About Rodgers Fishing Lodge
Rodgers Fishing Lodge is located in a wilderness setting on the West Coast of Vancouver Island in Esperanza Inlet, about 70 miles due west of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada. This is our 29th season in the guided fishing business and the 16th year at our floating camp on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
This past spring and summer, there were Black Bear on the beaches near the Lodge every day. We have the largest colonies of Sea Otters on the coast and the Gray Whales pass by on their way to and from the Bering Sea. One day, 15 majestic Bald Eagles were counted nearby.
The trip to Vancouver Island can be made by air or by ferry, and Rodgers Fishing Lodge can be reached after an additional short overland trip. For a Map and Directions, click on the link in the menu above.
Our experienced staff and quality equipment combined with our dedication to personal service ensure a worry-free vacation for you and your guests.
At Rodgers Fishing Lodge, you can take advantage of our Guided Packages, where we provide the boats, equipment, and guides. You can also Bring Your Own Boat and take advantage of our self-guided fishing packages.
Our professional guides operate fully equipped Transport Canada Certified 24’ – 32’ Pursuit, Grady White, Trophy and Hydro Sport cruisers. Your time on the water will be made enjoyable, successful and uncomplicated. We’ll supply everything you need, from tackle to rain gear.
We invite you to browse through our website for more information on our Lodging And Meals, our Reservations And Policies, or to read a few of our Guest Comments. You’ll also find a page of Links which you may find helpful. Whatever your choice, you’re assured an enjoyable holiday at Rodgers Fishing Lodge.
Lou Vialli will work hard to ensure your stay at Rodgers Fishing Lodge meets your every expectation. He will be happy to answer any questions you may have and to assist you in any way possible in making all the arrangements for your fishing trip. Send Lou an email or leave a voicemail in the contact phone and he will be sure to follow up with you.
Rodgers Fishing Lodge’s charter fleet consists of
22 fully equipped Transport Canada Certified 24’ – 32’ top of the line Pursuit, Grady White, Trophy and Hydro Sport cruisers.
Our cruisers are roomy and very comfortable boats from which to fish.
All boats are covered.
Each can accommodate up to four adults, plus your professional fishing guide.
The History of Rodgers Fishing Lodge
For 100 years the Rodgers family has been sportfishing in British Columbia.
It began in 1912 when Doug’s Grandfather, (Joseph) first towed a string of six rowboats from Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver out to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, where he began Rodgers Boat rentals. Joseph had bought 2000 feet of prime waterfront which eventually housed a hotel and a large dance hall. They built all of their own row boats and had the first put – puts on the BC coast.
During the 30’s and 40’s, Doug’s Dad, Howard, rented and chartered boats to sports fisherman looking to land the big one! As well, Howard ran the first water taxi service with his famous boat the Commadore. He serviced places like Britannia Mines, Woodfibre, Port Mellon and Squamish.
Twenty nine years ago, Doug started his own charter business in Campbell River. What began as Shoreline Charters with one Boston Whaler and one guide (Doug) grew into Anchor Inn Charters with 17 boats and guides.
In 1993, Rodgers fishing expanded. They began a camp at Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island’s West Coast. The next season the camp was moved to Zeballos Inlet, accessing the more remote, and productive, Esperanza area. For the past 16 years Rodgers Fishing Lodge has been located in Port Eliza Inlet. From Port Eliza, Rodgers is the closest Lodge to one of the most consistent sportfishing areas in British Columbia.