Campbell River

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FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(9 reviews)
Campbell River BC
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trips from $546

Absolute Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(17 reviews)
Campbell River
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trips from $492

50North Adventures

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(19 reviews)
Campbell River
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trips from $453

Coastal Elements Charters

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(6 reviews)
Campbell River
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trips from $535

Sea Beyond Adventures Ltd.

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Campbell River
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trips from $734

East coaster sport fishing

Campbell River
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trips from $574

Archers Fishing Charters

Campbell River
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trips from $585

Crabby's Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(9 reviews)
Campbell River
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trips from $546

Northwest Saltwater Adventures

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Campbell River
trips from $574

Outsider Charters Inc.

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Campbell River
trips from $663

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Campbell River

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Campbell River costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $501, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,003. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Campbell River is 25 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS, Absolute Sportfishing, and 50North Adventures are some of the most popular fishing charters in Campbell River, British Columbia. Full list of top fishing charters in Campbell River.

FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS, Absolute Sportfishing, and 50North Adventures all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Campbell River.

The best way to experience fishing in Campbell River is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Campbell River, British Columbia.

The most popular fish species you can target are Salmon (Chinook), Lingcod, and Salmon (Coho). Top fishing techniques include trolling, bottom fishing, and light tackle. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

As summer draws in, the fishing comes closer to the shore. Big Chinooks are following schools of herring and needlefish near town. You will be fishing with an amazing backdrop of spring colors and warmer weather. Check availability for local fishing charters in Campbell River.

If we had to describe Campbell River fishing in five words, they would be these: Salmon, Salmon, and more Salmon. Not only is it known as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World,’ it has held this title for over a century.

This small town on Vancouver Island is visited by all five species of Pacific Salmon on a yearly basis - and it is a favorite haunt of hundreds of sportfishermen who migrate to these waters, every year, too. Some say that the only things that can be in short supply round here in high season are free spaces on Campbell River fishing charters!

Known For

Campbell River may be a small town, but don’t let that put you off. Not only does this coastal community play host to plenty of hotels, B&Bs, and stores, it also has its own airport and - most importantly - a substantial charter fishing fleet. But what’s the big deal? What is it about this little place that Salmon, and anglers, just can’t resist?

First, take a look at its geography. Campbell River is located at the end of the Strait of Georgia, on a stretch of water enigmatically known as ‘Discovery Passage’. This is prime, world class Salmon territory. Imagine a kind of ‘Salmon funnel,’ that thousands of Pacific Salmon need to travel through to return to their birth rivers to spawn.

To the north, the hard granite of the steep mountains is sliced into by deep channels and inlets. This is a land of glacial wilderness: those who have the time to spare may even make it out to Bute Inlet and Johnstone Strait. Head southwards, and the water and the land formations flatten, creating wide expanses. You can fish here for days and experience multiple different styles, areas, and views. And oh my, the views.

Now, let’s look at the fish. The waterways of Discovery Passage and Johnstone Strait can be understood as a kind of ‘Salmon highway.’ This is the connection between the open ocean and the rivers and streams where the Salmon lifecycle both starts - and ends. Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Chum, and Pink Salmon all pass by Campbell River on their journey to the stream where they were spawned - and where they in turn will spawn and end their days.

What does this mean for anglers? Plentiful Salmon, of all varieties. And it’s the big ones that Campbell River Salmon fishing charters are competing to get their hands on.

Any Campbell River Salmon fishing guide worth their salt will tell you that there’s one thing every angler wants round here: and that’s a Tyee. This native word means chief, and it is used to describe any Chinook Salmon weighing over 30lbs. Take a fishing trip from July to September and who knows, maybe you will hook a Tyee for yourself.

But it’s not all about big Chinooks. Locals say that it’s the Chum Salmon migration that you really need to look out for: come in the fall for a fight to remember. Freshwater anglers will find themselves up against both Winter and Summer Steelhead. And as if the Salmonids weren’t enough, with Halibut, Cod, and Snapper all available in deeper waters, you are not going to go hungry any time soon.

Rules & Regulations

Just like everywhere else in British Columbia, a valid sportfishing license is essential for fishing in Campbell River. Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licenses are needed for saltwater fishing. They are issued by the Government of Canada and may be purchased online. For freshwater fishing, you will need a Non-Tidal Angling License, which is issued by the Province of Canada. 

Anyone who wishes to keep any Salmon caught will need to be in possession of a valid Salmon stamp.

Types of Fishing

Salmon fishing means trolling deep down in the water column. So if you can't get enough of the sound of downriggers popping, this is the style for you.

Otherwise, have a go at Salmon fishing Campbell River style and try for membership of the exclusive ‘Tyee Club’. How? Easy. All you need to do is catch a 30 lb + Chinook. On light tackle. In a rowboat. This is sportfishing at its most pure, and it has been done here this way ever since 1924.

Campbell River
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

January might see the most average annual snowfall in Campbell River, but it doesn't usually stay around for long. And thanks to the area's Chinook fishery, you can always warm up by catching a Salmon offshore.

February

February is a quiet month in Campbell River, BC. But the Winter Steelhead season is going strong in the local rivers and streams, while saltwater fishing offers up the ever-present Chinook. Not bad for a low season!

March

As spring gradually starts to appear, the fishing begins to change up. The Chinook Salmon begin to feed up more aggressively and are piling on the pounds, with most catches weighing in between six and 20 pounds.

April

Spring fishing starts to settle into its pattern more consistently. Full day trips are recommended at this time of year, with the biggest and best Salmon being a little further out. This is the end of the Winter Steelhead season.

May

As summer draws in, the fishing comes closer to the shore. Big Chinooks are following schools of herring and needlefish near town. You will be fishing with an amazing backdrop of spring colors and warmer weather.

June

Fishing starts to mix up, with more than just Chinook Salmon in Campbell River. Coho (Silver) Salmon shows up and will stay through September, and Summer Steelhead appears. Don't miss the Campbell River Salmon Derby.

July

July is when things start to get really exciting in Campbell River. This is the beginning of Tyee season, with Chinooks weighing over 30 lbs on the cards. Sockeye, Pink, and Coho Salmon join them. This is peak season!

August

Diehard sportfishing fans will want to visit Campbell River from August 1 through September 15. This is Tyee rowing season, when small boats go out to target big fish. Check out the Annual Campbell River SalmonFest.

September

As the tourist season draws to an end, those in the know head to the local waters. This is time for Chum Salmon. These may not be the biggest fish, but they trump everything else in terms of size to fight ratio!

October

Campbell River fishing is all about Chum Salmon in October, as this fierce fighter floods the local waters. Couple this with lower accommodation costs, and you could say this is the best time to fish in Campbell River.

November

By November, the mature Salmon have moved on to their respective spawning rivers. But that doesn't mean there's nothing here for anglers: feeding Chinook are caught to the south of the town and Winter Steelhead is back.

December

If you thought winter fishing in British Columbia was a no go, you should think again. As well as Winter Steelhead, anglers can test their skills against smaller Chinook Salmon offshore. There's always something to catch.

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Go with Royce and Kelly at Northwest Saltwater Adventure Charters!! They know all the good spots, and their boat and equipment are top notch!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with Royce and Kelly at Northwest Saltwater Adventure Charters!! They know all the good spots, and their boat and equipment are top notch!
David  R.
David R. Stanwood, WA
Fishing in May is a bit slower than July or August but it is not crowded. The pace of life is slower and the crowds are smaller which is what we wanted. We did not expect to Catch a large amount of fish but wanted the experience of fishing for salmon and being on the spring waters. Chris was a great guide and nice person to meet and fish with in the future. Had a good day and look forward to many meals from our salmon in the summer months ahead!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Fishing in May is a bit slower than July or August but it is not crowded. The pace of life is slower and the crowds are smaller which is what we wanted. We did not expect to Catch a large amount of fish but wanted the experience of fishing for salmon and being on the spring waters. Chris was a great guide and nice person to meet and fish with in the future. Had a good day and look forward to many meals from our salmon in the summer months ahead!
Keith  P.
Keith P. Kalispell, MT

Absolute Sportfishing
Absolute Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
We had a great day fishing! Although we didn’t have any keepers we managed to catch and release plenty of fish. Captain Laurel was great, very friendly and helpful, patient and experienced! I’d certainly recommend him and would book with him again!
COLIN  B.
COLIN B. Surrey, British Columbia
Northwest Saltwater Adventures
Northwest Saltwater Adventures
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Great time on the water with Royce and Kelly, making my first lingcod caught that much more special!!
David  R.
David R. Stanwood, WA
Outsider Charters Inc.
Outsider Charters Inc.
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Trip was amazing, Chris is a great guy…very knowledgeable, a professional, and the tunes were the best! Definitely recommend to anyone, way above our expectations
Rana  R.
Rana R. Surrey, British Columbia
Absolute Sportfishing
Absolute Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Got two springs and 4 pinks Had over a dozen other fish on during trip, but that’s how it goes. Tried jogging, we got a couple too young ling cod to the boat. He taught me how to jig which was really cool. Absolutely awesome guide! Laurel was amazing. Knew everything there was to know about area and great fun to chat with! Highly recommend laurel as a guide!
Melisa  G.
Melisa G. Ashcroft, BC
Absolute Sportfishing
Absolute Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Great 1/2 day fishing with Laurel. Very nice boat & equipment. He has a good knowledge of fishing & can definitely target the fish we were after.
Cliff  R.
Cliff R. Courtenay, British Columbia
50North Adventures
50North Adventures
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Wonderful fishing trip. LOTS OF ACTION The best fishing trip that THAT we have ever been on! Thanks to Dean we will be back next summer!,,,,,,
James  W.
James W. Comox, BC
Absolute Sportfishing
Absolute Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Very good
4.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Captain Laurel was very flexible and came out to pick us up at Quadra Island! He brought us out to fish for salmon, greenling, and rockfish. We had a great time with him. Would recommend!
Jessica  S.
Jessica S. Vancouver, BC
50North Adventures
50North Adventures
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Amazing day on the water!!! Captain Dean made it such a memorable fun experience. Couple beginners on the boat but he made it a fun and enjoyable easy process to learn. Everyone caught some fish and cane home with some for the freezer! Thanks captain Dean
Hannah  P.
Hannah P. Fort Nelson, BC
50North Adventures
50North Adventures
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Fantastic day on the water. Thanks, Dean! Great boat, knowledgeable guide and captain. Highly recommend.
Doug  C.
Doug C. Courtenay, British Columbia
50North Adventures
50North Adventures
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Dean was fantastic. We had a wonderful time learning about fishing and also caught some. His boat is gorgeous and he is very knowledgeable and personable. Highly recommend 50 North Adnventures!!
Dianne  G.
Dianne G. Surrey, BC
50North Adventures
50North Adventures
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
We had an awesome time with 50 North and Capt. Dean. We saw 3 humpback whales who put on quite a show for us. We were not lucky with the salmon fishing but Dean tried his best. Would highly recommend!
Janet  D.
Janet D. Calgary, AB
50North Adventures
50North Adventures
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Dean was excellent. Knowledgeable, professional, funny, and a great all around guy. Highly recommend!
Guy  O.
Guy O. Surrey, British Columbia
50North Adventures
50North Adventures
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Fun outing with Dean fishing for Salmon! Nice morning with good activity on the lines.
Brian  D.
Brian D. Vancouver, BC
50North Adventures
50North Adventures
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Saw some whales , caught some salmon had a wonderful afternoon. Captain's boat is extremely clean and well kept. Highly recommended!
Michael  S.
Michael S. New Westminster, BC
50North Adventures
50North Adventures
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
We had a “whale” of a time both fishing and whale watching. Dean was great fun and we are so glad we chose to charter 50North rather than be part of a package.
Marjorie  P.
Marjorie P. Ucluelet, BC
Sea Beyond Adventures Ltd.
Sea Beyond Adventures Ltd.
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Captain Gene does an excellent job of providing you with an adventure catching Chinook salmon. He is very skilled at making your trip fun and interesting. In our case he had two unskilled teenaged fishergirls to demonstrate salmon fishing techniques. We all caught fish and had a great time. Captain Gene likes to kid and joke with you to add fun to your experience. You couldn't ask for a better time on the water.
Maria  C.
Maria C. Campbell River, British Columbia
50North Adventures
50North Adventures
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Three of us limited with nice sized chinook. The skipper was cordial and hard working. We enjoyed stories from his rather adventuresome life.
Charles  S.
Charles S. Bellingham, Washington
50North Adventures
50North Adventures
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Captain went above and beyond to make our adventure by extending our time while we ‘chased’ a pod of orcas we saw at the end of our fishing segment! We were on a beautiful boat with lots of room to move about. It was a private charter, first class!
Ron  S.
Ron S. Verona, ON
Absolute Sportfishing
Absolute Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Amazing day with Laurel, boat was super clean and modern, the fishing equipment was first class and the knowledge Laurel had was great and answered all our novice questions on fishing and salmon. Great instructions too and for making us do things right, it was much appreciated. Icing on the cake was the whale popping up to say hello. Will be sure to use Laurel again when we come back to Campbell River. Burton also wanted to say thanks too :-)
Mark  W.
Mark W. Vancouver, BC
Absolute Sportfishing
Absolute Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
A great days ‘Chinook’ fishing with Laurel. As complete beginners, my wife and two teenage daughters, Laurel took time to explain everything and gave a few practice runs before we caught anything, to get used to the gear. We seemed to be one of the only boats catching - so thanks Laurel - he knows his stuff. We ended the day with 3 keepers and put two back. We also saw an Orca and a bald eagle. Best half day money can buy. Nick and family
Nick  T.
Nick T. Campbell River, BC

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