Painter's Lodge - Campbell River, British Columbia, V9W 4S5, Canada
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Check out the current conditions at popular local fishing destinations! Brought to you by Painter's Lodge Head Guide Dwayne Mustard! 

If you follow these fishing reports, you have probably heard me talk about the troubling decision of whether to fish North of town or South of town. This year is particularly difficult because the fishing has been very good no matter which way you go. Areas that traditionally don’t fish well on one tide or another, are giving up fish at all times. Take, for example, Browns Bay and Deepwater Bay. Both of these areas have long been considered flood tide locales but they have been producing both Pinks and Chinook salmon on the ebb as well.

The same can be said for the Green Can. This area has traditionally been a flood tide destination, especially when the big floods make fishing The Hump a line-tangling, swear-word-filled nightmare. But the ebb tides have seen excellent Chinook fishing! From Dogfish Bay all the way up to the Deep South of the Can.

Other areas continue to fish the way you would expect with some of the North Sonora Island hotspots like Davis Point or Sonora Point, producing nice Chinooks on the ebb tide. After that you can swing over to Chatham Point for the first push of the flood (ok, you might want to wait for an hour so that the notorious early flood weedlines can clear themselves). Greensea Bay has been producing Pinks and Chinook on the second half of the flood, but watch out that the winds don’t pick up too much or you might have a bouncy ride home once the tide turns back onto the ebb.

In the final analysis, just get out there because the fishing has been great no matter when or where you go.

Until next week, tight lines and keep on fishin’!