It’s that time of year when many choices are available, of where to go and types of fish are many.
Most lakes have turned on and have been fishing well with chironomids and small nymphs, also leeches and dry flies are working locally. Some lakes within an hour drive of Campbell River have picked up some murky water, as the snow is melting quickly in the mountains.
Echo Lake and Beavertail have been recently stocked, and are fishing very well.
There is some fun to be had in the local rivers as cutthroat’s have moved in to feed on salmon fry. Your best bet to catching them is smaller minnow/streamer patterns.
Steelhead are still ever elusive, you may be rewarded if you are willing to put in the time and effort.
Most river estuaries will also have cutthroat feeding on fry patterns as they are swept into the ocean. Muddler minnows will also be a good choice of fly.
Catch and release Chinook fishing has been great for those making an effort. Some popular choices lately have been AP sand lance spoons, Lighthouse Lures Big Eye spoons, and Ross Shimmertail hoochies have been great.
Using the more popular flashers such as the black onion, the green onion, or even the wide range of herring aid flashers have been very productive.
Even for this time of year, there is always bucktailing action on the water. Chinook go crazy for Mike’s Salmon bucktails, tied locally.
Halibut has been rewarding for those putting in the time and willing to travel north a ways.
Ling cod opens up on May 1st.
Fishing will continue to improve as the season progresses, we will endeavor to keep you informed with regular updates.