Painter's Lodge - Campbell River, British Columbia, V9W 4S5, Canada

2014 Fishing Season Wrap Up

October 10, 2014

  • Salmon Fishing Painter

Wow, time sure flies, doesn't it? It feels like just yesterday our fishing season was starting and now it's almost over. But what a season it was! Here's Dwayne with our end of season fishing wrap-up.

It is hard to believe that is already time for an end of season wrap up, it seems like only yesterday I was getting my reels ready with new line and a fresh coating of grease. But it was quite a season. My tackle got worked hard, that new line is now old and bedraggled and the fresh coating of grease has been replaced five times over.

Probably the single biggest story of the summer 2014 fishing season is the incredible Chinook fishing that happened south of town at the Lighthouse, the Hump and the Green Can. In fact, if you wanted to skip Chum fishing all together you could probably head to the Hump every day for the rest of the year and still limit out on keeper sized spring salmon. Make sure you take along this year’s lure of choice, which is none other than the UV belly army truck hoochie. This work horse of West Coast fishing must strike a chord with fish in all sorts of conditions because it constantly out-produces anything else I tie on. Mind you, all of the guides at Painter’s were mopping up with tomic plugs as well, which is great because there is no better fight than a big spring caught on a plug.

But the great fishing certainly didn’t stop with the Chinook return, this year saw almost 2,000,000 pink salmon flood the Campbell/Quinsam River system. Children of all ages spent hour after hour in the rivers hooking one fish after another. And then, of course, there was the August sockeye run that will keep canners and smokehouses going until well into the New Year. So now here we are, well into fall and the saltwater anglers are still hooking plenty of fish. Between big nasty chum and beautiful Northern Coho, this fall has seen some excellent fishing and fantastic weather.

And on that happy note, let me thank all of you for following along and…

Until next year,

tight lines and keep on fishin’