Campbell River isn't called the Calmon Capital of the World for no reason. With so many great fishing spots located near town and around Quadra Island it's almost impossible to make a bad decision about where to fish. That being said, if you're unfamiliar with some of the hot fishing spots Dwayne's here to let you know where they all are.
Phew, August is a busy time of year in good old Campbell River. Everywhere you look, there are RV’s with boats, VW busses with canoes, compact cars with belly boats…people are coming from far and wide and they all want to get out on the water. And who can blame them? With the incredible weather and great fishing we have been experiencing lately, there is no better way to spend the day than going for a good boob around.
If you have a speedy boat you might want to consider a trip up north to Nodales Channel. This is a favourite haunt of the resident orcas but also boasts great fishing for all species of salmon at places like Hall Point, and Thurston Bay. Further west at the intersection of Johnstone Strait and Discovery Passage, you will find hotspots like Chatham Bay and Greensea Bay. Again, you can expect to intercept the migrations of all 5 Pacific salmon species especially if you head there during a flood tide.
If you want to stick a little closer to home, Browns Bay and Deepwater Bay are excellent choices and are pretty easy to fish - but be careful, because they can get crowded this time of year. But who am I kidding, around this time of year every decent fishing spot can look like the liquor store parking lot on New Year’s Eve. It makes you yearn for the good old days when things were simpler…which, of course, leads us to the Tyee Pool.
Nothing can be more relaxing that a gentle row in the Pool. This is until a 40 pound fish pounds your vintage lure and sends you off on an hour long fight that will test every ounce of your strength and angling skill.
But, no matter where you decide to go fishing on a hot August day, I can guarantee the cold beer at the end of it all has never tasted better.
Until next week,
Tight lines and keep on fishin’