Gold River Steelhead Fishing


Winter Steelhead Guided Fishing on Vancouver Island

One of Vancouver Island’s most iconic steelhead rivers, the Gold offers serious anglers the chance at world-class winter steelhead fishing. During the winter months these wild steelhead roll out from the salty waters of Nootka Sound and make their way up the Gold. Known for their size and their strength, Gold River steelhead are a sought after prize of any serious steelhead angler. We offer guided day trips on the Gold as well as multi-day fishing packages.

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Fish with one of the Gold’s most experience guides and enjoy hotel accommodations in Campbell River on these affordable packages. Price is per group, not per person, for 1 or 2 anglers.

Gold River Fishing Packages for One or Two Anglers
One Day / One Night Package $900 CDN
Two Day / Two Night Package $1800 CDN
Three Day / Three Night Package $2700 CDN
Four Day / Four Night Package $3600 CDN
Five Day / Five Night Package $4500 CDN
Trips Include:  Full-days of guided drifts on the Gold River with licensed guide. Waterfront hotel accommodations in Campbell River. Ground transportation from Campbell River. Conventional and/or fly fishing equipment. Wading gear.
Not Included: GST Tax 5%. Fishing licenses. Guide gratuities.


Accommodations for your trip

The Coast Hotel in Campbell River is located on the water near the downtown core. It is a full service hotel with an onsite lounge and restaurant, perfect for relaxing after a day on the river.

Fishing Info

Winter Steelhead Fishing on the Gold River

Vancouver Island is home to plenty of rivers that maintain wild steelhead runs, but none are as famous as the Gold River.  The Gold River empties into Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island’s central west coast.  It is a wild river, void of dams or hatchery steelhead.

Guided trips on the Gold River start in December and go through April.  Fishing is consistent through these months, with peak months usually being January, February and March.

Winter steelhead fishing on Vancouver Island and on the Gold River doesn’t come without challenges though.  The weather is often cool and wet and sometimes inconsistent water levels force fish to move around.  The rewards for anglers up to the challenge are spectacular though.  Gold River steelhead pull hard and are true ‘chromers’, wild and bright ranging from 5 to 25 pounds!

Planning your Gold River Trip

Chromer Sport Fishing makes planning a Gold River fishing trip seamless. When you book your trip with us we’ll get you hooked up with our licensed guide Curtis Smith and make sure you get some prime fishing dates.

Traveling to Vancouver Island, where the Gold River is located, is easy, but will take some planning because it involves catching a ferry from Vancouver over to Vancouver Island and then about a two hour drive to the town of Campbell River.

Campbell River, about an hour from the Gold is where we suggest our guests stay. There are better accommodation options than in the town of Gold River. There are also no restaurants anymore in Gold River.

If you’d like to fish one of British Columbia’s most famous winter-run steelhead rivers with its top guide or if you have any questions please contact us.


Gold River Fishing FAQ’s

Where is Gold River?     Gold River is located on central Vancouver Island. It empties into Nootka Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The Gold is easily accessed from the town of Campbell River.

How do you access the river?    Depending on river levels your day will either consist of a drift through a section of the Gold or if water conditions are low then it will be a walk-n-wade trip.

What’s the most effective way of fishing the Gold?    We get both conventional gear anglers and fly anglers into fish. Some of the river is suitable to the swung fly but there are lots of the Gold’s canyon water that is more amenable to conventional gear fishing with a float.

Why are accommodations in Campbell River, not Gold River?    Because there is no decent accommodations in Gold River. Staying in Campbell River gives you a variety of hotel options and amenities.

When’s the best time for steelhead in Gold River?    The Gold has a winter-run of steelhead that make their way into the system in early December with fishing extending through until April. Tough to say when the best time is so if you’re looking for a trip it’s best to contact us for an up-to-date report.

Are there other rivers to fish in the area?    Yes, if the fishing on the Gold is slow there are some other options including the Salmon River, north of Campbell River.

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