Vancouver Island is bigger than most people think and according to mass is about three quarters the size of Switzerland. Being about 280 miles long from tip to tip, it can not be seen in the short amount of time that many think. The width of Vancouver Island, however, is only about 30 to 50 miles in most areas. Being very mountainous it is not as easy as some may think to drive from east to west. The center of Vancouver Island is mostly mountains with the highest being almost 9000 feet above sea level.
Many areas on the east side of Vancouver Island such as Campbell River used to be very good but have seen major decline in the last 10 years. Many of the salmon now migrate to the west coast to areas such as Ucluelet and that means great fishing for all who come out there. While the west coast is more rugged, it does offer some fishing that is very rewarding. Not only can you get a tub of fish very quickly, you can also see the Gray, Humpback and Orca whales.
While many would think that the whales would probably scare the fish—the opposite is often true. While Orca whales love salmon, the Gray and Humpback whales don't seem to have any impact on the fishing as they prefer the baitfish instead. Sometimes you will be fishing and all of a sudden see the spray of a whale while it is feeding. This is often a sign of large bait around and can mean the fish are feeding close by.