This is what it’s all about. World-class Pacific salmon fishing. Powerful Chinook salmon that peel line off your reel and bend the rod deep. Big northern Cohos, Chum salmon, and more.
Fishing Campbell River
Campbell River is known as the Salmon Capital of the World. Millions of salmon migrate through our waters, the largest and most powerful being the Chinook salmon – also called Spring or King salmon.
Spring & Summer Fishing
In spring, Chinook salmon can be found close to Campbell River and in the inlets toward the mainland. Migrating Chinook arrive in June. In July we see Pink, large northern Coho (Silver) and Sockeye salmon. This is prime time.
Chinook salmon continue their migration into September, and you can find some big ones. Coho fishing continues, and we also get Chum salmon (great fighters and perfect for the smoker) in our waters from mid September through October.
Fishing from a heated cabin is the way to go when the weather gets cooler. From December through March we focus on the resident Chinook salmon population – a great way to spend a Vancouver Island winter day.
Lingcod, Rockfish and other bottom fish are also available. These species are often a bycatch while you’re salmon fishing on a Campbell River charter.
More than Salmon
In season, combine salmon fishing with fishing for BC Spot Prawns or Dungeness Crab. These opportunities are typically available in winter and spring. Ask for details.
What Our Guests Say
Chris is the fishing boat captain…and he is fantastic! Good humoured, accommodating and proficient. His primary focus is on finding the bait shoal and fish to catch. That would seem obvious but sadly some guides have other intentions. So, you will find and catch fish on this charter! The boat is excellent! Wide and stable with a great fishing deck, there is room for a group to move and fight the salmon. The rigging and gear are top notch, you’d expect nothing less from a true enthusiast like Chris. And if so inclined, feel free to toss out a few “Big Lebowski” quotes because the Dude abides. (I did not catch the biggest fish today so I’m not posting those pictures out of spite, here is the fish I caught instead)
A great day out with Chris and Outside Charters. Orcas, eagles, dolphins and fish! Chris worked hard to find the fish and he delivered a hard fighting 77 cm chinook on a day when the fish were elusive. A beautiful, well outfitted boat in pristine condition. Thanks Chris. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you. We’ll be back!
Had a fantastic afternoon salmon fishing with Chris. Chris is a very personable person and is a very interesting person to talk to, and he knows a lot about fishing too. He helped us land a couple of massive ones. He is great with kids too! If you are looking to go fishing in Campbell River, I would recommend you hire Chris for a few hours.
Top notch captain and a top notch experience. Explained every detail and possible scenario and found the fish. I have hired charters in the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico and Captain Chris and Outsider provided the best experience I have had to date for me and my family. I would recommend for the grizzled seasoned angler and for the first time fishing family alike.
Excellent Charter Chris was a great guide and host and definitely wanted us to enjoy the fishing experience. His boat was very clean and well equipped. Chris was very knowledgeable on where and how to fish and catered to me being a novice, his patience and friendly demeanor was amazing. Both my husband and I can’t say enough great things about what an amazing experience we had. It was such an enjoyable afternoon and we will definitely come back. We would highly recommend Chris at Outside Charters to any novice or experienced fisherman out there.
Outsider Charters was a great choice for a coastal waters fishing experience. Chris is an outstanding guide, paying attention to every detail for a very positive experience. Wicked boat, clean and comfortable and the gear he uses for salmon and jigging for cod is top notch. Not a bad day on the water when you catch your limits, see some humpback whales and do some touring around the islands. Awesome day!
Incredible Fishing Experience My husband and I had such an incredible time out on the water fishing salmon with Chris and Outsider Charters, it was my first time fishing and Chris was a knowledgeable, kind, and patient guide and teacher. We had an amazing time fishing, chatting, and enjoying the marine life. Chris was easy to contact, gave us plenty of tips and recommendations about where to stay and what to do in and around campbell river. We enjoyed our time so much that we plan on coming back next year and perhaps making this into our new family tradition!
What a blast. Captain was super knowledgable about fishing, and we caught 4 big chinooks. Really enjoyed chatting with him, and it was clear he was focused on making sure the group had a good time. Boat was perfect for a group, lots of space to spread out and a good mix of inside and outside space. I’ve done several fishing charters in the past, and this was by far the best.
We had an amazing day on the water. Chris was punctual and prepared for a day of fishing. He had checked weather, wind and current patterns for the day which provided optimal conditions. The boat was clean and comfortable. Chris is a knowledgeable and hardworking guide. We landed 6-7 chinooks and several coho’s . . . as an added bonus we got in a little whale watching when a humpback decided to stroke through. If I’m ever in the area again I’ll be giving Chris a call.
Definately a worthwhile trip to take. From lots of salmon and bottom fish to experiencing the breathtaking scenery and wildlife capt. chris has you covered. The moment you step onto the more than comfortable boat you can tell your in good hands . The boat and equipment are spotless and well kept . His jovial manner and knowledge of the area are an amazing bonus to the great fishing.
Picked Outsider at random off of the web and it was like winning the lottery! Chris was a fantastic captain and host on a clean, well equipped, warm and comfortable boat for our five hour fishing/whale watching trip. The four of us are still talking about it . . . we had a great day on the water. There were even whales! Highly recommended, and thank you Chris for a great day.
My family spent two fabulous days on the water with Outsider Charters in Campbell River. Comfortable, spacious boat. Chris is a great guide; professional, knowledgeable and personable. Chris also took care to show us the beautiful scenery of the ocean and the islands near Campbell River. We had a great time! I think we’re hooked! Thank you, Chris.
What a blast. A day with Outsider Charters is a day well spent. I’ve been on a few fishing trips, but this ranks the best. Excellent knowledgable guide who has time and focus on you and your needs. Comfortable extremely clean boat with excellent fishing equipment . . . Chris is convivial, humorous and a first rate fish guide. If you want to have a fishing adventure of a lifetime, use Outsider Charters.
Fantastic day on the ocean! I’d like to give kudos to Chris and Outside Charters. We enjoyed a great day salmon fishing. Chris is knowledgeable, friendly and has one of the nicest and best equipped fishing boats on the west coast. The full cabin was nice to be able to get in out of the elements . . . Highly recommend booking a charter and we will definitely use him again.
I have been fishing British Columbia for many years, and Outsider Charters provided the best fishing experience I have ever had. Chris proved to be highly professional, extremely knowledgable, and very friendly and courteous. Chris had no problem finding us plenty of fish, and after easily limiting out, he quickly brought us to a large group of humpback whales where we had a once in a lifetime viewing experience. I could not recommend Chris’ Outsider Charters Inc. strongly enough. A pure delight.
Outsider Charters Inc. provided an excellent fishing experience. It was our first deep sea fishing trip. Chris made us feel comfortable from the beginning, explaining the basics of fishing, step by step. It was clear he was very experienced, enjoyed what he did, and made it fun. We even were fortunate to see 3 Humpback whales who circled around us the entire time on the ocean.
What an incredible day on the water! My previous and limited fishing experience years ago was good, but nothing like Chris provides. He found the fish, talked us through the experience of reeling the salmon in , and had us feeling like veteran fisherman by the end of the day. His boat has it all. Toss in some great conversation and spotting some Humpback Whales and it made for a day to remember. Highly recommend Outsider Charters and can’t wait to go back.
Had an amazing day with Chris and Outsider fishing. The boat was perfect with a good sized deck, but also ample inside cabin to get out of the weather when needed. Chris is a ton of fun and knows where to grab some fish. Me and a few buddies went out for the day and had a perfect day, caught a pile of fish, and even learned a few new jokes from our skipper. Good times all around.