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’


August Heat Derby Wrap-Up

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - September 9, 2014

Our August Heat Derby wrapped up last week. There were tons of impressive fish caught over the month and we would like to congratulate everyone who reeled in a Chinook during the derby!

Ranjit Baboolal jumped out to an early lead on August 3rd with his 30.4 pound Tyee. He was nearly dethroned the very next day by Alessia Sevastiamo who caught a fish weighing in at 30.3 pounds, but managed to stay on top. Dave Hoover and Tish Busselle each reeled in 26 pounders later in the derby, but no one could top the impressive salmon caught by Ranjit who was declared the winner at the end of the month.

For his efforts, Ranjit has won himself a 3 day/2 night fishing package at Painter’s Lodge. Congratulations!

Here are the top five anglers from the 2014 August Heat Derby:

  1. Ranjit Baboobal: 30.4 lbs
  2. Alessia Savastiamo: 30.3 lbs
  3. Dave Hoover: 26.1 lbs
  4. Tish Busselle: 26.0 lbs
  5. Al Renaud: 25.4 lbs

Our next derby is taking place in just a few weeks. The annual Octoberfish Derby kicks off on September 22nd. Everyone who catches a Chum Salmon during that time is entered into the Derby with a chance to win the grand prize: A 3 day/2 night fishing package at Painter’s Lodge. A 3 day/2 night activities package at April Point Resort & Spa will also be awarded for 2nd place, along with a daily prize for the biggest fish caught each day.

Don’t miss out on all the fun! Call 1-800-663-7090 to book your trip!