There are a number of contract fishing guides who worked from April to September at lodges outside the Campbell River area and returned home; their fishing season is over.
Some West Coast guides have changed their gear for tuna fishing near Zeballos.
Local anglers still fishing in September will begin to prepare for deer hunting season and the thought of getting a Chinook is always on the minds of people who come here in September to experience deer fishing. salmon until October.
I recently visited the marine center at Painters Lodge and the tourists who come here are from Germany and the Netherlands and it’s split fifty/fifty for salmon fishing with whale watching. Bear viewing has also started for operators.
On catch reports, the size of the salmon ranged between 14 and 18 pounds with a mix of coho and a few pinks. You can check online to see when the fishing season ends for each individual operation.
In the local river systems, it was a fun year to get out and catch roses.
The old standard rose flies used in the past worked, but sometimes the roses were difficult; so I made it a point to go green and I could stick with what worked for me the past few months. Other anglers have used a red and yellow streamer fly with very good results.
Last week in the Oyster River estuary, a number of anglers were targeting coho and chinook, but the day before the fish were more aggressive. A number of fishermen have gathered in the area. The rolling salmon was a little further than its casting distance, but as the tide changed the salmon got closer. Rain is needed to get them into the pools. River levels last week were still low.
At the River Oyster you can fish from the beach and there is an abundance of geese to watch. Their sounds can be heard approaching the estuary from the trail that runs from the parking lot to the estuary area. You have to watch the tides and not get caught when the water changes and can go over your waders. When we got back to shore you could see whales not so far away.
During the warm weather we’ve had here in Campbell River, trout fishing has slowed down, but now is the time to get out and hit local lakes such as Echo and Beavertail. Conservation officers will check fishermen’s life jackets and inspect your catch of the day or days. In Beavertail, a fisherman had a cooler with some trout. Since he was fishing and camping for a few days, he had to explain to the agent why he had more trout than allowed for the day.
If you’re camping for several days and can’t get home, maybe try taking a picture of your fish the first day, that way you won’t have to explain why you have too many fish in the cooler the second day.
Campbell River Fishing