught a couple nice ones that our staff were happy to split up and take home – one of the perks of the job!

Salmon & Halibut ready to be flash frozen and packed into take-home coolers

We were busy with fishing guests right up until our last day on September 11th, and then after a few full days of winterizing the resort we all headed our separate ways home to winter jobs, travel plans, or just catching up with family and friends. The end of the season is always bittersweet, and after a couple days off we’re looking forward to what 2018 will hold – we’re already taking bookings for next year so give us a call or shoot us an email if a trip to the west coast is on your radar for next summer!

We’re available 7 days a week at (250) 880 0636 or info@eaglenook.com.

Alyssa, one of our guest services staff, with her first Halibut!


Fishing Report: August 1st, 2017

It’s hard to believe August is already upon us – our season has been flying by! Over the course of the past few weeks we’ve been able to send our guests home with jam-packed boxes of a variety of fish; halibut, salmon, lingcod and rock fish have been plentiful across the board.

Offshore fishing has picked up substantially, consistently producing our guests Chinook salmon limits each trip. The west coast of Vancouver island including the Ucluelet, Bamfield area will see lots of Coho and they are starting to show. Keepers will top up your daily salmon limits. Bottom fishing has been resulting in some nice above-average halibut in the 50-60 lb range plus lots of great 30 lb fish.  Our guides have also found some new lingcod spots that are producing daily limits of these prized (and tasty!) fish.

We’re back on the water every day so check out our Facebook and Instagram posts for daily updates!

The weather has also been beautiful here at Eagle Nook Resort. The calm mornings are getting us out and back from the fishing grounds in record time.  Once back at the dock our team fillets, portions, and packages the daily catch while guests enjoy Chef Jimmy’s variety of hot dock lunches (the mac and cheese is a definite crowd pleaser).

Once we are back at the dock there’s time to jump in a kayak or on paddle board and enjoy the amazing weather. No one is too young or too old to take advantage of a sunny cruise around Jane Bay.

If you’ve ever thought about a fishing charter in Barkley Sound, feel free to give us a call at 1 (604) 357 3361. We’re more than happy to chat with you about the sport, what Eagle Nook Resort offers, and potential fishing and adventure opportunities with us.

Tight lines!

Fishing Report: July 5th, 2017

The salmon are in Barkley Sound! No running offshore yet, we are getting limits of Salmon right here of Cree Island, Austin Island and Harbour Entrance. The other hot spot has been Keeha Bay. Our usual Halibut spots have been producing nicely with some upper limit hat’s every day. The fishing is hot, the sun is out and we are ready to go.


From The Lucky Sportfishing Team!

Summer is in Session

It’s been an incredibly busy first few weeks up in Barkley Sound but things are officially underway and it feels great to be back. Both of our pre-season derbies were successful once again, fishing was good and the company was even better. Eric Scott of Scotty Products caught the first derby winning Chinook fishing with our guide Jeff. The second derby was claimed by Julia Raeder, fishing with our guide Rick; they landed a beautiful 27 pound Chinook to take home the top prize.


Rick, Kurt, Julia & Floyd with her derby winning Chinook.

It was awesome to see new and returning faces out for both weekends, and we’ve already started reserving spaces for 2018!

Our new staff team are all here now and fully settled in, and we can’t wait to see how the summer unfolds. Their first week up here was a busy one between trail maintenance, dining room training and dock hand procedures, but we still managed to sneak in a wine tasting and even a quick floatplane ride – a few of the perks of working in Barkley Sound for the summer!


An aerial view of Barkley Sound from our quick floatplane ride.

Our first regular season trip took place over the Father’s Day weekend and it was a great opportunity for everyone to be put through their paces and prepare for the rest of the season. Although the weather wasn’t great over the weekend the fishing made up for it, and we even got a few wildlife sightings in – bears, whales, bald eagles and a brief sighting of a wolf to top it off!


This guy was scavenging for snacks on our beach last week.

Our summer continues to get busier as it progresses, but we still have a couple spaces in late August and early September if you’re thinking about a fishing trip. We’re booking new trips almost everyday so get in touch with us soon!


Back up in Barkley Sound

We’re officially back up and running in Barkley Sound, prepping for both pre-season derbies and our regular season opening on June 15th (we’ve only got a couple spaces left for our Father’s Day Weekend Special so book soon!).

It’s been a busy week of pulling everything out of storage, setting up rooms and just generally de-winterizing, but a lot has been accomplished and we’re just putting the final touches on now. One of the tasks to be finished up before next weekend is updating our gutting table – yesterday we made some serious progress and aside from needing to add flashing along the top and touch up the varnish it looks great.

Our newest team members, Kevin doing maintenance, and Sue doing housekeeping, are fully settled in now and impressing everyone with how hard they’re working at getting the resort ready to go. The weather has also been unreal over the last week and after what seemed like a never ending winter, summertime finally feels like it’s right around the corner.

Last night we got out for a quick night bite before the sun set and got into a few nice little Chinook salmon. We let most of them go so they have the chance to get a little bigger but it’s good to see there are lots of fish in the Sound (and tons of bait too). We also got a show from a small humpback whale feeding close to shore; seeing whales in the area already is a great sign for our upcoming adventure tours!

Playing a fish on the night bite


Our first pre-season guests will be here this Thursday and we’re excited to see how big the derby winning fish turns out to be – last year it was a 25 pound Chinook that brought home the top prize. We’ll be posting updates all weekend so stay tuned!

Views on the way back to the resort

Lings, Springs & Eagles

Today marks 1 month until Eagle Nook Resort’s regular season opening on June 15th, and to mark the occasion we’re running a Father’s Day Special June 15th – 18th. Early season fishing has been great around Victoria as well as up in Barkley Sound, and an unbeatable deal is the perfect excuse to plan a fishing trip with family (or friends) in mid-June.

This past weekend presented yet another opportunity for a trip out to the west coast to continue preparing for the season, run boats and supplies out to the resort and get out fishing in Barkley Sound. While the first half of the weekend was spent building a new and improved fish cleaning station out at the resort, the guys managed to get out for a fish Sunday morning before heading back into town.


They put 3 Chinook salmon in the box but the best photo op came when Jeff caught a lingcod and was photo bombed by one of Barkley Sound’s many resident bald eagles coming in for a closer look. This early in the year it’s not hard to tempt a bald eagle (or two) down from the trees for a rockfish snack and sometimes they’ll even try to steal a fish right off the end of a line. By the time August rolls around though, they’re pretty well fed and it’s a little more difficult to convince them to leave their perches.


The first wave of our staff are moving out to the resort this upcoming Sunday and we’ll have a small crew out for our pre-season derbies, happening the first two weekends in June. The rest of the team will come up June 11th in preparation for our first regular season trip, it sounds like everyone’s getting ready to make the big move, and counting down the days until our opening weekend, June 15th – 18th.

If you’d like to celebrate your dad (or grandpa, or uncle, or anyone who deserves a getaway) and join us for the first weekend of our 2017 season let us know soon, before our Father’s Day Special runs out!