All roads lead to the fishing capital Campbell River, “the Salmon Capital of the World”, has earned its place at the top of the list of salmon fishing destinations.
All five species of Pacific Salmon pass through the waters between Campbell River and the Mainland as they return to spawn in their native rivers.
Campbell River is also the jumping off point for great West Coast open ocean fishing with Nootka Sound northwest of Gold River providing some of the best Chinook and Coho fishing on the entire coast of British Columbia.
Campbell River is also proud to be the base of operations for many of the finest fishing guides in BC.
For a full list of fishing guides drop into the Visitor Centre across from Shoppers Row and pick up a guide booklet.
Traditionalists will want to check out the Tyee Club of BC located on Spit Road. It began in 1924 with a group of anglers who returned to Campbell River each year in pursuit of the elusive Tyee, a Chinook salmon, 30 pounds or larger.
Tyee fishing is done quietly in a small, classic row boat. No motors are allowed in the Tyee pool. The rower will slip the boat into the currents and eddies while keeping a basic plug or spoon beating in the current.
If a fish is boated and weighs 30 pounds or more, the catch is recorded and the angler becomes a member of the Tyee Club.