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Fishing Report

Harbour Chandler Fishing Report

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Transition to Summer

Fishing Department - Saturday, June 17, 2017

  Fishing has been fairly up and down for the last two weeks. There have been schools of Chinook heading past us, but unless you happened to drive over them it has been hard to find them. Basically we are in the transition period from Spring fishing to Summer fishing. Spring fishing is normally going far off shore and trolling deep. Summer fishing is typically closer to shore and trolling not as deep. The first of the big spawner Chinook have started to show around 5 Finger Island. There were several big ones (largest 25 lb) caught Wednesday night only 80 ft down off Neck Point. French Creek has more of these bigger fish, but they are moving our way.

Coho fishing is looking great. Hatchery only for now. They seem to be averaging bigger than typical. 5 lbs or so. 

Best lures have been the Razor Back series from Gibbs. The patterns with blue in them such as Sun & Sea and Maverick are the top ones right now. 

Tips up,

Steve Vavrik

Mixed Results

Fishing Department - Monday, June 05, 2017

Just a quick update for Nanaimo area waters. After a few slow days it was heated up of 5 Fingers. Excellent reports from the guys that fished off of the fingers this morning. 100 ft down in 700 ft water. Blue/crome and Maverick spoons where best for Chinook and coho.

It's been decent off Nanoose, and Valdez as well. I hear some shallow fish are being picked up jigging with lil Nibs of Nanoose.

Also a big congratulations to Salmon slayer Ted McKinney for winning the derby this weekend. He used a homeland security spoon to land his 24 lb Chinook. Although I should point out that i was too busy to get out so he was lucky he only had weak competition:)

Tips up,

Steve Vavrik


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