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Hi, I am new to the forum and quite new to the whole Saltwater Fishing deal as well (as I am from Alberta). This past summer myself and a couple friends made our way out to Prince Rupert for some Salmon and Halibut fishing for the first time. We went with a charter around the 3rd week of June. Fantastic fishing, beautiful scenery and we hit great weather and calm waters, it was just a great trip overall, what a blast! 4 biggest springs were 37, 34, 32, 31 and then some smaller as well as some coho's. We also did well on Hali, my buddy pulled in a 61 pounder which was great as he had lost a good part of a day from the whole motion sickness thing haha. The rest of the Hali's were in the 10 to 30 lb. range.

Anyways, where my question comes in is that we had planned to go with the same charter next year but he was almost booked solid with a couple late trips and an early trip being the only spots left. Our guide wants us to take a spot right around the May Long weekend... I had done some research before going out and I heard from a few people, the best time would be mid june to late July... Earlier may be good but the fish haven't put on the weight and later the chinooks slow down and there is more of the coho's and pinks etc. I was just wondering if this would be a good time to book or if this is a case of a charter just trying to fill empty spots that more knowledgable people may not want. We were very happy with the charter and our guide seemed very knowledgable. Also, every evening we had bragging rights on the docks compared to the others out there which was great! I was just wondering what you guys think about fishing that early in Prince Rupert??? Any help is very much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
 

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No wonder you want to go back there as in your few days of fishing beats my 100's of hrs of fishing in the Vancouver area...in last 3 yrs. My guess is you should have super fishing in that time frame that your asking. Remember reading an article in a Terrace newspaper in the 70's ...city east of Prince Rupert... a sport fisherman caught a 90 plus lbs. salmon in the Skeena R!!!!!!!! I was just driving about touring the north at the time in a vw bug in 1978... remember there was a huge forest fire between Terrace & Kitamat which took wks. & wks to get under control... That whole area is great for salmon... also in Kitamat area. Try a web search with key words Prince Rupert sport salmon fishing ... & do some web surfing...
 

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Did a quick search & according to BiteMe Fishing Charters they state there's a wide variety of salmon all year long...but best in summer months... Chinook mid may peaks late June to mid July Coho mid July peaking mid Aug to mid Sept ... But do the web surf & there's lot's of info...
 

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He's just trying to fill his calender up. Timing up there is very important with their short window. I would find another experienced charter and go at the same time. I'm in the biz and constantly try to extend our season (although we do have the longest season on the coast) i'm sure if you go too early or too late you miss out on the Chinooks.
 
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