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Comox Valley Fishing

The Comox Valley offers a diverse range of Fishing Opportunities and techniques available anywhere on Vancouver Island at different times of the year.

Saltwater fishing is year round for different species of Salmon depending on the time of year. Winter fishing from late Nov-Apr locals venture out to Kitty Coleman hump using either the Boat Ramp at Kitty Coleman Park if it’s clear of debris, or Comox Marina’s Launch. Remember to always check Marine Forecasts and let someone know where your going winter time especially, storms arrive suddenly.

You will require downriggers on your boat, as the Winter Chinook you will be searching for run as deep as 250 ft down. They are beautiful fish and fight well in the frigid winter waters, usually running around 10-15 lbs with the odd 20 lb Fish. During these months there is also excellent crab and prawning opportunities locally, check with Fisheries for openings and closures before heading out.

May until end Oct offer several different local Salt Water opportunities at different times in the Valley here are some. Kitty Coleman, Bates Beach, Hornby Island, Tribune Bay all offer excellent opportunities for large Chinook.

If you don’t have a Boat, beach casting for Salmon is quite popular here in the Valley. When the Coho show up around mid July as well as the Pink Salmon you will see many local fly fisherman and buzz bombers trying to catch the elusive salmon from King Coho beach and around the corner to Point Holmes. When these fish enter the Puntledge River in Courtenay end Oct, then the freshwater fishing frenzy begins.

World Class River fishing for Large Coho Salmon, Pinks, Chinooks and Chum salmon, fisherman from all over diverge to the river for the excitement of catching these scrappers on the Fly. Catch and Release is recommended as these fish are on the final journey to Spawn. Comox Lake is also another beautiful place to visit if you want to relax on a lake and try and catch some beautiful Cutthroat Trout.

There are many more fishing opportunities which need to be explored in Comox Valley, when visiting our area, check out the local fishing and tackle shops to get up dates. Use the local guides for your first trips out and they will show you where to fish and what to use, and then venture out on your own. Remember to always check fishing regulations and weather reports, there are closures and openings all the time for fresh and saltwater fishing.

(Content Provided by Cliffs Chinook Charters)

Cliffs Chinook Fishing Charters



Captain, Cliff Moors, has more than 25 years of saltwater fishing experience all around Vancouver Island. His 24 ft Wellcraft Walk Around is Transport Canada safety Certified and equipped with the latest safety equipment and navigational electronics.

Cliff offers 8-10 hour full day charters that include bait, gear, safety equipment, bags, and expert fish care, with your catch cleaned and filleted as you like.