There are approximately 150 Islands in the chain which spans nearly 200 miles from North to South. The Islands are located 60 miles off the coast of British Columbia and 50 miles South of the Alaska Border.
What makes these Islands so special is how their location interrupts the migration of salmon returning to spawn. These salmon are returning to virtually every river along the West Coast of North America. Consequently, this is the reason we enjoy such a long fishing season. From the first session of the season in May until the last session of the season in September, we enjoy ‘Prime Season’ fishing. No shoulder season here! King (Spring) salmon start to pass by the Islands as early as April and continue right into October. We have an abundance of Kings through the entire season.
This is Sport Fishing most people only dream about. Cartwright Sound Fishing Charters has been in business since 1991, providing guests with the ultimate fishing adventure regardless of their level of experience. We fish “Cartwright Sound” on the West Coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands. Few people have had the opportunity to travel to this remote and pristine location.
The population of the Islands totals less than 4500 residents – All living on the East side of the Islands. There are no roads to the West Coast so very few of the Locals actually get there. Aside from what is probably the best Salmon Fishing anywhere, Cartwright Sound is a very special place. It is where the open ocean and the head lands meet and for 5 or 6 months the sea calms down to give us an opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful places on Earth
Getting here is Easy!
Air Canada flies to the islands twice a day during the summer months. Air Canada is a member of Star Alliance with United Airlines. This makes it very easy for travel. You can book your flight with Air Canada or United, and be checked right through to Sandspit on the Queen Charlotte Islands,BC. Alternatively, we have a travel agent that would be happy to help book your travel for you.
Your travel will take you through Vancouver BC, where you will clear customs. Be sure to bring your passport! From Vancouver, you will have 1 more flight with Air Canada to the community of Sandspit , a small town of less than 300 residents on the Queen Charlotte Islands / Haida Gwaii. We will greet you at the Airport and take you on a short drive to the Lodge.
For your return flight, we will have your catch packaged into Fish Boxes that conform to airline specifications. You will be able to check these boxes as luggage right through to your final destination. Keep in mind that we supply foul weather gear for your convenience so you can fly with less luggage, but you are welcome to bring your own rain gear if you prefer. Currently the airlines allow 2 free carry on pieces so it is possible to fly up without checking any luggage. This will let you check-in your Fish Boxes as luggage on your return flight. We suggest that our Guests wanting to take advantage of this carry on option use small soft sided gym bags as they fit well into the overhead compartments.
Please feel free to Contact us if you have any questions regarding travel.
The Travel Agent is Elan Travel. Their number is 1-877-897-5071. Just let them know that you will be Fishing with Cartwright Sound Charters.