Fishing activities

October is a time for fishing along with other outdoor activities – Campbell River Mirror


By Don Daniels

Wet weather has arrived and it will soon turn to slush and snow around Campbell River.

When the sun comes up there are days when it is quite feasible to hunt coho. Most of the lodges have taken their boats out of the water and the salmon fishing season is over. There are a number of chum search boats around Browns Bay until early November.

A number of fishing guides have completed their duties in the area and many will hunt locally and some will head to northern British Columbia.

Water taxis are still operating, carrying people and goods to various islands in the Campbell River area.

The History Channel recently filmed for a series on ancient gold mines, and work crews have spent many days assembling film crews around the islands. There are various logging camps that operate and work teams can stay for a month, then a month.

Employees who work in remote areas can go out and fish during off-peak hours in great fishing grounds that produce salmon, shrimp and crab. At this time of year, visual signs of coho can be seen around Rotary Park, Oyster Bay Park, and Salmon Point, all the way to the south shore towards the mouth of the Oyster River.

You will see a few small boats anchored along the kelp bed a few feet into the bay and the coho come in and head to the local rivers to spawn. Some fly fishermen also cast blue and green patterns.

Hanging a 14 pound coho is crazy action to be experienced. A streamer pattern, like a Mickey Finn, worked well if the fish are close. Some of the local fishermen will venture to the Nimpkish River and then head north to Port Hardy to fish until November.

There are a number of exploitable lakes between Campbell River and Gold River and you will notice more traffic on the logging roads because the hunting season is open and a number of people will be picking mushrooms until frost. Fall trout stocking will take place in select lakes this week and newcomers are catchable and offer family members a chance to catch a trout to go. A carry over trout in Echo can reach 3.5 pounds and larger trout are present. I discovered a Bibio fly model a few years ago and it works in shallow water conditions.

My first beginner fly tying session will take place this Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Seniors Center in the Ironwood Mall card room and is free. Since we are still dealing with the COVID pandemic, a vaccination card will be required along with some ID and you must have a mask. Groups will be limited and more sessions are planned if you can’t come this Friday. A Sunday date has not yet been confirmed and information is arriving.

Campbell River Fishing