Fishing in Comox Valley & Campbell River
For thousands of years, the rhythm of life here has flowed with the movement of the salmon. The Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Pink and Chum salmon are funnelled through Discovery Passage with each tide cycle of the Pacific Ocean.
They feed off the nutrients and lush marine life as they work their way north or south through the waters off Campbell River. Homebound salmon travel through Discovery Passage on their final journey to their spawning grounds, and their deaths attract and sustain a wide variety of wildlife, including bears, eagles, otters, whales, ravens and gulls.
Campbell River's recognition as an angling paradise brought many of the world’s top sportsmen to the area in the early 1900s. The concept of a great fishing club, loosely modelled after the Catalina Tuna Club, was started in 1924 by some dedicated fishermen wanting to preserve the integrity of the experience. The Tyee Club of BC still operates to this day and a membership can be earned by catching a 13-kilogram (30-pound) salmon using traditional “tyee” fishing methods that require the use of a rowboat and certain tackle.
Situated on a southern migration route for all five major species of Pacific salmon and a stable, year-round fishery for Chinook in the upper Strait of Georgia, it’s no wonder that the fishing is good. Further south around Comox, there's superb fishing for lingcod and red snapper in the calm waters of the Salish Sea, as well as crab and prawn fishing, too.
Visiting anglers can rent a boat, charter a guide or bring their own gear. Choose from all-inclusive packages, which include accommodation, meals, guides and gear, or just head down to Discovery Pier in Campbell River or to Fisherman's Wharf in Comox and cast a line into the water. The sheltered waters of the Salish Sea offer calm fishing year-round. As if the bounty in the ocean isn’t enough, the area also has excellent freshwater trout fishing at dozens of area lakes. Many of the lakes can be reached only by the logging or gravel roads that lead off east and west from Highway 19.