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September is the time to get out and fish – Campbell River Mirror

Those of us who live in Campbell River are fortunate to have fishing opportunities right here on our doorstep.

You can hire a boat to fetch salmon from the ocean or browse the local river systems for salmon or trout to release. Local lakes will fish better as temperatures cool and trout are more likely to chase bait or insects and come out of deep water.

With the start of the school year, there will be more leeway in the fishing areas to fish with spinning gear or on the fly. Gasoline prices drop a bit and more people venture out to fish before the first rains hit us, followed by snow showers in November.

This is also the time of year when tackle shops are preparing hunters for deer season and people who live in other provinces will start packing up and heading home to other provinces of Canada. Recently I had spoken with some folks who were visiting Campbell River from Ontario and they had picked out their campsite and were trying the local rivers for pink salmon. There were others from Salmon Arm who came here to river fish and camp.

When I pulled into my parking spot to pick up some roses, the two guys had packed up their fly gear, showing no results for a few hours on the river. They had shown me the fly pattern they were using and I gave them a fly that stood out from the other colors, the single lime green fly did its job. It seems the pink was overtaken by the green fly pattern and the other fly patterns were a black bodied fly with a red tail, or red and silver on the hook shank followed by a pink wing on the above.

The pinks will be darker in late September, then the coho will start to arrive. The chance of catching one is pretty good if you put in the time and find the pool where the fish will hit a fly or lure. Now is the time to have a rod on the river with more pulling power and the 6 weight rod will be put away for now, a 4 weight rod will also be out to fish the local lakes until October.

In the Tyee Pool, John Bentham landed a 40 lb. 14oz. Tyee on Aug. 23, Karen Hutton landed a 34 lb. 8oz. Tyee on August 28, Maegen Dougan hit the scales with his 30lb Tyee. 14 oz., Ben Campbell landed a 31 lb. 14oz. Tyee on September 2. The season will end on September 15.

At the Kelsey Bay wharf in Sayward, two halibut were caught by Adam Sprout and the roses have been a little slow this year, but people have been out and grabbing a few to bring home and keep. A few sockeye are caught and they are not retained.

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