Hunt River is gently flowing with periodic slides and riffles that hold salmon. The entire river is only 16 km long with a series of waterfalls at three locations. The river is divided into two section, the lower section is from the Lodge to First Falls which hosts 7 pools and the upper section is from above First Falls to Hunt lake which hosts 20 pools.
Atlantic Salmon - Pending coastal ice conditions, a normal year has the salmon run beginning to enter Hunt River during the first several weeks of July. By mid-July the river hosts a healthy run of salmon ranging from 3 to 30+ pounds. Salmon continue to enter the river until mid September. River canoes with outboard engines are the primary transportation while traveling to and from the pools. These river canoes are stationed along the river and are short 5-10 minute walks to the next set of canoes to access the upper stretches of the river.
Angling situations are diverse and can range from wading to angling from shore or a river canoe. Visit the REPORTS section for more details on the angling and our river observations.
Arctic Char - Char typically begin entering Hunt River and surrounding rivers during the third week of July. Angling in both the river and tidal estuary for char can prove very exciting. While spinning tackle is the obvious choice for success in the estuary and lakes, the river is fly-fishing only for all species. We encourage fly-fishing for char in all locations using small #12 - #20 flies for the ultimate technical angling achievement.
Sea-Run Brook Trout - An abundance of 1-5 pound sea-run brook trout populate the river as well, providing for additional spectacular angling. A Hunt River Grand Slam would be to hook and release all three species in one day.
Fish Retention Policy - Lodge policy for 2012 and beyond will be to limit fish retention to 1 male grilse and 1 male trout per group during the visit that can be prepared as a sampling for an evening appetizer.