St. Jean’s has been processing sport-caught salmon, ground fish and tuna for lodges, charters, and individual fishermen for over 50 years.

We have learned a thing or two over those years about preparing great fish, and our customers consistently rave about the quality of our products.


Yes! We know that successfully processing sport fish takes more than a great recipe. It also takes a sophisticated tracking system to ensure that the fish you bring in is the fish you get back.

Your fish is assigned a unique number when it enters our processing plant, and it stays with the fish through each step of the process.

This, combined with detailed documentation at each point in the production process, enables us to guarantee that your fish will be returned to you: “The one that didn’t get away!”

Important Notes for Sport Fishermen

June, 2020: our Nanaimo, Campbell River, Delta, and Port Alberni stores are open and we can receive sport fish for processing. Our YVR South Terminal kiosk remains closed at this time.

Tuna: We are only accepting tuna frozen in-the-round or head-off/guts-out; we can’t accept loins. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Salmon: due to incoming sport fish volumes, all fresh salmon dropped off for sport fish processing must be cleaned (guts out). Whole salmon (cleaned), sides, and fillets are all acceptable for drop off.

Thank you for your understanding and support!

The Sport Fishing Institute of British Columbia (SFI) has represented the interests of over 300,000 tidal water anglers and related businesses to elected officials, management agency staff, other fishery sectors and the non-angling public since 1981. St. Jean’s Cannery & Smokehouse is a proud member of the SFI.

The SFI is also a valuable resource for sport fishers in British Columbia and those wishing to visit B.C. and learn more about sport fishing opportunities in the province. highlights the SFI’s conservation strategies and the economic impact of sport fishing on B.C.’s economy.

Need help deciding where to take your next fishing trip? is a online information guide for sport fishing in B.C. that includes a trip finder resource.