The abundance of fish in Chatham Sound ensures a virtually inexhaustible supply of food for the region’s grizzly bears who comb the estuaries each summer.
Accessible either by boat or floatplane, Chatham Sound offers exceptional sport fishing for four types of salmon (chinook, coho, pink and chum), plus halibut, yellow-eye rockfish and lingcod. The salmon run usually starts in mid-May with the arrival of the chinook, peaking from late June to mid-July. Coho arrive towards the end of July, reaching their peak between mid-August and mid-September, and tapering off in October when they move into their home streams to spawn. Fishing for smaller chum and pink salmon lasts from August into October. Halibut and rockfish, which are present all year round, have been known to reach incredible sizes, while lingcod are found only in the August to October period.
Named in 1794 by Captain George Vancouver for John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham, whose brother William became Prime Minister of Great Britain, it should not be confused with Chatham Strait in the Alaska Panhandle, named after their father William, the first Earl.
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