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Dwayne Mustard's Weekly Fishing Report (July 12)

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - July 12, 2013

Wow, what a week of fishing! We had two Tyees caught at April Point and another two fish that were very close to the 30 pound mark brought to the Painter's Lodge dock. There are definitely lots of fish out there ready to be reeled in, and Pink and Sockeye season is almost here so it's only going to get better.

This week Dwayne talks about some of the new fishing regulation coming into effect as well as some new fishing locations that are about to get hot. Enjoy!

This week’s fishing report is going to start off almost exactly the same as all the fishing reports for the last month. Get a UV belly army truck hoochie, tie it to a flasher on a 40” leader, go to the Hump, drop your gear down to 220’, troll around, catch salmon, go home, invite over some friends (preferably friends with beer), have a barbeque, enjoy summertime life in Campbell River.

But the winds of change are in the air...no, you don’t have to stop enjoying summer in CR, but July 15 always signals a big shift for fishing our local waters. Part of the change is the area closures and restrictions implemented by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Some areas, like the Lighthouse, become closed to fishing, while other areas like the entire western half of Discovery Passage from Orange Point to Hidden Harbour see a restriction on the type of gear you can use. Still, even other areas, like the Tyee Pool, see Transport Canada restrictions. One almost has to be a lawyer to understand where, how, and from what you can fish, but it is in your best interests to inform yourself of the regulations.

You know what they say, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.” Details of these closures can be found on the DFO website or, if you have zero computer skills, you can go to the DFO office on Shopper’s Row and annoy them there.

The other big change that happens at this time of year on the Painter’s dock is the age old North or South question. As we start to see more and more migrating fish come down from Johnstone Strait, the angling opportunities at places like Brown’s Bay, Deepwater Bay, Greensea Bay, and Chatham Point just get better and better. Pink salmon start to show up by the millions, sockeye start leaping and the big boy Chinook lie in wait.

On many occasions I have watched a guide leave the Painter’s dock, motor to the end of the channel and stop. They look south, they look north, and then they scratch their heads because there really is no wrong answer. I’ve seen them sit there for what looks like ages, then hit the throttle and turn to either port or starboard. What made up their mind? Was it the flip of a coin, was it gut instinct? “I just ask my guests,” comes the reply from veteran guide Ron Lamont.

Fair enough.

Until next week,

Tight lines and keep on fishin’

Dwayne