Campbell River anglers gear up for fishing Kelsey Bay dock in November. Don Daniels photo

Fishing activity extended at Kelsey Bay

By Don Daniels

Last Friday, I was in Sayward and my first stop would be at the junction gas station and that is where the socializing begins.

If you want to know the latest fishing news, just wait and talk with the locals. My weekly drive to Sayward from Campbell River takes about 40 minutes and sometimes longer as I stop in at Roberts Lake.

Weather conditions were wet and windy and one of the comments from a campground owner was The Pineapple Express is coming. Campbell River had the wind and rain and Roberts Lake had the mist but as I got closer to Sayward, the weather was ideal – the sun was out and the wind had died down.

I made my way to the dock area at Kelsey Bay and I noticed a few guys from Campbell River gearing up. They were going to be fishing and spending the day throwing out lures and maybe even set up a crab pot and check it a few hours later. I mentioned to the anglers that if they were spending time on the dock, get to the lower deck and search for sea perch and fish under the dock around the kelp. Fishing the dock was ideal. There was no wind, the water was calm and there was plenty of room to get out and do some fishing.

The point is a short walk away and you can grab your gear make the short walk and fish from shore and, yes, salmon can be caught. On the dock, the washroom and gift shop is closed for the winter but when the weather is favorable for fishing, there is lots of room to fish and spend a few hours. A bonus is seeing whales and dolphins. A fishing net, bonker and a cleaning table is there to use. During prime time fishing during the summer months, wearing a life jacket is mandatory for children and the dock is dog friendly.

One of the very fishable rivers near Sayward is the Salmon River and the golf course is going through some changes with new owners. The golf course is just off Highway 19 and is a great place to park and get to the Salmon River without parking on the highway and bushwhacking to the river. Check in with Wayne at the food truck and get a day’s parking pass and walk to the river and fish the nearby pools for catch-and-release cutthroat trout and steelhead. The Salmon River is high at the moment but very fishable after the recent rainfall. Those who drift the river can come across log jams and, at times, may have to portage around clogged-off areas

Each year, a number of the local contractors get together for an invite-only fun trout derby at Buttle Lake and this year the event had prizes awarded. The guys get together for camping, fishing and many laughs and some interesting fishing stories are told. A couple of trout came in at 4.3 pounds.

As air temperatures drop and the wind dies down the lake fishing can go well into winter and trout will be in the shallows looking for scuds and crayfish. If the weather holds, I will try to get out to Cumberland and fish Comox Lake that has good fishing in November through January.

Just Posted

Take a tour of the holiday lights in Campbell River

Brighten up your holiday season this year with the Lights Tour in… Continue reading

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

Design work for seismic upgrade of John Hart Dam continues

BC Hydro’s planned seismic upgrades to the John Hart Dam are targeted… Continue reading

Residents escape fire in Campbell River mobile home

CR Firefighters respond to mobile home fire this morning. No injuries reported.… Continue reading

Where’s the line between furniture and art?

Local timber framer Chris Zumkeller makes foray into the world of fine art with wood creations

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

$578: that’s how much your first distracted driving ticket will cost with recent premium hikes

Over 50 per cent of Canadians admitted to using phone while driving last year, according to study

Kelowna man attempts to steal bait bike from RCMP parking lot

38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison is facing several charges

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

B.C. pharmaceutical company’s stocks double in value after successful lupus drug trial

More than 40 per cent of patients using voclosporin saw improvements in kidney function

Second warning on romaine lettuce from California region as another E. coli case reported

Two cases of E. coli have been reported in relation to the illness in the U.S.

Residents in B.C. city could face 133% tax hike in ‘worst case’ lawsuit outcome: report

An average home could see a tax increase of $2,164 in one year

B.C. Transit finds 28 used fareboxes online, saves $300,000

‘Someone joked maybe we can buy used fareboxes on eBay,’ CEO says

Many of Canada’s working poor can’t afford lawyers, don’t qualify for legal aid

One lawyer says many people earn too much to qualify for legal aid, but not enough to really live on

Most Read