Dwayne Mustard's Weekly Fishing Report (Sept. 25)

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - September 25, 2014

Summer is over but fall fishing has been excellent so far. Here's Dwayne Mustard with our weekly fishing report to give you the lowdown on what's happening out on the water.

In case you hadn’t noticed, it is now officially fall, complete with cooler, wetter conditions. But, as a friend of mine once said, “There is no such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing choices.” My advice is dress like an onion, in layers, with fleece, plenty of fleece, covered with gortex. And a hat. And gloves. And rain paints with rubber boots. I’m starting to sound like my mom…better to have it and not need it. So don’t let the autumn chill and shorter days chase you off the water because there is still plenty of great fishing to be had.

Starting with Chinook. If Chinook are your target and it isn’t blowing a gale from the southeast, head to the Hump or the Lighthouse and you are sure to hit plenty of feeder springs in the 7 to 12 pound range.

If sockeye and pinks are your target, book now for next July and August because there are none of them left in the saltwater in this area.

If chum are your target, you are in luck because we are just coming into the peak of the Chum season. Pray for sunny days a look for the schooling fish at Plumper Point or Separation Head. Troll shallow using a big gaudy pink hoochie topped with a spin and glow and you should be able to provoke strikes from these nasty beasts.

If Coho are your target you are also in luck because we are now allowed to keep one wild Coho as part of our 2 Coho per day limit in area 13. Chum gear will work, as will spoons, plugs, bucktails, bottlecaps, you name it and a feeding Coho will hit it. If you are handy with a fly rod, now is the time of the year to hit the beaches from Salmon Point all the way down to Parksville for some excellent shore casting action. Just make sure you take your hat.

But Mom, do I haaaaaaave to?

Until next week,

tight lines and keep on fishing.


Dwayne Mustard's Weekly Fishing Report (Sept. 19)

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - September 19, 2014

What a season it's been at Painter's Lodge! We're over halfway through September but the fishing is still amazing here in Campbell River. Here's Dwayne with our latest fishing news:

Anyone can go fishing when it is 25 degrees outside, but only a dedicated angler will get up in the dark to go fishing in 6 degree weather. But, those dedicated anglers are being rewarded with handsome catches of Chinook salmon from Francisco Point, the Green Can, The Hump and The Lighthouse. In fact this week has seen a number chrome springs in the mid twenties hitting the Painter’s Lodge docks. Not too shabby for the middle of September. Hoochie – flasher is the setup of choice with, you guessed it, the UV army truck being the lure of choice.

Oddly enough, very few of our boats have been fishing north of Seymour Narrows even though this time of year our guides usually head straight for Deepwater Bay.  There have, however, been some nice Northern Coho hooked up at Greensea Bay so you may want to make the run up if weather permits.

If you are going to go up North, the hoochie flasher rig is still your best bet but the pink hoochie will likely get the most attention. It seems that all species of salmon are a sucker for pink so don’t be surprised if you hook into any one of the five salmon types that migrate through these waters. Those northern Coho are as nice a fish as you will ever see and they are pound for pound the hardest fighters of the salmon world. So get out your long johns and go catch one for yourself.

Until next week,

tight lines and keep on fishing


Dwayne Mustard's Weekly Fishing Report (Sept. 12)

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - September 12, 2014

We may be late in the fishing season but the fishing at Painter's Lodge and April Point continues to be exceptional. Here's Dwayne to give you the inside scoop about what's been happening out on the water!

The good Chinook fishing south of town just won’t end. Fishing at the Lighthouse, the Hump, and the Green Can has been just as hot this week as it has been all summer. The general consensus is that these are resident feeder Chinook and they will hang around right through the winter which is great news for us that love fishing winter Chinook. And these fish are fat and happy too, tipping the scales at anywhere from 8 to 13 pounds. I am still attributing this great salmon fishing to the resurgence of the herring schools in the area although the herring we have been finding in the bellies of these fish are a little bit smaller at about four inches. Of course the purple UV army truck hoochie remains the lure of choice but a little green glow coyote spoon would probably have deadly results too.

We should also see Chum starting to show up in late September. No word yet on what sort of Chum run we can expect but the hope is that it is similar to the good returns of sockeye, pink , and Chinook we have seen this year.

On a final note, there have been reports of great Coho bucktailing at the Green Can, so bust out your grampa’s tackle box and get in on some cool topwater action.

Until next week,

tight lines and keep on fishin’