Cast a Line in Campbell River, British Columbia
Campbell River fishing provides unbeatable experiences that will reel you in at a moment’s notice. Known as the world’s salmon capital, you can fish year-round and decide the best time to salmon fish in Campbell River yourself. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or fishing for the first time, you’ll be treated to an unforgettable experience and leave with a fantastic story to share with your friends and family!
Saltwater or Freshwater Fishing
Spice up your fishing experience with saltwater fishing – you can fish for salmon as they gather along the ocean coastline and journey up through freshwater rivers. There are many experienced and knowledgeable guides or charters available to take you out into the Discovery Passage and beyond.
For freshwater fishing, the Quinsam River and Campbell River are both very popular and close to town with many types of fish including 4 of the 5 species of Pacific Salmon. Campbell River is 4 km long and the river is full of salmon including Chinook, Chum, Coho, and Pink. You’d be happy to know that fly-fishing is allowed everywhere on the river and exclusive fly-fishing zones are located above the pump house.
Ready for your next water adventure? Find the right fishing charter or guide here.
Types of Fish You Can Catch
Depending on the time of year, you can catch five main types of Pacific Salmon in Campbell River. These include Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink and Sockeye. If you’re a sport fisherman, Chinook Salmon are tailor-made for you while Tyee (Chinook salmon greater than 30 pounds) can literally empty your reel when trying to bring them in. Tyee fishing is different here since no motors are allowed in the Tyee pool and anglers typically fish quietly in small, classic row boats.
Chum Salmon, on the other hand, are powerful species averaging 8 to 20 pounds and are often called “dog salmon” due to sharp dog-like teeth of spawning males.
Also known as Silvers and typically arriving in May, Coho Salmon have acrobatic tendencies and will test your patience. Pink Salmon are less daunting due to their small size, giving your children a chance to do some Campbell River fishing too.
And finally, Sockeye (or red salmon) are prized for their bright red flesh and are the most valuable Pacific Salmon.
While Chinook Salmon are available year-round, November is the last month where you’ll find Chum Salmon. From January through April, you can find Winter Steelhead in the local river systems just a short drive from Campbell River, so, plan your adventure accordingly. Sport-fishing is also available through the entire year, so Chinook will be the centre of attention for you if you’re planning a fishing trip in the winter.
Learn More about Salmon
If you’ve had enough fishing for the day or you’d just like to learn about local fish, check this place out. The Quinsam Hatchery is an excellent place to learn more about all of the salmon species mentioned above. The hatchery is located off Highway 28 and has been operating since 1974.
At the hatchery you can observe juvenile salmon throughout the year, or returning salmon from late July until late November. This hatchery plays an essential role in restoring natural spawning runs to the Campbell and Quinsam River.
Where to Stay in Campbell River
After enjoying the best that Campbell River fishing has to offer, the Coast Discovery Inn provides a central, downtown location just across the street from the BC Ferries Terminal. Stunning views of Discovery Passage and Quadra Island, beautiful boutiques, and great entertainment are right outside your door. Here, you can enjoy wonderful amenities such as:
● Free Wi-Fi
● Complimentary hot breakfast buffet
● Complimentary parking
● Fitness facility with whirlpool
● Pet-friendly and wheelchair accessible accommodations
Visit the official Coast Discovery Inn website and book your stay now.