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Fishing in Campbell River & Region

For the First Nations people of Canada’s West Coast, salmon have been central to a way of life since the beginning of time. In keeping with natural cycles of return and release, visitors have flocked to Campbell River, the Salmon Capital of the World, for decades in search of unbeatable fishing experiences. Nestled on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island where smaller islands cluster at the narrowing of Discovery Passage, Campbell River shows off a unique spot where rivers meet ocean. See it with your own eyes and you’ll know, this is the place you want to be.

In true temperate coastal style, sport-fishing is available throughout the entire calendar year. Though salmon tend to be the show-offs, other species such as steelhead, plough the waters. You can marvel at serendipitous wildlife sightings either on the ocean or on the river bank. There are 5 species of Pacific Salmon: Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink and Sockeye. Campbell River is unique in that you can catch all five species! You might be thinking, “Hey! What about Tyee, King, Spring, or Silver?” These are all common names used by our Southern neighbours and are based on size or appearance. The first three are Chinook and Silver is another name for Coho.

Saltwater or Freshwater? How about both!? No need to be choosy here. Fish for salmon as they gather along the ocean coastline and follow their journey up through freshwater rivers.
Winter steelhead can be found in local river systems within driving distance of Campbell River in early January through April, with summer runs going from July through to the end of November. Many anglers enjoy the character and challenge of learning the geography of the rivers and ocean waters themselves.

Any angler worth their salt will be wary about giving up their favourite locations. That being said, there are popular known locations throughout the region and we’ve got two of the hottest ones: the Quinsam River and the Campbell River central to town. They have 4 of the 5 species of pacific salmon, along with sea run cutthroat trout and steelhead. The Campbell River is 4 km long and the entire river is full of salmon; Chinook, Chum, Coho, and Pink populate the waters here. Fly-fishing is allowed everywhere on the river, but exclusive fly-fishing zones are located above the pump house, making it a haven for enthusiasts of the sport.

The mantra here is respect the waters and respect each other. Follow that and you’ll have an unforgettable experience.

Be sure to check for up to date regulations at: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Or go into Tyee Marine and River Sportsman for licenses and updated information on local conditions and regulations.

Want to book a guided trip for either fresh or salt water experiences? Be sure to check out local operators listed below. Booking in advance is recommended as these sought-after fishing experiences can be once in a life time and we want to make sure you get a piece of the Campbell River experience.

 

A Department of Fisheries and Oceans Catch Schedule to help you manage your fishing experience! 

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Want to catch a fish?

Get your fresh or salt water fishing licenses online, or at the following local locations: 

April Point Resort & Spa

April Point Resort & Spa

900 April Point Road
Quadra Island
250.285.2222
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Springline Charters

Springline Charters

Discovery Harbour
Campbell River
250-286-6380
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Peniuks Sportfishing

Peniuks Sportfishing

4265 Discovery Drive
Campbell River
1-888-287-2550 (toll-free) • 250-830-7108 (Call or Text!)
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Welcome to Peniuk’s Sportfishing Adventures. Your guide Brant Peniuk has 42 years of salmon guiding experience in Campbell River. Catch crabs, prawns, bottom fish and salmon. Luxurious Grady White Cruiser, on board toilet, seating for up to 5 and all the best equipment. Cruiser rates are from $125/hr with a 5hr minimum. Tyee rowboat rates are $100/hr with a 2hr minimum.

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Mid-Island Fishing Charters

Mid-Island Fishing Charters

Discovery Harbour Marina
Campbell River
250-923-2236 Cell: 250-287-6318
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Coastal Wilderness Adventures

Coastal Wilderness Adventures

Government Dock
Campbell River
250-205-0022
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Profish Adventures

Profish Adventures

2937 Apple Drive
Campbell River
250-203-4773
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Full Scale Fishing Charters

Full Scale Fishing Charters

705 Island Hwy, Campbell River, BC V9W 2C2
Campbell River
250.204.0125
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Coastal Elements Charters

Coastal Elements Charters

677B Otter Road
Campbell River
250-203-0429
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Painter's Lodge

Painter's Lodge

1625 McDonald Road
Campbell River
250-286-1102 • 1-800-663-7090
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Boonie Charters

Boonie Charters

Campbell River
1-877-637-7373 • 250-202-5142
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Coastal Chrome Fishing Adventures

Coastal Chrome Fishing Adventures

250.203.2980
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Tall Tale Charters

Tall Tale Charters

4204 Forfar Rd.
Campbell River
1-855-287-6421• 250-923-1309
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Hecate Cove Lodge

Hecate Cove Lodge

605 E Quatsino Road, Quatsino BC
250.949.9966
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Nootka Marine Adventures

Nootka Marine Adventures

1631 Head Bay Road
Tahsis
1-877-337-5464
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Sea Beyond Adventures

Sea Beyond Adventures

526 Thulin St.
Campbell River
250-287-6089
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Brian’s 6 Pac Fishing Charters

Brian’s 6 Pac Fishing Charters

#25-5100
Campbell River
250-286-6245 or 250-830-7070
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Tyee Club

Annually, from July 15th to September 15th, Tyee Club guides take clients in a row boat to catch the “big one”!

The Tyee Club of British Columbia began in 1924 with a group of anglers who returned to Campbell River each year in pursuit of the elusive “Tyee” – a coastal Indian word meaning, “the chief”, a Chinook salmon, 30 pounds or larger.

Tyee fishing here is different. Anglers fish quietly in small, classic row boats. No motors are allowed in the Tyee pool. The rower will slip the boat into the currents and eddies of the pool, keeping a basic plug or spoon beating in the current. The angler must stay focused on the action of the lure as it is felt in the hand as much as being seen by the beating of the rod tip. With the slightest change in the beat, the hook must be set, fast and hard. The battle with a Pacific Chinook Salmon is on – anything can happen! If the fish is boated, and weighs 30 pounds or more, the catch is recorded and the angler becomes a member of the Tyee Club!

Tyee Club Campbell River
Tyee Club Campbell River

Fish Processing Services (Filleting/Freezing/Smoking/Processing)

Ice Available at
Campbell River Seafoods & Locker
(salted ice)
CR Boatland 2625 North Island Hwy
250-286-0751 (freshwater ice May to October)

Praxair
1601 Peterson Road
Campbell River, BC
250.287.7485

Flurer Custom Smokehouse & Processing
5722 Menzies Way,
Campbell River, BC
250.286.4945

High Tides Seafood

708 Island Highway

Campbell River, BC

250.850.1086

St. Jean’s Cannery & Smokehouse

581B 11th Avenue

Campbell River, BC
250.287.2457

Campbell River Seafoods & Locker

1900 North Island Highway,
Campbell River, BC
250.287.4121

 

Styro Containers
River Sportsman
2115 Island Highway
Campbell River, BC
250.286.1017

Tyee Marine

880 Island Highway
Campbell River, BC
250.286.3641