Salty Dog Fishing Charters was established in 2013 in Ucluelet, BC by local fishing guides Justin Janisse and Jack Arentsen. After 6 successful fishing seasons in Ucluelet, life brought Salty Dog Fishing Charters to Zeballos, BC, a quaint former gold rush town located on North Vancouver Island.
Justin and Jack both have a passion for fishing. Both guides have extensive knowledge of the West Coast of Vancouver Island and will ensure you are safe, comfortable, and having a great time.
Where exactly is Zeballos?
Zeballos is located at the end of a 42km Forest Service Road (FSR) which exits off Highway 19 on Northern Vancouver Island; approximately a 2.5 hour drive heading North from Campbell River. Nestled at the head of the Zeballos Inlet on the unceded territory of the Ehattesaht\Chinehkint First Nation, the Village of Zeballos is the gateway to the Nootka Sound; one of British Columbia's most sought after fishing grounds.
Zeballos is deemed British Columbia's smallest municipality, with a population of just over 100 people. The community is world famous for its gold mining history. In 1938, population exploded when gold was discovered in the nearby hills, creating an "instant town". Many of the original buildings from the mining days are still present with false frontages creating an overall "Wild West" feel to the community.
The sheer size of Zeballos is one of our favourite things; however, combined with our remoteness, this means there is no grocery store, full time restaurant, or cell phone service. Zeballos is truly a wonderful place to unplug and reconnect with nature.
Enjoy fishing at it's finest, and the opportunity to bask in the rich history of Zeballos and Nootka Sound.
Visit www.zeballos.com for more information.
A Brief History of Nootka Sound
Nootka Sound is often referred to as the birthplace of British Columbia. In 1778, Captain James Cook became the first European to set foot on BC land when he and his crew stopped at Friendly Cove (Yuquot) on Nootka Island. The island is traditional territory of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth people. To read more about the history of Nootka Sound click here.
The fishing grounds in Nootka Sound intercepts most of the salmon runs heading to the BC mainland, Washington and Oregon States and of Course Vancouver Island; meaning that most of the salmon have to travel right past us in order to spawn come late summer and fall. Perfect for us fisherman!