Salmon or steelhead? Take your pick on northern B.C.’s mighty Skeena. This broad, powerful river has it all: bar fishing, deep pools and pockets to dredge with lures and flies, plus summer-run steelhead up to 25 pounds. And once the chinooks arrive in the Skeena, the coho swarm the nearby Kitimat. The Canadian record king, a 92-pound monster, came from the Skeena in 1985, but biologists say even bigger ones are out there. Waiting.
In 2010, Steelhead; Boat accessible fish in the 20-pound range
When to fish: Mid-March to late May and August through to the first three weeks of November are best.