It’s been just under 3 weeks since we opened for the season and since our Spring Fling Salmon Derby began. Spring salmon fishing in Campbell River can really heat up and this year anglers are up for some pretty sweet prizes when they fish with us. First of all, every Chinook salmon catch at Painter’s Lodge during the derby is automatically entered to win a prize. The angler with the biggest Chinook each day wins a prize and at the end of the derby we’ll award some huge prizes, including a trip for two to Painter's Lodge.
So far the fishing has been consistent which is promising. We’ve given out many daily prizes but it’s that position at the top of the leader board that everybody wants. Mike McLean and his 15.1 lb. Chinook got the ball rolling on May 7, and then Krista Johnson set the bar a bit higher on May 12 when she reeled in a 20.1 lb. catch. Before too long Jesse Danchak returned to the dock with 20.5 lbs. of success that allowed him a seat in first place for a solid week. But just this morning Doug McGrath set out at 6 am to try his hand in the competition. Doug was heard boasting as he got in the boat that he’d come back a winner. Well, Doug is a man of his word and his 21 lb. Chinook was a beauty that caught the attention of everyone on the dock.
Although the resort moves at a slightly slower pace this time of year, it’s that pace that can make for a more relaxed fishing experience. Jen, our Marine Centre manager, says her absolute favourite time to fish is always late June/early July; that’s also when the demand for fishing becomes greater. To put it simply, 20 lb. Chinooks in May are awesome so we’re sure to have a stellar summer. The Spring Fling Derby runs until June 9th here at Painter's Lodge so while the fishing may be less competitive anglers should still have their eyes on the prize!
Oh, and if you’re wondering, Russ is still the guide with bragging rights.
See you in a few,