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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Links to help you plan
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.