Dock Talk

Early Season fishing off to a great start at Paint

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - April 23, 2002

Painter's boats are on the waters on the Discovery Passage and finding salmon in the 10-15 lb. range at hot spots like Deepwater Bay and the Lighthouse. The largest of the season weighed in at 22 lbs. . . so far. Anchovies continue to be the bait of choice for the anglers with hoochies and spoons providing the best results.

According to the Manager of Marine Operations for Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort,  "For the first time in over ten years, the Campbell River area has just recently had a herring spawn. That means in the next several months, when the salmon are coming through, they will stick around a lot longer as there will be feed for them. This is a very positive eco-indicator of the excellent health of our area."

Early spring fishing has produced Chinook in the 9-22 lb. range with a ton of Coho schooling in Deep Water Bay. Chinook are feeding in the area and continue to grow every day. The Campbell River Hatchery is in the process of releasing over one million Chinook salmon into the system this spring and with the number of transient Killer Whales, sea lions and eagles feeding in the area as indicators, 2002 will be one for the record books.