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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Campbell River

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

The average price for a private 4 hour Campbell River fishing trip is $513, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $897 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

The most popular fish species you can target are Chinook Salmon, Lingcod, and Coho Salmon. Top fishing techniques include Trolling, Bottom Fishing, and Light Tackle. Nearshore fishing, offshore fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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!

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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
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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

Wild West Sport Fishing (6 guest capacity)
Wild West Sport Fishing (6 guest capacity)
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(3 reviews)
Nice boat and crew- one beautiful Coho taken by our group. A great day outing!
Thurman  R.
Thurman R. Severna Park, MD
Absolute Sportfishing
Absolute Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
What a great day we had! Sunshine whales and fish. The boat was in top shape and condition the captain knowledgeable and super friendly. I will be a return customer, and a recommending customer to my friends.
Dale  H.
Dale H. Bowling Green, OH
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
We really had a great time, Mike is very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. We caught many fish and saw whales. Fantastic day.
Birgitte  B.  H.
Birgitte B. H. Campbell River, British Columbia
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Captain Mike knew the territory, provided excellent coaching to catch chinooks and was all around a great charter captain! He also gave guidance for fish processing, too. I’ll definitely book more trips with him in the years ahead.
Matt  D.
Matt D. Clinton, WA
Absolute Sportfishing
Absolute Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
The captain is very experienced and produced a superb 4 hour fishing trip for us
Steve  B.
Steve B. Campbell River, BC
Absolute Sportfishing
Absolute Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
So much fun! One of the best fishing trips I have been on! Thank you, Captain Laurel! Caught my biggest King Salmon yet!
Ashly  S.
Ashly S. Denver, CO
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Captain Mike made it his priority to give us a great fishing experience. He was able to change our time of departure to ensure the tide matched the best fishing times. He was knowledgeable and very patient with our party. He wanted to make sure that we all caught a bite and changed the lures to make sure those salmon were biting them. In total, we had 9 bites, 7 to the boat and 4 to keep. It was such a fun first experience and we can't wait to go back. Thanks Captain Mike!
Alicia  K.
Alicia K. Kelowna, British Columbia
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Had an enjoyable and productive fishing trip with Captain Mike as our Guide. Definitely recommend!!
Matthew  B.
Matthew B. Campbell River, British Columbia
Absolute Sportfishing
Absolute Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Captain very knowledge and shared info about fishing and the area. Boat clean and good working order. Knew how to read the tides and bait pools. 9 caught in less than 3 hours. And another dozen strikes within that time. Would definetly recommend. If I have the opportunity I will book with Laurel again. Good time
Denniece  C.
Denniece C. Surrey, British Columbia
Absolute Sportfishing
Absolute Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 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
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(15 reviews)
Mike is a great captain, very king and knowledgeable. Would recommend to everyone!
Christophe  A.
Christophe A. Blainville, QC
Northwest Saltwater Adventures
Northwest Saltwater Adventures
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 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
(4 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
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
We had an amazing day on the water with Captain Mike. Got aboard his boat and was instantly impressed with how well maintained and clean the boat was. We had an action packed day with several catches (its a lot harder then you think). He was patient and very helpful, letting us reel in our catches. We saw seals, a bald eagle and even a pod of dolphins! We took home two salmon, and cannot wait to cook them up! Thanks Captain Mike for a great day!
Jessica  R.
Jessica R. Surrey, British Columbia
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
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 guy to fish with, and his knowledge and experience always pays off!!!!
Vaughn  S.
Vaughn S. Campbell River, BC
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Captain Mike was engaging, took time to educate his clients around use of equipment and safety. Great with kids and giving my son background around salmon and environmental research.
Dennis  Q.
Dennis Q. Langley Township, BC
Absolute Sportfishing
Absolute Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 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
(24 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
Absolute Sportfishing
Absolute Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Very good
4.0 / 5
(24 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
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
FISHING/ WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
Fishing charter in Campbell River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
From the moment we got into the boat to when we left the Harbour, Mike was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. He knew exactly where to find salmon and we ended up catching 3 coho. He helped clean the fish and told us a great place to get them processed. I would highly recommend him for your fishing experience.
Wayne  J.
Wayne J. Portage La Prairie, MB