Dwayne Mustard's Weekly Fishing Report (July 23rd)

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - July 23, 2014

Everything changed on July 15th, when the waters of Discovery Passage get hit with so many different closures that you almost need to hire a lawyer to decipher the rules. Basically, the West side of Discovery Passage from Orange Point to Hidden Harbour is subjected to gear restrictions which state that you can’t use bait or a weight of more than 6 ounces. Essentially, downrigger fishing is banned in this area. And don’t forget that powerboats are banned from the Tyee Pool so give the poor little rowboat guides a wide berth and a bit of a break from your wake.

Secondly, the traditional lighthouse closure comes into effect. This one closes the waters from Cape Mudge Village to the centre of Discovery Passage and then southeast to a line between the Red Can and a marker on Willow Point. Many of these closed areas had been producing fish lately, but what’s a boy (or girl) to do?

Some boys and girls point their bows north and head through Seymour Narrows to the waters of North Discovery Passage. This area is quite a different fishing experience as compared to fishing “The Hump”. Guides rediscover the joy of fishing with bait as this area is agreeable to anchovy fishing due to the lack of dogfish. It is also the main location for targeting pink, and sockeye salmon.

If you plan on heading north, you should also plan on taking a lunch because there are so many spots that you pretty much need the whole day to fish them all. Chatham Point at the intersection between Discovery Passage and Johnstone Strait is a good place to fish for migrating Chinook as is Greensea Bay at the Northwest corner of Sonora Island. Closer to home Deepwater Bay, Plumper Bay and Browns Bay are all good producers but be warned as the fishing can very often be shoulder to shoulder and one idiot Googan can spoil it for everyone. Respect everyone’s distance, especially when they have a fish on because these areas hold some lunkers and often give up the biggest fish of the year.

For more information on Area 13 closures and restrictions visit: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/tidal-maree/a-s13-eng.html

Until next week, tight lines and keep on fishin’


Another Successful Fishing Trip at Painter's Lodge

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - July 21, 2014

Do you remember Travis Fleming’s last fishing trip? Well, Travis had so much fun fishing at Painter’s Lodge back in June he decided to head out again to see what else he could reel in. Keep reading to find out how he did!

I was in Campbell River this weekend visiting my parents, as well as my cousin and his fiancée who also happened to be in town. My cousin’s fiancée had never been salmon fishing before, so my brother and I decided to take her and my cousin out so she’d have a chance to get her first salmon.

The four of us hopped on a cruiser (1 of 4 Painter’s Lodge has available) early Saturday morning with our guide Keith and took off towards the Green Can, where most of the action has been taking place. We got our lines in the water and then waited patiently for the first bite. Keith watched the rods like a hawk while we talked amongst ourselves. It’s amazing how he can keep one eye on you and one eye on the rods at the same time. It wasn’t long before he leapt out of his chair, grabbed one of the rods and set the hook.

We gave Carine the first crack at reeling in a fish, as we really wanted her to get her first salmon. She did a great job of getting it to the boat but unfortunately it was a little undersized.

“Not up to our standards,” Keith said as he tossed the young Chinook back into the water.

Our next bite was also an undersized Chinook. Then suddenly Keith leapt out of chair again and grabbed the rod. It was my cousin’s turn this time and you could tell the way this fish was fighting that it was a keeper. My brother went about reeling in the other line to make sure the lines didn’t get tangled. Then all of a sudden he felt a tug on his line as well.

“I think there’s something on this line too!” he exclaimed. He’d hooked a fish on the way up and all of a sudden we had double header!

Keith did a great job of making sure the lines didn’t get crossed and helped us get both fish to the boat. The first was beautiful Chinook salmon, then my brother got his fish to the boat which turned out to be a pretty good sized wild Coho. After a few high fives we got our lines back in the water and waited for the next bite.

When we got another fish on the line we handed the rod to Carine again to give her another shot at reeling in a salmon. Once again she got the fish to the boat, and this time it was a nice Coho. Definitely a keeper!

We caught yet another Coho before the day was done, bringing our total to four. We celebrated our successful day of fishing by cooking a couple of our Coho on the BBQ that night. Few things taste better than fresh salmon right off the grill. For those of you who will be staying at the resort and want to eat your fish the day you catch it, our amazing chefs will be happy to cook it for you in Legends Dining Room. Just ask our Marine Centre staff about our “Cook Your Own Catch” program after your fishing trip!

The fishing continues to be awesome in Campbell River this year, so make sure to get out on the water before it’s too late. Maybe I’ll see you out there during my next trip!


Dwayne Mustard's Weekly Fishing Report (July 12th)

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

Have you ever been so busy that you pour a cup of coffee and the next time you touch it the coffee is ice cold? Welcome to the world of a fishing guide in the summer of 2014. Race out to the fishing grounds, drop your downriggers down 220 feet, pour yourself a cup of coffee, then next thing you know, your coffee is cold and you are motoring back to the dock with a bucket full of fish. As my daughter says, “Anyone who thinks fishing is bad in Campbell River doesn’t have Painter’s Lodge as a Facebook friend.”

Again, the fishing is centered on The Green Can, The Hump and the Lighthouse, but if you keep your eyes open you will see pockets of fishing boats in some rather odd locations. When was the last time you fished Whiskey Point or the Picnic Beach? I know! Usually I blast right past them on my way to the happy hunting ground but there I was on Monday night banging springs at 220 feet off the South West side of Quadra. Again, bait seems to be the key, so if you aren’t seeing it on your sounder, you’re probably not going to get much action.

One place where they are seeing bait on the sounder is a quaint little spot called “The Abyss”. Located just Southwest of the Hump, the Abyss is a four hundred foot deep hole that sits at the mouth of Discovery Passage and acts as a natural collection area for deep running herring. On an ebb tide drop your gear down 275 and troll, what else, a UV belly army truck hoochie behind a cop car flasher. On the flood tide the bait is still there but with the strong tides coming this weekend, it will take a special type of angler to get that lure down without getting the gnarliest tangle you have ever seen.

Most of the fish are in the 15 to 20 pound range, but be careful, there are some 40 pound monsters lurking so don’t get too casual with your hook-sets or you could find yourself finishing the fight with broken fingernails.

Until next week, tight lines and keep on fishing,