This year has been exceptionally good for fishing in Campbell River and Quadra Island, and it's not over yet. There's still lots of Pink salmon out there and the Chum are on their way. For the latest, check out Dwayne's report below.
This year seems to have no end of happy surprises for the anglers of Campbell River. First was the excellent early season Chinook fishing at the Hump and the Lighthouse, then in June we saw an influx of Coho like this area hasn’t seen for twenty years. After that was the incredible migration of Pink Salmon destined for the Fraser River that even now sees bag limits for every angler that wants to try.
And now the big Northern Coho are starting to show in significant numbers. Up at Painter’s Lodge the guides are reporting spirited scraps with fish in the 15 pound range and while most of the fish are wild and therefore have to be released, there is the occasional hatchery Coho in the mix. Spoons, hoochies, plugs, bottle caps – Coho are such voracious feeders that they will hit anything – you can even rediscover your old school mooching techniques if you have any medium sized herring just laying around.
Another nice surprise is that the Chum Salmon are already starting to show up. Those in the know are well aware that the Chum is the perfect fish for smoking, especially if you like candied salmon. And they put up a wicked fight too. So, if you head out to Separation Head you may well hook into one of these beasties. In fact, dropping a pink hoochie down to 70 feet this time of year might hook any one of the five Pacific salmon species. It is always good fun to see if you can catch the grand slam of one each – Chinook, Coho, Chum, Pink, and Sockeye – just make sure that you are up on your species identification and catch restrictions before you bash one on the head!
Until next week,
Tight lines and keep on fishin’