Fishing Calendar – We fish here all year round!
July and August are always the popular times for family vacations. Throughout the summer Chinooks are coming in. We can head them off at the pass, north of Campbell River or we can find them south around Georgia Strait. Chinooks are always the main draw, however in mid-July we start to see additional salmon species, pinks, sockeyes, and coho salmon. These species vary from year to year. Odd numbered years are the strong years for pink salmon, which are the smallest but most numerous of the salmon species.
Also consider that Aug 15 to Sept 15 is the best time for rowing for Tyees (Chinooks over 30 pounds) in the grand Tyee Club tradition, when these special fish come home to linger a little while before going in to the Campbell River. See “Tyee Fishing “.
Chums and Cohos. In late August and through September mature cohos, often called ” Northerns ” from 5 pounds up into the teens, are coming in from the open ocean. Most of these are wild cohos and these will need to be released for conservation reasons. Some will be hatchery fish that can be kept. Cohos are terrific sporting fish and give extra action between the target fish. Chum salmon are starting to come in late September. Chums are great fighters, numerous, good sized, usually from 8 to 18 pounds, and underappreciated. Chums are great smoked fish. Most tourists have finished their annual vacation migration when the chum salmon are just starting to migrate. Late September and through October is chum time.