Salt Water Fishing
Fishing in the Powell River area can best be described as the best of both worlds. You will be amazed as I first was at the vast network of lakes being in such close proximity to the ocean. Truly an anglers paradise.
Whether its pacific salmon, bottomfish, coastal cutthroat or sea run trout you're after, Powell River's outdoors truly has it all.
Let's start with Saltwater fishing. First of all, fishing conditions are
usually quite good: Texada and Harwood Islands not only sit as protection from
nasty weather, they also offer some of the best fishing grounds in the Georgia
In Powell River you can fish twelve months of the year, but of
course there are prime times. For spring salmon try and be here in late May
through to September, as resident fish are joined by many migrating fish making
their way through the strait. Chinook salmon (King) are present throughout this
time frame, as Coho usually show up mid-June to July.
Most anglers in our waters that target salmon are trolling with the help of
downriggers. This method is highly effective, helping you get to the correct
depth which is usually between 80'-150'. Of course a sounder goes hand in hand
with a downrigger. If you're like me and like to mix it up, there are some ideal
spots for jigging for salmon or bottom fish.
The beauty of having worked in the fishing tackle industry for so many years
is that I have seen hundreds of lures used in as many situations by some great
anglers, and there are definitely some I would not be without in any fishing
Anchovy, Herring Strip, Army Truck Hoochie, Coyote Spoon, Tomic Plugs, Apex,
Gatorspoon. Of course the situation and or conditions will sometimes dictate
which lure you will use. Time and time again I have seen fish brought in and the
angler has usually done a number of things to claim his prize (i.e. change
depth, location, or lures until you find the right mix.)
POWELL RIVER AREA HOT SPOTS:
The best thing about fishing the Powell River area is that to get to prime
fishing areas, #1 you don't need a large boat, and #2 you don't have to go far.
The waters directly in front of Powell River (Grief Point to the mill) are very
popular with the local anglers and for good reason. Here are just a few hot
spots all within a ten to fifteen minute boat ride:
1) Most popular: Coho Point (Kidde Point) and Blubber Bay, situated on the north end of Texada Island.
2) Most productive: This would have to be the waters around Harwood Island.
3) Most exciting: Grant Reef, a place where you can almost smell fish.
Make a point of visiting this reef.
4) Late runs: Albion Point, a great spot in August thru September.
5) Lund area: Although the Lund area has not been quite as productive as the Powell River area, it's definitely a
place to consider as some of the largest fish come out of this area.
We have touched on just a few areas locally, but it is really endless when it
comes to fishing grounds in this area. For more info and a guaranteed good time,
phone, fax, or email - we will be glad to help!