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Fishing in Comox

The fishing Comox has in store is a year-round adventure! Nestled on the banks of the Strait of Georgia, this area was called kw'umuxws by the First Nations, which means plentiful. And the fishing here certainly is plentiful indeed! Comox has great Chinook Salmon fishing at all times, including a feeder population as well as migrating fish that travel up the Campbell River. 
 
The Comox Valley has some of the most pristine waters in the world, which makes it a great place for whale-watching tours or cold-water diving. In between your Salmon fishing trips, you can also go snowshoeing, try out biathlon, or take a helicopter tour and have a stunning, aerial view of the area.

Which trip should I choose?

Since Comox has a great location, you can easily reach productive fishing spots, both on half day and full day trips. It only depends on how much time you want to spend on the water. 
 
Previous fishing experience is always a plus, but not essential. Comox fishing trips are novice-friendly, so don’t be discouraged if you’re not skilled with a rod.

What can I catch?

Chinook Salmon is truly the king of the area. This fish can be caught year-round, especially during winter, when some other migratory species are nowhere to be seen. You’ll usually troll with herring, sardines, or squid-like lures called hootchies. The second traditional technique is called mooching and it involves drifting a dead or live herring beneath the boat.
 
Halibut fishing and crabbing are available year-round, while most other species show up in huge numbers in June and stick around till the end of the year. Some of them are Pink, Coho, Chum, and Sockeye Salmon, as well as Lingcod. 

Getting There

  • By plane – The Comox Valley Airport is only 3 miles away from the Comox marina. There are daily flights from Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
     
  • By ferry – The easiest way is to get to Departure Bay or Duke Point in Nanaimo by ferry and proceed to Comox by car (70 miles apart).

Need to Know

Fisheries in Canada are divided into Areas and each of them has its own fishing regulations. Comox falls in area 14, so make sure you’re familiar with fish quotas for this area before your trip. 

What to Bring

  • A fishing licence – Everyone fishing in British Columbia needs to have a valid fishing licence. You can get it online, from the Canadian National Recreational Licensing System. You’ll also need a Tidal Licence for saltwater fishing and a Salmon Conservation Stamp if you want to keep any Salmon you catch.
     
  • Layered clothing – even if you’re fishing in the summer, bring something with long sleeves. It gets chilly when the fog rolls in.
     
  • A camera – The Comox Valley scenery is breathtaking and is sure to awaken the photographer in everyone. You’ll also want to take a photo of your fish, especially when you catch your biggest Salmon yet!
 
Fishing in Comox, BC is a one of a kind experience, not only for the ones that love to fish but also for the ones that simply want to enjoy nature. Explore British Columbia as never before!
 
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Comox Fishing Seasons

This is the perfect time for crabbing! Chinook Salmon is also available but you’ll mostly encounter undersized or just-around-the-keepable-size feeders.

February is still low season for most Salmon species but you can go crabbing and prawning. Halibut also shows up in larger numbers.

Chinook Salmon feeders bite aggressively, so you can have a great time catching them, even though they’re not big in size. Halibut fishing gets even better.

Chinook finally start to get bigger in spring. You can also drop the prawn traps and, as you wait, do a little sightseeing.

The weather gets much better and you can take some time for whale-watching as well. This is also the first time in the year when you can catch Lingcod.

Coho Salmon are on the scene! Do some trolling and see who bites better – Coho or Chinook. Lingcod fishing is on the rise as well.

Other Salmon species finally start to show up – you can catch some Chum, Pink, and Sockeye. Coho Salmon fishing is even better than in June.
 

August is the perfect time to become a member of the Tyee Club and catch Chinook over 30 pounds. This is also the peak for Coho fishing.

All types of Salmon are getting ready to reach the rivers and go upstream. September brings great Salmon fishing and the end of peak season for Lingcod.

October is all about Chum Salmon. These fish fight hard and range from 10–25 pounds, providing some great rod-bending action.

If you don’t mind the cold, go trolling for Chum and Chinook Salmon. As the winter approaches, crabbing gets better and better.

This is a prime month for feeder Chinook. They’re not great in size but they are very aggressive and will give you a good fight.

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What People Are Saying About Comox

"Fishing with Cliff"

Chad D. fished with Cliff’s Chinook Charters on October 6, 2018

October fishing is a patient game - expect slow periods

"Fishing with Steve"

Karl-heinrich H. fished with Island Pursuit Sport Fishing - 29' on July 30, 2018

If someone wants to go fishing in Comox for the first time, they should charter a trip via Fishbooker.

"Comox's Finest Pro"

Justin M. fished with Radar's Pro Fishing on July 7, 2018

Make sure the beer is cold and your arms are ready to pull in the big haul.

"If you plan to slay meet with Capt Cliff"

FishingBooker Member fished with Cliff’s Chinook Charters on August 15, 2017

Fly in and rent a motel in Comox, everything is nearby!

Top Targeted Species in Comox

Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Chinook)

Halibut

Halibut

Lingcod

Lingcod

Salmon (Coho)

Salmon (Coho)

Crab

Crab

Salmon (Pink)

Salmon (Pink)

Salmon (Chum)

Salmon (Chum)

Salmon (Sockeye)

Salmon (Sockeye)

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