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
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $814
    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!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 2
    $501
    5 hours Salmon Fishing departs at 7 a.m. Start your day off with a short boat ride to your fishing destination. Whales, Orcas, Dolphins & 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.

About the Captain

Mike McKenna
Strathcona, British Columbia, Canada
11 Fishing Reports
8 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) Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Chum) Salmon (Chum)
Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)

Salmon (Pink) Salmon (Pink)
Salmon (Sockeye) Salmon (Sockeye)
Shrimp Shrimp

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
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Kitchen

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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

Recent Fishing Reports

The Fish Just Keep Coming
The Fish Just Keep Coming
September 6, 2021
The fishing continues to be good. With more fish coming we are catching multiple species Chinook, Coho, Pinks. We are catching large Northern Coho. They are headed for the U.S. so we have to release them but they are scrappy fish. I had clients out today and it took me 7 tries before I could net the fish. We landed three nice coho. A nice 13 pound chinook was caught with another long distance released. My clients arms could not hold the fish. She tried as hard as she could. As soon as it stopped peeling line out she would reel and get some line back then the fish would take off again. To bad we never got that one. We did see killer whales today in the narrows. Our Chum salmon fishery will start soon with more fish coming later this month. There will be some Coho around also.Non retention for the coho but there fun to catch. Stay tuned ????????????
Father and Son
Father and Son
August 21, 2021
My clients privacy is very important to me so as per my discussion with the dad I will not be posting any photos of himself or his son. I respect that and would do it for any client at their request. Having retired with a law enforcement background I can keep secrets. Here at HLS CHARTERS I will keep you safe on the water and keep your privacy safe. Guaranteed. However seeing a small child holding a large chinook salmon across both his arms and all he can do to hold it up and the grin on that child’s face. “ PRiCELESS “ To see this father /son bonding on the water was truly amazing as this trip was. So dad held the rod and the son worked the reel until he got tired. Then dad took over. We managed to land two keeper chinook salmon. We saw a whale out in the distance. What a great day.

Customer Reviews

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Catch intended fish
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Jessica R.
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Amazing half day with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip on September 2, 2021
We had an amazing day on the water with Captain Mike. Got aboard his boat and was instantly impressed with how well maintained...
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Campbell River, BC
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Another awesome trip with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip on August 28, 2021
I’ve fished with Captain Mike several times and it is always a great day on the water.  You aren’t going to find a nicer...
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Full day trip with captain Mike

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on July 17, 2021
We had a fantastic salmon fishing trip. We hooked a lot of undersize fish and one oversize but we were able to keep one fish...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 27, 2021
From the moment we got into the boat to when we left the Harbour, Mike was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. He knew exactly...
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FAQs about HLS Charters

HLS Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • CA $640 per group - Half Day Trip (5 hours)
  • CA $1,040 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with HLS Charters, 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)

Trips booked with HLS Charters 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. )

HLS Charters 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)

HLS Charters 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 HLS Charters include:
  • Lingcod
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Chum)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Salmon (Pink)
  • Salmon (Sockeye)
  • Shrimp