Frequently Asked Questions
The following list of questions are some of the most common questions that we're asked, so we have listed them here for your convenience. If you have any questions not listed here, please do not hesitate to contact us.
- What do I need to bring on my Campbell River fishing trip?
- What is included in my fishing charter?
- Are BC fishing licenses included?
- Where can I get a BC fishing licence?
- What species of fish are we fishing?
- I have no experience fly fishing, will you teach me or do I need to have fly fishing experience?
- Is there an extra charge for bait?
- What is the weather like in Campbell River, Vancouver Island?
- How do I get my catch home?
Q: What do I need to bring on my Campbell River fishing trip?
A : We would like to suggest the following items:
- BC Fishing license (required)
- ID for purchasing BC fishing license and/or Canada Customs
- Lunch and beverages (we provide coffee, water and some soft drinks)
- Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
- Your own all-weather gear - optional (this is included in the cost of the charter)
- Layers of clothing, based on your personal requirements
- Camera, video camera, binoculars, film and batteries
- Many anglers prefer their own personal rod, reel, tackle and waders for river fishing, or we are happy to provide these, free of charge.
Q : What is included in my fishing charter?
A : What is included and not included have been specified on the pages outlining our charters and packages. Please click on the links below to be taken to those pages or give us a call for further clarification.
Q : Are BC fishing licenses included?
A : No, they are not included in the price of the charter. Most fishing tackle retail outlets and services stations sell BC fishing licenses which vary in price depending on whether you want to fish saltwater (tidal waters) or freshwater fish, how many days you want to fish and whether you are a Canadian resident or not. If you wish to retain anything you catch, you must also have a conservation stamp, which is an additional cost of approximately $7.00. These fishing licenses must be on your person whenever you are fishing and must be presented if inspected by the authorities. We will request to see your license before we leave the dock.
Q : Where can I get a BC fishing licence?
A : Saltwater-
You can purchase your fishing licence locally or, for your convenience, you can click on our link on the Home or Saltwater page to "Purchase your fishing license online" prior to arriving in Campbell River.
Freshwater fishing licenses are not yet available online but can be purchased locally at several outlets upon arrival.
Q : What species of fish are we fishing?
A : In freshwater Vancouver Island rivers, we usually target steelhead, trout and salmon. In saltwater, we can target all 5 species of salmon: Chinook (Springs or Kings), Coho (Silvers), Sockeye, Pinks and Chums. We can also fish for ling cod, rock fish, crab or prawns. Don't forget to check out our fishing calendar to see if the time of year is right for the species you want to catch. Give us a call if you are still unsure of something.
Q : I have no experience fly fishing, will you teach me or do I need to have fly fishing experience?
A : There are no age or experience restrictions on our fishing charters.
Q : Is there an extra charge for bait?
A : Not usually, only if we are mooching for bottom fish and go through an excessive amount of bait, i.e. more than one package.
Q : What is the weather like in Campbell River, Vancouver Island?
A : We have linked to the government's weather office for your convenience, so you may conveniently view the current weather conditions in Campbell River and the north central east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Q : How do I get my catch home?
A : We clean and bag your catch for you. If you would like to process your catch we would recommend High Tide Seafoods. They have several options available including canning, flash freezing, smoking, and vac packing. If you live nearby, then we recommend that you pack it in ice in a cooler until you reach your destination. Some accommodations will store your catch until your departure, but confirm this first.