Some of the great local fishing options
I must confess, I’m not really an “afishianodo” when it comes to favourite angling holes, but I do know there are many great spots worth visiting in our Valley.
So, I’ve done some research and talked to a few friends in order to compile this little list. And while the chances are you won’t see me out there, you will find there are plenty of folks who appreciate the local scene. And some may even be willing to share a few of their trade secrets.
Fish the Comox Valley lakes
Situated between Courtenay and Cumberland, lovely little Maple Lake is a beautiful place to spend a day. Surrounded by conifers, the 20-hectare lake is for non-motorized boats only. Stocked with rainbow and cutthroat trout, you can fish from the shore or hop in a canoe and drop a line.
Wolf Lake is located about 16 kilometres northwest of Courtenay and is accessed from Duncan Bay Logging Mainline. Fishing is excellent from April to June and September to October. The lake is stocked regularly with cutthroat trout, and you can also catch rainbow and Dolly Varden there.
Magnificent, glacier-fed Comox Lake offers fine freshwater fishing for trout and char throughout the year. Rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden char and kokanee or freshwater salmon all enjoy its waters. Like Wolf Lake, the peak seasons are spring and fall. With less tourists and boat action, anglers can relish some solitude and easy access to launch facilities. Just be aware of the strong winds that tend to come up in the afternoon.
River fishing in the Comox Valley
Come fall, the anglers show up in droves along the popular Puntledge River, though there are a few rivers that enjoy autumn runs. To find out what’s hot and when, I suggest you give the folks at Gone Fishin’ a call.
Head out to sea or cast from the shore on the Comox Peninsula
The waters off of Comox and up toward Campbell River are renowned salmon fishing grounds. Whether you’re looking for charter opportunities or have your own boat, the area will not disappoint. Regardless of the time of year, there’s always something to catch and enjoy in the region. And while you’re out there, you may want to drop a prawn trap or two. Again, the people at local fishing stores and charter businesses will provide you with great tips on where the fish are biting.
If you don’t have a boat, beach casting for salmon is popular here in the Valley. When the Coho and Pinks show up around mid-July you’ll see many local fly fisherfolk trying to catch the elusive salmon from King Coho Beach and around the corner to Point Holmes.
Yes, there are numerous fishing opportunities that you need to explore in the Comox Valley. As mentioned, the local fishing and tackle shops are invaluable resources. And local guides will be great sources of information and can show you where to fish and what to use before venturing out on your own. Remember to always check weather reports and fishing regulations, as there are regular closures and openings for fresh and saltwater fishing.
Have fun and good luck!