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FISHING IN CAMPBELL RIVER & REGION

2019 Regulations

Effective August 1, 2019, with the appropriate tidal or freshwater fishing licence, anglers may retain all five species of salmon, as well as lingcod, cutthroat trout and steelhead. Be sure to check for up to date regulations at: Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

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.

Saltwater Fishing

Fishing here is all about the experience of getting out on the water and enjoying the diversity and beauty of our coastal landscapes. As you cruise along looking for the best spot to cast your lines, you will witness the beauty of the Discovery Islands, remote inlets, coastal waterfalls and ocean rapids. In addition to the landscape keep a keen eye out for the wildlife that inhabits these waters, during the summer months orca’s and humpback whales are commonly sighted as well as pods of Pacific White-Sided dolphins, bald eagles and many other animals. 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, with experienced, professional guides that know all about the tides, tackle and tricks. Though salmon tend to be the show-offs, other species such as steelhead, plough the waters. 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.) There are also opportunities to both crab and prawn in our waters.

 Freshwater Fishing

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, but if you’re new to the sport, or our calm protected waters, hire a charter guide for a fun and informative experience.

Any angler worth their salt will be wary about giving up their favourite locations. That being said, there are popularly 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 to respect the waters and respect each other. Follow that and you’ll have an unforgettable experience.

Fishing Charters

B.C. Fishing Charters

B.C. Fishing Charters

Campbell River
ABOUT BRYAN… Born and raised on the Island, Bryan has been fishing these waters since for over 35 years. Bryan runs a 24 foot Grady White…
Outsider Charters Inc.

Outsider Charters Inc.

Whether you’re an experienced angler or it’s your first time out, you’re going to feel at ease fishing with a friendly, knowledgeable, Transport Canada certified…
Mid-Island Fishing Charters

Mid-Island Fishing Charters

Campbell River
Transport Canada Certified Vessel and Guide, Fully Insured; Certified Tidal Angling Guide We offer year-round salt water fishing charters with over 30 years experience. Get out…
Air Nootka

Air Nootka

Gold River
If you are searching for the ultimate West Coast adventure, look no further! Specializing in scenic flights to the most remote regions of Vancouver Island,…
Tall Tale Charters

Tall Tale Charters

Campbell River
We have been in the charter business for over 25 years, and pride ourselves with providing you with a memorable fishing experience! Campbell River is unique…
Peniuks Sportfishing

Peniuks Sportfishing

Campbell River
Brant truly wants to make this Campbell River Salmon fishing trip the very best you have ever had. His knowledge of Campbell River and area…
April Point Resort & Spa

April Point Resort & Spa

Quadra Island
Tucked away in a pocket of pristine British Columbia lies April Point Resort & Spa. On the shores of Quadra Island, our vacation resort is…
Sea Beyond Adventures

Sea Beyond Adventures

Campbell River
Transport Canada + CTAG Certified Vessel & Guide. With over 30 years’ experience, our guides are waiting to take you on a ocean salmon fishing trip…
Nootka Marine Adventures

Nootka Marine Adventures

Courtenay
Nootka Marine Adventures operates three resorts on the west coast of Vancouver Island: two in Nootka Sound, and one in remote Esperanza Inlet. Each resort…
Painter's Lodge

Painter's Lodge

Campbell River
A legendary fishing lodge, a gateway to nature. This is Painter’s Lodge. Upon the shores of Vancouver Island’s Campbell River, on the banks of Discovery…
50North Adventures

50North Adventures

Campbell River
50North Adventures is your access into a unique and diverse ecosystem that is only accessible to boat owners, holidaying cruisers and sailing yachts. Great Fun & Explore…
Coastal Wilderness Adventures

Coastal Wilderness Adventures

Campbell River
We are a full time, year round Vancouver Island fishing charter service offering you the flexibility of saltwater and freshwater fishing trips. We strive to make your…
Nootka Marine Adventures

Nootka Marine Adventures

Profish Adventures

Profish Adventures

Campbell River
Welcome to Profish Adventures!! If your looking for A Campbell River Guided Salmon Fishing Charter of a lifetime!! you have come to the right…
Coastal Elements Charters

Coastal Elements Charters

Campbell River
Campbell River Salmon Fishing Charters Coastal Elements is founded by a second generation fishing guide, Kyle Dempsey. With a lifetime of expertise on the…
Full Scale Fishing Charters

Full Scale Fishing Charters

Campbell River
At Full Scale Fishing Adventures we are dedicated to creating lasting memories for all of our guests. Our knowledgeable, experienced guide will take you…
Boonie Charters

Boonie Charters

Quadra Island
Come fishing with Sonny Boon!! A true coastal expierence, out on the ocean…We’ll fish, explore and enjoy the beauty of the Discovery Islands. With over 20…
Springline Charters

Springline Charters

Campbell River
Owner operator Captain Tom Bruigom is a certified coast guard commercial captain with 20 years experience on the PacificCoast and will leave you with a…
River Sportsman Ltd.

River Sportsman Ltd.

Campbell River
River Sportsman in Campbell River is BC’s Premiere Outdoor Store. We specialize in fishing saltwater fishing, freshwater rivers and lakes, fly fishing and tidal casting. There…
Silver King Lodge & Guide Services Ltd.

Silver King Lodge & Guide Services Ltd.

Campbell River
You will find fully guided BC fishing lodge salmon charters as well as private accommodations for two to thirty people at Silver King Lodge. Create…
Absolute Sportfishing

Absolute Sportfishing

Campbell River
Absolute Sportfishing offers exciting adventures in the waters surrounding Campbell River. Your charter boat is a beautiful Offshore 255 Pursuit that is kept immaculate and…
Protected Water Charters

Protected Water Charters

Quadra Island
Are you looking for great salmon fishing, easy access and calm waters all in a wilderness setting? Harley Elias and Protected Water Charters is your answer! Fishing…

Fish processing services ( filleting/ freezing/smoking/processing)

Flurer Custom Smokehouse & Processing 

5722 Menzies Way, Campbell River BC

250-286-4945

High Tide Seafoods 

708 Island Hwy, Campbell River BC

250-850-4121

St. Jeans Cannery & Smokehouse 

581B 11th Ave, Campbell River BC

250-287-2457

Campbell River Seafoods & Locker 

1900 North Island Hwy, Campbell River BC

250-287-4121

Styro Containers

  • River Sportsman

2115 Island Hwy, Campbell River BC

250-286-1017

  • Tyee Marine 

880 Island Hwy, Campbell River BC

250-286-3641