FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS

Start your Salmon adventure with HLS Charters at Campbell River! Meet Captain Mike, who has over 30 years of experience targeting saltwater Salmon. These fishing grounds are not only a Salmon fishing scene, as you can enjoy gorgeous surroundings and marine life. In between your fishing battles, take a look at humpback whales, orca pods, sea lions, white-sided dolphins, and so much more.

You’ll be fishing on a 25’ Kingfisher that accommodates up to 6 guests. This amazing boat comes with a private toilet, a multimedia system, a lounge area, and an enclosed cabin. As each group of guests has members who are less enthusiastic about fishing, they can relax - this will be a comfortable ride for all of them.

The boat is powered by a 250 HP Mercury engine that can glide to any fishing spot in no time. There’s also downriggers for trolling, a live bait tank, and a cooler for the catch.

You’ll mainly troll for Coho and Chinook Salmon but they are not the only fish you can catch. If you like to try out bottom fishing, you can get yourself some Lingcod. If the season is open, you get to keep the catch and the captain will clean it for you free of charge.

All your fishing equipment is covered, so your main preparation is getting your fishing license. You can also pack some snacks and drinks and check the weather forecast so you can choose the right clothing for the day.

HLS Charters looks forward to seeing the excitement and smiles when you land your Salmon. Just say when you’re coming!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 15 - Sep 15
    $584
    Start your day off with a short boat ride to some of the prime Salmon fishing grounds. Whales, orcas, dolphins, and sea lions are frequently out. Bring your cameras and make some amazing photos! The captain will provide your fishing equipment, but you need to get your fishing license. Additional hours may be available. Ask your captain.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jul 15 - Sep 15
    $584
    Let the captain take you on your trip of a lifetime. So much so you want to come back. Lots of laughs and great memories. Your captain will provide all tackle and fishing gear, as well as all his knowledge to make your experience better than what you expected. Additional hours may be available. Ask your captain.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 16 - Nov 22
    $915
    8-hour day trip for Salmon fishing. Fishing departs at 7 am. Start your day off with an approx 40-minute boat ride to your fishing destination. Whales, Orcas, Dolphins & Sea lions are frequently out. Bring your cameras! Your hook line & sinker is provided. The captain will provide the fishing equipment, but you need to bring the fishing permit. Bottled Water is provided, but feel free to bring your own refreshments of choice and snacks!
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About the Captain

Mike McKenna
Campbell River BC, British Columbia, Canada
16 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
15 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2020
My passion for fishing began many years ago as a young boy in South Western Alberta trout fishing in mountain lakes and rivers with my dad. As time went on I saw salmon fishing shows on television so my salmon fishing passion began over 25 years ago in Northern B.C. in Prince Rupert and Kitimat. I still remember my first salmon I caught being from the prairies fish were not this big or as strong. I was grinning from ear to ear. I was hooked. Having my charter company now I get to see that grin I know so well on my clients face. I still to this day get that grin every time I take a rod and wait for that first run and listening to the drag on the reel peeling out line. For me being on the water is so relaxing there is nothing like it and for the first time fisher I see it every time. Clients all of a sudden are quiet their looking around soaking up the scenery not worrying about anything. Just relaxing until They hear those two words that will change their life. " FISH ON "

About this listing

Targeted species

Lingcod Lingcod
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon
Salmon (Chum) Chum Salmon
Salmon (Coho) Coho Salmon

Boat specs

Kingfisher 2525 (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2014. Powered by a 250HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
You will be fishing protected calm waters.
Offshore Fishing
Weather permitting we venture off shore.
Reef Fishing
We have excellent underwater structure here.
Flats Fishing
We have deep sand flats in this area

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling or casting with 20lb test monofilament
Heavy Tackle
Trolling with 30 to 40 lb test monofilament
Bottom Fishing
Heavy 80 to 100 lb braid
Trolling
Salmon and Lingcod can be caught trolling here.
Jigging
FUN ! FUN ! FUN !
Drift Fishing
All of our jigging for bottom fish is by drifting

Amenities

Toilet
Private self contained facility
GPS
Small Commercial Vessel Operators Course
Fishfinder
LOWRANCE HD x 2
Bed
Located foreward under bow
Flybridge
Kitchen

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Top of the line
Lures
Large selection
Catch cleaning & filleting
Provided on request. Processing available in town
Drinks
Some are provided
Fishing License
Required. 1 day or two day available online.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Life jacket(s) available. Let me know.
No Smoking
Non smoking vessel
No Alcohol
Alcohol allowed within reason
You Keep Catch
Yes.
Catch and Release Allowed
Yes absolutely and encouraged
Catch and Release Mandatory
Yes until July 14, 2021 for salmon only.

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
Bank Transfer

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 15 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (25)
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
80%
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Alicia K.
Kelowna, British Columbia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half day trip with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 23, 2022
Captain Mike made it his priority to give us a great fishing experience. He was able to change our time of departure to ensure...
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Matt D.
Clinton, WA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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2 Half Day trips with Captain Mike in Campbell River

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 9, 2022
Captain Mike knew the territory, provided excellent coaching to catch chinooks and was all around a great charter captain! ...
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Birgitte B. H.
Campbell River, British Columbia
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 11, 2022
We really had a great time, Mike is very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. We caught many fish and saw whales. Fantastic...
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Matthew B.
Campbell River, British Columbia
Excellent
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Experience:
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Half day trip with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 17, 2022
Had an enjoyable and productive fishing trip with Captain Mike as our Guide. Definitely recommend!!
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Kevin F.
Excellent
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September fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 4, 2022
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FAQs about FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS

FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS offers the following trips to customers:
  • CA $750 per group, additional CA $165 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • CA $750 per group, additional CA $165 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • CA $1,175 per group, additional CA $165 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Private self contained facility
  • GPS Small Commercial Vessel Operators Course
  • Fishfinder LOWRANCE HD x 2
  • Bed Located foreward under bow
  • Flybridge
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator available
  • Multimedia System Internet
  • Ice Box available
  • Radar Lowrance 4G

Trips booked with FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Top of the line)
  • Lures (Large selection)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Provided on request. Processing available in town)
  • Drinks (Some are provided)
  • Fishing License (Required. 1 day or two day available online. )

FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (You will be fishing protected calm waters.)
  • Offshore Fishing (Weather permitting we venture off shore.)
  • Reef Fishing (We have excellent underwater structure here.)
  • Flats Fishing (We have deep sand flats in this area)

FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Trolling or casting with 20lb test monofilament)
  • Heavy Tackle (Trolling with 30 to 40 lb test monofilament)
  • Bottom Fishing (Heavy 80 to 100 lb braid)
  • Trolling ( Salmon and Lingcod can be caught trolling here.)
  • Jigging (FUN ! FUN ! FUN !)
  • Drift Fishing (All of our jigging for bottom fish is by drifting)

Top targeted fish species with FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS include:
  • Lingcod
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Chum)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Salmon (Pink)
  • Salmon (Sockeye)
  • Shrimp