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

Dwayne Mustard's Weekly Fishing Report

May 22, 2014

We’re about half way through our annual Spring Fling Derby, and with optimistic fishing forecasts, so far the season has not disappointed. Remember that lucky 27.4 pounder we had brought in a couple weeks ago? Well we had another comparable catch just this week. Maybe not such an anomaly after all... Dwayne Mustard tells you all about it in this week’s Fishing Report:

  • Salmon Fishing Painter

You didn’t have to be Kreskin to know where all the fishing action was over the long weekend. All you had to do was drive down to the Ken Ford boat ramp and look out across the Straits of Georgia. There seemed to be a Victoria Day Parade of fishing boats about a half mile off shore, all the way from Salmon Point to Big Rock. Although I was confined to my desk for most of the weekend, there were plenty of fish getting weighed in at the Painter’s lodge and April Point docks, with the biggest weighing in at a hefty 24 pounds…not bad for an early season Chinook. Unfortunately the fish seemed to move off to happier hunting grounds as the moon started wax. But fear not, this weekend will see us draw close to the new moon with its big tides and fresh runs of migrating fish.

Old fishing guides maintain that the new moon is the most favourable moon phase. As one guide from Painter’s, who goes by the name “Bear” says, “Dark nights make for hungry fish.” So make sure you get up early and hit the water as the day starts to brighten. As the old saying goes, “If it’s bright enough that you can see to tie your line, you got there too late.” Mind you, I’ve caught some of my biggest fish in the heat of the midday sun, so take it for what it’s worth. Ultimately, the best time to catch a fish is when you’re on the water.

And finally, I have to give a shout out to my Mom and her partner Dirk who came all the way out from Manitoba to hang out with me in Campbell River. We had fresh dungeoness crab for dinner, watched the cruise ships gliding through Discovery Passage, and even managed to catch a little feeder Chinook that was cooked up fresh. We sometimes forget how good we have it here but as they got back into their car to leave, Mom looked out the window and said, “You know something, I really don’t want to go.”

Until next week,

Tight lines and keep on fishin’