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Fishing Report

Harbour Chandler Fishing Report

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Herring and Halibut

Fishing Department - Sunday, March 19, 2017

 Herring season is winding down in Georgia Straight. There have been several good herring spawns in local waters. It should bring in and hold salmon once the herring eggs hatch. Currently, there are not too many salmon locally. Thrasher Rock is your best bet. Fingers and Entrance are slow. There are fish, just not lots. However just south of us in Ladysmith, fishing is still great. Most fisherman are taking their limits of nice winter Springs from Tent Island and Porlier Pass. Fish 3"  Irish Eye spoons, anchovies with green glow teaser heads, or our new Durabait herring strip in green glow or bloody nose.

Halibut is open, and with the slow local salmon fishing I would consider trying for them. There are decent numbers of halibut off Nanaimo. And no I'm not giving out GPS coordinates. I will say that you should try trolling either lighthouse lure mega baits, or our custom made polka dot, wirly jig hootchies in deep water on the sand flats. FYI, we are stocking electric reels for those that want to go really deep.

Tips up,

Steve Vavrik

 Herring spawn at Neck Point, Photo by Alex Pettigrew

Herring Season is Here

Fishing Department - Sunday, March 05, 2017

Herring season has arrived in Georgia Strait! Today, March 5, there is a spawn happening off of Parkville. The commercial boats and sea lions are taking out their share. Head out with your herring jigs of nets, and get your bait for the season. They could arrive off Nanaimo any day now. It seems they are two weeks earlier than last year. I'll be scouring the beaches on Tuesday for my own supply. Or more correctly, my wife will be sending me out for her beloved herring eggs. They are delicious fried on toast.

For more info, see my posts from last year's spawn.

Tips up, Steve Vavrik


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