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Your Guide to Different Types of Salmon in BC

Salmon are one of the most popular game fish in North America. The fish are fighters and worthy opponents for any angler. Salmon are members of the Salmonidae family, which include trout, whitefish, and chars. Atlantic salmon belong to the genus Salmo and are more closely related to trout than the Pacific varieties of salmon. There are five types of salmon species found off   the west coast of British Columbia. When you come north for the best salmon fishing in Canada, you’ll want to know how to identify the different types.  

Different Types of Salmon in BC

Types of Pacific Salmon  

Pacific salmon are anadromous. The fish are born in freshwater, then they migrate to the ocean. They will live in the ocean for their adult life before returning to the stream where they were born, to reproduce. These are the types of salmon we see on our salmon fishing charters, with Chinook/King and Coho/Silver being the main type of salmon we catch.      

1. Chinook or King Salmon  

Chinook salmon are the prized fish for anglers because they are more difficult to catch due to their size and strength. The average size of Chinook salmon is about 17 kilograms, but these fish can get up to 50 kilograms or more. The Chinook is blue-green, red, or purple on the back, with black spots on its tail. You can catch Chinook from April to September, but the largest ones are typically caught in July and August.  

2. Coho or Silver Salmon  

Coho salmon are the other main salmon we catch. Characterized by silver sides with dark-blue backs, they may darken when they move to their spawning grounds. Although they are a bit smaller than Chinook, weighing a modest 16 kilograms on average, they can be more difficult to catch because they can be aggressive and acrobatic. The season for Coho starts in July, but they are best caught in late fall, October, and November, when they are bigger.

3. Pink Salmon – AKA Humpies  

Pink salmon are the smallest of the Pacific salmon. They average around 2.2 kilograms but can get as large as 6 kilograms. Mature pink salmon have a large, humped back, hence their nickname. They have a V-shaped tail fin without any silver. They’re a great sport fish that even children can reel in and their fishing season is from July to September.  

4. Chum or Dog Salmon  

Chum salmon have a dark horizontal stripe on each side. They also have canine-like teeth, large pupils, and a forked tail. They’re silvery blue-green when they live in the ocean, but when they return to freshwater, they take on a dark olive-green hue. Chum are the second largest salmon, weighing between 4.4 to 10 kilograms. There is an abundance of chum salmon. They are strong and will be a worthy catch, but seafood lovers say their meat isn’t as tasty as Chinook or Sockeye. The cooler months are the best times to catch chum.  

5. Red Salmon AKA Sockeyes

Sockeye salmon are recognizable by the lack of spots on their tail and back and the long gill rakers. When they are found in the ocean, they will be blue and silver, but when they return to the spawning stream, they turn red with green heads. They weigh between 2 to 7 kilograms and the best season for sockeyes is from July to September.  

Experience the Best Salmon Fishing in Canada this Summer

For a true summer adventure in the Pacific Northwest, book your retreat at one of the best BC salmon fishing lodges. Eagle Nook Resort in Barkley Sound offers luxurious accommodations, private fishing charters and fine dining, set in a remote location surrounded by natural beauty. Get more information on booking your stay for the fishing season.  

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5 Reasons to Choose Salmon Fishing for Your Next Team Building Event

Successful corporate team building events are something to look forward to instead of simply another essential exercise to get through. BC salmon fishing lodges offer world-class fishing experiences for teams. Eagle Nook has conferencing facilities to accommodate groups up to 34 guests. We work with your team to offer events and activities that help strengthen relationships between co-workers to support your organization’s goals.  

Learn Other’s Skills As You Fish    

Team building events should help people demonstrate soft skills that might not come out in a corporate setting and salmon fishing lets your team see each other in a new light. People can build relationships outside the walls of the office in a more relaxed setting. Getting out on a boat with co workers may not be the same thing as working on a corporate presentation together, but it offers the opportunity to test the waters, so to speak.

Show Off Problem Solving Skills with Salmon Fishing  

In the corporate environment, people can get in a rut with their work. Taking your team out of the office encourages them to work together in a different way. Salmon fishing isn’t like fishing on the side of a river or lake. Salmon are worthy opponents with thick jaws that aren’t easy to catch. The stories,   memories and pictures of a big fish on the line and the success of landing one of these amazing salmon last a lifetime. The photo in the office of the group’s catch lasts for years and always brings back conversation about the event.

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Reconnect with Nature  

Researchers from Cornell University found that just 10 minutes in nature reduced stress and anxiety. Good corporate team building activities strengthen communication and trust between people. When your team is relaxed, it’s easier to build bonds. Salmon fishing is a great way to reconnect with nature and to experience the vastness of our world. From the deck of our remote resort to   one of our private fishing boats, your team will have an eco-adventure of a lifetime.  

Identify Team Leaders  

A team building event levels the playing field from the office. Natural leaders often don’t have a chance to shine in the office without authority. Salmon fishing lets people shine in a new way to let everyone show off skills that might be hidden in the corporate environment. You’ll notice right away who is comfortable directing others with respect and who is helping to let you know who has those skills to develop in the office.  

Salmon Fishing is Fun  

A corporate retreat in a special location with multiple activities, including salmon fishing, is a reward, not a chore. For people who aren’t into fishing, it’s easy to turn one of the private charters into an eco-tourist adventure where team members look for wildlife, such as humpback whales, seals, and even eagles. Take your regular retreat to a new place with fishing derbies, kayaking tours and all the amenities of a first-class, luxurious lodge.  

Expertly Guided Corporate and Team Building Salmon Fishing Events in BC

If you’re looking for hidden talent within your team, fish where the fish are! Plan your next corporate event during the salmon fishing season in BC to give your team new opportunities for growth and collaboration. Contact us for more information about a corporate retreat.

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