Salmon Species in Campbell River


Salmon Fishing in Campbell River, Vancouver Island, BC

2021 Fishing Season and Covid 19

First and foremost, I hope you are all doing well and wish you and all of your loved ones the best during these challenging times. Currently we are still planning for our salmon season and getting out on the water for some great fishing this summer! Like all of you, we will be watching what’s going on globally and waiting to see the progress for a return to better times.

During this time of self isolation many of you are tentatively planning vacations or are looking to book a fishing trip this summer You can feel confident that you are guaranteed to be refunded any deposits if the travel advisory is still in effect or for any other health reasons. So we are waiving the standard 30 day cancellation policy to alleviate concerns of being unable to reschedule or cancel your charter dates. We are all in this together and I am sure that all of you are looking forward to getting back to doing what we love the most!

Until then, Tight Lines!!!

Your Captain, Laurel

At Absolute Sportfishing we are committed to getting you to the fish and providing you with every opportunity to reel in some nice fish.

Pacific Salmon Species

Chinook Salmon
Chinook Salmon (also known as Spring, King, Blackmouth or Tyee)
(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

Chinook (Spring, King, Blackmouth) salmon are the most-sought-after salmon of sport fisherman. They reside in the deep ocean for 4 to 7 years before returning to their birth river. Down-riggers are almost essential to assist in getting the fishing lures down to their depths. A Tyee is a Chinook salmon greater than 30 pounds (14 kilograms). They are mighty and can take run after run emptying your reel each time. The size range is 5-30+ pounds with many mid-twenties being common June through mid September. The meat is most often red but can be white or even marbled. Large Chinooks are best smoked while smaller ones are perfect for the BBQ.

Coho Salmon
Coho Salmon (also known as Silvers)
(Oncorhynchus kisutch)

The Coho (Silver) can start arriving in June and are such a great salmon to fish. They are hard-hitting acrobats that dance along the surface and challenge you several times before you land them. They range in size from 4-20 pounds. Coho are excellent for table fare, steaks, canning or smoking.

Sockeye Salmon
Sockeye Salmon (also known as Red Salmon)
(Oncorhynchus nerka)

Sockeye spawn in lakes and small feeder streams. Their young live in lakes for a year or more before making their way to the open ocean and are mostly plankton feeders. Sockeye are prized for their bright red flesh and are commercially the most valuable Pacific salmon. They range in size from 5-12 pounds and can occasionally exceed 15 pounds.

Pink Salmon
Pink Salmon (also known as “Humpies”)
(Oncorhynchus gorbuscha)

The Pink Salmon arrive in large numbers and on odd-numbered years (eg. 2017 or 2019) they migrate in the millions. They are the smallest Pacific salmon, averaging 3.5 pounds (1.6 kilograms) to 5 pounds (2.1 kilograms) and can reach 12+ pounds. They are feisty and put up a strong fight for their size. They are perfect fish for beginners or youngsters to reel in and fit nicely on the barbecue. They are also excellent canned or smoked.

Chum Salmon
Chum Salmon (also known as “Dogs”, Keta, or Calico)
(Oncorhynchus keta)

This is the second largest and the latest salmon to arrive in Campbell River. They are usually start showing up in August and their numbers peak throughout October, showing up in large schools making for great action. Chum are powerful salmon and will put you and your tackle to the test. Pound for pound they are probably the toughest fighting salmon and they average 8-20 pounds. They are great salmon for smoking and the best for Candy Smoked, a local West Coast favorite. They are a great way to finish off the prime salmon fishing season in Campbell River.