St. Mary Lake,
near the north end of Salt Spring
Island, is an anomaly. There are few freshwater lakes on any of
the islands. St. Mary Lake is large enough to hold the rest of them
Mary Lake Salt Spring Island
Stocked with trout and smallmouth bass, the lake is reached from a
small beach and boat launch at the junction of Upper and Lower Ganges
Roads and Vesuvius Bay Road. Powerboats are not permitted here, except
those with electric motors.
Owing to the strength of the tidal currents coursing through Active
Pass between Mayne Island
and Galiano Island, there
are plenty of nutrients in the water to attract marine life. Salmon
feed in these waters, although in recent years the large chinook have
all but disappeared. It's not as easy to purchase fresh seafood on
the islands as you might imagine. Most islanders do their own crabbing
and shrimping, but at Horton Bay on Mayne Island, you may find
such delicacies for sale.
Although the availability is seasonal, stop by the federal dock between
4 and 6pm and look for a truck with the personalized licence plates
CRAB 4U, which says it all. For more information on fishing in the
waters of Active Pass around Mayne and Galiano Islands there are two
marine services in Miners Bay on Mayne Island; and you can chat to
the folks at the Corner Store, in Sturdies Bay on Galiano Island.
East Point Regional
Park on Saturna Island
is a good place to spin-cast for salmon that feed in back eddies created
by the swirling currents. One of the best places to begin a boating
fishing trip in the Gulf Islands is from Silva Bay at the south
end of Gabriola Island. The
nearby Flat Top Islands are a guaranteed hotspot to mooch for
salmon. It's hard to keep a secret. You can tell where the fish are
biting by looking to see where boats are congregating.
waters around Quadra Island
have yielded some of the largest salmon ever caught on BC's
west coast. Although much of the activity is centred in nearby Campbell
River on Vancouver Island, there's plenty of action around Quadra,
particularly at Quathiaski Cove, where the ferry linking Quadra
and Campbell River docks.
Boaters must be extremely cautious in the waters of Discovery Passage.
Anglers congregate in the waters off Cape Mudge, Copper Bluffs, April
Point, and at the entrance to Quathiaski Cove around Grouse Island.
Good fishing is also found in the protected waters around Rebecca
Spit Marine Provincial Park, where a popular public boat ramp
Inland on Quadra Island, cutthroat trout are numerous in the
freshwater regions of Village Bay, Mine, and Main