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July 15, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

The past few days we have seen light winds and the weather is supposed to remain consistent well into the week. Beautiful sunny skies, mixed with some rain are forecasted – After all, it is Haida Gwaii.

Coho numbers are up offshore and tend to be hitting up higher (37, 51) with a small spoon being most productive. Larger Chinooks have been found inshore all across the grounds, as well as many medium 10-15ib Chinooks being caught offshore deeper than the Cohos.

We were also very lucky to see the two largest Chinook salmon of the season, so far, weighing in at 39 and 41lbs. Seeing salmon like this brings an excitement to the Bell Ringer like no other fish. These two Tyees were found inshore using anchovies! It’s not always the herring bringing home the hogs.

Overall, the fishing seems to have picked up across the grounds and if you put in your time you might leave with a great story and the fish off a lifetime!

Safe travels and tight lines, looking forward to seeing you up here!

QCL Guide, Cor Van Stolk


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July 11, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

There are days in a guide’s life that stand out, and today was one of those days.

The sun rose over a flat calm sea, casting a golden glow on the water’s surface, promising perfect conditions for a memorable day of fishing.

I decided to head to Yatze Bay, drawn by the big ebb tide that always seems to bring in the fish. The anticipation was palpable as I set up our gear. I stripped out my back rod, carefully placing the bait in the water. Before I even had the chance to get another bait ready, the reel started screaming!

The sound of the line peeling off the reel is music to any angler’s ears, and today it was especially thrilling. I quickly handed the rod to my 13-year-old guest, his eyes wide with excitement and a hint of nervousness. This was his first ever salmon, and the battle was on.

He handled the rod like a pro, despite it being his first time. The salmon put up a good fight, darting and diving in an attempt to shake the hook. But my young guest was determined. After a tense few minutes, he finally brought the fish to the boat – a beautiful 21-pounder.

QCL Guide, Darian Mant


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July 7, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

A Northwest wind, over several days, always inspires excitement amongst the guide team as it usually indicates good things to come. Although fishing has, at times, been challenging this year, there is always something to look forward to when fishing in Area One. Wildlife spectacles have been fantastic – With numerous humpback and orca whale sightings occurring daily.

On the fishing side, Chinook feeding off shore has been relatively abundant and Coho have shown up in healthy numbers, ranging in size from 3 to 6lbs on average. Most Chinook retained by guests last week were 10-16lbs but there have definitely been some larger fish around – Especially for those willing to spend the time and patience in shore at one of our many legendary points. Encounters with large fish have been reported more frequently within recent days. Bird Rock 2 and the top side have been most notable, producing a few quality fish. When you’re trolling close to the rocks along the shoreline of Graham Island you never know what could happen. You’re one bite away from being famous amongst salmon anglers!

We look forward to seeing you soon, tightlines and let the Tyees go!

QCL Guide, Tristan O’Brian


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July 1, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

We left at first light, heading out of the harbour with the morning sunrise peering up over the horizon.

A bit of fog laid over the fishing grounds as we ran out to the lighthouse to begin fishing for Chinook. We drop lines, begin to troll with the wind at our back and I turn on some tunes to set the vibe for the day. The first bite of the morning is a good one, taking line which then got everyone on the boat involved. I’ve got one guest holding the net and recording the fight on my GoPro while the other plays the fish. When we get it into the boat, high fives are shared all around. It’s a mid teener, a great start but we’re now looking for something bigger.

A few missed bites and some small fish released conclude the morning as we head to the Driftwood for lunch. I take the time while my guests are eating on the DW to clean the boat and plan the afternoon – We’re going bottom fishing for Halibut, Lingcod and Rockfish at the Pinnacles, where the fleet has had success recently. After getting the radio call that my guests are ready for pick up at the Driftwood, I swing by and we continue with our day!

We drop in and get a keeper Halibut right away, along with a ping pong paddle sized one we throw back. A couple of drifts later we have our two Halibut and are now focusing on Ling/Rockfish on the rocky shelf nearby.

The first drop doesn’t go as planned, with both guests hooking the rock I have to cut one of the lines while snapping the other. After a quick pep talk about what bottom feels like and how important it is to keep the lures off bottom when fishing a rocky outcropping, we start to have success. One Rockfish and a medium sized Ling were the result of some coaching and now my guests have a feel for it. We rinse and repeat 4 or 5 drifts and limit out on Lingcod, with a few Rockfish mixed in.

It’s time to finish the day offshore to find some Coho or Chum for the bonus salmon species but after two hours we’ve had enough and head in. Heads are held high knowing that we’re bringing an assortment of species back!

QCL Guide, Tommy G


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June 30, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

Tides have been turning on the top side of Haida Gwaii.

With salmon migrating into our fishing grounds, whales and large pods of orcas have been spotted frequently. Life is becoming prevalent below the surface, signaling good things to come! Many boats have found some more sizeable Chinooks inshore with many coming off of quick snap bites. Things seem to be shaping up.

Coho are also starting to move inshore along with the very large tides we’ve been experiencing. Reports of many bites have come off the top portion of the water column in the past week. An example of this would be some boats finding fish along Green Point at the start of a flood tide, 75 ft of water, 37/47 on the riggers.

Whales have been feeding and are now giving off what seems to be a bit of a show at times. With both Humpbacks and Orcas around, you’re in for an incredible wildlife experience.

Bottom fishing at times this past week has been difficult due to the strong and large tides but large Halibut are definitely around.

Keep ’em tight, let ’em fight!

QCL Guide, Ryan Green


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June 21, 2024 Tayler Fuerst2

For a month now guests have been arriving for the first class fishing adventure of their dreams – The 2024 season is in full swing! If you have joined us at the Lodge before, we can’t wait to see you again, and if it’s your first time, we’re excited to introduce you to the QCL experience!

In anticipation of your trip, our Concierge team will be, or has been, in contact with you to plan the finer details of your stay.

UNIQUE DINING EXPERIENCES

There will be no shortage of food during your trip, but we do have two optional dining hot spots available for our guests this summer, both available by reservation only. Don’t miss out and be sure to book your spot in advance! For those of you who have joined us before, don’t worry our chef’s have worked hard to reimagine these unique dinners.

{Reimagined!} The Buoy, a Japanese-Inspired Experience | This space is a perfect opportunity for guests looking for a one-of-a-kind special experience. Sit back and enjoy not only amazing eats and first-class service, but amazing forest views. Inspired by Teppanyaki, this semi-private dinner features our chef’s take on the traditional Teppanyaki meal with a West Coast twist.

The Bell Ringer Seafood Boil | Where East and West coast mix, the Bell Ringer Seafood Boil is our popular social dining experience on the dock. Indulge in an abundance of seafood including Lobster Tail and Dungeness Crab accompanied by our Prime Rib Bones and all the fixings. Enjoy dinner with a backdrop of the Lodge and Naden Harbour with a upbeat, lively atmosphere.

TWIN CREEK SPA + FITNESS CENTRE

Did you know that fishing can be relaxing to the mind and soul, but taxing on the body? Treat yourself, or your guest, to a relaxing treatment at our Twin Creek Spa; the perfect way to complete your fishing and adventure package!

Twin Creek Spa has limited availability each day and books quickly. We strongly urge that you book an appointment prior to your arrival. You can do so online at QCL Twin Creek Spa.

Should a visit to our Fitness Centre for a quick workout or our hot tub and sauna be top of mind – don’t forget your running shoes and swimsuit to take advantage of these amazing amenities.

 PERSONALIZED EXPERIENCE

Whether you are visiting with family, friends or treating employees or clients to a fishing adventure, there are many opportunities offered to go above and beyond for them. From meeting spaces, private dinners and events, fishing derbies, celebrations, to custom apparel, our hospitality team looks forward to adding these details into your stay.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today to review your trip and any special requests that you might have.

 

 


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June 16, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

This past trip was a rare Haida Gwaii Gem, filled with relatively calm waters, sun, and an accumulating abundance of grey whales, orcas and humpbacks as the large mammals make their migration north in anticipation of one of the largest herring runs in recent years.

Despite the ample conditions, estimated returning salmon and herring numbers, onshore fishing has been tough due to a fairly constant south easterly wind causing both epipelagic and mesopelagic life to be either blown offshore or to seek shelter in deep water rock structures to find relief from the currents. This has lead to the majority of the fleet fishing out by the pinnacles for all of their needs. Despite the atypical fishing conditions there are plenty of salmon to be caught in deeper waters, but it is most certainly a numbers game that must be played in order to get the fish you want to keep.

However, there is a silver lining. As early runs of Coho are also starting to show up in the myriad of species to be caught offshore, allowing guests seeking their full limits to achieve their goals as long as they put their hours in.

Coho and Pink seem to be more common in the upper regions of the water column while Chinook are being caught as low as 150ft on the downriggers. Beyond that and some extremely aggressive halibut start being tossed into the hodgepodge of fish to be seen at the other end of your line. Some days it feels like the 71cm Halibut is the biggest aggressor in the Pacific Ocean.

Another added bonus is deep water Lingcod seem to have realized the abundance of smaller life attempting to hide down low, and have also moved in closer to our grounds, with many boats finding their Lingcod limit, and several large 30-40lb lings being caught this past trip alone.

This upcoming trip the weather looks like it is turning in our favour, as on the 15th it is projected to swing and start coming from the northwest, and will continue to do so for a few days. This is a change we are eagerly anticipating so that larger migrational Chinook can be more efficiently targeted across our points.

Anchovies and smaller spoons, replicating sandlances, or other needlefish species, seem to be working the best, with hoochies and squid taking a close second. But if the contents of the stomachs of fish being brought up from deeper waters is an indicator of what is to come, herring will soon be the go to.

QCL Guide, Jaxon Jones


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June 15, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

The excitement is palpable as the fishing season kicks into high gear, with reels spinning and guides cheering on anglers from all over. The first few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity, showcasing why we’re so passionate about our career.

 

The QCL fleet has been in the thick of the action, with flurries of fish making their presence known earlier in the week, especially during the serene early mornings. Chinook salmon have been the stars of the show, boasting healthy numbers and sizes ranging from 8 to 15 pounds. As May transitions into June, we welcome the varied weather conditions of sun, rain, and south easterly winds, adding an extra element of excitement to our fishing expeditions.

 

Despite a mid-week wind pushing us towards Cape Edenshaw for a brief period, the waters have since calmed, and the fishing remains excellent, particularly during the transition from the early ebb tide into the flood. Prime spots like Cape Naden, Cape Edenshaw, Bird Rock 2, Parker Point, and Yatze Bay continue to produce impressive results, with anglers of all skill levels reaping the rewards.

 

The Chinook action has been fun, with guests experiencing success at various locations around QCL. While the timing of the action has been somewhat unpredictable, sticking it out in a chosen spot has proven to be the key to success. Both herring and anchovies, along with smaller spoons and Kingcandy lures, have been effective at depths ranging from 25 to 55 feet.

 

As more guests arrive, the excitement only continues to build, promising even more memorable moments on the water. Stay tuned for further updates as we navigate the thrills and triumphs of the QCL fishing season!

 

QCL Guide, Karly Barker


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June 12, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

Summer is almost upon us, and with summer comes first class fishing trips and fish you can turn into delicacies. The warm weather of the summer calls for our chef’s salmon burgers, to be enjoyed on the patio with friends. Don’t forget to tell them how you brought this one into the boat, among your other fishing tales!

Materials

  • 650g of skinless salmon *This is a great way to use salmon scraps
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 egg
  • 50g Breadcrumbs
  • 10g Pickles, chopped
  • 15g Capers, chopped
  • 2g Fresh Dill, chopped
  • 5ml Worcestershire sauce
  • 5ml Tabasco sauce
  • S+P to taste

Method

  1. Place salmon in a food processor or chop by hand. Pieces should be small, but not fine as you want to have chunks.
  2. Mix chopped salmon and all other ingredients together in large bowl.
  3. Scoop small spoonful of mixture in small pan with a few drops of oil and cook to taste, adjust seasoning and taste again
  4. Form salmon patties on small squares of parchment paper to ease transfer to cooking pan
  5. Heat large pan with natural oil of choice, sear both sides, and cook salmon patties until desired doneness.
  6. Serve on warmed bun with topping and sides of choice.
  7. Enjoy!

Don’t worry if you’ve moved through your supply of QCL caught fish already, our Taste of B-Sea program runs year round. The finest quality fish and shellfish, these products are Ocean Wise and come from some of the most sustainable fisheries in the world using the most eco-friendly fishing methods.

To learn more and to place your order, contact us | 1-800-688-8959


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June 7, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

Welcome to the 2024 Season, It’s a Guide’s Life, blog series.

A little different than our Kingfisher Report, this blog will provide insights into what a day in the life of a guide at Queen Charlotte Lodge entails! Whether it be a big fish, amazing wildlife or just a great day with guests having fun. For this first entry I wanted to share what my favorite part of the day is and surprisingly it happens before even hitting the water.

Each morning, the excitement of every angler and guide on the dock is truly amazing – No matter the weather or the misfortune of a lost fish from the day prior.

Every day is a chance at the fish of a lifetime. The enthusiasm and optimism is what keeps bringing me back.

I look forward to seeing you all, every morning, and talking about what spot we are headed to! Keep an eye out for all the fishing tales coming your way over the course of our first class fishing season.

Lead Guide, Ryan Kelly