Tahsis and Tahsis Inlet lead to the internationally famous fishing grounds of Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet. In the summertime, saltwater anglers from across Canadian, the US and European converge here to pursue all five species of Pacific salmon as well as halibut, lingcod, yellow-eye and rockfish. Albacore tuna is also caught within a few miles offshore. Prawns, carbs, oysters, clams and scallops can also be harvested locally.
Tahsis has two full-service marinas, and the public boat launch facilities offer potable water, parking, storage, pay phone, picnic tables, public washrooms, and a sani-dump.
Tahsis is an ideal ecotourism base from which to pursue the saltwater fish of the Pacific. Tahsis is located roughly halfway between two great fishing areas – Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet – and only a short hop to Kyuquot Sound. Within an hour, you can fish for salmon in any number of fishing hot spots.
There are important salmon feeding grounds fronting Bajo reef, major salmon-holding areas in Nootka Sound and Tlupana Inlet, and productive salmon areas in outer Esperanza Inlet. At various times of the year, there are Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum salmon to catch.
In addition, there are many varieties of tasty bottom fish, such as halibut, ling cod, sole, greenling, sea bass, red snapper, cabezon, and several varieties of rockfish. It’s not uncommon to also catch albacore tuna, herring, or shellfish (crabs, prawns, clams, and oysters).
There are great freshwater fishing opportunities all within an hour’s drive of Tahsis. Some of the lakes have stocked rainbow and cutthroat trout, as well as wild fish. Locally, the Tahsis, Perry, and Leiner Rivers have some sea-run cutthroat (November through April), summer-run steelhead, and Chinook, Coho and Chum salmon in the fall months.
Between Gold River and Tahsis, there are excellent angling opportunities for steelhead and trout at Conuma River, Sucwoa River and Canton Cree. Malaspina Lake has rainbow and cutthroat trout up to 2 pounds. It’s a steep but short climb down to Ceepeecee Lake (1/4 kilometre from an old logging road a couple miles south of town), but well worth it for cutthroat trout there as well.
The best time for lake fishing is during the spring and fall, as the summer months can be hot, and warm waters drive fish to deeper waters. Fly-in lakes such as Crawfish Lake on Nootka Island and Power Lake northwest of Kyuquot offer excellent cutthroat trout up to 4 pounds year-round.
Fly-fishing is preferred for saltwater fishing for cutthroat in all estuaries, but favoured areas are the head of Espinoza Inlet, the Estuary of Park Creek in Queen Cove, and the mouth of Glory Creek in Mary’s Basin, south shore. Park Creek and Park Lake have cutthroat and occasional steelhead.
For sport fishing regulations in and around Tahsis, check the latest regulations for Area 25 (Tahsis Inlet, Nootka Sound, and Esperanza Inlet) and Area 125 (offshore from Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet) at the Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s website.
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