There are many rules which are only in affect during certain seasons, like: the 'no white pants after Labour Day' rule, or the 'no Christmas decorations before Remembrance Day' rule. For Campbell River anglers the biggest seasonal rule change occurred on July 15 when a number of changes swept into effect in the waters of Discovery Passage. First of all, the water in front of Tyee Spit is now closed to power boats, as the annual rowboat fishery descends on the Tyee Pool. So please give the waters in this area a wide berth when you are running past the pool in your wake throwing, fossil fuel burning, power vessel. Tyee rowboats are wobbly enough without having to deal with a sharp rolling 3 foot wave.
On the west side of Discovery Passage from Orange Point to Hidden Harbour you have to put away your downriggers and anchovies because from July 15th to September 15th you are only allowed to use six ounces of weight to tow an artificial lure with a single barbless hook. And finally, the annual Lighthouse Closure has come into effect, essentially ending all finfish sportfishing from the north end of the Cape Mudge Village all the way down to the Red Can and then basically out to mid-channel. Which is a shame because there have been a lot of big fish hanging out in front of the village and the Lighthouse lately. But there are still plenty of options left out there, and it seems that the big adult fish are starting to arrive in numbers. So don’t despair, just get out there and fish…but be careful where and how you do it.
Until next week, tight lines and keep on fishing.
Photo 1: 18.5 lb. Chinook caught by Hilary Rourke (Far left) from Tsawwassen
Photo 2: Four Chinooks ranging in weight from 18 lbs. to 25 lbs. Brought in by Russ and his guests late last week.
Photo 3: Shannon shows off her 18 lb. Chinook after a 'real west coast fish fight.'
Nice Fish everyone!