It’s time to start preparing for fresh and saltwater fishing

It’s time to start preparing for fresh and saltwater fishing

Written by Don Daniels

Here we are approaching the end of the month in nine days and it’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming fishing season when planning future trips around Campbell River and Vancouver Island.

Hunting lodge owners and managers are preparing to organize staff and guides. It seemed like their job was never done. Within a few months he is back to work as usual. Staff will be hired and boats will be maintained.

People have already planned ahead to chase salmon or enjoy trout fishing throughout the county. The first priority is to know where you are going and understand the retention regulations in each area. Annual license renewal begins at the end of March for both freshwater and saltwater. Fishing guides will have a number of open dates to go out on a local charter, but don’t leave it until the last minute to call in and look forward to getting out the next day. Many of the guides are repeat clients from previous years, and in the next few months, tourists will begin arriving to enjoy fishing, whale watching and other activities around Campbell River.

Trout fishing is a big part of the activity, and a number of local lakes allow out-of-towners to come and stay at local hotels and enjoy our rivers and lakes. A number of anglers are now spreading their wings and discovering bass opportunities in the south and exploring trout and kokanee opportunities.

Beavertail Lake is a trout and kokanee area, and it’s a bumpy road to get there. Trout fishing is very good and kokanee can be found in deeper water. I’m targeting trout but the kokanee caught my attention, and getting there would take a full day to hunt for both types of fish. I’ve picked my flight patterns and will try the Beavertail when the weather warms up. Lake Reginald is also nearby for trout catch and release and fly fishing only. Small kokanee are being found on Lake Roberts in deeper water, fishing the north end of the lake and the south end of the lake can be productive but the winds are a big challenge on many days.

I will be back with Fly Tying for Beginners in the Activity Room at the Vancouver Island Regional Library on Sunday, February 25th starting at 1pm, library doors open at 12:30pm. Everything is free to attend. If you have a fly kit or hooks, bring them with you. Materials and tools are provided first come, first served but everyone is taken care of.

If you’re interested in getting out and trying your hand at fly tying, we have room for everyone to learn at their own pace and take home some fly patterns that can be used around the Campbell River lakes. Coming soon in the coming weeks, I have a feature about the Campbell River Salmon Foundation dinner and auction as well as tips for dealing with new people arriving here in Campbell River.

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