Grizzly Bears and deep water salmon fishing

Grizzly Bear with pink salmon

The area Grizzly Bear Lodge uses for viewing bears in the fall is on Knight Inlet’s Glendale River.  The viewing stands are a fifteen minute van ride up the river and are located right on the river a few meters (yards) from the waters edge.  Some parts of the viewing area are in shallow water where the bears are seen chasing the salmon and catching them on the surface.  This takes quite a bit of energy and time as the fish are fast. Other bears prefer to conserve their energy and fish in the deep water, which requires bears to dive to pick up dead or wounded salmon that have drift down from up stream. When deep water fishing it is often easier to walk to shore to eat than constantly diving to retrieve the dropped meat. James O’Donoghue of the UK provided this photo.