Lodge guest catches monster fish

  • Aug. 29, 2011 12:00 p.m.

A huge 84 pound (38 kilogram) chinook salmon measuring 51.5 inches in length was caught, photographed and released just east of Haida Gwaii’s Klahwun Point recently by Chris Lewis, a Queen Charlotte Lodge guest. The monster fish, caught August 21, is the largest chinook caught at the lodge in its 21 years of operation. The fish took Mr. Lewis half an hour to reel it in. Duane Foerter, who manages the lodge, said this summer “has been a very good fishing season (with) a lot of fish around”. The only other comparable catch was an 82 pounder caught at the lodge in 2000. The monster chinook was ultimately released and Lewis said “it was such a gift for me to catch it, it would have been a real shame to take that fish out of the ocean”.