Located at the northern end of Johnstone Strait, Duval Point Lodge is in an area through which virtually all of the millions of salmon which migrate down from the north Pacific each year must pass. It is also one of the coasts’ most productive bottom fishing areas, producing ling cod up to 70 pounds, halibut to over 200 pounds and a variety of rock fish.
Port Hardy, BC can be reached via the Island Highway or scheduled air service. If you have the time, the day’s drive from Victoria or Nanaimo to Port Hardy takes you along the coast and through the famous coastal rainforests. The scenery is beautiful. However, if you are more pressed for time, the flight from Vancouver takes only 55 minutes.
Once in Port Hardy your hosts David and Lisa Beckman will pick you up at 10:00am and take you on a scenic boat trip to the lodge. Although only a 20 minute ride from Port Hardy, you will feel as though you are miles from anywhere. The scenery is spectacular and the fishing spots uncrowded. On your last day of the trip you will depart the lodge at 10:30am, arriving back in Port Hardy at approximately 11:00 am.
What can you expect in a day a Duval Point Lodge? Wake early (or at your leisure) and step into a comfortable 16.5 foot welded aluminum boat equipped with all the gear and tackle you’ll need for a day’s fishing. Then hit the fishing grounds (some of the biggest Springs are caught in an area 5 minutes from the lodge!). Relax and enjoy the unsurpassed beauty of your surroundings, craggy shores covered with wind-swept trees, eagles and a variety of sea-birds, otters, seals and occasionally a pod of killer whales. Many of our guests have said that even if they hadn’t caught a fish, the trip was worth it for the wild beauty!
At the end of a day’s fishing, come on back to the lodge where you can relax on the deck while you barbecue your catch, or gather around the fireplace in the lodge while you cook dinner in the well equipped modern kitchen. If you want to try for the evening bite, feel free. If you’d rather just visit with friends in the lodge or rest in your room, that’s fine too. You decide how to spend your time.