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

Dwayne Mustard's Weekly Fishing Report

September 25, 2014

  • Salmon Fishing Painter

Summer is over but fall fishing has been excellent so far. Here's Dwayne Mustard with our weekly fishing report to give you the lowdown on what's happening out on the water.

In case you hadn’t noticed, it is now officially fall, complete with cooler, wetter conditions. But, as a friend of mine once said, “There is no such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing choices.” My advice is dress like an onion, in layers, with fleece, plenty of fleece, covered with gortex. And a hat. And gloves. And rain paints with rubber boots. I’m starting to sound like my mom…better to have it and not need it. So don’t let the autumn chill and shorter days chase you off the water because there is still plenty of great fishing to be had.

Starting with Chinook. If Chinook are your target and it isn’t blowing a gale from the southeast, head to the Hump or the Lighthouse and you are sure to hit plenty of feeder springs in the 7 to 12 pound range.

If sockeye and pinks are your target, book now for next July and August because there are none of them left in the saltwater in this area.

If chum are your target, you are in luck because we are just coming into the peak of the Chum season. Pray for sunny days a look for the schooling fish at Plumper Point or Separation Head. Troll shallow using a big gaudy pink hoochie topped with a spin and glow and you should be able to provoke strikes from these nasty beasts.

If Coho are your target you are also in luck because we are now allowed to keep one wild Coho as part of our 2 Coho per day limit in area 13. Chum gear will work, as will spoons, plugs, bucktails, bottlecaps, you name it and a feeding Coho will hit it. If you are handy with a fly rod, now is the time of the year to hit the beaches from Salmon Point all the way down to Parksville for some excellent shore casting action. Just make sure you take your hat.

But Mom, do I haaaaaaave to?

Until next week,

tight lines and keep on fishing.