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  • Vancouver Island 4th EDITION

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    VancouVer Island

    Key Map

    Vancouver Island is located in the southwest corner of British Columbia, part of a temperate rain forest that hugs the Pacific coast. The Island is known for fabulous fishing, both saltwater and freshwater, and this guide provides detailed maps for both types of fishing.

    On the freshwater side, the is-land has lakes and rivers that are home to rainbow trout, cut-throat trout, kokanee, brown trout and even smallmouth bass. In this guide, we have featured 22 lakes of various size and characteristics and one river (Cowichan). Many of the lakes featured in this guide are regu-larly stocked with rainbow trout and cutthroat trout as part of a provincial stocking program operated by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. Moving into saltwater, the Is-land is famous for its salmon fishery. Halibut and ling cod

    fisheries are also important, and there are plen-ty of opportunities for prawning.We have featured four famous West Coast fisheries in the guide this year. They include Barkley Sound, the area around Nootka Island (including Esper-anza Inlet), Campbell River and Sooke.The guide provides a taste of the fishing opportunities on the Is-land, but for more detailed maps for downloading and many other fishing hot spots visit The An-glers Atlas website.

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    Once again in 2015 is a complete listing of all mem-bers of the BC Fishing Resorts and Outfitters Association, as well as the Regional Fishing Regulations for Vancouver Island region. Again, the guide includes all of the stocking data for the s lakes in the region.

    VANCOUVER ISLAND FISHING 2015

    PublisherSean Simmons

    Production Co-ordinatorKathy Buhler

    Contributors: Pat Ahern, Travis Atkinson, Lorna Duncan, John Falavolito, Marcus Kennett, Richard Kennett, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Rick Passek, Mike Youds.

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    raM TrucKscaTch of The day

    In partnership with RAM Trucks, we are offering regular fishing updates on our website for B.C. and other re-gions of Canada in 2015. There is no cost to participate, and this program runs from May 15 to the end of Septem-ber. Just visit AnglersAtlas.com and sign up (register) to be-come a member. All members re-ceive regular up-dates via email, and can freely download any of our printable fishing maps, like the ones in this book. When you find a lake, river or other region of interest, simply click the FOLLOW button on the web page. Whenever there is new information about that place, you will receive a noti-fication by email the next day.

    These updates will provide you with detailed, local information that our team has brought

    together from a variety of sources. The types of content we will bring you include:FISHING REPORTSThrough our network of anglers in the field, tackle

    shops, resorts and other on the ground sources, we will provide updates on the latest fishing reports. EVENTSAs we track down other events, such as fishing derbies and local outdoor events, we will let you know. Also, through our partnership with the Freshwater F i s h e r i e s

    Society of BCs Learn to Fish program, we will provide regular updates on their events held across the province. USER SUBMISSIONSOur website gets a lot of great photos, map markers and

    comments from our users and when we spot something that should be shared, we will add it to the regional page. Every time we update one of these regions, all followers will be notified of the new content.

    REGULATION CHANGESThe provincial ministries and Department of Fisheries and Oceans often change regulations during season. Sometimes, amazing opportunities emerge at the last minute, and when we observe these changes we will announce them on our website and in our newsletters so you too can get notified of these changes. R E L A T E D CONTENTWe know there are many topics that are related to local fishing, and as we come across local stories, we will post them online and send them along as well.

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    Antler lAke

    Pr e t t y l i t t l e Antler Lake, while

    not that deep or large, sup-ports a thriving fishery. This pop-ular spot just north of Gold River works well for a quick evening troll or a weekend getaway.Antler Lake offers abundant habi-tat in the form of shoals and aquatic plants, particularly at the southeast end at Yellow Pond, an ideal location to start your search.Both cutthroat and rainbows are present in Antler Lake; the cut-throat are native, and the catch-able-sized rainbows are stocked. Check out the stocking tables included in this guide. The best time to fish Antler Lake is in the spring. Early fall is pro-ductive too, as the fish intensify their activity and feeding.All sorts of lures work well here,

    a n d your best bet is to stock your standards, though at times the cutthroat will prefer larger lures or Flatfish. Kwikfish or small spoons are good bets as well.For those casting or trolling flies on Antler Lake, there are a num-ber of reliable patterns to have on hand. Leeches are always promising. Damsel and dragon-fly nymph patterns work well for mid-summer. Caddisflies and sedges are also good mid-season patterns. Later in the season, egg patterns can work wonders.General searching fly patterns, such as Woolly Buggers, Careys, Halfbacks and the Spratleys imi-tate a range of food sources for rainbow and cutthroat trout. They make excellent attractors any time of the year. The flies can be trolled with a full-sink line close to the bottom.Check out the follow feature on

    the Anglers Atlas website! Now members can follow their favou-rite lakes and fishing experts, while receiving updates as new information is posted. Visit anglersatlas.com for details.

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    Antler Lake is located 3 km north of Gold River off the Gold River Main Rd. (also known as East Rd. and Hwy. 28). Turn right at the fork in the road before the bridge. There is a cartop boat launch beside the lake and a picnic site. Power boats are not allowed. Camping is avail-able at Muchalet Lake, about 8 km further up the road towards Woss, or at the Peppercorn RV Park in Gold River.Map and article based on material provided by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

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    Atluck lAke

    The parks and lakes on the northern end of Vancouver Island showcase the best of the Islands rugged wilderness, with towering mountains, cold, clear and pristine lakes, and dense old-growth coniferous forests. Atluck Lake, south of Port McNeill, is one of the best of the areas spectacular lakes. Atluck Lake is large and deep and has great underwater struc-ture. Islands, streams and sharp dropoffs characterize the south-ern half of the lake, while more gradual depths and streams dominate the north. This is also where the boat launch and campsite are located.At one time, Atluck Lake was stocked with rainbows. Now, however, the lakes naturally producing population of rain-bows, cutthroats and dolly var-den keep this fishery thriving. Atluck Lake receives little pressure, and rainbows and cutthroats can be enticed with a well-pre-

    sented plug, spoon or spinner. Troll out from the boat launch and through the dropoff areas. Some of the best structure is around the islands nearer the south side. Be aware that sud-den winds can whip down this narrow lake. Please use caution in small boats.Atluck Lake flows into Nimpkish Lake to the north. Nimpkish Lake attracts people for all manner of aquatic activi-ties, from windsurfing on the wilder southern end, and fish-ing in the calmer north end.South of Nimpkish Lake lies Anutz Lake, another popu-lar fishing spot. At one time Anutz Lake was stocked with cut-throat trout. Now it is home to a self-s u s -

    taining fishery for cutthroats, rainbows and dollies.Take a look at the Anglers Atlas page for Atluck Lake at anglersatlas.com/lake/99596. Post tips and hotspots and share your stories with other mem-bers. Follow your favourite lakes and receive updates when new information is posted!LAKE ACCESS

    Atluck Lake is located about 50 km south of Port

    McNeill. Head down Hwy. 19 for about 42 km. Turn onto Atluck Road and follow this for about 14 km to the rec site at the north end of the lake. The rec site has pit toilets and a boat launch.

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    Beavertail Lake is a popu-lar fishing and camping destination in the Campbell River area. Several species of fish inhabit the lake, making it a perfect choice for novice anglers or for those who just want to head out and cast a line.

    N a t i v e cutthroat trout

    are found in good numbers in Beavertail Lake. Dolly varden and kokanee also thrive here. Rainbow trout are stocked, rounding out the fish population.There is no real off time for Beavertail Lake, although it does tend to produce more in the spring and fall. The west end can be a good place to fly fish, and trolling out from the boat launch is also produc-tive. Kokanee inhabit the mid-depths, while dollies tend to go deeper.Travis Atkinson from Campbell River Boatland, says that there are always good-sized trout in the lake.

    T h e shoreline is a good place to start. Trolling is best at dusk and dawn, he says. The weedy and shallow areas are good places for anglers to target. Atkinson notes that people come off the lake with trout every time. LAKE ACCESS

    Drive west of Campbell River on Hwy. 28 (Gold River Hwy.) for 16 km. At Camp 8 (the Timberwest mar-shalling yard and offices), turn right (west) onto the Elk River Mainline, an all-season, gravel logging road. Proceed west for 6 km until the lake comes into view on the north side of the road. The boat launch is direct-ly off the Elk River Mainline pullout on the south side of

    the lake. Travis Atkinson

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    caMeron laKe

    Cameron Lake, set along-side the jewel that is Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, is one of the few British Columbia lakes known to support a thriving brown trout fishery. The rainbows and cutthroat trout round out the fishing experience on this beauti-ful lake.Cameron Lake is fairly large, deep and cool. Recent water proj-ects have steadied water levels and improved spawning habitat. Cutthroat and rainbows can be enticed with a variety of similar flies and lures, and similar hatch patterns exist here as with many other Vancouver Island lakes. Leeches, and later in the season, sedges, are good standard flies. A lake troll with a small spoon, spinner or plug is a good choice

    for gear fishers.

    Brown trout are a different story. Brown trout are a different story. As with other trout, there can be room to experiment with presen-tation and retrieve, but browns are far more particular about what they take. They tend to inhabit and feed in cover. They arent as likely as other species to chase a lure or fly. That isnt to say that it doesnt happen, but anglers can succeed far more frequently by presenting to the trout and making it easy for them.There are some steep drop-offs in Cameron Lake. Some of the best fishing can be had in the shallow area at the mouth of the river. If youre fly fishing, try some ter-restrial insect patterns, as these trout have been known to key in on land insects that have drifted into the water. In the fall, both flies and lures should imitate bait-

    fish. Similar to bass, brown trout have even been

    known to feed

    on small mice or frogs; again, keep it small.

    LAKE ACCESS

    Cameron Lake is located east of Port Alberni along Highway 4. From Port Alberni, head east along Highway 4 for about 26 kilometres. Several camping and accommoda-tion options exist around Cameron Lake. Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park has campsites and amenities. Cameron Lake Lodge is a private campground on Cameron Lake offering camping and a boat launch. Boaters need to be aware that the lake is subject to sudden strong gusts of wind. Anglers with small-er boats need to take appropriate precautions when venturing onto Cameron Lake.There are great opportunities for swimming and sailing on Cameron Lake, and nearby hiking trails are an excellent way to explore the area. McMillan Provincial Park with its spectacular old-growth

    forest, and Little Qualicum Falls are other prime

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    Surface Area 477 Hectares

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    Maximum Depth 43 metres (141 feet)

    Elevation (ASL) 186 metres (610 feet)

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    Surface Area 1,998 Hectares

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    Maximum Depth 109.1 metres (358 feet)

    Elevation (ASL) 134 metres (440 feet)

    Survey Date August 1951

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    November is the best month for fishing Comox Lake, says Bruce Bolton, trout specialist at Tyee Marine. The most popular lure is a Tomic plug.These plugs are used to rep-resent kokanee, often with orange on the bellies. Spoons also work well. In the summer months a lot of anglers use Flatfish and run Rooster Tails, says Bolton. Spin casting with Panther Martins andCrokodiles is also popular. Small Tomic plugs, Flatfish and Rapalas are popular trolling lures in the lake. In the summer, fly fishing can be very pro-ductive in The Stump area, where the Puntledge River runs into the lake. Its quite shallow and just full of stumps...a really good place to work a fly. Some of the key hatches

    are chironomids and ants. The ant hatch comes out the end of May, but you want to fish this pattern just before the big hatch happens. Some of the lakes just get cov-ered in ants, so you really want to fish them before the real hatch, and then after. Otherwise you are just throwing a fly in there with ten million

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    cowIchan laKe

    Cowichan Lake is one of the jewels of British Columbia. It offers easy access and excellent fishing and recreational opportuni-ties. Its stunning scenery show-cases some of the best of Vancouver Island, making Cowichan Lake very popular with tourists and locals alike.There is a lot to explore. One could spend a very long time on Cowichan Lake and still not experi-ence all it has to offer.Marcus Kennett, fishing guide and owner of Marcus Kennett Fishing Charters, offers some great tips to help you make the most of your trip.There is good trout fishing for rainbows and cutthroat trout all year, but I like to fish it in the winter and spring, he suggests. It is a bigger lake, so fishing out of a boat does give you more options and opportunities. I like to fish in front of some of the tributaries that flow into the lake in the winter when the fish eggs are coming out of the creeks, when the salmon are

    spawning,

    and in the spring when all of the salmon fry are coming out of the creeks. Kennetts lures of choice for trout in Cowichan Lake are 3 Tomic Plugs. His favourite colours are: #632iig, #231, #351, #602 #256ii, #232, and #619. Also try 3.5 Coyote spoons in Army Truck, Cop Car and Glo Green; Diawa Dr Minnow in Prizm shade; Rainbow Trout from 2 to 3 1/2; Rapala plugs in black and silver; and Rainbow Trout in sizes CD11 or f11.Kennett notes that his favourite fly patterns for lake are all of the same flies that I use in the river for trout. The Cowichan River Guide Fly works very well and is very popular. It is available at Buckys Sport Shop. Some other favourites are Doc Spratlies in red and black and green, Muddler Minnows, Wooly Buggers, Stone Flies, Cased Caddis Flies, Tom Thumbs, May Flies, Sedge, Irresistibles and Mosquitoes, says Kennett.Book your saltwater fishing trip with Marcus Kennett for a

    memorable fishing adventure. Contact him at 250-701-3663 or email [email protected] See his website at www.fish-vancouver-island.com.LAKE ACCESS

    From the town of Lake Cowichan, west of Duncan, there are several access points to the lake. Visit the info centre in town or one of the local tackle shops for information about the many places to launch boats in the lake. There are several accommodation options as well, ranging from rustic camping to more serviced camp-

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    Maximum Depth 152 metres (499 feet)

    Elevation (ASL) 163 metres (535 feet)

    Survey Date May 1960

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    The Cowichan River is a world-class fishing river, and even if youve never fished it, youve likely heard tales of its fabulous fishery. Unlike rivers draining the British Columbia Interior, the Cowichan reaches high water in winter, usu-ally peaking with January rains. By late May, because

    of the influ-ence of the

    w e i r , the river has begun to drop, sometimes going so low that driftboats can no longer navigate its length. Fly fishing remains good through-out June, however, as prolific insect hatches occur during the warming days.Marcus Kennett, owner of Marcus Kennett Fishing Charters, is a fishing guide who spends a lot of time on the Cowichan River.There is a small chinook run as soon as there is enough water in the river in September until November, but they close most of the river except the fly fishing area

    above Skutz falls from August 1 until November 15. Coho salm-on and chum usually open in November. Some good lures for coho are Blue Fox Vibrex spinners in brass, silver, chartreuse, pink and rainbow. Colorado spinners work well in brass, copper and sil-ver, and Spin n Glos and Corkies work in pinks and oranges.Kennett notes that for flies, egg patterns work well.December marks the start of the

    steelhead run. Most people use Spin n Glos and Corkies in size # 14 up to #8 depending on

    water clarity, says Kennett.

    Rocket red, egg fluorescent and peach luminescent are my favourite colours. Other good choices are bubble gum pink worms and Colorado spinners in brass and silver.Egg patterns, worm patterns, Woolly Buggers in black, olive, purple and pink are his go-to steel-

    head flies. He adds that black and yellow stone flies work well in March.March until June is the best time for rainbows. Go out early to avoid the crowds. Kennett recom-mends spinners and spoons of all kinds, especially silver, brass, pink or black.Buckys Sport Shop sells a fly that we call the Cowichan River Guide Fly. It works very well and we sell dozens of them. Some other favourites are Doc Spratlies in red and black and green, Muddler Minnows, Wooly Buggers, Stone Flies, Cased Caddis Flies, Tom Thumb, May Fly, Sedge, Irresistibles and Mosquitoes, Kennett adds.As for fishing spots, I like the River Bottom Rd. area on the north side of the river for steel-

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    druM laKe

    Drum Lake is located on the western boundary of Strathcona Provincial Park, a 200,000-hectare wilderness reserve that extends from the central regions of the island northward between Campbell River and Gold River.Drum Lakes two basins have great shore fishing opportunities. Shore fishing works well along the nar-row section between the two basins. Boating is popular here as well, providing access to the deeper sec-tions.There are great fisheries for rain-bows, Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout. Stick to some of the shallower areas in the spring and fall if youre trolling. The weedy areas around the shore are prime habitat.Small plugs are great for a vari-ety of trout, particularly rainbows. Small spoons and spinners produce results as well.Drum Lake has a good chironomid hatch. Other standard patterns, par-ticularly leeches and nymphs, are always good to have on hand. Try a Doc Spratley, Carey or a Halfback.

    LAKE ACCESS

    Access is directly off Highway 28 on a paved road, 19 kilo-metres northeast of Gold River, or 73 km west of Campbell River. There are two parking areas. One is located at Crest Creek on the lower basin, although the best spot to park is the pullout at the Elk River trail-head between the lower and upper basins. The cartop boat launch is located 150 metres west of the Elk River lot. Reports on the Anglers Atlas website indicate that although the lakes are directly beside the highway, access can be challenging in spots and requires sure footing. There is a cartop boat launch across the highway from the Elk River trailhead parking lot, an area for picnicking (without tables) and a pebble beach for swimming in a day-use B.C. park. There are no resorts or campsites in the immedi-ate vicinity.Drum Lake is located along the western boundary of Strathcona Provincial Park. This is a wilder-ness area, and special

    regulations apply here. As well, its important for anyone venturing into the park to be entirely self-sufficient, particularly those who are going off-trail. Other fishing lakes within the park are Upper Campbell Lake and Buttle Lake. Just west of here are Mud and Crest lakes, which also support fisheries.Map and article based on material provided by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. The Anglers Atlas

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    echo laKe

    Echo Lake is a great all-round spot for all kinds of fishing. Its accessible, its fun for everyone and the catch rates are high.Echo Lake was developed to encourage families and visitors to get out and get fishing. Its wheel-chair accessible and there are sev-eral ideal locations around the lake to go after the trout. As a bonus, its also challenging enough to keep seasoned anglers interested.Echo Lake supports a thriving fish-ery for cutthroat and Dolly Varden, and rainbows are stocked regularly to round out the fishing experience.

    Many seasoned trout anglers fish Echo Lake, but you dont need to be an expert on the science of the sport to catch fish here. With a basic fly or spinner rod, a net and a few tried-and-true standbys in your tackle box, your chances are good any time of the year. Lake trolls work well in Echo Lake. Theyre effective and theyre easy to use. To set up a rod with a lake troll, simply

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    mainline from the rod to the swivel at the top of the troll. At the oppo-site end of the troll, tie on a 3046 cm (12- to 18-inch) leader and your choice of spoon, spinner or plug. Good colour choices for Echo Lake are chrome or nickel combinations. Krokodiles in chrome / orange, silver speckled Kwikfish or red / nickel Dick Nite spoons are good producers.Any time of year is a good time for fly fishing, but your odds improve in the spring and fall. Theres a lot of action when the fish are hungry and the insects are emerging.Beginners and experts alike can be rewarded by stocking some stan-dards. These are flies that imitate a wide variety of insects, and can be used at various times in the year.The Carey Special and the Doc Spratley a r e

    excellent attractor patterns any time of the year. Other common pat-terns that produce good results are the Pheasant-tail Nymph, 52 Buick, Halfback and Baggie Shrimp. Flies can be trolled with a full sink line in 2038 cm (815 inches) of water, close to the bottom, or cast and retrieved. Varying your speed while trolling or retrieving the fly can be effective at enticing fish to bite.LAKE ACCESS

    Echo Lake is located 20 km southwest of Campbell River on Hwy 28 to Gold River and is easily accessed at two loca-tions directly off the highway. Boat launch. Electric motors only. Campsites are located nearby.Map and article based on material provided by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

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    elK / BeaVer laKes

    Elk and Beaver Lakes are conjoined lakes that are a popular rec-

    reation destination. Located directly

    in Saanich, just north of Victoria, Elk / Beaver Lakes are easy to access.The fishing pier is located on

    the northwest side of Elk Lake. Elk Lake

    is stocked with rainbow trout, which adds to the appeal. Along with the stocked trout, there are bass and perch in Elk / Beaver Lakes. These were intro-duced some years ago.

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    (worldfishingnetwork.com) names Elk / Beaver Lakes as one of the top ten bass fishing destinations in Western Canada. Elk Lake may be an urban lake, but it is also one of the finest bass

    fisheries in the West. While the numbers of fish might not blow you away, the sheer size of them just might. Its one of the best bets in Canada to land a 6+ pound

    smallmouth or an 8+ largemouth. Elk

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    smaller lake, Beaver Lake, by a shallow channel. While Elk Lake holds mostly smallmouth, Beaver is better suited for its wide-mouthed cousins. The largemouth in Elk Lake are a bit of an enigma. Showing up mysteriously in the 1990s (likely via illegal stocking), they took hold of tiny Beaver Lake and quickly began making headlines for their size. The biggest headline of all was made when an 8.7 pound largemouth was brought to the scales by Manitoba native Steve Sasaki at a bass derby in 2005. There have been stories of even bigger bass coming out of Beaver Lakes weedy waters, but none so famous as this one.The lake page for Elk and Beaver Lakes is packed full of tips, map markers and coming events. Check out the page at anglersatlas.com/lake100071. Add your own photos and stories while youre there. Also, members can sign up to follow any lake or region, so you can be sure not to miss a thing!LAKE ACCESS

    Elk Lake: From Victoria take the Pat Bay Hwy towards Sidney. Take left on Sayward drive and then left on Hamsterly Road. Continue to Brookleigh Road and take a right. Just ahead is park entrance.Beaver Lake: From Victoria take the Pat Bay Hwy towards Sidney. Take the Royal Oak Drive exit, cross over the hwy, and take right onto Elk Lake Drive. Park entrance is on your left.

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    fuller laKe

    Fuller Lake provides the rare opportunity to pursue larger trout in a picturesque, easily acces-sible, semi-urban environment. For these reasons, the lake is a favoured destination for resident and visiting freshwater anglers. Both bass and rainbows are here, which is a boon to anglers who can enjoy very different kinds of fishing in different kinds of condi-tions. In 2014, Fuller Lake was stocked with just over 7,000 adult and catchable-sized rainbow trout.Richard Kennett, of Buckys Sport Shop in Duncan, says that Fuller Lake is a real family fish-ing lake, and is oriented towards helping kids learn to fish. Theres a wharf at Fuller Lake which is an ideal spot for kids. A few times a year, the local clubs put on learn-to-fish programs, he adds.Fuller Lake is good all year, and Kennett says there are big fish in the lake. Even at midday, Ive caught fish there, he says, noting that morning and later afternoon might be better, but not crucial for catching fish.Kennett suggests that flies are a great choice for Fuller Lake. Lots of leeches, chironomids. Red Spratleys are good. Even trolling a Wedding Band and worm will work well, though he reminds

    anglers that only electric motors are allowed on Fuller Lake.If the trout fishing slows down in the heat, the bass get going. This fishery has been described as lively. Work with surface lures, especially in the morning or eve-ning. Head to shallow water and try soft plastics or crank baits.Please release the bass as soon as possible and as close to where you hooked them as possible; once removed from their nests, their eggs and fry are very vulner-able.Stop by B u c k y s Sport Shop for all of your fishing needs and for a dose of great fishing advice as well.

    LAKE ACCESS

    Fuller Lake Park is located on the east side of the Island Highway immediately south of Chemainus Village. Signs mark the turnoff and the lake is accessed by a paved road. There is a boat launch next to a day-use park with a picnic area and washroom facili-ties. Electric motors only. The Anglers Atlas

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    horne laKe

    While better known for its spectacular caves, Horne Lake, on the eastern

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    for cutthroat and rainbow trout. Horne Lake has good

    fishing even through the winter, but your best bet is to try your luck in the spring. Targeting cutthroat trout can be similar to fishing for rainbows. Fished through the dropoffs, small spinners and spoons are reliable producers all season. Try the southwest bay, or near the inflow and outflow of the river. As well, there is a small island in the eastern basin. The deeper section near there is a good place to start in the heat of the summer.The Qualicum River is a treat in itself. The Qualicum River is famous for its good salm-

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    From Highway 19, take the Horne Lake Road exit (#75), drive inland to Horne Lake Caves Road, turn right and fol-low the north shore of the lake all the way to the regional and provincial parks. It is about 13 kilometres from the highway

    to the parks; the road is mainly gravel with some narrow blind corners and is actively used by logging trucks seven days a week. Please, drive with your headlights on and obey the traf-fic and speed limit signs.Horne Lake Regional Park offers camping (single and group),

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    loon laKe

    Loon Lake is a small gem situated in the moun-tains east of Port Alberni. The fishing is great in these cool waters, and the trout here will take to a variety of flies and lures.Loon Lake is a boat lake. Thick, lush stands of alder and fir grow right around the shore-line, which makes shore fish-ing a challenge. From the boat launch on the southwest side of the lake, try a slow troll directly north through the deeper sections of the lake.There is good fishing to be had all season long. Hardware seems to be the most popular choice for Loon Lake. Cast a spoon, a spinner such as a Mepps or Gibbs black and orange dot or plug back towards shore. Or try a lake troll with a Wedding Band and bait, particularly mid-summer. Other good choices are to troll a black-and-silver-speckled Flatfish or a Dick Nite spoon. A brass Needlefish can produce good results as well.Fly fishing also works well in Loon Lake. The chironomid fish-

    ing is good in the spring, and caddisflies are abundant in the midsummer. Later in the season, into the fall, most of the insect hatches have eased off, and yet this is when the trout are feeding intensely to prepare for winter. Staples such as leeches, blood-worms and damselflies are good choices for this time of the sea-son. Try a Woolly Bugger, trolled very slowly, and retrieve with an equally slow pull.

    LAKE ACCESS

    Travel east from Port Alberni on Hwy. 4 for 11 km. Turn left opposite the access

    road to the Mount Arrowsmith ski area and travel a short distance on a gravel road. A car is adequate. There is a cartop boat launch. Only electric motors are allowed.Please note: Reports on the Anglers Atlas website indicate that sunken logs in the north-west corner can be quite a hazard. Please exercise caution.

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    Surface Area 45 Hectares

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    Maximum Depth 10 metres (33 feet)

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    Lowry Lake is a beautiful spot just outside of Strathcona Provincial Park, set amid roll-ing hills and deciduous forest. An excellent fishing lake, Lowry supports a good fishery for rain-bows, cutthroats and kokanee. The lake does have natural spawning grounds, however in the past it was

    regularly stocked with cutthroat trout. The lake is home to trum-peter swans during the winter.Lowry Lake is more of a boat

    lake than shore fishery. The shoreline is steep in many places,

    and is better explored on the water.

    Both flies and gear succeed on Lowry Lake. Troll flies, small spoons, or plugs. Casting spinning gear with small lures is another reliable method. Of the hundreds of reliable spinners that can be found in tackle stores, Mepps and Bluefox spinners remain some of the most common choices and are good options for beginner or expe-

    rienced anglers to try.Fly fishers will find that standards produce well here. Leeches, nymphs and caddis-flies are all popular choices. The Carey Special and the Doc Spratley are excellent attractor

    patterns any time of the year. The best way to fish these flies is to troll them with a full sink line in 25 metres (815 ft) of water, close to the bottom. Your fly should

    hit bottom occasionally when fish-ing these flies properly. Vary your speed while trolling the fly. Most any variation of a leech pattern will perform well, as it is a year-round mainstay in the trouts diet.Sometimes, however, the best time to experiment is when things are working well. When the bite is on, both gear and fly fishers may want to try new patterns and lures. Keep note of the conditions; sometimes all it takes is the difference between a cloudy day and sunshine for a particular pattern or lure to entice the trout.Now Anglers Atlas members can follow their favourite lakes. Receive updates when new infor-mation is posted. Visit www.anglersatlas.com for more infor-mation.LAKE ACCESS

    Lowry Lake is located 30 km northwest of Port Alberni off Hwy. 4 on the Great Central Lake Road. A car is adequate. An access road leads to the shoreline on the east side of the lake. A small, rustic campground managed by the B.C. Forest Service and a launching site for cartop boats are available.Map and article based on mate-rial provided by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

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    Surface Area 58 Hectares

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    Maple laKe

    Maple Lake is a small lake close to Courtenay. Dont let its size fool you, however. Maple Lake is a great fishing lake with decent-sized trout. Its close enough to town to get away for a quick retreat. Maple Lake is a favourite of locals, and both beginners and experts fish here. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. regular-ly stocks catchable sized trout in Maple Lake. This is a shallow lake, and while people can and do fish year-round, the best fishing is in cooler weather. October to April are the best times to head out, and the rainbows and cutthroats are more active then. Maple Lake can be somewhat weedy along the shore, and it can be challenging to get your lure or fly out far enough. There are some shore fishing opportunities, but small boats work best. A basic spinning rod and reel setup works just fine here. Panther Martins, Flatfish, and Mepps are all great choices. Black and gold are good colours for Maple Lake, with or without bait.Anglers Atlas member Adrianlepitre has posted some helpful tips for fishing Maple Lake.This is a great lake for fly fishing, whether trolling streamers, cast-ing dry flies or chironomid fish-ing, he writes. For gear fishermen, trolling a Willow Leaf, Gang Troll or Cowichan spoon are all effec-

    tive. He s u g g e s t s a black Flatfish or Kwickfish #5 with orange spots for cutthroat, and a K5 chrome and blue for rainbows.Bobber fishing with a worm is quite popular, and some of the largest fish Ive caught in this lake have been caught bottom-fishing with Powerbait (orange and or char-truese) or chum roe. Check out all the updates for Maple Lake at anglersatlas.com/lake/100710.

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    Maple Lake is locat-ed 5 km south of Courtenay. Take the

    Comox Valley Parkway off the Inland Island Hwy. (Hwy. 19) and turn left onto Minto Road. Drive past the cemetery and through the highway underpass to the parking lot. A Cartop boat launch is located about 200 m from the parking lot. There is a road from the parking lot to the launch area but its rough and requires a vehicle with good ground clearance. Electric motors only.Map and article based on material provided by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

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    Surface Area 29 Hectares

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    Maximum Depth 9 metres (30 feet)

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    Surface Area 120Hectares

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    Maximum Depth 6.9 metres (23 feet)

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    Quennell laKe

    Quennell Lake is popularly considered one of the b e s t bass fishing lakes on Vancouver Island. The nutrient-rich, warm-er waters are perfect habitat for bass. Quennell Lake is stocked with rainbow trout as well. While much of the lake is highly productive, the south bay tends to be one of the best spots for bass. Try a dark or yellow tube, worms and spinnerbaits. Fish over structure such as weeds or submerged logs.Despite the warmer water, the trout do fairly well. Try stan-dard lures and flies. Your best bet for the trout is in the cooler months. When the bass are slow-ing down, the trout are becom-ing more active, which makes for great fishing in most months.

    Some of the deep-er water is along the north-eastern arm. Aim for the drop-offs and go deep for the trout.Another nearby lake is Holden Lake, which also offers fantas-tic fishing. Located in Hemer Provincial Park, Holden Lake is another diverse lake supporting both rainbows and bass. Holden is quieter than Quennell and the angling pressure is lower. Along with the bass, Holden has been stocked with cutthroat trout.

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    roBerTs laKe

    A popular local lake just outside Campbell River, Roberts Lake supports a thriving rainbow and cut-throat fishery. Fishing is consistently good through the spring, summer and fall, peaking from April to June and through September and October.Lorna Duncan, from Roberts Lake Resort, says that the best thing about Roberts Lake

    is that it is a perfect fam-ily fishing lake. There is a floating dock, funded jointly between government and private enterprise, that has really helped to made the lake easy to fish. It is a perfect way to get kids out without need-ing a boat. Duncan adds that theres also good shore fish-ing.Willow Leafs and plugs are the most popular, Duncan notes, and pink or white are good colour choices. Simple techniques work

    well, she says. Duncan adds that fly fishing is great in the summer, and that its defi-nitely becoming more popular on the lake.

    Roberts Lake is deep and cool. The northern shore has large rocks under the waters surface, mak-ing for good trout habitat. Many of the dropoffs are steep, perfect places to start a troll or even to

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    Shawnigan Lake, one of the best bass fishing lakes in British Columbia, is large, deep and active - not necessarily what one thinks of when considering the makeup of a good bass lake. Nevertheless, bass thrive here and the fishing is excel-lent. Along with bass, the perch fishing is equally good and worth the trip alone. As if perch and bass werent enough, Shawnigan is very heavily stocked with rainbow trout from fry to catchable-sized.Several islands and shoal areas pro-vide perfect habitat for trout, and the deeper, cooler waters are great for keeping the fishery active even in the heat of the summer. Your best bet is a boat to make the most of your time on this large lake, or better yet, hire a guide. While fly fishing is certainly a good option, some of the faster action lures may be more productive here.Anecdotal reports suggest that the western arm is a hot spot for bass. When targeting bass, look for cover,

    underwater structure

    and warmer water. The shallower areas in the western arm are ideal. Try soft plastics and small frog pat-terns for bass.Perch are easy to catch and are pro-lific in Shawnigan Lake. High catch rates make them a fun species for beginners to target, and they can be had even with a worm and bobber. For those who want to try differ-ent hardware, try larger and lighter lures in the shallows, and smaller, heavier lures in the deep. These highly piscivorous fish are not very fussy and will go after many differ-ent lures and flies. Members of the Anglers Atlas website have posted many help-ful map markers, showing various hot spots and other important loca-tions. Check out anglersatlas.com/lake/101198.LAKE ACCESS

    Shawnigan Lake is 45 kilome-tres north of Victoria. There are several accommoda-tion options around

    the lake, from campsites to hotels. Provincial parks range from day use to overnight camping. West Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park is day use only. Also check out Memory Island protected area.

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    Surface Area 537 Hectares

    (1,327 Acres)

    Maximum Depth 47 metres (154 feet)

    Elevation (ASL) 119 metres (390 feet)

    Survey Date August 1969

    Contour Units Feet

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    specTacle laKe

    Spectacle Lake is a pictur-esque fishing destination for eastern brook trout, smallmouth bass, rainbow and cutthroat trout. Set within the boundar-ies of Spectacle Lake Provincial Park, a day-use recreation area, Spectacle Lake is an easy trip from Victoria. This popular fishing lake is a

    great family-friendly desti-nation. An easy trail winds around the lake for more

    than two km, with wooden bridges crossing the creeks

    and marshy areas feeding into Spectacle.Spectacle Lake is home to the Islands only eastern brook char population. The illegal introduc-tion of bass has impacted the pop-ulation of brookies and anglers increasingly report limited suc-cess angling for brook trout. As with other Island lakes, the chironomid (midge) hatch on Spectacle begins in March or April and usually lasts through May. Bloodworms and leeches are available for trout before that, and are a good standard pattern all season. Early spring is a good time for mayfly and caddisfly patterns. April through to early June produces many opportuni-ties for nymph and dry fly fish-ing.Trout anglers use a variety of

    methods: casting or trolling flies, spinning with small lures, troll-ing with gang trolls and worms, and still-fishing with Powerbait or worms. Small spoons, plugs (Flatfish and Kwikfish in a Cracked Frog or White Coach Dog pattern) are other good choices for trolling.Smallmouth bass anglers report success with crank baits, spinner baits, Powerbaits or soft plastics in protected areas along the shore. In deeper water, try deep-running crank baits or soft plastics.LAKE ACCESS

    Spectacle Lake is located 30 km northwest of Victoria near the Shawnigan Lake turnoff at Malahat Summit on the Island Hwy. Travel on paved roads, two km west of the highway along Whitaker and Spectacle Lake roads. Spectacle Lake Provincial Park offers a day-use picnic area and cartop boat launch, about 100 metres from the parking area. Cold-water taps are located around the park. The picnic area and much of the trail system are wheelchair accessible. Fully-equipped campgrounds are locat-ed nearby.Map and article based on material provided by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

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    Surface Area 4 Hectares

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    Maximum Depth 7 metres (23feet)

    Elevation (ASL) 370 metres (1,214 feet)

    Survey Date September 1981

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    spIder laKe

    With its many legs of wind-ing inlets its easy to imagine how the forest-ringed centrepiece of Spider Lake Provincial Park came by its name. Explore Spider Lakes many bays, and take your time; power boats are not allowed here. There are great angling oppor-tunities all season long in Spider Lake. Its many islands and drop-offs provide excel-lent habitat for rainbow trout, which are stocked annually. Steelhead are stocked inter-mittently and are an exciting sport fish. During the warmer months, smallmouth bass get active.Light and small lures are good down deep with a fast, full sink line. If youre fly fishing for trout, spring fishing in the shal-lows is your best bet, with

    ch i ronomids , m a y f l i e s a n d

    sedges. Green and orange are good colours here.Warm-loving bass keep the summer fishery interesting on Spider Lake. They can be caught year-round but they are most active in the heat. Cast poppers, crankbaits, soft plas-tics or large flies. Bass will lurk in the cover, so target areas near the shoreline, under fallen trees or around rocky areas. Spider Lake has some good shore fish-ing spots, and this can work especially well for bass.LAKE ACCESS

    Spider Lake Provincial Park is located 16 km west of Qualicum Beach off Hwy. 19. Turn left on the

    Horne Lake exit then immediate-ly left again and follow signs to Spider Lake Park on a paved road. When the pavement ends, there is a short section of gravel. Watch for the lake on your right. There is a boat launch beside the parking lot. Motorboats are prohib-ited. The picnic area and parking lot are open 7 am to 11 pm, mid-May to mid October. A smaller day-use area, open year-round, can be found off Lakeview Rd. less than a kilometre before the main park entrance. This area has two picnic tables, a pit toilet and park-ing for up to eight vehicles. Small craft can be easily launched from this location.

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    Surface Area 58 Hectares

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    Maximum Depth 13 metres (42 feet)

    Elevation (ASL) 135 metres (443 feet)

    Survey Date June 1986

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    sproaT laKe

    Sproat Lake is very large, very deep and very popular for all manner of water recreational pur-suits from swimming to fishing. Despite its size and depth, the water is relatively warm, adding to its value as a destination lake.April and May are good months for steelhead. April through June are good rainbow trout months. The cutthroat fishery on Sproat Lake is catch-and-release only, and all wild rainbows over 60 cm must be released as well. Going after rainbows is great all season long. Many anglers go deep in the heat of the summer and troll slowly through the depths. Flatfish and Ford Fenders can work well, and many anglers report great suc-cess with plugs.While the most productive method of fishing this large beauty is with hardware, fly fishing also nets great results. Try a small marabou leech, trolled slowly around the drop-offs.

    Another worthwhile method for both gear and flies is to still fish. Anchor in shallower water and cast out.The Sproat River is another excel-lent fishery, and is also known locally for great swimming in parts. Restrictions apply in regards to bait and locations; consult the B.C. Freshwater Fishing Regulations for information.The Anglers Atlas has started a new program for our members. Now members can follow their favourite lakes. Receive an update on your local lakes as soon as its posted. Have something to say? Post to the pages of your favou-rite lakes and share videos, current conditions and tips to help out your fellow anglers. Visit www.angler-satlas.com for more information.LAKE ACCESS

    From Port Alberni, fol-low Highway 4 (not 4A), or Johnstone Road through town. S p r o a t

    Lake is approximately 14 km west of town. Follow the signs to Sproat Lake Provincial Park. Sproat Lake boasts several campgrounds, each with its own character. Sproat Lake Provincial Park, on the north shore, has two campgrounds. Numerous private campgrounds exist as well.

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    Surface Area 3,775 Hectares

    (9,328 Acres)

    Maximum Depth 195 metres (640 feet)

    Elevation (ASL) 29 metres (95 feet)

    Survey Date 1951

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    wesTwood laKe

    Westwood Lake is a sanc-tuary for a diversity of wildlife above the waters sur-face, and a generous population of hard-fighting rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and smallmouth bass below. Rainbow trout at catchable size are released into Westwood Lake each year by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. Pumpkinseed sunfish are also present.Westwood Lake is a great shore fishing lake. With the trails around the shoreline, there are plenty of places to cast a line. Anglers targeting trout will want to go with a Blue Fox or a Panther Martin. Trout also seem particu-larly fond of plugs. These are good to have on hand for trolling, particularly in unfamiliar lakes, as they are good attractors.Rick Passek, author of The Freshman Flyfishers Insect Guide, notes for example, that

    while mayflies make up a large

    part of the trouts diet, they do so in several different forms. The more specialized patterns can imitate the same insects in differ-ent stages. When the lake warms up, deep trolling can get down to the cool-er water where the trout are more likely to lurk. However, often the trout are less active. Bass fishing picks up at this time, and morn-ings and evenings are great times to work with surface lures. Bass will be concentrated where the cover is, and will often be found fairly near the shore in protected areas. Rick Passek, author and instruc-tor, has a website where you can order his books. Check out www.theflyfishfanatic.comLAKE ACCESS

    Access is via Jingle Pot Rd. and Westwood Lake Rd. 5 km west of

    Nanaimo city centre. Westwood Lake Regional Park offers a boat ramp, beach, day-use park with picnic, playground and wash-room facilities, lifeguards in the summer and wheelchair access. Accommodations are available in Nanaimo, and there are several campgrounds, hotels and motels nearby.Map and article based on material provided by the Freshwater Fisheries

    Society of BC.

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    Surface Area 63 Hectares

    (155 Acres)

    Maximum Depth 7 metres (23 feet)

    Elevation (ASL) 159 metres (520 feet)

    Survey Date 1959

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    wolf laKe

    Surface Area 1,564 Hectares

    (3,865 Acres)

    Maximum Depth 39 metres (128 feet)

    Elevation (ASL) 215 metres (705feet)

    Survey Date May 1977

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    Wolf Lake is a popular fishing destination for freshwater anglers, with catches up to six pounds.

    Bruce Bolton is the trout specialist at Tyee Marine in

    Courtenay. H says that late February and

    March is

    a huge month for this lake.The fish are getting ready to spawn at that time, says Bolton, adding that the fish like big presentations like Crokodiles, big leeches and big Muddler Minnows ... five sometimes six inches long.

    The goal is to show strong movement, articulating the lures and flies so they move around. During the summer, trolling and fly fishing are popular on the lake. Worms always work well.

    In 2014, the Freshwater Fisheries Society

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    LAKE ACCESS

    Wolf lake is located about 16 km northwest of Courtenay. From the town, follow the Comox Logging Road. Just before passing the Island highway turn right onto the Duncan Bay logging mainline.

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    Fishing for Salmon in Barkley Sound

    Barkley Sound is named after Captain Charles William Barkley, who sailed into this area in 1787, search-ing for skins to trade. Nowa-days, people come to this area in search of the salmon.Pat Ahern, owner of Last Cast Guiding, says fishing in the sound normally gets go-ing around the end of May. A big group of chinook heading to the Columbia pass by the sound at this time.Ahern says time of year is the key. In May and June, a lot of fishing is done on the fringe, out in front of Broken Island, also around Swail Rock all the way down to Toquart Bay. Fishing will de-pend on the herring, he added. The halibut fishery is also popular in Barkley Sound, with August being the biggest month. Ahern notes that the TAC (total allowable catch) is down, so there is a slot limit.When fishing offshore, Ahern looks for underwater struc-ture, such as banks. He also looks for bait fish, as the big-ger fish will also be nearby.

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    BACKGROUND All species of salmon can be found in Barkley Sound, as it sits along major migratory path for salmon from Alaska, as well as being connected to extensive streams and rivers that provide excellent spawn-ing grounds. The sound is productive from early spring to late fall, with a few locations that can also be fished in the winter.

    The town of Ucluelet sits at the north entrance to the sound, with some popular fishing locations nearbyAmphritite Point (extend-ing north along the exposed coast) and Newcombe Chan-nel are two of these spots.Amphritite Point is popu-lar for chinook salmon in the summer, with Newcomb Channel also providing some earlier spring fishing.

    Moving east into the sound, Toquart Bay is another popu-lar fishing location. The area is relatively sheltered and can provide some cover from the open ocean. Another sheltered location that is good for troll-

    ing is along Sechart Channel. Barkley Sound is also the gateway to Port Alberni, via the Alberni Inlet. There are a number of great fishing loca-tions near the inlet. Try hug-ging the shore along Junction Passage and into Rainy Bay. Trevor Channel runs from the Alberni Inlet to Cape Beale, providing a number of excel-lent fishing spots all along the southern shore. Cape Beale is known as a hot spot, especial-ly for moochers and jiggers. The village of Bamfield is also located along this chan-nel.A series of islands (Tzar-tus Fleming, Diana, Edward King) separate Trevor Chan-nel from the open water of Imperial Eagle Channel. Fish-ing along the north side of these islands can be very pro-ductive, though some anglers note it can be hard on tackle.Where Imperial Eagle Chan-nel meets the open Pacific, a cluster of islands (the largest being Effingham) are also great fishing locations. Try trolling around the islands.

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    Campbell River is known as the Salmon Capital for the abundance of salmon fishing opportunities. Anglers have a wide range of choices for fishing, whether on a boat, from shore, at the mouth of the river or upstream.Neil Cameron, past editor of the Campbell River Courier-Islander, is a long-time angler from the region and says you can fish the area throughout the year.In winter, The Hump is a popular area for chinook. He suggests using a downrigger in about 60 metres. Flash-ers, Hoochies and plugs work well.For prawning and crabbing, the area south east of Quadra island is very productive.Closer to town, the action moves to the lighthouse (Cape Mudge) and Yaculta Bank in spring and summer check for some area closures. As summer progresses, anglers often head up to Browns Bay and Deepwater Bay.For those fishing without a boat, there are a number

    of pl