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? 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.

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

Fishing

Want to catch a fish?

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

River Sportsman   |    Tyee Marine   |    Canadian Tire

Dolphins Resort & Anglers Dining

Dolphins Resort & Anglers Dining

Campbell River
SURROUNDED BY NATURE, MINUTES FROM CAMPBELL RIVER The quaint 4-acre property connects to a sandy beach overlooking beautiful Discovery Passage and the Coast Mountain Range. Originally…
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…
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…
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…

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…
Sea Beyond Adventures

Sea Beyond Adventures

Campbell River
Transport Canada + CTAG Certified Vessel & Guide With over 25 years’ experience, our guides are waiting to take you on a salmon fishing trip or…
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…
50North Adventures

50North Adventures

Campbell River
50North Adventures is your access into a unique ecosystem that is only accessible to boat owners, holidaying cruisers and sailing yachts. Great Fun & Adventure like a…
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…
Springline Charters

Springline Charters

Campbell River
Boonie Charters

Boonie Charters

Quadra Island
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…
Tall Tale Charters

Tall Tale Charters

Campbell River
River Sportsman Ltd.

River Sportsman Ltd.

Campbell River
Full Scale Fishing Charters

Full Scale Fishing Charters

Campbell River
Coastal Elements Charters

Coastal Elements Charters

Campbell River
Coastal Chrome Fishing Adventures

Coastal Chrome Fishing Adventures

Brian’s 6 Pac Fishing Charters

Brian’s 6 Pac Fishing Charters

Campbell River
Profish Adventures

Profish Adventures

Campbell River

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