Dock Talk

Chinook, Sockeye, Pinks and more

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - August 22, 2005

Fishing north of Seymour Narrows has been excellent the past few days, with everyone getting in to the Pink salmon run.  Chinook are also being caught and it looks like Sockeye will remain open until the end of the season - music to a fisherman's ears!  Anchovy bait is as popular as ever, but a lot of anglers seem to be using Jellyfish and Purple Haze flashers followed by a Purple Haze hoochie.  Some have even stuffed a small pink hoochie within a Purple Haze and been very successful.

The odd Chum is still showing up even though it’s still very early.  The Chum fishing in Campbell River is spectacular from mid September right through to closing day.  These beautiful chrome salmon are a lot of fun, and for those of you wanting to wet a line one last time this season, I would encourage you to try Chum fishing.

We are in the middle of the Tyee season.  Ten Tyee have now been registered in the pool across from Painter’s Lodge, four of which have been caught in the last five days.  This week I was on one of our Sunset Cruises, and it’s an incredible sight to see 40-50 rowboats off Tyee Spit at twilight.

With the full moon comes big tides, and that means our Ocean Rapids Tours are running.  On a sunny day, guests are coming back to the dock wet after one of these wild rides.  On these tours you will see Seymour Narrows, Aaran Rapids, Dent Rapids, Devils Hole and the logic-defying standing wave in the Upper Rapids of Okisollo Channel.

There are only four weeks left to join one of our Whale Watching trips.  It has been an incredible year to see the Orcas.  To date we have seen whales on every trip, frequently as far south as Thurston Bay.

Tips up,
Brook Castelsky
Marine Operations Manager
Painter’s Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa