Spring has sprung and boats are on the water. On the herring front I was told there is a small spawn going on this morning (March 23) off Rocky Point. This is good news for Nanaimo fisherman as it will bring and hold fish in our area. As for Chinook fishing, South of...read more
Just a quick note to say that as of today, March 12 the herring have not had a major spawn in Nanaimo. They have been around Nanoose so they could be here any day. Or not at all, you just never know. You can jig them from boat, but not from shore so far. If you see a...read more
Herring season is hitting the East Coast of Vancouver Island. There has been a big spawn off French Creak and Qualicum. They could be in Nanaimo any day. I’m watching the commercial herring fleet on https://www.vesselfinder.com/ and they are fishing right off French...read more
Happy new fishing year to all Vancouver Island fishermen. I haven't had too much to write about for the last couple of weeks, as I haven't been getting very many reports. Not too many guys have been heading out due to the foul weather we've been having. However from...read more
Seasons greetings, I'm back in town after a nice vacation, and it looks like the Winter Springs arrived while I was gone. Four guys I know nailed 14-15 pound Chinook this weekend. Some got their limits, with a mix of smaller fish. All where fishing fairly deep, right...read more
October is Chum season in Nanaimo! We have a large run of these hard fighting salmon entering the Nanaimo river right now. The commercial fleet was hard at it all day yesterday right in front of the Nanaimo estuary. While traditionally underutilized by sport...read more
The winter springs (Feeder Chinook) have arrived in Nanaimo waters. And due to the rains being late, some of this years fish are still out there. To target the winters fish right on the bottom off Neck Point in 180-200 ft. of water. Needle fish patterns are always a...read more
The salt water salmon season is winding down, but there are still fish to be had. Guys have been getting their limits of hatchery Coho around the fingers. They are very deep, 180 ft or so. There are also huge schools of anchovies for the first time in decades. They...read more
The Sun is still shinning and the salmon are still biting. While things slowed down a bit after that patch of rain we had, fishing is picking up again. There are loads of salmon stacked up in front of the Little Qualicum river and off French creek. Reports from...read more
We are getting close to the end of summer and the big spawners are finally showing up. We have large Chinook getting taken anywhere from 20 to 220ft. Best lures locally are Pink Sink, Evil Maverick, and Twisted Sista flasher. Jigging is still very good. P Line brand...read more
Nanaimo fishing is on fire. There are big Chinook, big Coho and plenty of Pinks. I had my first customer of the year catch all three species on one trip (Good job Cash Gray!) There are big Chinook deep off Entrance and Thrasher. Gold Stars in Pink Sink pattern, and...read more
The wind has finally dissipated and people are out fishing again! However, after a week of high winds, I've lost track of where the fish are and nobody has brought me any great fishing reports. So get out there, catch some fish and send me a report. (Plus the jumping...read more
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