The 2017 season at Westcoast Resorts has come and gone. This marked the 5th year of operations under ownership by the Haida Enterprise Corporation (HaiCo). By many metrics, this was the most successful season under HaiCo’s ownership. With continued investments under HaiCo, the facilities underwent the usual repair and maintenance regime with the addition of some capital projects and renovations. The most notable project was the updating of the Englefield Bay Lodge dining room and lounge. Based on the feedback from our valued guests, these renovations were well received and enjoyed by all.
We had another incredible season in Englefield Bay and as I sit here and reflect on yet another banner year, it’s hard for me to decide where to even begin. We were lucky to see the majority of our crew from 2016 return, and were fortunate to add a few new members to the family that were all very eager to see our first guests, the crews excitement was evident. Our facility underwent some major renovations and we were all very excited to show it off to all of our guests that were going to be joining us this year. The gorgeous new lounge upstairs was a hit and the added upper courtyard was a great place to enjoy the scenery in front of the lodge and share fishing stories from the day.
As we approach the end of August, the fishing has remained consistent and we are seeing great numbers of all species hit the dock despite tougher fishing conditions. We have been experiencing classic Haida Gwaii weather lately. The Denham Shoals have been accessible in the morning and afternoons have been spent, for the most part, tucked inside in more protected waters.
Our anglers have tenaciously hitting the inside waters and have been finding a ton of bait stacked up inside resulting in great success on the salmon front.
Despite some nasty North West winds as of late, our anglers continue to persevere and hit the fishing grounds hard. A typical day with the weather we have been dealt starts out on the Denham Shoals hunting for Halibut, Ling Cod and of course some big Chinook that are usually found hanging out off the west side of both the south and west pinnacles. It’s usually around 11:00 when the wind really starts to pick up and creates uncomfortable fishing conditions at the Shoals, at which point most anglers start to retreat to our inside waters like Denham Bay, and the “green mile” stretch from No Name to Herbert Head.