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Premium Saltwater Charters

Why Tofino Fish Guides?

Comfort and stability
Our 27 foot Pursuit vessel is build to yacht grade standards insuring a smooth and stable ride on the open ocean.  Flush toilet, back rest seating for up to five. Quiet, clean twin 150 four stroke engines power the boat.

Your safety is important to us
Our vessel is Transport Canada Blue decal certified and registered as a small commercial vessel. Head Guide Lochie MacKenzie is highly experienced in the Tofino area and is one of only a few Certified Tidal Angling Guides (CTAG) operating out of Tofino. Radar equipped vessel; inflatable collar life jackets are available if you like.

Premium fishing equipment
Enjoy fishing with well maintained rods and reels of the highest quality available. Islander and Avet reels, Shimano and Sage rods. Rain gear is available upon request.

Experience and commitment

The 27 foot "Red Sky" is guided by Dave Tom and Lochie MacKenzie and is our first boat out. Additional boats are available. The guides we work with are the finest in the area, experienced fisherman, boat owners, and year round residents of Tofino.

Excellent guide, excellent boat, excellent day! Our guide had it all covered on our charter. We had good bites and action the whole time we were out. We landed a few thanks to some great instruction and patience.
Adam Houlahan, Australia

Full or half day?

A full day charter offers the opportunity to spend ample time trolling for salmon and jigging or trolling for halibut, or gives you more time to focus on one species. Having the whole day also ensures that your group will have the advantage of fishing through at least one slack tide and often two. Half-day charters are a good alternative and provide fantastic action. It is always nice to fish the morning bite, but for those who don’t care for early mornings while on holiday, an afternoon trip can provide excellent action.
Family friendly - Children 15 and under fish free when accompanied by an adult.

Please give us a call or an email for winter and early season pricing.

If you would like to book a charter please email us at info@tofinofishguides.com and include preferred date(s), First and last name, email, cell (optional). We will then email you a receipt with deposit and total amounts. We can also be reached at 250.266.0587

Full Day Charter
up to 10 hours
1-2 People - $1400
3 People - $1450
4 People - $1500
5 People - $1600
Morning Charter
6 hour
1-2 People $900
3 People - $925
4 People - $950
5 People - $1000
Afternoon Charter
5 hour
1-2 People $750
3 People - $750
4  People - $800
5 People - $850

  • We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
  • Government sales tax (5%), personal fishing license, optional gratuity not included
  • We encourage a 1% donation to match Tofino Fish Guides in contributing to the Tofino Charter Fishing Fleet - 1% for the fish campaign. All contributions go to the Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society - Please let us know if you would prefer to opt out. 
  • Prices in Canadian dollars
  • Full day and morning charters depart at 6am/ afternoon charters leave the dock at 1pm
  • Bait and tackle included

Pre-trip information

What to bring

  • Personal Fishing License and salmon stamp - can be purchased online at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans website. Please print your license and bring it with you on your charter.  *Electronic copies are not valid.
  • Food and Beverages - You are welcome to bring food and beverages of your choice. RedCan Gourmet lunches can be ordered by calling 250.725.2525
  • Layered clothing - It is better to dress warm, as it is often cooler on the water.
  • Rain gear - Always important in Tofino, please bring it if you have it. Some hotels offer rain gear. If you are in a pinch we can provide it.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Seasickness medicine - If you are concerned about motion sickness, we find the best approach is to take a motion sickness med before bed the night prior to the charter and a second one in the morning. This seems to produce the best results.
  • Please avoid wearing hiking boots or shoes with heavy marking soles. It’s OK if that’s all you brought. Thanks!

Where to go

Saltwater charters depart from the Trilogy dock in Tofino. Directions are as follows: Enter Tofino on Hwy 4 (known as Campbell Street in town) turn right at Jack's Pub, (Just before the Long Beach Surf Shop) go down the steep hill and keep left at the bottom into the Trilogy Fish Company parking lot. Please proceed down the ramp to the dock. Our vessel the “Red Sky” (red hull) is in the fifth slip. 

630 Campbell St Tofino, British Columbia


After your charter your guide will dress your salmon and halibut and can prep dinner fish. 

Fish that will not be enjoyed in the first few days should be properly prepared for storage; cryo or vacuum packing prior to freezing is essential to maintain the exceptional quality of your catch. If you are set up to process your own fish, that is fantastic, if not Trilogy Fish Company offers professional fish processing directly off of the dock. Once processed, transport the fish in your cooler, if you don’t have one Trilogy can supply one for you. 

Custom Cutting and Freezing

Your choice – fillets or steaks, cryo packed in portion sizes from a two person package right up to the whole fish. Once cryo packed your fish will be flash frozen to -18ºC to ensure a quick and complete freeze.

Custom cutting, cryo-packing and flash freezing: $2.50/lb, $.50/bag

Custom Smoking

Westcoast Processing is renown for producing excellent hot and cold smoked salmon. Hot smoked salmon is marinated in a traditional brine, and can be prepared with or without a pepper crust. Candied salmon and pepper sticks are slightly sweeter and make an excellent snack. Hot smoked salmon can often be ready in as little as a couple days. Cold smoked takes a little longer (seven days or so) but is well worth the wait and is a guide favorite. Excellent when served thinly sliced on a cracker with cream cheese and capers.

The fish

Chinook Salmon

Often called Springs or King Salmon these powerful fighters are the target species of choice for most of the season. Chinook can be caught year round in the Tofino area, they are great fighters and fantastic table fare.  Abundance varies daily and weekly as fish runs move down the coast often feeding for extended periods in the waters near Tofino. Typically peak numbers are in the Tofino area sometime between June and August. Chinook are the largest of the five Pacific Salmon species.


These tasty bottom fish can be caught in the offshore waters throughout the fishing season. After spending the winter in deep ocean waters Halibut move up onto the continental shelf to spend the spring and summer feeding. Late spring and early summer can provide some of the best halibut fishing opportunity, however good fishing can be had through out the season.

Coho Salmon

Coho provide us with some fantastic surface activity and are a real thrill when hooked on a fly rod or light tackle. Often beginning to show up in late June, Coho fishing heats up as the summer progresses. Coho or Silvers are renown for spectacular acrobatic behaviour once hooked. Sound good? Have a look at our Saltwater fly-fishing charters.

Spot Prawns

A west coast delicacy! Winter and spring are the best times to pull the prawn gear. A fantastic way to get out on the water even when the weather is not at its best. Travel the fjords of Clayoquot Sound and reap the bounty of the deeps! Calm waters and stunning views make prawning a great way to get your family on the water.

Ling cod and rockfish 

Albacore Tuna

During August and September a warm water current moves up from the coast of California to sit in the deep water trench off of Vancouver Island. This current brings with it Albacore Tuna, a fish that in recent years has gained a reputation as not only a fantastic game fish but as a sustainable and healthy food choice. When the tuna current is with in striking distance and weather conditions allow us to travel well offshore, Albacore Tuna can provide anglers with a high octane blue water experience right in British Columbia.

Dungeness Crab

Excellent crab fishing can be had in the immediate area. Fun for the whole family, or an added extra at the end of the day, pulling the traps is always entertaining. Please ask about crabbing in advance so we can have the traps ready!

Cutthroat trout and Steelhead

Catch, photograph, and Release these fantastic sports fish on one of our remote freshwater trips.