Trip Planning

What’s included, what you need to bring, where you can stay, and what else you can do while you’re here. Plus FAQ.

What’s included in your BC fishing charter

Salmon Fishing Lures

Outfitting Essentials

We provide fishing rods and reels, all tackle, bait, fuel, lifejackets, and drinking water for your BC fishing trip. You don’t have to bring any gear — just appropriate clothing.

Chinook Salmon on Cleaning Table

Your Catch

Cleaning and bagging your catch is included in your fishing charter. If you want to have your fish processed (filleted, steaked, smoked, etc.), we refer you to licenced local seafood processors. They are also able to package and ship your catch.

What to bring on your Campbell River fishing trip

  • warm, layered clothing
  • hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • lunch, snacks and drinks to last the day
  • motion sickness treatments, if necessary
  • printed copy of your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence with Salmon Conservation Stamp

You MUST bring a printed copy of your fishing licence onboard. If you want to keep salmon, your printed licence must also have the Salmon Conservation Stamp. The Salmon Conservation Stamp may be added to your licence at time of purchase for a nominal fee. Licence cost varies depending on age and whether or not you’re a Canadian resident.   Buy your licence online.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a fishing license?

The easiest way to get your fishing license for your Campbell River fishing charter is to follow the steps listed here and then print out your licence. Be sure to get the Salmon Conservation Stamp ($6) on your licence if you intend to keep fish. You have to bring your licence with you on the boat.

Can I keep what I catch?

Yes, subject to the limits set out in your fishing licence (you’re allowed to retain a limited daily catch and have a fixed number of fish in your possession for your trip) and whether there are federally imposed restrictions in effect at the time. You must have a Salmon Conservation Stamp on your licence in order to retain salmon.

Do we have to stop fishing when we've caught our limit?

No. You can continue fishing, but you have to release any caught fish that exceed your limit. If you haven’t reached your limit, you still have the option to release fish to give them a chance to spawn.

Does fish processing cost extra?

Yes. Cleaning and bagging your catch is complimentary, but further processing (and shipping) will be done by a licenced seafood processer with local drop off locations, who can portion and treat your catch according to your wishes.

How do I take my catch home?

The processor will be able to arrange for the proper packing and shipping of your catch. You can also transport your catch yourself, but be sure to follow the applicable rules and regulations, some of which can be found on this government website.

What should I bring on my trip?

On your BC fishing charter you’ll want to bring your fishing licence, warm and layered clothing, appropriate rain gear, sunglasses, sunscreen, lunch, snacks, and drinks to last you for the trip.

How many people can go on a charter?

A group of three or four adults is optimal for fishing, as this gives everyone more room and more rod time. Five people on the boat can also work, but please call to discuss. As many as six people can be accommodated for wildlife tours. A larger group will require multiple boats, but we’re happy to make those arrangements for you.

Can I customize the fishing charter?

Absolutely. As a simple example, if you want to fish for half a day and go exploring for marine wildlife during the second half, we’re happy to accommodate. You might want to pick up friends along the way, or stop dockside for a warm lunch. You may want your itinerary to cover multiple days and locations. Whatever it is, we’ll find a way to make you happy.

Are children welcome?

Children are more than welcome when accompanied by an adult, and we’ll make every effort to ensure their experience is one they won’t forget. If you wish to bring children, please let us know in advance so we can plan accordingly, including making sure there are children’s lifejackets onboard.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel for any reason not related to COVID-19 as set out on our RATES page:

(a)  your deposit will be refunded if you cancel 60 days or more from the date of your trip; and,

(b)  your deposit will not be refunded if you cancel within 60 days of the date of your trip.

We reserve the right to cancel a booking at any time due to circumstances beyond our control, such as unsafe weather conditions.  If that happens, your deposit will be refunded in full if we can’t reschedule a mutually agreeable date.

Accommodations & Activities

Campbell River Cabin

Accommodations

There are many hotels, motels, resorts and B&Bs in and around Campbell River. BC fishing trips are very popular, and so is Vancouver Island tourism, particularly in the summer months. You may want to book early for the best selection.

Snowden Forest Mountain Biker

Local Activities

Combine your BC fishing trip with your other favourite activities. There are many things to do in Campbell River – the area is an outdoor mecca, one that offers many diverse experiences including freshwater fishing, mountain biking, hiking, golf, kayaking, and helicopter tours.

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