It was a spectacular morning in Campbell River as a couple rowboats left Painter’s Lodge to take part in the age-old tradition of Tyee Rowing. Melissa Francis was in one of the boats, and it was a good thing as she landed a 33lb Chinook and became a permanent member of the Tyee Club of Canada. Congratulations to Melissa for this special accomplishment.
Rowing a Tyee is not an easy task and has become a popular challenge for guests of Painter’s Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa. Now that we are well into August, fish are being hooked on almost every tide, but everyone is after those 30 lb. plus fish that give this tradition its name.
To say the least, fishing at both resorts has been great. Sockeye are open, Chum are in the area, and Pinks are thick this time of year. Pink salmon are a terrific fight on light tackle and a lot of guests are having fun using spinning rods with pink buzz bombs.
Chinook fishing has been spectacular. Chatham Point, Greensea Bay and Brown’s Bay have proven to be the most popular, but some guests have ventured to over to Hall Point and Thurston Bay and had success. The Jack Smith hoochie has consistently been a large producer for Chinook, Chum and Sockeye, and some guests had great success with large herring. And 5 ½" anchovies are popular as ever.
Other notable highlights this week include the Tyee Horn sounding twice on Tuesday evening – indicating a Chinook over 30 lbs. – with the largest being 37lbs. Also, an 18 lb Chum was caught by Steve Goldstein in Greensea Bay.
Next week, fishing should prove to be even better with some bigger tides. Everyone's looking forward to the Bute Inlet (near Hall Point) Coho opening on August 15. Locally, some big northern wild Coho have been showing up and for those of you wanting to go on an eight or ten hour trip, this is a really fun option.
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