June 6, 2016 Duane Foerter0

It’s been a fun weekend trip, as our guests have enjoyed some good snaps of salmon fishing over the last couple of days. With a very calm morning on the water, many folks brought in some nice halibut in addition to their salmon catch.

This morning my three guests and I departed the dock at 7am and our first stop was Cape Naden. I knew we were in for a great morning, as there was a humpback feeding in the east bay. On our first pass the the port side rod buried into the water and five minutes later we boated a beautiful seventeen-pound Chinook. As the morning progressed more boats joined us, with most boats bumping into a few fish. Over the course of the day we played with nearly a dozen salmon in the teen size range, as well as sneaking out to pull up a few halibut between tide changes.

Although some light easterly winds came up in the afternoon, it was yet again another great day in Haida Gwaii!  It seems that many of us have found the “stick, stay, make it pay” method of fishing to be working best over the past few days in order to catch the flurries of action at any of our major fishing points. It has been a great start to the season and we are excited to see what the rest of our season has in store.

Tight Lines,

Jackson “Wacko Jacko”


June 4, 2016 Duane Foerter0

We’ve just completed our first week of the new season and the atmosphere at the Bell Ringer has been anything but dull! From slinky lingcod to silver tails, many guests are arriving at the dock with a fish box full of oceanic goodies! Guests are being selective about the salmon they bring in, choosing to keep Chinook averaging 10-12 lbs, as well as a great variety of bottom-dwelling creatures including rockfish and some medium-sized halibut.  A great 6-pound Black Rockfish (Bomber) arrived at the dock yesterday – stay tuned to find out why this is an amazing catch!


Guests come to QCL because they want to fish, but the excitement doesn’t end when the fishing day is done! Bell Ringer chef Brad has been sizzling up some crispy appetizers for the onrush of arriving guests, who can be seen with a cold drink in hand, swapping fish stories (let’s be honest – we’ve all caught the biggest salmon in Haida Gwaii), and relaxing after a full day’s work. From the comfort of the heated patio, guests have been enjoying the scenic views of the harbour and its many inhabitants – mainly otters, seals, and eagles!

The Red Boot Team has been full of energy this week, excited to start the season off well and working hard to accommodate all guests’ personal and fishing needs! Have you tried Candied Salmon? Sablefish? Ask a Red Boot Team member (that’s me!) about how you can try Haida Gwaii seafood with “A Taste of B-Sea” – you’ve never had Albacore tuna this fresh!

There’s no doubt that the Bell Ringer has got all of your “apres peche” (after fishing) excitement and amenities, come and check out the fishiest Bar in Haida Gwaii for yourself! We can’t wait to see you here!

Jessica – Fish Services Supervisor


June 4, 2016 Duane Foerter0

With winds shifting to southeast this week our guests spent more than half their time fishing the Cape Edenshaw side.  This proved to be very productive, particularly in the afternoons and evenings and along the kelp beds south to Inskip Point.  Tons of needlefish in these waters have attracted both salmon and halibut into less than 50 feet of water to provide some pretty exciting fishing!

While the fishing hasn’t been hot it’s pretty steady for teen-sized Chinooks and lots of chicken halibut.  Of course there are always exceptions and several lucky anglers have found fabulous opportunities to tangle with the potential “fish of a lifetime!”   Annie R celebrated the first Tyee release of the season with a nice 33 pounder on Thursday, fishing with her husband and guide Mark Kasumovich.  Nice work Annie!  Karen C boated the largest Chinook of the season so far with a beautiful 42 pounder, taken near the Driftwood anchored just inside Cape Edenshaw.  Guide Oliver M coached Karen to ultimate success – it’s always amazing to see those huge chrome Tyees!

Our early season halibut fishery is fantastic and we’re seeing lots of great fish being taken in close to the kelp as these big flatties come into the shallows chasing after needlefish.  Monte K started the trophy board off for 2016 when he released the largest halibut of the season so far with guide Torsten N – a feisty giant that taped out to 206 pounds!  That’s quite a fish Monte!  Lucky for Monte and his wife Olwyn, they managed to find a matched set to keep – 36 and 33 pounders that will look mighty fine vac-packed in 1-pound chunks for their freezer!  Other big releases this week… Glen L released an 87 pounder and Wendy and Dave T tag-teamed to let go an impressive 77 pound halibut.  Several people caught nice big halibut in the 30’s and 40’s, mainly taken in close to shore while trolling for salmon!

The weekend forecast is calling for light variable winds – a welcome respite from some unusually strong southerlies that tore up Naden Harbour all day today!  We’re also experiencing extreme tides over the weekend with changes in the 17-foot range!  There’s never a dull moment around here!


June 3, 2016 Duane Foerter0

Coming of the Season

The docks are bustling and the kitchens are filled with eager staff. This time of season excites me. It is when all the hard work and preparation can finally show its fruit. For this is the time when the boats are geared, fish are hanging from the scale, and the Bell Ringer is hopping with happy anglers. Finally QCL is fully operational and filled with excited staff and guests.

Over the past two weeks the staff have been busy with the final touches preparing the lodge for the summer. The docks are filled with boats and the guide room is filled with gear. Old friends have been reunited and new friends have been made. The guide team has returned to the waters and are busy playing in paradise. Humpback whales move throughout the grounds feeding on needlefish. The eagles are perched awaiting the day’s adventure. Chinook salmon are returning to the grounds as well. The zing of salmon reels can be heard each day throughout the fishing grounds.  

I got a report from one of my fellow guides today; “Kone Zone” we call him. He was fishing at Inskip Point today when he saw a whale feeding in the shallows. Trolling over to the whale he quickly found out that there were tons of fish feeding on the bait ball as well.  In only 40 feet of water his guests landed 7 chinook at 12-20 pounds and 6 lingcod averaging 7-10 pounds in 3 hours.

Needless to say they had a busy boat. There are many more stories of this caliber and many more to come. 

Know that the QCL guide team is excited to meet everyone planning on joining us at QCL this summer!

Luke “Skywalker”